Monday, July 23, 2012

Britney Spears Tells Me What To Eat

If you are an avid reader of my blog, which I know you are, you know a little bit about what I like to eat.  You definitely know about my skillet nachos (revisit them here) and you saw my dinner from the early Crane Days here. You read about my Gluten Free-ness here.(Did you get checked?) You saw my food failures here (no, I still haven't regained a fear of all things microwave) and recently, you saw many homemade and non-homemade food successes here.

But I'm not always the creative food genius you encountered in the posts linked above. Sometimes I sit and think about what to make for dinner and I can think of all of the things we've eaten recently but i have this vague feeling that we used to eat different stuff.  I believe I am, as they say, stuck in a rut.  That is why I'm glad I have this...

Britney Spears Notebook

In this (incredibly awesome) notebook(given to me by Becca) I started a list of meals that we like to eat.  When mark and I first started dating I had an awesome chalkboard back splash (sigh, I miss it) and I would list about 5 meals that I had the ingredients to make and then I would let him choose what I would make when he got there. Then as we would eat meals I would write down the ones we liked so i would remember to make them again.  After we moved I sort of just forgot about it and stopped using the notebook - until now.  I was board with the same few things I've been making lately so I went to look for some oldies (and update the notebook with some new things we like to eat)

So, the list of things we (both) like to eat so far includes:

  1. Tuna Melts, tomato soup and a veggie (green)
  2. Brat, Sauerkraut, Mashed potatoes, veggie (peppers and onions)
  3. Spaghetti squash w/ sauce (prego w/ onion added, maybe peppers and tomatoes too) and  occasionally Trader Joe's Gluten Free Meatballs
  4. Skyline! Change ups: hot mett, beans, American cheese, onion and/or rice 
  5. Stir Fry!  Poss. Ingredients: chicken, broccoli, pineapple, green beans, snap peas, carrots,onions, habeneros (pretty much anything) San-J sauces since most are Gluten Free - Szechuan is best!
  6. Chicken Curry (modified recipe from here)
  7. Chicken and Cherries (modified recipe from here)
  8. Tacos! (same as nachos - just different arrangement)
  9. Chili
I thought we were eating pretty well but this list just looks kind of sad to me.  I swear we eat other things - I just can't think of them now. You believe me, right?

So that's why I'm glad I have the other two sections of the note book.

The first is called "Things I'd like to learn to use" which includes foods like ...
  1.  Lentils
  2. Great Northern Beans
  3. Squash (These recipes have gotten me using a lot more zucchini)
  4. beets (I kinda already did this here) 
  5. rutabaga and radish (all root veggies really)
  6. Dried peas
  7. Fish

The final section of the book is called "Meals I'd like to try" which are really just ideas for future meals which include...

  1. Tuna Melts and Asparagus
  2. Tofu fried rice and edamame
  3. Quesadilla Casserole
  4. Turkey, rutabaga and avocado wrap
  5. Scramble spaghetti
  6. red beans and rice (this used to be a staple of mine but I forget how to make it)
  7. baked acorn squash with apples and chicken side
  8. Bi Bim Bap
  9. BBQ, coleslaw and kale chips 
So I guess the moral of the story is that I need to get back to Britney and bringing a little excitement to the kitchen.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Did you check your calendar?

Happy Friday the 13th!  

I hope you enjoy my latest superstition themed String-of-Things.

Are you superstitious?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pinterest Challange: Melted Bead Suncatcher

So I’m a day late on my first Pinterest Challenge…

I may or may not have fallen asleep on the couch while waiting for my project photo to upload after eating TONS of delicious Mexican food last night - but here it is!

I decided to go for this awesome melted bead sun catcher for my first Challenge project because both Mark and Jamie thought that was the coolest project out of the few that I showed them AND the idea of getting a new pan just for plastic melting fit perfectly with my plan to go to the thrift store for half-price day on the 4th of July AND it was originally pinned from my favorite crafty website, Craftster.


So I procured a new pan for 50 cents – it’s actually a small but deep skillet with a metal handle so I could put the whole thing in the oven.  I then found some inspiration from a GIS’d (Google Image Searched) photo of a stormy sky.

Stormy Sky inspiration. By Clive. Get prints here.

And got to placing my beads (I bought a tub of plastic pony beads at Walmart for $5). I laid one layer of beads in the skillet and then put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 min (I didn't have the oven preheated) and it did smell for a bit but it went away pretty quickly.

So here is the outcome.

Can't you see the resemblance to the inspiration photo?

I like it!  I don't love it. I wish I could have gotten smooth edges, maybe that is the benefit of using a pan with cornered edges instead of a skillet with soft curved edges. I was surprised how the beads took on a hexagonal shape.  I expected some kind of uniform melting from the circular beads but nothing this defined. The sun catcher in the pinspiration photo looks thicker too - I'm going to go for that.

I have lots more beads so I think I'm going to make a few more!

Check out my sidebar for a link to follow me on Pinterest!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Do you care for some polish with your lime?

Last week was all about Red, White and Blue, so this week I decided to ditch red and white and stay with blue.  BUT - It is Blue with Limes!

I painted my nails this beautiful color by OPI , Yoga Ta Get This Blue, and it was amazing.

The next day I decided to zest and then chop and freeze an entire bag of limes.

 At four in the morning.  I just couldn't sleep. While I finished the lime job the project also spelled the end for my manicure. If you ever come to my house, please check you lime zest for shimmery blue flakes.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bzz Campaign: Be.Wines

Another BzzKit showed up in my mailbox recently.  This time it was for Be. Wines.  




 Be. Wines is a new brand of wine marketed towards women.  They have four varieties each with it's own tagline.

Be. Flirty Pink Moscato – This mischievous Moscato, with rich berry and delicate floral notes, is made to be sipped with a wink and a smile
Be. Bright Pinot Grigio – This effortlessly drinkable Pinot Grigio keeps things light, with sun-ripened citrus flavors and a crisp, fresh finish
Be. Fresh Chardonnay – This cheeky Chardonnay energizes taste buds with crisp green apple flavors and zesty hints of citrus
Be. Radiant Riesling – This dynamic Riesling blend brings an exuberant vibe with tantalizing fruit flavors and bright floral notes

I'm not necessarily sure I need something this, umm, let's say "cheesy", on a regular basis but I think its really fun for a girls night.  Wine + Crafts can get CRAZY!  Remember the vision board party?

So here is the BzzKit.
Be. Wine BzzKit
It includes:
-The official campaign BzzGuide
-A high-value rebate to purchase wine for myself
-Several other rebate vouchers for me to share with my friends.
-A tub of mints with the Be. Fresh logo on them
-A tub of lip gloss with the Be. Flirty logo on it
-A pocket sized mirror with the Be. Radiant logo on it
-A foldable nail file with the Be. logo on it 

I'll be back soon to share my wine filled tales with you all!

*I'm a BzzAgent participating in a word-of-mouth campaign and gave me the free samples and/or coupons for the items talked about in my post.  Wanna know more about BzzAgent? Check here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

An In-Tents Weekend

Get it?  In-tents = intense!  HAHHA

I was (almost) as if I went 11 years back in time last weekend as I went camping with my friends.  You see, the last time we all went camping it was the summer before I went away to collage. For me at least, this trip included a lot less drinking and a lot more exercise (not necessarily on purpose), reading and the addition of some new friends/twins/honorary sisters.

As you would assume, the S'more making process was the most exciting part of the whole weekend.  This was a little bit challenging due to the glutenous nature of graham crackers.  My first attempt at G-free s'mores used pecan Nut Thins in place of the graham crackers and it worked pretty well.

These however are a bit smaller than your usual graham cracker and it allowed me to only use 2 Hershey's chocolate squares instead of the preferred 4 - but I survived.  

On the second night of S'more making things got a little wild.  I forwent the Hershey's all together and the Nut Thins as well and went for a giant marshmallow (Thanks Amanda!) and 1/3 Snickers on a skewer.  YES!  This was it!  

snickers smores
Sorry for the crappy photo quality - I think I was too high on life at this moment to care.

The Snickers didn't just melt like I thought it would  - it actually started to caramelize the chocolate on the outside. YES.  This was IT.

All in all it was a great weekend.

I got to live it up in my ultra personal tiny tent. Special Thanks to Jamie and Liam for helping me put it up.

one person tent
Yeah, that is a duck blanket lining my floor.
And I got to display my latest String-Of-Things in the food shelter.

camping bunting

This was just a quick and mostly sugar filled overview of the trip.  If you want to know more about the incredible and indispensable spreadsheet that created this trip or if you are interested in alcohol binge enabling raccoons, check out Jamie's recap at the Really Really Blog.

NOTE:  All of this sugar consumption was OK since earlier in the day Jamie and I were mislead by an incredibly deceptive trail sign that led to us (and Pixel) getting a great workout.  If you are ever in Brookville, Indiana and a crummy wooden sign promises you a beach for a mere 1.5 mile hike - don't believe it.