Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sometimes, potatoes make everything better…

So today…started not so great, but ended fairly well.


If you haven’t noticed, Hurricane Sandy is rapidly approaching, throwing cold rain all over Ohio, even though we are about 500 miles from the Hurricane. I feel even worse for my friends in DC (best friend), New York (J’s fam) and Pennsylvania (my big sis) who are getting even more of the Hurricane.

Needless to say, it is pretty gross outside. I am cold. I needed dinner.

What to make? Hash browns.

I bought a bunch of potatoes two weeks ago to make mashed potatoes when J was here, but now find myself with four or five leftover.

So, here’s what I did:

  • Peeled two potatoes (small ones-this dish was just for me)
  • Grated the potatoes with my handy-dandy box grater
  • DRY THE POTATOES…if not, they will be soggy, not crispy
  • Put some olive oil in a frying pan-heat for a minute, not too hot!
  • Spread potatoes out in pan- thin layer so they cook evenly. Season with salt and pepper -not too much!
  • Now, I knew that I had to flip them when one side started to golden brown…wasn’t sure what to do. I took a big plate, flipped the  pan onto the plate, and slid the hash browns back into the pan (non golden brown side down)- Season with salt and pepper on other side (not too much!)
  • Cook until golden brown on other side
  • Eat. I had mine with scrambled eggs.

I like mine with ketchup. Clarification- not ketchup on the eggs: gross.


Seriously. My happiness levels went up with dinner. Well, that and the skype date during dinner with J.

38 days and counting!


The best cake takes 4 hours to bake

J making me cookies…kinda. After he cleaned the house and cooked dinner…Love.

Fiancé of the year.

J came “home” for long weekend. Weird that he is vacationing to his apartment and, in 45 days, his home.

Spending a wonderful weekend of wedding-y things and time with friends and family, J had today free as I trudged back to work to spend the day writing grade cards and progress reports. Awesome.

While at work, J came to eat lunch with me. He got to meet my friends and check out my pretty spectacular cubicle.

Then…just as I walked in the door from work. I looked around. Something was different? What was it?


He cleaned.


And made dinner.


And made…cake?

So, we found this recipe to make snickerdoodles, one of my favorites. We followed the recipe, to a T. After mixing, we realized that the dough was just a little too, shall we say, “goopy?” So we added some flour. No change.

Deciding to forge on anyway, we tried to scoop the dough into the cinnamon/sugar mix. Fail.

So, we took out the loaf pan and set it to bake.

It is still in the oven, not done.




It has been there for an hour and a half.




The oven was set at 350. It started to burn on top, so we set it at 325.

J just took it out of the oven. Apparently, we are eating it with spoons.

This should be a fun night.


Married life with this kid is going to be grand.

-L (and J!)

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50 days couldn’t come sooner

Ok- we are almost there. Tomorrow marks 50 days until J comes home!

This may seem really silly, but it seems to be getting harder the closer we get to him moving back to our humble apartment. Luckily, he is visiting soon for a four-day weekend. But, still…all I am saying is after you see each other approximately everyday for 6 whole years, going without each other for 6 months is killer. People keep telling us “that’s not that long,” but it honestly feels like another 7 years that we have been apart…Anyway, enough moping. Here’s hoping the next 50 days fly by!


So, I have hit a point where I have a lot of random leftovers or random ingredients in my fridge. Today, I had a bag of frozen Brussel sprouts and a bag of whole carrots. What to do? Roast them.

On a foil lined cookie sheet, I tossed the sprouts and carrots (which I cut into 1/2 coins) in some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. I flipped them every 10 minutes to make sure all sides got nice and toasty.

While that was roasting, I sautéed a smoked sausage in a frying pan, browning up the slices I put in the pan.


Plenty left for tomorrow’s dinner too!

Another crazy week here- hope all is well with our readers!


Too lazy to order out, so I made my own fried rice.


I made this for dinner tonight. 

I finished my last day of jewelry club at school, had a long day of meetings and teaching. Was a bit tired. What solves a lack of dinner plans, with a lack of care whether the food is healthy or not? Chinese food.

BUT WAIT. This is healthier.

Edamame Fried Rice (Serves 4 as main dish):

You’ll Need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups brown rice (I used quick cook)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 5 scallions (greens in one bowl, whites in another)
  • 1/2 bag edamame (shelled-this takes a long time. Buy the shelled stuff- I also used frozen)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
  1. Scramble eggs with s&p; put in a dish to the side
  2. Cook rice in pan; set aside
  3. Heat oil in pan (supposed to use a wok, but have yet to acquire such an item. I registered for one while doing wedding registry-things.)
  4. Saute onions, carrots, and white scallions
  5. Add in eggs, rice, edamame- stir
  6. Once heated through, add green scallions and soy sauce. Stir once more.
  7. Eat. I added a little more soy sauce on top.

SO GOOD. YUUUUUUM. Seriously. 


How to make classy invites, without spending a fortune

Again, I seem to forget to blog when J isn’t here. Speaking of J, the aforementioned 60 days is the amount of time until J comes home! And by home, I mean back in the apartment, with me.

What I did today:

Made invitations for the wedding. Made Stew. Caught up with friends…(sticky-notes from college). Watched OSU/Nebraska game…actually, the last event is still happening.

Make invitations: We found pretty, fancy invitations online…which would cost us about $455 to buy from the site. We are making ours for about $50. J’s mom painted a beautiful peacock feather, which I cropped and rotated on Photoshop. Using my layout skills from InDesign, I was able to make an over-laid text box for the information, thereby creating a beautiful invitation. Super Excited.

Stew: I made beef stew today. Yum. However, I altered the ingredients. Instead of beef, potatoes, carrots and onion, I made stew with beef, SWEET potatoes, carrots and onion. Super good, and pretty healthy, too!

Caught up with friends: It is always nice to hang out with friends, especially since I don’t get out much. Continuing the fun by watching the game with K and R. Currently, Nebraska 14, OSU 7. Success.


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