Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

day seventeen

snow day! snowed in. what else is there to do besides cook and bake?
banana bread chocolate chip muffins, challah, sweet potato sage gratin (not pictured), and lemon rosemary sorbet (not pictured). everything turned out really well, and i only had to run the dishwasher 3 times! the challah was fun, but took forrreeeevvvveeeerrrr just with all of the rising and such.

dave made a makeshift sled out of cardboard and duct tape. hilarious video follows:
video

and i finally got out the diana+ and wasted a few rolls. we'll see how that turns out.

will we get out of the driveway tomorrow? wait and see!

Friday, January 29, 2010

day fourteen fifteen sixteen

i know i know, only 2 weeks in and im already slacking. johnny had salmonella poisoning and that had us a bit predisposed for a few days. he is doing much better now, look!

and now for the great nashville snow "storm" of 2010:


p.s. kim, i already know you are going to try to use your "dong" credit on this post, but since i already acknowledge that, you have to wait for a more subtle "dong" opportunity. sorry.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

day thirteen

you see what i mean? dreamboat.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

day twelve


ok, so i didnt actually take this picture myself, but its the most important picture of the day.
michael is a total dreamboat- has a good baker-mischke nose and the mischke cleft chin. dreamboat, heartbreaker, sweetheart, etc. love him. love all three of them.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

day eleven


ok there might be a few days of these. hes just so damn cute.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

day ten

happy new birthday, johnny. we love you already.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

day nine

fun with the girls.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

day nine

I know, i skipped eight. johnny was supposed to come visit but his foster dad couldnt bring him. I was so sad i fell asleep on the couch at eight oclock. As an homage to his continued absence, another picture of the empty crate... :(

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

day seven

we have a visitor coming tomorrow, and if he likes it here, he may be a permanent guest... we'll see!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

day seven


check out all of this produce i bought yesterday! i am working on getting a little healthier, following the lead a bit by alton brown (that weird scientist-chef on food network). he lost a lot of weight on his own, made-up diet and reading about it made a lot of sense to me. the basic premise is to fill up on really healthy, nutrient-rich foods so that you don't have much room for anything else. he had 4 lists: one that listed foods he had to eat every day, one with foods he eats 3 times a week, one with foods he eats once a week, and foods he never eats:

daily3x/week1x/week0x/week
fruits
whole grains
leafy greens
nuts
carrots
green tea
oily fish
yogurt
broccoli
sweet potato
avocado
red meat
pasta
dessert
alcohol
fast food
soda
processed meals
canned soups
“diet” anything

all of this just seems really reasonable and logical to me, so im gonna try to loosely follow it. he also has a few recipes, such as this sardine-avocado tartine (or the sardicado sandwich) which i tried tonight:

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- makes 4 open-faced sandwiches -

Adapted from Good Eats

Ingredients

2 (3.75-ounce) tins sardines in olive oil (mine were in tomato sauce; that works too)
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon vinegar (he suggests sherry vinegar; I used apple cider vinegar)
Zest from one lemon, and the leftover (naked) lemon cut into 4 wedges
Freshly ground black pepper
4 slices good bread (I used wheat, he did sourdough)
1 ripe avocado
Sea salt

Procedure

1. Drain the oil from 1 tin of sardines into a small bowl and set aside.

2. Drain the oil from the second tin into another small bowl and mix it with 1 tablespoon of parsley, vinegar, lemon zest, and black pepper. Add the sardines and stir. Let sit for a bit so the flavors marry.

3. Toast your bread in a normal toaster or, if you want to be all Alton-style fancy, heat the oven to the broiler setting on high and place oiled-swiped bread (using the remaining sardine oil) on the rack. Only keep them in there for 2 to 3 minutes, otherwise they will go from golden brown and crisp to charred and sad.

4. Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Smoosh the flesh in each half with a fork. Spread this green goodness evenly onto the toasted bread, then top with a nice scoop of the sardine mixture.

5. Pour any remaining sardine oil dressing on top and garnish with the remaining parsley. Season with sea salt and a nice big squeeze from the lemon wedges.

i made it with tarragon instead of parsley, because i had it fresh and dont really like parsley. it was actually pretty good, and i halved the recipe, which made 2 pieces of toast, and i could only finish one and a half before i was full. i thought the sardines would be really strong but they were milder than even tuna. tip: if you halve the recipe, you only need half an avocado, half of a lemon's zest, and a little of it's juice- save the other half of the avocado (with the pit in) in a ziplock bag and squeeze a little of lemon juice over the fruit it to save it for a couple days.

i also made his spiced almonds and a fruit smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. we will see how it goes. i just like the idea of focusing on what to eat instead of what to avoid.

i am also working on de-cluttering the house. i have been watching a lot of hoarders and it has made me wonder if i am a bit of a hoarder- clutter doesn't bother me (dirtiness does, though), i leave my clean clothes on the floor most of the time, i love to shop and acquire things, there are piles of mail and things without a home on all my tables, and my guest bedroom is full of crap that i don't know where to put. its not that i want to hang onto anything, its just that i dont know where to put anything. anyway, i want to try to nip this in the bud before i end up like one of the crazy people on that show with dead cats and (needed) dentures underneath decades worth of trash. wish me luck!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

day four

RIP (in my belly) seafood chowder from marche. i hardly knew thee. but we will meet again soon. oh yes, we will meet again.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Thursday, January 14, 2010

day three

i need to share this publicly. i need to just come out with it. the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right?
i am a freaking slob.

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day two

yeah, um, this is how i roll. meatball parm, yall. this is about all you need to know about me.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

day one

ok so i am totally copying katie with this idea, but i have been wanting to start journaling (and taking more pictures) for a while now. this is a good inspiration. i used to journal every day, well, in high school and some of college. those were the diaryland days. i cant find my batter charger for my nice camera (since the move), so cell phone pics will have to do for now.
so here goes:


that is probably the worst photo i have ever taken, but it is exactly what i am looking at right now, and a good glimpse at my favorite part of the day: husband + foot rub + computer + tv + couch = happy. the only thing that could make this photo better is a baked good.
i promise i will do better. promise.