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*And even if we don’t, for some reason. Shout-out to our pastor who mentioned Young Poor and Strangely Happy in the sermon at our ceremony! It was perfect…

So we’ve been married a week, and it’s AWESOME. Please excuse our CRAZY LOVEBIRD HAPPINESS but I think we’re allowed to have some at this point.

We’ll put together a full spread of wedding stuff eventually, but we’re enjoying spending time together- the internet can hear from us later.


Just for now, here’s what L made me for dinner:

Photo on 5-4-13 at 7.10 PM

Roasted Vegetable Risotto


-Rice (of some kind, fluffy, long-grain, white, brown, martian, whatever)

-a thing of asparagus

-2 carrots

-2 celery stalks

-1 small onion

-2 cups of chicken stock

-salt und pepper

-olive oil

-parmesan cheese

-lemon juice (opt.)


Preheat the oven to 350, or if it’s our oven, 15,000,000,000. But I’d go with 350.

Chop the vegetables into small pieces.

Toss them on a foil-lined baking sheet with some olive oil, salt, et pepper.

Put the vegetables in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they’re soft-ish and tasty-looking.

Put the 2 cups of stock in a pot and heat until boiling.

Dump 2 cups of rice into the stock, let it cook until it looks like, well, rice.

Toss the vegetables into the rice, with a healthy dose of the parmesan.

If you like, squirt a few drops of lemon juice in- it gives it a nice brightness, and counteracts the saltiness from the salt και pepper if need be OK BYE


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Tacos, Schrödinger’s Cat style


Here we are.

And I may have messed up dinner.

And L isn’t home yet.

Anyway, here’s what happened:

L sent me a recipe to make, for Mexican shredded chicken, to put in the crock pot to make tacos with later tonight. I scrolled too far down on the link she sent me, and instead followed a recipe for something else. Something else which is not meant to be put in a crock pot. I did this anyway, without realizing my mistake until later. Here’s what I put in:

-A shredded chicken breast (shredding chicken breasts, by the way, is DISGUSTING when they aren’t cooked.)

-1/2 an onion, diced and cooked in olive oil (I’ve recently learned how to cook onions, so I put them in EVERYTHING. Here’s a tip: don’t put onions in everything. Just most things.)

-2 cans of diced tomatoes

-half a bag or so of frozen corn I found in the freezer

-a little thing of what appears to be leftover black beans

-a tiny can of tomato paste

-various spices: cumin, onion powder, onion onion (which you actually CAN put in everything), garlic powder, chili powder, and pepper.

It’s been a couple hours. I haven’t opened the pot yet. According to Schrödinger (and some sketchy associative logic), the food is, as of this moment, SIMULTANEOUSLY TERRIBLE AND AWESOME. I got a job recently, and today I decluttered the apartment and vacuumed- presumably, L will still want to marry me after tonight. I’ll keep y’all updated.


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Ok, no, we’re not.

But kind of.

Just looked at how many different countries our readers and subscribers come from, and it felt kind of cool.



Now that I’ve moved home, L and I are planning a New Year’s party, our first big-time entertaining attempt in our home together. We’re being a bit ridiculous- as I sit here next to her on the couch, we fist pump every time someone responds to our facebook event. I am going to marry this woman.

Here are a couple things we’re thinking of having at said party:

-Pigs in a blanket, arranged into a wreath

-Champagne (I believe it’s pronounced Shamm-pag-in) cut-out cookies (kind of awesome)

Shamm-pag-in jello with pop rocks (really awesome)

Mini-vegetarian-tacomuffin-type-deals (remember those?)

Any other ideas? Leave comments and let us know!


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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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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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Fall is…sweet potatoes?


Tonight’s dinner. Success.

So, I have been looking for new, yummy dinners. Of course, I like my diet to consist of lots of veggies. This meal is not only yummy, but is all veggie.

Sweet potato burgers:

  • 1 sweet potato (large)
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 2 tsp. Agave syrup (I used blue Agave)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • “seasonings”: I threw in a random bunch of spices, including salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and dried minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • bread crumbs
  • avocado
  1. Bake sweet potato (I did this in the microwave b/c I wasn’t patient enough to wait 45-50 minutes to bake)
  2. mash potato with rinsed/drained beans
  3. add agave, flour and “seasonings”-mix
  4. form into patties (7-8)
  5. heat oil in pan, place patties in pan
  6. brown on both sides (5 minutes tops)
  7. serve with sliced avocado

Seriously, so delicious.


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Adventures in the tiny ’50s kitchen

We have a tiny kitchen. Built in the ’50s. It uses gas. It probably worked quite well when it was new.

It is no longer new.

But, L and I (but mostly L) still manage to create some excellent dishes. The stove’s burners are each labeled with a gradual level of heat, ranging from “low” to “medium” to “high”. A more accurate set of labels would read “High”, “Scorching”, and “A heat rivaling only that of the sun’s surface” (about 5778° K, or 5505° C). Nonetheless, we’ll deal with it until we find a new place, hopefully sometime by next May.

Here’s what we cooked on it:


Yummy taco babies with corn.


  • a package of corn tortillas (be careful, they’re a bit more fragile than flour tortillas)
  • bag of frozen corn
  • a can of refried beans
  • cilantro
  • cheese (whatever you put on tacos)
  • chili powder

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease up a muffin pan. cut the tortillas into fourths. Slap one into each muffin space. IN A BOWL: Mix together the beans, about half the corn, and a good shake of chili powder. Scoop a spoonful of that into each tortilla. Put some cilantro and cheese on top. Bake for 15 mins. Serve with the rest of the corn. YUM.


The smudgy bit is barbecue sauce. L eats hers with honey mustard.

Recipes from Skinnytaste.


L made a thing out of another thing.

Upcycled cocoa mix can becomes useful utensil-holder thingy!

She made the monogram herself, and painted it on with a sponge, reminding us that we should get her paintbrushes back the next time we visit our parents.


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Oh my goodness how have we gone this long without a microwave OH MY GOODNESS.

We helped some friends move this weekend, and their new unit had a built-in microwave in the kitchen, so we got their previous one! It heats up food and everything! In other news,



We ate lots of it today in our consultation with this lady. Very tasty.

The cake, not the lady.

Anyhooz, we think she’s our cake lady. She gave us a number of samples, and let us pair together different flavors, fillings, and icings, AND WE GOT TO TAKE THE REST OF IT HOME.














Also, L got about two weeks worth of groceries for $25 by shopping at Aldi. She grew up on Aldi foods, and it’s really good for the ol’ pocketbook.

Other cool thing: The Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival (though not a fan of the $10 parking fee.) Great music, free admission, buy whomever’s ribs/sides you want. We picked the people with the most absurdly tall banners proclaiming the group’s porcine accolades (hey, that’s a good band name.)


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Stuff and things

Since it’s been a few days, here’s a whole buncha stuff we’ve been doing!














This is the flower girl dress we picked out- $7 on clearance at Macy’s! We’re headed to a cake tasting next week, too.

FUN THING: registering for all of the stuff you want for a new apartment in your married life. We spent a very happy afternoon indulging in all the things Bed Bath and Beyond had to offer, and had an excellent sales rep who helped us out the whole time. Marriage is about committing your life to the person you love the most in the whole world.

(But also you get some free stuff.)


Well, we finally found some popsicle molds for all of our tasty, frozen… experiments. Here’s this week’s:













  • A thing of raspberries
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Tablespoon of vanilla
  • Tablespoon of agave syrup
  • a gallon or so of ice
  • some salt

Mix the milk, vanilla, and agave, pour that into a quart sized plastic bag. Fill a gallon size bag with ice and sprinkle with a healthy dose of salt. Put the liquid bag into the ice bag, and top it with a bit more ice and salt if necessary.


For like 15 minutes.

You’ll get kind of tired.


And you may want to wear oven mitts. It turns out that shaking a bag of ice with oven mitts for 15 minutes makes you look HILARIOUS, but let me remind you:


When it’s partially frozen, smush 3 or 4 raspberries into each mold, and fill in the rest of it with ice cream. Freeze all of that for a good long while (we usually leave them overnight).


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As it turns out, I’m kind of bad at baking. I don’t really know how this happened, I used to be AWESOME at baking. I’d be in my fraternity house kitchen, at like 9 pm, and it would go something like this:

Cultured, Handsome Fraternity Brother: Hey J- whatcha doin?

Cultured, Handsome Me: Making brownies for us and the neighbors!

Cultured, Handsome Frat Bros: Cool!



This simply doesn’t happen any more. Recently, I’ve started making daft mistakes, such as forgetting the second cup of flour in a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (they were still pretty good- they just kind of congeal together and you have to sort of paw at them a little bit to get one in your mouth.) This time, I was attempting to make cheddar bay biscuits, like the amazing ones at Red Lobster that you find you’ve eaten the entire basket of before you even order your food.











This time, I didn’t quite appropriate the dough such that it might match the recommended yield of 12 biscuits. I made nine. NINE BIGGUNS. They were done after I left them in the oven a few extra minutes, but they had flattened under their own weight and turned into what was more of a large-diameter cheesy cookie. We dipped them into L’s perfectly cooked soup.




  1. Saute (fancy French word meaning “cook on the stove”) two chicken breasts in a pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Let that cool, and then chop it into cubes.
  3. In a big pot that looks like you could put soup in it, put in:
  4. a tablespoon of olive oil
  5. two cloves of garlic
  6. one onion, chopped
  7. saute all o’ that. WHILE THAT’S HAPPENING:
  8. clean and chop some celery and carrots.
  9. add them to the pot, saute for five-ish minutes.
  10. add the chicken,
  11. one bay leaf,
  12. some oregano,
  13. some thyme,
  14. some black pepper,
  15. 1 cup of rice, and
  16. 6 cups of water.
  17. BOIL’ER UP.
  18. turn down the heat, simmer for a half-hour.
  19. In a liquid measuring cup (the glass one), add two tablespoons of flour, two tablespoons of olive oil, and one cup of milk.
  20. Stir it up.
  21. Pour it in the pot of soup.
  22. Stir it.
  23. Eat it.


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