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#dashofsasscbc: coconut & lime oatmeal, p.13. #goodandcheap #breakfast

#dashofsasscbc: coconut & lime oatmeal, p.13. #goodandcheap #breakfast

Blueberry & peach jam yogurt pops inspired by this.

Blueberry & peach jam yogurt pops inspired by this.

Curry roasted cauliflower quinoa power bowls coming up 

Curry roasted cauliflower quinoa power bowls coming up 

Mocha banana green smoothie success. #vitamix #saturday #coffee #forhealthreasons

Mocha banana green smoothie success. #vitamix #saturday #coffee #forhealthreasons

August 15-21
  • Dentist/Clean bill of health
  • Farmers’ market for organic pastured eggs & peppers + buying THE DRESS at Apple Tree
  • Shindig at Joe’s 
  • workworkwork
  • Outing for Michael’s successful thesis defense
  • New grad student open house at the libraries
  • Freedom Summer facilitator training by Stephen Quaye (Awesome!)
  • Outing for Alex’s successful thesis defense
  • baked wedding cupcakes for Dustin & Clare
  • Clifton exploring/Taste of Ludlow with Kathleen & Dinidu
  • Party to celebrate Dustin & Clare’s summer nuptials hosted by John and Sally
  • Gym 2x

Weekend Wishlist

  • Freedom Summer discussions
  • meeting & greeting / GSCA orientation-retreat
  • resting
  • last minute preparations
#dashofsasscbc: Chana masala from #goodandcheap p.72-73. #dinner #friday

#dashofsasscbc: Chana masala from #goodandcheap p.72-73. #dinner #friday

Wedding cake. The secret: use almond milk instead of cow’s or soy, etc.

Wedding cake. The secret: use almond milk instead of cow’s or soy, etc.

#dashofsasscbc: The eggplant & tomato pasta from p.70 tonight. I made it extra saucy cause I hate few things more than an undersauced pasta. #goodandcheap

#dashofsasscbc: The eggplant & tomato pasta from p.70 tonight. I made it extra saucy cause I hate few things more than an undersauced pasta. #goodandcheap

Basil edamame hummus on baked green tomato sandwiches.

After making fried green tomatoes last week, I just want more of them. But, it was such a daunting process and so much clean up! This week, I tried baking them using Bobby Deen’s recipe for coating them and this cooking method. There was a lot less to clean up; my kitchen and I don’t smell like fried oil; and my stove top isn’t flecked with grease. The tomato I got at the farmer’s market this week was quite a bit tangier than the last, or maybe the baking preserves more of that taste than deep frying did. I had planned on making the grits and the beans again to serve with them as dinner, but my calendar reminded me I have a free pizza dinner event tonight so I made sandwiches for lunch instead. Very please. 

#dashofsasscbc: Inspired by the Brussels sprout hash on #goodandcheap p.52—onion, garlic, kale, artichoke, & kielbasa w/ the steamed egg.

#dashofsasscbc: Inspired by the Brussels sprout hash on #goodandcheap p.52—onion, garlic, kale, artichoke, & kielbasa w/ the steamed egg.

Planning some #getaways.

Planning some #getaways.

Tags: getaways

candidates for the September cooking blog
  1. The Corner Kitchen
  2. Love and Olive Oil
  3. Easy, Fast, Cheap (EFC) Cooking
  4. The Simple Veganista - I am not even a vegan, but I love this blog and I want to eat everything! 

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A take on cheddar & jalepeño scones featuring this biggie chili I bought this morning at the farmers’ market (Good and Cheap, p.20)

IT IS MINE. 
I saw this dress in the window display at The Apple Tree, an adorable boutique in Uptown Oxford, Ohio. I went in to check it out but left the store after glimpsing the $88 price tag. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I searched the interwebs for a better price, finding one on Dorothy Parker’s site for $45, plus $10 for shipping. But, DP only had size 4 left. While this is normally my size, I wanted to make sure before ordering something so pricey. I went up to The Apple Tree to try them on. Guess what: the UK 8/US 4 was too small, mostly pinching me under the arms. But, the UK 10/US 6 fit like a dream! The wonderful ladies behind the counter sensed my hesitation at spending the $88 and offered to hold the dress for 72 hours while I contemplated. Naturally, I spent the next hour searching the web for alternative places to buy - but no one had the 10/6 left! 
This morning, I was right outside the store when they unlocked the doors and I brought this beautiful dress home with me. While charging my purchase, I also hit the redemption level on my cash rewards credit card. 
After thinking for two nights, I decided this dress is worth every penny and then some. Unfortunately, I’ve been raised to believe in fast fashion, like so many of us. I haven’t been raised to believe in investing in good quality clothing that is uniquely designed, well crafted, and ethically made. I don’t know the ethics behind Closet Clothing, but I do know that this dress was designed and made in London rather than in the factories in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, or the several other third world locales exploited to make our cheap, fast fashions today. I am also excited about the opportunity to support a local business here in Oxford rather than a faceless corporation. And, finally, I couldn’t say no to this timeless dress. I plan to wear it everywhere, for every occasion, including a Jazz Reception, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a wedding next spring! If I had my way, I’d wear this every day—but that’s too fancy and intimidating for everyone else, I think. 

IT IS MINE. 

I saw this dress in the window display at The Apple Tree, an adorable boutique in Uptown Oxford, Ohio. I went in to check it out but left the store after glimpsing the $88 price tag. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I searched the interwebs for a better price, finding one on Dorothy Parker’s site for $45, plus $10 for shipping. But, DP only had size 4 left. While this is normally my size, I wanted to make sure before ordering something so pricey. I went up to The Apple Tree to try them on. Guess what: the UK 8/US 4 was too small, mostly pinching me under the arms. But, the UK 10/US 6 fit like a dream! The wonderful ladies behind the counter sensed my hesitation at spending the $88 and offered to hold the dress for 72 hours while I contemplated. Naturally, I spent the next hour searching the web for alternative places to buy - but no one had the 10/6 left! 

This morning, I was right outside the store when they unlocked the doors and I brought this beautiful dress home with me. While charging my purchase, I also hit the redemption level on my cash rewards credit card. 

After thinking for two nights, I decided this dress is worth every penny and then some. Unfortunately, I’ve been raised to believe in fast fashion, like so many of us. I haven’t been raised to believe in investing in good quality clothing that is uniquely designed, well crafted, and ethically made. I don’t know the ethics behind Closet Clothing, but I do know that this dress was designed and made in London rather than in the factories in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, or the several other third world locales exploited to make our cheap, fast fashions today. I am also excited about the opportunity to support a local business here in Oxford rather than a faceless corporation. And, finally, I couldn’t say no to this timeless dress. I plan to wear it everywhere, for every occasion, including a Jazz Reception, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a wedding next spring! If I had my way, I’d wear this every day—but that’s too fancy and intimidating for everyone else, I think. 

I bought for-real-organic pastured eggs at the farmer’s market today for $4.50. 

I bought for-real-organic pastured eggs at the farmer’s market today for $4.50. 

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