Lotto Frenzy

Did you get caught up in the Mega Millions lottery frenzy? Did you think you were going to be win millions and take over the world?  Did you get that feeling an hour before the drawing that this was going to be the last hour of your life in a lower tax bracket because once 11PM hit, this was it for you?   After you did not win, were you feeling disappointed? Did you wonder why it wasn’t you , after all, you sure had a feeling this was going to be it? Yeah, me too! I looked it up and I guess people have lottery depression, it’s the feeling when you realize you didn’t win  AH, I didn’t even have more than 1 number on a line.

I thoughtfully did one whole card with my lucky numbers (cats birthdays), and one quick pick.  Then I took them to 7-11 to get my cards made. I thought 7-11 would be best because I really like the guys who work there and I’m in love with their breakfast egg sandwiches (seriously).  After I won the jackpot, I figured I would throw a celebration at 7-11, have nonstop breakfast sandwiches coming from the microwave (power 2- 30 seconds), and I would even throw a envelope of cash to the 7-11 guy who filled up my card.  I would throw it to him slyly though, almost a secret, then I would bask in the glory as he hugged me.    This all sorta changed when I gave the 7-11 employee my debit card to pay for my ticket and he told me the lottery only accepts cash. OH, I didn’t know this.  So I told him to hold my tickets, let me go buy some goods and I would get cash back. So then I went and bought breakfast sandwiches (seriously) and pizza (seriously). Then I bought my ticket.   So that was Thursday, I had a full day to reflect on what I would do with my millions… I was thinking a farm, a cat sanctuary, sending Matthew to space, buying my dad his dream car, lots of shoes, and free tacos for all my friends.  Oh and Sallie Mae would get her share too.

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Ok, 1 minute, 24 seconds before my life would be changed.  I was reading everyones tweets saying they were going to win too.  Whatever, I thought, this was all mine.

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Ok, the first one.. what is this.. 16? 46? Slow down ball. Matthew, quick, write down the numbers. I couldn’t breathe, my hands were clammy, this was it!

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I lost. I lost bad. I lost $10.   SIGH.

Garden Update

This week has been kinda overbooked, sorry for the lack of updates.  I’m hoping to make it up to you with a post soon on a spaetzle and kale dish that will have you so happy!  But for now, here’s a look at the garden!  The weather just a few days ago was so nice we were wearing shorts and calling it Spring! Then this week it was back to very cold, winter coats and even went below freezing at night! Freezing, well that’s no good for some plants.  Some of the lettuce leaves got a bit of a kick to them due to the freezing, and the onion stems/leaves (what’s the technical term?) got broken due to the crazy winds, but everything is ok and growing.  The broccoli and kale are looking bushy, the sugar snap peas are growing tall, the carrots are sprouting up, onions are looking stronger at their base, spinach started to blow up.  There’s one spinach plant, I’m not saying anything, but I think we might as well call the Guinness Book of World Records now because he might be setting records.  Ok, maybe I’m lying a bit, but it’s looking really good.

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Here’s the kale – I love how it looks, so pretty.  This is the spinach just 2 weeks ago to compare. Also note the big spinach plant all the way down to the left.  GONNA BE BIG.

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All the carrots sprouted, love watching their progress.

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Most of the onion stems got sadly snapped, the wind was intense this week and on the roof, even worse.  But Google tells me this is ok and some people actually cut down their stems.  You can definitely see some of the onions becoming stronger/wider at their base.

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Sugar snap peas are starting to climb….

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I’m in love with our broccoli, I always am.  I talk to these guys, nurture them, tell them how great they are. I think talking to your plants helps them. I know that sounds crazy but only crazy people talk to their broccoli plants so it makes sense.  Anyways, these guys have grown alot in the past few days.  Here they are just 3 weeks ago.

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Our garden gets snuggled up on a cold day.  Bags of potting mix are good for snuggling.

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Strawberries are confused about the seasons and just want to flower!

Post Lecture

The lecture went good.  We talked for a little over an hour, tried to make some jokes (hopefully they made others giggle), and showed our work from Pittsburgh days to the future.  We’d like to thank the folks at SVA who invited us to talk, as well as friends and strangers (but now friends!) who came out to support and listen. 

Just some random pictures I took of the event.

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We got there and saw this.  This is funny, and I blushed, and then I took a bunch of pics/gifs of it.  It sorta looked like a blingee. I’d like to think that SVA made a special blingee for us for this evening.

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Computer, iPad – overall it went smooth.

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One of our beginning slides… I didn’t have time to update my hair on this! Or maybe I am just living with hopes that one day I will be blue again.

I found these pictures on Twitter (thank you!), now I’m going to tell a story with them.

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Night time lights!

Thanks all! :)

Sugar Snap Peas Fence

A few days ago we put up the sugar snap pea fence that will help them latch on and grow to great heights.  If you remember last year the peas grew to over 8 feet.  This year we doubled the seeds and will  be growing 2 boxes of sugar snap peas, so we had to make a double fence.   This of course took some time, a ladder and shouts of Matthew constantly saying “Can you put down your phone and hold the ladder so I don’t fall and die”.  Touché.

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Short shorts indeed, he has biker legs too, I’m sorta jealous.  I’m also not sure if he’s smiling or fearful here because I am not holding the ladder and saying “Hey Bippy, look at the camera, smile for me”.  Or maybe he’s annoyed.

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There it is! The fence is up!

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Grow peas.. grow!

This Week In Pictures

Here we go.. :)

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This week Spring was felt so I dressed in lots of color and dots. 

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I fell in love with this dog who sits like this in a store.  When a delivery man came, he ran up to him.  What a great life!

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Of course I had to stop and take a picture of these Siamese.

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Window Farm Update

Our indoor hydroponic garden (aka window farm) is looking great.  The lettuce continues to grow crazily, while the basil and cilantro catch up to it in size.  We have some oregano starting in it now too.  I don’t think there’s a better way of cooking than needing fresh herbs, walking a few feet, cutting it off, then putting into your dish.  The smell too!

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I continued my obsession with cilantro lime shrimp for lunch today and picked all the cilantro here.
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Rhododendron Planting

We got our first rhododendron plant yesterday.  I hulked up and carried it home, it was heavy.  Everyone wants to talk to you on the street while you are carrying home a big shrub too.  They don’t see that I’m out of breath, I’m going to fall over and I can’t see in front of me.  I gave some shouts of “Thank you, yes, it is beautiful!”,  “Yes, it will be blooming soon!”, “Yes, rhododendron!” and to the man who kept telling me that it was his plant “No sir, (laugh  nervously) this is indeed my plant I bought”.  

This is a reenactment of me carrying it home. Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?

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I can’t wait to see it bloom with color.  I picked out the soft pink version.  It was all the way in the middle surrounded by purplish and white ones. I needed that pink one!

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Now it’s in it’s own pot.  I will be posting more as it blooms.

Here’s some random inspiration images I found. This is my dream. ONE DAY.
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Ham, Cheese, Pineapple Sandwich

I made a post a bit ago about my current obsession with ham and pineapple pizza. 
Well that has evolved into sandwich form – now being ham, cheese, pineapple and some basil on bread.  OH MY. So good.  The sweetness is a surprise when biting into this.  Then you will fall in love.

Ingredients:
Deli Ham (I love honey ham!)
Deli Cheese (I love muenster!)
Slices of Pineapple
3-5 Basil Leaves
2 pieces of bread (Arnold’s makes a whole wheat light bread that is only 40 calories per slice!)
1 tablespoon of butter

Directions:
Build sandwich – bread, cheese, ham, pineapple, basil, cheese, bread.
Heat your butter on a skillet, put on medium/high.
Grill your sandwich until brown on both sides – usually about 5 minutes total.

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Here’s your ingredients.

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Now build your sandwich.

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Put on buttered skillet.

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Brown it up. I like using a skillet that creates pretty lines on the sandwich.

 

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Yes! Look at this delightful sandwich!

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Dinner time! Serve with a baked potato if you’d like. :)

Morning Time Tea

If you read Meowzas then you know I love some dark tea.  One thing I was missing in my life though was a fancy teapot,  something to brew my tea in and then delightfully pour into cups.  I have been ebaying/etsying for the perfect one until I found this last week and immediately placed a bid: a cat teapot.  Not just any cat teapot, but one that has a striking resemblance to our Brother Bear.  photo 3.JPG

Let’s make some English Breakfast to start our day off… (btw I’m currently sipping cup 2 of this pot right now – so good).

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You’ll need: teapot, teacup, infuser, tea, and spoon.

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You’ll also need boiling hot water from your tea kettle as well.

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Spoon up your loose tea (or bags if you want) and put into pot, I like to do a pretty big spoonful per cup I will drink.  Here I am making 3 cups worth (all for me!).

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Then pour in the water, put the lid on after you take a pretty picture of the steam.

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Then wait 3-5 minutes depending on your tea.  Bofinkles showed up to check out this new cat.

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Then pour it, the infuser will catch the loose tea leaves.  This picture was tricky, my arms were tangled. I was pouring the tea with my left hand because I needed to take a picture with my right hand. 

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Enjoy! Add sugar, milk, honey or have it plain. :)

100 Calorie Single Serving Brownie

If you’re like me then when you make brownies, it’s a batch. There’s 2 of us who live here and the cats can’t eat chocolate, so what do I have to do? Ok, I have to eat them all.  I mean if not, they go bad and we wouldn’t want that.  I mean, ok, I could share with friends, but I could also not share with friends and just eat them all myself.  This is great, but also very bad.  So what do you do when you want a brownie but you don’t want to make a entire batch to prevent the guilt? You make single serving 100 calorie brownies! You microwave them and they’re done in a minute.   These little guys are pretty good.  Look, I’m not telling you they are as good as a regular double chocolate fudge brownies, because they aren’t.  But will they fulfill your chocolate craving and prevent you from eating 5 servings in 1 sitting? Yes.  Try them!

One brownie:
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of apple sauce
pinch of baking soda
pinch of salt

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients up.
Put in microwave for 1-1:30 minutes.
Put a little bit of powdered sugar on top.
Eat it up!

Update Note: After making this multiple times now, if you want it a little more creamy, add a half teaspoon of Nutella. Yes, the calories will go up a bit, but this will knock your socks off, and it’s still healthier than the usual versions.

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Simple ingredients.

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Put it all in a bowl, mix it up.

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Heat it up, take it out of the microwave. Put some powdered sugar on top.

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MMMMMMM! Make this your nightly dessert! :)

Lunch Time – Cilantro shrimp and Edamame Beans

Say hello to my new favorite lunch and hopefully yours too! This baby is 200 calories and is all delicious flavor.
The recipe that I posted months ago for cilantro shrimp can be found here.  I like to add a good bit of cilantro to it.
Edamame are young soybeans. The beans are young and green when they are picked, so they are soft when you eat them.  To make them just simply bring water to boil, add your beans and some salt and then continue to boil for 5 minutes.  Drain and serve.  I don’t even put anything on top of them, they’re that good by themselves.

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Garlic, Cilantro and 1/2 cup of Edamame beans.

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Yummy yummy shrimp.

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Just a few months later – not just a delicious lunch, but a very beautiful one too. Enjoy! :)