Paint with all the colors of the camel

In the spirit of marking things off my 23 list (hello fried rice!), I recently took a painting class (#16)! Okay, well it was really a wine & design event, but it totally counts. The painting was of my alma mater/workplace/place I spend ALL of my time. More specifically, it was of the most ridiculous thing you could spend $2 million dollars on – a bronze camel statue. It was donated and installed my senior year of college and holy cow that thing is obnoxious. You think I’m kidding – but one day I was walking out of the gym only to look up and see camel balls. Yes, ladies and gents, our $2 mil camel is anatomically correct.

Court

Anyway, there were 11 of us taking this class and our instructor promised it wouldn’t take more than 2 hours to knock it out. Yeah – try 4 hours, buddy. That’s what happens when you mix science nerds, OCD types, and wine. Irregardless, it was a great night of meeting new people, catching up with an old friend, and learning that “follow the directions” painting is not for me.

collage

I’ve recently dubbed my camel painting the Camel Van Gogh as he is missing his ear. I’m sorry but the instructor did not tell me how to draw ears. He is safely hanging out in my office and is currently basking in the glory of “Where’d you get that?!” and “Can you paint me one?!”

Cabinet

You know I like my chicken fried…rice

As you may know, I made a list of 23 things that I need to accomplish while I’m 23. Well number 9 on that list is: learn how to make chicken fried rice. Chicken fried rice is quite possibly my most favorite comfort food. I don’t really like chicken, so I’m honestly quite baffled by the fact that I love it so much. Maybe I’m just addicted to salt and it allows me to put copious amounts of soy sauce on it. Who knows? It’s one of the great mysteries of our time.

fly rice

To make this glorious dish, I adapted a recipe for chicken fried quinoa I found on Pinterest. It started with garlic and I must say, it was interesting but I probably won’t add garlic to it ever again so I left it out of the instructions. Also, make sure you chop, mince, dice your vegetables before hand. It makes your life and the rice’s life so much easier.

Ingredients:
Five minute brown rice
Olive Oil
1 yellow onion
1 zucchini
Broccoli
Baby carrots
1 egg
Green onions (optional)
Soy sauce

Step 1. Throw some brown rice in the microwave with equal parts rice and water. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Step 2. Heat 1 tablespoon (give or take) of olive oil in a medium pan and add chopped onions. Cook until onions are clear.

Step 3. Add broccoli, zucchini, and carrots. Personally, I love broccoli, zucchini and carrots so I added a ton! The key to this step is to make sure the veggies are tender no matter how many you use.

Step 4. Add the cooked brown rice and toss it around for a bit.

Step 5. Pour the egg (beaten) into the middle of the pan and stir quickly so you don’t have a scrambled egg in the middle of your rice.

Step 6. Add the green onions and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.

Step 7. Let cool and serve! I added some more soy sauce to mine but that’s because I’m a sodium addict and I’m going to die of high blood pressure.

Step 8 (optional). Freak out because you forgot to add peas.

Love on Aisle 8

One of my most favorite things about living in North Carolina is that there are Harris Teeters everywhere! Now that might reveal just how exciting my life can be, and I’m not kidding when I say it’s way on up there on my favorite things list. I love that I can log into my HT account online, do my grocery shopping from my bed, then pull up to the curb and have someone load up my groceries for me. Some may call that lazy; I call it efficient! I mean I can shop strictly from the items that are on sale and call up my personal shopper, Patty, if I ever forget anything. It’s fantastic.

Anyway, I was expressing this love of mine to my great uncle over Christmas and his response was, “How are you ever going to find the love of your life if you never actually go into the grocery store?” This lead me to question if he has an insight into my future that I’m unaware of and if I’ll fall in love in the produce section.

Well he would have been proud of me this morning because I performed the dreaded chore of grocery shopping without any help. Did I find the love of my life? No. Unfortunately, all of the men in there were married, with kids, or 16 and bagging groceries. Oh well – I did find strawberries for $1.25 a quart and that’s a success in my book.

Taste of my own medicine

I decided to check out my most loved blogs this afternoon as a pick-me-up/stress break only to find that none of them have been updated in a week. Now I know how my readers must feel. Sorry about that.

New and exciting things in my life:

  • Spring has finally sprung! I spent the entire weekend outside – on my porch reading, going for afternoon walks, and exercising! It was fantastic.
  • I’m moving! I got approval to break my current lease and move closer to work in June. I am so excited! My poor little Pinterest board for my new place is hating me already. You can check it out here.
  • My work’s annual golf tournament is Friday! We are feeling the pressure of getting everything ready. Seriously, I think  I had three conversations today just about marinating steaks for the lunch we’re providing that day. Crazy!
  • I’m downsizing! Due to the move, I’m clearing out lots of things from my house so if you know of anyone who wears XS/0 or who might need my spare blender and stand mixer, let me know.