Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Short Break

Hey, folks. I'm going to take a little hiatus from the blog for a while. I just can't keep up with consistent, quality posting while I'm planning a wedding, trying to re-launch my Etsy store (and pursue other profitable side jobs), talking about moving, and working my regular jobs. I need a little time off. 

I hope you're all well, and I'll be back soon! 

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

8 Good Things

1. Not taking crap from students (yet). It'll happen, I'm sure, but for now, my reserves of patience are dry.

2. This story about my future husband: When he was taking a class, he was assigned to write an essay about Castroville, a nearby town. Since he didn't know anything about the place, he visited the town and wrote about his experiences there. No Google. No library. He just went and discovered it for himself. That's the kind of man he is.

3. Funny, vivid dreams lately. In one dream, my fiance texted me "LIMES."

4. Pumpkin bread! Why can't every season be pumpkin season?

5. Getting RSVPs in the mail (especially my sister-in-law's who made a point to use an Oxford comma in her response).

6. Some plans to do something with my Etsy shop and try to make some money. Stay tuned!

7. Speaking of, still making progress with my sister's bag. The main bag part is done. I just need to finish the pockets and sew it all together before felting it. I'm really over stockinette stitch! But my brother half-jokingly requested that I knit him some long underwear. I found this pretty hysterical pattern/blog post, and I might actually try knitting it. It's going to take a crapload of yarn.

8. Good food and a hot shower after a long, sweaty day. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Potato Leek Soup with Mushrooms

I made a variation of a potato leek soup this week that turned out really well. It was really easy. It's not much to look at--just kind of a brownish stew actually--but I thought the flavor was excellent. And I only used food that was already in-house, which is a big plus.

Olive oil 
2 garlic cloves (sliced or minced)
2 leeks (just the tube part at the bottom), sliced
4 mushrooms (I used a mix of white and brown), sliced
chicken or vegetable broth
3-4 red potatoes 

  • Saute the garlic, leeks, and mushrooms together in olive oil over medium heat until everything is tender and smells delicious. Add a little salt and pepper if you'd like at this point.
  • Add in as much broth as you want--I used about equal parts water and chicken broth. 
  • While the broth is heating to boil, cut up your potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes break easily. 
  • You can blend some of the soup to make it creamier or leave it as is. 
  • I left my soup without any additional herbs or spices, but it would be good with parsley, thyme, sage, red pepper flakes, or jalapeƱo. The leeks and mushrooms will give it quite a bit of flavor by themselves.
  • Enjoy! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

8 Good Things

So, this happened. 

1. Popcorn. I love me some popcorn. There's nothing really special to say about it other than that.

2. Babies everywhere! I visited the hospital three times in a 9-day period for two separate baby girls. I'm so glad the girls and their families are healthy and happy. And I've officially held a newborn.

3. Local grocers. I have a CSA and I visit farmers markets, and this has drastically reduced the time I spend in regular grocery stores, to the point that I really dislike going to grocery stores now. I've taken to going to one of the local grocers in the area. It's surprising how much they pack into such a small store. They have a good section of bulk dry goods (for my popcorn addiction), and their avocados are delicious (Trader Joe's' avocados are inexplicably terrible).

4. Finishing David Sedaris' Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. I love him so much. He's doing a lecture in San Luis Obispo in November, and I'm considering going. Reading on my Sony Reader is an interesting experience in that, unless I pay close attention to the page count at the bottom, I end up surprised that the book is over. It's a nice feeling for someone who often finds reading tedious and insurmountable, but it's disappointing when I want more!

5. Summer in Monterey! Really rethinking the whole moving thing right about now. Then again, nice weather always makes me feel optimistic and adventurous, so I'm ready for whatever.

6. Lots of Zumba! It's so nice to see old friends and just be back in the swing of things. My feet are slowly recovering from plantar fasciitis, enough to feel I can move again.

7. DIY wedding invitations. I'm happy with how they turned out, and it was pretty easy.

8. The Bullet Journal. I haven't started using this technique yet, but I like the idea of it. I've gotten away from my lists lately, and this would be a good way to get back on track.