Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

It’s been a couple of years dear non-existent readers. It just seems like a good time to come back to this sadly neglected blog and let’s face it – talk about nothing in particular and really just get some practice into easing back into writing.

Made some zucchini crust pizza and salsa this weekend. The veg garden is going quite nicely, though looking a bit too crowded. Have discovered a previously unknown affinity for making fruit pies, though have been waylaid by an overabundance of tomatoes. Still married (anniversary number two in one month!). General feelings of being an Adult, stress, depression, anxiety, worry, etc.

Have several projects in varying states of Not Being Worked On at the moment. Mostly been reading voraciously, (add me on goodreads!) and as always watching lots of youtube (lots of sprinkleofchatter, danisnotonfireamazingphil, alli, and of course thebrainscoop) and also an absurd amount of time on tumblr which I highly recommend if you would like your life to spiral into a dark vortex of internet memes, ships, and OTPs that you only partly understand.

Would be nice if I never had to go to work again but also had unlimited money so that I could just spend all my time on cooking, gardening and craft projects. Alas.

Overall life is lovely, just looking for motivation for DOING.


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Living in Iowa for the past two years after growing up in Illinois has caused me to start missing some things from when I grew up, specifically grocery items and restaurants. When I lived in Illinois, I barely thought about these things and in fact rarely utilized them, but now that I cannot have access to these things on a daily basis I have been made aware of their absence. Now, every time I visit my family, these things are a Must. I miss these Illinois things:

I am drooling over the thought of a Steak n Shake burger and a plate of fries. I like to smother them in ketchup and eat them with a fork because that is how you eat Steak n Shake fries (also dipped in a chocolate shake, mmmm). I really need to take a trip home soon because: Caramel Apple Shake.

*Strictly speaking, I know that Steak n Shake is not just an Illinois thing, but I see them most in Illinois. I make Rob stop whenever we see one, and he is Okay with this because he had a really stellar first time Steak n Shake experience (in Missouri, not Illinois) which I briefly mentioned in my last post, but will continue not to elaborate on.*

Rob and I get the Rippled kind instead of these, but omg so delicious. They have a website where you can buy packs of 4-8 bags, or even a “Gift Box” with one of each of their products included. They also sell pork rinds in Original, BBQ and Spicy. Ugh. I will stick with the Rippled potato chips.

This is the only other kind of chips that I will eat anymore:

But those are a UK thing, not an Illinois thing.

Speaking of the U.K. When I went to the U.K. for three months in 2007, there were foods that I missed from the U.S. which I didn’t even eat before I left, but eat all the time now. These are those:

I know everyone likes ranch dressing, but I really didn’t until I got to the U.K. and the only available ranch that I could find was on Subway sandwiches.

I had not had a Milky Way in years before my mom brought me a big stack when she came to visit me. I am all about fun size Milky Ways.

I hated peanut butter all my life until I went to the U.K. and couldn’t really find it. I found a jar at a grocery store and started eating it out of the jar with a spoon for the rest of the trip. I still do this because Rob is not a peanut butter fan.

Am I the only one who does this? If you grew up in one place and later lived somewhere else, what restaurants and grocery items do you miss?

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