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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* . . .

GREEN !

 
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 😄
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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Yehaw…

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…

 

Breakfasts:

 

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.

 

Lunch:

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinners:

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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