Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blackberry Cobbler // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Woof, I'm really cutting it close this month. Today after work, I dashed to the grocery store and then dashed home in order to make this month's Pioneer Woman recipe. The recipe in the cookbook is technically for peach cobbler, but she mentioned at the end that the recipe would also work to make blackberry cobbler too, so I made the switch (mostly because I didn't want to peel a gazillion peaches) even though, as it turns out, blackberries are crazy expensive right now.

I also halved the recipe, wanting to make individual size cobblers in the four ramekins that I got for my birthday.

The preparation was pretty easy, even though it turns out I'm the slowest person ever in the kitchen, and I worried some when the dough turned out to be sticky instead of crumbly, but I persevered, and even though the cobbler doesn't have that lumpy and bumpy texture that it was supposed to, it all tasted the same going down. Which was, needless to say, delicious. Ree Drummond wins again.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: tacos for dinner.
Drinking: Tazo Calm tea.
Waiting: for tomorrow's test to be over with.
Watching: Silver Linings Playbook.
Reading: Elements of Real Analysis.
Hearing: the sound of the outdoors since all my windows are open to let that cool, fall air in.
Understanding: basic topology (sort of).
Knitting: (crocheting) a bathroom hand towel.
Wishing: for an A on my math test tomorrow!
Enjoying: tea on cool days.
Liking: my new job quite a bit.
Disliking: Marta bus schedules (or lack thereof).
Loving: being competent in the kitchen.
Hoping: that time would slow down a little.
Planning: my next trip to the grocery store. You guys, I love Publix.
Wondering: about when I will get to see David next.
Needing: to start menu planning.
Wearing: the 311 shirt I bought over the summer at their concert in Chicago.
Listening: to classical music #studymode
Eating: a Chewy granola bar (BOGO at Publix this week!).
Thinking: about money saving techniques.
Writing: notes from my math book.
Feeling: fairly overwhelmed by life at the moment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Usually whenever I finish a project, I have in mind what I'm going to do with it, i.e., whether I'm going to keep it for myself or whether I'm going to gift it (as well as to whom I am going to gift it). In this instance though, I have no idea who will wind up with this lovely Honey Cowl. I secretly want to keep it for myself, but I also know there will come a time when I need a last-minute gift to give. For now, until the weather cools off, or until someone's birthday comes along, this beauty will be wrapped away in my closet for safe keeping.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: a giant pile of paper to be recycled as I attempt to tidy up my apartment.
Drinking: Twinning's Earl Grey Tea.
Waiting: for a call from David this evening. It's a Sunday night ritual :)
Watching: S02Ep14 of Alias, a.k.a., one of the best television shows ever.
Reading: A Cup of Jo. I can't believe I've never read this blog before.
Hearing: the whir of the refrigerator. Does that thing ever turn off?
Understanding: that I'm going to completely mess-up my sleep schedule if I keep waking up so late on the weekends.
Knitting: the last few rows of the Honey Cowl.
Wishing: for a little more inspiration than usual.
Enjoying: the beauty of payday.
Liking: days-off even more than usual.
Disliking: that the flowers on my orchid are starting to see their last days.
Loving: an article I read about the Titanic from an old issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Hoping: for a great work week!
Planning: my first baking adventure with my new pie dish.
Wondering: where a certain ball of yarn went to.
Needing: to create a spreadsheet to help me better track my expenses.
Wearing: a well-loved t-shirt and a pair of jean shorts.
Listening: to A Day to Remember.
Eating: a leftover bean burrito from my favorite childhood Mexican restaurant, Los Bravos.
Thinking: about everything that happened this past summer. I can't believe fall starts on Tuesday!
Writing: lots of blog posts for my new job :)
Feeling: like it's time for another cup of tea except it's quite hot outside today, so maybe this one will be iced.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

David decided to photobomb my yarn picture for this week :)

Did you know that International Crochet Day was this past Thursday? In honor of it, I started crocheting (for the first time in too long) this lovely little project. The pattern is technically for a wash cloth, but I decided I am more in need of another hand towel instead. I had some Dishie yarn in my stash which is just perfect for something like this.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Tea: The Real World, Kerry-Style

Today I joined the real-world and snapped this slightly strange picture of myself in front of a really awesome wall that I came upon during my trip home.

I started my job today, and I felt really official while I woke up early, made breakfast, and got dressed in my business casual clothes. I'm already a little freaked out by the limitations of my wardrobe though, and I'm going to just have to suck it up and put the kibosh on spending my paycheck on new work clothes. Because, let's be real, I need to do two things and two things only with that money: pay my rent and save the rest.

Day two is tomorrow!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: a work schedule for the week.
Drinking: Original Sin Hard Cider.
Waiting: for my leftovers to heat up.
Watching: lots of Riot Fest bands!
Reading: The Lovely Bones.
Hearing: last night's Metric performance in my head over and over again.
Understanding: that hard work and a smile will get you through a lot of things.
Knitting: a new project.
Wishing: this weekend didn't have to end.
Enjoying: all the bands I've been introduced to this weekend.
Liking: Red Bull, which is something I never thought I'd say.
Disliking: getting out of bed in the morning.
Loving: my spurts of time with David :)
Hoping: this week of firsts goes well!
Planning: out my very long day tomorrow.
Wondering: where summer went. 
Needing: to re-stock my refrigerator with some basics.
Wearing: LOTS of layers because it decided to get cold in Chicago. It was 45 degrees on Friday.
Listening: to the shower run.
Eating: pizza from Bricks.
Thinking: long and hard about the future.
Writing: down blog post ideas!
Feeling: ecstatic about some news I received! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Every once in a while, I love having a pattern that is so mindless that I don't even have to think about it while knitting.  This honey cowl is the perfect pattern for knitting while watching TV or a movie at the end of a long day where you just want to relax on the couch and not worry about anything. There's no fear of dropped stitches or too many yarn overs, so this pattern is really great for a stress-free knitting session.  I can pretty much guarantee that I will be using this pattern many more times to come.

My Ravelry notes can be found here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tea: The Framed Finished Product

Several weeks ago, I mentioned how I had finally finished a massive baby birth announcement to give to my sister following the birth of my sweet nephew. I showed a few pictures of the cross-stitch in its unframed, slightly wrinkled form, but now it has been matted and framed, and I think the finished display showcases the work much better!

I still have yet to start a new cross-stitch project after having finally finished this behemoth because I find it easy to get burned out on big craft projects, but I've been looking around online at potential future projects, and it's getting me excited to start something new again.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: plans to bake some cobbler.
Drinking: ALL THE TEA!
Waiting: for Wednesday! I'm flying to Chicago to see David and to attend Riot Fest!
Watching: season 5 of Parenthood on Netflix.
Reading: The Elements of Real Analysis. *Yawn*
Hearing: my niece and nephew splashing at the pool.
Understanding: that sometimes school has to come first.
Knitting: the Honey Cowl
Wishing: for my computer to start being functional.
Enjoying: gluten free cereal way more than I thought I would.
Liking: that I've settled into a weekday routine.
Disliking: that the short holiday week is over.
Loving: my family :)
Hoping: that my nephew, Luke, cooperates more next time I babysit him.  He's way too cute though, even when he's fussy :)
Planning: on getting my ears pierced.  I know, I'm probably the only 23 year old alive that does not have pierced ears.
Wondering: what e-books I'm going to check out from the Georgia Tech library.  I just found out that this is a thing, and I'm excited to read some books on my Kindle without having to pay for them!
Needing: to buy work appropriate pants.
Wearing: a swim suit. This is probably my last chance to wear a suit this summer.
Listening: to lots of Metric in preparation for Riot Fest.
Eating: a Gala apple.
Thinking: about money-saving techniques.
Writing: blog posts.
Feeling: contented.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

This Lotus hat took no time at all, and for the amount of effort that went into it, the results were ten times better. Hats don't generally take too long to knit as it is, but this pattern produced a hat that looks way more complicated than it actually was.

I was going through my yarn stash recently, and even though I haven't purchased yarn in months, the amount of yarn that I have is nonetheless out of control. So now I'm pretty much just sifting through my available yarn and trying to tag future projects onto it. So this hat was conceived out of the need to start using up some yarn. I don't usually pick such bright colors for items I'm going to keep for myself, but I figured I would switch things up a bit :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Birthday Loot

Besides a couple articles of clothing, most of the things I received from family and from David for my birthday were kitchen items which were much needed.

I received:
 - a beautiful Le Creuset pie dish (in Marseille blue which is the color of my tea kettle)
 - 4 ramekins
 - a cooking torch (bring on the creme brûlée!)
 - silicone tongs
 - a silicone whisk
 - a microplane zester
 - a meat thermometer

Some of these items are obviously very basic (but I still didn't have them in my kitchen!), and some of them were awesome luxury kitchen items that I can't wait to use! Who doesn't love an excuse to make pie and other desserts?

Monday, September 1, 2014

On My Bookshelf: September

Life has certainly picked up this month with just general busyness, so I'm not going to be too ambitious in the number of books I'm reading this month. I only plan on two, but if it works out that I have time to read more, then I will welcome it gladly.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I remember when this book first came out quite a few years ago, and I remember my mom reading it and really loving it, so I'm excited to read this book. Plus, I love books written from unexpected POVs.

Love & Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
I discovered this book a few months ago, and it has been sitting in my Amazon wish list since then. Purusing my wish list, David purchased this book for me for  my birthday, and I have so far read the first chapter and like it already. The author really has a way of looking at mathematical concepts and explaining them in a non-confounding way, and I also loved the introduction to the book because it discusses how math really manifests itself in everything--not a single thing on this earth works or was made without the use of math.