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Happy Birthday Dad

My twin sister Shannon, dad, and mom.

My twin sister Shannon, dad, and mom.

I think I wrote my post for my mom on Mother’s day, but my dad’s birthday is in the same month as Father’s day. So, awesome, yeah.

So. My Dad. Is. Freaking. Awesome (gotta stop using that word). Thought I’d get that out of the way right now. I’m blessed to have parents that I consider to be great role models, authority figures and still regard them as best friends, too (as I said in my last post). My dad is a very logical, frank and straightforward person. That personality has not only opened my mind up to different political ideologies, even-sided conversations, it’s even saved me from making impulse buys (thank god) and a wealth of information I cannot begin to fathom. He’s also my tech buddy. I can talk to my sister about new phones, but I can talk to my dad about everything pertaining to technology. He’s the one that nudged me to start assembling my own computer (granted it was a few years ago, but I needed the nudge!). Let’s just say that our favorite outing is to Fry’s or some other electronic store and browsing the Best Buy/Fry’s/Circuit City (dead)/and other electronic ads on Sundays.

He’s also made sacrifices so that my family could live well. That is something I appreciate every day. Which is why I also try to get him to relax more often. That being said, his humor is the shit. I grew up hiding around the house with him to scare my mom (actually he still likes to do that). And for being such a tall guy he sure can sneak around a lot. And when he laughs it’s honest to goodness genuine and incredibly infectious. I’m laughing about it just thinking about it. He’s also an amazing cook. He knows how to build a sandwich and he’s like the MacGyver of cooking, TRUST me.

If you hang around me often enough you’ll hear some great stories I’ve had with him, because you’ll probably never know anyone else quite like him. And it would be an understatement to say we been through a few crazy things together.

So Happy Birthday Dad! I know you’re working (it’s Friday!), but I hope you have a chill weekend, because I know that’s excatly what you like to do. And thank you for being one of the best dads I could live with. Love you!

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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

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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. : )

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
Spinach
Mushrooms
Dill
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Butter
Olive Oil

 

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

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