Baking Gals!

Sometime in the middle of October, my lovely foodgawker RSS Feed showed me this awesome project called Baking Gals. It is a group of people from all over who bake cookies and mail them to a deserving troop deployed over seas. I thought it was kind of cool, and decided to sign up. I joined Team Sweet Dumpling and mailed cookies to Dan deployed in Afganistan. I probably was one of the last to mail my cookies, on the deadline of November 10th!, so I hope the cookies just keep comin’ for Dan!

Chocolate Chip!

Chocolate Chip!

My original plan was to send 3 kinds of cookies: snicker doodles, clasic chocolate chip and Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies. Well, the snicker doodles and the chocolate chip came out perfect…the world peace cookies….not so much. (Mr. Fresh found this hillarious that the world peace cookies for a soldier didn’t turn out. I just liked how chocolatey they were.)

Snicker Doodles

Snicker Doodles

I included some post cards of Chicago for Dan so he can enjoy our beautiful sky line! I hope he enjoys them because I know I loved my Baking Gals experience! I can’t wait for round 5!!

Snicker Doodles ready for their long trip!

Snicker Doodles ready for their long trip!

If you want to get involved too go to www.bakinggals.com and sign up! It’s super easy and gives you a change to flex your baking muscles!

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Oh! Yay good news!

Sorry for the blogging hiatus, I’ve just been rather bitter about my life and nothing good comes from a bitter blogger. But! Things are coming together. I have big news, but I’m not going to share it until it all comes together. Let’s just call this life after college 2.0.

I am so excited. You have no idea.

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Insert Witty Title Here

Ohhh Friday…Thank you for coming again. I  missed you. Also, thank you for being pay day. You make me and my checking account quite happy. I’m sorry I’ve sucked at blogging recently, I’ve just been completely uninspired. I apologize. I do have a lot of cooking to update you on. And perhaps a political soap box (due to the arrival of my absentee ballot).

Cooking:

I made Dinner for a year’s Tuna Noodle Casserole. Oh.My.God. So good. My parents have requested it while we’re on vacation in Florida for Thanksgiving. When I told each of them independently that I made it they both went “I Love Tuna Noodle Casserole!” I laughed equally at both of them, but I’m excited that I have one more dinner covered in Florida that everyone, including my sister the vegetarian, will eat! I also made chocolate pumpkin brownies that night. I was kind of disappointed. I love a dense chocolaty gooey brownie. This was cakey and not at all what I wanted. The boys liked it though.

So, three weeks ago? A month? We went down to Peoria to help with recruitment and I made these Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies and they were ok. I couldn’t find a grapefruit at the store, so I sufficed with juice and they weren’t great. Well, LBP came over last week and we made them again, with lemon. 2 lemons to be exact. OMG. Those, were good. I will try them again with a grapefruit now that we’re getting more into citrus season and we’ll see how it goes.

I made this interesting pasta dish for my self and Mr. Fresh. Linguine, spinach, garlic, mild Italian sausage, walnuts and chili butter from the corn experiment a long time ago. It was good. I wish i had more walnuts to put in there as it needed a crunch factor. But, it was a good warm food that was pretty easy to make.

On to the latest thing. Last night I tried to make mousse. Two mousses to be exact. One pumpkin one chocolate. The pumpkin one went fabulously. The chocolate one…not so much. I seized up the first batch of chocolate. I ended up beating the cream too long and started into an adventure of butter, which I quickly stopped. So, all of the parts that were in the works got shoved in the fridge and hopefully can be salvaged tonight after I buy more cream.

As for dinner tonight: Use Real Butters’ White Chili. Mr. Fresh requested something “hearty” and this sounds delicious.  I will let you know how it goes.

As for the rest of my life: I finally closed on my first order this week! Weeee!! I’m excited, let’s not lie. I went out with LBP and The SBizzle last week for a sorority function. It was nice to catch up and actually be social. Woah, what a concept! The SBizzle and I are going for a liquid lunch next week to celebrate her passage into the old club with me. I’m quite excited. (So excited in fact, I thought it was this week! Whoops!) My kitty is officially returning to me when Mr. Fresh and I come back from Florida. I’m quite excited about this as well. I’ve missed her. I also have a rodent problem I think she could help with. I think this is about it on the life front to update on. On to my soap box!

So, because I am technically still a Floridian, I got my absentee ballot in the mail. I’m like, sweet, one ballot in spanish one in enlgish…Nope. More like, 4 pages of ballot. Can we just say that there are some whacked out amendments on here. Things I have NO CLUE about, because well, they are about tax exemptions for home owners in very niche categories. Dudes, if you’re gonna make us vote on this shit, please put some more info in the envelope so I know what the hell is going on. It’s not like I get the Orlando Slantinel (Sentinel) up here in Chi-town to peruse. Good thing for the intertubes to inform me. So basically, Florida, get it together. Stop overwhelming me with 4 pages of things to vote on. KThanxBi.

Well, it’s on to another weekend. This is the last weekend I’m working both days of the weekend. I’m thankful for that. I need some time to decompress and deal with my house.

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It’s Finally Friday!!

I’m not sure why I personally find Fridays so joyous, as it just means more work for me at my second job, but perhaps it’s the reprieve of 5 days of the same thing that makes the weekend nice. This did help my Friday though:

Mr. Greenspan rules the world with an iorn fist!

So, for a real update. I’ll back up to last weekend. Me, Mr. Fresh, and our friend LBP went to Peoria to help our respective Greek chapters (LBPand I are in the same chapter) with recruitment. It was nice to see every one again. It was a nice feeling when people were actually happy to see us, because some times when people graduate, it’s for the greater good. At one point, one of our sisters thanked us for bringing some sanity to what we were helping with. It amused us greatly. We went to our favorite bars, ate our favorite food, and generally had a nice weekend. I wish I had the opportunity to be more relaxed then I am, but then again, I’ve never been one to sit and do nothing (please do not reference my 5th year of college in that statement).

In cooking news: I’m making the tuna noodle casserole referenced in the last post tonight for Mr. Fresh and his dad. I’m REALLY excited. I also found the blog Cannelle et Vanille and it makes me want to stay home all day and make the beautiful things in her blog. It also makes me wish I could break free from corporate life and open a bakery. But, that is neither here nor there.

I know I feel like I’ve had more go on in my life, but this week has been rather quiet and productive and it actually went fairly fast. I’ll let you know how the TNC turns out and if I get brave enough to make anything from Cannelle et Vanille.

P.S. Why does word press think I spell “with” wrong? What the hell guys?

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Boo! I’m still here…

Sorry for the long hiatus. I’ve actually been attempting to work, some days with more success then others. I also went out of town over the weekend so I’m still trying to recover from that. But, for now, perhaps this for dinner? It looks yummy to me. We’ll see what Mr. Fresh thinks.

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First Mr. Farve…

…and now this. Really guys, when you say you retire, do it, damn it. Go sit in the South of France and gamble or something. Go do some community service. I dunno, get a real job?! But, for fuck’s sake, give up your sport already! There are guys younger then you dying for an opportunity to be great like you. So, suck it up, remember your glory days and let someone else have a few days of their own.

Ok, end of rant. Small update since I’ve already been productive today and it’s only 9:45. I was given two choices on my next blog entry yesterday and I decided to go with the food option since the second one was all political, and for now I’m still pretending to stick to the “I don’t talk politics rule.” Now you’re wondering “Where is the food entry, dude?” and I’m all like “Dude, chill out, I’m about to explain.”

A little back story. I read an article yesterday about KFC moving their secret recipe while they “beef up” security (any one else notice my love of “quotes” today?).  I shared it with one of my sorority sisters that I talk to all day while we deal with the working world. She had already read it and when I declared I wanted fried chicken, she said she had already gone through that desire when she read the article. So genius me goes “Ooooh fried chicken for dinner!” She then declared it “Leah’s Tooth Pickin’ Chicken.” I’m all like “Awesome, totally happening when I get home!” One train ride and a 3 minute car ride home later, I’m prepared to fry some chicken. I had even decided the cut the breasts into strips so it would cook quicker.

I pull out the chicken from the freezer, pop it in the microwave, press defrost, and let it do it’s thing. Let’s just say thank God I didn’t continue prepping for the fried goodness, because I would have been up a creek. I pull my half defrosted chicken out of my beloved microwave to flip it over and I’m like “Oh, ew, this smells.” And not the good fried chicken smell. So, there goes “Leah’s Tooth Picken’ Chicken” until another day. It was a good idea while it lasted, but it let me have my terribly delicious Spaghetti-o’s for dinner.

So there dude, there’s your food entry. Spaghetti-o’.

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To follow up my last post

I found this through Stumble, which may be one of my favorite intertube features.

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