lillian_peterson: (Default)
Hey Guys, if you know anyone looking for a place in Baltimore, PLEASE send them to my craigslist ad! (http://baltimore.craigslist.org/apa/1492448949.html) My awesome roommate is moving out at the end of December and I'm a little bit desperate. I love my apartment - it's HUGE and includes all utilities, wireless internet, off-street parking and washer and dryer. I really don't want to move (and even less want to be homeless) so any signal boosting you could do would be awesome, appreciated and I am happy to make you the baked good of your choice!

Thanks guys :)

-Rachel
lillian_peterson: (melancholy)
1. WHY DID NOBODY WARN ME THAT Dr.  Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog is in fact an honest-to-goodness TRAGEDY?!? I was completely emotionally unprepared and I blame ALL OF YOU. I don't DO tragedies dammit!

2. Leverage fic = want. Yeah.
lillian_peterson: (work)
But I officially declined the offer of employment from the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE. Yup, I did.
lillian_peterson: (takeover)
IMPORTANT NEWS: I am flying to Omaha next week for an interview!!! (On their dime, of course) Dudes! I don't even know! But yeah, next week: Nebraska. Wish me luck!

And on to other stuff: Yesterday morning started out with a trip to yet another Farmers Market, this time to ostensibly pick up our CSA share, as our usual person had plans. I got there, and it turns out our CSA ended last week! Not too big a deal, although I did get out of bed before 8am :(. Since I was there, of course I took a few turns around and picked up a few things (produce will forever and always be my grocery budget downfall)! I started out just grabbing a few onions, as I was pretty sure we didn't have enough left at home for everything on today's to-cook list. At the same table I was seduced by leeks (a soup staple!) and grabbed a bunch. Which led me to some beautiful yukon gold potatoes. I also picked up some seconds tomatoes, for use in chili and maybe a cucumber salad. Plus I treated myself to a pit beef sandwich. Swung by the grocery store on the way home to pick up butter (for the chocolate chip banana bread and cheesecake crust) and eggs.Proceeded to make: 2 loaves of choc chip banana bread and added pear butter to one loaf; acorn squash-potato soup; leek and celery root soup (instead of vichysois), carrot dill soup and some delicious pumpkin cheesecake! So the cooking went pretty darn well, the freezer is looking pretty stocked and there's more to come!

In non-kitchen news, a snafu involving early flights and failed technology (thanks t-mobile :/) left Jon and Jess out in the cold at the airport! Sorry guys, but at least they were able to grab a cab home and don't seem to miffed with me!

lillian_peterson: (julia chicken cooking)
So the morning started out well - somewhat gray but not too chilly. I headed out to the Waverly farmer's market, since the roomie's usual farmer's market employment was shut down for the week due to Baltimore Marathoning running right through their location. While sad to have to actually, you know, pay for my delicious fresh produce, it was nice to walk around, pick and choose and general putz my way through the market. Plus I got to see some of the runners making their ways downtown. I also stopped at Carma's Cafe and had some DELICIOUS hot chocolate - apparently (as the woman working told me) they make their own chocolate sauce from Dutch coca, as they didn't like any of the sauces they tried, they all "tasted too much like sugar and not enough like chocolate!" I can atest that Carma's has made a good decision, yum!

Finally made my way home to start an anticipated cooking day. The aforementioned roomie had brought home a pumpkin so we had planned to make curried pumpkin soup and pumpkin cheesecake. While the 'pkin was roasting, I decided to make some quick pickled carrots since I had picked up a 5lb bag of carrots last week. They're easy and tasty and I had bought dill at the market, so there you go. But I went a little overboard with the chopping and ended up with a literal mountain of carrot sticks. I decided to can them, because, well, we have the equipment, so why the hell not? But then I thought, why not pickle some of those green beans I got at the market as well, since the bag is huge and it's silly to pull out the big canning pot for only 2 jars...thus, in addition to the 2 quarts of carrots (plus the large plastic container that went into the fridge for nearly-instant gratification eating tomorrow), I ended up with a quart and a pint of dilled green beans. And since my canner holds 7 jars, it only made sense to think of something to go into the other 3 slots, right? Of course right! 

Happily, my grandmother's sweet pickle recipe (the only sweet pickles I really like) was exactly where I thought it was, and a quick trip to the store procured the necessary cucumbers (I actually had all the other ingredients, who'd a thunk!). (There was also a trip to the art supply store for some sculpy for the roomie, where I was highly tempted by tins of beads and origami paper - but managed to restrain myself). While all this is going on the pumpkin is roasting away to delicious smoothness. Making pumplin puree? Really pretty easy! Hurrah for food processors! While the cucumbers were salt curing we toasted the pumpkin seeds and got the curried pumpkin soup going. The soup seemed to turn out well and there are now 3 containers in the freezer. (Did I mention that I declared October "make soup for winter" month? Um, yeah. Tomorrow is Acorn squash-Potato and later this week: Bison Chili. Suggestions welcome for other soups!) Pumpkin cheesecake will have to wait until tomorrow, especially since I need to buy butter. And in cleaning out the freezer to make room for soup I pulled out all my frozen bananas to make a double batch of chocolate chip banana bread tomorrow...hmm, maybe I'll add peanut butter to one of the loaves....



lillian_peterson: (takeover)
Despite a little eastern time/central time mix up and a dropped cell phone call, today's phone interview w/the Durham Museum seemed to go well. Should here late next week/early the week after about a second, face-to-face interview - fast time frame, as they want to make an offer by Nov. 1st and get started by Dec. 1st. Fingers crossed!
lillian_peterson: (takeover)
I just scored a button down, 5 skirts and a hot pink leather jacket for$23.48.\o/ that's pretty damn awesome.

[personal profile] strangecobwebs - you need to come and visit me, because Shelby has introduced to me to the most fabulous of thrift stores: huge, well organized AND everything appears to be 50% off on weekends.
lillian_peterson: (work)
Argh. I hate applying for jobs. Hate hate hate. Oh hey, Waco TX Texas Rangers Hall of Fame? You know why that job is still open 8 MONTHS LATER? BECAUSE THE APPLICATION IS SINCERELY STUPID and AGGRAVATING AND NOT WORTH FILLING OUT YOU BASTARDS. A form as a word doc? That I can't paste long sentences into? FUCK YOU. WHY DO YOU NEED ME TO FILL OUT THE LAST 10 YEARS OF MY EMPLOYMENT HISTORY SEPARATELY?!?!?!?! WHAT'S WRONG WITH ATTACHING MY FREAKING RESUME???? THAT"S WHY I WROTE THE DAMN THING. Needless to say, I am not applying to your dumb ass job. No one wants to move to Texas anyway.
lillian_peterson: (julia chicken cooking)
Shelby and I made a pot of tomato sauce last night, hopefully going to get it canned tonight. Also made some tasty acorn squash-potato soup, onion soup bread in the machine and chocolate chip cookies. Apparently feeling very autumnal in the kitchen.

Helped Stacey move yesterday as well, her new house is pretty freaking awesome.

Going to make a small roast and roast up some root veggies tonight. Plus avocados were on sale this weekend, so there are 4 hanging out in the fridge with some cilantro, black beans, green zebra tomatoes and assorted hot peppers...yum!

Also on tap: pizza sauce!
lillian_peterson: (julia chicken cooking)
Shelby and I successfully canned 20 pints of peaches (+1 not quite sealed jar that will be eaten this week) and 5 quarts of tomato sauce (+2 quarts lost to cold jar + hot water = death). There is still a third of a crate of peaches in our kitchen. We saved all the peels to make peach butter. Also, there were Walmart shenanigans. No, Port Covington Walmart, I ASSURE YOU THAT EMPTY QUART JARS ARE NOT 7.48 A PIECE! Managed to slice myself up a little chopping basil and pour boiling water on my foot (luckily, I was wearing shoes, go me).

We numbered (and mostly sleeved) 1,059 photographs from the BHU collection today. Avi did NOT ask me about Generations or my photo essay AND I got to retire my princess pencil. Not bad. 

I think we have found a home for Pedro poops-in-the-box Rabbit, with a very nice family. They came to meet him today and will hopefully be taking him home tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it all works out, but I'll sure miss the fuzzy little guy. 

Phone interview tomorrow.

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