Fast, Easy Weeknight Dinner Full of Awesomeness

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How freakin’ impressive does that look?  Hmm?  The most time consuming thing was boiling the water and cooking the pasta.  Everything else happened in the time the pasta was happening.

And I can’t even tell you how delicious this dinner was.  You’ll just have to make it for yourself and see.  Ideally, you’d make it for you and someone else, and maybe two other someones, as it made 4 full size meals, plus a bit of pasta left over.  Here’s how I did it: Continue reading

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Lab Glassware as Geek Chic Vases

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I’ve always been a fan of using things for purposes unrelated to their actual functions.  Cute bowls or plates as jewelry holders, wine bottles as plant waterers (poor man’s aqua globes), that kind of thing.  

Despite sucking at science, I’ve always been fascinated by labware.  I wanted to buy some flasks and beakers and such to have on hand back in college, but everything I found was crazily expensive.  A recent article from the Kitchn talked about using lab glass in the home, along with some cheaper sources on Amazon, and I bit.  These are my new bud vases. Continue reading

Candied Praliney Pecan Bits = awesome late night easy dessert

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Pecans are tied with pistachios as my favorite nuts. I feel very strongly about nuts. Pistachios are downright delicious, but pecans and I have a deeper history. My grandparents had a pecan tree (the swing we swung on was tied to one of its branches) and I remember cracking pecans at the kitchen table over plastic president-of-the-united-states placemats (it only lists through Bush I back then) at Grandma’s kitchen table at the old house, and picking the delicious bits out of the sharp dusty shells.  And we said PEE-cans, not pih-CONS.
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Lazy “weekend” Waffle Brunch

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I have the day off today for no real reason at all, which is really nice.  I only wish a friend or two was off today, as well.  It’s a really nice day, partially because it poured rain last night, which was also fantastic.  I was up til 2:30 this morning consolidating and copying my itunes library over from its external hard drive home, which seems to be dying.  I slept in til 10:30 (glorious), helped my father set up a Linked In profile for himself, discussed Mother’s Day schemes with the sister, and made an awesome brunch.  I’m also rebuilding my itunes library right now.  Such a productive day!   Continue reading

Holy Guacamole and Strawberry Margaritas! It’s Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

For some, Cinco de Mayo is basically Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s a day to celebrate/embrace racial stereotypes and drink a lot of margaritas and tequila and eat nachos until you pass out.  I wouldn’t say I celebrate Cinco de Mayo, exactly, but I get into the Mexican food spirit.  Which I don’t really need a holiday to do.  But it’s a convenient excuse.  And Mexican food is awesome, especially in LA.  Also in Texas, but I guess that’s tex-mex… and now I’m craving fajitas. Continue reading