Saturday, August 27, 2011

If you got eyes look at me now

A few interesting things have happened lately and by interesting I mean just mildly interesting and probably only to me. As you may or may not know, as part of my new job I work at Bingo on Sundays and Thursdays. Well on Thursday, homegirl comes in and buys 11 packs to play on. Each pack has 18 faces. Thus, homegirl was playing bingo on 198 different cards. Some of the people I see are fascinating enough that Tyler and I have decided to pitch the secret life of bingo goers as a tv show to A&E and TLC.  I'll keep you updated on our progress.

Anyhow, back to my cooking. The other night I made the most delicious dinner I've ever managed. Unfortunately, it was a salad so I don't really know if I get to take credit. I got these great salad choppers from pampered chef so thankfully I can chop my Green Bean Delivery greens much easier and I can buy bunches and full heads as opposed to chopped greens. So I put together a few types of lettuce and spinach with celery, onions and tomato basil almonds, cheese stuffed spinach tortellini and sun dried tomato vinaigrette dressing. The greatest meal I've ever had! Even Tyler agreed and he is not a salad eater. I also the day before made my own potato wedges which were equally as amazing and so easy! Just slice some potatoes and then throw them in a bag with EVOO (thank you Rachael Ray) and some seasonings, shake it up and bake for 30 min turning once halfway through. It's been fun so far to be able to just try things out and cook. It also gives me something else to look forward to when I get home which makes me love home even more. Speaking of home, I'm looking into buying this one. Eek! I'm not old enough yet!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"The time will come when men such as I (da Vinci) will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."

So I'm trying out this cooking thing in addition to just baking. You may or may not know of my dream to become a pastry chef but lately I've been thinking about trying my hand at cooking actual foods. My friend Jen turned me on to a company called Green Bean Delivery and they deliver fresh produce to your home for about the same cost as buying them at the grocery store. So I got my first delivery and OMG was it amazing! Last night I tried to make just a simple vegetable soup with grilled cheese (ham and cheese for Tyler) and it turned out wonderfully! I decided to slice, season and roast the veggies first for about 30 min then add them to the broth for about an hour. As not to jinx it, I am currently baking a gluten-free banana bread. The soup was also gluten-free. My sister has a gluten issue, possibly so it's been fun trying to find things to bake for her. I'm surprised at how many gluten free recipes are also dairy-free and vegan friendly. I'm also trying out egg replacements so really I'm only a perfect cheese substitute away from being a vegan.

On the note of vegan/vegetarianism, I'd just like to toot my own horn and mention how proud I am of myself for sticking to what I believe in. I'm not telling everyone they need to stop eating meat, although I'd love it if everyone did, but I'm also not eating it regardless of peer pressure or convenience or any other thing that causes people to fall off their chosen wagons. I've had my share of easy and convenient dinners (i.e. peanut butter sandwiches, cereal...etc.) but I don't hit up the BK Lounge or grab some McTrash just because it's on my way home. Again, I'm not encouraging everyone to stop eating meat (ok, that's not true, I am encouraging you but I'm not pressuring you) but I do encourage everyone to think about the choices and beliefs that you live your life by and see if you're really sticking with them. Especially think about the things you believe that are hard to stick with or unpopular and if they're worth it make a conscious effort to stick with them through the weekend at least. Most importantly you'll be proud of yourself and really that's the best feeling there is.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A New Job!

So finally, Finally, FINALLY my hard work and six internships have paid off! I will now be working in development for the Kentucky Opera and could not be happier. I'm excited to get into what I went to school for and into what I will actually be good at. I'm sure it will have it's stress and ups and downs like every job but it's what I want to do and that's what I'm excited about. Lame blog post, I know, but I don't really have anything else to say. If anyone would like to celebrate with me just let me know! :)