Friday, August 27, 2010

Rambling and The Rose

I ate seven cookies yesterday. Seriously. 7. Seven. 6+1. That's how many I ate. BUT they were oatmeal raisin with wheat germ and no flour, so they were technically good for me, right? That's what I keep telling myself.

She ripped this giant stick off of a tree in my backyard.
She does this often.

I also had a massive cheeseburger for dinner, but I blame my grandma for that.

Speaking of grandmas, mine is pretty awesome. I don't turn her down when she asks me to go for a cheeseburger.

My dog likes to watch airplanes fly by. Really, she stops chewing on whatever stick she's destroying and looks up into the sky. It happened no fewer than five times yesterday afternoon. It was a good day for flying.

See? Watching planes fly by.

She also likes to watch birds fly by. And sometimes I catch her staring into my neighbors yard with wander. She's a dreamer, that Rose.

Today is my niece is celebrating her 9th birthday. NINE! I love that little lady way too much. You know what I'm getting her for her birthday? A giant bag of candy. Sorry, Ran and Kris, I apologize in advance for your super hyper daughter this weekend. (But don't tell her about the candy.)

Her pirate name is Rosie Wet Beard.
I like kissing her button nose.

I'm currently reading Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespear & Co. by Jeremy Mercer. It makes me want to be a poor, aimless writer wandering the streets of Paris. It also intensifies my love of book stores and old books. And quirky people. So yeah, I'm gonna need to go to Paris soon.

I'm playing with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. Just ignore the whole "I ate a massive cheeseburger for dinner" last night comment. Vegetarianism it is, from here on out. I wonder what boyfriend will have to say about this new venture in life.

This is the face Rosie makes when she's getting a belly rub.
It's a face only a mother could love.
And I do.

I'm sort of secretly happy that boyfriend decided to pick up a Thursday night class. It means I get to watch Project Runway. I want to punch that Gretchen girl in the face, even if her style rocks.

I've also seen way too many episodes of Keeping up With the Kardashians. They make me feel smarter because they are so stupid.

Giant paw!

I'm going to the lake this weekend for the second weekend in a row. I'm stoked. Although, after watching two episodes of River Monsters this week, I'm also a slightly terrified.

I promise I don't watch as much TV as it sounds like. I'm actually thinking about cancelling my cable. Except I'd miss the Food Network too much. And the Kardashians.

I got poison ivy in the 5th grade. On purpose. I wanted a good reason to miss school. For some reason poison ivy seemed the way to go. I was wrong. I was waaaay wrong. Turns out I'm ridiculously allergic to poison ivy. I missed school for 2 weeks. It was not awesome.

You know what is awesome? New babies. My cousin had one last week. His name is Chalk, baby brother to Josiah. Cutest baby names ever.

I love my giant Rose!

I think I'll have a cookie for breakfast. Oatmeal raisin is a breakfast cookie, right?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Quinoa Bowl

I bought a bag of quinoa a few weeks ago and it's been hiding in my pantry ever since. Not because I haven't wanted to make it, just because I forgot it was there. It happens sometimes. Anyway, in an effort to clean out my fridge last night, I whipped up this quinoa bowl. 

It was my first time using quinoa and it was quick, easy and super delicious. And, it was a really great way to clean out my fridge and pantry at the same time. Here's how I made it:

For the quinoa:
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. Put the quinoa and 2 c. water (and a pinch of sea salt) into pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and let simmer until all water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Fluff with fork and you're done.

For the fixins':
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bag spinach
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1-2 green onions
3-4 jarred sundried tomatos (for me), chopped
handful of black olives (for boyfriend), chopped
store bought pesto
1 T. pine nuts, toasted
I started by cooking the carrot and garlic in a bit of olive oil, just to soften them up. I then added the spinach and lemon juice and wilted it down. I also tossed the chick peas into the pan at the last minute, just to warm them up a bit. After the spinach was cooked, I tossed everything, quinoa and all, into a big bowl and tossed until well mixed. I added about 1 TB of prepared pesto for a little extra flavor and topped it all off with some fresh parsley and toasted pine nuts.

The end result was yummy and really satisfying. I usually eat A LOT at dinner, and I was full after one bowl. Hopefully next time I'll have some feta, goat or parmesan cheese on hand, but for a quinoa first timer, this was perfect. And, bonus for me, after just a few bites, boyfriend turned to me and said "This is really good, babe!" Well, if he says so.

Friday, August 20, 2010

From Dad

My dad was in Santa Monica, CA last week visiting my brother. As usual, he returned home with a few little gifts for me.

A little notebook with a vintage sunbather. Love it.

And this little book:

 "Be Happy. A little book to help you live a happy life." By Monica Sheehan. It's full of short and simple words of advice, and each piece of advice has a little illustration to go with it.

Dance. Dancing makes me happy.

You know what else makes me happy? Listening to music.

But my favorite page is this one:

"Focus on creating what you desire."  It reminds me of my goal to create my own happiness.

Thanks, dad.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jenny Lewis

Yesterday I entered a giveaway on the Pioneer Woman's site because I like winning free stuff. All you had to do to enter was to answer a simple question; if you could spend time with any woman in history (alive, dead, or just a friend of yours) who would it be? My answer: "Jenny Lewis. We could talk about music AND Troop Beverly Hills. Double win."

I'll keep you posted on my winnings. In the meantime, enjoy some Jenny Lewis.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuna Salad

Tuna salad. Simple, easy, maybe even a little boring? Not today.
 Here's how I make it:
1 can of tuna (whatever is your fave)
1-2 T. mayo (I use the kind with olive oil in it)
1 T. grainy mustard
1-2 T. sweet relish
2 celery stalks from the center of the bunch, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
Salt and pepper
Just mix it all together, tasting as you go. Add a little of this or that to get it just the way you like it.  When I serve this for dinner, I ditch the bread and serve it atop some arugula/spinach/baby greens, cucumbers, avacado and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. For lunch, I like an open faced sandwich on toasted 7-grain bread with all the same toppings. Make sure to sprinkle a little salad vinegar over the top. It'll make you feel fancy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tunes: Arcade Fire

There's a new album out by Arcade Fire, who has been a favorite of mine for a while now. The album is called "The Suburbs" and it's seriously amazing. Go have a listen for free over at NPR and see for yourselves.