Saturday, May 21, 2011
What better way to ring in the end of the world than with s'mores, wine, our lists of excuses for Jesus and my BF JT on SNL. To clarify, we used the microwave (no accidentally offensive burn marks from the broiler), and did not use any of the hell fires from the rumored impending apocalypse to melt the marshmallows.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Much like Lane Kim, I have a natural knack for subterfuge. Okay not really, I am a terrible liar. However I did sneak tofu into pudding and fooled at least one person. Victory is mine!
I made ELR Jenna’s recipe, the one I totally meant to do over Thanksgiving (clearly, I am on top of my to-do list).
Vegan Chocolate Tofu Pudding:
- Bag of Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate milk (this could be chocolate soymilk, but since I only wanted 1/2 cup I opted to spent $3 less for the cow’s milk kid size version)
- Silken Tofu
- vanilla extract
Melt chocolate in double boiler, add other ingredients, whirl in the blender to smooth, refrigerate for at least an hour, do your best evil villain laugh in your head as you present it to others.
The occasion was Emily’s sweatshop to assemble her wedding invitations. I purposely blurred the picture as not to give away what the invitations look like. That or my hands shake and I was using my iphone. One or the other.
I’ll admit, even I was skeptical of the pudding. Turns out, it was delicious. Natalie and her husband are ranchers, they have high non-tofu standards when it comes to food. The verdict? I’m making this again. Healthy and delicious. Can I get an Amen?
Natalie’s dinner was unbelievable. We had Steak Asparagus Chimichurri Salad. What the heck is chimichurri sauce? That’s what I said. She found it on a blog via the Pioneer Women. Also Natalie has a blog for her ranch: Natalieheartshorsesandstuff. That’s not its name, but it should be. Also Brittanie has a blog too. High five for tech savvy ladies. (not you Emily, go sit in the corner).
This was awesome.
That salad was good too. Looking and tasting. You’ll have to take my word for it on both accounts.
200+ invitations ready. Check!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Enter my Florida work trip which conveniently gave me a spare day to traipse around Orlando.
I have to say, for someone whose parents didn’t love her enough for a Disney/Universal vacation as a child, I was pretty impressed.
Just kidding Mom and Dad! Considering I forked over $90 for a single ticket all I have no idea how families afford to go. That stuff is ludicrous.
But awesome. Let the tour continue!
There were two parts of the HP part of the theme park, Hogsmeade, where all of the shops (Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley) and restaurants were.
Holy crowds. I forgot how rarely I am surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people and screaming kids. I thought it might be weird to be there alone (hello, creepy adult alert). Except I don’t know how you could do it with a group, there are just so many people. At the very least it got me to the front of rides quickly. Sweet!
The Butterbeer was out of this world. It tasted like butterscotch root beer (I don’t even like root beer!) with some sort of butterscotch cream foam on top. Pure carbonated sugary delicousness. Two enthusiastic thumbs up Orlando. It was 100 degrees and it was pretty sweet so I didn’t end up finishing it. I admit, this would have been nice to split with somebody.
|I hope I don't get the mucus flavor|
|Do you think it's white chocolate? What IS a treacle?|
You could get your photo taken with some of the Tri-Wizard tournament schools, like this excited person.
|he can't wait to post this on facebook|
|This guy is next to normal|
Finally there were the rides. Now there were three rides here and I hadn’t necessarily intended to go on any of them but the shops were too crowded and otherwise that’s the whole HP part of the park, so in I went. Two of the three rides are pretty standard theme park fare. One is slower and fully themed hippogriff style and has tons of Hagrid’s house/hallmarks around it. The other was the Tri-Wizard Challenge that was a buckle in flip upside down go sixty miles an hour ride. Good ride, not so much to do with Harry. Mostly I was just utterly charmed by the last ride, the Forbidden Journey which happened once you entered Hogwarts. It was part regular rollercoaster and part virtual ride. It seriously knocked my socks off. One minute you were being spun around to close enough to touch a giant snake skeleton in the chamber of secrets and another you were face to face with a dragon head that spewed red hot air in your face, the next you were surrounded on all sides by a screen that had you following Harry through the Hogwarts towers via broom. I felt completely and totally immersed in the ride. I’m sure I had my mouth gaping open in wonderment the entire time. Hands down the best part of the whole park. Tip of the hat to you Universal.
|seal of approval|
So I spent three solid hours there and felt I got to see a little bit of everything. I am not necessarily one for souvenirs (hello studio apartment), so I resisted getting a wand, or commemorative do-dads. Also because the candy (yay) would have melted en route out of the park (boo).
Speaking of leaving the park, on my way out I meandered through the comic section and couldn’t help but take a photo of this appetizing picture.