Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The quest for unsalted cashews

You'd think that something like unsalted cashews would be easy to find. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you go through the nuts sold at QFC, Top, and Safeway (the grocery stores near us) there are usually none to be found. There are cashews that are labeled things like salted, 50% salt, reduced salt, sea salt, and lightly salted, but for some reason unsalted seems to be missing. This made me wonder if I'm the only person in USA that likes cashews without salt.

Now after years of being dissatisfied with too salty cashews, I have at last succeeded in my quest. Last week a Trader Joe's opened up a few blocks away, and they have all sorts of unsalted nut mixes including unsalted cashews. Let's all rejoice and eat some nuts.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There will be food...

So 3 years after marrying, I think we might be having a reception dinner on December 26th this year. Chinese banquet style, of course. Nothing is set in stone yet and since we aren't the ones planning it I'm a little sketchy on the details. Just giving you a warning here of the possibility of this happening.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Squishing bananas between my fingers

Due to receiving complaints of not much happening on the blog, I have decided to make a post. I haven't really found the need to post since not much exciting stuff has happened around here. Plus, the majority of people who actually read this I already keep in contact with over instant messenger. However, if a post is wanted, then a post shall be written.

Here is a quick summary of our lives:
  • Mike is still working at ArenaNet and loves his job.
  • Mike is not done his thesis yet and it is the source of much frustration for him.
  • Mike spent way too much time playing this game "Shadow Complex" the last week and a half.
  • I am still unemployed and that does not look likely to change any time soon.
  • I spend my days cooking, cleaning, baking, knitting, crocheting, tending my garden and getting distracted by the world.
Next weekend is PAX and Ricky will be staying for a visit while this is going on. Maybe there might be some more to write about then. Except due to unfortunate circumstances I may not have a pass and won't be going so if you want a write-up on the event you'll have to bug Mike about it.

So now I shall explain the reasons for the title of this post. Today I made these banana bran muffins, as you can guess, I mashed the bananas by squeezing them through my hands into the bowl. I recommend doing this as an acceptable method of playing with your food while baking.

So these muffins (see picture to the right) aren't quite so much bran muffins with banana as they are banana muffins with bran added. With a 1/2 cup of butter in there, I know my mom wouldn't want to be eating these on a regular basis. But they sure were delicious fresh.

Recipe can be found here. I just replaced half a cup of all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour.

P.S. Mike wants you to visit http://www.guildwars2.com/en/

Friday, June 05, 2009

Added twitter updates!

So I added twitter updates here to make it easier for those of you who read this to stalk me. Twitter will likely get updated more frequently than I post here.

Monday, May 04, 2009

To the border and back again...

We went up to the border this weekend in order to get a new TN for Mike. On this trip the border guard made a big show about how he could easily deny the TN. I wonder if they might be getting more stringent due to the economy (and the fact that TNs can now be for up to three years instead of just one). Anyhow, the good news is we're still here and Mike is still able to work.

Other than that the trip was pretty uneventful except when someone tried to change lanes into us. I think people have forgotten the art of shoulder checking.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Product Review: Mac & Cheese Crackers

On the weekends, Mike and I go grocery shopping. It is during these trips that we purchase food items to fill our sad empty fridge to being happy and full again. Sometimes, the store has product samples for you to try. If you have ever experienced grocery shopping, I'm sure you are familiar with the experience.

Such was the case this weekend. This friendly employee offered me a sample of Kraft Mac & Cheese Crackers from her display along with a coupon for the product. "Hmm, Mac & Cheese Crackers, might be interesting," I thought. In my mind I figured that maybe they'd be something like the cheddar cheese Ritz crackers, or the Kashi TLC cheese crackers, which are pretty delicious. Now, I'm sure you've guess this by now, but I was wrong. I was horribly mistaken. While the initial taste was alright, kinda like a crappy Ritz cracker, they had the most disgusting, repulsive aftertaste I've experienced in a while. Blech.

They were gross enough to inspire me to write a post to warn you to be alert for attacks with Mac & Cheese Crackers. If you ever find yourself in my position of being offered a free sample, make sure you refuse.