Easy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

I have had this roasted cauliflower 2 times in the past 4 days.  It’s simple, it’s relatively quick and it’s delicious.   There’s not much more to say, except please make it.
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Ingredients:
one head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt + pepper to taste
fresh parsley to sprinkle on top

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425.
Chop your cauliflower into florets.
Take a big plastic ziploc bag and pour in the olive oil and minced garlic.
Add the cauliflower and shake it around.  SHAKE IT.  GET THE GARLIC AND OIL ALL OVER IT!
Here you have 2 options: Put in refrigerator and let marinate for an hour or cook right away.  It’s up to you.
Pour cauliflower into cooking dish. 
Add salt + pepper on top.
Cook for 25 minutes.
Take out, sprinkle fresh parsley on top.
Cook for 3 more minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

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Pictures Post

I take alot of pictures.  I basically document everything.  Here are some pictures from the past 2 weeks that were on my phone that I wanted to share.
We are talking at Pratt tonight, come on out! Follow the arrows.
We gave a talk at Pratt.  Go up the stairs and you will see us!
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My hair shadow looks dramatic in this picture.  I’d like  to think that my hair is always blowing.
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There is a person nearby that decorates their apartment for every single holiday.  It’s one of  my favorite houses.  If I ever see the person I will hug them.
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This is going to be a big strong tree someday.
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I had a dreamy milkshake.
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Xanadu helped me clean it.
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I love BBQ wings but I find it hard to find BBQ wings at some places here, most of them just sell buffalo wings – no sauce and too breaded.  But this place, a new burger place that opened nearby, made them real good.
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Cat friend, JAVA.  Persian fluffy man.  He was a bit shy…
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It felt like spring..
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I made a cornish hen, I probably won’t again.   I should have just made a regular chicken.
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Brother Bear continues to become more furry and gorgeous.
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That’s because he gets bi-weekly baths. He’s learned to love them.  Ok, not love, he’s learned to tolerate them and me while I wrap a towel around him and dry him.
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Easter is all around us.  I saw this duck.  Hey guy.
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This is one of the Pratt cats.
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We had friends over to have our first dinner at our new table.  I made chicken pot pie, roasted garlic cauliflower and corn muffins.  The cauliflower might be one of new favorite dishes.
DOUGH just showed up.
For dessert our friends bought DOUGH which is a donut shop in Brooklyn. It is probably (not just saying this) the best donuts I ever had in my life.  I ate 1. Or 2. Or 3. Stop it.
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We are thinking about getting a new refrigerator.  Man, I can never spell the word refrigerator right.  It’s only right because Windows Live Writer tells me I spell it wrong.
Hanging up THE FAMILY prints. Eventually the entire wall will be covered.
We hung up prints of THE FAMILY on the wall.  There will  be alot more soon! This is a big project years in the making.
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Quick dinner:  Buttered Spaetzle noodles, peas, garlic bread.
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We repainted our floors as it’s been almost 8 years and they needed some love.
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I got a brain MRI. My neurologist suggested it and a EMG (later this week) for my headaches I’ve been having and that have been getting worse the last many years.  It was my first MRI of my life and I totally psyched myself out by reading horrible experiences on others peoples blogs.  Turns out it wasn’t too bad at all. 
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Matthew made some delicious cheeseburgers.  THESE FRIES ARE THE BEST.  THEY TASTE LIKE FAST FOOD FRIES.  IM NOT LYING! Go to your grocery store and find them. WP_20130306_00820130306144348.jpg
I bought 6 jars of peanut butter because I’m a peanut butter monster.

Afternoon Snack

This is my favorite snack of the moment.  It’s filling, sweet and pretty healthy.  When I came home today from a 7 mile walk this was the first thing I made.
1.  Grab a few dried apples. 
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Enjoy with Jasmine Green tea.
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I’m on a big dried fruit kick right now and ordered all this fruit from Nuts.com.   I thought it was just a regular company, and then I was blown away by their packaging design.
Imagine expecting a plain brown box and receiving this…
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Imagine expecting plain bags and receiving this.   They make me smile enough to order from them again.
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Start of Garden Season 2013!

Today felt like the official start of the garden season.  It was 50 degrees out, we were shoveling soil, taking care of seedlings, building boxes.  I was complaining that my  back hurt.  It’s just like old times, meaning every single year we’ve had our rooftop garden.   Our main goal today was to get the greenhouses rebuilt and if time permitted build a new box to replace one that was falling apart. Not only did we get all that done, but we were able to remove the soil from all the boxes to turn it over and feed it compost.  Woo!  I won’t be able to move tomorrow. 
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It was sunny and nice out today.  Since there is so  much empty space on our roof we are able to have lots of room to build.
Garden 2013: commence greenhouse rebuild
First up was the long greenhouse that had some holes in the plastic, so the plastic was ripped off.
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And then replaced. 
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Woo! I’m excited too. Greenhouse is built.  The broccoli and cauliflower will probably hang out in here soon enough.
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Then it was the smaller greenhouse.  In this picture it’s off to the left and it was destroyed by the wind.  It had a few holes in it, then suddenly the wind just ripped it apart.
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So we covered that up with some new plastic..
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Then it was all set to protect when the seedlings go under it…
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Speaking of seedlings.  Say hello to them! I will do another post focused on them. :D )
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Then it was time to replace this box.  This has been with us since the beginning of the garden and it’s seen it’s last days.
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So I hulked up and shoveled all the soil out of this box.  My heavens, there is alot of soil in one box!
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Box is now all empty.. time to take it apart.
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Before we put the new box down we built we put sponges down.  This will protect the roof so the wood won’t lay on it.
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New box all filled back up now! High 5. I’m exhausted.
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Then we had to empty every single box to turn over the soil.  This is such hard work.  I almost took a nap.
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This is Mr. Pumpkin who has been with us since October.  He’s finally saying goodbye and needs to be released back into the soil.  We will miss you Pumpkin man who has brought me so much joy every single day seeing him in the kitchen
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So I did the sad honors of cutting him open so we could compost him. 
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Isn’t the inside of a pumpkin amazing?
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While Matthew was smashing the pumpkin up I pretended to be the pumpkin and said things in my pumpkin voice such as “Oh don’t hurt me”, “OOO that feels good”, “hehehe that tickles”.  I amuse myself.
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I saved some pumpkins from him.  I will try to grow these.  I like keeping it in the family if possible.
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Then we brought over the compost that has been working it’s magic all winter.
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Oh delicious compost soil that the garden loves.  This will cause big strong plants!
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We worked hard this afternoon.  So hard that by 5PM I already had my Fuel Points goal!
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Excited for the new year of growing..  Happy gardening!

Irish Potato Candy

Irish potato candy is a favorite where I’m from in the coal mines of Pennsylvania.  There used to be a candy store in the mall that sold these that I would crave every time we walked by.  The candy has the sweet smell of cinnamon.  They are best serve chilled, and when you take a bite you will taste the sweetness mixed in with coconut.  Irish potato candy is a magical experience to eat.  As a kid I used to actually think they were made of potatoes, but boy was I wrong.  There is nothing healthy about these, warning.  But they are very good, so have one or two for dessert.  If you make these there is a strong chance you will declare your love for me, so give them a try.

These are easy to make – there is no cooking, just chilling involved.  There is also some mixing involved so you will have some bowls to clean (preferred to clean by mouth first).
Why are they called potato candy?  Because they look like little cute potatoes!  These would be extra cute to make for St Patrick’s Day!
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Hey little beautiful spud.
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And when you take a bite…. just wait!
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Recipe:
1/4 cup butter softened
8 ounce cream cheese
4 cups confectioners powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
few tablespoons of ground cinnamon to roll them in

Directions:
Beat your softened butter and cream cheese together with a mixer until it’s smooth. 
Add your powdered sugar and vanilla. Keep beating until this is smooth.
Mix in the coconut, with a spoon or your hands.
Roll into potato shapes with your hands.  I like to keep them about 2 inches big.
Roll in cinnamon to make them brown.
Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill for a few hours in the refrigerator.
When chilled, store in a container in refrigerator.
ENJOY!

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CATGOD @ Art Hack Day

This past weekend we didn’t get much sleep because we participating in the 2nd Art Hack Day here in Brooklyn.  We were part of it last year and had lots of fun so we knew we wanted to do it again this year.  The event took place at 319 Scholes where artists in technology get together and have 48 hours to create a piece of work.  At the end of 48 hours there is a exhibition to show what you have created.  It really is a amazing experience because it proves that great work can be done quickly if you have a plan and work towards it.

This year’s theme was “God Mode”.  That meant one thing to us: it must involve cats.  Cats are our gods, we love them dearly.  They are furry little bosses that tell us what to do and how to do it and we do nothing but smile and agree.  Cats, what amazing little people.

Over the 48 hours we modeled a giant cat head in 3D, built it with foamcore and then video projection mapped onto it.  Guess my class I took one week prior paid off, although I didn’t think my skills were going to be tested so quickly! We are really happy with what we created for this and we hope to work with projection mapping more in the near future.  Group high 5 to everyone involved!

You can see the whole photo album here of us making CATGOD here.
You can also see a press piece that the Creators Project did on CATGOD which walks you through it.

This was how the final installation turned out:

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And this is Matthew and I the next day getting our photo taken in front of it.  I’m afraid of heights but Matthew made me do this.
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Some other pictures from the 48 hours:
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Matthew posing with the cathead.  We ended up giving this to the space, 319 Scholes.  We want to rebuild it, possibly with metal!
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That’s me.   Hey guys.

Table Area Complete With New Rug!

Well the table area is sorta complete.  Minus the television that needs to be mounted and the custom cushion I need to get made for seating on the bookshelf, this section is done!  I have been on the lookout for a colorful fun rug and when I saw this on FAB last week I was clicking order almost right away.  FAB is sometimes slow with delivery and my order still says “processing” but today I got a knock on our door and it was a UPS man delivering the rug. I cheered in excitement!
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All the cats were excited about it too.  “Mom, what is in this giant plastic tube?”
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So we opened it up.  Check out the beauty already.  This is a leather shag rug, all the leather strips are individually attached. 
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Information incase you want one too. I think you should get one.  It comes in different colors, even single shades if the rainbow is too much for you.
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So we rolled it out and officially all the cats were scared of it.  I think it’s because of the leather feel on their paws, it’s cold, it’s textured.  Do you see how Xanadu’s right paw is up? She basically walked on 3 legs.  She’s silly.  Brother was just walking around it.
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Her paw is still up in the air.
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I love how it feels.
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I love the feeling so much I decided to take a peaceful nap on it.
So then we moved the table, chairs, television, pictures out of the way.  Put the rug down.  Then moved the table, chairs, television, pictures back in.
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Doesn’t it look beautiful with the table and the colorful chairs?
*Look closer – Do you see Xanadu? She’s not standing on the carpet, she’s actually standing on the table base, she’s still unsure of the feeling on her toes*
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With all of our toys we have it fits perfect.  Matthew thinks it looks like a nursery but I consider that a compliment as nurseries are fun and colorful.  Minus the babies.  Plus the cats.WP_20130307_030.jpg
The leather is all random on the rug, there’s colorful pieces, dark pieces, metallic pieces, pattern pieces. 
*Look closer- There’s a Brother Bear in this picture.  Where he’s laying is where we will get a custom long cushion made*.
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I’m really happy with the palette and how it all blends together.  Every time I look over at the area I just smile.

Removing a Carpet Is Hard Work

I am sitting here with a heating pad on my back that wraps all the way around my chest.  I can’t bend down.  This body was not built for manual labor, no way.  Today we continued our series of renovations and removed a carpet we glued down years ago.  Many years later we would regret this when we wanted to remove it.    We are moving things around in our loft, the farmhouse table is going to be in the kitchen area which excites me beyond belief. This hideous carpet has been bugging me for years, so I have been waiting anxiously to get rid of it.   I already bought a new area rug to put in its place but it doesn’t arrive for a few weeks – I can’t wait for it!
Quick process:
This was before we removed the carpet.  We did put the cats away, don’t worry.  Here the cats know something is going on and are spending as much on the carpet as they can. I believe Brother Bear thought this entire carpet was his new area.
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Adhesive remover put all over..
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Carpet all scraped up:
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Area all sanded:
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Area all clean now:
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Didn’t that look easy?
Yeah right.
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Farmhouse Table – DONE!

I briefly mentioned in this post we were building a farmhouse table and I’m happy to say it’s done.  And it’s beautiful, oh it’s so lovely that it makes my eyes sparkle with sunshine.   In one week Matthew and our friend William built the table from scratch, then we sanded and stained it.  Then the table was done – but what about chairs?  So we found chairs from various places in Brooklyn, and then proceeded to paint them to our liking.  I knew I wanted color, but I was unsure if I wanted color in the table or chairs – so I picked  the 2nd option.    This project was lots of fun to do and done pretty quickly.   For the price  of a farmhouse table and chairs  in a store, I would definitely recommend building your own so you get to customize it to your liking and pay WAY LESS.
Here it is our.. our farmhouse table!
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The stain turned out beautifully.  We used Minwax water based in color Classic Black.  It’s the perfect shade for what we wanted, so happy with how it looks.
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I have been saving chair inspiration and finally we decided on purple, blue and yellow.  4 of the chairs have 2 shades of each color, such as the purple seat’s is slightly darker shade than the rest of the chair.  For these we just primed, spray painted and then put on a protective coat.
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We have very high ceilings so even though the table is 8 feet long it seems tiny still! We have alot of ideas of general renovation in here so the table is going to be eventually moved near the kitchen where lots of other things will be changed nearby. 
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This was how we felt when we finished, thumbs up.
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I came home to Matthew spray painting the chairs and saw this on the wall, hugs hugs hugs.
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Last night we had our first dinner at our new table.  This was our first real table we had in 10 years!  I felt like I was at a fancy restaurant.  I love our table.
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I also really liked the pepper steak tacos we had, nom nom.
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The table is also a big hit with Xanadu who protects (and attacks) from above now.
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I will post behind the scenes to making this project later this week.

Projection Mapping

This weekend I took a projection mapping class at Harvestworks.  Projection mapping is a technique for manipulating video and graphics to create illusions of deconstruction and redefinition of physical shapes by moving away from traditional flat projection surfaces.  Basically you project your video/graphics onto a 3d space, but you have to shape your projected material to that surface.  You might have seen projection mapping on buildings or on objects before.  Here are some great examples that will blow your mind. Amazing, right? 
I went into the class not really knowing much technically about it.  Matthew has messed around with the program MadMapper slightly, but besides that I was a newbie.   I wanted to take the class to learn more about it and see how we could possibly use projection mapping either in gallery installations or create sculptures to record projection mapping on and use in our work.
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This was Day 1.  I’m using the program MadMapper. I was very confused in the beginning but felt my way around and figured it out to an extent.  To the right are boxes set up in the classroom, this was a picture of them.
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And then I projected this onto the boxes.  It changes quite a bit from designing on a picture of boxes, and then seeing it real in front of you – you have to do quite a bit of tweaking.  If you had the exact measurements or were able to scan the sculpture, then it would line up pretty perfectly.

This is a video of what i made in the first day.
Day 2 projection mapping at Harvestworks, working with Modul8 and rainbow cats.
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Here I’m back in  MadMapper, with the assets to the left being Modul8 created and opened live in the program.
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I was looking forward to today because with learning how to use these 2 programs together I was able to put my own Pamela spin on things and make things visually look more my style.

Here is my final upon day 2.  It was much more fun and cute – what I like!
The class was really great and I’m going to explore it more.  Both programs are pretty indepth so it will take some time to figure them all out, but I’m really excited to see the possibilities of what it can do for our work.

Uncle Mikey’s Dried Pineapple

Have you ever eaten something so good that all you can do afterwards is shake your head?  That’s what I find myself doing every time I eat some Uncle Mikey’s dried pineapple. Let me take you back 1 week ago..
It was Saturday February 16 and someone stopped by to take a look at our garden in perhaps getting some thoughts for their thesis project which focuses on gardening.  Upon stopping by they gave us a gift, it was a small package of dried pineapple.  Thank you Ann for giving this to us….You shared this with me and now I will share it….
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I am not usually a fan of dried fruit because every time I buy it in the store it’s looks like gummy candy that is filled with sugar. Dried fruit shouldn’t have a big list of ingredients.  I want my dried fruit to taste real, like, well, fruit.    I am a big fan of pineapple so I was excited to try this.  On first look the dried fruit wasn’t poofy at all, in fact it looked very thin. I never saw dried fruit that actually looked like it was a dried version of the fruit! So I tasted it, and unicorns and sparkles magically appeared around me.  Glitter fell.  The angels sang.  Man, this was GOOD.  So good I immediately declared it out loud my new favorite snack in the world.  I did a quick Google search and learned that Uncle Mikey’s was based in Hawaii and they didn’t sell their products in New York. I was heart broken.  But there was still hope – they sold it online! More angels singing.  So about 20 minutes after finishing this bag above, I bought a 16 oz package of dried pineapple online. I could not wait for it to arrive!
So yesterday, Friday February 22 my package arrived!  Can we just say how amazing it is that I got fresh dried pineapple from Hawaii in less than a week?  Can we also say how amazing it is that Mikey himself sends out emails curious about how you learned about his product, telling you it was shipped, and just other great words of happiness because he is a good guy. I want him to be my new best friend so bad.
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Here is my 16 oz of dried pineapple, aka, the greatest pineapple in the world.  Their slogan is “no weird stuff added” which is true, this is just fruit, nothing else.  How can dried fruit be this amazing?  I don’t know! But after snacking on some, I found my way writing this blog entry. The pineapple puts me in a trance – “I must tell the world about this pineapple”. 
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There it is.  Oh my god, look at this pineapple.  People, look at it. 
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The texture is rough (in a good way), you need to chew it.  It’s not gummy, it has bite.  Do you know when you eat pineapple and your tongue burns afterwards?  Well you know this is the real deal because after eating this dried pineapple, I get the burn. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
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He also sent this other sample pack.. I was dying to try everything when I saw the selection on his website.
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The apple banana! Oh heavens! Did you even know there was a such a thing? It’s delicious! The guava leather is delicious too, I snacked it on the way home tonight on the subway and the ladies next to me complimented the smell. I almost offered to share but I couldn’t part with it.

If you like dried fruit – please try this.  I know it isn’t cheap, but honestly it’s worth it.  It’s one of these things you find in life and hopefully you will have forever. I know that was a dramatic statement, but I mean it.  It’s that good. 

Thursday Thoughts

Pictures from the last week..

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This is my new favorite website.  The truth is that I worked out tonight while dancing to this, when the cats come in, I dance hard. 
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This is our daily afternoon snack.  It happens between 4-5PM.  We each have one piece of whole wheat bread with cinnamon raisin peanut butter + red raspberry  jam.  It’s magic.
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This is a outtake of a project we did earlier last year. I found it today and now I want to rework it to share it with the world.
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We had Mexican a few nights ago.  The tortilla soup was not as good as mine, but the cheese fries with black beans were magical.
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This is my new sweatshirt.  I do like cats.
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I have important roles like standing on top of the table to hold the boards in place while Matthew puts in screws below. I do this with fluffy heart socks on.
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Magical devils food cheesecake at a Nets game.  This is the best buy at the Arena at my opinion. It’s a giant (2 people serving) piece of cake for $8.75.
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Grandma pizza is real good.
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Some goodies friends brought us back from Cambodia. It’s black pepper beans and lotus tea.
Construction victim, poor Sambas.
Matthew’s shoe was in a construction accident.
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Turkey + avocado + tomatoes + walnut pesto + lettuce sandwich.  With tomato soup.  Had a solo lunch with a book…
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I’m current reading the biography of Marie Antoinette.  I’m really into that time period right now.  I had homemade tortilla soup one night with this book.  This book is such a great date.
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A friend came over and brought donuts.  The bottom right is my favorite – roasted coconut.  LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.  If you ever come to New York, go to Dough in Brooklyn!
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I had went to my favorite tea store in New York, McNulty’s. The men in the store are so helpful and make me smell every single tea, I adore them.  I could spend a very long time in here.  I was in here because my doctor told me I have to cut down on caffeinated tea, apparently he thinks there is something wrong with 7 cups of black tea a day.  Apparently he thinks it’s causing my horrible headaches that I have been taking medicine for. This is such sad news, because I need my tea! Oh man.. what am I going to do.
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So I got decaffeinated chocolate mint and english breakfast.  I also got a oolong which is much lower in caffeine.  The ceylon was for a friend.   I can now report almost a week later, my headaches aren’t as bad or as often.  I am on the lookout for great decaffeinated teas, this is a major change in my life.  But if it’s helping my headaches, I welcome it.. although I miss my usual teas. :(
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I met a clown in the Subway and got this balloon.  I carried it all the way home.  It’s on my wall now.WP_20130215_005
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And then slides it under his belly.  Don’t touch it.

Hello Halupkies

I grew up in Pennsylvania.  I am Polish.  The result of these two things is that I love halupkies.  Growing up halupkies was one of  my mother’s specialties.  I would help her peel the cabbage and roll them up, sneaking bits of cabbage into my mouth when she wasn’t looking.  Look at how good of a kid I was, I was snacking on vegetables!   You might call them halupkies or you might call them stuffed cabbage or maybe you call them something else, either way, these are pretty easy to make and I hope you love them!  By the time dinner was over, these were cleared out and the pan was empty.
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Ingredients:
1 head of green cabbage – 8 to 10 leaves
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked white rice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (10.75 ounces) can condensed tomato soup
16 oz tomato sauce of your choice

Directions:
Peel your cabbage to get 8 to 10 leaves.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves and boil for 3 minutes.  Drain, set aside.
In a saucepan, bring your 2/3 cup of water to boil.  Add rice, stir.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
In a mixing bowl combine ground beef (uncooked), onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, your cooked rice, egg, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of tomato soup.  Mix it all together.
4.  Spoon the beef mixture into your cabbage leaves evenly.  Roll them up, secure them with a toothpick.
5.  Put the cabbage rolls in a large skillet over medium heat.
6. Pour the rest of the tomato soup on top of the rolls.
7. Pour the 16 oz of additional tomato sauce on top of the rolls.
8.  Cover and bring to a boil.
9.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 40 minutes until the meat is cooked thoroughly.
Enjoy!

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