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After Pizza

After Pizza by lifeisjustduckie
After Pizza, a photo by lifeisjustduckie on Flickr.

I also made some pizza yesterday. This is what it looked like coming out of the oven…it tasted as good as it looks. Funnily enough it is entirely vegetarian when my vegetarian roommate is out of town…oops maybe I’ll make it again when she comes back. I made this for two reasons: 1) I was hungry and 2) because I was trying to use up the self-rising flour haha. I found an awesome recipe on pinterest that uses the self-rising flour and greek yogurt for the dough. That’s it just two ingredients and it was delicious!

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Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce by lifeisjustduckie
Homemade Applesauce, a photo by lifeisjustduckie on Flickr.

This was from my first batch of applesauce the other day. I just cut up the apples, put in some cinnamon and sugar then hoped for the best….luckily it turned out delicious and I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with making applesauce haha.

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Brussels Sprouts and Life

So yesterday I made Brussels sprouts, which isn’t very exciting in itself, but I didn’t follow a recipe.  I just threw them in a skillet sprayed some olive oil on them and prayed that they would survive, luckily they did and they actually weren’t bad.  My point is I didn’t worry about the outcome, I just did it.

And I was thinking, “Hey, life should be more like that!”

I want to do things just because I want to and not worry about whether or not I’ll get paid or be in trouble (with the law or worse my Mom.  They’re the only things that hold real sway.)  It’s much more fun to do things without all the hassle of worrying.  Does it matter that I just graduated from college and am now babysitting two children?  Not really.  I don’t feel any less educated or feel that I’m letting all “my potential” go to waste.  I still have potential.  I will always have potential, but that’s for me to develop and act on, not something for society to impose on me.  Having a college education is something that I can’t ever lose.  No one can take it away from me and I can’t un-earn it.  But it’s just another tally in the long list of things that make me me.  It doesn’t define me, it just goes in the big stew pot of Kelly along with high school grad, age-out 4-Her, West Virginian, lover of books and knitting.

In four days I’ll turn 23.  It’s exciting to think about, not nearly as much of a milestone as 18 or 21, but still impressive.  I’ve managed to survive this long, haven’t killed anyone or myself and in some cases that is probably a very big accomplishment.

Yesterday was also exciting because I got to ride a horse.  Not for the first time in my life but for the first time in a probably a decade.  I am going to be learning how to ride this fall/winter in exchange for helping to exercise the horses.  Riding is something I’ve wanted to do since I was little.  I would have been the most ecstatic little girl if I had received a pony for my birthday or Christmas.  And now that I’m an adult I get to make awesome choices like this!

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I’m an Adult!!!

But wait a minute Kelly, you’re 22.  Haven’t you been an adult for four years now?  Why yes, yes I have.  But today marks a very important day….

I have cooked myself dinner…and it turned out delicious!!!!

InTheKitchen

What is that?  My dinner, of course!

And, in case you were wondering, it was so very easy to make.  I just took time-honoured Blake family secrets (marinating chicken in Italian dressing) and experimental ingenuity (adding a tomato and some onion).   Then I cooked it down and put it on top of some rice.  All in all a successful meal.

Chicken, Tomato, and Onion Dish

  • 2 chicken tenders
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • Italian dressing

Marinate the chicken in the Italian dressing (the longer the better).  Chop the tomato and onion and start cooking in a skillet with a tiny bit of olive oil (or oil of your choice).  Add chicken and dressing, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through.  Put over rice or enjoy on its own.

See Mom, I am taking care of myself.

Last week my contract for summer theatre ended.  We had a wonderful run and I’m very glad I worked it.  On that note, working summer theatre and being in one of the shows is downright suicide and will probably not be happening again next summer, haha.  One or the other for me please.  I was very lucky to work with Bekah, Jason, and Linda; we made a wondrous team!

Now I get to focus on officially moving in to my new apartment, oh the joys of unpacking…not.  But it will be quite fun to be able to arrange everything just how I like it and clean when I want to (not as often as I should probably).  I’m also looking forward to more quality friend time with my new roommates, Katie and Sean.

So far in the week I’ve been unemployed I have started my ridiculous pile of mending/re-fashioning and drank copious amounts of tea…in the next week or so I plan on going home and helping my Mom weed the six billion bean plants as well as the rest of the garden.  The good thing is that I know she’ll fry squash for me the right way when I’m home, nothing like my Mom’s cooking!

This is a very condensed version of my summer so far, and I’m going to go back and flesh out the details in the next few posts so be on the lookout.

Keep calm and duck on.

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