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Slow Cooker Magic

I did myself a HUGE favor today with just a little bit of planning ahead.  Last night, I spent about 10 minutes and put together the ingredients for Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes from Six Sisters Stuff.  I added an onion and used cream of celery instead of cream of chicken since that’s what I had on hand. I stuck the ingredients in a gallon bag and left it in the fridge overnight.  I had a really long day today, so I had to come home to let the dogs out in the middle of the day, and when I did, I dumped the ingredients in the slow cooker and headed back to school.  When I came home 8:40 and had no interest in figuring out what to eat, this is what was waiting for me:

Coming home to ready-made dinner . . . awesome! #100happydays #day2

Coming home to ready-made dinner . . . awesome! #100happydays #day2

It might not look gorgeous, but boy was I happy to dig in, and it tastes pretty awesome.  An added bonus: leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I don’t always get my stuff together enough to plan ahead like this, but when I do, it’s a nice enough break that it makes me want to do it all the time.

 

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self-fulfilling prophecy. . .

Well, It’s been approximately forever since I’ve posted.  I sort of knew that would happen when I started, just because I have a long history of empty journals and diaries in my past.  I’m a terrible photographer for the same reason. . . I’m too busy actually doing the thing that I’m doing to stop and take pictures/write about it/whatever.  Case in point, I had a Halloween party last weekend, and it was really fun, but I didn’t think to take ONE picture the whole time. You’ll all just have to imagine what me in an owl costume must have looked like.  🙂

My DIY owl headband for my Halloween costume. It was a “hoot”! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

However,  I’m determined not to let the embarrassment of failing to be a “good blogger” get me down, so here we go again.

Lest you think I’ve been a total flake, I can offer some proof to the contrary:

I finally found and purchased dining room furniture

I halfway refinished and built a dresser (details and the finished product to come!)

. . . and I made a fall wreath for my front door for about 12 bucks!

Before I go, I thought I’d share one of my absolute favorite recipes.  I discovered 5 (five!) bananas in the back of my freezer.  Pretty often, I can’t get through all the bananas I purchase before that last one goes over the edge into the “too ripe” category.  Not wanting to be wasteful, I usually throw it in the freezer to save for making banana bread (too ripe, mushy bananas make the BEST bread!)  I’ve tried a lot of recipes since I moved out of my parents’ house, since I made the mistake of not writing down the one my mother uses. However, nothing comes close, in my humble opinion, so I finally had her email me the real deal just a few months ago.  It’s actually a recipe for zucchini bread from an old church recipe book she’s had for ages, but substituting bananas for the zucchini works just fine.  I usually just take the bananas out of the freezer and put them in a bowl to thaw.  Once they’re mostly defrosted, you can just sort of just squish them right out of the peel, and finish mashing them with a fork.  Also, I love it with walnuts, but it’s good without, too. Seriously, try it!

1 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 c nuts (optional)
1/2  c oil
1 medium zucchini (or two mashed bananas)
2 eggs
Mix dry ingredients. Add eggs, nuts and oil.  Add bananas and pour into greased and lightly floured pan; bake for one hour @ 350.

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Gotta Start Somewhere

Hello!  I’m Kathleen.  I live in Pittsburgh with two roommates and my dog, Tilly.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

Tilly birthday

Tilly girl!

Now I’m moving to Houston for graduate school.

Downtown Houston

Tilly’s coming with me, but this will be the first time I’m living by myself.  I’m going to write about my experiences in a new city, and about the things I love to do. On the surface, it looks like I’ve got things pretty well figured out:  get into grad school, check.  Pack up everything I own and move to Texas, OK.  Get adjusted in a new place and make it my own, cool!  But life has a funny way of throwing a few curve balls, and it can often be Harder Than It Seems.  I’ll document the ups and downs of my new life, and do my best to explore and try new things when I’m not crazy busy with school.  It should be an exciting and entertaining journey!  Since everyone has to start somewhere, I thought I’d start by documenting my packing and moving process, and some things I’ve learned along the way, so look for a post on that soon.

~Kathleen

P.S.  Look at the beautiful goodbye card I received made by my super talented coworker Flannery.  You know you’re off to a good start when you have so much support and friendship behind you, and this is a good representation of how awesome the people I know and love in Pittsburgh have been.  🙂

texas card

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Uncategorized