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I thought I’d title a post with something other than, “Just a little bit of…” I realized I did that about 3.76 minutes after I posted the ice cream cupcake recipe, but it was too late to change things as I had already submitted my cupcake to the contest. Oh well.

I’m currently in the midst of 4 days of cooking practicals for my finals of the first term of culinary at school. In fact, by the time this posts I’ll probably be running around half crazily trying not to burn something in the kitchen. Though I actually signed up for the baking and pastry program, they make you take one term of culinary (I think just to get enough credits to substantiate a degree, but it’s been a good learning experience none the less). I do like cooking, but I like cooking veggie food. Had I known I would have to fabricate 5 chickens during my time at OCI I might have changed my mind. =) But I survived (the birds unfortunately did not). Below is a pic of our class after day 2 of finals yesterday; I’m the dorky-elf looking girl with the glasses on 3rd from the left.

Due to finals I sadly don’t have any time to bake, so I guess my blog’s on hiatus until next week. I have a little more than a week off school so I plan on getting sugary in the kitchen. Until then I’ll be dreaming of pork chops and mise en place.

Have a great week!

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Supposedly that means Happy St. Patrick’s Day. =)

Lovely day for a Guinness!

The 9,000 year lease that Arthur Guinness signed, for like 40 lbs a year.

A history of Guinness bottles.

That’s a lot of Guinness.


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I know, I know…

I’ve been busy (and lazy).  I’ll be back soon, promise!!

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Well I’ve been a little MIA lately… sorry about that.  The good news is that I’m getting hitched! I’m sure my family had given up on me by now, but miracles do happen. =)

Word of caution; don’t go for a walk in your PJ’s, you might get proposed to.. and then have to tell everyone that you were in your PJ’s. =)

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For lunch today I made a quinoa salad with fresh organic greens, slivers of apple, daikon and cucumber, a few almonds and a citrusy red wine vinaigrette dressing – a tasty and nutritious combo.  Well, I sit down after class to eat real quick before going to work.  I’m quickly chomping my way through my salad – munch, munch, crunch, munch – and then I look down in my bowl.  “I don’t remember putting olives in here.  Wait, is that an olive?  What is that?” At this point my heart rate increases a few notches and I get this squeamish feeling in my stomach.  “Hmmm,” I say to myself and immediately decide to quit eating.

I didn’t look at it again until I got home (4.5 hours later) because I wanted somebody else to positively identify the foreign object that somehow made its way into my homemade lunch.

But it was just as I suspected.

When I signed up for farm fresh produce I just assumed that organics had their limits, but I guess with the good comes the bad.  Not that I think they planted the little guy in my mixed greens or anything.

I even washed the salad greens in two separate batches.  And then spun them in the salad spinner and proceeded to separate them again into two different containers and then refrigerate them.  The fridge is probably what did it.  I imagine even slugs need oxygen.

So, the moral of the story is: “be very very careful when washing your greens!”

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Anybody ever feel like there’s a little demon in Microsoft Word?  He likes to sneer at me with his menacing cursor.  blink.  blink.  blink.  I know what he’s thinking… he’s thinking I’m a little loony that’s what! =)

Oh… I don’t really have anything to say here.  Well, I’m sure I could think of lots of things to say but I’m not really sure they’d be, um, well received by all.  One of these days I’ll get over that fear of hurting people’s feelings and learn how to write what comes to me.  One day, but this is not that day.

Basically I’m procrastinating right now, and those of you that perhaps meandered your way over here are benefiting from it, or perhaps wishing I wasn’t wasting your time.   It’s all the same.

School’s back in full swing.  This time I’m also working so I’m starting to get the feel of what this whole “not getting any sleep/ coffee overloaded” college life is supposed to be like.  I like it though.  I like being busy.  I find that the more time I have at my disposal the more time I end up disposing.  Though, as evidenced by this blog posting, I’m still finding time to throw away. =)

So last year I wanted to run the Portland Marathon.  That, however, did not come to pass.  This year I’m making some plans though; going to step it up a notch.  I’m not promising myself the marathon yet, but I am definitely going to put two feet and 12.3 miles towards it.  Actually, I’m planning on running at least an 8k, a 10k , and a half marathon this year.  I think if I survive those I’ll be gung-ho for the big one in October.   Plus there’s about 5 months between the last race and the marathon so I should be plenty rested.  If anyone has any marathon training tips feel free to send them my way.  There’s a lot of running events in Portland so if you’re interested in running something here you don’t really have an excuse not to.  Here’s some links to some of Portland’s events:

In other news, I’m about 27 minutes away from my 2 year anniversary.  2 years ago, after a long week of attempting to go out in a new city which I barely knew, I woke up one morning, after smoking at least 2 packs of cigarettes the night before, hating myself.  Hangovers get worse as you get older, but they are also far worse if you’ve been sucking in smoke all night (so if you quit smoking you can drink more, wink wink).  January 12th, 2008 I told the Marlboro Man to hit the road and I’m quit proud to say that he never came back.  I was going to make myself a little cupcake with a cigarette decorated on top of it to celebrate but time hasn’t allowed for such extravagances.

Later this week I’ll also be celebrating being 1 year closer to 30.  Ugh… I just recently figured out I was an adult, and now I’m an adult closing in on 30 with a couple of grays hairs and a few fine lines.  Mi dispiace.  =(  It’s not really that bad I guess.  I just figured I’d be in some total other place in my life by this time.  It’s ok that I’m not of course (in that other place, which would have likely involved a white picket fence and a yard that I’m happy to not have to maintain), but self-reflection puts a lot of things in perspective and what better time to reflect than when you’re turning the dial another notch.  I’m just thinking it’s time to get things done.  I tend to plan things for far out in the future, but it seems the future is catching up with me.

Ok, I think the rambling should now come to a close.  Sorry to leave you hanging if you were expecting something more, or something profound.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this evening’s edition of absolutely nothing.  I’ll see ya later (said in a New Yorkish accent, like Grace from Will and Grace).

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I’ve been in the mid south trying to regain my southern drawl.  I’m now in Texas trying to lose some of it. =)  I’ll be back in Portland, hopefully without the accent, in a little while.  Until then, happy holidays!

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