This is the intro to Bleach, another awesome animated series that is also, like Black Butler, based on a manga series of the same name. I just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the next installment by clueing you in to the, arguably, pretty awesome theme by Orange Range. This song has been in my head for a week. The sorta rap-py, bouncy lyrics make me happy. The animation plays well with it, too. That was extremely well thought out. I love the early 90s-ish scene of people leaving different-coloured footprints. Fun. Anyway… hope you dig it!
Hey, ya’all. I know I told you recently about some opportunities to be “testers” for certain products…
Here’s where it gets real, yo. I am a Taster for Nescafe Taster’s Choice and the perks are unreal. I just wanted to re-iterate how awesome it is to be a part of the community and that you should join as well!
They just updated their website and it’s super user friendly. The game section is fun. There is an old-school Snake game where you catch coffee beans without eating your tail. It wasted some time for me and if, like me, your work blocks most games, you will take what you can get. In this case, I actually had a lot of fun. I haven’t played Snake since I got a cell phone that wasn’t the size of a 2 liter of Pepsi. Remember when that’s the only game that came on your cell phone? Man, I do. The phone that I shared with my sister… That was bigger than my hands, easily…it had a cover with foreign stamps on it that you had to remove the face plate and click onto the back part to use… and it had horrible midi ringtones that sort of sounded like songs that you dig… and the cover had a fake flip part that covered the keys but otherwise served no function… Ah, the 90s…
Anyway, I got some pleasant childhood-type nostalgia playing.
If you want to become a member, like myself, and get some sweet perks (I’m talking gift certificates for engaging in the community) go here. It’s fun, inclusive, feels like a community, and you earn rewards for your participation pretty fast! I dig it. https://team.tasterschoice.com/login/
Definitely check out their new website, because it is a great time spender when you are sipping on a cup of coffee, playing with your phone when your boss isn’t looking, bored of Minesweeper, tired of fluorescent lights and needing something to get your mind back up and running, or however you roll.
The coffee break section is a much needed departure from listening to my cube-mates talking about any inane thing that comes to mind…
Also, as a side note, I generally don’t like instant coffee, but since I tried the Hazelnut version of this stuff, I am hooked. It is so smooth and delicious…tastes like coffee, not chemicals, and there’s no mealy coffee bits in the bottom of my cup when I’m done. Yum. Usually, I feel kind of cheap trying to sell people on a product, but this stuff is truly an easy, cheap fix and it beats the stale coffee in the coffee pot which has never been washed, in the kitchen which is suspended in a wafting perma-funk of dead mouse smell and in which I have personally seen live mice…
No thanks, work coffee, I don’t need to wake up that desperately… I keep Nescafe Taster’s choice packets in my desk and grab some hot water from the Keurig machine up front that’s for “customers.” No one will begrudge me some water, yes?
Get back to memories of your first cell phone with the Nescafe Snake game…
I have not posted here in over a MONTH! Have you missed me? I have missed you, my two readers. Anyway… On to business and blogging! Pictures are coming tomorrow… I forgot to bring my camera with me to work 😦 where I am currently blogging… and sipping coffee…and surfing the internet… I love my job.
My absolutely nutty parents watched a documentary about 5 days ago about the benefits of raw food. Since watching this (where a man stated that eating over 50% of your food cooked can cause auto-immune diseases and so on and so forth), they have decided to only eat about 20% of their food cooked, so it has been a week of museli, salad, and tomato and avocado cubes…
Mostly delicious! The real highlight so far, though, has been last night’s meal. My mom was ill, so I sort of grabbed the reins and made dinner for the fam. Since we are going by the 20% rule, dinner is the only meal in which we eat cooked items.
For the main course, I used store-bought corn tortillas and made the filling a cooked bean mixture. Other than that, I topped it with fresh shredded romaine, cilantro, and home-made tomatillo salsa. The tomatillos lend a crisp sweetness to the mix and also have a lot of naturally-occurring pectin in them. They will keep your salsa tasting like it was just made.
It’s a very bright and fresh spring dish. You should definitely try it at home. I would order this meal even if I weren’t eating raw. It was filling, flavourful, and hearty.
makes about 2 cups
1 tomatillo, quartered
5 tomatoes, quartered
1 large shallot (about 1/2 cup of diced product)
1 jalapeno with seeds removed
large handful of cilantro
Place ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
3 Bean Tacos
makes about 12 tacos
For this recipe, you can use any beans or lentils that you would like. I just used what I had on hand.
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 14 oz. can Rotel tomatoes (or any blend that has tomatoes and green chiles)
1 15 0z. can Pinto Beans
1 15 oz. can Black Beans
1 15 oz. can Red Kidney Beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano (preferably Mexican oregano, but the Italian kind works just as well…)
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Store-bought corn tortillas
Start by sauteeing the onions in a little bit of cooking spray. When the onions are golden brown, drain and add the beans and tomatoes. Add the seasonings and combine. The spices soak up a lot of moisture, so if the mixture looks dry, add a little water.
Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Top corn tortillas with bean mixture, fresh lettuce, cilantro, and salsa.
I know this sounds totally weird, but avocados are delicious for desserts! Since their flavour is so subdued, they lend a creamy base for any fruits you want to add to create either a raw fruit pudding or sorbet. Since it is so creamy and has healthy fats in it, it has the texture of pudding when it first comes together and, when frozen, comes out like silky ice cream. Yummy.
4 servings, about 1/2 cup each
1 avocado, quartered
2 kiwis, cut into thirds
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
1 mango, quartered
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
(If you are keeping the mixture overnight-add 1/2 tsp fruit pectin to keep it bright green)
Blend the ingredients together until smooth. For mousse, spoon mixture into cups (if you’re not too strictly raw, a little bit of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom makes for a delicious textural contrast) and serve. For “ice cream”: Pour mixture into bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Freeze for 2 hours. To keep the mixture from getting rock hard, you should drag a fork through it to “fluff” it every fifteen to twenty minutes.
Delectable, light, filling, and refreshing, this makes for the perfect spring-time meal…
SERIOUSLY. EAT THIS SHIT. Your body will love you…
Hello, Enchanted Readers! (Do we still have any of those after two weeks of no posting? No? Oh, alright.)
With a series of school interviews, work interviews, hectic school and surgery, something had to go. Unfortunately, it’s been working out and blogging – two of my only “me time” things! I’m going to try to start getting up thirty minutes earlier each day to get a quick 15 minute fitness sesh and quick “good morning” blog post in. We’ll see how long this lasts.
1. I’m starting school again in the fall. Hellooooo, graphic design degree! Yay, me.
2. I think I’m going to try out P90X. Anyone else done it? I’ve had friends who have had fantastic results and I really want to feel strong and fit again.
3. I bought my Clarisonic Mia today! SO excited. I’ve heard the first week or two can be pretty awful while your skin adapts (yucky pimples and such) but I don’t think I’ve read a single negative review overall. Hey, if it works it works! I picked the turquoise and got “Beautiful.” engraved on the back – a little reminder to give myself some positive self-talk each morning to start the day.
4. Moving to Kansas City in the fall as well. Let the apartment hunt begin…
5. Tomorrow is EASTER! My whacky family is having Italian apparently? Stay tuned, Sarah and I will give you a breakdown of whatever dessert we decide to bring.
That tis all I have for you today.
Get out there and carpe your diem, yo.
I have been alternating between not writing and writing total nonsense. This has got to stop.
However, I have been a busy little bee trying to throw together a portfolio for my meeting with the design program at UMKC next week! Aaaahhh! That in addition to planning an event at the club where I work, high enrollment for students at my advising job, teaching two or three times a week, apartment shopping, trying to figure out my life, AND keeping up with my last semester of college classes? I’m freakin’ out, man.
Fruits of my labor for you, though:
They aren’t totally done – that first one has crooked text for some reason and the bottom I want to add solid boxes behind the text because I’m losing my words in the noise. I have a whole book sketched of other ideas too. This event (that I’m also using for portfolio building) my co-workers and I want to make HUGE. I feel like a variety of flyers will make it seem even cooler. Right?
So I’m not a total slacker…
Just a blog slacker.
Until tomorrow, enchanted day, all!