• Baking and Cooking

    Penne with Vodka Sauce

    No Mani Monday today – I’ve had to trim my nails due to upcoming gigs on cello and the need to practice. They’re just so horribly hard to keep painted when they’re nothing but nubs. Instead I have for you a dinner I made last week – Penne with Vodka Sauce. Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe for this one. It’s a family dish (yea, a mostly Russian and Ukrainian family has a heritage Italian recipe… figure that out) that I’ve been cooking so long I’m not even sure there ever was a recipe to begin with. I just sort of go and throw stuff in until it looks right.…

  • Knitting and Crochet

    I’ve Been a Bad Girl…

    So I told you last post that I broke my spending rules already thanks to a trip to NY. Here’s the fall out. These first two skeins aren’t technically rule violations – my mom gifted them to me. A skein of Jitterbug and a skein of Cascade Heritage Silk. Both so beautiful, and ohhhh so soft. When she told me to pick out two skeins of sock yarn for myself, I tried to veer away from my usual color choices of purples, pinks, and greens and instead go for something more neutral. They’re both just neutral enough to still be considered neutral, but still interesting enough to hold my attention.…

  • Book Love,  Knitting and Crochet,  Travel

    Another Quick NYC Trip… With a Few Broken Rules

    So I went to NYC last week for two days with my Mom. I never know how to handle these posts about our trips to NYC… my writing about them always seems too “boring vacation photo slide projector presentation.” We live in relatively close proximity to NYC – it’s only about 2-3 hours in depending on the traffic, so NYC visits have become pretty normal for us. We don’t really do any of the sightseeing or excursions or any of the other things that would make good blog fodder anymore. Basically nothing that people would care about. Particularly this trip, which was pretty utilitarian. We went up to see a…

  • Nail Polish Love

    Mani Monday: Julep Glam Rock

    This is Julep’s Glam Roc, which came in my February Maven Box. For those of you not familiar with the Julep Maven Program (and disclaimer – I’m not a Julep representative, just a loyal customer) it’s a subscription box service that sends you Julep nail polish and beauty products in the mail each month. When you join you take a style profile quiz, and what box you get is tailored to that. However, unlike other subscription box services you can change your style profile at will, and you get to see what’s in your box each month before they send it – you have a 3 or 4 day window…

  • Baking and Cooking,  Links

    Miso Salmon Dinner

    As mentioned last Friday – until Easter, my one cooking day of the week is being impacted by Lent. No meat for us, because the boyfriend fasts. So as promised, after the Miso Mushroom Pasta went over well last week and it was decided that miso is not a flavor that Jim hates, it was time to go full-out and try the Miso Salmon I’ve been craving for forever at this point. Overall it was a huge hit, and it’s really simple. I basically followed this recipe only omitting the mushrooms (the ones I picked up turned out to be moldy at the bottom of the container). It’s really easy,…

  • Baking and Cooking,  Tutorials and Tips

    Lucky Charm Treats – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    St. Paddy’s Day is one of my very favorite holidays. Or rather, let me rephrase that: My hometown St. Paddy’s Day Parade is one of my very favorite holidays, topped only by Christmas. I originate from the Scranton, PA area and let’s just say this – “Parade Day” (as we call it – it’s so important we don’t even need to specify. Everyone just knows) is a big freaking deal. That said, our sacred day was actually Saturday annnnnddddd I was a bad girl and didn’t bring my camera with me. Boooooooo bad blogger. So to make up for the lack of personal photos, here’s a tutorial for Lucky Charm…

  • Baking and Cooking,  Links

    Miso Mushroom Pasta

    I don’t get to cook often. My schedule basically allows me time to cook a nice, hot meal from scratch once a week on Fridays – twice if I’m lucky and don’t have a concert to work Saturday evening. And so I savor my cooking time. It’s something I absolutely love to do, and Friday meals usually work out very well, providing a nice hot dinner for me and Jim (the boyfriend) and depending on the recipe, several other meals that can be frozen and eaten at some point in the future at work. However, recently I’ve run into a problem. It’s lent. Now, I don’t fast. It’s just not…

  • Life,  Making Do

    It’s time to…

    (warning: loooooong post ahead) So this new financial situation I’m going to be in come summer isn’t a good one, and the preparations need to start now. Even though I’ve been told there’s a chance that those classes may be added back in due to student demand (I teach what counts as a core class, and so cutting any section leaves a whole lot of students out in the wilderness), I need to assume they won’t so that I’m prepared to make things work. Over the past few days I’ve been meticulously assessing my financial situation and going through records to determine exactly where my money is going – and…

  • Nail Polish Love

    Mani Monday: OPI DS – Magic

    Not much to say about this one – I picked this up on sale at Ulta a number of weeks back. Any time I see a blue polish on sale, I can’t really resist – particularly if it’s different from what I already have. Blue is Jim’s favorite color, and so when I can’t decide what color polish to use and I ask him to pick, the answer is almost always the same. Needless to say, I like to keep a variety of shades around so the blue after blue after blue doesn’t get too boring. Now, as for this particular polish, OPI DS Magic, it’s a beautiful color, but…

  • Uncategorized

    So, Photoshop is Hard…

    So I’ve finally made the switch to Photoshop – I figure get that subscription to creative cloud while I still can afford to finance it, and I’ll have it for a year at least. I’ve spent most of the weekend so far trying to re-orient myself, and I can honestly say it’s not going so well. There’s most definitely a learning curve coming at this having used GIMP for the last 7 years… but I’m getting there slowly but surely. Any of you Photoshop users? If so, any tips for a Photoshop newbie like me?