the weekender 3/16/2012

Happy weekend! I’m always curious to see what household item my cats will turn into their next play toy. Watson has no idea how much my heart melts when I see him hold this plastic rose in his mouth.

My friends and I rented a beach house in Apalachicola this weekend. I plan on spending every second in its over-sized jacuzzi tub. Sorry, friends. Ryan’s Irish band is playing at the historic theater there for St. Patty’s Day.

Last night I ran 5 1/2 miles! And then went and died in a Little Caesar’s Hot n Ready. It was too ambitious of me to think I could run for that long and cook dinner. Lesson learned. But I’m only .75 miles away from my 10k goal. My official 10k is at the end of the month.

Anyway, on to the official post. Here are some links for the weekend:

Loved this collection from Secret Squirrel.

The best of color and food. These Pantone inspired tarts are so fun to look at.

This elephant bean bag could be my best friend. I just want to read a book in its lap.

Oh, this hair tutorial! And it doesn’t even require French braiding. Make everyone swoon with a double braid gibson tuck.

These metallic rocks by Jim Hodges are so pretty. I wish I could visit the gallery.

This spaghetti squash au gratin reaffirms my love of spaghetti squash. I can’t wait to try it.

Have a great weekend!

pizza cat

I guess it’s safe to say I’m a little too into cats…and food.

Luckily, so are my friends. And we got this brilliant idea to make a pizza cat.

Definitions from ninjawords:

“pizza: noun. A baked Italian dish of a thinly rolled bread dough crust typically topped before baking with tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients.

cat: noun. A domesticated subspecies of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet.

‘pizza cat’ is not in the dictionary.”

How sad.

I don’t know what makes eating a cat-shaped pizza so great, but it is. Maybe it’s the removable bread stick arms (!), but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Here’s the basic assembly of our pizza cat. We used the Pioneer Woman’s pizza dough recipe. Be warned, this makes a lot of dough. We had enough leftover for extra bread sticks.

We rolled out the body first and stuck a tail behind it.

pizza cat body

Then we shaped the head and the bread stick arms.

head and arms

Check out those paws.

pizza paws

Then we slathered a garlic butter mixture on the bread sticks. My friend Adrienne really has a talent for creating pizza cat faces.

pizza cat

We loaded the body with sauce, cheese, and strips of basil leaves to create stripes. We placed both cookie sheets in the oven at 450 for 18 minutes. It was a little tricky since the dough was thicker in some places than others, but we didn’t burn it.

bread stick arms

pizza cat face

Place the bread sticks over the body.

pizza cat assembly

And then add the head to the top.

pizza cat

Pizza cat is the best. Building the cat is as much fun as eating it.

First time CSA Members

Ryan and I bought a CSA share from a local farm, so we’ll be getting fresh veggies every other week. We visited the farm yesterday, which made it all the more meaningful.

This week’s haul included fresh carrots, kale, swiss chard, strawberries, cilantro, and green beans.

csa veggies

Needless to say it was a big day for all of us.

Watson found a new home in the CSA bag.

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Watson got stuck in his new home.

watson in csa bag

The agony.
watson in csa bag

Riley got a special kale treat.

kale treatkale treat

And Watson was jealous.

kale treat

hello, i’m here

watson and Riley

I took quite an extensive break from the blogging world. The primary cause for this absence was studying for the ultra-horrible GRE test. But now that I’ve knocked it in the face with my amazing test taking ability, I’m feeling a little bit better about spending my time blogging again.

Other reasons for blog absence:

– Florida’s sweltering heat, the type where I just lay in a bathtub filled with ice, because even the pool water is a warmish 85 degrees.
-Game of Thrones! Specifically the 4-book boxed set I’m blowing through.
– Mad Men on instant watch. Come on, who isn’t drooling over Peggy and Betty’s outfits a second time around?

Thank you, lovely readers, for sticking around.

Also, my blog turned one year old a week ago. Happy Birthday Blog!