Sunday, April 26, 2009

Skrimps with Bacon and Corn

Pang and I made this a few days back, so excuse the picture of left-over reheated food but I was too hungry to photograph the dish when we first made it. Anyhow..this came out purtty good indeed so give it a try. I ran out of rice so I just stirred in these tasty roasted potatoes that Pang made.

1 cup long grain white rice (or jasmine or brown, whatev)
8 slices bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
half chopped onion (or a whole one if you just love them or can stand to cut a whole one)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 pnd large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 10 oz. pack of frozen corn

1. Cook rice according to package or just hand this job off to your handy-dandy asian room-mate and let her mess with it
2. Meanwhile cook the bacon in a large skillet and then set it aside in a papertowel lined plate to cool. Wipe out the skillet
3. Heat the oil over med-high and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally until its soft (4-6 min). Add the wine and cook until reduced by half (2-3 min)
4. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Stir in the shrimp, corn, 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Simmer until cooked through 4-6 min. Stir in the bacon (which at some point you broke into pieces). Serve over rice.

next post will be more excited I promise. I have a craft fair coming up soon so I will photograph the scarves and give you the details shortly.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls always seemed to me like they would be a time consuming process that I just didn't wana deal with...I was wrong. Totally easy.

Cinnamon Rolls
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp veg oil
2 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp yeast

Inside icing:
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp soft butter
heavy amount of cinnamon

Outside icing:
2 tbsp soft butter
3-4 tbsp cream cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1. Put dough ingredients into a bowl and mix well. When smooth, mash it around a bunch (or knead it if you wana use fancy pants terms) with floured hands. When you can pat it into a so. Then put it into a floured mixing bowl and let it hang out for 15 or so.

2. Roll out the dough into a rectangle (when i did this it kept shrinking back into a circle looking rectangle. stretchy stuff! but you know...just make it big enough to slather it with icing and roll up) on a floured surface. Spread with butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll it up and slice. I rolled it hotdog style but you could do hamburger style and just have like 2-4 giant ones as opposed to 6ish small ones.

3. Bake 15 min at 400 degrees...or! refrigerate them overnight..or two nights if you're lazy like me, and bake them in the morning. Also...dont bake these on tin-foil like I did. They get all stuck. Grease the pan a little before and just bake right on the sheet.

4. Combine the icing ingredients (this requires a bit of elbow grease...just stick with it) and spread it over the hot rolls

Also! I baked my last (unless I cave) batch of pumpkin flavored treat for the season. Its the same recipe I used for the chocolate chip pumpkin bread..I just made them muffin style and used a little less chocolate chips so they are a little less rich and thus easier to eat in fatty quantities.

I made 20 last night and Pang, J and I scarfed a bunch right off the bat and then I took a bunch to work today so...just from last night to this morning we are down to like 9. Yay! I love when my baked good get eaten before they go bad!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Life Size Alien Me!

So a few months back my good friend and fellow artist Jenny Starks was looking for some models for her senior BFA showcase and it sounded like fun so I thought...sure, I'll give it a try. She had her show over the past weekend and Pang and I happened to sneak out just long enough to snap a pic and take a look around. It was really really well done on both Jenny and Kate's part. I was surprised at how large the prints were. So here! Take a look at my alien face and me being a nerd in front of it!

kinda freaky right?

Thanks to Jenny for letting me post this and also letting me get involved even though im a boring graduate now who is so out of touch...i miss school.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sacre Bleu!

Hey! Read my private email that Im posting for you to read! Then tell me how cool I am.

Dear Future Teaching Assistant,

Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the French Teaching Assistantship Program for the 2009-2010 academic year, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education.

You have been placed in the Académie of Limoges. You will be assigned to one or more schools in the region, however please note that your school(s) will not necessarily be located in the city of “Limoges." You can find out more information about your particular Académie d’affectation at the following website:

In June, you will receive a letter directly from your Académie containing your “Arrêté de Nomination.” This document will provide essential information, including the name(s) and address(es) of the school(s) where you will teach, the length of your contract, level of instruction, and your contact person’s information. Please note that I do not know yet where you will be assigned within the Académie, nor can I change your placement.

We look forward to hearing from you and félicitations!

Educational Affairs Program Officer
French Teaching Assistantship Program
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20007

Gots the job! I wont be leaving until October, so don't freak, but I couldn't wait that long to share the news.

PS. I want visitors. Mike Turango has already signed up for a Christmas-time visit. For real though. If you haven't been to France or you want to go back please come stay with me because im going to get homesick, and lets face it...who makes better friends than the ones I already have.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Seattle in Pictures Part 3

low-fi Mad Rad show..thats my Katy dancing

William at work

This was the most beautiful day

this will only be funny to Katy and William...i dont want to say which "way" this is..but you two know :)

Katy voming in the sink...jk

lunch at the baguette box...drools over truffle fries

I didnt really work too hard on my series as you can tell

The following pictures are of notes that Katy left around the house for William who is house/coco sitting while she is in MD...too funny not to share

And thats its folks. Seattle is awesome. Nessa should move there and then maybe I will follow.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Seattle in Pictures Part 2

This is kinda the wrong angle for it..but our butts looked awesome

Lurve this girl

Dancing at R Place made us hungry

I made Katy REALLY hungry

On our way to Portland...with no driver-side window

Longingly wanting this dress at Narcisse....check out their blog

What was this place called Katy? We walked around for a good solid hour looking for "a non-corporate Olive Garden" and we came upon this place which was ...well perfect.

Also in Portland...Powells! If i could already spend the entire day in Wonderbook...I could live at Powells no problem. This aisle I have pictured here is an entire aisle for French joke, what the F. So obviously this is where I hung out pretty much the whole time we were in the store.

We went to the Crystal Ballroom to see some hippy show (Bonnie "Prince" Billy).which totally overwhelmed us as you can see from Katy's darling face

So as midnight came around and we started thinking...huh we should head back to Seattle unless we want to sleep in the car. So! We got the bright idea to plastic wrap the car window because at this point it was pretty cold and the prospect of driving three hours without a window again wasn't so appealing. So yeah..we did it. And we did it poorly. We made a spectacle of ourselves and men stopped to try to help us but shooot we dont need no help being silly. Some guy stopped to admire our work and told us he "liked our technique." Well...we taped it all up and started driving and the noise...well it was awful! So we stopped before getting on the highway and did some more taping and added another layer thinking that would help. We pulled onto the highway and immediately the "window" started to howl and seizure and within 10 seconds it had ripped itself free and was slapping against the top of the car. Failed... big time. So for the next five minutes while we were driving Katy was trying to pick it off the side of her car to stop the noise of it slapping the roof while I manned the wheel and tried not to kill us. The end. We drove home in the cold with no window.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Seattle In Pictures Part 1

Ok...dont expect tourist pictures, I did that last time. Seattle and Portland were awesome. So glad I went! Fanks Katy!

Hello Li'l Ernie!

Puppy loved me :)

OK..last chug pictures I swear

Look at how pretty the sky was on my first day!

See that building in the background? That's the building from the movies Singles...Katy lives right across from it. I've never seen the movie so I can't geek about it like other people who have seen it might but there you have it.

I liked the motivational words she wrote on her mirror...and I felt like a greasy self-pic would capture that well...

First night at the Cresent. Thats Williampoo singing.

William caught my doin' a 'tude face.

and a little bit more

Hello Coco Pigeon

We are buddies