Thursday, March 13, 2014
food and bdays
I found this old celery in the back of the fridge: Jill has a trick to wrap them (when fresh) in foil to stay crisp longer, but a bucket of water and capillary action also works wonders: TA-DA!!! (a few days later) The perfect studying snack Apples and pb, and ants on a log (nevermind those ants are really chopped up valentines day truffles and not something healthy like cranberries) Also this week I made beef stroganoff. It was the meal that almost wasn't. I'd been planning on making it for awhile, but when I was cooking I saw that I didn't have any frozen peas. (luckily Jill had some broccoli that needed using) and when I reached for the sour cream, I saw that it was really an old container filled with (now very old) lentil soup Rachel had made for me and stuck in a deceiving sour cream container. Nooo! But then in the far recesses of the fridge did I find some sour cream leftover from taco night (also kinda old, but still smelled fine!). So beef stroganoff cooking could continue. Pretty much I just loosely go off of a recipe I googled. I realize it may not photograph that well, but sooo tasty. (and thank you Doug for your pantry-cleaning-out-noodles!) The last few years I have been unable to celebrate my parents March birthdays with them, but this year, I got to do both! Last week during the car craziness I was up at my parent's and celebrated my dad's, and then this week Mom invited Doug and I up to celebrate hers. Dad grilled steak, we had salad, and one of her friends dropped off a very tasty pasta salad and carrot cake. And I made chocolate dipped strawberries, mmmm. We got to celebrate with her and watched the pilot episode of Season 1 Downton Abbey that she finally decided to join the rest of the world in watching and received for her birthday. Also, I had another opportunity to practice on my pincushion, I mean boyfriend. So my boss at work told me I will never be able to start an IV while only a nurse tech, but I had already brought the needles home to practice and had a willing victim. And on my 5th try, I finally got some blood! Although I still failed because I think I hit a valve and couldn't thread the needle. And then when I went to take out the catheter it started gushing blood and I panicked and started yelling until mom just told me to remember to take off the tourniquet. It's very exciting these IV starts I guess. I better not ever work anywhere with gushing blood.