Things You Can Do Instead of Homework

Sunday, I planned on doing homework.  I really….with every fiber of my little being intend on committing myself to the two hours of mild boredom and slight torture that is taking lecture notes as a distance student.  This all came crashing down when I got home, during a rain storm…..this becomes important…..to discover that my professor had neglected to upload the Mac compatible version of the week’s lecture.  So here I sat, with a newly repaired MacBook, and nothing to do with it.

Granted, I could have been responsible, gone back to the office, picked up my laptop, came home, and done my lecture.  However…..it was raining, and much like my resistance to snack food, I only have so much.  If the lecture had been right there, I would have done it.  Much like, I’ll only eat snacks if they manage to cross into my house.  If it’s easy I’m all about doing it, doesn’t really matter how much I’d rather not.  I wasn’t however, committed enough to lecture notes to brave the cold, bleak, rainy night for a Windows Media Player compatible computer.  I could go into a whole rant about how this professor should probably spend less time complaining about technology struggles and just figure out how to make things work for the distance students…..but I won’t.  Maybe later…..who knows how I’ll feel about these things later.

I will instead tell you what I did instead of lecture notes……I cooked!!  I basically cooked all the things…..spicy sweet potato hash, blueberry and apple crisp, and bourbon caramel.  I don’t really have recipes for these things, they are just somethings I throw together now and then.

Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

  • 3-4 medium to large sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs cumin, chili powder, and paprika
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Heat the oil in a large skillet and then combine all the ingredients at once (except the black beans).  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the potatoes soften.  The size of your cubes will dictate how long this takes.  Mine took about twenty minutes the other night.  Once everything has softened, add the rinsed and drained black beans and heat through.  Serve with anything you want…..plain, with eggs, avocado…..anything that sounds yummy.  This recipe lead to a new adventure in adulating…..I’ll explain later.

Blueberry and Apple Crisp

  • 3 apples, diced
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1/3 cup white and brown sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Add the apples and blueberries to a baking dish and mix slightly.  In a microwave safe bowl or container combine the remaining ingredients and microwave about 30 seconds.  You’ll just need to melt the butter, and then stir to combine the mixture into a grainy, crumb consistency.  Sprinkle the topping onto the fruit, and back at 350 for about half an hour, until you can see the filling bubbling and the topping becomes browned.  I like mine hot, with vanilla ice cream….and possibly caramel sauce!

Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Usually, I make this on the stove…..in a pan…..like an adult.  This time, I was lazy and just made it in the microwave.  It worked fine, it just takes a bit more babysitting.  You can’t just set it and forget it!

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • a couple splashes of heavy cream or half and half
  • splash of bourbon

Combine the sugar and butter in a microwave safe dish.  I set the microwave for 2 minutes, but stopped and stirred every 20-30 seconds.  Once all the sugar crystals have dissolved, drizzle in a bit of cream while stirring.  If your cream is cold and you don’t stir it will solidify the sugar again.  If it does get a bit chunky again, just pop it back in the microwave.  Once it’s reached a good consistency, splash in your bourbon, stir to mix and enjoy!

I ended up getting a whole weeks worth of food for a couple hours in the kitchen and some microwave skills!  It was all pretty easy, and a relaxing night.  I had never made the hash before, although I’ve made other hash varieties.  I discovered that my favorite way to enjoy it was with some avocado, some cherry tomatoes, and eggs.  Makes for a super filling and satisfying breakfast or lunch option.  The eggs are what caused me a new adventure in adulting.

I’ve never in my life been one for runny eggs…..or really any kind of egg that isn’t scrambled, hard boiled, or maybe on occasion….fried.  Although, scrolling through recipes online has lead to really like the idea of a poached egg…….so I decided to try something new, and I poached my first egg!  It went surprisingly well all things considered!  Granted, I over cooked it, but I thought that I would start with a more solid yolk, and then back down the doneness scale until I reach a point where I don’t like them.  I will say that I’m a big fan of the texture of the egg whites…..they are fluffier than eggs cooked other ways.

So, this week I’ve made several very cute and successful little poached eggs.  I also discovered that with enough focus I can crack an egg with one hand.  This became necessary because I thought that manicures and egg poaching were two activities that could be done together.  I mean…..they can…..but I don’t recommend it.  I’m sorry I didn’t take any pictures of the adventure, I was a little bit panicky about it.  Horror stories of poached eggs gone wrong were flashing in my brain.  However, I had no disasters, and everything was easier than expected honestly!!

It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and it’s always good to broaden your horizons!

 

 

 

 

Epic Quotes You’ll Never Remember and Bourbon

I would like to preface this post by mentioning that I stayed up way too late last night working on it.  The late night, with the all weekend party fatigue, has got me feeling a bit less than stellar on this humid Monday morning.  The single ray of sunshine is that I found my existence in an Instagram post from Rebel Circus this morning and I almost peed myself laughing!

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I straight up love this movie!

  ….anyway, I’ve had my coffee and I’m feeling at least vaguely awake, so on to your regularly scheduled blog!

Once a month we try and throw a dinner party at the house.  It just seems like the easiest way to get all the friends together, adult schedules get so crazy….and most of us don’t even have kids yet!

Last month….due to crazy schedules, the party had to be postponed.  This weekend was the weekend….it was finally time for Bourbon and Burgers!!  Our one night dinner party turned into an all weekend party.  I didn’t take as many pictures as my trip to the hills, mostly because we just spent more time chillin’ out and relaxing, but I’ll show you what I’ve got.

First things first.....buy new hot pink lip stain for rocking at the pool!

First things first…..buy new hot pink lip stain for rocking at the pool!

On Friday afternoon, your Hill’s friend will roll in much earlier than anyone anticipated…..this will cause you to leave work at noon and start the party early.  It was also mean that you have a partner in crime for the pre-party Walmart run.  This is good news, because you should never buy snacks alone!

THE CALVARY ARRIVES!

1. THE CAVALRY ARRIVES!

Friday night will lead to several epic adventures:

1. Running across the street and raiding your neighbor's garage sale will lead to several amazing purchases. You can never plan for Halloween too soon! (Not puppies were harmed in the taking of these photos!)

2.  Running across the street and raiding your neighbor’s garage sale will lead to several amazing purchases. You can never plan for Halloween too soon! (Note: No puppies were harmed in the taking of these photos!)

You'll need to take a wind blown adventure pizza to go with your beverages!

3.  You’ll need to take a wind blown adventure for pizza to go with your beverages!

You might need a power nap, because you'll need to throw on your boots, head to the pool, and then take a slightly damp, makeup free trip to the bar!

4. You might need a power nap, because you’ll need to throw on your boots, head to the swimming pool, and then take a slightly damp, makeup free trip to the bar!

It’s important that you go to bed “early”, because Saturday is when the party really starts, but there’s fun to be had well before dinner!

A glorious day with friends!

A glorious day with friends!

Schedule of the Day

  • Wake up
  • Make Bacon and Eggs
  • Bike 20 miles and see the sights of SooFoo
  • Made Pineapple salsa…you might get hungry!
  • Chill by the pool….it might not be a Yeti 110, but it was iced down with silver bullets and more than did the job! (There may or may not have also been tupper wares of margarita jello shots…..I’m not at liberty to disclose that info…..)

After we all got thoroughly sunned, it was time to shower and get to cooking.  We had burgers, Sriracha bourbon BBQ sauce, and bourbon caramel to make.  The menu ended up pretty awesome: bbq bacon cheeseburgers and grilled veggies with grilled peaches, bourbon whipped cream and caramel for dessert.  Blackberry bourbon lemonades, wine slush, and beers rounded everything out.  We all ate well, and enjoyed the awesome weather and lightening bugs!

THE FEAST!

THE FEAST!

The best of times with the best of friends!

The best of times with the best of friends!

The weekend was finished up with:

  • Another trip to the bar
  • A visit from Michigan that was long overdue, and all together too short.  But, I can’t complain, it was good to see him again. (…more about him later….)
  • A lost set of truck keys
  • Lots of catch up homework on my part

All in all it was a successful time, and now to let our bodies recover until the next party!