Saturday, April 17, 2010

Let Them Eat Lettuce!

It's been a while since I shared the progress of my garden.
(Of course even though I save it the right way, it's not rotating the picture.  I'll get there....)
I guess I'm just at 34ish days.  I'm going to give the lettuce a few more days, and then' we're picking it!

I wish the spinach would catch up.



















And the broccoli.


So many green items.....now that the cold has past us, it may be time to find the tomatoes and peppers!  Perhaps a project for next weekend.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What's for lunch?

Want to go for lunch?  How about the cafe downstairs?  Or the On the Border across the street?  La Madeleine's is not too far.  No sorry, I brought my lunch today.  Which really adds a whole new set of problems.  The only microwaves are on the 7th floor.  I'm on the 11th floor.  I prefer to eat lunch at my desk, so then I have to take my warmed food, uncovered, up the elevator and parade past reception area and the conference room.  Really, for me, it seems like too much of a hassle!  I know, I know.  Katherine, suck it up! 

Do you read ApartmentTherapy?  The Kitchn in particular is my favorite.  This week they have been focusing on lunch.  It has been very timely for me.  We are back to P90X and working out in the evening after work.  By the time we finish our work out and both shower, it is usually 8:30, much too late for a full meal.  (Since I've changed jobs, I have really struggled with making our meals.  I guess I just want to get it right.)  Our dinners the last two weeks have consisted of peanut buttered toast, an orange, and sometimes a few pieces of bacon for the protein.  Since we're having such light dinners, I really need to step it up for lunch.  When is there time to prep lunch if there isn't time to prep dinner??  Ugh...the cycle.  A few months ago I made all our meals for the week on one Sunday afternoon.  It was perfect for that week, but I haven't really needed to do it again.  Maybe I'll go back to that for just our lunches-a much smaller task, I'm sure (10 meals vs. 20).

Anyways, The Kitchn.  A great post this week on items to keep at the office for lunch:

1.Set of Basic Dishes: Give your coffee mug some company. A plate and a bowl make eating at the office feel a little less like, well, eating at the office!
2. Set of Utensils: Forget plastic! Bring a knife, fork, and spoon from home.
3. Cloth Napkin: Nicer and more eco-friendly than using paper towels or napkins. Just remember to take it home and wash it every once and while!

Read the rest

Over the next few weeks, I will attempt to add to my lunch essentials at work.  Maybe I'll bring in my fun napkins I made for the jewelry party!

CB2 has some affordable options, maybe I'll try there!














These glasses from Anthropologie are very popular, but I know they have some at Home Goods for much less.

Friday, April 9, 2010

DINOMITE!

We don't normally do Easter baskets, but this year, we found some cute stuff for a little girl we know.  I fully believe that Easter basket gifts should be fun and and of interest to the child it is being given to.  She is four years old and completely into dinosuars!  We found these very cool, age appropriate items for her:





The crayons were from Artwonders and the ice tray from Heliotrope.  This was my first purchase from Etsy!  (I believe Etsy exists for those of us who say, "I could do that!"  But really don't have the time, so you get it from homemade by someone else.  Genius!) The crayons came gift wrapped with a hand written note from Artwonders.  It was so cute!  Then we added a googly-eyed book about dinosaurs to the bag.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture!

Hope your Easter was as enjoyable as ours was!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ham and Cheese Goodness

I was first introduced to Ham and Cheese Muffins by JD's Chippery.  JD's is just off of the SMU campus, where my mother worked, and I later went to school.  They serve great big muffins, cookies, and fresh squeezed lemonade.  My favorite thing to order was their Ham and Cheese Muffin.  It seems southern.  Doesn't it seem southern?  It is a perfectly warmed muffin that makes me think of home, Dallas, SMU, and beautiful sunny days.

I had the urge to make them a few months ago, and while they are not the perfect version you can find at JD's Chippery, it is a quick mix in the bowl and 12 minutes in the oven.  Who could beat that?

Perhaps I'll do a taste test to find the best muffins.  For sure, I'll employ these techniques I found over at Simplebites.

So far, this is the recipe I've been using:

Ingredients:
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced cooked ham
1/2 cup onions
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter

Set oven to 450 degrees.  Mix Bisquick, cheese, ham, and onions together in a bowl.  Mix the milk and butter together when the butter has cooled down just a bit so as not to curdle the milk.   Add to the mix.  Spoon in to greese muffin cups to 2/3 full.  Sprinkle cheese on the top of each muffin.   Bake for 12 minutes.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Oh, to be able to bake!

I'm not a baker.  At all.  I can't make brownies out of a box mix.  My chocolate chip cookies are rock solid and thin.  It's a problem I've had since I was a child.  One day, I tried to make confetti cupcakes.  Somewhere in the directions, I missed the confetti part.  I think my baking issue comes because I like to add extra stuff that I think will taste good.  Like cinnamon.  There's too much science to baking.  I'm getting much better, however.  Bread has come succussfully out of my kitchen, and so has molten lava chocolate cake (a post for another day).

Today at work, I looked up Bakerella.  I went over my lunch break because I was reading her site and looking at the beautiful pictures!  She's the inventer of the Cake Pop.  I will definitely have to try out her stuff.  On the To Do List!