Sunday, January 31, 2010


I adore Indie films.

Just watched


last night and it's one of my new favorites.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?"

Importance of Being Earnest inspired, Jeff and I love these little treats. Just had them for lunch, actually.

{ ingredients }
~ one English cucumber
~ 1 tsp. garlic salt
~ 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
~ 8 slices of bread

{ directions }
Cut the English cucumber into rounds. Add a teaspoon of garlic salt to softened cream cheese (I melted mine in the microwave for 15 seconds). Mix well.

Remove the crusts--the dignified do not eat crusts. Spread onto the bread like butter, add the sliced cucumbers and enjoy. Very simple and so delicious!

*For more flavor, add fresh dill.

(And, unlike the last picture, this one is mine. Should I be admitting that?)

Vegetarian Chili

My husband is a vegetarian and I spend a lot of time looking for recipes that are both delicious and filling, as well as meatless.

I found this great recipe from Martha Stewart. Vegetarian chili, DELISH! Much more fresh than normal chili and without the heaviness. Love it!

Prep Time: 15 minutes-- It was so fast and easy!
Total: 15 minutes-- Or you can let it simmer like I did.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
2 zucchini
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cans (19 oz. each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes, I used 15 oz. and it worked out wonderfully
1 pkg. frozen corn kernals, thawed I put it in frozen, but after simmering, they were perfect.

1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.

2. Add zucchini, carrots, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, and 1 cup water. Simmer until slightly thickened and carrots are soft, 8 to 10 minutes more.

Go to Martha Stewart for a print out of the recipe card.

Friday, January 29, 2010

My Button Eyes

You are not my mother



. How I love your style.
You can make me laugh, you can make me smile.

Okay, this is not nearly as awesome as her poem:

Oh my twitchy, witchy girl.
I think you are so nice.
I give you bowls of porridge.
I give you bowls of ice... cream.
I give you lots of kisses.
I give you lots of hugs.
But I never give you sandwiches with grease and worms and mung... beans.

Here are some awesome Coraline links I have found:

A bookmark.

A great poster.

Make your own sweater. If I could knit, I totally would.

I'm going to keep exploring. Don't forget to listen to the great soundtrack.

Also, visit the official website or Evil Buttons for some more Coraline fun.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blogs Combined!

This will be my permanent home for a long while, I believe. I have been longing to blog and now I feel like I have a place to do so.

So here we go!

Thursday, January 7, 2010