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Days 14-16. Guess what?? No cat photos in this post!!!! (Instead I made a photoset on Flickr of just cat photos…..)

Day 14: January 14, 2013
This photo a day thing isn’t too bad! Even my husband is encouraging me to stick with it and offered to make himself a drink so I could take a photograph of it. Although, now that I think about it, it is more likely that he used my photo project as an excuse to drink………he. used. me.

Here’s a photo of his 50/50 martini. However, you’ll notice that I focused on something else:


Yep, those are Battlestar Galactica coasters. I have no doubt that BSG fans are creaming their pants right now, but non-BSG fans (like myself) are thinking “blech, those are unsightly coasters!” (and you’d be damn right!)

Day 15: January 15, 2013
Normally our apartment stays pretty warm throughout the year and we have never in the 4+ years of living here have used our wall heater. But lately it has been a bit chilly in LA and the indoor temp finally fell below 65 degrees so we brought out ‘Steeley’, the super amazing portable oil-filled radiator heater! (Yes, I gave the heater a nickname.)


We bought Steeley when we lived in Long Beach because it got cold down there! Contributing to the frigid temps was the fact we lived in a 1910s-era Craftsman bungalow that had absolutely no insulation. My grandmother recommended buying an oil-filled radiator because it is affordable, portable, safer than a typical space heater, and can heat a room fairly effectively. Additionally I have recently discovered it is kitty-friendly. The only downside is that it uses electricity so if you use it all day long, then your electric bill will skyrocket! I told my husband he can only turn it on if the indoor temp is below 70 degrees. (Note: I am fully aware that I am cheap, but I am not being mean. He has told me on several occasions that his ideal temperature is 65 degrees, but I have learned this winter that apparently that only applies to summer.)

Day 16: January 16, 2013

A photo of my current favorite cookbook.


No, I am not a vegetarian. I sorta tried to “be” vegetarian for about a week, but I got tired of trying to figure out how to get enough protein. I love soup, but ugh, lentils really make you bloated…I mainly bought this cookbook because I want to eat more vegetables, but I needed more ideas on how to cook them. One of the things that I really like about this cookbook is that Mark Bittman provides a ton of suggestions for how to alter a recipe into different flavor profiles. For instance, I think there are at least 4 different versions of a Tomato Soup recipe. When I first got the cookbook I actually had the thought “I’m going to make every single recipe in here!“……and then I flipped through it and realized that is never going to happen. But I love that I can buy almost any vegetable and then find 10 different ways to make it.

Looking forward to Thursday; word on the street is the temp might reach the upper 70s!!! wooohooo!


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Archer’s Bloody Mary

P recently bought the book, ‘How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written‘ and was very inspired to make the Bloody Mary recipe that is in the book.  It has a ton of ingredients!!  As P read the list of ingredients and instructions out loud to me on how to make it I could feel myself starting to salivate because it sounded so good!

It has been awhile since I’ve had a blood mary and when we have made them at home in the past we usually just bought a blood mary mix and added vodka.  Despite the complexity of the recipe in the book we both wanted to make it and luckily P wanted to make it a whole lot more than I did because he went out last Sunday just to pick up all the ingredients.  Then when he came home he realized he forgot the horseradish and he refused to make any without it so  he went back to the store just to pick up the horseradish.

He did make a couple adjustments to the recipe.  He used manzanilla olives instead of extremeda olives (what are those anyway??), and used Chipotle Tabasco instead of what I assume would be regular Tabasco sauce.

Here’s a photo of the finished product:

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary for Dinner

It tasted faaaaahhhbulous!  It has a kick to it from the horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce, but it doesn’t burn and isn’t overpowering.  The tomato juice is from concentrate, but it doesn’t taste too tomato-y.  There’s a little bit of sweetness to it, which I think comes from the key lime juice.  Yeah, that’s right, key lime juice.  Never even knew that stuff existed.  Oh, and you can’t tell, but there are also capers on that “stick” along with olives.  There are so many different flavors in this drink that I could drink this for breakfast everyday….ok, every Saturday and Sunday.  The only suggestion I gave to P was that he should trim the celery ends to give the drink a finished look (not to mention that the stick of celery is way too tall for this glass).  He says this is the most complicated cocktail he’s ever made, but it’s totally worth it.   Seriously, people, how could you not trust Archer to deliver a fantastic Bloody Mary.

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Nespresso Love!

You know what I’ve been loving lately?  My Nespresso Pixie! I’m very grateful that P and his parents spoiled me for xmas with this super fun machine. Here she is in all her glory on our hideous somewhat white tiled kitchen counter!  She actually looks a lot more red in the photo than in real life.

Nespresso Pixie!

Nespresso Pixie!

Here’s an up close photo….look at the steam in the cup!

Nespresso Pixie and Bodum Cup

Nespresso Pixie and Bodum Cup

In case you’re wondering, the cup did not come with the machine.  It’s a Bodum espresso cup that we got at Crate and Barrel.  I think these cups are super adorable.  Here are a couple shots of the cup:

Creamy Espresso Goodness



Most of the espresso flavors are intended for small cups of espresso, but some are for larger cups, called Lungo.  I’m a big hockey fan so I’ve been calling these “Luongos” and P said we should call them “Robertos” (haha!).

The one thing about the Pixie that I didn’t expect was the noise the machine makes when it brews the espresso.  It’s really loud, but it doesn’t last that long so it’s tolerable. I’m impressed with how quickly an espresso is made and also how hot it is (but not too hot).  The machine comes with 16 espresso “cups”, one of each available flavor, including 3 decaffeinated options.  You have to buy additional espresso cups through Nespresso (and pay for shipping), but the turnaround time from when you order to when you receive the order is remarkably short.  I am a little annoyed that you can’t buy these cups at a store that sells the machine, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay for such a nifty compact espresso machine that’s a total splurge, but for some reason brings me so much joy. It’s a good thing I don’t work from home because otherwise I would probably have 6 a day!  Haha, I’d be unbearable to be around if that were the case!

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