My Neighbor is Awesome!

The past few days have been filled with work.  While I’ve managed to get a lot done, my fridge is looking pretty bare.  Consequently, I’ve been eating a lot grains and random frozen vegetables left over.

Just in time to save the day, my neighbor (who we lovingly call Slick Rick) invited a few friends over for dinner. He had an amazing spread of vegetables to grill.

Ladies, he’s single (I think…)  🙂

All sorts of amazing!

I contributed a less than exciting salad compared to all the grilled goodies.

Now I’m stuffed and ready for bed.  Next week, I’m making the neighbors dinner!  What should I make?  I feel like it has to be amazing too!  Suggestions?

Have a great night!!

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M.I.A.

Hi Friends!

Next week is the last week of classes! Woo! That means the next few weeks I will be

or rather

Consequently this is the extent of the vegetables in my produce drawer:

Thus lunch has to be

Had this for a few days now.  Not sure how tomorrow’s going to pan out since I’m out of bread and cheese.  I’ll figure it out.

Also…

WTF, Ithaca!??! It’s practically May!!

Off to class I go!

Pear Cardamom Cupcakes with Sweet Rose Frosting

It’s that day again (you know the one…), but I’m going to ignore it and just be a happy camper, because really that’s the best way to be.  I’m generally a happy person.  I smile a lot and can laugh at pretty much anything (i.e. when I fell down the stairs on campus a few weeks ago).

Sometimes I wonder if I should even bother doing serious things in life.

While I figure that out, I’ll stick to my hobby and potentially only real skill in life: baking.

Pear Cardamom Cupcakes

1 very ripe pear, peeled and finely chopped/mashed
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 pinches of baking soda
1 tsp cardamom
1/3 cup of milk

Preheat oven to 350. Combine mashed pear, oil, vanilla and sugar.  Add one egg at a time until blended together.  Add dry ingredients, mix until just combined.  Gradually add milk, stir until well blended.

Pour batter into paper lined cupcake pan.  Bake 15-20 mins.  Makes 12 cupcakes.  Once completely cooled, frost with Sweet Rose Frosting:

Sweet Rose Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
1-2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp rose water

Whip together all ingredients.  Frost cupcakes.  Enjoy!

I love rose flavored sweets. They make me want to smile.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Hope you have better weather than we do here!

Bagels!

Happy Friday!

I wish I could be more excited that it’s the weekend but I have a ton of work to do.  However, tonight is the Grad Prom Ball!  I have a ridiculous bright yellow dress!  (Pictures to come)

Let’s back track to last night… After an intense class, I needed to bake.  Thus, Bagels…

2 kinds: Multi-grain and Cinnamon Raisin

For the multi-grain bagels, I used this recipe. For the cinnamon raisin bagels, I used my go to bagel recipe but added about a tablespoon of cinnamon and a box of raisins.

The cinnamon raisin looked prettier:

But the Multi-grain tasted amazing!

It is my mission to perfect these multi-grain bagels!  You may see them again in the near future!

I should probably go get ready… Have a great night!!

This there a recipe you’re trying to perfect? I will conquer these bagels!

Double Down

Don’t you love it when you wake up after having had the most amazing dream ever?  You just know it has to be a good day.

Today was a bit of a doozy but it all turned out well.

I started with an intense work out (oh goodness I was a sweaty mess). Then had a green monster for breakfast featuring the only protein powder I’ve tried so far that I’ve liked.

So you’re probably wondering about the title, right?  You guessed it.

Some friends and I drove to Cortland to KFC (because Ithaca doesn’t have one) so they could try the double down.

I had some biscuits and sides.

You’re probably not going to believe this but the franchise we went to stopped selling the grilled version because they weren’t selling enough!  Isn’t that nuts?!

There were mixed reviews.

Ugh NEED to do stuff tonight! Have a good one!

Have you tried the Double Down?  Been curious to do so?

Do you think it’ll last?

No Go…

I spent the better part of my day avoiding work.  I’m not sure what’s wrong with me.  Usually on Mondays I’m ready to go, but today was a no go!

I woke up at 6:30am hoping to be at the gym by the time it opened at 7:00am.  Didn’t end up getting there til 7:30am.  Intended to spend 45 minutes on the treadmill doing a variety of intervals.  Ended up doing 22 mins on the treadmill and 23 minutes on the elliptical.  Not feeling the gym today.

After the gym, I got ready for class, lost track of time, missed a few buses and never made it to class… instead I went to the library where I attempted to read only to end up taking a nap! What’s wrong with me?!?

I was definitely feeling a little off today.

When I got home this evening, I decided dinner and cooking would cheer me up.  I enjoyed two bowls of homemade black bean soup with greek yogurt mixed in.

I also made some pasta sauce.

And some vegan pear muffins

Random… I know…

They were an experiment, not sure they were good enough to post the recipe.

Then I took an almost 2 hour nap…

I need Monday to be over.  I’m ready for bed.

My goal for tomorrow is to smile at least 10 times and get work done!  Who’s with me?

I Hate Sunday

Sunday is my least favorite day of those days that we consider “the weekend.”

Let’s be realistic.  Sunday is a jerk.

Friday is exciting.  It’s the beginning of the weekend, and you’re ready to relax.   He’s like the cute boy you have a crush on and can’t wait to see.

Saturday is great.  You can sleep in, go to the farmer’s market, watch shows you’ve been waiting all week to catch up on, stay up late with friends knowing that it doesn’t really matter what time you wake up the next day. He’s the boy that takes you on fun dates.

Then Sunday… There’s the expectation that you were lazy all weekend and should probably get something done.  The lazy lounging around that makes Saturday so blissful is replaced by the guilt that you should be getting work done while your brain tells you that it’s still the weekend. He’s the boy you’ve been with far too long for your own good and should probably break up with to maintain your sanity.

This specific Sunday, today, was particularly unproductive. I opened readings, read the first paragraph and got distracted.  I went to the computer lab and got little done.  I lost my student ID and didn’t go to the gym.  I ate about 15 oreos… maybe more.

I managed to redeem myself with dinner, featuring pee’s best friend: asparagus.

Open faced cheese, egg and asparagus sandwich.

1 sliced of multigrain bread, toasted with cheddar cheese.

Topped with roasted asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper

and poached egg.

Nothing makes up for Sunday’s jerk like tendencies like a runny yolk.  That and the potential of having strawberries grow in my window.

Now these little guys are sitting on my window sill soaking up the sun chillin’ like it’s Saturday.

I, on the other hand, must get to reading because pretty soon it’ll be Monday, everyone’s favorite day.

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

What’s your favorite day of the week?