Archive | September, 2009

what a crock

28 Sep

I made pizza for dinner.
The coolest part about canning is making a meal and realizing a large portion of it is from your garden. 
The canned pizza sauce and bell peppers are from the garden.


Husb bought me these pretty flowers Saturday.
He says they came from his garden…
also know as the local grocery store Safeway.


Pizza and flowers…seems like a good day right?
I had four people tell me a couple weeks ago that I had to get a crock pot.
I finally decided they were right and did all the research to find the perfect one.
It came in the mail today.
And actually, it wasn’t even the one I ordered. 
I ordered a cute one not an ugly one.


I’m just a little irritated.
And…while I’m at it…I’m irritated that you cant find The Torkelsons on DVD
Did any of you guys ever watch that Disney show?
About the single Mom in Oklahoma just trying to make ends meet with all her cute southern children?

Robert Iger…please copy it to a DVD and mail it to me! PLEASE!

Ok…enough ranting.
I’m going to go watch Heroes with my husb.
Who knew a crock pot could get me so worked up?

a few recipes

24 Sep

As promised here are two recipes I made recently.

First, the Quesadillas de Camarones from Pioneer Woman.
I can think of at least three friends right now that aren’t into shrimp.
However, for the rest of you…these are so good.
It’s just like ordering the shrimp fajitas from your favorite Mexican restaurant.


Leah came over last week and helped me make them.
She was practicing her tortilla flipping!


My only recommendation…don’t skimp on filling them.
As you can see from this picture mine could have used a little more stuffin in the dilla!

The second recipe…Peach Oatmeal Muffins.
These were darn good and moist.
I don’t have any pictures so you will have to click on the link to check them out.
My only problem with these guys is figuring out how to store them.
I put them in a Ziploc bag and they got really moist and sticky and eventually the peaches inside started to mush and mold.
I’ve had this issue with muffins before.
Any suggestions?


23 Sep

Hi Friends!
Sorry I’ve been a lame blogger.
It’s pretty bad when people start texting threats because you haven’t been blogging…Kristel! Ha!

I just haven’t had much to offer lately.
I imagine readers can only take so many posts about vegetable gardening and canning.
And that’s pretty much been my life over the last couple months.
I am planning a wedding shower…but I cant blog about that because the sweet Bride reads this blog!

However, I did have a little adventure today!

Meg and I went to Trophy!
It’s a cute cupcake store in the sweetest Seattle building.
I’ve wanted to go forever and today was finally the day!



It’s not really a public school…its a shopping center.




They had these fall themed cupcakes…so cute!
I love the one decorated like a pumpkin.


Meg got red velvet, I chose lemon coconut and we got Husb chai cardamom.
And just incase you are wondering…Meg footed the bill.

Husb and I are on day 23 and haven’t spent a dime eating out!
I’m so proud of us!
As a result of this challenge I’ve come across some new recipes I want to share with you guys tomorrow!
Hope your having a great Wednesday!

Update: I just ate my cupcake. It was DANG GOOD!

shoes and plums

14 Sep

Update on our NO SPENDING MONEY ON EATING OUT challenge.
We have been successful! So far…not a cent has been spent!

Last week I canned with friends from 10am to 7:30pm.
I almost caved and ate Arby’s fast food with my friends.
Then husb called literally 2 minutes after I accepted the Arby’s dinner invitation and said “I’m on my way home…what are you making for dinner?”
I confessed my attempted sin and went home.

I’m not sure about our waistlines…but we are seriously saving money.

Which I spent today on a new pair of tennis shoes.
More motivation to get to the gym…right?


Also, if you have any plum recipes let me know.
As you can see I have then coming out my ears!


Hope your having a good one!

totally bummed

10 Sep

My favorite radio show, TBTL, got canceled. How lame is that?

Totally lame!


Starting Monday they will be strictly podcast. Time to bust out the Zune.

However, my car stereo is going to be in some serious mourning between 7-10pm each night.

Luke, Jen, Sean…thanks for being Too Beautiful To Live!

the beach

8 Sep

Last week K and I went to the beach


and had a picnic.

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It was windy but the sand was nice and warm.


and despite the t-shirt….we didn’t break any rules


and had a great time.

By the way…all you locals…they tore down the pier at Edmonds beach. Hannah, this makes the picture you painted of it even more special.

day 4

4 Sep

of our NO EATING OUT challenge.  So far so good!

Although, I must tell you that husb had a dream on night 1 that he went to starbucks and ordered a drink and only remembered the challenge as he was handing the barista his card. Honestly, he really did dream about it.

But it was only a dream.

Today I bought groceries and went “shopping” in the garden. I don’t think this weekend will be too much of a struggle. Hopefully. However, I have been tempted to stop at one of the coffee stands and order a chocolate yogachinno. They are so good!

And, to be clear about our challenge. The rule is that we can’t spend any of our money eating out. However, it is acceptable for husb to eat take-out at work which the company buys. He has had 4 take-out meals this week!!!! You can imagine how I feel…eating left over chili at night.


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