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Just a typical Saturday night, eating ribs, watching football, knitting, and reading.

They had a ridiculous deal on ribs at the store, so we decided to try making them ourselves for the first time. Nomnomnomnom.

Ribs


I have a dubious amount of sock yarn, so I found an interesting enough pattern that is toe up and the pattern can stop or continue indefinitely (harder to find than you would think). This pattern is British or stupid or both, so I did my own toe cast on and wrote my own chart.

Traveler Socks cast on

Finished the night by finishing The Wastelands, but I have to read Lean In for book club before start rereading Wizards and Glass.

Today, a long run and a visit to the art Museum!

Lately

Sep. 16th, 2013 12:33 pm
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On Saturday I went for a hike to check out a potential trail running route on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail up above us (it had also been a rainy couple days and I felt cooped up). It was a nice trail, but I think I would do it in reverse, as the first part is very steep straight up on sidewalks, while the second part was nice shaded switchbacks up the canyon.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail to City Creek Canyon


This week I picked up a knitting project I had set aside for months. After only one episode of Orange is the New Black (as I am counting hour long periods of time lately) I was able to figure out where I was in the pattern and since then I have almost finished the sock (picked up again from the heel turn).

First Black Sock


Yesterday the gardener came over to weed and pointed out that the grapes in the front yard were ready to be picked if I wanted them.

Grapes on the vine

Why yes, yes I would like that very much:

Grapes Ready to Eat
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We spent Thursday night mounting our flat screen to the wall - that was quite the adventure since this wall was added in order to divide the house in half (you can just make out the handles of the sliding glass doors that used to divide the space.

Flat Screen

On Friday night we tried another restaurant in our neighborhood (our neighborhood is very residential but has an interesting vibe in which there are businesses and restaurants sprinkled in right between homes). This place - Third Avenue Bistro - uses only locally sourced ingredients (we were sitting right next to our tomato source). I had their quinoa burger and Nick had the regular one. Much like the Avenues Proper Brewhouse that we went to a few weeks ago, this place knows how to make an aioli!

Avenues Bistro

The next day we biked over to the Natural History Museum on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (the shoreline of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville), which would have been better with mountain bikes - we ended up having to walk a good part of it.

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The Natural History Museum did not disappoint - lots and lots of dinosaurs!

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The building is beautiful, but as you can see by this photo, a storm came through and we had to wait a half an hour before biking home!

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We came back via the cemetery - this is a view southwest toward downtown SLC.

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And my latest adventures in cooking - some pork and beef tacos!

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Used up my bread flour making some baguettes! I used to love making bread but haven't in years, so this was fun :)

Bonus: Baguettes are vegan, so I can bring them over my friend's house for dinner!

baguettes

(Recipe)
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Alas, it was bound to happen - yesterday I tried to use up some Karo syrup (seriously, why do I have two bottles of this stuff?) and gelatin. Did you know that the Karo website recipe finder has a category for recipes that require a whole cup of Karo syrup? Clearly, I'm not the only one with this problem. Anyway, I thought the Champagne Sorbet with Raspberry Sauce sounded good for my book club meeting that night. Luckily, I live near a store so I could pick up some vanilla ice cream because I now have more of a champagne gelatinous blob in my freezer than anything resembling a dessert.

Oh well, you win and some and you lose some!
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This week's cleaning of the cupboard may make it seem like I have very decadent cupboards - but give it time - come May things are going to get interesting.

I had two nori sheets, some sushi rice, and, for some reason, two bottles of rice vinegar...

Radish Sushi

And half a box of falafel mix, a box of tabbouleh mix, and leftover radish from the sushi...

Falafel

Last week I used up a bunch of chocolate I had leftover from holiday truffle making by improvising some brownies:

brownies

And in money saving - you can make ramen really quite tasty!

ramen
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Yesterday I...

Had a great run, ending the last mile with...



Made this for dinner...



and watched this (zombie attacks shark, conquistador zombies, and the slowest eyeball skewering ever. Brilliant!)



Nick is back home for his grandmother's open heart surgery - which went well!
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Nick is a big fan of applesauce and we have a ton of apples, so yesterday I tried making applesauce for the first time!

It's made much easier by my "Apple Master" which peels, cores, and slices apples in a jiffy.



I canned the applesauce, the first time I have ever tried canning! It was much easier than I thought it would be:



The hard part was waiting for them to cool over night to find out if it worked!



I also made some walnut apple muffins:



It worked!

brdgt: (Problematic by mouthfullofdust)
Stacey, a lovely friend that [livejournal.com profile] astronautical set me up with, is having a potluck vegan shabbat tonight. Apparently there is some sort of tradition for the week following a wedding and Stacey and Adam got married last weekend in Philadelphia and unfortunately I couldn't go. We're leaving tomorrow, but a girl's gotta eat, right? Anyway, I thought it was a good excuse to further unpack baking supplies and I find that vegan desserts are super delicious (I mean, really, they are just substituting sugar for fat in the taste department), so I made this:



Lemon Raspberry Cake - I had some raspberries and soy yogurt anyway that I had intended to have for breakfasts this week, but was always too rushed, so it was a great way to use them up before our stormchasing.... er, I mean, roadtrip back East :)
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The Minimalist: Putting Meat Back in Its Place
By MARK BITTMAN,The New York Times, June 11, 2008

LET’S suppose you’ve decided to eat less meat, or are considering it. And let’s ignore your reasons for doing so. They may be economic, ethical, altruistic, nutritional or even irrational. The arguments for eating less meat are myriad and well-publicized, but at the moment they’re irrelevant, because what I want to address here is (almost) purely pragmatic: How do you do it?
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Banking on Gardening
By MARIAN BURROS, The New York Times, June 11, 2008

Cassandra Feeley prefers organic ingredients, especially for her baby, but she finds it hard to manage on her husband’s salary as an Army sergeant. So this year she did something she has wanted to do for a long time: she planted vegetables in her yard to save money.

“One organic cucumber is $3 and I can produce it for pennies,” she said.

For her first garden, Ms. Feeley has gone whole hog, hand-tilling a quarter acre in the backyard of her house near the Fort Campbell Army base in Kentucky. She has put in 15 tomato plants, five rows of corn, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, okra, peas, watermelon, green beans. An old barn on the property has been converted to a chicken coop, its residents arriving next month; the goats will be arriving next year.

“I spent $100 on it and I know I will save at least $75 a month on food,” she said.

She is one of the growing number of Americans who, driven by higher grocery costs and a stumbling economy, have taken up vegetable gardening for the first time. Others have increased the size of their existing gardens.
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