June 7, 2010

Housewarming Post

Hey there, stranger! It’s been a while since I paid a visit to this here blog, but I’ve moved, unpacked, decorated and nested to the point of exhaustion. In fact, I only just now got done really scrubbing the place. Unfortunately for me, the last tenant here was a dude, and a foul, FOUL dude at that. I won’t go into details, but even with my granny eyesight I could see the funk that had built up on the toilet. Now that I’ve cleaned, any funk ‘round here will be my own funk, at least.

I feel like I should maintain at least some degree of privacy, but I figure a couple snapshots of the place couldn’t hurt. Here’s where I catch my Zs:


Why yes, I did install that pull shade and those curtains myself, thank you for asking.

And this is where the magic happens:


Or rather, where I trust some magic will happen sometime in the not-too-distant future. At this point, feeding myself…anything…trumps creative concoctions. I’m getting there, though!

My new toy will help:


I decided that I mean business where blending is concerned, so I bought myself an itty bitty housewarming gift: a Blendtec. And yeah, that’s the Tribest blender base sitting next to it on the left. I said I mean bizniss!

So while I haven’t been doing much in the way of cooking (thanks to Trader Joe and his guh-lor-i-yuss freezer aisle), I have gotten to tinker with the blender a little, and what with the warmer weather these days, I’ve been enjoying a little light frozen dessert each night.


Maple Slushie


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious coconut milk beverage)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • generous shake of cinnamon
  • 3 cups ice cubes

Blend into slushy goodness! I recommend letting the ice sit out on the counter for 5 minutes or so prior to blending.


Tip: It’s extra good topped with the maple cream sandwich cookies from Trader Joe’s (pictured). Crush them into the slushie with your spoon and you’ve got some fancy cookies and milk, summer style.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for the moment—I’m still recovering from all the work that went into the move and subsequent obsessive nesting. I had a lovely massage after work tonight, which was just what I needed. Hope you got to do something more fun than moving for Memorial Day weekend!


Ilana said...

Welcome home?! Haha well I'm glad to hear you're all moved in - but jeeezzzzz you're a trooper with that cleaning. Ick, men. And yes, your maple concoction looks fan-freaking-tastic. I love maple. And those cookies? YUM.

Mama Pea said...

Your kitchen is twice the size of mine, and I live in a house.

"We want the funk...we want the funk. We want the funk...gotta have that funk..."

Erica said...

Congrats on being settled! new place looks very cozy. Glad you were able to get rid of the funk! And the dessert sounds amazing. TJs rocks

Lindsay (Happy Herbivore) said...

congrats on the new pad! its so cute.

MelissaNibbles said...

I like your countertops. Mine are old and tile. I'm moving soon and cant' wait to have updated features.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes. I love your countertops, too! Thanks for the slushie idea. I love maple flavor and it's fantastic finding new ways to use So Delicious coconut milk.

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Congrats on surviving the move, the new place looks great. Agreed on the counter tops, they rock! Kudos for doing all the cleaning, I probably would have hired a professional! :-P Thanks for the recipe, looks great.

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Congrats on your new place. You've got it looking lovely!

Can't wait to see what new magic you'll be whipping up. =)

Mo Diva said...

I am loving the apartment! looks awesome girl!
i am living with a dude right now and hes a bit of a neat freak... im neat but my closets are completely cluttered... so on behalf of the funkalicious dude, im sorry LOL
also maple ice cream looks dee lish!

Gabriela said...

Congrats on the move, your place looks so cozy and warm!! Exactly how I want my place to be when I finally get one :) I've heard such rave reviews about those TJ's maple sandwich cookies, but always forget to buy them- hopefully next time I'll remember, because they look incredible!

Katie said...

Congrats on the move! I love your new place.... and that slush love!

Gena said...

So happy for you!!!! It looks beauteous. Congrats on life on your own -- you will NEVER go back.

elise said...

congrats on the new digs!! soooo exciting. im too jealous of the blendtec - i cant even comment right now. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I love your new kitch! ok i thought ppl in nyc were supposed to have kitchens the size of closets?! yours looks huge!

congrats on the BT!!!! way to go girl! hanging curtains...omg i did that today and dropped about 0987898 f bombs along the way :)

love your new pad and congrats!!!!!

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

Congrats on the new place!! That kitchen is amazing. And so is the blender!

emily said...

Update - I'm obsessed with the maple slushie idea. I even made it into a milkshake!

veggie wedgie said...

Wow I am salivating on my screen. It looks delicious. And those cookies...