Veggies In a Jar

>> Friday, March 28, 2008

We grew sprouts! All you need is a jar, some cheese cloth, a rubber band and some alfalfa sprout seeds (we found ours at our local food co-op).

Whactcha do:

-Put desired amount of seeds in jar. (We put 2 teaspoons in our 16 oz jar)
-Cover seeds with a few inches of cool water.
-Cut a double layer sheet of cheese cloth over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band.
-Let it soak overnight.

-Drain the water off in the morning, and
for the next few days, rinse the seeds in the morning and evening by filling the jar with some water, swishing the seeds around, and draining them.
-Store the jar in a spot away from direct sunlight.

Within 6-7 days, you'll have sprouts! Dericious!!

Sprout and goat cheese sandwich on some hearty oat-nut bread. Yum.


Bring Your Own Elastic-Wasted-Pants

>> Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Simply put, holidays = feast, and this Easter was no exception. Joe and I had a group of good friends over (including a star stuck Okie!) to celebrate the occasion with a delicious spread of herb and butter chicken, roasted veggies, yeast rolls and homemade cupcakes. Um, didn't get any pictures of the bountiful spread....but, the empty plates give good idea to how everyone felt about it.


My Personal Theme Song

>> Monday, March 17, 2008



>> Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We got over 2 feet this past weekend. Oye.


Windy City

>> Monday, March 10, 2008

Joe and I took some time and went to Chicago this past weekend for a mini vacation! Well, not really....I had an audition, and Joe eagerly came along for the ride. What a trooper though, supporting his crazy wife's musical habits. I mean seriously, if the audition in Chicago is a success, and an invite is extended, Joe and I could very well be living in Japan by the end of August!! Many kisses to Joe for being so supportive in my precarious career choice.

We did enjoy ourselves while in Chicago though. Our first stop was, Mitsuwa; the largest Japanese grocery store in the mid-west. Boy howdy, we went nuts-o here, their sushi accounted for three of the seven meals we had while in the windy city. mouth is watering just thinking about it. We also bought various kinds of candy, mostly for its nostalgic effect, and scored a slender tea thermos I've been trying to find.

May I recommend...

The All Rise Gallery for your future Chicago accommodation. A lady by the name of Lisa Flores runs an art gallery on the third floor of a four story building in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. She has three extra rooms she rents out to those not residents of Illinois. You get free reign of her kitchen, the art gallery, and licks from her German Shepherd/Chow mix, Archer. The rail stop is just right around the corner from her place and will take to directly downtown within 10 minutes. And, it's cheap. We were able to stay at a flat $75 a night. Gosh darn good for 2 peeps in Chicago. So, the next time you're looking for a cool, cozy, personable place to stay in Chicago, look up the All Rise Gallery, and Lisa will hook you up.


Taking Advantage of Winter

>> Monday, March 3, 2008

Rumors of my Oklahoma friends wearing shorts this time of year actually makes me yearn to be back in the Sooner State. But, you know, still being in the midst of winter has its perks too. Snow-Coneable ingredients at arms reach, free icicles to quench sudden thirst, an extended period of time when soups, stews and homemade breads are comforting, waking up nice and toasty under 7 layers of blankets, the list could go on forever...

Joe and I decided to enjoy the winter outdoors yesterday, and embarked upon some skiing. We recruited our friends Alan and Doug from CIM for an afternoon/evening of uncontrollable speeds and runny noses at the local ski park. Boy howdy, it's the most fun thing I've done in a while. We hit up Brandywine Ski Resort, a mere 30 minute drive, and hit up their Sunday afternoon special of $30 for lift ticket and all equipment. 'Twas choice.

Now it ain't no Alta, but Brandywine was definitely the perfect park for Joe's first time on the slopes. And heck, for $30, I'd go again in a heartbeat.

Towards the end of our adventure we could not escape the adventurous wrath of the "free style" area of the park. Ramps galore. It was a daredevil's paradise. So, naturally, the four of us spent a good 3 hours trying to tame the ravenous ramps. Down below is video footage of the...success?


Winter Bloom

>> Saturday, March 1, 2008

We just got ohhhhhh, about 9 inches of snow this past week....winter is definitely still in full force. Luckily, Trader Joe's had just received a fresh shipment of tulips from Holland a couple weeks ago. A big ol' bunch of a dozen tulips for only 5 bucks. Who can resist a little indoor spring time to subdue winter woes?