Sunday, November 28, 2010

Conrbread Pudding

This recipe we based off of something from online that was a little more bland, but we spiced it up a bit.  I think it could stand to be a little more spiced, actually.  I can't find the recipe we based it off of though.  But it's a lot different from that original recipe.  The end result was hearty and pretty tasty. 

Set oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the following ingredients in a large bowl:
  •  Stick of butter, melted
  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 c buttermilk (we used 2 c regular milk + some lemon juice)
  • finely-chopped veggies, just whatever there was, which happened to be approximately:
- 1/2 red pepper
- small red onion
- 3/4 c black beans, drained
- 1/2 c corn, drained
  • 1 t baking soda 
  • 1/2 t salt
  • black pepper
  • some Boursin cheese, about 1/2 package

Pour into buttered skillets or baking pans (we used two large cast-iron skillets), but two 9" rounds would probably work as well.

Top with:
  • small can mild green chilies, drained
  • 1 c shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

Bake for 45 min or until egg is set and cheese is golden brown.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Anyway, a couple friends on FB have been posting things they’re thankful for, and Rachy just made a Thanksgiving post. I think it’s good to do that. It really gives you perspective on your life, and a lot of joy to realize how much you really do have. So, things I'm grateful for:
  • My fun, loving family - they are not perfect, they occasionally drive me crazy, but I have to say they are one of biggest factors in who I am today
  • Friends - I have been blessed with kind and funny and supportive friends who make life not only tolerable but oh so joyful
  • Wonderful living situation
  • Employment
  • Enough to eat
  • Overall health
  • Modern utilities, including the internet
  • Facebook
  • Walking
  • Warmth
  • The rain
  • My hands
  • Love
  • Discovery
  • Seasons, time, days, nights, cycles 
  • Plants
  • Colors
  • Dunkin Donuts hash browns (not gonna lie, I am grateful for them) 
  • The new day that always comes
  • And eyes to see, ears to hear, skin to touch all the beauty that exists in the world around me.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Craft Time

How to mount photos on foam core: step-by-step instructions with pictures (!) by Newt. It doesn't have to be photos, it could work with anything paper-y really. 

1.You will need: glue stick (not shown), metal ruler, utility knife or X-Acto knife, pencil.

Glue stick not included. 

2. Measure the width of the photo.  These were standard 5x7 photos, so the width is 7".

 Seven inches wide. 

3. Draw a line that distance from the edge of the foam core.  I measured 7" at several points and used the ruler to connect the lines.

It is tough to hold a ruler with one hand and take 
a photo with the other. 

4. Place the foam core on a large piece of cardboard or something else destructible so you don't ruin your floor or table.  

5. Hold the ruler along the line you drew and use it to guide your knife as you cut along the line.  Foam core has three layers: foam sandwiched between smooth paper on either side. Be sure to cut through all three layers.

See?  It is the same width as the picture.  
If you measured correctly. 

6. Measure the height of the picture (5" on these) and make perpendicular pencil lines at that interval across your entire strip.

I sure hope the lines show up in this image.   

7. Cut along your pencil lines, again using the ruler to guide the blade.  Cut all the pieces in this manner.

The foam pieces also make great toys for children. 

8. For each photo, apply glue to one of the faces of the foam core AND to the back of the photo.  Be sure when you are applying the glue to the photo that you place it face down on a smooth, clean, dry surface so you do not damage it.  I made a box with the glue to get all the corners and edges and then added some squigglies inside. 

9. Place the photo onto the piece of foam core so the two glue faces are touching.  Do it slowly so you can move it around a little before it sticks.  Press it down carefully - I used the sleeves of my sweater so as not to smudge it with fingerprints. 

Voila!  You now can display your works of art.

See them on the floor? Maybe some 
day they will be on the wall...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

All You Need Is...

It is a tiny bit depressing when it's all couples in the house (even though they are all amazing and delightful people).  I feel like I'm generally a pretty content person, but my body and heart do crave that kind of companionship. 

I am concerned I'm a little too picky about men.  I find a lot of them attractive, but I just don't know how many would make a good partner based on the way they behave.  Really, if I am in a relationship with somebody, I don't want the relationship to cause more problems in my life than the person helps me resolve. I've reflected a lot on past relationships, what worked, what didn't, what I would like, what I wouldn't, etc. Specifically, I'd want to date somebody with similar values in the following areas:
  • family and relationships
  • faith/spirituality
  • attitude toward life
  • similar sense of humor

Other qualities I would like:
  • kindness and respect
  • spend time with me doing fun and interesting things
  • discuss problem situations and work toward solutions
  • give and receive physical affection
Also, as mentioned, I definitely do not want someone who causes more drama/problems than he helps resolve.  The bolded somehow seems to be particularly rare, among the men I've dated at least.  Since I'm not really involved in the LDS dating scene these days, I'm starting to feel ready to use my OkCupid account again, at least as a way to expose myself to new people.

UGH I guess the annoying part is that based on past experience it's such a big time suck with very low chances of return. So maybe I need to have a more efficient approach/screening process.
  • Update profile to more clearly reflect those specific criteria I just listed
  • Remember that I don't have to message everyone who messages me
  • Ask people about their family, their view on spirituality in a message
  • Go on 2 dates per month
Dearest readers, give me feedback on these criteria, this plan.  Is it even viable for a person to be trying to 'find' love, since so much depends upon chance and upon another person anyway? 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Poll: Fun or Creepy

I received a short hand-written letter, addressed to me by name and accompanied by a copy of the New York Times, instructing me to enjoy it or pass it along.  It was signed simply 'your neighbor'.  Also, the neighbor hoped I was having fun jogging and that it was helping me to stay fit. 

All the neighbors I have met seem like they would probably just sign their real names.  I'm not sure if I should think this is fun or kind of creepy.

Reader Poll: fun or creepy?