Tag Archives: home life

house love

8 Feb

I am totally drooling over this perfect mid-century ranch home in Michigan. It is perfectly decorated and keeps in tact the home’s quirky architectural charm. Click the photo to see the rest of the tour over at Vintage Indie.
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holiday food…again

30 Dec

We went to a friend’s potluck on the 26th, I brought the chickpea and tahini casserole. I think it needed more moisture, but it was good. We arrived rather late, so not much of it was eaten. However, my friend brought jamaican veggie patties which have been a huge hit both years. Those were gobbled up, and have now become famous. We were thinking of doing a potluck here in Minnesota, and I think I might make them for that.

I am making butternut squash soup, and so far it tastes delicious. I added a splash of balsamic vinegar to diced carrots, onions, garlic and the squash while cooking it in butter and olive oil. I added veggie stock, fresh thyme, sage and rosemary, a dried bay leaf, salt and pepper, and then let it simmer until the squash was tender. I also added about a 1/4 cup of an IPA I was drinking. Then I pureed it, added about a tablespoon of cream, a tablespoon of gorgonzola and a splash of sherry. Seriously the easiest soup that I have ever made.

Now that that’s done, I am thinking of making a batch of seitan to have on hand. I’d like to make buffalo gals again, because they were easy and mighty tasty. I want more recipes with seitan in them, any suggestions or good cookbooks? I raided my mom’s pantry while visiting taking lots and lots of her home canned tomatoes from her garden. They were delicious in the summer, and I am sure will make perfect soups, stews, and sauces. I want to make an African Kale style soup, any suggestions for recipes?

I finished the cowl I made, it was just a simple 1X1 rib with a beautiful lightweight alpaca yarn, but I got plenty of compliments on it. I am almost done with another in a deep blue aran weight yarn, but I’ve added a few bobbles (a newly learned decorative stitch!)…I was planning to give it away, but I might keep it for myself. Now I am on to dpns…any tips for a clumsy knitter? I want to make a pair of mittens, but am rather intimidated.

totally stoked

18 Dec

We leave for home on Monday, and I could not be more excited. This town is exceedingly lacking in trees of the coniferous variety. Winters tend to be long, dreary, and grey without pine and spruce trees to add some life to the winter lull. There are going to be so many friends to see in such a short period of time, but it will be fun filled and much too short. We’re planning to look at holiday lights with good friends of ours who we sort of introduced, and incidentally fell in love. I am having a sleep over at two of my best friends’ house who built their tiny sweet little abode with their own two hands, and its practically in the middle of nowhere.

I just did this yoga podcast which totally kicked my bum. I think I will try all of the other 60 minute workouts. I have seen a dramatic improvement in my stamina, flexibility and strength. I’ve even got a little, just a little, bit of definition. It’s all about progress, and baby steps. I really am trying to get back on track with my eating habits, and have been making us breakfast in the morning. Breakfast really does provide fuel for the rest of the day, and I feel much better when I have a heartier breakfast and a lighter dinner….so we are trying to live by this. I was feeling sluggish for a few weeks, and it could have been the finals in school, plus a recent family emergency…but we’re back on track.

november, when did that happen?

2 Nov

Where did October go? It flew by incredibly fast. I only have five more weeks of the semester, and I need to get a leg up on my project if I intend to finish it by the end of the school year. I am conducting a study on the foods people aged 25-35 eat, and doing a nutritional anaylys and historical comparison to other generations. I am also looking at the advent of the processed foods inudstry, but more from an anthropological perspective using theories and methodologies from the discipline to critique. This will be a culmination of my work in the department and *fingers crossed* benefit my graduate school application.

Halloween was fun, but fairly uneventful. My friends had a costume party, and I dressed up as a 60’s flight attendent. Thankfully, no one was was the slutty-anything, because it gets tired real fast. I think you can take any sort of occupation, and put trampy next to it and voila it is Halloween for 20 somethings. Played out, if you ask me.

In other news, we are dog sitting for the week. The cat has finally warmed up to him, as much as I expect her to. They have sniffed each other, and find each other worth ignoring. She’s been around other dogs before, but never in her own home. I think that is what is causing her to react so nastily towards him, but she’s easing up. We have him until Sunday, and I am expecting to find them sleeping together when no one is paying attention.

Tuesday is coming fast, and Wednesday I intend to feel much better about the shape of things to come. What about you? Can you feel change in the air? Or maybe thats just the disgusting news that the Bush administration is trying to de-regulate industry even further with <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/30/AR2008103004749_2.html?hpid=topnews&sub=new&#8221; target=”new”90 new rules</a>. Yeah, the environment so loves the Bush Administration. Good god, Tuesday cannot come soon enough!

moving on up

18 Oct

I moved out of my place with my boyfriend last January, wanting to live by myself for the first time in my adult life. Little did I know that this would drain nearly all of my money out of me, and cause more stress than I had anticipated. After spending the summer in San Francisco, and having almost a year to myself, I decided it would be best to move back in with him. My landlord was surprisingly agreeable, even though my lease was not up until January. He’s already found someone to move in tomorrow, and so my rent will be prorated by per diem until the 19th, so less than a month! I should have my finances in order shortly, and things are looking bright after a couple of months of bad news.

We have all the furniture moved over, but most of it is in the living room. After moving 2 couches (we gave his beat up one away), a dresser, bookshelf, an armchair, desk, and boxes upon boxes I am exhausted. Alas, I must keep on, because I cannot live in a disaster area.

Lola (the cat) has been very curious throughout all of this, and is very glad to be out of the bathroom. We locked her in there while we had the front door open so that she would not escape, like all kitties tend to do. I think she is glad to have me back.