As I get older, time really does seem to speed up. 2008 went by very fast. I can’t believe it has been over 2 years since I graduated from TCU and moved to Chicago. Or that I am a semester away from having a law degree.
I think it is nice to reflect and remember everything that went on this year. This year included many firsts.
I ran my first race: Shamrock Shuffle 8K with Brian and Julia.
I visted NYC with Dave which included a Yankees game in the old Yankee Stadium…
…and Carrie’s apartment steps of course.
I enjoyed the farmer’s market throughout the summer and fall and tried to educate myself about living a more sustainable/ethical eating lifestyle.
I started this blog and greatly expanding my cooking and baking knowledge.
I voted for our next President and for the first woman to run for President.
We saw the fall of many historical financial institutions and a frozen crumbly economy. I lost a job for the first time.
Even though there is a lot of uncertainity coming in 2009, I am excited for the new year to come. I will
likely be done with school, begin my legal career and turn 25 (how is that even possible?!).
Here are my hopes for 2009:
1) Continue to try to love running by training to finish the Shamrock Shuffle with a 10 min. mile time and the Soldier Field 10 Mile.
2) Lose 10 pounds by graduation and 20 by this time next year (#1 should help)
3) Pass the bar!
4) Learn to make fresh pasta and good pie dough
5) Try not to dwell on the bad things in life (finding a job, BarBri, student loans) and focus on the good things (Dave, my Mom,
FaceLucy, my friends, my kitchen)
6) Take better food pictures to hopefully appease the tastespotting/foodgawker gods
I hope you are enjoying your NYE. I am probably not even going to make it to midnight because I have a 9AM flight to Orlando for a vacation with Dave and his family.
See you in 2009!
I just wanted to share my happiness of the TCU victory over Boise State last night. It was an INTENSE game but I was so glad that we won in the end!
I have also been enjoying lots of the amazing holiday style Shiner called “Shiner Cheer”. I actually found it at a bar in Chicago before I was home. If you live in a state that distributes Shiner, look for it. They describe it as “an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.” You can really taste the peach strong at first but then it mellows out to a rich beer.
I hope that you are enjoying friends and family where ever you are. I am heading back to Chicago tomorrow but I have enjoyed hanging out with my Mom in Texas. I have packed 8 jars of salsa and I am bringing back 60 flour tortillas to stick in the freezer. I forgot how much Tex-Mex is really something that you can only get in Texas!
I am home in The Woodlands for a week, hanging out with my parents and stocking up on all the Texas goodies that I can’t easily find in Chicago. Just today, I bought 8 jars of salsa that I am going to attempt to get into my checked bag without hitting the 50 lb limit…should be tricky. Last night my Mom and I made a very typical meal, at least for my steak loving father…T-Bones and Potatoes. My Mom had a couple of leftover yellow potatoes from Thanksgiving so I decided to cook them up in a way that I had read about a few months before. Check out this recipe from Noble Pig…super easy and very tasty. I used some cajun seasoning called “Slap Ya Mama” and some salt and pepper instead of paprika.
Then I used some great grill rub from the Spice House that I brought home to put in my Dad’s stocking…he got it a little early so that we could use it.
Then even Ginger got to enjoy a good T-Bone leftover.
It is nice to be home with my Civic to run errands and to avoid the -30 windchills in Chicago today.
I’m off to take a Secured Transactions final at 6PM tonight and a Bankruptcy final at 6PM tomorrow…and then I am done!
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to Christmas Shop, workout, bake LOTS of cookies, and NOT sit at my desk for a while.
It has been cold in Chicago this week. Granted it is only my third winter since moving from the Lone Star State, but it hasn’t been this cold for so many days in a row in Dec. I have a feeling its going to be a long winter. Brrrzees!
Since I am in finals mode, I am loving quick, easy and satisfying recipes. This one fits the bill. You quickly dice up some onions, garlic and two kinds of peppers (red bell and poblano). I find vegetable chopping very therapeutic and stress relieving. Is that weird?
Then you saute them in some olive oil for 5 mins, dump in a box of vegetable broth (I like the TJs brand but if you are super fancy you can make your own). Simmer for another 10 then add in 2 cans of white beans, cumin and lime juice.
Serve it with some grated Monterey jack and a dollop of sour cream. Its the perfect light december dinner. And if you are lucky, there will be plenty leftover for a quick lunch tomorrow.
White Bean Soup
From Cooking LIght Magazine
2 cups chopped white onion
2 cups chopped seeded poblano chile
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14 oz) cans of navy or great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 (15 oz) cans low sodium vegetable broth (I used 1 box worth of TJs brand)
1/4 cup lime juice (I just squeeze the juice from one lime)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 cup shredded queso chihuahua or Monterey Jack
2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
Heat a dutch oven (or a big pot if you don’t have one like me) with a little olive oil. Add the onion, poblano, bell pepper and garlic and saute for 5 mins. Add broth, bring to a bowl. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins. Remove from heat. Add the beans, lime juice and cumin. Cover and let stand for 5 mins. Ladle soup into a bowl and top with cheese and sour cream to taste.