snippets of geekdom

woke up saturday morning….started the day off right:

saturday breakfast

ate my weight in oranges (not really)

i ate soo many oranges this weekend

went to the Maker Faire with the hubs & met some friends there:

maker faire 2008


April 29, 2008

flashback: weekend!

It’s Tuesday…and all I can think of is the past weekend and the weekend coming up. We live for weekends don’t we? Weekends seem like the only time I am able to play in the kitchen and take photos at my own pace…and this weekend I did just that.

Started off with breakfast outside on the patio….

Here I am busy working in the kitchen while Casey snoozed:

the makings of breakfast

End result = eggs with chives & cheddar, toast with strawberry puree and coffee!

eggs, toast & coffee

Our plates were licked clean…


I did some gardening…

new planties

I bought a new doormat for the patio…

new doormat

A new fern for each bathroom (i love them!)

new fern in the bathroom

We fixed up our other deck and ate the Orange Strawberry popsicles I made on Friday to celebrate!

made our deck look nice

I stuck three cucumbers in the juicer and out came this lovely shade of green…

cucumber juice!

The cucumber pulp inspired me to make tzatziki…and then I ended up with this:

sunday's dinner

I made turkey meatballs without following a recipe…

turkey meatballs, greek salad etc.

And of course I had to use that cucumber juice so I made a delightful ginger-ale/cucumber/mint/lemon concoction…

cucumber, ginger ale, mint, lemon



-watched a few movies (La Vie En Rose, Into the Wild & Alpha Dog)

-Casey continued to work on painting our kitchen cabinets

-I started a sewing project that ended terribly 🙁

-Took a trip to Home Depot

-Daydreamed about my perfect kitchen…..

What are you doing this weekend?

April 27, 2008

Creamy Mac & Cheese and Better than Brownie Cookies!

This weeks girls night (plus 1 boy) was all about comfort food.

I made a New York Times recipe for Creamy Macaroni & Cheese (found via Smitten Kitchen).

Thank you Deb!

Did I ever tell you how much I love the crunchy bits of Mac & Cheese??  I used to fight with my two older brothers over the crunchy parts when we were growing up.

Aren’t you jealous- Ryan?

i love the crunchies

Here’s a close up of the creaminess….the cottage cheese was a nice touch!

mac n' cheese!

I paired the mac & cheese with a salad (cucumber, tomato, red onion & feta with a mustard dressing) and some steamed broccoli.

I HAD to balance out that fat/veggie ratio….

girls night (plus 1 boy) dinner

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

New York Times 01/04/06

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole milk cottage cheese
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 handful of breadcrumbs (not in the original recipe-I added this)
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound elbow pasta, uncooked.

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.

2. In a blender, puree cottage cheese.  When consistency is extremely smooth, add milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. Reserve 1/4 cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.

3. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and breadcrumbs. Dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

***The only thing that I regret…is not making a double batch!***

And for dessert…..

don't touch them!  they are cooling!

Earlier that day I decided to make these brownie cookies I found from one of my flickr buddies. I totally screwed up the batch when I made it a couple of weeks ago. I ended up with 1 big cookie the shape of my cookie sheet! I got it right this time…Not sure what happened.


makes about 18

The recipe came from Welcome to My Pantry (thank you!)


  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

-Set oven to 350 degrees

1. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips with 2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate. Add butter, stir til melted.

2. Mix eggs, vanilla and sugar in a medium bowl.  Combine thoroughly. Set aside.

3. Mix flour & baking powder together in a small bowl.

4. Add melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and slowly add your dry ingredients.  When stirred, add remaining cup of chocolate chips- stir!

5. Scoop cookies onto a cookie sheet.  Bake & try not to scarf them down the second they get out of the oven!

if only this was a swimming pool




My makeshift Neapolitan dessert!

I put two cookies in each of bowl, topped it with vanilla bean ice cream and added some strawberry sauce on top!

For the strawberry sauce, I pureed strawberries with a little bit of sugar & water. Taste as you go and check the consistency and it’s pretty darn easy.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

April 21, 2008

Strawberry Juice

As you might know, I got some really great strawberries at the Farmers Market on Saturday.

Here they are right before I started digging in:

the best strawberries!

So after my strawberry overload breakfast (see below) I decided to treat myself to a refreshing beverage.  After working around the house/yard over the weekend, it was well deserved.

I started juicing them with my juicer!

juicing strawberries

I juiced two of the containers! It produces the best puree!

strawberry pulp

I think I will use it for pancakes or perhaps in my yogurt….or ice cream!

I muddled some basil leaves with a little bit of sugar. I added some fresh strawberry juice and some sparkling water.

strawberry basil spritzer

Put in a straw & top with a little strawberry and you have yourself a refreshing drink!

my fabulous mocktail

The basil was great! If you aren’t as daring…try some mint! MMMMMMM

April 20, 2008

another sunday breakfast

Last week my mom made me an Orange Glazed Pound Cake from one Ina Garten’s cookbooks.

She gave me a whole loaf to take home.  So dangerous!  What a good momma!

So I cut into it this morning:

my mom made orange pound cake! mmmmmm

I cut up some farmer’s market strawberries using a trick I found in the current MS Living magazine.

Just use an egg slicer!  It worked perfectly!

a REALLY helpful trick from martha

I took some honey, plain yogurt, a slice of the cake and assembled…

breakfast assembly

I scarfed this down!

sunday breakfast

The drizzle of honey was heavenly on top of the yogurt…

honey drizzles on plain yogurt

My husband leaped out of bed to find this waiting for him.

You can find the cake recipe here.  Just look within the whole recipe and you’ll see the cake part.

Although.. a Raspberry Orange Trifle looks pretty awesome to me.

Don’t you agree?

April 13, 2008

87 degrees this weekend!

It was so hot in our bedroom on Saturday morning, that we took off our thick/winter duvet cover and bought this new one.  We must prepare for the warmer days ahead!

I really love it.

opinions needed: should we keep this new duvet cover?

Our neighbors dropped off some beautiful lilacs from their garden….

from the neighbors

I fed my green grape addiction…


I did a MASSIVE amount of gardening around the house. I’m pretty sure I will be sore tomorrow….

working in the yard

I put some hot links on the grill and we had ourselves a mini BBQ dinner as the sun was going down….

(*It was to honor the Red Sox game*-Casey says)

bbq hot links for dinner

Casey helped me chop the onions…

onions galore!

Did I ever tell you how much I LOOOOOVE mustard??

i looooooove mustard

There was nothing left in the end…

hot link!

I also made chocolate chocolate chip cookies…but had a disaster!  I’ll share the recipe when I MAKE IT WORK.

It was a nice mellow weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours too!

Off to watch more of Carnivale!

April 9, 2008

prettie/vegan weekend!

I spent this past weekend with my prettie/vegan best friend, Erin. Every year we try to see each other at *least* twice. She came down to visit this past weekend and we had loads of fun trying some vegan treats in the Bay Area! Of course we’re both really into food- so we did some damage at a few places…..

I started off by making Penne with Pesto, Asparagus & Roasted Pine-nuts (all vegan) for dinner on Thursday:

vegan pesto penne