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I made a cake today for no good reason. The no good reason? I wanted to pay bills and Chase’s website was down for maintenance. So, what do I do? I walk into the kitchen and stumble around for a good four seconds until I find cake mix. (Hey, not everything delicious needs to be homemade. Work smarter, not harder.) Of course, I then proceeded to make a two-layer butter yellow cake with milk chocolate whipped frosting and sprinkles.
Is it the most beautiful thing I’ve ever baked? Ha, no. Was it delicious nonetheless? Let’s just say that Betty doesn’t disappoint.
Do you ever find that you have so much to say that you don’t even know where to begin? I usually create lists, but I think I did that too recently to use it again here so you’ll just have to deal with my incoherent train of thoughts.
NIWeek just ended and it was definitely an interesting year for me. The highlight of this year – I didn’t cry once. As trivial as that might sound, it’s an amazing accomplishment for me. Normally, so much is going on during the week that my frustration level mounts too quickly for me to be able to express myself like an adult and I end up crying out of frustration. I think my new responsibilities at this year’s conference had a lot to do with having a much lower stress level, but that’s not to say that I didn’t psych myself out in the weeks leading up to NIWeek. As my cube neighbors would tell you, they probably heard the “I am having a CRISIS!” rant a few times in the past couple of weeks. Either way, I know a hell of a lot of people that worked A LOT harder than I had to this past week and I hope they enjoyed the glorious weekend and are relaxing knowing that they put on a great event for everyone. Having been on that side of the fence, I know how hard they worked at putting on such a great event so the rest of us could enjoy it. =)
The week did offer a unique opportunity to check out some places I’d been wanting to try for awhile – namely, G’Raj Mahal. On Monday, a small troupe of NI-ers and friends trekked over to the place to eat some spicy food in the scorching heat. Only to find that the damned shack was closed… now, please read on their “website” where the text clearly states they are open from 5 pm to 3 am. This was the second time I’d been scorned by G’Raj Mahal’s erratic schedule. Needless to say, you are now dead to me. Curry in a Hurry for life.
So I think everyone knows of my obnoxious love for Tex-Mex, but not everyone knows of my unhealthy obsession with pizza. Specifically, homemade and deep dish pizzas. Maybe the seven-year-old in me still isn’t over the fascination of sprinkling cheese on a pizza crust covered with sauce, but I could care less… making homemade pizza is SO much fun. It should come as no surprise to you then, that my next Krupa-Cooks-Concoction will be Pizza Cups. Behold:
Easy to eat, easy to clean up, and you can make portion control your bitch. What more could you ask for? Maybe rub some roasted garlic on the crust and then you’re pretty much set for life. You’re welcome.
I love Amy’s Ice Creams for a lot of reasons – for starters, they have delicious ice cream, the people behind the counter are always nice, and the whole place just has a level of sass to it that I can truly appreciate. After some hard work shooting video for my creativity project (inspired by one Hyperbole and a Half post), I headed over to Amy’s for some well-deserved white chocolate ice cream with strawberries and chocolate chips.
The ice cream slinger that helped me out was particularly interesting. He offered me free ice cream if I took a shot of the leftover ice cream on the mixing slab. After I politely declined, he proceeded to tell me how Amy’s is probably the cleanest establishment he’s ever worked at – apparently, they make them scrub the ceiling at night to get all the overthrown ice cream off it! Anyway, I happened upon this little gem while waiting on my not-free ice cream:
Of course, I had to ask if I could sneak behind the counter to take a picture of it to put on my blog. He obliged and quickly responded with a “Blog out with your log out!” Of course, I thought that was absolutely hilarious and then told him that it’d be the title of my next blog post.
Speaking of blogs though, I want to share my insane love and obsession of Google Reader with everyone. Do you use Google Reader? Are you as in lurve as I am? Has it changed your life? Is it your 2pm go-to? If you answered yes to any of those questions, well, then that is why we are friends.
Remember that post in January where I said this blog was going to start covering more than food? Well that’s where Google Reader comes in! Most of you know that I am marketeer, so it should come as no surprise to you that I stalk a lot of advertising, PR, and marketing blogs. (Most of them about Apple, but hey – a girl’s gotta start somewhere.) I found this on my “What’s Hot” feed today –
The Panasonic Note is probably the sexiest set of headphones I have ever seen. To me, this just makes sense… kind of makes me wonder how no one else thought of it before. The packaging definitely reminds me of Apple products – sleek, simple, sexy. You open the packaging and your purchase is right here waiting for you – it’s not buried under four layers of plastic, annoying bubble wrap, and useless inserts that tell you not to stick your finger in a socket. It makes me feel like the product I am purchasing is as smart as I am. Too far? Maybe, but on some level, it does make me feel like an elitist consumer.
That being said, Panasonic has an epic fail on their hands. I definitely wanted to learn more about the product after seeing its packaging. Seeing the new case, I assumed that there must be something special about this set of headphones – are they wireless? Noise-cancelling? Do they have a microphone so you can use them with smartphones? What is it? Surely, there must be something special about this set of headphones. No, nothing. Or, if there is anything, I wouldn’t know… a simple Google search gave me zero results on features or how to purchase a set of Panasonic Note headphones. Like I said – epic fail.
So, what do you follow on Google Reader? I’m always on the hunt for great new blogs – comment away on what you recommend!
Sometimes watching Top Chef makes me feel inspired. While the contestants this season are a little yawn-inducing, I love seeing the contestants spring into action during every challenge. No one ever busts out a recipe or measures exactly a quarter teaspoon of any spice, and yet – everything they make is delicious. Smell-O-Vision will confirm this someday.
I had a few folks over last night for some fondue and it was an absolute blast. As you can see, Allison and Katie came dressed for the occasion. Katie helped cook and Allison… well, Allison wore used her apron as more of a defense mechanism against food stains than a uniform if you know what I mean.
We stuffed ourselves with a cheese, chicken, and chocolate course complete with bread, apples, pears, zucchini a la Jamber, broccoli, celery, pineapples, strawberries, pound cake, and marshmallows. You can see my friends appreciate food as much as I do. 🙂
After everything was cleaned up last night, I found myself with a LOT of leftover bread. I stuffed the extra bread cubes into a piece of giant tupperware and stuck it in the fridge. I toyed around with a couple of ideas today – I thought about making panzanella, maybe even doing TMB kabobs, and finally settled on homemade croutons.
‘Old’ bread – I had about half a large loaf
1 stick of butter (channel your inner Paula Deen)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 tablespoon grated parmesan
2. Microwave the butter – remember to cut it up into a few pieces beforehand to help it melt. Mix in the garlic powder and italian seasoning. It doesn’t really look appetizing, but trust me, it’s GOOD.
3. Place your bread cubes in a large tupperware container and pour the butter mixture over it. Place the lid on the tupperware and shake, shake, shake! I thought the tupperware was easier to use than a bowl since it was already dirty – also, I have a hard time mixing in bowls without spilling. My life is SO hard.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes and check on it super-frequently out so that it doesn’t burn. I also turned on the broiler for the last minute or two to toast the top nicely.
6. Remove from oven and sprinkle the parmesan over the top. Let the croutons cool for about 15 minutes before placing them in a container. The Internets tell me that homemade croutons should keep for a couple of weeks!
Mmm… I’ve eaten a few by themselves and they are rather delicious! You could also use the butter mixture to create a quick garlic bread in a pinch or little pieces of garlic toast.
I might have to go buy some greens in the next few days to enjoy my homemade croutons! And since I have two giant ziploc bags full of them, I will probably end up making the TBM kabobs as well… more pictures to come soon!
I’m back! It’s been a long time – two months in fact, since I last blogged, but I think it’s been a good two months full of learning, growing, and getting a little bit closer to the ideal me.
So much has changed in the past two months that I don’t even know where to begin… usually, when I feel that way, I make lists. I see no reason not to make a list here:
- I got a bad-ass new job. Hellooooo Multimedia!
- I started working out with a trainer (although I have been bad for the last few weeks).
- I played on a kickball team and I WAS REALLY GOOD AT IT. I am petitioning to join the team full-time.
- I lost three whole pounds.
- I found this post and felt like someone read my thoughts and put them into a coherent blog post with stick figures.
- I have started studying for the GRE.
- I have contemplated becoming vegan for a few weeks. But you should know I contemplate a lot of things.
- I have decided I could never give up cheese and thus #7 probably was not worth posting.
- I have been slowly amassing everything J Crew sells.
- I have purged my closet twice in the past two months.
- I hiked seven miles through the Greenbelt and it was kind of awesome.
- I spent a weekend in Lake Buchanan (kind-of) and decided it was beautiful and I need to go back.
- In case there was ever any doubt, my Archers are the most amazing people I have ever known. Talk about having my back – and my stomach. Thanks for all the cookies 🙂 Also, Allison is back in Austin and I am loving every second of her being here and I might be secretly plotting how to keep her here indefinitely. (I think this list just changed from a list of things that’s changed in the last two months of my life to a list of things I now want to share in list-form.)
- Susheela came to visit and it was awesome. She also loved TacoDeli and it kind of reaffirmed our no-re-affirmation-needed friendship.
- I love the summertime.
I’m in Dallas this weekend, helping my parents pick out a new house and celebrating my sister’s high school graduation. Looks like everyone in the Patel family is going through some pretty big changes! I’m looking forward to the next few weeks – there will be some boozing during the 4th of July, a fun weekend in Houston seeing my all-time favorite musical, and I’m sure tons more happy hours with good friends.
To kick off happy weekends, a clip of my favorite song from my favorite musical: