Thursday, July 30, 2009

cupcakes and falafel

i promise i'm not trying to turn this into a food blog. but when you are unemployed and at home most of the day, sometimes you just need to make something new to eat.
so i made cupcakes.
making cupcakes

actually, mini-cupcakes. these were alright, yep, just alright. something tasted off in the batter. oh well.
mini cupcakes

but i had HUGE success when i had my first go at making falafel the other night. i've gotten really into falafel lately, but i have yet to eat some that is amazing. so i took matters into my own hands, and made it myself.
baked falafel
i followed this recipe , but instead of frying, i baked the falafel at 400 degrees until it started to brown. put it in some pita with hummus, lettuce, quinoa and pickles, and you have yourself a mighty fine sammich. or pitawhich. whatever, it was good.

besides baking and cooking a lot, my day usually consists of a pretty good workout. i've been waking up early and running 3-4 miles, then coming back and doing Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I'm around day 15, and it's still kicking my butt. but the cats love when i put out the yoga mat.
exercise kitty

oh, and then i look for a job.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


last night eric and i had a FEAST for dinner.
first up was the bok choy. we have tried bok choy one time, and really liked it, but had never prepared it ourselves.
i prepped the bok choy by coating it in a mixture of oil, salt, pepper, soy sauce and some chili paste. then i put it back in the fridge for 15 or so minutes.
prepping bok choy

then we put it straight on the grill till the ends started to char some.
grilling bok choy

then i put it in some rice and added some more soy sauce. i felt like it definitely needed a little more soy sauce or salt, it was a little bland without it, but once i put some soy on the rice the bok choy became amazing. and i've been craving it since.
bok choy, ready to eat

we also grilled some chinese sweet peppers.
chinese sweet peppers


and of course corn, and a mixture of potatoes, onion, peppers and jalapenos.
grilling corn potatoes, onions and peppers

now i am going to go figure out some type of dessert to make. i'm thinking brownies...

Monday, July 27, 2009

bits of the weekend

this past weekend was a pretty big one in terms of firsts.

eric and i have been wanting to get a grill for a while, and we finally purchased one this weekend!
purchasing a grill
we went with a really plain, charcoal one, nothing fancy here!


it was great to finally have a grill and to start cooking veggies.

we also moved our kitchen table out onto the deck so we could start eating out there. eventually we'll get a new kitchen table or a table for the deck, but for now we are just shuffling it in between.
finally eating on the deck

another big first is we starting letting the cats outside!
kitta marie is doing great, she loves being outside, and she wonders some, but usually just hangs out on the deck.
kitta marie

grissom is still a little timid, and really only likes being out there if eric or i are there.

and this is ms. white, a local stray. she doesn't bother kitta too much, but grissom doesn't like her being around.
ms. white

and finally we went to the farmer's market for the first time.
we picked up some great produce at really low prices.
farmer's market

Thursday, July 23, 2009

cinnamon-walnut coffee cake

this coffee cake is good. real good.
so good, that this is the first dessert i have ever seen eric actively eat. and eat. and eat. i even caught him cutting off a large slice at 6:30 am tuesday morning.

vegan cinnamon-walnut coffee cake

well my mom wanted the recipe, and rachel wanted me to start posting recipes, so here goes!

cinnamon-walnut coffee cake from la dolce vegan


1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp vegan margarine
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup faux sour cream (i used tofutti better than sour cream)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup soy milk (i used almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract

preheat over to 350 degrees. lightly oil an 8x8 inch baking pan and set aside. in a small bowl, stir together topping ingredients and set aside. in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. stir in the "sour cream", oil, "milk, and vanilla. pour evenly into baking pan then sprinkle topping evenly over the top. bake for 30-35 minutes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

apartment decorating

eric and i have a fairly large closest, but we only have one closest. and it doesn't have a lot of hanging space. and i have a lot of clothes.
we went to ikea last week to look at different options for more storage for our hanging clothes, specifically our jackets and hoodies since they are bulky. and we found a wardrobe that we both liked.
eric assembled it last night. and for the record, i tried to help, but he sent me away.

taking it out of the box
assembling the wardrobe

almost finished putting it together
assembling the wardrobe

i was able to put all of our jackets and hoodies inside. grissom approves!
inside of wardrobe

doors closed
wardrobe, complete

and in other decorating news, i am starting to wonder what's the point of having a rug?

because without fail, this is what it looks like ALL the time. even if i lay it out, within a minute, this is happening.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

cats & food

i think the cats are settling into the apartment quite alright.

lazy sunday

lazy sunday

the cats came back to me with some weight gain. and not a slight weight gain at all, they are fat!

the best part about having an apartment again is getting to make food all the time!




summer slaw

i also successfully made vegan coffee cake last week. it is seriously delicious, even eric likes it.

Friday, July 17, 2009

mom and chase visit philly

we have internet! it took a while, and we still need to fix some things, but we actually have internet!

last thursday my mom and chase flew to philadelphia to visit the city and to bring my cats. i am so happy to have my cats back, and they are happy to be back with me.

i'd say their trip was a success and we did a lot of walking.

after they got in, we dropped the cats off and went to eat at honey's. it's a few blocks from my apartment, and i had been wanting to try it out. it's described as jewish/southern food. it was good!


after lunch we immediately started walking, and we headed to old city to see some historical stuff. i wanted mom and chase to get a feel for the city on this trip, so we didn't go to any of the museums, but just walked past them. i told them next time we can do more specific stuff.
ben franklin


indepence mall

indepence mall

then we walked to penn's landing so they could see new jersey.
penn's landing

that's new jersey across the bridge.
penn's landing

friday morning we walked over to edgar allan poe's house. it's only a few blocks away, on a main street, and somehow i never even noticed it.
edgar allan poe

edgar allan poe

edgar allan poe

then we walked to chinatown.

and continued on into center city, where we saw city hall.
city hall

by this time we had covered some ground on our feet, so we stopped for lunch at marathon grill, for build your own salads!
marathon grill

but after lunch our walking continued.
we walked over to love park, and for some reason my mom and never heard/seen it before.
love park

i did get a picture of her with her favorite hobby.

we decided to continue walking over to art museum, and stopped at moore college of art and design, to see a bicycle exhibit they have right now.
moore bike exhibit

moore bike exhibit

and then we walked to the art museum.
art museum

me and chase


the art museum also had a rocky statue.


i really wanted to make sure my mom was keeping up with her workouts. i wasn't sure if all the walking would be enough, so i made her run the rocky steps. and i videotaped it. chase is going to put music to it soon.

after all that walking, chase celebrated with a pretzel cone.
pretzel cone

by this time we were all really tired of walking so much. so we decided to take the train. lucky for us, the station is only a block from my apartment.

and we walked down to rittenhouse.
rittenhouse square

and then we went to the punk rock flea market.
punk rock flea market

sorry for the large photo dump! now that i have internet i should be able to post more regularly. and i promise to take pictures of the apartment soon! it's a disaster right now because i've been cutting up magazines pages (to get my portfolio together, because someone has a second interview on monday!), and we just bought a wardrobe that we need to put together.
but here is a photo of the back of our apartment, were you enter.