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Books, Yarn, and Passports

I am very happy to continue on the August Awesomeness in many ways: my sweet pup is becoming a Frisbee queen, jumping this way and that to catch her favorite toy. The Frisbee is also pretty close to dead, but what can you do? It is guaranteed ‘indestructible’ so whenever it finally gives up the ghost, I can turn in the remnants and get another!

I have been reading Ender’s Game lately, and am now nearly through Speaker for the Dead. What took me so long to read these?! Also, a side note: a great way to get on my even-better-than-good side is to give me good books to read. It’s a great way to share interests, always have a topic of conversation, and it makes my inner academic giddy with happy feels!

As for the yarn, I’m working on a few crafty projects. My main one is a poncho that was commissioned at the beginning of the summer. Now that I’m not out of state every few weeks (or more often), I’m finally making headway. It’s about 75% finished now and I’m hoping to get it done in the next week or so. Then I’ll post a picture! The yarn is mohair from Turkey, in a forest green. It’s a joy!

My other activity for the month? I’m going to make a push to fill out the rest of my Boulder Passport. So far, I’ve hit 11 of the 40 locations, so it is going to be difficult but I think it is doable. Lucky me, that I have friends willing to pitch in! The Passport has really encouraged me to get out and explore more of what Boulder has to offer. I’ve spent more time on Pearl Street this summer than I have in the last several years of being here!

I’ve got 2 months and 3 days left before turning thirty. Here’s to hoping the days will be packed!

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A Very Productive Friday Night

Every now and again, even the most outgoing extrovert needs a night in to relax…and to try out new recipes! Remember me mentioning the pickles and brownies? Well, I made them and took it one better by fixing some kale chips, too.

I started off with some kale, grabbed on sale from Lucky’s. I figured since they had the least amount of prep and cook-time, it would be the perfect beginning (and provide a snack while I finished the other items!).

20140801_180706I washed and dried the kale in my trusty spinner, cut the stems, and pulled it into pieces. I arranged them on the pan, spritzed them with olive oil and seasoned them with Tony’s before popping them in the oven (275*F). After 10 minutes, I flipped them, spritzed them, and seasoned the other side. After a mere 20 minutes total, they were ready. Delicious, if a bit over-seasoned! Live and learn.

20140801_190117Then, I got started on the brownies and the pickles. The pickles were made from a simple refrigerator recipe that I cut in half. I had a half-liter ball jar, 4 medium cucumbers from my sister’s garden (thanks, beautiful!), some pickling salt, white vinegar, and some freshly chopped dill. As the salt wilted the slices, I was able to put more in, so I did use every slice of the cucumbers after all.

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And finally, the brownies. I even splurged and used my dark chocolate from Iceland to make them extra-chocolate-y!
20140801_182653 The recipe made a bit more batter than I anticipated, so I was lucky enough to have not only a pan of brownies, but an entire pan of mini-brownie muffins, too. I bumped the oven up a bit, and popped them in.

20140801_185816It was perfect timing, too! I met my new neighbors and was able to give them rich, freshly baked brownies to welcome them. The old neighbors were moving out, and I was able to send them along with mini brownies. All in all, it was a fantastic Friday night.

That was thrilling

My first cycling team ride went incredibly well! I got in just under 18 miles, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour. I learned how to draft today (huge for group rides!) and got lots of good tips. Also, the weather cooperated beautifully! I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I met some new ladies, and the six of us rode around for a good hour, plus a bit more. 🙂 And the majority of the trip we took today was to places I hadn’t ever been, roads I’ve never been down before. Who could ask for a better first experience?

 

And now, I’m in the mood for baking. I’m thinking oatmeal cookies, since it has been a looong time since I have made those. Which gets me thinking about a lot of options: I have been reading up a lot lately on how to do better meal planning, saving money at the grocery store, freezing items, and in general, eating healthier. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, though I do love some v friendly dishes (and I just got the Veganomicon – squee!) and would like to cook more of them. I am particularly interested in how to spend more time cooking at home with my partner – we both love to cook and he actually enjoys doing dishes, which is only one of the many many reasons why I am a damn lucky girl – and how to have enough ready-to-go meals and snacks prepared when we don’t have the time we need. Cooking larger batches and freezing them is an easy way to go about it, but how to ensure you have the variety that we are fortunate enough to enjoy? Plus, he is a snacking fiend, so I will need to figure out how to break up the meal-sized items and have some snack-sizes as well.

It certainly helps that I have a deep freeze, enjoy canning, and we both love to experiment with different foods.

I’m looking forward to it!