super star!

so, it’s no secret that i love my puppy, brophy. if you have seen us together recently, you may have been slightly sickened at how gaga i am over him. yust a widdle bit siwwy, i am. but, it’s not just me, i swear! over at the breeder’s from whence brophy came, they are trying to make their own brophy! they are breeding his mother and father together again trying to duplicate the cuteness and sweetness that is my pup. check it out! read about his mom and dad, then click on the link to see her past litters and check out their tribute to brophy. brophy’s kennel name was adonis (appropriate), and clearly, he was the pick of the litter.

taco salad

so, taco salad is one of those dishes that i remember as being such a treat growing up. the last few times i’ve made it, it’s been nothing special, but i wanted to make a really good one this time. i think jake and i both agree that i succeeded. wildly.

recipes are difficult to write, because if i don’t make it all up, i use a mixture of recipes i find online and adjust them as i see fit. i’m sure you do the same. especially for salad, you don’t need to measure, you just use as much of each ingredient that you think is good, or how much you actually have. aside from the salad dressing, such is this recipe.

kelly’s awesome taco salad

1.25 lb ground turkey
half an onion
two cloves garlic
olive oil
chili powder
cayenne pepper
less than one can pinto beans
less than one can black beans
about 1/2 cup corn kernels
romaine lettuce
half a tomato (because only i eat tomato)
trader joe’s organic white corn tortilla chips

dressing, adapted from martha stewart:
3/4 cup lowfat plain yogurt or light sour cream thinned with milk (i tried both, they taste about the same)
half cup cilantro, very finely minced or just throw all dressing ingredients in the blender
juice from half a lime
a wee bit o’ very finely minced jalapeno…i started with about a teaspoon because i didn’t want it to be too hot, and it was enough to make it very mild.

so, when i make taco meat, this is how i do it: cook the onion, super finely chopped, and minced garlic in olive oil until very soft (medium low heat) add turkey, salt it, and chop up so it’s finely crumbled when cooking is complete. brown, drain the fat. i use a ratio of two parts cumin to one part each chili powder and cayenne pepper, differing amounts depending on how much meat i’m cooking. about two T of cumin for a pound of turkey (or beef). then i add about 3-4 T of unauthentic la victoria red taco sauce. for the salad i added the beans, probably about a cup, just until it looked pretty.

then i just piled the meat/beans on some lettuce, added some corn, tomatoes, half an avocado for each of us, dressing and crumbled up chips. i bought some cheese (pepper jack) for it, but i think it was complete without it!

q's sushi a go-go on state street

so, five years ago today, i met jake at Q’s in santa barbara. holly and i went downtown for fiesta.
it turned out that jake knew a co-worker of mine and had watched her baby for her. though this is the only time in his life he has ever baby-sat, holly misunderstood what i told her and assumed i was interested in dating a “manny.”

but it did give him some credibility with me, so i gave him my phone number before we left.


i was super excited because he was cute, tall and smart.
i really wasn’t expecting to meet anyone
of that description!

obscure quotes

“my neck is a gargantuan monkey fist.”

first person to identify who said that wins my undying respect….

i made a mosaic

if you want to make one

“last” cup of coffee: saturday @ 10 am

this cup of coffee: friday @ 2.30 pm
inbetween cups of coffee: incessant headache.

i bought this just because i liked the label.

i’m a sucker for packaging.

grow your own!

aren’t they cute??