Just in time!

Drew gets back bright and early tomorrow morning, so I’m finishing up the tuna today with a Tuna, Artichoke, and Basil Stuffed Potato. Very yummy! I halved the recipe and had one potato for lunch and one for dinner – I think the starch of the potato balanced out the tuna flavor much better than the tomato did last time.

My brief affair with canned tuna fish has come to an end, but it was nice while it lasted!

Arthur misses his boyfriend! (And Josephine is adorable.)

While Drew is away fishing in New Orleans, Arthur has spent every single possible moment asleep in his dirty laundry basket. It’s obvious that he’s pining for him!

Josephine, on the other hand, has spent every single possible moment asleep on her side of the bed (i.e., the side that was stolen by Drew). She’s so cute (even in bad lighting)!

Springy nails!

I was up late last night watching the basketball (both the teams I was rooting for lost – MSU and the Cinderella team, FGCU) and figured I’d multi-task by painting my nails a lovely spring color:

I went with Sally Hansen’s Deep Purple and the sparkly Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild by OPI.

While the cat’s away, the mice will…

…eat tuna!

Drew is off on a boys’ fishing trip in New Orleans which means I’m back to just cooking for myself which means I can indulge in all the canned tuna I want! In an attempt to be healthy, I skipped my favorite tuna pasta in favor of this Breadless Tuna Melt:

It was a really clever idea, but I think it was actually a little bit too much tuna all at once, even for me – I think I need the bread or carbohydrate (in the case of the tuna pasta) to cut the tuna flavor.

Meh…

This Buzzfeed post about budget vegetarian dinners has been calling my name for a while now, so I finally caved and made Whole Wheat Pasta with Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Sauce.

It was good enough, but I have to be honest, it wasn’t entirely my favorite thing in the world, especially as a leftover – mostly I think my palate is just not refined enough for whole wheat pasta. Like most things that are healthy for you, it’s just not as good as the real thing! And as a leftover, the sauce got sort of weirdly grainy. Also, it says it makes servings for 4 people, but I would say it’s more like 6 servings or even 8 (which is problematic since it wasn’t as good the next day or the day after that).

All caught up!

Yesterday Drew and I went to the market and by the time we got home, we were both starving. This recipe wasn’t super fast, but it was certainly super easy and required little to no thinking on my part – definitely a good quality when you’re hungry and just want some dinner! It’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Gorgonozola and Baked Eggs and it is very good!

As you can see from the picture, that’s cheddar, not gorgonzola – I knew we didn’t have gorgonzola but I thought there was some sort of cheese lurking in the fridge that I could use. Turns out it had all gone moldy except for a bag of shredded cheddar! I did end up overbaking the eggs – the yolks were hard instead of soft and runny which would have made this the perfect, easy dinner. The roasting sweet potatoes and red onions smelled so good – it was hard to wait for it to be ready!

I’m behind and out of order!

We actually had this dinner during the middle of last week and it turned out very well – I was very proud of myself once again! We had Honey Soy Glazed Salmon with Asian-Style Sesame Brussels Sprouts (I know Brussels sprouts can be a fairly divisive vegetable, but Drew and I both really like them – as long as they’re done well, like these!).

I think everything was fairly easy to make – prepping the Brussels sprouts probably took the longest, but it wasn’t difficult. I was really pleased with how this turned out – everything had lots of flavor and the Brussels sprouts weren’t overcooked (one of my pet peeves when it comes to veggies). Very tasty!

HOW IS THE INTERNET SO CLEVER?!?!

I didn’t think of this on my own, but I’ve seen this tip for storing your boots all over the internet and, despite what the weather here today would have you think, stores are finally stocking pool noodles – getting ready for the summer season!

At any rate, have a floppy pile of boots by your bed like I did? Get yourself a pool noodle or two, cut it up with a serrated knife, and voila! Things to make your boots stand up on their own!

I’d say I have enough pool noodle left for…two more pairs of boots. Or one pair of thigh-high boots, I guess. I can’t let the rest of that pool noodle go to waste, now, can I? 😉

The *actual* last of the couscous!

It’s a horrible, snowy day here in central Illinois – despite the fact that it’s spring and March is supposed to be going out like a lamb! For lunch (and then again for dinner), I made us this Garlicky Balsamic Tofu Salad. It involved grilling the tofu and I’m really proud of myself – there was no fire involved and the smoke detector didn’t go off either!

The recipe calls for quinoa, but I decided to go ahead and use up the last of the couscous instead. It turned out really nicely! Though a little bit difficult to eat – I kept flinging couscous all over myself. The tofu was really flavorful thanks to the marinating and the grilling (which was not as scary as I thought it would be). Yum!

She’s my blingy kitty!

Josephine’s latest obsession is with getting out into the hallway, so I went to PetSmart the other day to get her a halter so we could put a leash on her and take her out to explore the rest of the apartment building. So of course I had to get a set for Arthur, too. And then I saw this adorable sparkly collar and decided that Josephine just had to have it – which means I had to get a new collar for Arthur (his is just blue – there was a distinct lack of manly cat collars in his size).

We’ve been putting the halters on them for a couple of hours each day so they can get used to wearing them – Josephine, despite being unable to master using the cat door to the litter box, seems completely unfazed by the experience and we’ve already taken her on a little sojourn into the hall. All she wanted to do, it seems, was to give the other two apartment doors a sniff and then she was done.

Arthur, on the other hand, is convinced that the halter paralyzes his back legs. It doesn’t – he’s a complete drama queen. But he insists on just flopping around the apartment, meowing at both of us pathetically, the big baby.

Finishing off the couscous!

Well, almost. There’s about 1/3 cup left in the bag that I’ll have to figure something out for, but the Garlic Lime Shrimp and Couscous took care of most of it.

And it was actually very tasty – especially on the second day when I realized that I should put the dressing right into the couscous to give it a lot more flavor. That brightened things right up and definitely took care of that missing something from the evening before. I was very proud of myself for identifying and then fixing the problem in our leftovers!

Subtle nails for a change!

It’s been ages since I last painted my nails! We went out last Saturday night with friends and I felt like dressing up a bit which also means fun nail polish. The trick was that I didn’t know what I was going to wear so I decided to go for something a bit neutral but also a bit sparkly:

The result was OPI’s Suzi Sells Sushi By the Seashore and Dynamic Glitter from Urban Outfitter’s.

This is a blog post

This Is a Book by Demetri Martin

Or the whole title may very well be This Is a Book by Demetri Martin, I’m not sure, but I am sure that the confusion is intentional.

Argh! I’ve had this blog post draft staring at me for the last few days now and I really have no idea what to say about this book! It’s a collection of humorous short stories and sketches (both literary and actual sketches) and, if you enjoy Martin’s standup comedy, you’ll enjoy this book.

Done, short and sweet.

My rating: B+

Next up…rice!

There’s still some couscous left and I’m planning to finish it off tomorrow, but today I took a detour to what was supposed to be a quick and easy dinner of Baked Eggs in Whole Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon Pilaf. Unfortunately, my tomatoes sort of collapsed so that cracking an egg into each one was just not feasible – I poached eggs for us instead, racing the clock to tap class!

The lemon pilaf would have been really good except that I mixed 2/3 cup of white rice with 1/3 cup of brown rice to get 1 cup of rice (I halved the recipe from 4 servings to 2 and still ended up with loads of rice left over) and I think the brown rice needed more time to cook. It was edible, but a little on the crunchy side.

So all in all, the flavors were really good and blended very well, but my execution was a bit off…