Jan. 14th, 2009

Big update

Jan. 14th, 2009 12:58 pm
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Things have been crazy lately. I'm starting training for a new job on Friday (as a PCA), and moving soon, too. I mentioned to M that I was looking to move, and she jumped up off the couch shouting because their rent went up and they were going to have to move from their nice 3-bedroom down into a 2...except I saved the day, and now I'll be living with my best friends instead of with the family I'm not getting on so well with right now.

A week ago, my parents were talking about throwing me out of the house on my ass, without giving me time to find a place to live. Now that I've handled things, to some extent, my mom is being very odd  and insisting I not move yet (wtf?). My dad, I know, wants me gone.

I feel like a bum for having lived with them for so long. Then I remind myself that I had a place and a job in Lafayette, until dad insisted I move back into the house, four years ago. He's pretty insistent now that I be gone, like, yesterday. I'm going to let him and mom hash it out between them, all the while bringing small loads of stuff over to P&M's to stash in the spare room (my room!), which I've been helping them clear out, over the last week. There's only the closet left to clear out, now, because M needs to get her closet straightened up before we can start shifting things. B came over Sunday from Lafayette and helped marshal the troops. I thought it was fun, but then, I'm the one who's going to be sleeping in the room and not the one being told she has to throw things away (M is an enormous pack-rat).

There are two dogs in the apartment, Zoe and Rosco (aka Bubba), both at least appearing to be Lab/Pit mixes, and both very sweet but rather mouthy (with a tendency to eat shoes), and rather skittish of strangers. I love them dearly, already, but I'm going to miss Macie.

On the plus side, I'll almost certainly be a lot more social, living with friends, than I have been while living with my parents. I mostly spend all my social time with P&M and B, anway, actually. M is a vegetarian, like me, so we're planning to work out a grocery sharing scheme of some sort. P is very picky and doesn't eat a lot of veggies, though I intend to be sneaky and trick him into eating a little better Neither of them cook, so I'm volunteering that service as part of the chore rotation. I'd be cooking for me, anyway - it's not any harder to cook for 3 than it is for 1, as long as you aren't left with the entire grocery bill. It will save a good bit of money, too, since I can make, for example, a 16-inch pizza for about 4 bucks, rather than P calling Papa John's for the tenth time in a month (cutting out the money he spends on donuts will probably save him thirty bucks or more a month - someone needs to teach the boy to budget).

(speaking of pizza, I'll be posting the BEST RECIPE EVER shortly... I was about to start typing it, but I just got a call from my new employer to come do some paperwork.)
iesika: (crossdressing for justice)
White Bean, Kale, and Butternut Squash Pizza

1 batch dough (I adore this recipe and use it all the time. Usually I put seasoning in the dough, but not with this pizza).The kale needs to cook a while, so I'm not sure a pre-made crust would work.

White bean pesto sauce
 - 1/2 c white beans
 - 2 cloves garlic
 - 1/8 tsp salt
 - 2 tsp olive oil

Puree in food processor

Kale
 - 1 large bunch kale , stripped of stems and ripped in salad sized pieces (about 3-4 cups)
 - a little oil
 - 2 cloves or so garlic

Saute garlic in the oil. Once it becomes fragrant, add the kale, stir to coat, and add a tablespoon or two of water, then cover. Steam for about two minutes. Drain the kale before putting it on the pizza

Butternut squash
  - a cup or two? -ish? Cut it into slices 1/8 - 1/4 inches thick. my pieces were about an inch or two square, which was a good topping size.
 - touch of oil
 - pinch of brown sugar
Toss the squash with the oil and sugar.

Prepare dough
Spread bean pesto on dough
Spread Kale on bean pesto
Sprinkle mozzarella over kale
Arrange squash slices over mozzarella
Sprinkle parmesan over squash

Bake until crust browns and squash softens. With the dough linked above, bake at 450 for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy delicious pizza!

Next time: I will be using more bean pesto, and maybe sprinkling on some pine nuts. Mmm

ETA: I made myself hungry while typing, and had to stop and make delicious kale chips to handle the craving.

Delicous Kale Chips


- Kale (stripped of ribs and ripped into pieces)
- olive oil
- salt
- garlic powder

Toss. Bake (350 until crunchy). Stuff face.

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