The Life of Erin

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Pesto! June 30, 2008

Filed under: food,Home and Garden,Uncategorized — erinp @ 11:05 pm
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Our basil is growing out of control, so I made some pesto yesterday. Today I ate it on Trader Joes lobster ravioli and it was delicious (of course I forgot to take a photo of the ravioli). Here is it on bread–it doesn’t look appetizing but believe me, it’s good.

I improvised the recipe. I used about a cup of fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (bought a chunk and cut it into pieces), 1/4 cup of almonds (because pine nuts were about 4 times as expensive), salt, pepper, and olive oil. Just throw everything except the oil into a food processor, get it all chopped up, and then add the oil, about 1/4 cup, a little at a time. Taste it, and just add more of what you need (in my case it was more cheese and nuts, because the basil was so fresh and tasted so strong. So easy, so yummy. But it only stays good for a week in the fridge.


Birthday Celebration June 29, 2008

My family decided to celebrate my birthday early this year. It was another crazy night at Joslyn’s Party Central!

Mom making drinks from her Embibe magazine:

I don’t remember everything that was in these, but I know there was some Creme de Cassis:

Don’t you love my Dad’s hawaiian shirt?

The boys.

My special birthday dinner request: pizza! From Peace a Pizza. We ordered 4-cheese, mozzarella, and Mediterranean:

Chad made the salad dressing with herbs from my garden:

Chad dropped a piece of pizza on the floor by accident so Dad threw it out in the yard for the birds:


We gave Dad an iPod Shuffle for his belated Father’s Day gift:

Then came my plethora of gifts–I was a bit overwhelmed!

What normal 31-year-old woman gets excited for a Bat House and massage chair pad?

Cake! I requested a special cake that was in a Real Simple magazine. My mom switched it up a little–it was so delicious. She used 6 huge ice cream sandwiches and then in the middle of the sandwiches she put mint chip (my favorite), coffee, and chocolate peanut putter ice cream. It was iced with my favorite icing–from a can! It was so delicious. We have leftovers. Did I mention that it was delicious?

Thanks, everyone for celebrating with me!


Taming the Jungle

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 12:42 am
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Today Matt and I finally did something with the tomatoes in our backyard that had turned into a jungle:

Hopefully some of these will ripen soon.

Matt also made a trellis for our (his) grape vine:


Buzzing Beetle video June 28, 2008

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There’s a buzzing beetle that likes our window. Luckily it has stayed on the outside of the screen. Let’s see if this video works:


June Garden June 25, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 8:46 pm
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I think it’s about time for a garden update! My mom came over yesterday to help me clean up some areas and she also taught me how to edge–thanks Mom! I could have gardened all day. We were gone for 4 days and everything just went out of control–especially the tomatoes! We need to tame them with some chicken wire and stakes this weekend. We also planted some plants that Matt’s grandmother gave us, and the bean seeds that Mike gave me a few weeks ago are starting to sprout.

The day lily bloomed today:


I missed my anniversary. June 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — erinp @ 11:12 pm

June 4, 2007, was my first post. Happy Late Anniversary to me! In one year I have had 219 posts and 16,867 views (although I am not 100% convinced of the accuracy of that counter).

Thanks, everyone, for showing interest in my boring, rambling, personal public diary.



Eating my way through central PA (part 2)

Filed under: Family,food,travel — erinp @ 5:39 pm
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On Sunday morning we drove out to the State College area to see Matt’s grandmother. She lives in a community where everyone knows each other and is very friendly, and one of her neighbors was having a “Garage Party” that we were invited to. I was so curious to see what a Garage Party was and, well, it was just that. A party in a garage:

Grandmom Palmer and Matt at the Garage Party

Matt and Lou, our host. Lou has a wine cellar in his house. He invited us down and opened a bottle. It was a riot.

Grandmom Palmer has a wonderful garden and she sent us home with some plants and flowers–I’m still not sure what all of them are, but this one was very interesting:

Grandmom Palmer sent us home with a bucketfull of plants and flowers!

On Monday we drove to Aunt Brenda’s for lunch. She lives in a house with a wonderful view and a really cool garden:

Brenda, Matt, and Grandmom Palmer

Then Brenda cooked a gourmet lunch of tomato soup with cilantro and avocado, and a “grilled cheese tasting” (four different types of bread and cheese. so yummy.):

We drove back on Route 22 and then the Turnpike and here are some random shots on the way home:

Matt’s favorite soda–we can’t find it here, but Grandmom Palmer had a secret stash!