Groovin' in the kitchen, dancin' in Missoula.

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How I Survived the Blizzard

How I Survived the Blizzard

You all know that I hate the cold. I would take 97F over -25F EVERY. TIME. And spending two hours shoveling my driveway, while a great workout, is not my idea of time well-spent. But I have to say, getting a four-day weekend is pretty […]

Lessons learned

Lessons learned

I had some recipe failures recently. It happens sometimes. No big deal! Unless it happens three times in a row. In a row! The first failure was still edible. Really spicy, but that can be ok. The second two? I need to talk about it. […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately.  Let me explain.

My laptop died.  You know, the one I’ve had since 2007?  My beloved, solid as a rock, ancient-but-still-totally-usable 2007 Mac Book?

One day it was totally fine, and the next, gone.  Just gone!  It was seriously upsetting, and I may have cried big crocodile tears every day for a week.

So, there I was with pictures in my camera, an exciting blog post to write, and no computer.  In a stroke of pure generosity, my husband wiped his iPad and handed it over to me so that I could at least feed my Pinterest addiction and upload photos.  Unfortunately, writing an entire blog post with photos on an iPad is a little bit more than difficult.  Probably doable, but more time consuming than I could manage.

Oh, did I mention that this was just before Nutcracker?

Yeah, I had a few things going on to distract me from my laptop woes.

So after the Nutcracker, when visions of Sugar Plums had cleared from my head, I started to really think about how I was going to make this work.  Sure, I could find a cheaper laptop than a Mac, but that’s what I wanted, and really, if I’m going to drop hundreds of dollars on something, it darn well better be exactly what I want.  Why spend $600 on a laptop if I’m going to have to do it again in a year or two?  I might as well make an extra investment and not have to do it again for a long, hopefully really long time. (By the way, I’m not trying to advertise for anyone here, I’m just a huge Apple fan-girl and can’t help but gush.  I’m certainly not getting paid or perked in any way.)

I did the calculations.  Even if I saved up $100 every month (ha!), it was still going to take me at least 10 months before I got a new laptop.  I’m no stranger to sacrifice and saving, but almost a year of borrowing someone’s computer to write blog posts was a bit daunting.

But on Christmas morning, Santa totally came through for me.
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I think I scared my in-laws when I made that first tear in the wrapping paper. I may have screamed something like “SHUT UP!!”  Sorry GG, I was more than a little surprised.

I don’t know how those elves managed, or how Santa pulled this off without even giving off the slightest hint! My Christmas spirit was strong to begin with, but this just put it over the top.

It was absolutely perfect timing, because tomorrow I have a giveaway to announce.  It’s not a laptop, but it will definitely make a difference for someone.  Let’s keep this spirit of giving alive, shall we?

By the way, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah.  Any other “SHUT UP” inducing gifts out there? Did you get to spend time with your loved ones?

See you tomorrow!

White Asparagus

White Asparagus

Ok, for once, I had a kitchen disaster that wasn’t my fault. At least, I don’t think it was my fault… Passing through the produce section of Costco, something strange caught my eye. Something unique. What on earth could that be? How can asparagus be […]

Trial, Error & Fig Bars

Trial, Error & Fig Bars

I need a pastry cutter. It started out so simply… So straightforward… But, like everything else in my life, if it seems too easy, I’ll over-complicate it.  I don’t plan it that way, it just happens. I had seen this recipe on one of my […]

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

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Let’s back up so you can see this properly.

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This was the most epic fruit salad. I even tweeted about it! (Did you know you can follow me on twitter? I’m super hilarious.  Well, I said something mildly funny once, anyway.)

The salad was epic, not only because it was delicious, and huge, but because of the variety.  This many fruits in the same bowl has to mean that spring is mostly here.  (Mostly, because I live in Montana, and we’re known for our June blizzards.  No joke!  I remember snow on the Fourth of July one year.  Yeah, it sucked as much as you think it would.)

We also grilled steak:
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Chicken is still not allowed for awhile, but when beef is this good, I don’t mind.

And to round it all out, our friend made a delicious mac & cheese dish.
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Nothing says warm weather like this:
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And no, that’s not a tricky camera angle. My plate was half full of fruit salad. I’m a fruit optimist 😉

Fruit Salad of Epic Proportions
Serves at least 8, unless you eat fruit salad like we do

2 Granny Smith apples
2 oranges
2 ripe pears
2-3 small bananas
3 cups grapes (your favorite color)
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blackberries
3 cups hulled & sliced strawberries
1 lime

Wash fruit thoroughly! Peel orange and slice sections into chunks. Chop apples, bananas & pears (oh my!). Toss everything but the lime into a large bowl. Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Toss fruit so that the lime juice is evenly distributed. Serve immediately.

We definitely had leftovers. Leftover fruit salad is one of my very favorite things in the whole world. Why? Because you can add it to plain yogurt and eat it as a fruit and yogurt parfait for breakfast! Score.

As the weather gets warmer and fruit is more in season, this won’t be such an expensive adventure.  But really, it’s worth it to feel like spring might stick around.

Enjoy!

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

It’s a well known fact that I hate winter.  Not that I have anything against light, fluffy snowflakes or ice skating–I just hate being cold. I mean, I absolutely, wholeheartedly, unabashedly HATE being cold. Maybe it stems from the fact that I got hypothermia when […]

Owww

Owww

I’m sick. Sick sick sick. After watching my husband and son both suffer through some illness, it appears that I now have whatever they did.  I started to get it when they had it, but then got better.  Now I’m sick for realsies.  Sore throat […]