Monthly Archives: June 2012

Big Storm…

Sorry for the lack of posts. We had a terrible storm yesterday that had winds up to 80 mph and hail the size of eggs. Needless to say, we are out of power, borrowing some from family who has taken us in. (Thanks, J2.0 and K!) Not sure when we will post again, as they forecast the power being out for 5-7 days.

So…we will continue to be young, poor and happy and hope you will join us again when power resumes fully.

Thanks,

J&L

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How Not To Make Veggie Burgers

DO: Follow this recipe at Skinnytaste for veggie burgers. (The mayonnaise is really good).

DO NOT, out of sheer denial, pretend that you have a blender, when you know in your heart that you do not. Should you follow along this path, you will begin to operate under the assumption that blender-related activity will proceed normally.

 

It will not.

 

NOTE: Electric mixer ≠ blender

OTHER NOTE: Electric mixer = mostly just throwing around a buncha beans in a bowl with some oatmeal and nasty egg bits. And a pepper.

OTHER OTHER NOTE: We DID figure out how to make squishy-type veggie-hash with mayonnaisey topping.

-J+L

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I TOOK SOME EXCEDRIN THIS AFTERNOON AND IT MADE ME STAY UP REALLY REALLY LATE AND MY BRAIN FEELS ALL ELECTRICKY AND I’M SUPER AWAKE AND I’VE 

NEVER

FELT

SO

ALIVE.

HERE ARE THE THINGS I WANT TO DO WITH ALL MY ENERGY

  • LEARN TO DANCE THE TANGO
  • RUN AROUND THE STREETS AND FIGHT CRIME
  • READ A BOOK
  • READ 57 BOOKS
  • PRODUCE A TV SHOW
  • WRITE A SYMPHONY
  • RE-RE-RE-REARRANGE MY SOCK DRAWER
  • PARKOUR.
  • BECOME PRESIDENT
  • VACUUM THE ENTIRE BUILDING
  • RUN INTO MORDOR (ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY WALK)
  • write in lowercase letters NOOOOOOOO JUST KIDDING
  • PET A KITTY
  • PET ALL THE KITTIES IN THE GREAT LAKES AREA
  • END WORLD HUNGER
  • START WORLD DANCE PARTY
  • SWIM………….TO……………………………………….NEPTUNE
  • BECOME A FINANCIAL ANALYST
  • RACE DONKEYS ACROSS CENTRAL EUROPE
  • WRESTLE A BEAR
  • INCREASE MY TYPING SPEED TO 93.7 WPM
  • RUN
  • JOG
  • WALK
  • PACE
  • AMBLE
  • Ramble
  • stand
  • sit
  • lie down

aww, man, I just want to go to sleep.

-j

Free Gift*

Here is some free stuff:

  • Library card, therefore
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Late fee notices
  • Kisses
  • Water (kind of free, included in our rent for a flat rate)
  • Free tickets to this theater for filling out a survey card
  • Pinterest
  • Music (Use Spotify. Just do it.)
  • Dropbox File backup and storage
 
L reading a FREE BOOK.

Let us know if you find other free stuff. (Note the name of our blog.)

-J

Tagged , ,

…………And Comfort Foods.

 

We also made meatloaf and mashed taters today…felt like we needed some comfort food, despite the fact that it is 87 degrees inside our apartment…oh, well. Kick up the oven-time to get cookin’.Yup.

Preheat oven to 375

  • In a bowl: 1 lb of ground beef, 1 egg (beaten), 1/2 red pepper (minced), 1 onion (minced), 1/2 cup of oatmeal (we used the Irish variety), salt, pepper…mix, form in loaf-type shape and place in pan…
  • In a small-ish bowl: 1/3 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon mustard (um, we used honey mustard, because that’s all we had), and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (packed)…mix it together, and pour it all over the  meatloaf.
  • Bake for 1 hour (and 10 minutes if you have a special oven like ours)
  • Slice and serve with potatoes (see below)

Mashed potatoes (or, if you don’t have a potato masher like us…chunky smashed potatoes)

  • wash and clean up 1lb. red skinned potatoes. Cube and place in big pot with 4 cloves of garlic and enough water to cover
  • Boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes (or until fork tender)
  • drain, return to pot, and add: 1/4 cup chicken stock, 1/4 cup sour cream, 4 tablespoons milk, some thyme (we just dumped it in…no measurement), salt and pepper.
  • Mash…use whatever tool you have. We mashed them with a big spoon, until we remembered we had an electric hand mixer…used that, until smooth…ish. 
  • Eat ALL THE FOODS. 

Next step: have your nice fiance clean up since you made dinner, giving you ample time to complete homework due tomorrow. 

L

COLD COLD COLD COLD

Lately, we’ve taken to making our own Frozen-Type-Ice-Pop-Products-Whose-Name-We-Have-Just-Discovered-Is-Trademarked (or FTIPPWNWHJDITs for short).

This essentially means we’ve been pouring whatever’s lying around in the fridge into an ice cube tray to see what happens.

WHAT WE’VE FREEZED ON UP SO FAR:

  • Cran-Apple Juice
  • White-cran-peach juice (not so great- avoid using water-based juices. The water and sugar tend to separate, making, well, plain ol’ ice cubes.)
  • Orange juice
  • Water (it’s hot out.)
  • Coffee (for use in milk or Bailey’s and Milk)
  • My personal favorite, these things. (Scroll down a bit when the link shows up)

-J

BBLLARRGHABLARG WE ARE SO TIRED

TODAY:

HOW TO RELAX: MOJITO

HOW L SAYS “MOJITO” AFTER A MOJITO: HILARIOUS.

We had a pretty good day. L stuffed her brain full of words and sounds at school (Orton-Gllingham tutoring certification) and can’t stop spelling things. And talking like Ben Stein. She even made me watch a video about how a silent e vowel works. I don’t mind. Mostly. But I thought this was a little creepy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJS3M_DCegA

Here are some other ways to unwind that we like:

  • pillow fights
  • yoga
  • mmmoooojjjiiitttoooos.
  • walking through the park
  • going to the library
  • Bailey’s and milk (OH MY GOODNESS IT’S LIKE CHOCOLATE MILK FOR GROWN-UPS OH MY GOODNESS)
  • cleaning (oddly enough)
  • paint
  • reading books that you don’t have to
  • cooking together
  • Yuengling (is there a trend with this list?)
  • Wedding TV shows
  • Massages- (the Aveda salon we go to will give you one with your haircut)

We don’t know if these work for everyone- Comment and let us know if you have your own!

Every good post needs a photo, so………

Here’s a kitten.

-J

D’aaawwwww.

Wait… “stew” is a verb?

Welcome to the multi-category post: money, weddings (and money), food (and money)…and money. So not so multi-category as we thought. Whatevs.

What do you do when your air conditioning reaches 5 cubic feet? Go stay at a friend’s house…one who happens to be related to you, will make you dinner, and will let you sleep in their air conditioned household…and play with their cats.

Four days of 90 degree weather was starting to drive us a little batty. Thankfully, J2.0 and K decided to be nice and offer an evening at their home…I think this is the first time we have been this cool in about two weeks. Tasty enchiladas, friends and lemonade Passion teas. Mmm.

Another cool thing we did today? Yeah, that pun was definitely intended…Finding a decent florist in our neighborhood that a) listened to what we want in wedding flowers, b) actually cared about what the groom wanted (not just the bride), and c) tried her best to stay near our budget. When her first estimate was too high for comfort, she tweaked it to fit our budget, not just laugh and say “keep looking.” She gave us everything she could in our budget, and we hope to work with her for the wedding…also, look up Thai Orchids. Might be our favorite new flower.

Things we learned yesterday?…Other than “don’t forget to blog, because then you have a lot to catch up on”? …. Yep. Don’t do that.

You can make Indian food in your 1950’s kitchen, complete with gas range circa 1956 and aluminum cabinets from the same decade. What did we make? Chana Masala…aka, curried-chickpeas and rice. Yum. Be warned: although one tablespoon of curry was used, our kitchen still smells of the stuff 24 hours later…Totally worth it though. Also, cheap dinner (serves 4):

1 Onion- $0.42

1 Tablespoon of Curry- $2.54 (for a bottle)

1 can of Chickpeas- $0.62

1 8oz. can of Tomato Sauce- $0.79

2 Tablespoons of minced garlic- $1.00 (per jar)

Small bunch of fresh basil from farmers market- $1.00

Total cost per serving: $1.59…awesome.

Toss some olive oil in a pot. Chop up the onion into dice-sized bits and cook with the garlic in the oil. Pour in chickpeas, tomato sauce, curry and basil until it’s…stew? We put it on rice.

Other things learned yesterday? Paying student loans stinks…but, it isn’t as terrible as it seems. Things that do rock about student loan payments? Auto-pay. Why? Interest rate reduction and never forgetting to pay it. Also, watching the loan amounts go down with each payment. Pretty good. (Things J learned? “Stew” can apparently be a noun AND a verb. I just roll my eyes.)

L

We like other people’s air conditioning.

Noodle and Vegetable and Chicken Stuff with Peanut Stuff in it

WE ARE MASTER CHEFS. (Okay, not really. I myself recently rejoiced at remembering how to make boxed Mac and Cheese- but we watch a lot of Food Network and we FEEL LIKE WE’RE MASTER CHEFS.)

Between the two of us, we were able to create this tasty dish:

ChickenNoodleVeggiesPeanut

This picture doesn’t do it justice…

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Spaghetti or similar noodly-type things
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Vegetables (fresh or frozen): Broccoli and Cauliflower florets (the little tree-things), carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Chili powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt ‘n’ Pepa

TOOLS:

  • Cooking Pot
  • Cooking Pan
  • Other Cooking Pan (a little one, for the sauce)
  • Colander (strainer)
  • Um… a stove, I guess?

Toss a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper on the larger pan, put in the chicken and cook it on sorta-low heat until there are no pink bits.

While that’s happening: boil the noodles and vegetables together in a biggish pot of water until tender and squishy. Strain them, then add to the cooked chicken.

PEANUT STUFF:

(measurements can be… ehh)

In the smaller pan, combine on low to medium heat: 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil, big glob of chili powder, and a pinch of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (L put in a lot by accident, but I liked it spicy.) Let the mixture melt a bit, and add a little water if it looks too thick to you.

Now flop all that peanut-y goodness around in the chicken, noodles, and veggies until it looks edible. Serve with chopsticks, then give up and use a fork.

-J

Our Parsley Plant Died…

…and it got us thinking: “We can’t be the only people struggling to live together in a cheap apartment, trying to make ends meet, and doing things like saving on groceries and fixing the scary evil garbage disposal all on our own, all the while making mistakes and learning how to live like real grown-ups.” Our hope, therefore, is that this blog will assist those who find themselves in a position like ours- young, naive people who need to know things like these:

  • How to live comfortably, i.e. NOT: in your parents’ basement/in your friend’s basement/in a cardboard box/in a slightly more upscale plastic box under a bridge downtown/etc.
  • How to cook food for yourselves. (Kind of.)
  • How to keep aforementioned parsley plants, garbage disposals (and incidentally ourselves) healthy.
  • How to have something resembling a balanced budget.
  • How to pay bills. (bleh.)
  • How to plan a wedding. (Your tastes may vary.)
  • How to do all of these things with no money.
  • How to get money when you don’t have any.
  • How to not drive each other insane, and how to fix it when you do.
  • How to, ultimately, be young, poor and strangely happy.

To be perfectly frank, trying to manage all these things at once is terrifying.

But we’re all in this together.

Wish us luck.

-J&L