You will receive a fortune with a click of the mouse….in bed

I am packing and cleaning up my room and find a fortune that reads:

With my friend and I having started and operating a community service program since April, I cannot agree with it more.

I don’t recall the last time I have eaten Chinese food, but I’ve always loved the end of the meal when they bring you your handwritten bill on a plastic black receipt tray with packages of fortune cookies resting on them.  Thanks to twitter, I found this site.  Whether you are feeling uninspired, lost, or bored, you can get that small feeling of excitement and a token for whatever preoccupies your mind sans a meal in white cartons.

CSA week 13

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My last CSA in the house!!!

  • 1 Bitter Melon- Certified Organic – De-Glae
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 1 Cantaloupe – Certified Organic – Red Fox Organics
  • 1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Pint Red Grape Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Freedom Acres Farm
  • 1 Bag Red Tomatoes – Certified Organic – White Swan Acres

And I end with a melon!

CSA dinner 12

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Sorry for the lack of postings as every minute of spare time I have recently has been spent watching the Olympics or packing up my room for the big move.

Last Thursday, we had a mini dinner with a couple of our roommates away for the weekend.  On the menu was zucchini stuffed with ….( I can’t remember now. I will have to ask my roommate) and cubed potatoes with tomato, cheese, and spices.

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Photography and travel – two of my greatest passions.
And they are combined in this photography gallery of the 24th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.  There are four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Check it out!

Photo by Alessandro Cancian.

CSA week 12

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  • 1 Purple Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Echo Valley Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 1 Bunch Chioggia Beets – Certified Organics – Plum Hill Organics
  • 1 Bag Heirloom Paste Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Taste of Nature
  • 1 Bag Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Riverview Organics
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Sweetaire Farm
  • 1 Bag Oregano – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs
  • 1 Bag Red Potatoes – Certified Organic – Hill Organics

One of my last CSA’s in DC! :(

I’m excited about the tomatoes! They have been delicious!

CSA dinner 11

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House dinner time! Tonight we had four roommates cooking four dishes simultaneously with three using the oven -coincidentally all requiring the temperature to be 375 degrees.  Quite an operation!  loved it.

using every space to make dinner while listening to pandora of oldies

One roommate made green bean casserole. Another a potato crust tart.  Another sauteed some squash and chard.  I made eggplant parmesan. The other bought beer.  The girl taking my room brought a giant tray of peach cobbler.

So much food!  Amazing dinner yet again. I will definitely miss my DC house family when I move…

Super easy bread, you say? We’ll see about that…

I’m not sure if there are many people like me out there, but my bread won’t rise.

I follow the directions exactly as recipes say.

Wait until the yeast is foamy.

Don’t put too hot of water in with yeast to kill it.

Do the cycles of rising and punching down.

While I don’t have career goals for the immediate future, I have definite plans of opening a small bakery when I am of AARP beneficiary age.  I honestly was about to give up on bread and my dream of a bakery altogether, but then came across this recipe.  I was skeptical but I mean, they can’t call it “Super Easy Bread for Beginners” for no reason, right??

It’s not the typical quartet of yeast, flour, water, and sugar, but check out the result below!! I broke the curse!  My future 65-year-old self is happy.

Time to Make It Work Again!

 

Yes, yes. I used that cliche catchphrase that has lost it’s cuteness, but I say it to properly announce that Project Runway Season 10 starts today!  My favorite show! Not so much for the designer drama but the weekly assignments and the end products.

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I am a bit of an art nerd.  I love making things, and I have always been fascinated by sewing. When I was little, I would use my toy sewing machine to make little purses for my stuffed animals. AKA a piece of cloth folded in half with the sides sewn together. Big woop.

In more ways than one, my mom has been my idol, but one of the skills I admire in her is her ability to mend clothes and make household items like curtains and sofa covers with a fabric, sewing machine, needles, pins, and thread.  She even made my senior year prom dress.  And she would make it look so easy!

In college, there was a fashion design club where a couple of my friends in art classes were members and showed off their designs in a fashion show each semester.  Their talent is amazing.  One of my friends actually went to FIT and is now living in New York designing.  It made me even more eager to learn!

Another friend who is now taking classes at the Art Institute shared me this video recently that captures all the steps in the design and construction of a garment….which happens to be a jacket by Chanel…Oh, I’m sorry. THE Jacket.  I get so excited watching the video.  I hope to one day own a sewing machine and a dress form to start playing around with clothing design.

Until then, I’ll just keep watching Project Runway…

CSA week 11

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  • 1 Costata Romanesco Heirloom Zucchini – Certified Organic – Eastbrook Produce
  • 1 Pint Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Millwood Springs Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 2 Green Zucchini – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Head Savoy Cabbage – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Friends Road Organics

Eggplants? Yessss! More cabbage?!? nooooooooooo

CSA dinner 10

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CSA dinner with all the roommates reunited!!!  Our one roommate took the lead to make an amazing vegetarian chili while another grilled some corn and vegetable kebobs. Eating all of this while our roommate (I have 5 roommates, in case you were wondering) who literally just got back from California in time for dinner recounted her adventures of Comic-Con, crossing the border to Tijuana, and digging her own hot tub at a beach with a cove.  (She’s not as crazy as this summary makes her sound). It’s good to be home again with the DC family!

onion, ,zucchini, and yellow squash kebobs

avocado flower

vegetarian chili