Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Cleaning house…err, apartment

Today was a loooong day. Very long. What did we do? Well, chore after chore…after chore. But we started off with breakfast!

It seems like just about every weekend, we run out of milk and Josh has to go get some more. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is a scant 3 minute walk, but still – how is it that we manage to always run out before breakfast on the weekend?

Today I woke up wanting pancakes, and it was the second thing Josh suggested after hash browns! Whooo both wanting to have the same breakfast. And pancakes are a Josh-cooks-it item! I don’t know if it was the recipe or the cooking, but whenever I’ve tried to make pancakes in the past they were just…ok. Nothing special. Not bad, but not great, just meh. Josh’s pancakes are quite good though!


Table all set! We don’t always eat at the table for breakfast.

It was quite good. Thank you Joshykins! The last time he made them, somehow we ended up with 12. I’m not sure how this time we got 6, but it worked out fine. I even wanted seconds! Probably better that we didn’t have any, though.

What Josh doesn’t know is that I’m secretly having him build his repertoire of recipes. Well, he will know if he reads this! He is the breakfast potato cooker (both home fries and hashbrowns), occasionally an egg maker, the pancake maker. Breakfast is the meal in which he has the most prep and cooking experience, but he is always my sous-chef for dinner.


We had a teeeeny pancake for the cats, can you see it?

The rest of the day was basically finishing up laundry that didn’t get done the other day, going through clothes to pull out ones that don’t fit or aren’t liked, and general tidying. We filled a huuuge box (one that a wedding dress was originally shipped in!) with clothes and a couple other items to donate! I’m working on paring down my shoe collection, but it’s hard. It’s so much easier to get rid of clothes than shoes or bags, I find. For one thing, you don’t grow out of shoes or bags (well, I guess you could grow out of shoes in adulthood, but it’s more rare). And they seem to wear out less frequently.

I really wanted to work on scanning documents and photos today, but it didn’t happen :( Hopefully tomorrow. We did wash the car though, something I wanted to do before the wedding! It is all nice and shiny now.

Yesterday, this arrived:

IMG_9150   Hoola hula hoop!

I bought it last week online, because apparently adults need their own special size of hoop, and can’t just get one from Toys R Us. I tried it out right away and was able to hoop for 6 minutes straight! I was able to do that about 3 times. Other times were between 2 and 4 minutes. Something about “adult” hoops though, is they are heavier! They’re made of pipe, I think, instead of out of plastic. They should certainly be more durable…but the extra weight and larger size meant it hurts your tummy to hoop. At least it hurt mine. This morning I had a few bruises from it :( Hopefully I build up a tolerance to it. It was lots of fun!

Dinner was a quick tuna noodle casserole thrown together last minute thanks to leftover cooked egg noodles from the 1 month anniversary dinner! I’ve never made such an easy meal that still was fairly “home cooked” (there was canned mushroom soup involved). It was delicious!

We watched last year’s remake of Friday the 13th. I rather enjoyed it! I thought I might hate it, as I had the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I had never seen any of the Friday the 13th movies before, but now I’m curious to see some of them.

Tomorrow will probably be another day full of chores. At least the apartment is looking better!

Folding bed sheets

You know what’s not fun? Smashing your hand and breaking your nail off in the middle of the nail bed. It looks something like this after it’s bandaged:


I managed to do this while getting frustrated with attempting to fold a fitted bed sheet. I’ve never actually folded one before at all. I’ve just crumpled them in a ball, or left them to sit in my desk chair until it was time to use them again. This time I was determined to fold them properly!

It took me I think 1 entire hour to actually get it done, along with the matching flat sheet and pillowcases. Here is the final result (this picture is more pink than the sheets really are):


Looks good, right? Well, the stack is about twice as large as the packages these come in, and it didn’t quite fit all the way on the shelf, the way it should have. I followed some Youtube tutorials, but I’m not sure if they were meant for twin sheets instead of queen or king. I’ll try folding them a bit differently next time and see if it comes out the right size. Maybe I’ll even take some photos or videos along the way so that I’m able to repeat it later! But this is still better than crumpled in a ball, right?

After my fit of rage at the sheet’s lack of cooperation, and my resulting injury, dinner was simple. Delicious, nutritious, frozen fish sticks! With gummy, medium-grain rice. I guess that’s a risotto rice? I thought risotto rice was short grain rice. In any case, it was gummier than I would enjoy, but it was ok. At least it featured homemade tartar sauce!



As I was writing this, Chopstick started eating some tape off of a box, which is one of her all-time favorite activities and “foods”. She kept making crazy faces as she chewed up the tape, here is the best shot I could get from across the room:


What a crazy!

One Month Anniversary

We’ve been married 1 month today! Yay! To celebrate, we broke out our new wedding gift table decor, and some of the actual wedding decor.

First, I started by cooking the dinner, which was Chicken Marsala.


Double the mushrooms, just how I like.

I set the table using the same table runner and gold charger plate that we used at the wedding. The other dishes and flatware are new! :D


Then I added a fancy shamncy fan-fold napkin with napkin ring. I’ve never had a cloth napkin or napkin ring before!IMG_9107 

The table all set!IMG_9114 

The newlyweds!IMG_9116 

The meal, finished and plated! I put too much sauce on this one, oops.IMG_9121


Josh is ready to eat!


Josh has been sick today, getting a sore throat :( By dinnertime, the sore throat was achieved, but he still pushed through the meal (I did offer to make something else if he preferred). But his favorite part was dessert! The second-to-last leftover piece of our wedding cake! And milk in the coffee cup, cuz that’s how we roll (in a circle).IMG_9127 

The anticipation!IMG_9130


Everything was delicious! I managed to get what seemed like the entire kitchen dirty, despite this being a 1-pot meal. Josh was a trooper and did all of the dishes while I put away the leftovers.

The new china and flatware has been safely locked away back in their respective boxes. We would leave it out but honestly, we don’t have the space for it. We have about 3-4x the kitchen items as we have kitchen space :( I look forward to when we get a house with a huuuuge kitchen! I don’t want to be one of those couples that only uses their wedding china once a year or less, but it probably will end up that way at least until we have a bigger space.

In today’s mail I got my first new debit card with my new name! Along with the forms I need to fill out to change 2 other accounts. Still no social security card, which means my name continues to be wrong at work. If my next paycheck is made out to my old name, will social security not record it and will there be an issue? Work’s website says how it’s important to have everything correct or SS may not record the paychecks properly…but then they won’t let me change it until I have the new card so…not really anything I can do there.

Hopefully Josh’s sore throat gets better soon!