Category Archives: lunch

Autumn & Co.

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking with friends lately. This is partially because I’m too cheap to go out to eat and partially because I really should learn how to make things that you can’t put ice cream on top of.

I’m going to brag on my friend Kaitlynn and myself for our made-from-scratch chicken and dumplings. I’m pretty sure the recipe came from this cook book, but I can’t be sure.


Along with the chicken and dumplings we made asparagus and a molasses cake. The cake was AMAZING. I rarely use all caps to enphasize a point, but I’m doing it now.

 

More recently I had a lunch with my friends Katie and Betsy. We ate nothing but mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

This post proves that I’m a carb junkie.

I’m The Girl With The Pizza The Kind That’s Good To Eatzza

I usually loathe being immobile for more than an hour at a time but that’s exactly what I did straight through five made-for-TV movies.

Today was definitely one of the least productive days I’ve had in a very long time, but after a busy week I think it was much needed. A small group of five close friends and I made pizza after pizza while watching low-budget movie after low-budget movie.

Pizza #1: Breakfast Pizza  Movie #1: Life Time’s Natalee Holloway

Okay we didn’t write down or make exact recipes but here’s a rough one.

You need turkey sausage, sharp cheddar cheese, frozen hash browns, and about three eggs. After you’ve stretched out your pizza dough (or defrosted a frozen one for the lazier people) pile everything onto it in no particular order and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.

The movie was cheesy with terrible acting, it was awesome, my second favorite of the day.

Pizza #2 Berry Dessert Pizza  Movie #2: Keeping Up With The Randalls

First you need to bake the crust with butter and honey spread in a thin  layer over the top. Once it’s cooled add either cream cheese frosting or cream cheese mixed with powdered sugar on top. Then, using either fresh or frozen, add berries on top of the cream cheese.

As for the movie, it seemed like a combination of The Family Stone, The Proposal and about two other movies. Let’s just say it’s not one I’ll watch again.

Pizza #3: Cheese Pizza

Movie #3: Murder at 75 Birch

Unfortunately I had no part in making this one. I did however, have part in eating it. It was awesome.

I believe it was a six-cheese pizza with roasted garlic and alfredo sauce.

The movie was pure drama: a sister-in-law murdered, a tragic accident killing a husband, a brother-in-law cheating with two women and killing for love (and insurance money).

Pizza #4: Chocolate Dessert Pizza  Movie #4: One Angry Juror

Again just a basic pizza crust already cooked. Chocolate frosting, marshmallows and M&Ms are added one top. And that’s it.

I’m pretty sure I was either asleep or distracted during this movie, but I do remember a lot of yelling. That must mean it’s good right?

Snack #5: Cheesy Breadsticks  Movie #5: Last Man Standing

It’s a no-brainer, it’s just bread with cheese on top.

The movie was super suspenseful, but by far my favorite, mostly because Mekhi Phifer was in it.

By the way, I’m super great at making pizza crust now.

Frozen Fruit And A Killer Sandwich

I’ve been forcing myself to learn how to make real food. In a few weeks I’ll go back to living on my own and I refuse to eat nothing but green beans, frozen yogurt, peanut better, or grapefruits for every meal.

I’ve mastered baking, but I should really broaden my horizon.

I figured out how to make fruit popsicles. The recipe is really easy to make.

You just combine fruit and sugar, about 2 cups of fruit and 2 table spoons of a fine grain sugar will yield 3 medium-sized popsicles.

I made two flavors: strawberry and yogurt and lemon blueberry. I tried adding plain yogurt to the strawberry for a cream sickle.

Okay, the next recipe is a tuna sandwich with humus. If you’re skeptical I don’t blame you, but I promise it’s good.

I like to make my tuna salad with olive oil, capers, parsley, lemon and onions instead of mayonnaise and relish. I used toasted wheat bread, spread the humus on, layer sliced cucumbers then the tuna salad.

It’s been a relaxing week because I got a chance to not only make food and blog but I also managed to find some free time to do a few paintings. This is my favorite from this week.

In The Summer Time

I’ll be the first person to admit that they hate summer weather. That does NOT mean I hate summer.

Summer is super. It’s the perfect time of year for kayaking, beach, river, hiking, camping and snow cones… and I love all these things.

See? Camping. Also sweet potatoes. I must go through phases with foods. First it was grapefruit then peanut butter then honey and now sweet potatoes.

When it gets too hot I can just stay indoors and paint.

One more lovely thing about summer, it’s far too warm for jeans so I can wear dresses practically every day.

The picture to the left is before.

I semi-sew this dress, I cheated by using the skirt of an old dress.

One last treat for your ears and eyes:

Meow

I love salads. All. Year. Long.

Summer time just makes them better.

Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, lemon juice and a huge knife are all you need. Yum.

Salad also tastes best when the veggies look like a cat.

It’s super cute, right?

Also, bad news, I relapsed on my coffee cut back. I’ve returned to 5 cups a day. I’m so disappointed in myself. I’m right back where I began.

Mmm… Pancakes

It’s that time of year yet again. Exam week. Naturally my roommates are frazzled and stressed out.

All week long we have been craving pancakes; we finally gave in and had a pancake party.

Ingredients use:

pancake mix, chocolate chips, oat meal mix, syrup, peanut butter, ice cream, cocoa powder, butter, and a whole lot of love

Needless to say we all ruined our dinners. I should have listened to my mother. All my life she warned my not to eat any cookies too closely to dinner and here I am at 4:30 in the afternoon with a tall stack of pancakes.

Pancake ice cream sunday with syrup on top.

I got a little lazy toward the end of the pancake experimentations and threw a whole lot of batter into the frying pan. Poor execution of the monster pancake.


The point is pancakes are awesome, studying is not, and I feel like I’m going to vomit because I ate too much.

My Apartment Is 90° (Probably)

Seriously, some guy has been working on my A/C for hours with no results. It’s Florida, it’s summer, it’s cooler outside than it is inside.

Here’s a few reasons why I’m not getting school work done:

1. It’s raining.
2. My book is starting to get good.
3. I’m hungry.
4. I should fold my laundry.
5. I should put up my laundry.
6. It’s raining.
7. My apartment is too warm.
8. My tea is too cold.
9. I’m going to hang up the painting I just finished.
10. I’m going to upload a picture of the painting I just finished.

Anyway, I made a cauliflower monster.

I really have no idea what you do with cauliflower. How do you cook it? What do you eat it with? Why  does it remind me of sheep?