Currently: April 2015

Since April has come and almost gone, I think it’s high time for a Currently post, maybe even past due although we’ll just ignore that small fact. Let’s just say I’m fashionably late to the party, without the stylish attire since I’m rocking some fantastic grey sweatpants and a Mighty Ducks hoodie. On that note, let’s play.    

Current Book: I am engaged in the unthinkable, at least for me. I am working my way through two books at once; promiscuous reading at its finest. One is what I like to call “A Book Book,” which means I can hold it in my hands and flip the pages as I see fit.

Stephen King:  A Memoir of the Craft – On Writing

He would be appalled by my use of adverbs.

Stephen King On Writing

Current Nail Color: hell has not frozen over, although I did paint my nails, in honor of a fancy date night with the Hubby. We had some celebrating to do.

Meg Black NailsCurrent Music: No music, but about my promiscuous reading…I’ve been listening to an audio book, one recommended by my favorite Spoon. It’s fantasy ear porn and I am hooked.

Patrick Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind

Current Non-Guilty Pleasure: inhaling the smell of these stargazer lilies on the daily. They’re over the top and pungent, just how I like my men…er I mean flowers. Excuse my Freudian slip.

Star Gazer Lilies

Current Drink: still guzzling Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothies. In fact, I had one as recently as yesterday, and it was real good.

Chocolate Date Smoothie

Current Food: while I do eat other foods, asparagus is high on my list right now, making the most appearances at my table, which makes growing my own a no brainer.

Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes

Oscar is skeptical of phallic veggies and inspects everything which pops up and out of the dirt in our raised garden bed.

Oscar and the Asparagus

Current Favorite Show: Game of Thrones, mostly because Daenerys Targaryen is a badass, and she owns dragons. 

Daenarys StormbornB

(source)

Current Wish List: to wave my magic wand and have my flower beds completely cleaned out and trenched, my trees trimmed, my hedges shorn and my driveway edged. A girl can dream.

White Magnolia

Current Blessing: getting to spend quality time with the Hubby. He’s between school semesters, which means he’s footloose and fancy free for the next two weeks.

Current Indulgence: the Hubby and I went all spontaneous (yes, it was awkward for me) and booked a short trip to San Diego. We’re taking full advantage of his time off.

Current Needs: I’d be thrilled with some seventy-five degree weather right about now, so I can knock out said yard work before the neighbors report us to the city. I did get my Christmas lights down earlier this month so that’s something.

Meg and the Christmas Lights

Current Triumphs: overhauling my Recipe Index with sparkly, shiny, new clickable picture galleries for each section. For my fellow bloggers, I’m using the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin. It’s awesome.

Clean Eats Fast Feets Recipe Index

Current Bane of Existence: the downtown farmers market, the one I normally hit up on my Friday afternoon lunch hour, is no more. I’m heartbroken over this news.  

Current Excitement: getting to see Amanda’s crazy mug in just a few weeks at Blend 2015. Perhaps next year, Arman will join us.

Amanda and Meg Blend Retreat 2014 Hiking

Arman, Amanda and Meg

Current Links: This article from The Huffington Post Canada, showcasing my Broccoli Cheddar Quiche. Anytime someone picks up one of my recipes, I get ridiculously happy.

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche B

Current Mood: asked and answered. My partner in crime is home. I’ve got travel on the horizon, flowers adorning my kitchen counter and asparagus in my garden; two good books and a popping new recipe index, I’d say life doesn’t get much better.    

Your turn. What’s Currently going on in your world? Current book? Current mood? Any travel on the horizon? Will you be planting a garden this Spring?

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Top Ten Tips for a Healthy Relationship; Without All The Sap

I’m not the romantic type; not even a little bit.

While I very much enjoy fresh cut flowers and heart shaped cookies, open displays of affection and staring adoringly into someone’s eyes makes me feel awkward and uncomfortable at best. Emotional grandiose seems over the top, and Facebook posts about undying love makes me throw up a little bit in my mouth. 

Suffice to say, sappy gestures and public gropings aren’t my thing. It truly took me years to hold the Hubby’s hand when we were out and about, and even now it’s reserved for special occasions. Naughty little jokes though, those I can do, ignoring the obvious parallels to my maturity level.

Banana and Vibrators

The Hubby on the other hand has a soft side, and I definitely don’t mean it like that. His manhood is just fine. What I mean to say is he’s a charmer and a crowd pleaser. I have male friends who’ve declared him their man crush, and I’m nearly positive my family prefers his company to my own. I also get told often how lucky I am to have such a great partner. Ignoring how irritating this comment is, I’m going to have to agree.

Today marks our TEN YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (!!!), and while I still need to pick up a card (typical), I thought what better way to celebrate across state lines than with a blog post, Out Loud

Surely, it’s fitting to have the non-romantic share relationship advice (cough, cough). Hubby, this one’s for you.   

Top Ten Tips* for a Healthy Relationship

*just the tip. I’m sorry, it’s like a nervous twitch. I can’t control it. 

1) Be each other’s person. You can call it a bestie, a cheerleader or a champion so long as at the end of the day, you have one another’s backs. When I first started blogging, he gifted me with an iPad and more importantly his unwavering support. In fact, he reads every single post and all of your comments. He is unquestionably my person.

Valentine's Day Card

2) No name calling, and keep others out of arguments; well unless it’s a couples counselor. As a general rule of thumb, if they don’t get to participate in the make up sex, they shouldn’t be privy to the events leading up to it. While you’re at it, don’t share their flaws with others. No one needs to know how often they put the toilet seat down or pick up their socks.   

3) Communicate. This one is so predictable and yet it’s everything. Talk. All the time. Being partners in crime doesn’t automatically make you mind readers so keep the channels open and flowing. Every night, we FaceTime before bed. We clean our mugs and brush our teeth together. It’s hot.

chickenmindreader

4) The Quickie is your friend. Coupling doesn’t always have to be candles and rose petals. What matters is the connection, and a fast physical one is better than none at all. Besides, flowers stain the sheets.

5) Appreciate one another. Do nice and unsolicited things for each other. The Hubby makes me coffee, and leaves messages and dirty limericks around the house for me to find, and I make his favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola. I’ve also been known to pick him up from the airport in nothing more than a house coat.

Hubby's Post It Note Message

(He is the only person who can get away with this. Seriously, don’t try it.)

6) Trust and Honesty. If you don’t have these or aren’t working towards them, you shouldn’t be together.  

7) Have separate interests. Together time is fantastic, but everyone, even extroverts, need space and the ability to do their own thing on occasion.  

8) Close the bathroom door. There should be no confusion between your number two face and your “O” face.

Sex Face

9) Take turns cleaning up the cat puke or whatever dirty job you’ve got going on.

10) Be yourself. Be goofy, be silly, be sad, be happy so long as you’re real. The Hubby has seen everything there is to see about me. He’s seen me cry ugly alligator tears, he’s seen me scratch my ass, and belch more times than appropriate. He’s seen me go through challenges, excitement, grief and loss. He’s seen me belt out show tunes and sometimes he even passes the spatula so I can have a faux microphone. Anyone who can handle my singing is a keeper.

Hubby's Screen Saver

(This is the Hubby’s screen saver.)

Happy Anniversary, my little sex kitten. You’re the real cat’s pajamas, and I’m grateful for you.

Do you have a partner in crime? How long have you been together, and what’s your advice for a healthy relationship.

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WIAW: The Traveling Edition

What I Ate Wednesday appeals to the voyeur in me for more than just perverse reasons.

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONS

For real, I get a big ol’ kick out of these posts.

Not literally of course, because masochism isn’t my thing. Although if it tickles your fancy, I say rock on with your bad self. When it comes to bedroom shenanigans, anything goes. The same can be said for our WIAW parties, so long as a full day of edibles makes an appearance. 

From foreplay to food. Now that’s a smooth transition. Bow chick-a-wow-wow.  

I am utterly fascinated by the bits, the bobs, the bites, and the bowls of food people consume in a single day, which is one of the many reasons I love Jenn’s WIAW party. It’s also why she asked me to host again. She likes to indulge my food stalking ways, triggering a litany of burning questions* which run through my mind faster than the time it takes to wipe the drool from my chin.   

*The author is taking creative liberties and being a bit dramatic. No questions were harmed in the making of this post. 

Do they cook every meal from scratch?

Where are they getting all these sweet potatoes?

Should I be dumping oatmeal in nearly empty nut butter jars?

How did they get those baked fries so crispy and golden?

What’s the secret in the sauce?

Are snack plates acceptable meals? (I think so). 

Do they sometimes eat cereal for dinner too? (Guilty as charged)

How did they get their avocado to do that?

Where’s all the cheese?

As a result of my own inquisitive ways, I thought it’d be fun to share a different kind of day with you, one where I spent the majority of my time in a car. Therefore, I give you the Sunday before last when I drove three hours to mother’s house for dinner and proceeded to drive three hours back home. If you lure me with food, I will come.

First Breakfast: a giant glass of water, then coffee, at least two cups, always with a little almond milk and raw sugar, followed by a three-mile run.

Coffee, Almond Milk and Raw Sugar

Second Breakfast: a fruit filled smoothie with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a generous scoop of flax powder and a nip of bee pollen.

Fruit Smoothie with Pineapple, Spinach, Blueberries, Strawberries, Banana and Yogurt

Third Breakfast (er, I mean Lunch): a two scrambled egg and jalapeno cheese sandwich on an English Muffin.

Scrambled Egg and Jalepeno Cheese on a Breadsmith English Muffin

Dinner (at my mom’s): We had potatoes and roasted root vegetables, asparagus with cheese sauce, homemade bread with pesto and a side salad covered in gorgonzola and avocado. There was also some kind of meat for the carnivores although I can’t remember what it was. Anyway, my actual plate is the top left picture.

WIAW Sunday Dinner at Mom's Collage

Dinner Continuation: a standard size slice of this Savory Carrot and Tarragon Tart.   

Carrot and Red Onion Tart

Dessert: a small piece of this chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting.  

Birthday Cake

Post cake: we went for a hike in the woods and foraged for ramps. Mission accomplished.

Hiking at Mom'sRampsSnacks: on the ride home, I polished off all the banana chips, the dates and one of the oranges from the picture below. I also drank a small bucket of coffee.

Road Trip Snacks - Banana, Banana Chips, Dates, Oranges

There you have it. A day of road tripping eats, in the legal sense of course.

Alright enough about me. Let’s hear from you. 

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