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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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Home, home on the farm…

It’s my first time spending any sort of extended time at home for quite some time. That means:

  1. I have access to a surplus of fresh veggies
  2. I have to break it to my parents that I’ve stopped eating meat
  3. I get to go to as many Tae Kwon Do practices as I want
  4. I get a daily reminder that my baby brother is ~6 ft tall
  5. I get to experience 90*+ weather without an air conditioning
So it’s got its ups and downs, but it’s good to be home, if only for a few days.
The weather yesterday was brutal so I decided to take advantage of the sun and take a few photos of the farm:
Our main garden is absolutely loving the weather (so long as we water it daily) The greenhouse, on the other hand, isn’t doing so well…
              I love all the fresh produce here…
…and it’s interesting to have a bunch of animals running around your yard…
…and your house…
my cat Schrödinger is hitting the books
Today, it rained. So I took the opportunity to get a bit of reading (and a lot of laundry) done.
I absolutely love the rain. It’s so peaceful and does wonders to cut the heat.
(just because I love this photo)
So what does one eat while holed up in an overly hot house all day?
Overnight oats to start with!
Chocolate-Almond Overnight Oats:

"someone is thinking about you"

I decided to try a new type of almond butter while home this trip. The really cool thing about this brand is the almond butter has the consistency of traditional store bought peanut butter. It was perfect for melting on top of my cold oats this morning. I then topped that with some chilled dark chocolate, a shaved piece of Dove dark (I love the totally cliche sayings on the inside wrapper) and enjoyed my breakfast!

Lunch was rather anticlimactic after my overly thought out breakfast, just hummus on rice cakes:
simple, but something I’ve fallen in love with over the past couple weeks of packed lunches in Manchester. I also had a few raw veggies with this (not pictured).
Then TKD practice in the evening and a movie with my high school friends (my nerds). All in all I would call it a great day.
~What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

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