I’ve Tried/Re-Tried So Many Things Lately

22 Aug

I haven’t stopped trying things but I have been trying more to get a job and less thinking about things to try.  Here is an update on recent things I’ve tried:

Pho
Amber invited me to try out Pho in participation of a ladies evening of sorts.

It looked a lot like this. (I should have thought to take my own picture of it)

Not surprisingly I was fairly overwhelmed by the amount of choices on the menu and with a little guidance somehow landed on a dish involving pork and vermicelli. I guess it has lettuce and mint in addition to the noddles and meat and is served with a fried vegetable roll which I deemed the french fries of pho. Overall It’s a thing I’d try again.

Night movies:
These have been hosted in various parks around the city. Things I’ve seen:

I enjoy the whole free/ boozing/ neighborly vibe of these events even if I don’t love the movies or have already seen them. At The Happening they gave out free coupons for Ritas which resulted in me trying another thing: Chocolate Peanut Butter water ice, which if it hadn’t been free I would never have done so. It’s good, way better then it sounds.

Bathing suits/ Swimming
I finally bought myself a couple bathing suits after putting it off for a long time and have been able to try out the city pools and do a little night swimming at the shore. The pool was funny because Amanda and I were hit on consistently by a 15 year old neighborhood boy with prison tats who wasn’t deterred even after we told him that we’re 30 (we are not 30). I like the idea of a free pool and don’t really know why it took me so long to get there.

I haven’t night swam in years but a few weeks ago I convinced Kamper to take me down the shore to walk around the boardwalk for the evening AND to night swim. The ocean can be scary during the day, it is terrifying at night which might be part of the reason I like it. We would have had better luck at it if the moon had been out but it was hiding behind some clouds the entire time and so instead of wave jumping we just sat down. I got a butt full of sand but still loved every minute of it.

And of Course Mixology:
I tried out a new drink which I would be remiss for not sharing. While most drinks are normally titled after the date of their invention this one is lovingly referred to as Childhood Booze. Being put on the spot by Sue to give it a name this is what immediately came to mind, as the mixer is the juice I drank by the gallon as a child.

Method:
2oz Vodka
1oz Triple Sec
Top with Minute Made Berry Juice and Soda Water.

Kid Juice

Then reminisce about Animaniacs while you get your drink on.

Coming soon: Health Edition, Rediscovering Old Products, Thrift Shopping, Rap Music, and other things.

Cooking: Spinach Dip, Leftover Edition

3 Aug

Living in a house with only one other person I always have leftovers and I feel like I am always throwing something out. So, I have been trying to actually use leftover food and this weekend I had some leftover spinach I turned into a spinach dip of sorts.

Leftover Spinach Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup leftover cooked spinach
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup hidden valley ranch dressing

Method:

  • Mix ingredients together
  • Chill 1 hour
  • Serve with vegetables/ chips

My measurements are kind of estimated. If you wanted to make this, I suggest adding and subtracting amounts as you feel comfortable. Helpful, I know. Happy fooding.

Mixology: August 2, 2011

3 Aug

It’s been awhile since I tried to coming up with a new cocktails but with a little leftover juice and a Kamper I came up with something to relax with.

August 2, 2011

Fill glass 3/4

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Add 1oz

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Top with this (Thanks Amanda)

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August 2, 2011

Method, method:
August 2, 2008

  • 3/4 glass of sparkling wine
  • 1oz vodka
  • Top  with watermelon juice
  • Drink up

Cooking: Popcorn Edition

19 Jul

I’m trying my hand at popping corn on the stove. One of my favorite things to eat is popcorn. However, I do not own an air popper, microwave popcorn bowl or a  special popcorn pot so I haven’t made it at home. I’ve read the tutorials on making it in a paper bag in the microwave, I’ve tried Jiffy Pop, and I don’t care for microwave popcorn, so for years I’ve been trying various brands, all of which I would recommend:

Love everything about it but the gross fingers it gives you.

Every kind of Indiana Popcorn is really good

Good Health Organic Popcorn tastes the closest to home made.

But any of these bags costs $2.99 or more and offers a couple servings while a bag of kernels cost $1.40 and seems like unlimited servings. Since I’m cheap I keep wanting to find a way to make it at home without buying a special thing to make it in/ not ruin any of my pots with burned kernels.

I frequent the blog Simply Recipes and have never tried a recipe off there I didn’t love. So, when I saw they had a popcorn method that appeared really easy I decided to be brave and give it a try:

Perfect Popcorn Recipe

  • Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp canola, peanut or grapeseed oil (high smoke point oil)
  • 1/3 cup of high quality popcorn kernels
  • 1 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 2 Tbsp or more (to taste) of butter
  • Salt to taste

Method

1 Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat.

2 Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.

3 When the kernels pop, add the rest of the 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. (Count out loud; it’s fun to do with kids.) This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.

4 Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper). Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl.

With this technique, nearly all of the kernels pop (I counted 4 unpopped kernels in my last batch), and nothing burns.

5 If you are adding butter, you can easily melt it by placing the butter in the now empty, but hot pan.

6 Salt to taste.

Additional tips: From the comments section

a If you add salt to the oil in the pan before popping, when the popcorn pops, the salt will be well distributed throughout the popcorn.

b Fun toppings for the popcorn – Spanish smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, cayenne powder, chili pepper, curry powder, cumin, grated Parmesan cheese.

Yield: Makes 2 quarts, a nice amount for two people, or for one hungry one.

I did it.

I had sunflower oil so I used that but other then the oil I followed this exactly and ended up with only 5 un-popped kernels, and nothing burned. I tried the tip suggesting adding salt to the oil and that worked fairly well. If you love you some popcorn and don’t have a fancy pants making method try this recipe. It’s pretty good.

Beauty: Luxurious Hair Edition

19 Jul

I’m trying to grow out my hair… again. Every couple of years I try this and then once it hits a certain length, I chop it all off.

For example- 2007 the year of the longest since middle school:

So Luxurious

Wig Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So last summer I decided I should start back down the luxury path so I’ve been doing the big grow out. It’s sooo hard.

July, 2011

Last summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually haven’t gotten that far in the growing process but  am hoping to have luxurious hair by the fall and maybe a no bang move? So many people either have really defined bangs or none at all and I have had this side guy since college so maybe it’s time for a no bang, but I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself, for now I need to focus on keeping growing and not cutting.

Hair keeps cycling. Luxury commence.

Things I want to Try: Kate Spade Edition

14 Jul

If money where no object these are the Kate Spade pieces, from the current collection, I would be trying:

Chantal Sunglasses

Chrystie Street Opal Handbag

A Day Away Gemina Tote

Bow Regard Maryanne Handbag

Charlee-Camel

Pocomo Gwen Bag

Vanston Maryclare bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internets: Google+ Edition

14 Jul

I had to take a brief hiatus from the blog o’verse due to a hard drive malfunction. However I’m back and trying


If you live in a cave and don’t know what this is, it is Googles answer to Facebook. Want the official party line?  Read this  but my take is it’s like the Book but better cause it assumes you don’t want your mom to see that hilarious sex video you want to show your zany group of friends. So you put your mom in the “doesn’t like funny things” circle” and your friends in the “i’m also a pervert” circle and your worlds are instantly separate. Secret internet lives commence.

I am not exactly sure how I am going to be using it as I am a very passive/ angry Facebook user but as of now it has yet to become cluttered with posts about dumb kids or people on bikes being mad at cars or the dramatic teenagers you somehow know or my grandmother and that makes it much more appealing.

The feature I like the most, aside from being able to group people is the google+ version of the “like” button. It is called “+1”. Aside from not understanding what +1 sensically means it serves a very practical function for link junkies. If you +1 an article on the internet  you really like and want to share but end up taking up someones entire feed with weird articles about the financial climate in Poland, hitting the +1 put that article in the +1 category on your profile page. It’s a win, win, if I really like the videos of cats friend X posts, I can go to their profile and click on their +1s and see the videos there instead of an entire feed of cats but if I can’t stand when friend Y posts articles about rumspringa antics… you get the idea.

You do have the option of posting links directly into your feed which I think most people will still do which is fine I just would like to point out there is function for those obsessed with link sharing.

There is also a hangout function that allows you to video chat with multiple people at once. I tried it with Kamper once and it was lame since we were sitting next to each other but we later used it to talk with friends in Buffalo and it was really nice. This function also allows you and your friends to watch the same video on youtube together. Video chatting is not a new idea but from what I understand, I can be talking with one of my friends and then one of their friends, who I don’t know, can join our hangout and social networking just got one step awkwarder. I am not one for talking on the phone or having a picture taken so I doubt I will be hanging out that often.

I will point out I have not figured out if there is a wall equivalent on google+. Maybe googles research showed most wall posts are more email appropriate or they just can’t figure out how Zuckerberg did it. I’d survive without a wall.

Also, I forgot to mention it is still in it’s test phase so you need an invite to use it but for the moment they aren’t accepting anymore testers and I like being part of things other people can’t be apart of cause who doesn’t like exclusivity?!

In conclusion when this thing is opened up to the sea of stay at home moms, dramatic teenagers, relatives you only kind of know choose which circles you want to drown them in carefully to avoid the inevitable annoyance certain individuals bring to social networking. Now go get googled.

Dungeon Nails: French Edition

22 Jun

Coming soon to dungeon nails:

Come to the dungeon and let me try this out on you.

 

 

 

Beauty: Concealer Edition

22 Jun

Awhile ago I wrote about an article in Glamour and they briefly mentioned Almay Clear Complexion Concealer. Last week my skin was getting that breakout coming on feeling and I picked some up.
Things I like about it:
* 1.0% salicylic acid which is more then other brands
* Color matches skin tone nicely
* Powdery texture finish

Verdict:
It conceals and really helped clear up the breakout spots in two days, seriously, two days. Thanks Glamour.

Fashion: Things You Should Wear. Edition One

17 Jun

So I got a little hater the other week on some current fashion trends and had every intention of following up with things I’d like to see people wearing instead. So I looked around the internets and found some pieces that maybe I wouldn’t personally wear but feel would be a step up from some of the designs/ certain patterns I keep seeing over and over.

I like this coral, teal, white palate for summer, it is a little 80’s beach house but most of these designs have a classic look that I could look at for several seasons and not feel judgey.
While I’m on the topic of fashion, I’m trying some new looks. I’ll get around to documenting it eventually but I wouldn’t want anyone to think I am a total current trend trasher, after all I am trying things out and those things include fashion. Go forth and dress yourselves.