July 29, 2009


Last night, there was the most amazing storm rolling slowly southward. I got to watch the lightning it produced dance from cloud to cloud, lighting up the sky. Amazing. :)

(via flickr)

We also ate Indian tacos, watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, held the drooling smiling butterball that is my adorable niece, and washed clothes.

Today, I'm holding down the receptionist chair at the salon and looking forward to the tasty leftovers that will be my lunchity lunch (garlic shrimp and wheat pasta). Later tonight, I think we're going to a preview of 500 Days of Summer. :) I'm also hoping to score a part time job. I applied for a couple and one called me back, I got my food handler card for it, and hopefully I'll still be wanted. Oh nellie, the extra funds would be good, in addition to letting zach have all the study time he needs.

In other news, The Pioneer Woman will eventually be the death of me, with all her mouthwatering recipes. I found the recipe for her cinnamon rolls and I can practically taste them. I'm looking forward to the happy faces that will be receiving these babies, since the recipe makes several pans. Oh the humanity! :)

July 27, 2009

Ice Cream Sammiches!!!

I was a good girl on Saturday and didn't get Maggie Moo's at lunch. I rewarded myself by making homemade snickerdoodles into tasty ice cream sandwiches that tasted lightly of cinnamon. YUM. Here's how:


* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
*sugar and cinnamon mixed in a bowl (about 1/4 cup of sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon)

Baking directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Roll dough into balls just a little smaller than a golf ball.
3. Roll balls of dough in sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.


I had a container of my fave vanilla bean ice cream out on the counter while I baked, so it would be soft enough to work with when the time came. I size matched my cooled-off cookies, then went to work assembling the tastiness. I rolled up a smallish scoop of ice cream, plopped it on the bottom side of a cookie, then smooshed the other cookie on it, to make the sandwich. Upon completion of the construction, I had them all on a plastic platter and put them in the freezer to firm up before serving. I brought one in my lunch today, much to the envy of my coworkers. YUMYUMYUM. :D To further enhance your DIY cred, home churned ice cream would be awesome. Pioneer Woman has a great recipe I've been dying to try!
Glad it's raining, but it makes me wanna eat fatty foods and sleep. It'd be on now if it weren't for employment... Lol

July 25, 2009

I was asked by my friend Jay to make his lady Amy's birthday cake. It's a simple round chocolate cake, with sky blue writing. It was a joy to make! :)

Happy birthday, girlie! :D

July 23, 2009

As promised...

The lasagna recipe!

Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick, I think)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups of your preferred milk (I used soy)
small block of Parmesan, grated
2 cups mozzarella, also grated
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp superfine ground mustard (the powder, not the yellow goo kind)

1 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
3 carrots, diced
1 yellow onion, diced

1 cup low fat cottage cheese, undrained
1 cup part skim ricotta
1 box lasagna noodles (we used whole wheat, YUM)

(whatever other veg content you want, really)

Melt the butter over medium heat in a big saucepan. Add the flour, whisking constantly, until it's totally incorporated. Keep on whisking for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is golden brown. Add your milk and keep on whisking! It'll get thick, so don't worry, that's normal. :) (congrats, you made a basic white sauce!) Turn the heat down a little, to medium low, then add your salt, pepper and mustard, keep whisking!!! Add all but half a cup of your Parmesan and about 1/3 of your mozz. You might wanna switch to a spoon at this point, this is getting really thick... Take a little taste and see how it's doing spice-wise. Don't be afraid to add more spices if you think it needs it. Once the cheese is all melty-melty, turn the heat off and take this sucker off the heat so you don't burn the bottom.

In another pan (even while you're doing the sauce, as long as you have a minion to man this other pan), heat up some olive oil to saute your veg content, except for the cucumbers. Add the onions, some s&p action, the carrots, then the squashes. Soft, but not total squish. You're just making things easier on yourself for the baking.

In a medium bowl, mix your cottage and ricotta together, to form Ricottage©. (Zach and I coined the term "Ricottage©", so be a pal and don't steal it. LOL)

Okay, you're ready to put this badboy together.
In a 9x9 baking dish, plop down some cheese sauce. Spread it around, then put some noodles on top. I know, they're not presoftened, but it's okay. Spread some Ricottage© love on those noodles, then sprinkle a mix of the remaining cheese. Layer about half your soft veg and springy cucumbers over that. Then, more sauce, noodles, Ricottage©, cheese, rest of the veg, then another layer of sauce. End with final noodle layer, last of the Ricottage©, then rest of the sauce, and all the grated cheese left. Carefully cover the pan with foil, then bake this gorgeous beast for 45 minutes with the foil on. Then, take the foil off and bake for another 10-15 to brown the cheese. :)

Oh, mama, is it tasty!!!

July 20, 2009

My weekend was awesome! I volunteered at IFO on Friday & Saturday nights, went to see Harry Potter, & made a fantastic lasagna(recipe up later). Happy Monday!

July 16, 2009

Check out Improv Festival Oklahoma this weekend! It's gonna be awesome! Acts from far and wide will be in attendance, working hard for the funny.

I made enchiladas last night with Zachary. They were so good! Here's how:

1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
5 biggish mushrooms, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup salsa/picante sauce/pico de gallo
salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, garlic
8 whole wheat tortillas
green enchilada sauce
about a cup of shredded cheese

I put the frozen chicken breast in a saucepan of water, and let it simmer on the stove for a quite a while when laundry was being done. When we came back from laundry, I took the pan off the heat(and later, Zach reduced the chicken to a pile of tiny shredded goodness)and replaced it with a frying pan with 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil. The onions and jalapeno, along with the dry spices, went into the pan, followed by the mushrooms as soon as the onions were verging on translucency. We let it all cook down until everything was nice and soft, then added the chicken and cream cheese. We let the cream cheese get nice and melted, then added the red stuff of our choosing (salsa in this case).We prepped our casserole dish with a splash of enchilada sauce, then stuffed our tortillas and laid them in the pan(seams down), then covered with the rest of the sauce and our glorious cheese. They baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. NOM NOM.They will also be my lunch today. mmm. :D

July 15, 2009

YOU GUYS, My ex and his brother are twin nerdcore rap whiz kids. Their latest creation is on a subject very near and dear to this old heart of mine: Harry Potter! Check it out, along with all their other gems of pop culture nerd delight, at Twinprov.com. Love it! :D

July 13, 2009

Man, I brought my lunch today and nothing sounds good... I hope chicken soup smells good enough to want it. It's prepaid, anyway. No extra spending.

I need to get more books from the library. Reading will keep my brain from rotting out. lol

whine whine whine.

time for lunch,and maybe yoga.

9 hours. :D
The magic wand keeps me from humping the legs of friends, loved ones, and innocent bystanders. In other news, Zach flies in tomorrow night. YAY! :)

July 10, 2009

About that...

So, I mentioned in a previous post that I didn't have a problem. lol, maybe I do. I'm so ready for Zach to come home in 3ish days. He'll get the excited-girlfriend-ambushing-him-with-kisses-at-the-airport treatment. :)

July 7, 2009

I'm grateful that Zach and I don't argue all the time. That would eat me up inside.

July 6, 2009

Day 7 without Zach. I'm pretty bummed by his absence, and super-eager for him to get off that plane in a week. It makes me thankful that he's usually home.

July 5, 2009

Wonderful party! I am a little tipsy from 3 margaritas, showered, teeth brushed, and ready for bed. :)

July 1, 2009

I am tired, and there's still more house to get done. It'll have to wait for tomorrow. If I never move again, it will be too soon. Lol

Laaaazy girl.

Today is my day off! w00t! Sleeping in, paying rent, and cleaning house FTW.

Yesterday was less fun than I'd like. My boss had us go to the Get Motivated seminar that was going on, and I feel like 4.5 of the 7.5 hours we were there was a waste of a perfectly good Tuesday. I'm not super-appreciative of thinly-veiled proselytization in any form, so it was an interesting day. To top it all off, nobody in our group won any prizes. Oh well, I guess sometimes you have to dig through the offal to get to the treasure.

I'm getting closer to having my house in shape for Saturday's festivities. Yaaay!!! :D I totally plan on making Pioneer Woman's Mac and Cheese, Chicken burgers with pesto mayonnaise, and vegan lemon cupcakes, among other nom noms.

I've been 2+ days without seeing the darling Zachary, and I'm not going through crazy detox symptoms yet. I imagine this time next week will have me pacing the room and pulling the hair off my arms and face. No, I don't have a problem. ;)

I'm ready to quit being broke. I applied for a couple of part time jobs, hopefully I'll hear back soon. Maybe I can have a garage sale in the later part of the summer.