Posts made in August 26th, 2011

csa friday!


Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in Food

Wooohoooooo! Friiiidddaaaayyyyyy! Any excited plans for this evening? Babyface has pizza in the oven and I’m glued to the Weather Channel. Please, promise me, if you are on the East Coast, you will be careful, heed evacuation orders and take care of yourself. Irene is scary stuff.

Onto a less serious topic, our CSA this week was a fun one!

Various heirloom tomatoes, pears, peppers, potatoes, eggs, chicken wings, and stew meat. I am very excited about the stew meat because my slow cooker stroganoff recipe needed a bit of tweaking before it was blog ready, but I didn’t want to have to go out and buy more stew meat to finalize it. Woohoo!

Check out these beautiful pears! This picture makes me all warm and fuzzy.

We also got watermelon pickles! What the heck are these things? Inform me, internet!

Pizza time! Happy Friday, friends. :)

Are you in the path of Irene? If so, what are you doing to stay safe?

pinterinspiration: mellow yellow


Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in Fun

I’ve been seriously feeling the color yellow lately. Part of it has to do with the fact that yellow is a mega hot color right now and you can see in pretty much every magazine. But another part of it is that I absolutely, cannot wear yellow. It is a terrible color for my skintone, so thinking of other fun ways to use the bright and sunny color is high on my fun list.

  1. Two-rectangle Tank Top: Alright, so I obviously can’t make a yellow version, but I could use another color to make this super easy, DIY top.
  2. Carrot and Ginger Soup from Eat Live Run: I don’t even like ginger that much and this still sounds awesome.
  3. Felt Circle Pillow: I have to think that I could DIY this with a little bit of patience and a whole lot of yellow felt.
  4. Painted Bookshelves: I love bookshelves that have a fun little pop of color. And the yellow and robin’s egg blue in this photo make me swoon.
  5. Gray and Yellow Bedroom: I have visions of a gray and purple bedroom, but the yellow is really nice as well. I think the gray makes it feel cave-like, cool and cozy, but the yellow adds a little bit of cheeriness. Maybe gray, purple and yellow?
  6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples and Bacon: Okay, so not yellow, but this dish of little roasted, caramelized nuggets of deliciousness sound amazing. Paging Fall! I need you here, stat, so I can eat this.
  7. Yellow Front Door: My front door is owned by my landlord, but if I did have a front door of my very own, I’d paint it yellow. And then stare at it all day happily.
  8. Yellow Carnival Umbrella: Even on the rainiest of day, there is no way to be sad when holding this happy little guy.
  9. Chunky Yellow Beaded Necklace: I was literally looking in the mirror before work yesterday and thought, “I need a big, chunky, yellow necklace.” And seriously contemplated what store would (a) have such a necklace and (b) be open at 6:45am on a Thursday. Needless to say, necklace was not acquired.

What color are you into right now?

fun friday: regional cuisine


Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in Food

Hi, friends. Welcome to Friday! Yay!

Have you had a good week? This week has been totally crazy for me. I don’t know how many of you now this, but Babyface and I live in a college town. Our little town has 80,000 people, and 40,000 of those are students. So summer here is…blissful. Quiet, peaceful, open parking everywhere. But alas, that all ended this week as students rushed back into town. It’s always a little bit bittersweet to see the students come back. Of course, they are the reason that (a) I have a job and (b) our town is so amazing, but when they come back the town gets a little crazy. At least until the freshman and parents figure out the one-way streets. :)

Alright, enough ranting about college freshman. Let’s have some fun! This one comes from an old friend from my Livejournal days.

What are some of the local delicacies to your region?

I think regionalisms are so fascinating. And you know I love some food. So this question is right up my alley!

In Indiana, we have the breaded pork tenderloin. Which is a giant pork tenderloin, pounded paper-thin, breaded and then deep-fried. You saw me eat one at the county fair! YUM. Every one I’ve ever had is actually so big that they fold the tenderloin in half for it fit on the sandwich.

We are also pretty well-know for delicious biscuits with apple butter (yum!) and of, course, we’re famous for our corn. You’ll also find an amazing selection of persimmon-flavored goods in the fall. I had persimmon trees just growing in the woods at my childhood home.

Babyface is from Northern Ontario and one of the delicacies his home town is known for are Persians. They are sorta cinnamon bun flavored donut but with raspberry or strawberry frosting. Because there are a ton of Finnish immigrants and descendants in his hometown, there are also a ton of traditional Finnish dishes that are pretty prevalent.

What kind of food is your hometown known for?