I wish I had really, really fun and exciting things to share with you after a weekend being gone, but truth be told…
So what have I been doing?
Takin’ pitchas. Lots and lots of pictures. Actually, I was supposed to have taken even more pictures but due to the rain, we would have been up to our waists in mud for the location it was desired to be in. (No, the above picture is not relevant.)
That’s okay. The two other senior portraits kept me busy enough. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s pretty time consuming to go through 100-150 pictures and just making slight adjustments for color, contrast, and density. I try to shoot them right in the first place, obviously, but minor adjustments can still help a lot.
I just had to make Angela’s scalloped tomatoes again. It’s pretty simple to throw together, but gave me time to keep working while it baked.
And we have a ton of tomatoes. I used up almost all of the ripe ones, but we’ve still got all this to contend with:
Uh, yeah. When those ripen, I’m pretty sure we have a. a lot more scalloped tomatoes in our future, and b. a lot of homemade sauce in our future. Oh, and c. Mo’s baked pasta.
Although, I’m not sure how my stomach feels about the amount of tomatoes I’ve eaten over the course of the past three days. It felt awful after eating that for dinner yesterday!
Nothing a handful of ginger (thanks to Sarena!) can’t fix. I’ve been loving this uncrystallized ginger like nobody’s business.
Obviously, waffles came into play, too. This morning I tried them with a chia seed egg instead of a flax egg! Don’t make fun of me for getting really interested in things like that. In case you’re mind is as inquiring as mine, it didn’t make much of a difference.
But, lets face it. Chia seeds are a lot more fun than milled flaxseeds.
And let me just say again how much I love fruit compotes on waffles or hot oats: I love fruit compotes on waffles or hot oats. This one, especially, tasted like fall. I simmered an asian pear and a dried fig in a bit of unsweetened almond milk, ground clove, ground cinnamon, and ginger syrup.
I’m licking my lips just typing that.
Speaking of which, what are you going to be for Halloween? Fun fact about me (not to be a joykill or anything) I hate halloween.
I think it stems from me being chased down a driveway by a Frankenstein with a (running!) chainsaw when I was trick-or-treating when I was little.
Those *badwords* robbed me of a happy Halloween for years afterwards. They even robbed my sister of it! I’d refuse to go trick-or-treating, so she couldn’t go, either.
I was (and still am, I guess) a bit of a scaredy-cat. I guess riding half-ton animals is enough bravery for my days.
Anyways. I found Miso when I ran into town to stop at the co-op real quick, too.
I don’t really know what Miso is aside from some more sort of fermentation (I think?) so if anybody wants to tell me what to do with my newly acquired Azuki Bean Miso, I encourage you to enlighten me.
I’ve eaten a lot of red things out of bowls this weekend.
I guess I didn’t really think before planting 4 spaghetti squash plants/seeds. I didn’t really think all four plants/seeds would blossom. I mean, I like spaghetti squash…but really, there’s only so much you can do with them after a while! Especially when I have other squashes beckoning me.
I guess my biggest beef with the spaghetti squash is their name. They should not be likened to spaghetti. They are, however – pretty darn good with some chili, as I did tonight. I figured I best start making a dent in the collection before my mother starts twisting my arm.
Sometimes ya just gotta take one for the team.
After dinner, I really wanted to tackle this guy. The quince. Which, by the way, in case you didn’t know – should be cooked somehow prior to use. I’m really glad I’m a geek and decided to google quince that day I brought it home, because I was thinking I’d just cut it up and eat it.
But it’s whatever. I settled for a cup of decaf and a sweet potato muffin from heaven. And I really needed to get away from the computer, so I sat down to some homework.
Oh, and check this cool jacket!
I promise it’s one of those jackets that looks way cuter on, you’ll have to take my word for it! I’m sort of a freak for anything plaid/checkered anyways. And I’m sort of mad that I paid $40+ just a couple days ago, and now it’s down to $24. Dude, Smart Pak…not cool. Maybe I’ll get another one. (For proof it’s way cuter on, clicky here. Or if you want a really cool looking jacket for next to nothing. If you google it, you can even get a free shipping code. Yes, I am ultra sleuthy, aren’t I?)
Do you remember any irrational childhood fears? I guess being chased by a chainsaw-bearing man isn’t irrational, but c’mon. The chain was probably off of it anyways. I would hope.