if there is one thing I really, really dislike…

It is washing dishes.  I hate scrubbing greasy, crusty dishes clean and I really hate the loud band the soapy dish makes as it slips from my hands.  I have a feeling that it might be considered torture in some twisted place, or at least a punishment in some households.  I know when I was little, my mom would take forever to wash the dishes, even though we had a dishwasher.  I would whine, towel in hand, waiting to dry yet another dish (I come from a seven person family, so that means a lot of dishes).  Mom never gave me a straight forward answer as to why she ignored the perfectly functioning dishwasher, maybe she thought she was instilling character.  Years later, after all my complaining, how ironic is it that I live in a house doesn’t have a dishwasher?  Naturally, I’ve adapted. :) What I mean is that if there is some super gross, greasy, caked on mess; I wash everything else and leave that bad boy to soak overnight in hot soapy water.  Unfortunately, I also have developed the nasty little habit of waiting to take action until my whole counter top is loaded with all sorts of cups, dishes, cookie sheets, frying pans, and utensils.  I need to stop that, ASAP because I find myself making more of a mess while trying to clean it all up.  Water spills all over the floor and I end up with wet socks (my pet peeve) and not to mention that I’ve gotten soap in my eyes one too many times.  One day I will learn or I’ll make 100% sure that the next place I live in comes with an AMAZING dishwasher.

What chore(s) do you really, really dislike?

sing it out loud, get away with me

So, things have been crazy lately.  I apologize for my absence here and I made myself a promise.  Now that I’ve gotten my priorities in order, I’m ready to get this show on the road!  So, I thought this post could be a photo update.  I’m pretty excited about it and I hope you all enjoy it…

I finally finished my research paper!

Grandma taught me how to make Easter bread.

Bright, colorful eggs for brunch.

It wouldn't be Easter without bunny cake!

Surprise! It was a rainbow bunny cake.

We went to the boardwalk.

Our room had a pretty nice view.

Then, there was a HUGE birthday celebration.

...these were there too.

 What are your favorite birthday party eats?    

Two down, one to go

Today has been quite a productive Sunday.  It started off lazy and I was worried that I wasn’t going to get any homework done, but I did.  Two whole papers finished by 7:30, thats a record for me.  Especially since one was 2 pages and the other was 5 1/2.  Needless to say, I was feeling pretty proud.

After eating random pieces of homemade pizza all day, I was craving something comforting for dinner.  Then it hit me.

I love cheese.  I love pasta.  Putting the two together for dinner tonight seemed like a no brainer.  I desperately wanted to add veggies to the mix, but Antonio voted against that idea.  Next time, veggies, next time.  I quickly set to boiling water and began cooking…

Mac and Cheese: Havarti Style.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups of grated havarti cheese (or any cheese you like)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Fill a pot of water to boil.  (Make sure you add salt!)
  2. In a sauce pot, melt the butter.
  3. Once melted, add in the flour.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is combined.
  5. Add in the cheese and stir.
  6. Slowly add the milk in, a little bit at a time. (Judge the consistency, I personally like a thick cheesy sauce so I didn’t add the full cup of milk.)
  7. Continue to stir as you add in the red pepper flakes.
  8. Add in the black pepper, but give the sauce a taste before you add in the salt (the cheese can be pretty salty and you might not need to add more).
  9. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  11. Cook a few minutes less than directed (you’ll be poppin’ this bad boy in the oven to get toasty).
  12. Drain the pasta.
  13. Pour the pasta into a 13 x 9 pyrex or something similar.
  14. Add the cheese sauce and mix everything up.
  15. Top with panko breadcrumbs and a shake or two of parmesan cheese.
  16. Pop it in the oven, try and wait 10-15 minutes.
  17. Devour. ( I recommend topping it with fresh basil.)

As Antonio and I ate, we watched a brand new Bob’s Burgers.  Does anyone else love this show??!

Dare I say that I’m starting to love this almost as much as my other favorite on Fox, Family Guy.  Whatever the case, Bob and his family are hilarious and I look forward to the show every Sunday.  Tonight was also the premiere of Khloe and Lamar’s new show.  Yes, I watched it.  Yes, it was cheesy.  Yes, they are adorable. And yes, Lam-Lam’s dad is hella creepy.  Oh well.  I’m pretty excited for next Sunday.  There’s no doubt in my mind that I will watch it again.  I just hope the creepy/money-sucking dad doesn’t make another appearance.

I read some more Eat, Pray, Love.   Antonio got me the book and movie for Christmas and I won’t watch the movie until I read the book.  It is pretty darn good, if I may say so myself.  I’m on the last chapter and I’m starting to get antsy.  I want to see the movie!  I am already picturing Julia Roberts as the lead in my mind’s version of the movie.  Next up on my must read list: Water for Elephants.

Good night! :)

What book(s) are you currently reading?  Any good books you would recommend?