Thursday, July 7, 2011

Aphrodisiac Snack: The Health Edition



I'm really enjoying a pre-dinner "aphrodisiac snack." Sliced, fresh Stanley's/Driscoll's strawberries along with way-expensive Whole Foods cheese. Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper made with sheep's milk. The link provides great ideas for what else to do with this cheese:
  • Serve with mushroom and rosemary polenta.
  • Shave over cantaloupe, mint and prosciutto salad.
This site has some interesting information on why sheep's milk may be more tolerable for those that are lactose intolerant http://www.matatokicheese.co.nz/sheep-milk.html. Or instead of reading all that, you can believe the theory that if it's more expensive (believe me, it was) than it's better.

All I know, is that snack was simple and delicious. Healthy and fulfilling. What's your favorite healthy snack?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy New Year @ Perennial Virant

I'll be 27 in a few minutes and this birthday feels very different than others. I'm in a relatively new house almost decorated, certainly cozy. I'm starting a new job on Monday. I feel like I'm ready to ring in the new year!

My new year resolutions:
  • Get into a place with decorating where I don't think about it every weekend (ever day...)
  • Spend as much if not more time with my family and friends
  • Stick with my new full-time job and new activities (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • Buy my first piece of art
  • Plant a decent looking garden out front
  • Eat good food (doing this right away by eating at the new Perennial Virant on 7/7 @ 7:15!)
Can't wait!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nothing in the Fridge


Was just thinking to myself how there's literally nothing in my fridge and nonetheless was able to make this salad with what was left. Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have:

Salad Ingredients
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • almonds
  • cut up chicken I sauteed a couple of days ago
  • sugar snap peas
  • yellow pepper
  • baby spinach
Dressing (blended in mini food processor)
  • garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • brown mustard
  • agave nectar
Now gotta deal with the issue of "nothing to wear" as I desperately need to go purchase some gum :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Ants Will Not Go Marching One By One - Hurrah!

The reality of some of the beautiful houses in Chicago is that they are home to more than you, but also ants and spiders. They might be living in the perfect eco-habitat, but the problem is the perfect habitat will at times be your house when the Chicago weather acts up.

I faced our minor pest-problem head on and YouTubed it per the advice of my bug-killing consultant, Igor Kogan.

All the videos said "make sure your house is clean and then hire [insert name of guy doing the video]." Thanks Bob from Utah, but that's not much help.

So I went to my local Home Depot where the friendliest sales person hooked me up with the pest control trifecta: bug-barrier spray (they also offered a more eco-friendly option for people with dogs and kids, but I wasn't messing here), wood-colored caulk to seal any holes and the caulk gun. Awesome.

Igor lovingly let the spiders out of the house and then sprayed various areas of the window sill. I then cut off the top of the caulk with the caulk gun and sealed the gaps in the window that might have been causing the problem.

So far, no pests and I couldn't be more proud that we solved the problem without calling parents or pest control ($$$). Hurrah!

I'll admit the caulking job isn't perfect, but it's certainly good enough and way better than pests.