Sometimes…I wish I was a cat….

Seriously.  Cats have the best life in the world.  If I could come back in another life as any animal, I would definitely choose a house cat.  All that they do is eat, poop, sleep, eat, sleep, eat, drink, chase a shadow or an insect, eat, sleep, yawn, sleep.  That’s a difficult life, right?

Recently, I have been having a hard time sleeping soundly.  I toss and turn but can’t get really comfortable in bed.  Ryan and I are going to try to set up our big comfy chair in a way that would be comfy for sleeping.

While I’m thinking about when I’ll try to go to sleep tonight, I look around and realize that this is not a problem that cats ever have.

Sleeping...

Sleeping...

Lounging...

Even the most uncomfortable looking spots can be made comfortable by a cat.

Perfectly comfortable

Shoe box? Or comfy bed?

Oh well.  Hopefully, tonight I’ll only wake up a couple times.  And when I do, hopefully, I won’t trip on a sleeping cat.

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Cheap eats = Yummy eats

So, as my readers already know, I love Food Network.  And I love the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate.  I love hearing different opinions and I love it when one of those opinions lead me to a new food/restaurant in Chicago.  Recently, an episode aired that was titled, “Bang for the Buck.”  This episode asked what the best food you can get is while spending the least amount of money.

As happens each time I watch this show, I asked myself what my answer would be.  This time I actually didn’t need to think too hard.

Tank SushiHalf-price maki rolls.  Yes.  Please.

I love sushi.  I love love love sushi.  The problem is that I can not physically get a light sushi dinner.  It’s impossible for me.  When I am going for sushi, I fully expect that Ryan will have to roll me out of the restaurant when the meal is over.  So, obviously, half-price maki rolls are perfect for me.

I am already looking forward to when I can go back to Tank to load up on sushi.  Unfortunately, I have several months to wait.  Our midwife said that I can still have almost all seafood as long as I eat in moderation.  Um.  Moderation?  Since I can not do that with sushi, I will wait.  But you can bet that I will be taking the baby for many lunch dates at Tank.

When you are eating on a budget, what is your favorite spot?

Apricot Pie

So, I had a ton of apricots to use up from our CSA. And, I really had a hankering for some pie. Thankfully, this is a problem that is really easy and delicious to solve.  I went through my cookbooks but didn’t see a single recipe for apricot pie.  I guess it’s not the most popular type of pie.  Thankfully, I found a recipe here and the reviews were pretty good so I decided to give it a try.

Many of the reviews stated that people had substituted cinnamon for the nutmeg.  I decided to add a pinch of both.

I was a bit concerned with how soupy the filling looked but I made the decision to follow the recipe.  If it tastes good, then next time I might add a little bit of cornstarch or something like that to thicken it up.

Looks a little soupy to me.....

This pie was also the first time that I attempted to do a lattice design on the top of the pie.  When I make pie, usually it either has no top or a crumble topping.  The finished lattice isn’t actually too bad.  It’s not as pretty as I would like.  I guess that means that I need to practice.  And that means, more pies being baked.

After it finished baking, I removed the foil from the outside of the pie and let it bake  for a few minutes more so that it can get a little bit more golden on the top.

Smells delicious!

It still looked a bit soupy on top.  My hope was that it would thicken up a bit as it cooled.  If it didn’t…oh well.  It still smelled delicious.

After it had cooled, it did thicken up a bit.  It still wasn’t as thick as I would have liked but it was a lot better.  The best part, though, was the taste.  It’s not too sweet and is a bit tart.

Yummy!

Summer plans – Update

I posted a summer plans list here.  Well, I haven’t accomplished as much this summer as I wanted to.  I still have one week left of summer before school starts again so I might be able to get some more of this knocked out.

How my list looks now:

  • Start taking prenatal yoga classes – DONE.  And I love them.  I always feel really good after class is done.
  • Finish the pile of books that I stare at every day, including The Hunger Games Trilogy. – STARTED.  I finished all three of the Hunger Games books.  Now, I am attempting to work my way through the rest of the pile.
  • Knit at least one baby blanket – NOT STARTED.  Boo.  I haven’t done any knitting so far this summer.  Although, this is something that I could work on in spare time (Ha! Spare time!) once school starts up again.
  • Knit at least one baby hat – NOT STARTED.  See above.
  • Go on a nice long walk every day (weather permitting). – STARTED.  Although I’ve tried to go on a walk every day, when there is a air action day (when pollution + extreme heat = not good to be outside) I’ve avoided going outside.
  • Paint the book case in the room that will be the baby’s room – DONE.  Thanks to my mom, dad, and Amy for coming up and doing a lot of work in the baby’s room.
  • Paint the walls in the room that will be the baby’s room (this might actually translate to me “supervising” the walls being painted). – DONE.  Please see above and thanks again to my mom, dad and Amy!

So, that’s what the list looks like so far.  We’ll have to wait and see to see how much I can get done before the baby arrives and I will have no spare time at all to accomplish anything.

Cross this one off of the list

So, as my readers already know, I love the Travel Channel and Food Network. In fact, if the tv is on in the living room, the chances are really good that one of these channels is on.

I love when they show foods/restaurants in Chicago because I love finding new food.

Quite a long time ago, a show that I was watching on one of these channels was discussing types of pizza. Of course, Chicago has a lot of pizza types to try. Deep dish pizza is great if you want a lot of food in one slice of pizza. Traditional thin crust Italian pizza is delicious but it sure is easy to eat an entire pizza in one sitting. (That might just be me.) However, this show talked about a kind of pizza that I had not heard of.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder
in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago has a pizza pot pie. Seriously.

Yesterday, I finally had the  chance to try this and it is delicious.   And you definitely don’t have to worry about leaving hungry.  Portion sizes are, well, filling.

Giant salad

Seriously giant salad

The pot pie tastes more like a big bowl of pasta sauce with a nice chunk of bread to soak up all of the sauce.

The big blobs under the cheese are whole mushrooms. Yum!

Yum! Yum! And Yum!

The key to going to try this is to get there soon after they open.  Ryan and I tried to go there a couple months ago and the line was simply ridiculous.  Yesterday, we got there right after they had opened and were able to get a table as soon as we walked in the door.  By the time we were ready to leave, there was already a line at the door.

So get there early.  But give it a try.  This is some seriously comforting food.