Olives all the time.

Do you ever find yourself stuck on wanting to eat only one food?  It happens to me pretty frequently, and right now I’ve got a thing for olives.  I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some recipes that will allow me to indulge in these tiny, round, sodium-vessels.  Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s a recipe for olive butter – terribly simple and undoubtedly delicious on toast.

What started my most recent olive kick was actually an olive and feta cheese pizza.  This fried eggplant and olive combo from Smitten Kitchen looks even better than what I had!

Very easy to make: olive tapenade and feta pinwheels.  I bet I could eat an entire batch.

These are fried olives.  This particular recipe calls for ground beef and lamb filling, but I’m sure I could manage with some faux-meats.

Olive bread – perfect to accompany a bowl of tomato soup.

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I wonder what other applications I could find for olives?!

Buttermilk Doughnut Muffins

During finals week, in a fit of stress and hunger, I made the most delicious muffins.  I feel like the term “muffins” is a misnomer, however, and a more apt name would be “Bite Size Mouth Sunshines” or “I Can Now Die Happies”.  Whatever one calls them, these butter-soaked, sugar-coated muffins are delicious and make me happy during even the bleakest hours of studying.

I adapted my version from this recipe.  In my version, I added nutmeg to my cinnamon/sugar mix, then using easily 10x as much of the stuff than the original recipe called for.  Oh, and I required far, far more butter than was used in the original recipe – I estimate that I used somewhere in the 3 1/2 sticks ballpark.

(Notice how filthy my kitchen is during that point in the semester!  But still fully functional and perfectly suited for making sugary snacks.)

If these garage walls could talk…

I just realized that the cement walls of my parking garage make a fantastic backdrop for snapping photos.  I’m not much for self portraits, but have been having fun experimenting with the self timer on my camera and killing time taking these shots during the slow times of my shift.  (Admittedly, nearly the entirety of my time spent at work is during a “slow time”.  That’s because I work third shift on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays.)

So, here are the results of my recent picture taking adventure:

(Parka: Goodwill;  Tank: Target;  Cardigan: the annals of my closet;  Skirt: Goodwill;  Tights: Kohls;  Boots: pascalvintage on Etsy).

Obviously I’m looking a bit low-key because if I were to dress any flashier than this in my booth, I would probably solicit a whole lot of unwanted attention from the barflies who leave the garage to head home around 1:00am.

I spend the remainder of my down time at work avoiding homework and consuming delicious snacks like these:

Wishing for a Wood Stove

Josh and I ended up having the most relaxing Halloween night.  I had originally possessed quite high hopes about hitting the town and engaging in debauchery on my favorite holiday, but am very glad we had a low-key evening instead.

We had pizza, candy, and my favorite scary movie.  It was a bit of a strange Halloween, given the unlikely snowstorm.  This is what campus looked like on the 31st:

Today, Josh and I took a break from our courses to as a reward for making it through our midterms.  I’m not adept at handling stress, and with so many courses, extracurriculars, and work, I find myself needing to take a mental health day every so often.  We spent our morning off driving to Freeport – but not for shopping.  Sure, Josh took a peek at what Cole Haan had in stock.  But the real reason for the short trip was to see adorable baby cows and have some breakfast.   Continue reading