Guess Who’s Back

My technology meltdown is over. Thank you for all the comments! My best friend actually sent me my favorite picture in the whole world and I laughed for almost two hours because I haven’t seen it in so long. I would post the link but it is not the most appropriate humor to share. It has to do with a dog that does a face every time it’s owner comes home, have you seen it?

Time break-down of my computer accident:

6:26p: While in the middle of writing my Wednesday post, I got up to get water. Hoped to finish by 7:00p, but ended up putting down my cup by the laptop and got distracted by something in the other room.

6:45p: Came back and accidentally knocked the cup over and spilled water all over my keyboard. It took me a minute to realize, “Gee, I should probably do something about this'”. I grabbed paper towels to soak up as much as I could and took out the battery and other things to make sure they weren’t wet. At first everything seemed fine but when I started typing, everything was in caps lock and every time I scrolled it highlighted the whole page. I think the water made my Shift key lock.

6:54p: This is when I started getting panicky. I tried to restart and it wouldn’t log me back into my account. My roommate works at Apple so I ran to her room, only to find her not at home.

7:04p: I drive to the Apple Store and strap my computer into the passenger seat. My laptop wouldn’t load anything and was stuck on the loading page with the Mac icon. That stupid icon was taunting me the whole ride there.

7:20p: I got to the Apple Store and ran in like a lunatic with my sad Macbook opened and went straight to the Genius bar. They surrounded my laptop and someone yelled, “Quick, get this laptop to a room! We need 20 CCs of power and a hard reset, stat!”.

No, that’s not what happened at all. Instead, I had to wait an hour and a half but I didn’t care. All I wanted was to make sure they were able to save all my information, because I have my whole life’s worth of pictures and documents that I really didn’t want to lose.

I’m sure most of the girls here have watched Sex And The City. That episode when Carrie’s computer died was exactly what happened to me.

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The only difference was that the dreamy Mr. Shaw was not there to assist me.

I ended up having to buy a new Macbook Pro and they were able to transfer all my files to the new computer. I just picked it up a few hours ago and have to mention how smooth the new keyboard is under my fingertips. The good news is I actually was planning to buy the new one that is coming out next month and the manager said he would extend the exchange policy for me. 🙂

I didn’t mean to make this so long but I felt like I have to tell you about my disaster of a day.

Actually, the whole day was not a disaster. I spent the majority of it hanging out with my pallie, Jacque.

After class, I went to her house for a few hours to help her with a project she’s working on. I can’t wait to share when she gets it all together, I think you guys will like it.

We got hungry and decided that burgers would be the best decision for lunch. The hardest decision I had to make all week was whether Roam or Umami Burger would be our winner.

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Roam won because it was about three blocks closer to her house. It’s actually a pretty cute eco-friendly restaurant, with their motto claiming “pasture to plate” and everything being sustainable with premium meats.

We shared the Fryfecta, which came with sweet potato fries, french fries and the zucchini and onion haystack. They were so addicting with the chipotle habanero hot sauce.

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Jacque and I both ordered the French and Fries, which was dressed with truffle parmesan fries, gruyere, avocado, onions and watercress. The only difference between our burgers was that she had a veggie patty with lettuce wrap and I had the traditional with beef patty and sesame bun.

I might be a little biased because I love truffle on everything, but now I have high expectations for Umami whenever I get around to trying it. Stay tuned for the verdict.

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Also, can we take a minute to talk about her tea collection? I didn’t know about this gem until I read a note that her friend wrote for her when he stayed over. Holy shit there is a lot of tea. The cabinet comes up mid waist and the first shelf is filled from back to front full of Matcha teas. If anyone has any questions about tea then she is the person to ask. Seriously.

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I’ll leave this post with an example of how excited I get at dinner time.

Tip #1 on how to make me a happy girl: feed me well.

Don’t mind the scrubs. 🙂
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Sorry for this post being all over the place. My technology woes made me forget how to blog. I’ll be back to normal on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Mozzarella Juicy Lucys + Sweet Potato Fries

Today was such a long day, this week will be an even longer week. It will all be worth it when I finish my last final next Tuesday.

I’m also getting up an hour earlier everyday this week (5:00 am) to help take care of the babies while their dad is out of town. Today they were deliciously sweet to me; they ate and got dressed without a battle and I’ll never take it for granted. I even rewarded them with 10 minutes of Peppa Pig.

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Although my recipes don’t really show it, I usually do eat healthy most of the time but find the pictures not as exciting. I found a link on healthy recipe substitutions that I will consider adding while I’m cooking. (Ironically, #66 is what our recipe is focused on today!) Check it out!

The first time I had a Juicy Lucy was a year ago when my boyfriend made them at home. I never realized they were a thing but wasn’t surprised at how fat, juicy and American they were. There are ways to healthily this recipe, by switching the ground beef with ground turkey. I went to Whole Foods for ground turkey but came out with beef because they had a really good deal. I also messed up with the sweet potatoes and bought the yellow ones instead of the orange ones. They both taste awesome, but orange sweet potatoes look a lot better in pictures! 🙂

Mozzarella Juicy Lucys and Sweet Potato Fries (and a side salad!)

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Serves: 2 People

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Ground Chuck
  • 5 Fresh Mozzarella Balls (or any cheese of your choice. JL traditionally made with yellow American cheese)
  • 1-2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 6 Mushrooms
  • 1/3 Medium Onion
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Jalapeño (optional)
  • 3 Tbs Cooking Oil
  • Seasoning (your choice, I used herbs de provence, oregano, garlic salt)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

FOR THE MEAT

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1. Separate the ground beef and place in a large bowl. Add in 1/3 diced onion, 1/2 jalapeño and crack an egg. Season with your preference of seasonings (I used herbs de provence, oregano and salt and pepper). Mix well.

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2. Separate the meat into four patties. Cut 2.5 mozzarella balls (for each burger, so use 5 moz balls total) into thirds and layer them on one patty. Repeat with the other patty. In total you should have two patties with mozzarella and two patties without.

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3. Grab the patty without the mozzarella and place it on top of the patty with mozzarella. Make sure to seal all the sides so the cheese doesn’t ooze out when cooking. At the end you should have two huge patties.

4. Cook on the grill for 5 minutes each side. When flipping the patty over, use a toothpick and poke the middle to allow the steam to come out, or else it will have to much pressure from the cheese. (This isn’t a big problem with the mozzarella, but with other cheeses I think this step is mandatory).

FOR THE SWEET POTATOES

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1. Skin the sweet potatoes and cut them to an equal size.

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2. Bring those knife skills to the kitchen and chop them to fry-sized pieces. (Unfortunately, my good knife is yet to be found and my cutting came out a little sad. Now my sweet potatoes have character!)

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3. Heat up your pan to medium heat and pour in your cooking oil. Add in the SP fries and season with salt, seasoning and the smallest pinch of sugar. They burn easily so make sure to move them around. It will also be a good idea to be generous with the oil so they get soft in the middle but crunchy on the outside.

FOR THE SALAD

1. Wash your favorite type of greens in your salad tosser.

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2. Slice the mushrooms and cook in oil with garlic, the remaining jalapeño and salt and pepper.

3. Toss the salad with a little olive oil and vinaigrette. Black pepper never hurt anybody either, just saying!

4. Top the greens with the mushrooms and add a little cheese on top if you have any spare.

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Final step, slice a little tomato and avocado on top of the burger. Chi is getting his body ready for Vegas so we opted for a bun free dinner last night.

I sadly ignored the sweet potato fries by blurring them out in all my pictures by accident! I didn’t realize until after I was editing in Lightroom. t promise they tasted so sweet and good (especially knowing they were healthier then regular fries!).

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Meet Lucy. She’s juicy.

Vegetarians, how would you substitute this to make it veggie friendly? Is anyone else wrapping up school next week?