Thursday, July 31, 2008


This meal is really a celebration of July in Kansas. I improvised a little because the original recipe has shrimp on top. But I couldn't do that because shrimp is full of cholesterol...oh and it's not vegan. This one is better anyway and there is no risk of finding a poop vein.
Corn Cakes with Black Bean Salad and Mexican Rice
Shit. I will post this one later. I didn't realize that it is already after 11:00. I love you guys but I love sleep more....


"You could wrap a toenail in puff pastry and it would taste good." That's what the 16 year old kid at HyVee told me when I asked him where I could find puff pastry. I am going to use that quote in the hopes that it will make you want to try this recipe despite my pathetic attempts to photograph it. Because that kid is right...although the thought of it turns my stomach a little. These are Veggie Wellingtons. I have never had Beef Wellingtons but I can promise you that you will not miss the beef when you eat these. Vegetable Wellingtons
Serves 4
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. olive oil,
divided1 lb. asparagus, trimmed, and cut into thirds
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch wide strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 5-oz. package prewashed baby spinach leaves
14-oz. pkg. frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
16-oz. jar tomato sauce (Ragu Pizza Sauce is really good too)
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, and onion, and sauté 5 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables begin soften. Add spinach, remove from heat, and stir until spinach wilts. In the pan split the veggie in half. Then split the halves into halves again. And again. This will leave you with 8, fairly equal piles of the goods.

Lay puff pastry on well-floured work surface. Cut into eight squares, and line them up in two rows of four. Scoop sautéed vegetables into center of four squares, keeping edges clear. Take a small (very small) amount of water and gently brush the edges of the squares. Spoon about a tablespoon of pesto on the other 4 squares, keeping it off of the edges. Set the pesto puff pastry squares on top of vegetables, stretching dough gently by hand to cover entire surface. Press edges firmly with fingers or fork to seal tightly. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. You will need to cook it for less time if you have a dark coated pan. Just watch for the dough to turn a golden brown and then pull um out. Meanwhile, heat tomato sauce in saucepan until warm.
To serve: Use the sauce as a dip for the Wellington. Then call me and tell me how freakin fabulous they are and how much you love me.


I have several friends that seem almost fascinated by the food we eat. I don't know if it is because it is not typical or if maybe they are not very adventurous with food but whatever the reason a couple of them have asked me to write about our dinners more often. So, I started the week with every intention of posting a photo and recipe every night. Ahem...sorry about that. I need to play a little catch up.
Monday we had General Tao's Tofu and a spring roll. The recipe is here. The photo above is a little deceiving because I forgot to put the sauce on the food before I took the photo. This is what it looks like with the sauce.
This is the perfect recipe for people who are afraid of tofu or haven't really ventured out into making Chinese food at home. I love to fix this because it tastes like take out without all the fat and sugar and MSG. I do make a couple of changes to the recipe though-for starters I double the sauce. I like my rice to be saucy too and so will you. So double it. BUT don't double the sugar. It doesn't need it and neither does your body (or your very energetic 2 year old boy's body). Also you can use any veggies you like and you can put it on rice or noodles. I recommend brown rice because it tastes great and is better for you.
If tofu scares you I have a little advice. If you live in Lawrence buy Central Foods Tofu. They have it at the Merc and HyVee. Squeeze around until you find one that is firm. Take it home and put it in the freezer. The morning of the day that you plan to fix this dish take your tofu out and let it defrost in the sink. That night open up the package and give it a good squeeze. The more water you can get out of your tofu the firmer it will be and firm tofu is a good thing. Don't buy the silken tofu. That is for desserts. Oh speaking of that I have a great silken tofu dessert that I will post about this weekend. Anyway, don't buy the silken or you will never want to cook with tofu again. And that would be a shame.

In the works

I found new house numbers last week. I have been searching for new ones since we first moved in. The ones we have now are just boring old black ones like every other house on the street. I was hoping to find some at an antique shop but after a year of searching I have pretty much given up. These are from Paper Source and I really like the font and the size. I think they are going to be orange or maybe blue. Oh it' so hard to decide. Well, for now they are primed and ready for what's next. Check one more off the list.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Happy Friday guys! Have a good weekend.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 1: Get Healthy

I forgot how much I love sweating. This morning I got up at 6:00. I took Henry to my Mom's house and headed for the gym. I felt nervous. I don't really know why it is that I get nervous every time I do something new, even when it isn't actually new. I exercised every day before I had Henry. And yet I still felt my stomach flip as I handed the girl at the desk my I.D. Last night I packed my bag. I had a system 3 years ago; I was able to fit everything into a small bag. I couldn't figure it out last night. My shampoo bottles wouldn't fit in the side pockets, my flip-flops stuck to the towel. By 11:00 last night I quit trying to remember how I did it and just squeezed it all in. This morning I ran for 40 minutes. I did a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down. I ran a total of 4 miles. That is a 10 minute mile, which I don’t think is all that great, but I was practically giggling by the time I climbed off that machine because I didn’t think I would last 20 minutes, let alone 50.
The rest of today has not been as easy. The only bad thing about morning workouts is that I feel crazy hungry all day. I have been drinking green tea and water like a crazy person but I can’t stop thinking about dinner. Veggie lasagna. With garlic bread.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Doing my homework

Earlier in the week a coworker of mine was complaining about gas prices and she mentioned her frustration with the fact that we are not doing offshore drilling. Of course I totally disagree with offshore drilling but didn’t feel I had enough information to explain or debate with her. I decided to educate myself on the subject and thought you guys might be interested.

-Currently there are 33 millions acres of land, offshore, that is open to drilling and has not been explored.
-In addition to those acres there is 68 million acres of land in the lower 48 that is open to drilling and has not been explored.
-The majority of that acreage has been environmentally approved for exploration.
-The acreage that George Bush and John McCain want to open up is areas that are environmentally protected areas.
-If we do start drilling in those areas it will take at least 10 years before that oil shows us as gas at our pumps
-It will reduce the cost of gas by 2 cents per gallon.
-Bush has filled the Strategic Oil Reserve to 97.5%, approximately 700 million barrels, and refuses to open even a small percentage of the reserve to the public even though it has been paid for by the taxpayers already. The SOR is the fullest it has ever been in US history.

Think about who stands to benefit from the price of oil being so high.

“We have two oil men in office so of course the price of oil is going to go up. If Coronal Sanders was the president and the price of chicken went up we would know why.” Bill Maher

Obviously we cannot count on the government helping us out of this crisis. Alternative energy sources is really the only long term solution. In the mean time here are some tips to save on gas-

-Fill up in the morning. Gas is denser when it is cool so you will get more for your money.
-Stay above a half tank. Gas evaporates so the more air in the tank the more evaporation.
-Keep your tires aired up to maximum PSI. You will get better gas mileage.
-Remove non-essential items form your trunk. Weight increases the amount of gas you use.
-Keep your engine tuned up and replace your air filters regularly.
-Drive slower and avoid quick starts and stops. Don’t floor it.
-If you are close to your destination ride a bike or walk. With the money you save in gas you can buy an ipod which makes walking much more fun.
-Combine errands into one trip.
-Take the bus. It’s cheap and you can read a book while someone else deals with the driving.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I’ve spent the last 6 months “planning” to lose weight. So far I have put on 6 lbs. Ehem…clearly “planning” isn’t helping much. I signed up for the gym on Monday and made a plan-

-M/W/F mornings at 6:30 my sister and I are going to the gym.
-Run: I used to be able to run for 45 minutes. My goal is to get back to that. I think I will start at 30 minutes now because I haven’t exercised for almost 3 years.
- Lift weights: just machines to get started. And some sit ups at home.
-Salads for lunch. It is all I really want anyway but I never take the time to plan it out and make them in the morning. I had one today for lunch and it was great.
-Eat 2 snacks during the day.
-No Friday doughnuts (at work…they do it to me every week)

I know reading about someone trying to lose weight isn’t very exciting so I will try to name all my posts about weight loss the same so that you can skip them completely if you want. Wish me luck.

Monday, July 14, 2008

WIsh List

Wade asked for a birthday wish list and I realized that the older I get the more expensive my wish list becomes. Oh well, here it is
letters::flats::cute tops::purse::another cute top::birthday cake::cake stand::cruiser bike::mixer::SLR camera (and 60 mm lens)::chi::rotating cake stand

*sigh* Sometimes making a wish list isn't that fun. Like when you have no money :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fun clicks

I just discovered Wordle. It is so fun. Just enter a blog address (This one is from Henry's blog) or type in your own words and then you can play with the font and the size and color and shapes. Great fun! But just let me warn you, it's addicting. :) This one is going on the fridge.

**Click on the photo so you can actually see what it looks like---because I cannot seem to make it any larger

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My Guy

I have been without music at work for the past month because I couldn't find the charger thingy for my ipod. Last night while I was putting Henry to bed the Mister drove across town and bought a new charger thingy and then filled my ipod with new music. This morning is the first morning in weeks that I don't mind sitting here at my desk. It's actually been quite nice-a cup of coffee and new music. Love you babe. But don't think I forgot about that foot rub :)

drawing of headphones found on flickr

Monday, July 7, 2008


I just want to say thank you for all the comments, emails and phone calls regarding my Ouch post. I could not believe the response I got. You guys are awesome.I am right in the midst of our quarter end so I am swamped right now but I plan on writing all of you back (or calling). Thank you again. I love you guys. Muah.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

Eat some sweets and blow some stuff up.