You know when you read directions to something and it states something pretty obvious and yet you let it happen anyway? Well yea, that happened to me with this recipe. I was going to a going away barbecue (for someone that has already returned at the time of this writing) and decided to bring a baked good (of course). I had seen this recipe for Rocky Road Brownies on Joy the Baker and thought that brownies would be a good thing for a bbq with less effort on my part. It was also the time when it was about a million degrees and pure humidity and the appeal of just dumping together a batter, sticking it in the oven and then running away from the kitchen was doubly appealing.
Rabi and I are coming up on our first year of living in Worcester. It’s been an interesting transition from living in a ‘real’ city and living in the Woo. But it hasn’t been so bad. Some may be familiar with Worcester being diner city, mainly because a lot of the diners were made by a company in Worcester. This legacy has given us some awesome ‘regular’ breakfast places that we frequent. What is regular breakfast? Well, in Boston, we were living in the South End, which is the brunch mecca of Boston. Brunch is great–probably one of my favorite meals. But sometimes, you don’t want artisan waffles and pasture raised chickens–you want greasy eggs, pancakes the size of your face, and way more food than should be humanly possible to eat. Worcester is definitely the place for that type of breakfast.
One Friday, I was depressed about my seemingly never going to arrive ‘pre-order’ iPhone. Everyone seemed to be having luck in stores, so I called all the Apple stores in the area, to no avail. In a last ditch effort, I ended up calling the Best Buy near my work. Imagine my crazy surprise when the very nice woman on the phone answered yes to my dejected question. She also added that it was quiet in the department right now and I should come quickly. Flash to me literally running down Brookline Avenue towards Best Buy. Ten minutes later I arrived at the mobile counter and tried to act cool when asking if there were any iPhones in stock.
Lucky for me they did in fact have them in stock and the really fantastic woman helped me out and about an hour later I walked out with my shiny new plaything. So far things have been great and though apparently there are a lot of problems with the phone (have you heard?!?), we’re working through them together. Right now, if you call me and I hang up on you, it’s not my fault, it’s my face’s fault. The one thing that has been great is that the camera is fun to use and I’ve been enjoying taking pictures of stuff while out and about. So you might see some iPhone pics sneak onto the blog so I’m not the crazy person with a SLR at a restaurant! Now off to start a conference call with my face–that is if I have signal.
The other day I came home to find my bananas in the above state. I feel like sometimes it’s always a race to finish the bananas, but secretly, I love it when they start turning brown because then I have an excuse to make some type of banana baked good. Depending on my mood, I’ll go with banana muffins, or freeze some of the bananas for smoothies or desserts, but ultimately, I usually settle on the old standby: banana bread.
It’s a bit late, but I wanted to share my 4th of July. I got to spend it with the lovely Michelle who so graciously offered her roof deck. It was also fun as her neighbors in the building were up there as well–lending to a festive environment. She said that this was only her second time on the roof deck, which amazed me! If I lived there, I would probably be up enjoying a glass of wine or reading all the time. Either way, the location was perfect and gave us an awesome view of Boston’s festivities.
What is that? If that is a camera, then what am I taking pictures with? Well, I’m obviously taking pictures with my camera, but then what is this other camera? Rabi and I bought a Rebel XT back in 2007 when we started on this whole photography journey. We figured that it was an investment, but not prohibitively expensive while we learned the ropes of taking pictures. Well, as with most things in life when you start out, we got more and more excited about photography and as we had some friends who invested in upgraded camera equipment, we started coveting it ourselves.
Too many strawberries–that’s usually not a problem, right? It’s not like lemons where you have to make lemonade. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself in a strawberry dilemma, as you can see above. Here is what happened: I bought a ginormous (yes, the technical term) of strawberries from the grocery store. Then my generous momma gave me some fresh local berries. As you can see the big plastic box is full of bright red perfect looking berries, which obviously aren’t as tasty as the top quart of ugly, smaller berries. So now what? To try and eat all of these plain is quite the challenge. I suppose I could make strawberry lemonade, but then I would have to buy some lemons.