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Day 1: Mexico!

I have all my photos back, so I’ll be posting my trip during the course of the next week or two (finally!). So I’m back bitches and ready to blog.

On April 23 I landed in Mexico for the first time in my life. Temperature wise it’s what I expected (just like the good old South). I met most of the Bevis clan (Lacy’s brother Arran his wife Allie and their daughter Sierra, along with Lacy’s sister Heather and her son Colin and Lacy’s mom). As soon as we packed up the van we sped out of Cancun, we’re not the get drunk on the beach type (at least not THAT type).

Our first night in Mexico. Flew into Cancun and promptly left for Playa Del Carmen. We got three rooms like this for a grand total of $90. Pretty sweet deal.

Our first night in Mexico. Flew into Cancun and promptly left for Playa Del Carmen. We got three rooms like this for a grand total of $90. Pretty sweet deal.

I recall a conversation that Lacy and I overheard while we were filling out our custom forms. “We’re just going to get drunk and lay on the beach. Why do we have to fill out these forms?”

I don’t know, foreign country much? I know Cancun is the spot for partying and such, but if that’s all you were really going to do why not just go Daytona Beach? At least you’d avoid those pesky forms. Anyway…

We had a bit of an adventure trying to find a hotel, but mission accomplished, we found a hotel for $30 a room (!!!). The humidity skyrocketed, but I love wandering around at night without the need for a jacket.

We wandered around until we found a restaurant still open, because by the time we had settled in it was almost 11 pm. It was a short night, but it was our first day.

Next post…Ruins, the best food and mysterious stranger on the beach…

Final Trip to Daiso or “I warm your ankle up by whole my body.”

All of my stuff in bags!

All of my stuff in bags!

Daiso in Bellis Fair closed permanently on Saturday last weekend, and it was quite the staggering loss for Aaron and I. So we coped with it the best way we could; spending three hours wandering around the store, picking up useful and not so useful items. Not to mention reading all of the wonderful Engrish stamped on nearly all of their products. I walked away with two ginormous bags full of stuff. After that we stopped off at  Target so I could buy a rice cooker. And this is what is looks like laid out on my floor. My apartment is slowly becoming an emporium of wonderful things. Once I’ve organized everything I’ll have to post a walkthough (I swear, it’s going to happen).

All of my stuff on the floor!

All of my stuff on the floor!

roll14-146Anyhoo, back to my glorious purchases. I took pictures of the things I’m super excited for. Namely, my super awesome can’t live without potato and onion bag! I mean come on, who needs ugly potatoes sitting out open in their  plastic bag, or better yet rotting away in some cabinet (trust me on this you do NOT want the latter to happen).  I can’t tell you how many potatoes have grown into a high school science fair lesson in biology and chemistry in my 2.5 years of being on my own. So I found that this bag was a must and I quickly bought it. Now all I need is some potatoes…or onions.

roll14-148Next up. Cute! Sponge! I bought one for my sister too. I also bought a sponge holder, because I need cute household products in order for me to have the slightest drive to keep my apartment orderly. Seriously, if you came in my apartment you wouldn’t know if a woman or man lived there besides alloftheunderwearlayingaroundonthefloor, what were we talking about? Right. roll14-149Cat towels. Got one right the stove. I haven’t decided if it’s just going to be decorative or for actual cleaning, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get a major spill, which should be, like, this week sometime.

I also bought three pairs of chopsitcks, one set  was a bright yellow like sunshine and came in a carrying case. They are my favorite and will be going with me everywhere I go.

And this. Oh you’ll get to know all about this real soon.

Don’t Tell Me This Shit Ain’t Sexy


Black Monolith of Awesome

So I’m in Wisconsin with my parents (didn’t think the post would start out like that, huh?) and I forgot my mom said that we’d be excited about some new additions to the kitchen. Well when we walked through the door my sister dropped her bags and ran for…the refrigerator. Yep. My Mom and dad got a brand new Samsung black refrigerator, and a new stove. We took a tour of the new fridge and man, it’s sweet. I don’t know if this is pervasive with other females, but I’m not particularly domesticated, however I love refrigerators and washers and dryers. It’s like embedded in my very being.

Anyhoo, it looks like I haven’t really stopped doing what I was doing my regular schedule at home. I got up about a half-hour ago went to facebook, twitter, my blog then I’m going to hit up my Google reader and then do some work, maybe have a meeting. Sounds like I never left home, huh?

Well except my mom is making me muffins. : )

And That Is Why I Had The Best Weekend Ever

My best friend and partner in crime, Maggie, came up to visit me this weekend. I had a glorious weekend planned and a glorious weekend we had, well it was more like a glorious Saturday, but on with the show. I’m horrible on everyone’s birthday. I tend to give presents months late, usually once I find something I’ll just buy it for a friend and call it a present.

So thanks to work I received a $50 dollar gift certificate to the Chrysalis Inn & Spa and decided to treat her (and myself) to pedicures and a full body aromatherapy message at 5 p.m. So in the morning we woke up early and had fresh baked pastries from Avenue Bread and took them to the family of an old professor of ours to have English tea and catch up with his family (he was off at a poker tournament in Vegas). Toward the end of our breakfast Viki, who we were having breakfast with, suggested we check out a vintage store in Fairhaven, thus kicking off the exciting shopping portion of the day.

I bought a pair of authentic alligator boots for my best friend Layla (I missed her birthday, too) and a pair of real peacock feather earrings. Maggie and I browsed a few more stores in Fairhaven and headed off to Ross to try on an obscene amount of clothes and stand in an even more obscene checkout line. We then bounced over to the mall for more shopping. We added some pieces to our wardrobes (although we both missed out on some pieces we needed, new jeans, boots, leggings…). We finally ran into Costco, because according to Maggie I was in need of toilet paper… a lot of it…

Heaven on Earth.

Heaven on Earth.

After burning up 5 hours on shopping we hit the spa. We were wrapped in soft towels and sat in a steam room for 20 minutes. I’ve never done that before and could of easily stayed in there for an hour. We then go into robes and sat down in the relaxation room to dine on snacks and drink tea before having pedicures, which were fantastic. We relaxed a bit more before I had my first full body massage. One word: Phenomenal. I was walking clouds after it was done. After the massages we had the entire spa bathroom to ourselves. So after 4 hours at the Chrysalis Inn & Spa, thanks to work once again, we dined at Giuseppe’s downtown. We had two divine dishes and split a delicious Caesar Salad for $5.

You can see how content we were once we arrived back at my apartment at 10 p.m.

We dined, shopped, were pampered then we fine dined again. We lived a life of luxury in one day and it was divine.

Sushi Sushi Sushi

I could live comfortably if I ate it every week. And after Christmas I’m hoping for that opportunity. I saw this wonderful piece of gadgetry and just knew somehow it needed to be mine.

Oh the possibilities!

Pickles, salmon, bacon!!!!, mushrooms, onions, celery, tuna, fruit, etc (not all together of course). I want one. For Christmas. Make it happen.

I’ll fix you sushi! : )

The Improvisational Chef Entry One

Cooking is like a fun science project for me. Mixing things together a creating (hopefully) a great result, I know that seems iffy to some people, but seeing as I only have to please myself when it comes to fixing food it’s a decent trade off for me. I, of course, know what I like and what I’m willing try. It’s much easier taking risks when cooking when you’re only cooking for one.

I don’t really use recipes as intended, when I use them I use them as a guide. Pluck the things I want, figure out how to cook something and maybe a guide to measurements, but after that I through caution to the wind, stare into an open refrigerator and begin throwing things together.

I decided a few days ago I’d keep track of what random things I pull together for a meal in case I’d ever like to come back to it some day, and of course to share with anyone who’s interested. First off, some things to know about my cooking method: 1) I don’t measure. At all. I know when I’ve used too much. 2) I don’t care for presentation, this is a feast for my tummy, not my eyes. So now on to my first creation:

The No Name Salmon Dish : )

There should be no fear in learning, so I’m going to start cooking fish more often.

You Need:

Salmon (smoked or not, I used smoked)
Regular or Garlic Naan
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Olive Oil


Cream Cheese (Sour Cream would of worked better, but I didn’t have any.)
Green Onions

Heat the Naan just until it’s warm, so it stays soft. Place uncooked spinach on top. Cook Salmon in butter until it’s light pink then stack in on the spinach. Mix the mushrooms together with dill and the balsamic vinaigrette then sauté in the same pan as the salmon (butter’s already in there). Pour sauce on top.

The sauce started off as a spread for bagels and then I added milk to take it from spread to sauce. Just take softened cream cheese and mix it with blended black olives and chopped green onions. Add milk till you get the thickness you want.

The sides were potatoes that I boiled (to soften) and then broiled (to crisp) in the oven with olive oil and seasoning and a spinach salad. It was all delicious. The best part is you can swap whatever fits you, think it out, it’s improvisational!

And if it doesn’t work just add salt…works for me everytime.

I’m not saying it takes me a while to clean my fridge, but…

I hate the whole process, but I never stop doing it. I need someone to keep me (and my fridge) in check.


Anyways I’m back for awhile after a month long of traveling around the country.  So I’ll try to get back to my post schedule.

Note to Self…

Good lord stop eating tomatoes! It’s like Russian Roulette with food, and I’ve been eating them like I don’t have a care in the world. I don’t like being curled up in a ball with abdominal pains, so why in the world have a I continued to eat them? The FDA has said 383 people have fallen ill since April in 30. And I’ve noticed a lot of restaurants have stopped serving them.

Last week I went to Chihuahua’s (a family Mexican restaurant in Ferndale, WA) and ordered a taco salad and when the waiter set it down I noticed something was off about the dish. It wasn’t until several hours later I realized that there were not tomatoes on it. 

The FDA still doesn’t know where the source is from and Washington has been identified as one out of nine states that has tainted tomatoes. What sucks is that normally I don’t eat tomatoes, but just these past two weeks I’ve craved them on nearly everything. Sucks.

[Icky Tomatoes] via AP

The Best Way To Clean Out My Fridge

Joe Fornabaio for The New York TimesThis is nuts. So there’s a small red berry or “miracle fruit” (Synsepalum dulcificum) out there that can rewire your taste buds, and people are hosting “flavor tripping parties” to experience it.

Here’s an excerpt:

“You kept hearing ‘oh, oh, oh,’ ” he said, and then the guests became “literally like wild animals, tearing apart everything on the table.”

“It was like no holds barred in terms of what people would try to eat, so they opened my fridge and started downing Tabasco and maple syrup,” he said.

A large group of guests reached its own consensus: limes were candied, vinegar resembled apple juice, goat cheese tasted like cheesecake on the tongue and goat cheese on the throat. Bananas were just bananas.

You can buy the berries here:

Too bad it can’t it alter the destructive properties spoiled food would do to my body, but I bet it would be delicious! Check out the links below for more info.

source: [Geekologie via NYTimes]

photo: Joe Fornabaio for the New York Times