Thursday, September 29, 2011

please don't worry now, it will turn around

needtobreathe | more time

even when the situation is painful and others are unsure, my faith amazes me sometimes. it does not falter. proverbs 23:18- "surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off." i have no idea what the future holds, but i know that it will be revealed to me in due time. i am content not to worry about it in the present. my hope is to be given more time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

to spread love like violence

angels & airwaves | secret crowds

i love this song so very much. what music inspires you?

Monday, September 26, 2011

weekend excursions

one of my best friends (lovingly called hannah #2, since i am #1) came to visit greensboro this weekend and we had such a good time! then, i spent sunday afternoon with one of my other favorite people (brandon callaway).

{friday evening: the central carolina fair was tiny, but fun}

{friday evening: what would a fair be without fried foods?}

{friday evening: hannah #2 was WAY too excited about our funnel cake!}

{saturday afternoon: halloween costume shopping for hannah #2's "america" costume. the hat reads "redneck and darn proud of it."}

{saturday afternoon: this gorgeous bouquet from the farmers market cost five dollars... FIVE DOLLARS!}

{saturday evening: greek food from zoe's kitchen}

{saturday night: hannah #2 and zoe watching the big bang theory}

{sunday afternoon: my first trip to the "bull hole" in cooleemee, nc}

{sunday afternoon: putt putt at dan nicholas park in salisbury, nc}

Saturday, September 24, 2011

RECIPE: Corn Chowder

Fall weather momentarily appeared over the last week or two, so I jumped at the chance to make my favorite fall recipe earlier this week. I found this recipe on a recipe card rack in the cheese section of the Sneads Ferry, NC Food Lion a few years ago while I was at the beach with my family. Random!

CORN CHOWDER (serves 4)
1.5 T olive oil
1.5 t garlic, minced
3 c frozen hash browns with onions & peppers
3 c milk
1 15 oz can creamed corn
2 c corn, frozen or canned
1/2 t salt (maybe a little less)
1 bay leaf
1 t southwestern seasoning
8 oz havarti jalapeno cheese, sliced

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the hash browns and garlic and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the onions soften and the potatoes start to brown slightly. Stir often. Add milk and stir until well combined. Add the corn kernels, creamed corn, and seasonings and stir well. Bring the soup to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. Begin adding slices of cheese a few at a time and stir until they are all well blended. Serve with salad &/or crusty bread.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

rainy days and bunnies

yesterday was the first really rainy day of the semester. of course this means that i did a few dumb things: (for the first time ever) i parked on the opposite side of campus from my classroom AND i decided to wear leather flip flops. during the torrential downpour that occurred precisely from the time my class let out to the time i arrived at my car, i gave up on wearing the flip flops (didn’t want my feet to get stained orange) and went barefoot across campus. i can’t help but to wonder what the uncg students thought of the crazy hippie girl who was running barefoot through campus. nobody at appalachian would have thought twice. ha! by the time i reached my car i looked a bit like a large, wet dog. eek. after a change of clothes at my apartment, i set out again in my rainboots, only to discover that the rain had stopped. oh well, you win some & you lose some. 
in other news, i visited a local books-a-million that is closing. the books were 20% off, but i found myself looking up titles on amazon on my phone as i stood in the aisles and they werestill cheaper. perhaps this is why the store is going out of business? at any rate, everything else was 40% (or more) off and i did score the game of things for only $12! guess this means i need to have a game night soon. i’m slowly but surely working on building my game collection.

also, zoe wants me to post a cute picture of her. "welcome to my house, guys!"

RECIPE: Marinara Pasta

This was originally called "Spicy Marinara Pasta" but I made it recently and Brandon and I decided that it's not very spicy at all! I decided to drop "spicy" from the name. If you want to increase the spice, add more red pepper flakes!

2 T olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T tomato paste
28 oz plum tomatoes in puree
1 t sugar
salt to taste
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1 lb large pasta (such as rigatoni)
1/2 c fresh basil
6 T part skim ricotta

Heat skillet over medium heat. Add oil, onion, & garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook an additional minute. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, & red pepper flakes. Cook, uncovered over medium heat for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

While sauce simmers, cook pasta as directed. Tear basil into tiny pieces and stir into sauce. Serve pasta & sauce with 1 T ricotta on top of each serving.

Monday, September 19, 2011

greensboro apartment

i talked for a long time about my new apartment and even wrote two “preview” posts, but i’ve been living here for nearly 2 months and have yet to post any photos of the finished product!

{welcome mat + fall pumpkins!}

{couch + coffee table}

{ikea chair}

{tv stand + storage}

{dining room table}

{pie safe that my dad made me}

{comfy bedroom}

{view from my balcony}

i love my new home sweet home!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

weekend excursions

i had a wonderful weekend and now you have to hear about it! :)

{friday afternoon: the piedmont triad farmers market is ready for fall!}

{saturday afternoon: rock the block in downtown winston-salem}

{saturday afternoon: bmx!}

{saturday afternoon: didn't eat any of this, but it looked so good!}

{saturday afternoon: cold, but having fun}

{saturday evening: jimmy's has the best she crab soup i've EVER tasted}

{saturday evening: "...kind of like flavored snot"}

{sunday afternoon: lake brandt; only 15 minutes from my apartment!}

Saturday, September 17, 2011

RECIPE: Loaded Baked Potato Dip

In July, I wrote about my love of Pinterest. I recently discovered an incredible recipe through that site that needs to be shared with the world:

LOADED BAKED POTATO DIP (yields 2 cups-ish)
16 oz. sour cream
2 c finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/3-1/2 c chopped scallions
1 package (15 slices) microwavable bacon
1 T hot sauce
1/4 t pepper

Prepare bacon and crumble. Chop scallions. Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving. I suggest serving with potato chips or celery stalks. I use light sour cream and reduced fat cheese to make this a tiny bit less fatty.

Friday, September 16, 2011

a welcome return

if you are demanding an explanation for my absence, let me assure you that all signs point to GRAD SCHOOL. i’ve been a graduate student and a graduate teaching assistant for four weeks now and it is exhausting! i am teaching two courses and enrolled in two courses of my own. if this is any indication to how overwhelmed i’ve been feeling, let me tell you what i did the week before last:
1. printed a gajillion pages to read for class
2. read a gajillion pages for class
3. retained nothing
4. went to class
5. discovered i had stapled my pages out of order and read them that way without even realizing 

so, i’ve been a little out of it. grad school is not a piece of cake. it’s been quite discouraging at times, but i know that it’s a good place for me to be right now. so i’ll carry on like i always do. i have so, so many things that i’ve been dying to write about! if only i had the time! we’ll see how well i’m able to keep up with this blog over the next few months. don’t give up on me! the first order of business upon my return is to tell you that i am now a happy pet owner! who would have thought this would be possible after my last pet post? my bunny, zoe, is the cutest rabbit in the world:

expect many more posts from me in the near future... maybe ;)