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A very green WIAW…

Howdy folks, thanks you for joining me for our second installment of What I ate Wednesday!

Our color of the day is . .

. . . *drumroll* . . .


Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup: 
Courtesy of Rachel’s Craperie in Downtown Lancaster. My mother and I split a cup of this delightfully green soup in addition to our own crepes:
Santa Fe Veggie Crepe: 

(also from Rachel’s) 

Tomatoes, onions , corn, black beans, cheddar cheese, greens, and a vegetarian BBQ sauce. Delicious but HUGE, I brought leftovers home XD
Dill Avocado Spread:My own green creation (shown here on a rice cake). It just takes three ingredients folks:
One avocado
One bunch of dill
One squeeze of lemon juice
(I actually added too much lemon and had to double the batch to even it out)Put it in a food processor (or a mini food processor):and blend those beautiful greens!

I actually like this better smooshed with a fork rather than blended I think…


~What’s your favorite green food?


Happy WIAW everyone!

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So, this week has been chock full of nostalgia, as well as a few new experiences…


First the old


Old activities:

I live about five minutes away from where I went to high school. Over this last week I’ve realized I can hear the marching band practicing from my house, something I never noticed when I was in school (because I was one of those band geeks spending their summers marching on a black top rather than being home to hear them)


Wasn't I a cute band geek?


Just listening to them brings back memories of music circles, band camps, competitions and foot ball games. My band was pretty intense; our first summer practice was the week after school let out and we met once a week until band camp. Then we practiced every week day (all day) for the couple weeks before school started. Throughout the fall our schedule went: Tues. & Wed: after school-5, Thurs. 6:30-8:30, Fri. Meet for practice before the football game (time depended on home or away game) until the game was over, Sat. practice: ~noon until leaving for the nights competition arrive home in the wee hours of the morning. Then of course there was the odd parade or event we had to attend, basically for the season band was our lives, and for the most part I loved it.


I transferred from a tiny hippie school with 5 people in my graduating class (and yes we all graduated) to a high school freshmen class of 600+ students. I really couldn’t play the flute worth bragging about, but I’m a total introvert and band helped me meet people (my “high school sweet heart” was a saxophone player) It may have eaten up all of my time, but it was time I got to spend with my friends. Plus some of our shows weren’t all that bad, my freshmen year we did STYX (we had the best of times ;-P)


I really don’t know where I’m going with this but if you were part of any large group in school you probably know how I feel looking back at my time in band. I didn’t always love it, but I do love that I was part of it.


Old friends:


I finally got to catch with my friend who was supposed to go to the beach with me. We’ve been spending a lot of time talking, going to the gym, driving around the town (do not get me started on her driving skills, sometimes I’m surprised we’re both still alive), shopping and eating:


Sweet Potato Fries, from Iron Hill Brewery, downtown Lancaster.


Now onto the new


New try: crackle nail polish…


This stuff is cool, mostly for analyzing the chemicals in it to try to see how it works… (I am a NERD, and PROUD)


Sally Hansen “fractured foil” over a deep purple polish I’ve had for awhile (for when I feel like a little more color than my normal black)


Basically these polishes work because of an extra ingredient in the mixture: an ethanol, or specifically in this brand ethyl acetate (what nail polish remover is made of). This alcohol causes the polish to dry very quickly and unevenly (the opposite of what we normally want nail polish to do) resulting in the cool shattered look. I really want to buy some black shatter to wear over white or sliver polish…but maybe I could try making some with one of my numerous bottle of black polish…


New friends:


All ready for my date (please excuse the horribly corny poorly cropped mirror pic)





I had a date today. First date with someone new, always nerve wracking and something I’ve never been good at (and something I haven’t tried for awhile). Again I’m an introvert, talking to people doesn’t come all too naturally to me, I am not a people person. I think it went well, or at least I enjoyed it. It’s just a shame he’s not from NY being that I’m gonna be back there starting next week…






New harvest:


an assortment of tomatoes from our garden


New Life:

Look at this adorable baby I caught a glimpse of in my yard today


New Season?


No! I refuse! The leaves are so not allowed to start changing yet!


~What are your weekend plans?

~Do you ever get nostalgic over an activity like I do with band?


Have a great weekend everyone!




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home again

I’m home!!!

…which means…

I have internet again!!!


I’m sorry I went m.i.a. …again… but for the last week the internet has been about as reliable as the british weather channel (just always expect rain, no matter what they tell you) but now I’m home and the internet is up and running!


Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. It seems that most of you (myself included) prefer the rebellious scoundrel Solo to our archeologist friend Jones. I’m just a Harrison Ford fan in general and I love both sets of movies.


My first meal at home was grown almost entirely in my own garden. If you’ve ever lived on a farm or had a garden of your own you’ll know how satisfying that is:



Pasta with a fresh garlic, basil and onion pesto. Cooked with fresh tomatoes, red and green peppers and green squash. The only thing here we didn’t grow was the pasta, and the little bit of olive oil. It tasted amazing, I think the combination of tomato and basil has to be one of the best tastes in the world.



So what does a girl do when she basically only has two weeks to be home all summer?


    • Continue studying for the GRE *headdesk*
    • Sort through everything going to the apartment
    • Practice Tae Kwon Do


Did I mention that there’s a good possibility I’m testing for my next black belt degree in two weeks? My instructor will tell me within this next week if he’s going to test me. The promotion test is intense, including:


    • ~18 general forms
    • 106 hand techniques (with counting in Korean)
    • ~10 staff forms
    • ~ 6 nun chuck forms
    • sparing proficiency
    • vocabulary / verbal exam
    • as many sit up, push ups, kicks as they feel like making you do
    • a 2? or 3? part breaking combination


This is all stuff I should know like the back of my hand, but on testing day the nerves are high that once you make one tiny mistake there’s the possibility that you’ll be thrown off and mess everything else up. Can’t let the nerves get to you.


I’m also spending some time with my brother (outside of the dojo) Yesterday I took him out for chinese food:



Is it telling me to date someone at work? Cause that’s generally a really bad idea… let’s go with the translation: “date a physicist.” I can deal with that.





Today we decided to venture into the “city”. I grew up going to a small Montessori School in Lancaster City from when I was 2 until I was 13. I went to a public High School much closer to my home, and it became a trek to get to the city, but that didn’t stop me from spending as much time there as I could. Some of my favorite stops include:


Chestnut Hill Cafe


I spent almost every weekend coming here towards the end of high school. Great coffee, fun people. I still stop in at least once every time I come home.




An herb shop  in downtown Lancaster. This is such a peaceful place, I just have to stop in every time I walk by. The women who run the shop are wonderful, you should check out Sarah’s blog


Lancaster Central Market

I love, love, love the market. When I was in middle school we used to take a “field trip” every Tuesday to walk to market where we would buy and eat our lunch. Today we were only there for fresh, local milk, but I couldn’t resist a smoothie from my favorite smoothie stand ever.


Pineapple, strawberry, banana, mango with fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt. I have them add fresh wheatgrass to mine. Yum.

Now it’s time to catch up on the 200+ posts Google Reader tells me I’ve missed. At least it’s something to do when I can’t take any more GRE madness for a little while.

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So, I’ve been feeling rather lazy and uninspired lately. I blame the lazy part on the days spent sitting on the beach, and the uninspired by the fact that my times been spent mostly studying rather than…well, whatever everyone else does on the beach…


For as long as I can remember my family has been going down to the beach at the same time, and as long as I can remember I had summer homework to do during those couple of weeks because I put it off through June and July. When I was young the work was easy, just reading a few book, a couple essays. Now in college it’s playing catch up and preparing for classes, and getting ready to move. This year I have the GRE to study for and I’m continuing the work from my earlier internship. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade this summer for any other, but at the same time I hope some day I’ll look back on this and recall this as an easy summer as well. (this will probably happen some time in the next couple months when I’m sleep deprived and in up to my eyeballs in school work and research)



But let’s get to something y’all are more likely to want to read about…more beach eats, from the last couple days…




Polenta on a bed garlic spinach, an topped with diced zucchini*, tomatoes*, feta cheese and an egg (could’ve gone without the egg) all beautifully lit in the morning sunlight.





A cup of roasted red pepper soup toped with chives and blue cheese, paired with a sesame seaweed salad. All courtesy Mama Kwan’s OBX mile post 11.













Lightly breaded baked eggplant on top of broiled zucchini* served with a fresh mairanara and parmesan.



Macaroni and cheese with kale, served with lima beans and topped with salt and pepper tomatoes*


*brought from my garden



I did manage to get out a bit yesterday. It rained so we (along with most everybody else on the beach) decided it was the perfect time to go see a movie. What did we choose?


Cowboys and Aliens



We’ve got Indiana Jones paired with James Bond as our two hunky tough as nails cowboys, and Tron’s new drop dead damsel for the eye candy factor. How can you go wrong with this cast? (probably by throwing in aliens)


Well unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to make my top ten but I did enjoy it. I went into it not expecting a full on serious movie, I mean they mixed a a western with a sci-fy for goodness sake, but it was fun.


It starts off with a few shots of Butch Cassidy esq scenery, a bit more violence than I enjoy and then we introduce the aliens. I cant say much more without giving away any spoilers, and I hate when people do that to me so I’ll shut up here.


~ Have you ever had to work through a vacation?

~ Harrison Ford: do you prefer Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

It’s probably not surprising that I fall into the Han Solo category…

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(my first) WIAW!

Yes, it’s true. I’ve decided to join the WIAW party!

What I ate Wednesday is an effort to link together a bunch of bloggers to basically share what the ate and everything they ate on a given day of the week. I think, for me, this will be a great opportunity to look back on a day and see and bad habits coming out or good habits that I should be proud I’ve developed. Of course this may just result in me being extra careful not to have any guilty eats on the day I’m photographing but you know what, that’s healthy too! Click here for more details about WIAW.

What I did not realize is that you can photograph a day of meals, snacks, drink etc. from  ANY day of the week. So, this week at least this is actually what I ate Wednesday! (as in today) In the future I will probably photograph Monday, or Tuesday’s eats, or maybe not and I’ll stick to actual Wednesday meals. It will all depend on my class schedule.

So, here goes!

(I’ve included everything but a water count)


Homemade polenta topped with amazingly red tomatoes (brought with me from our garden) and avocado. Seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. (for meat eaters my brother told me his was delicious with fresh local shrimp on top as well)
Not pictured: two cups of coffee from my favorite coffee cup
Not pictured: one brown rice cake in the early afternoon

The pasta pictured is actually my brothers, which in addition to the veggies included fresh, local shrimp and scallops.

Pasta with spinach, zucchini* and roasted acorn squash* topped with a bit of shredded cheese.

I have this secret soft sopt for all things acorn

*from my own garden!


Baked peanut butter, nutella bananas. Basically slice open a banana down the middle, spread in a small dollop each of nutella and peanut butter (any nut butter will do, but I was afraid my current almond butter would be too runny) But really, only a SMALL dollop or all of the goodness will leak out. Place in the oven at 400*F and bake for ~10 min or until the outsides are black like this:


Eat out of the peel with a spoon right after taking out of the oven. Just use some common sense, don’t burn yourself.
I only ate one of these but thank goodness my brother (who’s in that stage where he eats a full meal every two hours or so) was here or I would have eaten another, they were sooo good.
So there we are, my very first WIAW!!!
~Do you do WIAW?
~What was the best thing YOU ate today?

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August??? Really!?

It’s already August! ~25 days till move in! ~50 days till my GRE!


Where did my summer go?

(it snuck on by while I was tanning in the English rain)


I still have plenty of time to finish up my summer duties (right?) Today I both finished paying (or borrowing) for this semester AND started sorting things out for my apartment. Most of my stuffs being stored in PA right now so all I can (will) work on here are the fun things, like designing my wall decorations (more on those when I actually start making them) As for now, this is going to have to be a brief post ‘cause I just got back from a run with my brother and I’ll be ready to pass out soon.


Vacation Eats (from over the last almost a week):


tonight's to die for dinner

Protabella mushrooms marinated in a aged balsamic, sitting on guta mashed potatoes, and served with sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. Oh and of course its topped with warm delicious melty feta! With this dinner I’ll never miss the meat and potatoes of my past…too bad it was ordered at (an amazing) restaurant, The Black Pelican (OBX mile post ~4ish between the beach and the main road)

last night's dinner...maybe I should lay off the cheeses for a bit...


The best ever french onion soup ordered from Jockey’s Ribs, located in Kill Devil Hills right across from the huge sand dunes.

lunch from ... ?


Home creation! (yes I still eat in at vacation, it’s just not nearly as exciting) Southern Wrap: shredded zucchini (brought along from my home garden) black beans, avocado and a little bit of shredded cheese poorly held together in an organic spinach wrap.

Indulgence (as if the rest of this wasn't) also from ?


Real live traditional mouth watering Key Lime Pie, drool… Bought from Whalebone Seafood in Nags Head, then carried out to our house (and mostly devoured by my brother)


On another note I’m trying our google reader, it’s getting to be quite the effort to go through my “blogs” folder on my browser just to be disappointed when something’s not updated. Hopefully this will alert me to updates, though I really dont like actually reading them in that format so far…I like all the individual layouts and formatting…


~Do you use reader? Something else? What do you like about it?

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