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Chicken Kiev

  • Dec. 25th, 2010 at 6:07 PM

 Darn you, Alton Brown, for making it look so easy.

Really, it didn't turn out awful, just a little over cooked on the outside. I think next time I decide we need Chicken Kiev, I'll go pick up some of the premade ones in the frozen food section of the grocery store. 

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Do Now!

  • May. 25th, 2010 at 9:34 AM

If you were given a life do-over card, would you keep it or give it to a friend? If you kept it, would you prefer to be born to the same or different parents? Would you want to keep your memories?


No way would I use it. Sure, my life has been hard at times, but I regret nothing. Everything that happened in my past led me to where I am today, and I'm happy where I am. I'd give the card to a friend, if there was a friend who's need was desperate enough. Otherwise I'd sell the card on eBay. I bet someone would pay me handsomely for a Do Over Card.

Kitchen Stitchery

  • Apr. 4th, 2010 at 7:45 PM

So, the blog is officially up, AND I've posted twice!

Feel free to follow: kitchenstitchery.blogspot.com

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I need ideas

  • Mar. 3rd, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Everyone has a blog these days, and some even make some money from it, so I've decided to create a blog. Not a personal one, like LJ, but something public that chronicles my cooking and crafting. Only problem is that I can't think of a name.

It's not necessary to include 'JavaLuv', but I do like my handle. Any ideas?

The business of beauty

  • Feb. 7th, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I just watched part of an ABC Nightline broadcast from Thursday, Feb. 4, talking about plastic surgery. The whole time I kept thinking, "Why?"

I know that our media is constantly blasting us with images of youth, beauty, thin, perfect; and that certainly does not help the self image of women. I myself struggle with thoughts like, "I wish I was thinner", "Man, my nose is big", etc. But in all my years of not being quite satisfied with my body, I have never, NEVER, considered a nose job, liposuction, breast reduction, or any other kind of cosmetic surgery. It just seems wrong, false, like you're creating a facade to live behind. Change your face surgically, and the face you show to the world is not your own. It's like you're living a lie every single day.

In some ways, it is a huge ego boost to realize that even though I can recognize 'imperfections', my self confidence is great enough that I embrace them and have no desire to change them through surgery. Sure, my nose is big, but it's the same nose that my father and my sister have. People look at our noses and instantly know that we're related. There is something really funny about that, and I have no wish to make a change.

I hope that my husband and I decide to have a second child. If that second child is a girl, I hope that I can teach her enough self-love and self-respect and self-confidence that she doesn't feel the need to turn to surgery to become what the media says she should be.

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Eat Better, Eat Less

  • Feb. 2nd, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I watched 'Food, Inc.' yesterday. It's available through Netflix instant viewing. I'd already read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan, and new the theory that if you consumed higher quality food, you'd feel sated faster and longer, thereby causing you to eat less. I could see the truth in this idea, but today I experienced it for the first time.

I grew up eating Peter Pan Peanut Butter. It's not bad stuff, but when I'd see baking/dessert recipes calling for peanut butter, I couldn't understand why people would enjoy such a thing. As a result of watching 'Food, Inc.' I decided to make an effort to buy more organic (and not just produce). Today I needed peanut butter so I bought Adams Organic Creamy Peanut Butter. Ingredients: Peanuts. Seriously, that's it. No bizarre chemicals that I couldn't pronounce, just peanuts. And it's so damn good! It's also really rich, which means I won't sit and eat spoonful after spoonful like I used to do with the Peter Pan stuff. Sure, it's a little more expensive, but I think it's totally worth it.

I must also note here that I am very thankful to be in a position to make the choice to buy higher quality foods. My husband, being the stellar programmer that he is, keeps us comfortable enough that I can buy organic, I can shop at a farmers' market, and I can stay home to prepare healthful meals for my family. I realize this is not the situation that most Americans find themselves in. I am a very lucky woman.

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America the Beautiful

  • Jan. 9th, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Yesterday I watched the documentary, "America the Beautiful". It is available for instant viewing on Netflix, for those of you who have Netflix accounts.

As usually happens when I watch (or read books) this kind of material, I was disgusted by how beauty and youth centric our society is. I make an effort to avoid the body hating messages that come from media. I don't buy magazines, and I don't idolize celebrities. But I do enjoy watching television and movies, so it's hard not to notice there are few women of my size (or with my size nose) being glorified.

I know that phthalates have been in the news a lot lately. I'm not about to go crazy granola and avoid all things processed, plastic, and manufactured, so there's no way to avoid phthalates completely. Hearing how full of phthalates most cosmetics and beauty products are, I was instantly grateful that I'm not a typical female and hardly use beauty products. My desire for a simple beauty regimen means I'm a little healthier, maybe.

Ultimately, the movie made me so thankful that I have a son. I cannot imagine the challenge involved with teaching a daughter that she is beautiful inside and out. That it is not her face or her body that defines her worth, but who she is as a person. Of course, I realize that I still have a huge challenge as a mother of a boy: I have to teach my son to value women for the people they are, and not to see them as only sexual beings. The men in the documentary, talking about what they look for in a woman, were pretty disgusting. Douchebags through and through. I wish with all my heart that my son does not grow up to be one of those men.

"America the Beautiful" was not necessarily a great film, but it was thought provoking. Recommended if you've got 90 minutes free.

Hilarious

  • Dec. 1st, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I had the following conversation with my son this morning:

Me: Do you want to wear your Halloween shirt?
Him: No.
Me: Do you want to wear your computer shirt?
Him: No.
Me: Are you going to say no to every shirt so you can run around naked?
Him: Yes!

Not even two, and already a comedian.

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Something I learned today...

  • Aug. 28th, 2009 at 9:09 PM

I can no longer swear while I'm driving.

I stalled the car at a busy intersection today, and reflexively said, "Shit." From the backseat I hear my almost 20-month old son say, "ssssssssssit. ssssssssssssssset. ssssssssshet." He didn't quite get the word, but he kept trying. I couldn't get him to stop by telling him no, that it was a bad word and mommy shouldn't have said it. So, I just tried to redirect him, "Lucien, what does a dog say?"

That worked, but I've got to change my ways. I know who is listening.

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Stitching Again

  • Aug. 19th, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Lucien has been napping for almost two hours this morning. Despite waking up with him at 5:30 this morning (in addition to being up a little at 1:30am listening to him fuss through the baby monitor), I decide not to take a nap myself. Instead, I've finally made some decent progress on one of my many stitchig projects.

This particular project is a tiny English garden, which will eventually be framed inside a window shaped frame. I bought the pattern and frame years ago, and actually began the stitching about three years ago. It should be pretty cute when it's finished. I'm just glad to be making visible progress on the darn thing.

Once Lucien wakes up I'll be able to break out the sewing machine to put the final touches on a gift for mcsassypants (mcsassy: remember that Facebook '5 Things' you responded to months ago? Well, I've almost finished it). I wish there was a place in the house where I could have my sewing machine set up permanently. I have a feeling I would sew a lot more if I didn't have to set up and break down my sewing set-up before and after each session.

In addition to making random gifts and upcoming holiday gifts for people, I've got some fancy plans for stuff to put up on an etsy shop. It seems that everyday I have a new idea. I've started writing all my plans down in a little notebook so I don't forget about any of them. If I actually get going on these plans, I should work through my stockpile of fabric very quickly. This means I'll get to go shopping for MORE fabric!

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