Houston, we have a problem. Maybe I should say Cleveland since I’m based here.
Cleveland, we have a problem. Scratch that, it doesn’t have the right ring to it.
Back to Houston, or regardless of location, we have a problem.
As some of you may know, I am very musically inclined, and by “musically inclined” I mean I can’t sing a note to save my life, which doesn’t stop me from trying. Half the time, alright fine three-quarters of the time, I make up the words to whatever song I’m trying to sing. I really, really like to sing, and I enjoy my kitchen dance parties more than I probably should. I’m cool with it though.
What does concern me is my current music selection. I’m getting bored with my very random and plentiful playlist. I’ve even tried listening to all the songs in alphabetical order by title, not because my self-diagnosed OCD demands it, but more because shuffle isn’t working for me anymore, and I keep hearing the same tune over and over again. I’m not sure I can handle listening to another round of whatever live version I’ve got of Neil Young singing Forever Young. I like Neil Young, but on this particular rendition, he makes me sound like Christina Aguilar. Hell even my cats howling for more food or the great outdoors, depending on the feline, could give him a pretty good run for his money.
I digress, which isn’t the least bit shocking. It’s why you come here right? Oh crap, you come for the food. Well whatever, I’ll get there. I promise.
So, the Hubby has a gazillion and one songs on our iTunes library. I’m not exaggerating either although I don’t really understand those technical IT terms. Safe to say, we’ve got a shitton of music, most of which hasn’t made its way to my phone. I’d really like to change that and now we can discuss why there’s an actual problem.
There isn’t enough space on my phone to hook it up to iTunes or even back it up. It turns out I have too many pictures, which I think is ridiculous, although since I clock in at just over 4,000, there might be a grain of truth to it. Truth smooth; I call shenanigans.
Shenanigans aside, this is why today’s What I Ate Wednesday is going to be all those pictures which haven’t made their way to the blog before. It has very little to do with the fact I didn’t take pictures of a full day of food last week (cough, cough). Jenn, I hope you’re buying this.
I’ve decided this is an opportunity to present WIAW: The Extended and Uncut Edition. Granted, there’s usually a pretty great reason cuts were made in the first place, but were not going to think about that. Instead I say, “Let’s get picturing.” Oh and with over 4,000 pictures, the odds are this is going to be a series. Welcome to Round One. 🙂
Breakfast is bananas. B.A.N.A.N.A.S. ♫ “Uh huh, this my shit. All the girls stomp your feet like this.”♫
Sometimes I like to eat them in their natural state. Other times I’m inclined to throw in a muffin or even a morning smoothie.
When I’m not eating bananas or usually after I’ve finished eating bananas, I go for a bowl of my own homemade granola. I top it with Greek yogurt and whatever fruit I’ve got handy. Sometimes I get completely wild and throw another banana on it. Two bananas in one day means I’ve been highly successful, all before noon.
This past summer, lunch was almost always a salad with as many toppings as I could fit into Tupperware. Confession: I’m tired of salads. I know I’m sorry, but it’s true. I’ve had to walk away for a minute. It happens.
Since I’m no longer scarfing down salads, I’m eating leftovers. Sometimes those leftovers include less than photogenic bowls of Lemon Asparagus Risotto. It may not look like much, or it may look like a orangish yellow blob with green spears poking out. Either way, it tasted pretty damn good.
Dinner has been a number of different things, usually centered around the produce I got in my CSA share, and this particular dish was no exception. It was supposed to be Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous, but it turns out, I had no Couscous. Moroccan Veggies with Brown Rice it is.
For dessert, I’m sharing a Seven Layer Bar I snagged from the glass case selection at my grocery store. It was so phenomenal I’m shocked I never put it on the blog before. What’s even more amazing is I showed restraint and made this baby last two separate sittings. It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.
Oh wait, I’m somebody on the search for new and more bootylicious music so I can shake my bon-bon, up in Here! I’m also a little bit all over the place, but that’s par for the course.
What’s your favorite kitchen dance party song? Do you still sing, even when you don’t know the lyrics?
Sarah Pie says
Don’t know the lyrics?! Heck I still sing even if I don’t know the tune 🙂 As for booty shaking I always was more of the, “let me pretend I’m a ballerina” type which means I cook to piano music and slow ballad-y stuff. P!nk is my go to girl for when I want a little attitude in the kitchen (or just life in general).
And now I’m picturing you slow dancing around the kitchen in ballet flats.
Pink is great for some attitude. I’m a big fan.
This made me smile. I’d comment more, but I’d rather go make your granola to ease my craving.
So that’s just what I’ll do.
I’d rather you make the granola too. And then tell me how much you love it….obviously.
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
Ha! I swear I don’t know half the words to some of my favorite songs…that may or may not have something to do with the fact that I’m too lazy to bother looking them up and much rather prefer mmmm hmmm mmmm’ing my way through the lyrics until it’s time to bust out with my air mic for the chorus! Booty shaking not optional! 😉
Love that first quote…if I was a bumper sticker sort of person, Elvira would most definitely be getting a new tattoo! Haha!
For the record, I think that risotto looks incredible! Since I’ve made risotto all of ONE time before and still remember the “risotto elbow” I earned while stirring that shit for all of eternity, I can very much appreciate that bowl of goodness! Even though I’m almost positive that seven layer bar would put me in a coma, I still think it looks INSANELY good, but I think I’d be better off with one of those delicious granola bowls! On that note, I’m thinking my first #publicbanana may have to happen today! 😉
I always look the song lyrics up when I intend to put them on the blog, and I’m always shocked by how far off the mark I really am. Eh, it happens.
The Hubby stirred the risotto. What a man. Mad monkey love and tremendous mixing skills. Life doesn’t get much better.
I’m pretty sure your #publicbanana is my favorite so far, and that includes even my own photos.
Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear says
I disagree with you on the risotto, I think that looks AMAZING. Also, how on EARTH did you not scarf down that entire dessert?? haha
I know I’m shocked too. It was really rich, and I liked it so much I decided to save some for a round two. I’m glad I did. Now I need to find another for round three.
Eating 4 Balance says
This is probably one of my favorite posts of yours in awhile. It just flowed so wonderfully. Great job.
Your grocery store really is awesome because those seven layer bars look magical. I’m not sure they would have lasted on the car ride home if I were you… It’s happened before. Haha.
Do you like country music? I’m not sure so and I know that some people absolutely hate it. But I love Lone Star. Favorite band ever. I have three CDs in my car and I will probably rotate through them all on my way home tonight. I have another on my dresser at home but it got too scratched up to work 🙁 I’ll sing along with a song if I only know part of the lyrics, but I’m not one much for change hence why I’ve been listening to the same songs for years and haven’t updated (or charged) my iPod since Junior year.
Aw thanks Madison. I had a good time writing this one, although I did lose a little bit of my edge at the end. I ran out of time so I rushed it. Oops. I’m thrilled you liked it though and noticed my fun flowing intro. I heart you.
It’s funny because I like so many different genre’s of music although I’ve never really gotten into country. A song here or there is ok, but it’s probably the one genre missing from my playlists.
I think it might be time to update yours too. 😉
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
4000 pictures? Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about having just a little over 1100. Dang, girl… Impressive. But at least all of them are pictures of delicious things. Or at least the ones you’re choosing to share are… I don’t know what other kind of deviousness you’ve got going on in there 😉
And you better believe I sing even without knowing the lyrics. The worst is when you -think- you’re singing the right words, and find out years later that you were completely off. Or when you can’t even make out what the words are so you just kind of hum along and punctuate the verse with the handful of words you DO know.
I didn’t think 4,000 was that bad until I saw all the responses on your blog when you asked people how many photos they had stored on the phones. No one had 4,000 and then I realized “Crap, maybe that is a lot. Oops.”
Deviousness….what are you talking about. I’m practically angelic. No deviousness here. Well unless I’m making up song lyrics which I guess is all the time. I’m thrilled to know you do it too.
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Two bananas before noon is champion status. I love the look of that risotto- I’m always skeptical to make it but whenever I’m out at an Italian restaurant, when someone orders it I always steal a bite or ten.
That seven layer bar….you and the broccoli can come up with a suitable term for my lust for it.
Um wrong lyrics- I only just realised Miley sings Wrecking Ball not Rainbow. Fail.
Well that does it then. If you can’t get your artists right, we’re going to have to break up. Unless you bring me eggs with fabulous Polish cheese…or really just any cheese. I’m kinda easy like that….and I think I just called myself easy. Hmm.
Oh EM GEE- what is in that Seven Layer Bar1?? It looks phenomenal! Stopping after half is a sign of major self-control so kudos to you! As for singing without knowing the lyrics?? Pshhhh I know my sh1t! Totally kidding- so long as the words match the tune, who cares what exactly there are :)!
I just didn’t want the magic to end so I extended it for a second night. Totally worth it. Both times.
Your eats, ah, they always look so good. If your day job doesn’t pan out (and I know it does, you rock that shit) you could always become a personal chef. I’d hire you but I’d have to pay you in smiles.
Do I love a kitchen dance party- hell yes! My favorite is when the whole family is in on it and I end up hyperventilating from laughter. On that note…. two (2!) disks of booty-shaking, sweat-breaking tunes are burned and in an addressed envelope. They will make it to the post office (I’m out of stamps) after the hellish weekend of midterms comes to an end. There is an end in sight, right??
Your smile is absolutely worth it. Consider yourself in possession of one fun and funky personal chef. You just need to pack your entire family up and move back to Cleveland. No biggie.
You’re sending me mixed tapes (technically discs). I heart you!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Mix tapes! Yes!! (You’ll see my note 🙂
Can you send me some of that music?? Oh man, I am so bored with my music selection (which I can now yodel almost all the lyrics to, thanks to that over-repeat business you were talking about), I’ve been burning through my phone data just so I can Pandora-it-up at the gym. Which is entertainment all of it’s own thanks to that fact that they air ONLY Spanish-language Home Depot ads OR Mercedes-Benz of New Jersey ads for me. I’m not sure who exactly Pandora thinks I am? And that is some of the most photogenic unphotogenic risotto ever. Mmm, a big warm bowl of that sounds spectacular.
I am laughing so loudly at Pandora’s image of you. Somehow it just seems fitting too. Must be all the fancy nuts and figs. Come back to Cleveland, and you can take have all the music you want. I’ve got nothing but variety: hip-hop: check, R&B: check, show tunes: check, classic rock: check, metal: check, Disney classics: check, Jazz: check. My playlists borders on the bizarre, and I like it.
After reading all these comments, it seems I was a bit harsh on the risotto picture. Duly noted.
Seriously, some good lookin’ risotto. Although I’m sure foodgawker would think it was too tight or a little hoochy or something like that.
Food Gawker is a bunch of hoochies.
Please woman. I make up my own lyrics all the time and am usually pretty surprised when I find out no one else is singing the same song as I am–namely the artist who recorded the song. Truth be told though, I have no iPod or whatever full of music and usually listen to sports talk radio. However, I will TOTALLY belt out whatever is on if the spirit moves me, and oh yes, it does.
I also have a thing for bananas, and I think the salad “meh” has to do with the weather. The summer has me craving them, but the fall/winter either have me eating warm salads or no salads at all. That’s just how I roll.
I LOVE (yes screamy shouty caps love) when you make up your own lyrics, especially to Eminem classics. That’s one of my favorite posts, although you have so many I simply adore because I can’t stop laughing.
The salad meh is weather related and also an over exposure to greens. I was getting a head of lettuce, sometimes two, every single week in my CSA so I definitely OD’ed there for awhile, out of sheer necessity too. I refuse to let it go bad.
Davida @ The Healthy Maven says
Please tell me there is a recipe for the risotto?!? It needs to be in my mouth asap. Fact: I ate risotto 3 times this past weekend!
Also thanks for letting me know there is a limit to how many photos an iphone can hold. Currently at 3200 pictures…exclusively of food. If my phone ever got stolen people would seriously think I have a food fetish. Oh wait…I do!
I want to eat risotto 3 times in a single weekend!
It’s been a couple of months, but I’m almost positive this is the recipe I used for the risotto: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/03/spring-asparagus-risotto.html
It was really good so I absolutely recommend it. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I love to hear from new friends. 🙂