January 27, 2011

...New Obsession Alert...

The new show Shameless on Showtime. Does anyone else watch it?
Its just the right amount of cute, raunchy and funny. The characters are genius, every single one of them.

If you havent seen it... do it!

January 25, 2011

food lovin: sandwiches

my best friends wedding was this past weekend so ive been on a "diet" well more of an eat healthy and be good diet but a diet non the less!!! so next week im going on an eat yummy stuff all day diet!!! haha im going on vacation starting friday so ive decided boyfriend and i are gonna eat and cook whatever we want! dont get me wrong i do love healthy food so my lets get crazy diet may include homemade tacos and pizza!!! crazy i know =P

bread, cheese and sammiches will definitely be on that list...

January 19, 2011

Ive been rearranging my house the last couple days and I am super excited about it. Operation declutter and beautify the house is in full effect.
The next step is to get rid of some furniture I haven't used in a while so i can put a teepee up in the back section of my house. I have this area that could be for an office in the back of my house. It has a desk and an awkward DIY bookshelf that I made out of a side table and a hutch. I love watching TV when i'm on the internet so I haven't used my desk in over a year, I usually sit on the floor or couch while i'm on the internet. So i'm getting rid of my desk, and I don't really need my funky bookshelf either cause I have another bookshelf in the house plus a broken ladder that I use as a bookshelf. So I get to donate those pieces too. This move leaves the whole "office" area empty and perfect for my teepee! I cant wait to start working on it!
After I get it put up and secure i'll need to find floor cushions and pillows and blankets for inside! It will be the perfect reading corner! Maybe it will help me read more! haha
Here is a photo of what i'm aiming for...

January 06, 2011

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegetarian, but don’t?
Chicken. I use to love fried chicken tenders. When I first cut meat out of my diet I use to walk through the grocery store and smell that yummy chicken and wish I could just have one bite. I still smell it and yes it still smells good but i dont miss it at all.

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
I grew up eating lots of veggies so I pretty much liked everything my mom made. One thing i do enjoy now are kalamata olives. Ive always hated olives and still hate green and black, But kalamata... now those are delicious!

What vegetarian dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Large slices of eggplant and portobello mushrooms. I can eat diced of either one but when it comes to large slices I dont like how "meaty" they are. 
Im diggin this recipe tho... eggplant "meatballs" YUM

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
I like to make a variety of things. I guess my most popular dishes would be my pasta salad and merlot sangria. Recently I made the most delicious hot artichoke and spinach dip. I cant wait to make that again.

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
Not really. I will try anything twice. The second time is to make sure I dont like something before dismissing it from my life completely.  

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Cheese and Ice Cream. I try not to buy either one on a regular so I'm not tempted! 

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Hummus. I love homemade hummus. Homemade tastes much better in my opinion!

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Organic produce for sure... And I love a good quality olive oil. I'll also splurge on good quality cheese (when I give in and buy some)

Are you much of a snacker?  What are your favorite snacks?
I'm not much of a snacker. But my sister bought these salt and vinegar almonds that are amazing! I'm diggin those at the moment.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Mostly I love plain ole cheese. When I'm feelin crazy I like spinach, tomato and feta on my pizza.

What is your favorite vegetable?  Fruit?
Veggie:  Tomatoes
Fruit:  Raspberries

What is the best salad dressing?
Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, oregano and parmesan cheese

What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Strawberry Jam

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
On a sick day I love tomato soup and mac and cheese... weird I know.
One of my favorite soups I've ever made was this Cheddar Vegetable Soup. Ohh my lord its AMAZING 

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I'm not gonna lie the cupcake trend is driving me nuts! I'm sick of cupcakes. 
Whoppie Pies are my new love. I love pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting.

What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Plain ole chocolate chip. Hot out of the oven of course.

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
Theres so many I love to make. I love trying out new recipes so I dont eat most things more than a couple times. My favorites that I cant stop making are tofu parmesan and 3 bean tacos. I dont think I've posted about either one of these. I'll have to get on that cause they are amazing. Even my omni boyfriend loves them!

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
Morgan is on board with most things I make. He hates onions tho... I can sneak onions into some dishes but others he can definitely tell and he will eat around the onions. Ive been blessed with a non picky boyfriend! Thank god!

How long, in total,  do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
Depends on the day... working 2 jobs has limited my cooking days/ times. Sometimes we dont eat till 930/10 at night! yikes!