Happy Bokeh Wednesday!

Prompted 365: February 2/2

It seems everyone in my 365 group had a bit of a rough time this month. We simultaneously hit that point in the project where it’s become a burden rather than an excitement, but I’m committed to stick with it. I’m happy in the way that I’ve been pushed so far, but I am getting very tired of looking at my own photos!

14 Feb: Heart

15 Feb: Hanging

16 Feb: Listen
This was for Black and White Wednesday and was a freelense.

17 Feb: Secret
Joseph and I use “secret” our our everyday speech, but it’s a code word. The meaning is a secret I’m not willing to tell!

18 Feb: Reminder
My planner, which I am in love with! More photos here.

19 Feb: Bitter
I had a habit of sucking on lemon slices as a child. Everyone enjoyed watching me because of the sour faces I would make before repeating the process over and over. I still bite at lemons when they come with my tea or water at restaurants, and I still make the face.

20 Feb: What if?
Tackling this prompt was difficult to me because thinking of my life without Joseph sets me into a panic.

When people find out our story, they always say, “Wow! What if he had never sent you that Myspace message?” I can’t even think about it–it honestly really upsets me! No Italy, no Venice or Rome or Milan. No Innsbruck or Paris. No Egypt. And I would probably be a mechanical engineer working in a windowless chemical plant right now.

It’s amazing to think of this life I couldn’t have imagined–that was right around the corner when I was 18. I regularly thank him for sending that Myspace message.

21 Feb: Drive


22 Feb: Fold

23 Feb: Game

24 Feb: Red
My in-laws gave me these Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel dolls, wearing traditional Japanese wedding clothes, when Joseph and I got married. They know I love HK and all things to do with Japan, so these are perfect!

25 Feb: Plant

26 Feb: Round

27 Feb: Liquid

28 Feb: Rock

Bitchin' Kitchen's Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies

Joseph and I were days away from canceling our U-verse subscription a couple months ago. Then we discovered Food Network and the Cooking Chanel.

Bitchin’ Kitchen airs on the Food Network in the US and Canada and is adapted from Nadia G’s web series.  It took me a while to get used to the show, and I think I made at least five tweets complaining about her. But Joseph finally talked me into watching an entire episode, and I fell in love. Nadia G is funny, strange, beautiful (seriously, she is hard to look away from), and she really can cook.  She has an obvious passion for quality of food, but the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It fits right along with our sense of humor, and it’s the only cooking show on TV that makes Joseph and I laugh. It is seriously bizarre and hilarious.

So a few weeks ago I for the first time was inclined to make a recipe I saw on TV–BK’s Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies.  They are perfect! I will definitely be making these instead of boring old lemon meringue pies from now on. The dark chocolate graham cracker crust is divine with the citrus filling, and the meringue is not too sweet.

Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies from Bitchin’ Kitchen”

20 graham crackers
½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
¼ cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs at room temperature, yolks and whites separate
1 Tablespoon grapefruit zest
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 ½ cups water
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch salt
¼ teaspoon white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).

In a re-sealable bag, crush graham crackers. Transfer crushed graham crackers into a big bowl and mix in: dark chocolate shavings, brown sugar and melted butter. Line 4 4-inch pie molds with the crust mixture. Note: I used a food processor to crush my graham crackers and only needed to use about half the mixture.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then cool.

In a bowl, combine 4 egg yolks, fresh pink grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, a pinch of pink grapefruit zest, and a pinch of lemon zest.

In a heavy saucepan mix water, cornstarch, 1 ¼ cups sugar, and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat whisking constantly for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture thickens. Slowly add this mixture to the citrus-ey yolks.

Pour mixture back into the pot, reduce heat to low, add 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter and whisk for 8 more minutes, until very thick. Cover and refrigerate.

To 4 egg whites add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar, and 3 Tablespoons white sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).

Spoon citrus filling into graham cracker crust and top with lots of meringue. Bake for 10 minutes, until the meringues brown slightly.

I love the show so much I bought a t-shirt!

Leftover Food Photos

I take a lot of pictures of food. I just really like food and want to take photos of it, even if I have no use for the photos. So you’re getting some of my leftover food pictures.

This is something I eat a lot: an egg sandwich. Toasted wheat bread, Miracle Whip (I know, it is disgusting–but it is my egg sandwich secret!), and a fried egg. I grew up eating these and think the very first thing I ever cooked was likely an egg sandwich. I’ve been fryin’ eggs since childhood.


One of my other favorite sandwiches! Toasted wheat bread, mayonnaise, mustard, turkey, swiss, and avocado.


I have a sandwich problem. I also have an avocado problem.  This photo is making me reminiscent! I used to get these spicy salami sandwiches at the commissary in Italy.


But I have to say there are definitely some benefits to being back in Texas!


Blue Bell, you have no idea how much I missed you.


It’s nice to get a chai tea frappucino whenever I want. However, I definitely miss Italian cafes much more more than I ever missed Starbucks.


I miss Kinder chocolates but stock up every time I go to World Market.


The best part of spring!

Lazy Caturday

Leonardo and I are tired today. We are being very lazy.

I hope you are all having a more productive day than we are!

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