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i’ve moved (mostly)

February 15, 2011

I will no longer be updating my blog here…I have a new home, come visit me at marthaflorence.com

You will have to pardon the dust over there, as there is still a lot of construction going on.

(healthier) french toast

February 12, 2011
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I made delicious french toast for breakfast this morning.  I saw this recipe somewhere and have made it once before, but I couldn’t find it again this morning…so I just made it up as I went along.  The only problem with that method is it makes things very hard to reproduce (or tell other people how to make).  I’ll do my best.

For the apple topping:
Chop up 1 (or more if you are serving more than two people) apple.  Add 1+ cups of plain non-fat yogurt and a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup.  Add cinnamon to taste and mix well.

For the French Toast:
Put 3(ish) eggs (or 1ish cups of egg substitute) in a pie plate, add some vanilla, cinnamon, and a tablespoon or so of peanut butter (I used almond butter the first time, I like the PB better).  Mix well.

Soak your four (or more) pieces of toast and cook!

Top with apple mixture…and enjoy!

focus52 week 6

February 12, 2011

Love:

Clearly Kiva loves her belly rubs…and although he won’t readily admit it…John loves Kiva

four cheese pasta (aka a less classy version of pasta ai quattro formaggi)

February 8, 2011

Ree over at The Pioneer Woman (aka my website idol) posted a delicious looking post that inspired my (less classy) dinner.  Her Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi looked too good to pass up.  But of course we couldn’t eat just cheese and pasta for dinner (well, we could, but my mom would be sad that I didn’t learn how to eat a well rounded meal…or my vegetables), so I added my own modifications to it (also because I can’t exactly follow a recipe…I always change things…even when I’m baking).

I mostly followed Ree’s recipe, using my own cheese choices of course.  I used a delicious “rugged mature” English cheddar, Fontina (which apparently is a “Sweedish melting cheese”), Romano, and goat cheese.  So, although my meal was less classy, it was definitely multicultural.

To add substance to my delicious cheesy meal, I cut up some onion, asparagus, and broccoli and sauteed it in olive oil and lemon.  Then I cooked some shrimp and served the pasta with the veggies and shrimp on top.  It was pretty darn tasty…and cheesy.


All the cheeses! (Have I ever mentioned that I love cheese?  I actually can’t think of the last time I made a dinner that did not include cheese.)

I forgot to mention THE most important part of this recipe…find someone (or something) to guard your cheese.



Enjoy!

why i would rather stay home…

February 8, 2011
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To people at the pharmacy who I almost copped an attitude with…I am sorry, it wasn’t your fault, it was the fault of the girl in front of my who was trying to return her prescription and get a cash refund WITHOUT a receipt.

To the cashier at U-Scan who I was rude to…I am not sorry, when I asked for help and you said, “your attendant is over there” (pointing at the woman who was helping the old man by U-Scanning for him and ignoring all her customers), I stopped trying to be nice and understanding.  When I responded with, “she’s busy…and ignoring us” (as EVERYONE at the four U-Scan kiosks needed assistance) and you shrugged your shoulders…that was the end.  You could learn a thing or two about customer service.  Just because you hate your job does not mean that you should take it out on your customers.

To the other cashier at U-Scan who I was not rude to, but who blatantly ignored myself and the three other people buying groceries…you need to learn how to multi-task.

To the man in the parking lot who gave me dirty looks for giving him dirty looks…I am not sorry.  You were the one who was going to hit me.  Please learn what a right-of-way is.  Then we can talk.

focus52 week 5

February 6, 2011

Here are some of my favorite shots from this week:

Mt. McKinley

Arctic Valley



And here are a few other shots (all taken with my point and shoot and not edited at all) I couldn’t resist sharing…

And here is one of Flat Stanley on his first adventure!

stuff, things, and defending my people

February 1, 2011
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It’s been a busy couple of days for me…and yet I have absolutely nothing to show for it.  Somewhere I got it in my head that I wanted a website.  I have a second blog for my etsy shop and, although they are both through WordPress, I don’t like that they are in their own separate corners of the internet.  After many hours of researching and pondering and lusting after other people’s websites…I have this. The first problem was, what do I use as a domain name?  I thought about using my first and last name…but my last name isn’t the easiest thing to spell…and what if I got married and changed my name…that would be just plain confusing.  My friend Brittany used to have an email address with her last name…now she’s married and still uses that email address (I’m pretty sure she’s had it for 10 or so years) and people think it’s a strange and meaningless email address.  True story.

Anyway, I settled on using my first and middle name…because those are highly unlikely to change.  My next problem is I have website envy (thank you to The Pioneer Woman for that) and nothing I can do to my website will ever make it compare to the ideal that I have in my head.  Don’t worry, I have that problem in other areas of my life, but I’ve learned to live with widespread mediocrity.  I know that she paid someone else to design her website (I looked…and that someone else charges $4000), but I’m cheap and I figured I can do just as good for no money.  Cue the multi-talented boyfriend who somewhere along the way learned CSS programming…yeah, he’s a keeper (his other talents include fixing chair lifts, dog whispering, and endless patience).  I’m not sure that he has officially agreed to help me…but I’m sure if I bake him a lot of cookies I might be able to convince him that he wants to help me.  Especially since I’m sure he has nothing better to do after I go to work at night. Anyway, stay tuned for further updates (it might take several years…but don’t worry, it will happen).

So, I have this friend who has a friend (she’s a she and he’s a he and they are currently dating). Anyway, said friend was having a conversation about an arrangement we have with my future children (don’t worry…that’s not important right now, it’s a story for another day).  They got on the subject of me being Jewish (mind you, I am culturally Jewish, not religiously Jewish).  He said that wasn’t possible because you can’t be born Jewish.  She said you can…it’s a culture. He said you can’t because “Judaia” doesn’t exist anymore (mind you, at the time of this conversation she couldn’t remember what he called it so she called it “Jewland”).  Anyway, long story short, a religious studies professor once told him that, so he believed it to be true.  He said that if you are born in America than you are American regardless of where your family comes from (although he claims to be of Nordic/Scandinavian heritage…not sure how that works).  He also says that you can’t be something if the place your people came from doesn’t exist anymore.  So does that mean that no one is anything because places have changed and evolved over time? And, last time I checked, all of “those places” were still there, just with different names.  End rant.

In happier news, one of my cousins (from my dad’s side of my family) sent me his Flat Stanley for an  Alaskan adventure.  I’m kind of excited about it!