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Tomato Review – pt 2 :) October 20, 2015

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tomato-review2_wordpressTomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables. Quite honestly, it’s no wonder that I decided to do a second tomato review. (You can find my first Tomato Review here.) This time my landlady and I found ourselves at our local farmer’s market, so I bought some from a friend who loves to grow heirloom tomatoes. We had a grand ‘ol tasty time when we got home. 🙂



Can’t Afford Healthy Eating? Maybe You’re Doing It Wrong. August 15, 2015

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Her bill was $60, mine was $12, yet she couldn’t afford to eat healthy? What was going on?!

The Truth about “I Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy.”

While I was checking out at the grocery store the other day I overheard the conversation between two college students behind me in line. She was telling the young man that she couldn’t afford to eat healthy. I had heard this statement before, and it seriously puzzled me.

“The first week I moved here I bought a week’s worth of grocery. It cost me $60!”

Wait, $60?! $60 for a week’s worth of groceries?!


Lessons of Bitter Eggplant November 5, 2014

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So for dinner the other night I cooked up a bunch of battered fried eggplant – one of my favorite ways to have eggplant. Sadly the batter was a lame flavor (even though I added salt, pepper, and paprika) and many of the eggplants were really bitter. I fixed both by drowning it in chipotle ketchup.

The next day I was talking to my Mom about something and mentioned my sad eggplant dinner. “Sindy,” she said, “you remember what to do about bitter eggplant, don’t you?” “Um, no,” I had to admit. “Don’t you remember what I used to do? In fact, I don’t cook eggplant anymore without doing it.” A memory of a bowl of eggplant sitting in the fridge flashed into my mind. Oops. I had totally forgotten.

How to prepare eggplant:


Thanksgiving Recipes November 19, 2013

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Okay, so I’ve never planned a Thanksgiving menu, but I imagine now is a good time to gather your options.

Here are some recipes I’ve been gathering on Pinterest:

Tutorial Tuesday – Double Layer Cream Cheese Pie April 9, 2013

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So I mentioned on pie day this idea for a cream cheese pie. Well, it didn’t happen until last Monday. Oh well. Anyway, here’s a lovely tutorial on how to do it yourself.

Double-Layer Cream Cheese Pie

2 (9 in) graham cracker pie crusts
1 (8 oz) cream cheese
1/2 C sugar
1 tub whipped topping, thawed
1 pkg pudding mix
1 3/4 milk (or whatever the pudding mix says for pie filling)

– food processor (or blender, or mixer, or a super-strong hunk)
– spatula
– bowl
– whisk
– measuring cups
– recipe (of course)

Ingredients and tools


Pi Day! :D March 14, 2013

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Gasp! I can’t believe I almost missed Pi Day (3-14)!

To celebrate, I’m making my favorte pie: Cream Cheese Pie! I’m trying something new this time, just for the fun of it. The recipe (which I’ve included below) calls for pie filling to top it off with, but as I was scouting through my pantry I found a box of pistachio pudding mix. “Hmmm,” I thought, “I could top it with this instead. It would be like those double-layer pies.” Correction: *might* be like them. We’ll have to see.

Now, before I give you the recipe, how are you celebrating Pi Day? Making your favorite pie? Making a cobbler since you don’t like pie? Just eating fruit with some honey and nuts since you don’t eat sweets? Maybe just buying a mini pie since you seriously don’t have time to make a pie (in which case I’d refer you to the recipe below which is seriously fast and seriously yummy)? Or are you going all out, having a pie party where you spend the entire evening writing the entire pi sequence with your friends? Let me know and let’s enjoy pi, er pie, together!

Cream Cheese Pie

1 9-inch graham cracker crust (you might need two if you want plenty of room for fruit or pudding)
1 8-ounce cream cheese
1/2 C. sugar
2 C. whipped topping, thawed
1 can pie filling

I like to use a food processor to mix the cream cheese and sugar until the sugar’s fine and the mixture soft. Then mix in the whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Chill for a couple hours until it’s set up, then serve with a good scoop of pie filling.

Brownie in a Mug March 7, 2013

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This morning I tried a fun new recipe: Brownie in a mug! Fun, easy, and tons cheaper than those microwave desert bowls in the grocery store.

Of course, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone and I tried it with carob powder (that’s like a chocolate alternative since my Mom’s allergic to chocolate) instead of cocoa powder. Turned out great! It was a bit too much though. I could have shared my mug with someone and been perfectly happy, but then again, I’m not used to so much yummy, gooey, sweetness.

Then, for the extra fun of it, I tried it with a packet of white hot chocolate (since I am a white chocolate addict) to make a blondie. I was also thinking I could use the wide variety of hot chocolate mixes to make all sorts of fun brownies. It was tasty… for blondie soup. I guess there was something in the hot chocolate mix that interfered.

Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a such thing as white chocolate baking powder. I wonder if I can include chocolate chips in this recipe. I wonder if I can reduce the oil. Time for more experiments! 😀

Brownie in a mug

  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (or carob powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • ice cream (optional)

Sift the dry ingredients into a mug (preferably a larger mug). Add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Top with ice cream & serve.

Earbud Hoodie & DIY Donut Baking Tray February 19, 2013

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Yesterday I went shopping to catch some of the President’s Day sales (I know, I must be out of my mind) and on the way home I stopped at a local dollar store to pick up some snacks. Well two DIY lightening bolts hit my brain:

  1. The cashier was wearing a hoodie with earbuds built into the drawstrings. Brilliant! It shouldn’t be that hard to mimic it. Of course I don’t know how to make the wide shoe-lace-like strings so I can encapsulate the wires inside, but I’m sure I can work around that.
  2. During my shopping I had stopped at two thrift stores. In one I found one of those donut baking trays, but the second one usually has them cheaper so I waited. Of course, they didn’t have any. Oh well. Then I stopped by the dollar store and spotted the aluminum muffin tins – Brainstorm! Just put a marble under each muffin cup, gently press down (you might need to do some shaping with your fingers), and voila! An instant, super cheap donut baking tray! (That’s 50 cents vs. $5 vs. what? $15 retail?) Of course I haven’t tried it yet (I’m guessing the donuts might be difficult to get out of the tray), so I’ll have to let you know if it works. Hmm, I wonder where to find a recipe?

Let me know if you try either of these ideas! 😀

No Bacon Jerky :( July 11, 2012

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Okay, according to my Mom (who has a ton more experience than I with such things) bacon jerky wouldn’t really work. For one thing, jerky requires lean meats. Bacon is just too greasy. For another, drying jerky doesn’t cook the pork enough to make it safe. Drat. I was excited cause bacon is pre-seasoned, pre-sliced, and cheap(er).

Some other ideas though are one: try some of the other pre-seasoned meats; two: add bacon seasoning to other meats (this idea came from my brother – kudos to him).

Bacon and Sausage Jerky? July 9, 2012

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I had a tasty dream last night. I dreamed that I put bacon in a food dryer as if I was making jerky. I also cut some link sausages length wise and dried those for jerky. I wonder if that would work? Would they be too fatty/greasy? Mmmm, maybe I could try some of the maple flavored sausage. P:

Let me know if you try it. 🙂