Asian chicken soup

Asian chicken soup

I meant to post this yesterday and then promptly forgot about it. Christina, I think you’ll especially like this one. The recipe is from the April 2007 issue of Everyday Food. Ginger, garlic, chicken stock, chili flakes, peapods, scallions, red pepper, chicken, lime juice, whole wheat spaghetti (though you could also use soba noodles). A nice, light soup for the spring. I think it would be equally as good if you used tofu instead of chicken. I added some more chili flakes when I served it because I wanted it a little spicier. The only caveat is that it is best eaten shortly after it’s made. I ate a bowl of leftover soup for lunch today and I really missed the crispness of the vegetables. Just something to keep in mind. I found the entire April issue of EF good, so if you’re interested in the recipe, it’s worth picking up the whole magazine.

I ::Heart:: Target

I love finding random stuff at Target that I just have to have. Yesterday was good for that. First, I found these limited edition, cocktail-flavored Jell-O mixes! This has got three of my favorite things going for it:

1) It’s Jell-O (one of my dirty little secrets is that I really, really love Jell-O).
2) Limited Edition – I’m a sucker for any flavor of anything that won’t be around permanantly
3) Pina Colada, Margarita, and Strawberry Daquari!!!

I haven’t made Jell-O shots in about 12 years, but these kind of call out for it. And I think the pina colada is just calling for me to whip out my Jell-O mold pan.

Not really a bento, but kind of

I also have a penchant for divided containers and found this one at Target yesterday. I think it has a great design with the divider that flips up a different way to separate everything. And while *technically* the large spot is for a sandwich, there’s no reason to limit oneself. I’m really excited for work this week so I can use it!

Flower Basket Shawl – Progress

I had high hopes of knitting a lot at work today, but other things came up and I didn’t really get much done at all. However, here I am, 16 rows into the Flower Basket Shawl. I think I’m doing this right. (I hope I’m doing this right!) I’ll feel a bit more confident after I have a few more inches, I think. So far I’m enjoying it. It’s keeping my interest and I love the pattern. As for the stats:

Pattern: Fiber Trends Flower Basket Shawl
Yarn: KnitPicks Shadow (Redwood Forest Heather)
Needles: Denise Size 5

Hopefully I’ll get some knitting time in tomorrow night. I am really eager to make headway on this project!


When I see this I find it so hard to remember that we live less than two hours from Manhattan. To say it’s a different world is an understatement. I drive by this barn several times a week, and for the last three years I’ve been waiting for it to collapse. It hasn’t yet. Inside there’s an old couch in the loft (which you can see if you view the photo in a larger size), and there’s also an old camper on the ground floor. I’ve tried figuring it out, but I just can’t. Rural decay at its finest.

Happy Spring!

I wish I could take photos of sweet little crocuses or daffodils poking their heads throught the ground, or of an eager vinca flower climbing up the foundation of our house; however here in New York the only thing you’ll see outside on the first day of spring is mounds and mounds of snow from last weekend’s storm. The closest I could get to some spring flowers was steeping a tea cluster to make it bloom.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Obviously, I made it to work. I really should be pinching all these customers who are not wearing green. I’m not even the least bit Irish and look at me! And no, I’m not drunk. I really just like wearing tiny hats. I will, however, be enjoying a frosty pint of Guinness when I get home tonight.

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Snowed In

Seriously. (That’s our car, by the way). Right about now I’d like to give a big f— you to winter. I’ve had it. Between the ridiculous amount of snow we got yesterday and the huge drifts because it was so windy, we haven’t been able to get out of our driveway. So, I wasn’t able to get to work this morning. We’ll see if I can get down there later. It’s supposed to warm up in the next couple days so hopefully it will all melt away, but it still pisses me off. On the upside, if I can’t get to work, at least I have enough Bailey’s and Guiness to get me through the day. Sucks.

Never Underestimate The Power Of Sleep

Likewise, never underestimate the power of a Jacuzzi tub! I felt so horrible last night, that as soon as the boys were in bed, I filled up the tub, turned on the jets and almost instantly felt better. (My tub is the one thing I really will miss if we ever sell this place). I had been so achy all day and suddenly it all started to melt away. Ahh… I crawled into bed around 7:30 and almost instantly passed out. I was up a few times during the night, but all in all I got a decent sleep and I feel so much better today. Still coughing a bit, but I am nowhere near as cloudy and exhausted as I was yesterday.

Both Jake and Noah are under the weather today. Noah actually asked to take a nap around 8AM, which is highly unusal for him, and he is still sleeping! As luck would have it, though, I didn’t even have to argue with Jake about why I can’t send him to school (today’s activity was “dinosaur eggs” — whatever that means — and he was totally looking forward to it). But since this snow storm is supposed to come rolling in this afternoon, I just got a call that they cancelled preschool this afternoon. Wow, that made my life so much easier! So they’re just staying in their PJs today, and resting.

And of course, because I said something, the wee one has woken up. Still, a two hour moring nap is pretty remarkable! Hopefully it’ll have made him feel a bit better. Poor guy.

Beware the Ides of March

Indeed. To follow up to my last post, I finally got Noah to go to bed without screaming around 4 and he slept until 6. The worst part of last night was that while Noah was wide awake playing with the Aquadoodle and light sabres, I was alternately shivering or sweating and coughing like mad. During his big one hour nap today I was able to lay down a bit and I think my fever might have finally broken. While I’m totally exhausted, I can actually concentrate on something like reading an e-mail, which I wasn’t able to do this morning.

I did drag my sorry ass out to the Elementary school to register Jake for Kindergarten, so that’s done. He has his screening in May.

Otherwise, I have done as little as possible today. Jake has been awesome, rubbing my legs and offering me his stuffed toys. Noah is a huge pest crying about everything. Sigh… About three hours until Drew will be home. I hope the time flies.