Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Look! Some other people like my idea! (I like to give myself credit for this and other ambiguous things)


Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Folks! I signed up for the February Photo Hunt Challenge. Even though I'm even more jaded about Valentine's Day than I am about Christmas. What's wrong with me, this is so masochistic....

Anyway, I really enjoy the excuse to take pictures, even though my camera isn't that great and I don't have any real photo editing software. Someday I will graduate and pay off my student loans and then I will have a nice camera. Maybe.

ANYWAY. Why am I here? I have so much more to read before tomorrow? I just had to share this with you guys.

(BTW: You can still vote for me if you want on the Photo Hunt Challenge Website. Just scroll down. BY THE WAY. COUGH.)


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Resolution progress

I've been having strange dreams lately, one creepy nightmare about zombies and sacrifice and loved ones, and another strange betrayal by an old friend. They've put me more in a mood to be productive than to pause and think, so I've been running through errands like no one's business.

Yesterday I did my laundry at the laundromat, bought groceries and cat food, had two classes, caught up on emails, got an emergency advance from The Grad Center, did various miscellaneous administrative tasks necessary for being a grad student, worked, cooked, studied, and found a sublettor for my current apartment. Today I cooked, had a meeting, worked, had class, accomplished other miscellaneous administrative tasks necessary for being a grad student, and now I'm off to study, clean, and keep trying to find a new apartment! High fives all around for productivity!

Well, I'm part way through my week of not spending money eating out. I've discovered a problem with this, which is that I have resolved nothing about limiting my time in grocery stores. Let's just say that at least grocery stores are cheaper.

So cheap that I'm impressed. I bought veggies and canned goods and a few sandwich-type materials for a surprisingly low amount. I will be frugal. I will be healthy. At least for the rest of this week.

So for part of this resolution, I made a black bean quesadilla for late dinner last night, leaving me with a left over 1/2 can of black beans. Today I was searching the internets for WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THESE BLACK BEANS? I know, I could put them in a salsa or a burrito or even make a black bean cake, but honestly I was feeling a little bored by all that. I wanted variety. I wanted creativity. And I wanted the recipe to come with some food porn: excellent photography of the final product that makes you drool. Pictures are key.

I finally discovered this: Black Bean Brownies Don't they look totally amazing?

I'll make them tonight and let you know how they are! In the meanwhile, please share any great recipe sites you have! They are fabulously cheaper than cookbooks.