Things I find amusing: week 3

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Life lately:
20140117-195047.jpgMy mom is ADORABLE.
And Biscotti is an alien.20140117-195304.jpgThis smoothie will make your morning so much better:
20140117-195622.jpgWe had so much fun at the collage party on Tuesday night at Rule 42!
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2 Videos to watch:
Zoo animals get their revenge. (click)

Welcome to the completely bizarre world of Food Party! (click)

Have you checked out my Pinterest yet? You totally should! (click)
20140117-195721.jpg((Oh, found my boyfriend. He speaks 3 languages and can do gypsy cartwheels.))
20140117-195741.jpgI’m obsessed with these.
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20140117-195727.jpgAnd THIS. I need this for my massage room, dontcha think?

In case you missed it on the blog:
20140117-195251.jpgMore than just a collage party. (Click)

((There’s another party TODAY at Harmony Moon (4 pm)))

Yoga and nutrition for conquering winter depression. (Click)
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Have a lovely week!

Tasty Tuesday: Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

20131220-153725.jpgI actually made these a bunch of weeks ago (with fresh-picked apples)
But, just because time has escaped me doesn't mean I'll neglect to share the deliciousness with you!

These would make a great Christmas Eve treat.

Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

You'll need:

Granny Smith apples (as many as you can gather–you can never make enough apple chips
Water (just enough to cover apple slices in the pan)
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Ginger
Cloves
Star anise

Instructions:

•Slice apples with a mandolin (if you don’t own one of these already, go purchase one: it is ENTIRELY satisfying to slice things paper thin, effortlessly)

•Place in frying pan, evenly distributed (try not to overlap them)

•Cover with water and spices.

•Bring to boil and then simmer till almost all of the water has been absorbed

•Transfer slices to baking sheet and bake at 275 (low) till crispy!

Enjoy as they are (yum!) or:
Dip in melted chocolate.

Make as many as you can–they go FAST!
Let me know what you think! Merry Christmas!

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Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Allow me to rock your world with my homemade pumpkin honey butter:
mix honey
peanut butter
and canned pumpkin (organic is awesome)

spread it on bread (I used challah HOLLA!! from our local Newtown Bakery)….

Wow. So easy and so yummy. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg, too. Wowzers. Share with everyone you know because sharing is caring.

Quick Recipe for Homemade Ginger Apricot Cider

20121029-190229.jpgSimple Ginger Apricot Cider:
2/3 cup Apricot nectar
1/3 cup boiling water
a pinch of ground cinnamon (or you could use a cinnamon stick!)
and 2 pinches of ground ginger.
Enjoy :)

Creamy Tomato Soup & A new blog feature: “Sounds Weird, Tastes Delicious” Recipe: You Add THAT to Soup?!

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So…. I like to experiment when I cook. Sometimes I am so hungry, I don’t even really think about it- I just DO it. (Like Nike, only tastier.)

What I make might sound odd. Even disgusting. But man oh MAN is it delicious!!

I started thinking about it and I thought, “woah! Isn’t odd-sounding-yet-delicious like the definition of gourmet food?”

Answer: no.

The definition of gourmet food is totally different.

In fact gourmet isn’t even the kind of food. It’s the person who eats it.

Usage Note: A gourmet is a person with discriminating taste in food and wine, as is a gourmand. Gourmand can also mean “one who enjoys food in great quantities”

So, voila! I am indeed a gourmand.

Learn something new every day.

Anyway. What I am saying is I love food. I love restaurants haunted by gourmets.

*hee* sounds spooky and yummy.

So. I decided I would share my weird foods. And you should try them and see if you like them as much as my family and friends….

*note: I don’t write specific recipes. I just don’t. If you want to measure stuff out you totally can but I never do. Sorry.

**that’s why I suck at baking by the way….

Creamy Tomato Soup
Today my mom made homemade tomato soup. I stole a ladle or two for my dinner but I mixed in some extras:

•frozen spinach
•turkey burger
•cream cheese
•and oyster crackers
Heat thoroughly.

If that doesn’t sound weird to you, you are my kind of person. It’s the cream cheese that’s the kicker. A couple of dollops and you’ve made your own creamy tomato soup.

Enjoy it!