Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pasta tip!

If you know me - you know I love the pasta! I'm trying to be better and eat less. But also what I do eat, I'm trying to make it whole grain. I even just recently tried some pasta that included a serving of vegetables (it was goooood). Anyhow, over the last month I read a tip in a magazine that I wanted to try a few times before passing along. The tip was this:

When you are making pasta, put the pasta into the pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and then TURN OFF THE HEAT. Allow pot to sit there for the allotted time that the pasta is supposed to cook and WALAH! your pasta is ready to eat! Cuts down the energy used to cook because you cut the heat as soon as you're boiling. And it works! Try it - you might convert ;-)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Have all the good ads left NYC?

One of the first (only?) things I liked about NYC so, so many years ago (really? 10?) were the ads in Times Square. A lot of them were 3D, few used those light thingies and 90% were creative. Oh how the times have changed! But the ads are still out there! My brother sent me this link. Here are some of my favs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stormtroopers day-to-day

this made me laugh

Thanks Grant!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yummy stew/chili

Quick Hominy & Zucchini Chili

Cook time: High for 2 ½ hours

2/3 cup chopped tomatoes, undrained
1 15oz can white hominy
2 medium size zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
Garlic powder
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium-size white boiling onion or shallot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 ¼ tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/3 cup sour cream mixed with the zest of 2 limes, for serving
2/3 cup shredded white cheddar cheese, for serving
1 green onion, chopped, for serving
Chopped cilantro, for serving

Add the tomatoes and their juice, hominy, zucchini, and a few shakes of garlic powder to the slow cooker.

Heat the oil in a small skillet and cook the onion and celery a bit, just to soften. Add the chili powder and blend with the vegetables, then add the mixture to the crock. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for about 2 ½ hours.

Season with salt and stir in the lime juice and zest. Serve in bowls topped with toppings.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween yo!

A few pictures from the holiday. In PS there is a HUGE parade (ok, not in comparison to the one in the city, but still big!). A group of us got together and walked the route. Good times!

I was Twiggy - but the blond wig didn't work out so well. And that night I figured out that Twiggy didn't smile an any of her pictures. That might have been the hardest part of the costume!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Marathon Weekend!

Every fall I pledge that I'm not gonna get caught up in the marathon hoopla. That it won't interfere with my life ad that it will just be a normal day. On the years we've had AM church I've enjoyed making my way across 4th Ave without worrying about getting hit. But it's also a bit eerie. I get to see the first pack of front runners (who run by just a bit before church starts). I've also seen the walkers/slow runners on my way home. And every year - I cry... this year was no different:

Checking out the hoopla, trying to decide if I want to walk up and be a part of it... (check out the cool yellow tree!)

Fun catching this guy taking pictures - funny that we had this idea at the same time!

Never knew I was this close to the 10k... amazing what walking down a few blocks will reveal!

I love seeing the unique running outfits!

And this is where the tears begin. Even a block away (3rd Ave instead of 4th Ave) you can hear the cheering. These "rude" New Yorkers give up their Sunday morning to come out and cheer on strangers. Calling out things they see on their shirts: names or flags

Bands set up all along the route playing & singing to encourage the runners on. You'd also see sound systems (the one at my old laundry mat was playing the Macarena and "you've got to move it, move it" the 2 times I walked by)

People will just stand along the route and give things away. This guy has Snickers bars. Up the avenue were people with bananas. The local grocery store had buy 1/get 1 free for packages of bottled water.

I needed to get across the avenue and the fireman I asked about etiquette ask me how fast I ran. He told me I could cross as long as I didn't interfere. This is what I had to run through...

Everyone cheering on folks at 9th St. Even the fire department came out to cheer them on!

I will miss this HUGE sense of community. How everyone comes together to cheer on this weekend visitors.