Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Get a jar. Put some sugar in it. Slit open the beans, and submerge them in the sugar. Leave them in there for a month or more. Surprise! Vanilla sugar. Use it in your coffee or tea, on oatmeal, or anywhere else you might taste its mild flavor. (Ice cream anyone?)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I'm sure there will be some opposed parties, but it seems to me that since the city has come up with amendments to the current law, it will probably go through. The only sad part for me is that they are just specifiying chickens, not ducks-which I really wanted. (although I'm not so sure that I like eating duck eggs- so was sort of leaning towards chickens anyway, despite their scary feet and propensity to pick on each other. Sigh.) There are tons of pretty chickens out there to choose from, like these gorgeous girls:
Speaking of chickens, I really should show you this:
If you've never read the bloggess before, you really should. This post is freaking hilarious. And? I should totally get one for outside the chicken coop- you know, for scaring away raccoons and other predators. Completely necessary.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
2.) Kleenex with lotion (on box #3)
3.) Alternating Day-quil and Ny-quil
4.) Steaming my face with a wet towel heated in the microwave
6.) Multiple calls to my mom (a nurse) asking for reassurance that I would one day get better.
8.) Take-out pizza (x2)
9.) Pho (x3)
10.) Several different kinds of tea, including Sleepytime yesterday (that I forgot I had) since I hadn't slept for 2 nights
11.) Used up both of my sick days in the first 6 weeks of school (yeah, I only get 2 paid ones, but it was totally worth it.)
12.) Afrin (totally evil; do NOT recommend!)
14.) Crazy saline nose rinse that is basically a nose enema:
(this was probably the worst one, mostly because I just can't get behind self-drowning- but it did sort of work yesterday.)
But, last night I was finally able to sleep a bit, and woke up today almost feeling like a normal person. Hooray! I think the face steaming has been the most helpful. Here's hoping that all of you are not sick. :)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Chickpea and Spinach Curry
(stolen and slightly adapted from VWAV by Isa Chandra Moskowitz- why is it so hard for me to spell her last name?)
1 12-oz can stewed tomatoes (she calls for whole ones and then has you chop them up; I just get pre-chopped ones)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced (I may have used 1 tsp. of powdered ginger)
3 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cardamom pods
10 c. fresh spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 c. water (approximately)
The spice list can look a bit long and daunting, but I just measured them all out together into a small bowl. When it was time to add them, I just threw it in!
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan and add the mustard seeds and cardamom pods. Cover with a screen if you have one; once they start to pop, those suckers can hurt! Cook until they start to pop, then add the onion. After it starts to brown, add the garlic and ginger (if using fresh). Saute 2 more minutes. Add spices and some of the juice from the stewed tomatoes. Stir. Add the tomatoes and drained chickpeas.
Then add the spinach. This is where you may need to add some water- I added at least a tomato can's worth- but I also wanted to have enough sauce to serve this over rice. When the spinach has wilted, you are basically done! Serve over brown rice and salt to taste.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I started out by putting out all the Halloween Marthas I own. I was shocked to see that I now have 7 of them!
As crafty days go, we of course made a run to Ben Franklin. Everything there wanted me to buy it. This called out especially loudly:
It's totally from this great movie called "Dream for an Insomniac" and happens to be right before the quote that I have as my email signature. ("Anything less than extraordinary is a waste of my time.") So I had to have it.
Then my husband earned MAJOR husband points, not only for buying a collection of all the Doctor Who special movies, but then he brought us this: