It's so clear now

Posted by Cory , Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:15 PM

*snort*

Tie my hands up to a chair

Posted by Cory , Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:01 AM

As part of my continuing effort to stave off the boredom that comes with living in the suburbs (at least, that's what I'm telling myself), I've more or less decided to cook my way through the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I've tried a handful of recipes from the book and I've never been disappointed. (Not to toot my own horn, but her Flat Apple Pie made me the designated pie-maker in my family.)

I started my mission tonight with something simple: Tomato-Basil Pizza on a homemade crust. I ventured out the farmer's market yesterday morning and, in addition to spending way too much money, came home with some really gorgeous produce. PW's pizza crust recipe is ridiculously simple, and entirely delicious. The recipe makes two crusts, and I'm planning on a roasted eggplant-grape-tomato-maybe feta pizza for later this week.

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Woke up late today

Posted by Cory , Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:32 PM

Originally from an e-mail to my sister-in-law's father.

BFG,

Though Pine State has been on my mind since we talked about it, I have to admit that we only wound up going there for lunch today because the place we were attempting to go to originally (Blue Plate, also featured on Diners, Etc.) is closed Sundays. However, since we were (relatively) in the neighborhood, Pine State was definitely a suitable plan B.

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We got there around 12:30 or so, and there was a line out the door that had clearly been growing steadily throughout the morning. The front of the place is all windows, so you have a chance to read the menu before you get to the counter to order. We stood in line for close to 30 minutes, and I admittedly had to make a clutch decision when it was time to order because everything sounded so delicious. I opted for the McIsley (fried chicken, pickles, honey and mustard) while my boyfriend kept it simple with a chicken biscuit with sausage gravy and bacon. I also got some gourmet chocolate milk to drink, and Beaver got some Cheerwine Soda, which apparently is more of a midwest thing, so he was excited to see it here in PDX.

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I've already told Beaver that we need to go back ASAP so I can try the other sandwich I was debating (the Wedgie). The food was incredibly delicious and super filling. The pickles and honey actually went really well together, and mustard added just enough spice. I tried a bite of the sausage gravy, too, which was just as tasty as you'd expect. All in all, it's a solid place to eat, and we're both grateful for the recommendation.

Cory

Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey

Posted by Cory , Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:57 AM

Things I WILL Do Today:

*Go to the DMV and finally (FINALLY) get my Oregon driver's license, as my Washington license expires on Thursday (MY BIRTHDAY) (I know, I know, Mom. I know). [And by that, I mean renew my WA license online because I'm a moron and could have sworn that the DMV had at least SOME Saturday hours. Eff]
*Visit the grocery store and at last get some food in my pantry (I do love you, payday).
*Put a little something up on my blog (hey, look at me go!).
*Keep the TV off and try to do something productive with my day.

It's a short list, but a valid one, I think.

At the red house

Posted by Cory , Sunday, July 10, 2011 2:10 PM

It has been suggested to me that I've been slacking in the blogging department (not that that is untrue, or anything), so here's some thoughts for today:

I spent a few days at my parents' house last month in between our spring and summer sessions at the center, and lo, it was glorious. June weather in PDX is not typically all that nice, at least not consistently, so I was especially excited to take in the amazing dry heat characteristic of central Washington. I spent at least an hour by the pool each day I was there, reading and attempting to upgrade from translucent to merely pale.

As it turns out, spending an hour in 80 degrees of sunshine tends to make one overheat a bit, so before I left I'd get in the pool to cool off a bit. I'd slowly inch my way into deeper and deeper water, acclimating to the brisk temperature until I was neck-deep. I'd float around, swim from one end of the pool to the other once or twice, then retreat back to my chair and towel for a while longer before packing up and heading back to the house.

It was a very grown-up method of swimming.

After Mass this morning, Beaver and I were looking for something to occupy a few hours before he left to hang out with a friend. It was getting warm pretty quickly, so we decided to head over to the pool at my apartment complex. My intention was to swim like a grown-up: lay out, get some sun, then maybe get into the water waist-deep or so.

Someone had other ideas.

In an odd fit of bravery, I decided to hop into the water in the "deep end" (I use that term loosely, as the max depth is five feet) and get the initial shock over all at once. After a moment of weenie-ness (I scooted to the edge of the deck and almost jumped in, then sat my rear back down on the pavement), I finally committed and in I went, maintaining my head-above-water, don't-want-to-get-my-hair-wet female mentality. Beaver quickly decided that this wouldn't do, and made it his mission to get my head under the water. We had a few close calls, and finally I relented and let him dunk me. After that, we swam around like a couple of kids, splashing each other, making stupid "Jaws" theme song jokes and cracking each other up.

I forgot how much fun just playing around in the pool can be! I loved growing up with a pool in our neighborhood, waiting all day for my parents to get home from work so they could take us swimming. I think I sort of forgot, as I got older, how exciting it was to splash around with my friends and forget about the cares of the world for a little while. I'm super excited to be living in a place where I have access to a pool again, and even more so that the weather is finally starting to cooperate and I'll actually be able to take advantage of it.

Finally:

You're the only song I want to hear

Posted by Cory , Monday, May 9, 2011 8:17 PM

Today I:

Woke up at 6.
Actually got out of bed at 6:30.
Worked 8:30-4:30 with little to no lunch break (damn staff meeting).
Came home.
Washed some stray dishes that didn't fit in the dishwasher.
Made Cheez-It dough.
Went to the gym while aforementioned dough chilled in the fridge.
Walked back to my place and took shower.
Put laundry in.
Ate dinner while watching an episode of "30 Rock".
Rolled out, cut and baked Cheez-Its.
Splurged and ordered a new swimsuit from Target (I'm looking at YOU, Memorial Day weekend).
Ate approximately 25 homemade Cheez-Its, thereby negating any actual calorie burn from aforementioned workout.
Decided to blog about all this because it's fun to pretend that anyone actually reads my blog.

Productivity is exhausting.

Kisses!

The drink slips down my throat

Posted by Cory , Sunday, April 17, 2011 4:53 PM

Having been in an unjustifiably foul mood for what seems like forever, this was much needed. Altogether now: aww!



Edited to add: baby animal videos make the world go 'round.

What did you tell them?

Posted by Cory , Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:47 PM

My favorite part is the "check it out" section just after the 1-minute mark.



Dance, Trevor.

My oh my

Posted by Cory , Friday, April 8, 2011 7:15 PM

As I found myself settling in for a quiet Friday evening at home, just me and the Mariners, it occurred to me that I never posted about my spring break bake-a-palooza. So, here you go.

The adventure started Sunday afternoon, when I decided to foray into homemade Cheez-Its. Amazon sent me the link for this recipe several months ago, then posted on her Facebook that she had attempted them a few weeks ago.

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They were amazing. I'll definitely be making them again, as soon as possible.

Monday's project, while not food-related, was to finish the baby blanket and hat I had begun in January for my little nephew-to-be, who's scheduled to arrive in May. Starbuck, Wavey and their dog, Champ, all approved.

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Next up was an edamame dip recipe I had found in Shape magazine. It was... okay. Not my favorite, but certainly pretty.

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Pita bread!

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Red beans and rice! Okay, fine, this one is from tonight, but it's really, really yummy.

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Neither of them ever met you at your best

Posted by Cory , Monday, March 21, 2011 12:13 PM

Spring Break, Day Une.

I'm eating lunch while still in my pajamas.

Have great plans to be productive and creative.

Pictures to follow.

Midnight, moonlight, morning glory

Posted by Cory , Sunday, March 6, 2011 6:47 PM

A friend recently posted on Facebook a video of his cover of a song called "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"; it's a lovely rendition and if I knew him better, I might ask if I could link to it, but alas, such is not the case. Anyhoodle, in his intro to the song, he mentions that he grew up on oldies (not unlike myself), and after watching his clip, I found myself in quite the sentimental mood and decided to do a little YouTube research.

The result? A 1977 video of Harry Chapin singing "Corey's Comin'." For those of you playing the home game, that is in fact the song for which I was named way back in July of 1985. Having listened to A LOT of Harry Chapin music on family road trips as a child, I never cared for the song until a few years ago when I realized that being named after a song is actually a way cooler story than "oh, my parents just liked the name" (sorry, Wavey and Lil' Brudder).

FOODIE ALERT!: Steelers Logo Cupcakes, Whole Wheat Bread, and Tuscan White Bean Soup

Posted by Cory , Saturday, February 5, 2011 7:01 PM

When the Steelers and the Seahawks met up at the Super Bowl in 2006, I was mostly indifferent, save for the fact that I was a native Washingtonian living smack in the middle of Steeler Country while attending Baron U. This year, the Steelers have once again made it to the big SB. Don't get me wrong, I'm still indifferent, but even before the playoffs, I was invited to spend Super Bowl Sunday with the Beaver's family at their annual get-together. This added a whole new level of pressure; after all, these are the potential future in-laws we're talking about, here, so I figured I'd take the opportunity to break in my new muffin tins that I got from my wonderful brother and sister-in-law for Christmas and make cupcakes. When it ended up that Pittsburgh would be playing yet again, I decided to step up my game and really pander to Beaver's stepmom, who is originally from that area (I'm shameless, I know).

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The software.

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The hardware. I absolutely love my mixer. It belonged to my grandmother, who moved into an assisted living facility a few years ago. When that happened, my dad traveled to Montana to help some of his siblings clean out her house so it could be sold. On his way back home, he stopped in at my place in Godforsaken Idaho with a few things he had saved for me, one of which was this mixer. So cute, so retro. Love.

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The beginnings of buttercream frosting. My original plan had consisted of canned frosting, but as I thought more about the project, I figured I might as well go big or go home. Side note: how adorable are my measuring cups?

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I had originally wanted to decorate these cupcakes with frosting alone, but when I called my mom with a cake question while at the store this morning, she suggested using candies instead to save myself some stress. Best. Idea. Ever. Thanks, mom.

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Halfway there.

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Beaver refuses to root for the Steelers; as a Seattle fan, he's still bitter about the 2006 game. Figured I'd throw him a bone and make a little homage to Green Bay.

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Not to be outdone by... myself, I guess, I decided to go full-on domestic today and make some bread, too.

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And, since a girl's got to eat (and since Beaver was busy serving a wedding this afternoon), I went ahead and made some tasty soup. This recipe is from Giada deLaurentiis' cookbook "Giada's Kitchen". Tuscan White Bean and Garlic soup has been one of my favorites for a few years, now; I love the texture that pureeing the white beans gives to the soup.

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It goes really well with bread.

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Also, red wine (not pictured, but delicious).

Finally put a lock on our closed door

Posted by Cory , Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:23 PM

No, seriously, though:

Most. Adorable. Ever. Internet, you have finally won.