Wednesday, August 31, 2011

small kitchen updates

small kitchen updates? let's be real. i just bought a bunch of stuff. i have an overload of kitchen items (not a bad thing) but it made me realize i really need a kitchen with display cabinets. well, maybe two to keep things on display. i like to shove everything else behind the doors and forget about it. so this is my favorite nook in my kitchen :)

hurricane preparations

Preparing for the hurricane, Steve and I did a few things. First- buying food at the last possible minute. Second- filling the bathtub with water in case we didn't have running water (and needed to flush the toilet, not drink. priorities). and third- clear out the back yard.

Well, nothing happened with the hurricane. Everything is paved and runs away from our house. and our house is shielded by all the other houses, so hardly any wind. I was fine with that. Which is good because first - we only bought stuff for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and I don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. second - our tub must have a small leak in the plug, because we woke up in the morning and all the water had drained out. and third - mr. peabody loves all our items from the backyard which were relocated into our house. not only does he love chewing on all my plants (what am i going to do in winter?!) but he sat on our porch chairs for 5 days (I finally put them back outside tonight). and gave me evil looks (like the one pictured) every time i got near HIS chairs.

So I got bored and made this cozy for a pint glass (filled with hot coffee!). I couldnt get a great photo, but you get the idea. it's mint green with two white stripes and a white bow. the bow looks overpowering, but it's just the right size.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

cooking and baking

my favorite meal to make has to be risotto (or my mom's pizza, because it's the best pizza you'll ever have). but the risotto is fun too, because i feel like it's one of those dishes that is served in fancy restaurants and it can be messed up really easily... so if you can make a good risotto, chances are, you rule! so i must admit, i rule! this recipe for mushroom risotto is from the cookbook "Vegetarian Bible" (woah, $3 on a steal!). I got the cookbook from my parents a few birthdays ago, and i love the cookbook for all the photos! i only made one yucky thing from there (an apple pumpkin soup or something, not a good combination in liquid form). so i cook this risotto really well, no white wine required.

and no meal is complete without dessert. a peach strawberry pie. possibly too many strawberries, but still yummy.