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Birthdays are in the air.

11 Nov

This week, there were SO many birthdays!!!!

 

This is the week that I celebrate both my wonderful Mom (Nov. 7th) and my wonderful baby sister (Nov. 10). Happy birthday to two of the best ladies I have ever known!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, can you believe Alysha is 23???? Does that mean I have to stop calling her my baby sister? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

This week, our dear friends Ben and Laurel also had a sweet baby girl, Madilyn, born on November 8th! ย We can not wait to get a chance to meet her!

And, one of my oldest friends (since 8th grade), Jeff, had a birthday on November 9th.

 

As a side note, today is Sunday and I still consider Sundays to be part of last week. ย In my world, weeks run from Mon-Sunday, and then start all over with work on Monday. ย So in my world, I can properly say there were a lot of birthdays to celebrate this week, because I am on the last day of this week.

Where has the last month gone?

19 Oct

Well, it’s been busy!

Last post, I was in Kentucky visiting my little sister for family weekend! She is already a rockstar in her program and I am super proud of her!

I came home on a Thursday, and on Friday, we left for a birthday camping trip for my hubby. We had 20 people go all together, 7 of which were kids! Wow! What a group! It was a ton of fun! Jonathan has the pictures on his phone, which I do not have. So, hey! Jonathan! Send me those pics! haha

The weekend after that, I had my enrollment ceremony into the Missouri bar! So my dad and Alysha came to St. Louis to watch me take my oath and get my certificate. I am officially an Attorney and Counselor at Law! Whoohoo!

And then the next week, I had interviews galore. Which worked out, because in ten days I will start my new job! I am super excited!

So I have ten days as of now of FUNemployment. What am I doing with it? ย I cleaned the livingroom, bathroom, basement, and kitchen yesterday. I am working on finishing a picture book for my friend, Laurel, with pictures from her baby shower. I am going to start (and maybe finish?) a scrapbook of our trip to France. I am going to add a page to my anniversary scrapbook. And I am going to WORK OUT and do some meal planning so that when I start working I can try to keep my progress.

Speaking of working out/progress… october began my “THIS TIME I’M SERIOUS” weight loss plan. Yeah, yeah. You’ve all heard that before. but… but.. this time I’m serious! haha

I have lost 3 lbs in October, so that is a nice, healthy rate. I had been hoping to lose 8 this month, but I guess that’s not happening. ย I didn’t actually start til Oct. 8th, so I’m still happy with it. ย I just need to keep on track.

So, yeah. That’s what’s been up. What has everyone else been doing? ๐Ÿ™‚

Travel Updates

21 Aug

I have been having a BLAST traveling as much as I have!

So my last post came from Lexington, KY, where I was visiting the baby sister.

Then I came home to STL for a week, and Jonathan’s little brother was visiting us. We had a blast spending time with him! He was super helpful and helped me reorganize the kitchen. Jonathan got to have a great 8-person halo guys’ night, and I hear the guys had a great time!

Then last Monday, Curtis kept me company on the long(LOL) drive to Centerville. It felt long, but was nothing compared to the 14 hour drive to Boston!

I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday enjoying Centerville, my parents, old friends, and Alysha even showed up for a night! Ooohhh nostalgia! I love coming home!

Then on Thursday, we drove to Boston, which was a super long drive! Alysha had a dream that I lost my legs (WHAT?) in a car accident, so my dad drove nearly the entire way super carefully to make sure I arrived with all my limbs. LOL! Saira cooked us dinner on Thursday night. On Friday, we went to Salem and saw a witchcraft museum and walked along the water. Saturday, we bought a bunch of weird fruits and had a smorgasbord of random foods for lunch. Then we went to a restaurant called Oleana (http://oleanarestaurant.com/) where I had the best dessert of my life. On Sunday, I met up with an old friend and we went out to deer island and saw the USS Constitution sail. Then in the evening, we had a lovely Pakistani dinner to celebrate Eid, and then Saira and I played Dominion.

Monday, we made the long drive home. Today, I just sort of hung out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mom and I made samosas together, which was really fun!

Tomorrow, my friend, Randal, and I are going on a mini road trip. We’re driving up to Akron to see Hilary tomorrow, and then on Thurs we’ll go to Cleveland to see Nicole, and we’ll come back on Friday.

Anyway, that is sort of the short run down of my travels. I am having an ABSOLUTE BLAST! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so much fun to see family and friends.

Life is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

But I am also looking forward to getting back home and into some sort of routine…(YEAH RIGHT!)

I’ll try to take and post more pictures, haha. That would make updates much more interesting!

Cooking for People You Love

1 Aug

I don’t like cooking for myself very much. If I’m left to my own devises (cough cough college) I will largely eat microwave popcorn and apple sauce (something salty, something sweet, something soft, something crunchy). Yeah, I know. VERY nutritious.

But cooking for people I love… I LOVE doing it! And I love concocting new recipes!

Today, I concocted some for my sister.

I made cilantro lime chicken thighs with skillet corn and green beans.

Here are the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:
2 chicken thighs, skin removed, bone removed optional depending on how you like it
1/8 cup chopped cilantro
1 Lime
1 tspn Honey
1 tspn salt
1/2 tspn Pepper
1 tspn Adobo (optional)
1/2 tspn chili powder (optional)
1/8 cup olive oil

Mix olive oil, cilantro, juice of 1 lime, honey, salt, pepper, adobo, and chili powder in a bowl. Place skinless thighs in bowl, and cover with the marinade. Let sit for atleast 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. Bake for 30 minutes.

Green Bean and Corn Skillet

Ingredients:
2 ears of corn
1/2 lb of green beans
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tbspn cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
2 tspn salt
2 tspn honey
2 tbspn butter

Cut the kernels off of the corn and place in skillet. Cut the ends off of the green beans, and chop green beans into bite sized pieces (I always cut them into thirds). Place in skillet. Add water, broth, and cider vinegar to the pan. Bring skillet to a soft boil (bubbling but not violently bubbling over), and let it cook for about 20 minutes or until beans are tender. The liquid should cook off. If it cooks off before the beans are cooked, add a little more water. Once the beans are done, drain off any excess liquid. Add the butter, honey, and salt. Stir around. Taste, and add more butter/honey/salt until it suits your fancy!

This meal was delicious! I finished it off with a slice of whole grain toast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mid-Study Update

11 Jul

So, in preparation for the bar, I made Jonathan change my fb password. So no facebook until August, basically! It’s so hard! haha.

Anyway, that means my break time is sort of wide open, and I felt like blogging, so I am.

The pressure is really on! I really, really hope I pass! :/

Jonathan was awarded Associate of the Month for his crazy hard work lately. I’m super proud of him!

I really like organizing things. I’ve been using my free time to organize things lately.

Alot of fun things are happening once I take the bar, in that nebulous time between sitting for the bar and finding out if I passed. I’m going to visit Alysha in her new place in Kentucky!!! I think I’ve mentioned that she is starting GRAD SCHOOL in the fall! I am excited to get to be there to help her settle in and explore! I love exploring new places, and I love one on one time with my sis!
And I am going to go with my parents to Boston to see Saira (haven’t been there since Jan. of 08 for her wedding, so that will be fun!) I will also get a LOT of quality time with my parents on the drive there and back. I’m looking forward to it!

In September, we’ve got trips to Chicago, Lake of the Ozarks, and camping. And Nancy and I will also be throwing our friend Laurel a baby shower. We also have wine tasting and are signing up for a 10 K in October! So much fun planned!

I am trying to not worry about finding a job, because worrying at this stage will only make me… well.. worried.

I am also trying to not worry about friends feeling irritated at me for emailing them about camping so early!

I am also trying really hard to not worry about not passing the bar. Because that will not help at all. I feel like I am starting to worry about trivial things in order to help not worry about the big thing that I am worried about!

Okay, break time over. I guess I should get back to studying.

Mama’s Karahi

31 May

SO.. studying for the bar…it’s very vital to have good brain food. And by brain food I mean food that is delicious so you look forward to your study breaks, but that is still fresh and healthy and doesn’t give you that sleepy after-eating feeling.

So I asked my mama for her Karahi chicken recipe.

And I thought I’d share both Mama’s Karahi Chicken and my own vegetarian take on it. (I’m not vegetarian but I find that feeding both me and Jonathan meat meals for lunch and dinner gets pretty expensive! Plus, I love me some veggies!)

So here it is!

Mama’s Karahi Chicken (exactly as Mama emailed me):
Hey Girl,
First brown two medium onions in vegetable oil until golden brown.
as they are browning, get all the spices ready to add and chop one medium tomato.
crush or chop together two small cloves garlic, one small piece of ginger( about equal to garlic) one small chili pepper.
For spicy, (Dad spicy) 3/4 tsp chili powder, pinch gara masala, 1/2 tsp cumin powder.
Once onions are golden brown, add powdered spices and stir for about 30 seconds, add garlic, ginger,chili pepper, stir for about 30 seconds, add tomato and stir it all together.
Add chicken at this point and stir all together. If everything is sticking to the pot add tiny amount of water until tomato get liquidy.
Cook stirring every 5 minutes or so until chicken cubes are done. You can add small amounts of water as needed to keep it from sticking and to get the gravy to the consistency that you want.
Add fresh coriander on top for looks and flavor, stir once and then turn off.

With chicken breast should not take more than about 20 minutes once chicken is added. Also add salt to taste when you add all the other powdered spices. If you do not have the individual spices, you can just use 1 1/2 tsp of chicken curry spice.

Thanks, Mom!

Here is my vegetarian take, which is simmering on the stove to be packed up for my lunch as we speak:

Ingredients:
1 can chick peas / garbanzo beans, well rinsed
1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
1 onion, chopped into half moons and then chopped into thirds
1 tomato, diced
same spices as above ( 3/4 tsp chili powder, pinch gara masala, 1/2 tsp cumin powder) … feel free to adjust to taste
1 tsp oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
Equal amount of grated ginger to garlic

Brown onions in 1 tsp oil, throw beans in there while the onions are browning.
Once onions are brown, throw in the spices and stir for 30 seconds. Throw in garlic and ginger, stir for 30 seconds. Add a splash of water to keep from sticking if necessary. Throw in tomatoes and let cook down for about 2 minutes. Throw in garbanzo beans. Cook on medium heat until beans are cooked. Add water as necessary to keep it from sticking and to keep it as liquid as you want it.

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My Veggie Karahi

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The tiny bit of Mama’s Karahi Chicken leftover from last night. Yum!

Spring Break Recap

2 Apr

So, something is wrong with me and I took NO pictures!! WHAAAT? And this post is way over due because I sort of forgot I have a blog for a bit. OOPSY! Anyway.

I had an awesome time in Ohio for spring break! I hung out with my lil sis, and we had adventures (of course!)

Among the fabulous things we did:

– Movies:ย  21 Jump Street and The Lorax

– Mani/Pedis… gel polish is fabulous!

– Shopping: at the outlet mall, at target, on the web!

– FOOD! We had chinese, italian, pizza…. and Jeni’s Ice cream!!! I highly, highly recommend it! http://www.jenisicecreams.com/ย they ship to all 50 states. SO DELICIOUS and so many unique flavors!

– TV! Alysha got me addicted to Haven, which is a scifi show. Im usually not a huge sci fi person, but this show is awesome! I highly recommend it, as well!

We also went to Centerville to celebrate Daddy’s birthday, which was really fun and really nice. We even got him to play Apples to Apples, which was hilarious!

Anyway, it was a fab spring break and now I miss my fam ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Good thing I’ll see them in May when I graduate!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks, Alysha, for having me all that week!!!!! You Rock!!!

 

Also, I had intended to tell my favorite Alysha story for St. Patty’s Day, but I was so busy taking the ethics section of the bar that I forgot ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Guess it will have to wait until next year… wahahahahaha!