Freeeeee-zing!

Dumdeedumdeedum. It’s Sunday night and my modem is broken. What better way to pass the internet-less time than with creating a blog post on ecto?! I have no idea when I’ll be able to press publish, but there’s no harm in working ahead πŸ™‚

Last Thursday marked the final day of work for the nursing supervisor at my agency. She was retiring after 13 years! On Wednesday night, we had a party to celebrate the amazing work she has done at my agency.

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We had music, thanks to DJ Jose:

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But, more importantly, we had food (obviously, since we cannot have any sort of event at my office without it)!

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A couple of things in particular caught my eye, such as this giant tray of roasted vegetables with hard-boiled eggs:

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And this stunning dessert selection, including Heather’s pumpkin chocolate chip bread, Pansy’s ambrosia, Pura’s coconut flan, and a special bakery custard fruit tart (my favorite dessert ever):

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When we got the go-ahead to dig in, I was not quick enough to be first in line. The boys beat me! But then there was some confusion about who got there first

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… and they had to step away to resolve the dispute:

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When the boys got a grip on their drama, I was finally able to fill my plate and park at this elegantly set table:

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My plate had roasted veggies, Greek salad, roast chicken, Mediterranean pasta, and maduros (LOVE THEM!!!!!!):

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While we ate, we listened to several moving speeches and witnessed the presentation of this retirement quilt. Everyone on the nursing staff decorated a square, and Dorothy put them all together in one quilt. The finished product was a beautiful work of art!

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And then dessert was served!

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Since I’m working on not dropping dead due to a heart attack/diabetes, I took it “easy”and filled a baby plate with teeny slivers of coconut flan, custard fruit tart, tres leches cake/frosting crumbs, and more maduros:

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Mmmmmmmmm, dessert perfection:

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There was a ton of food leftover, so we all ate it for lunch on Thursday. After lunch, there was STILL a ton of food, so I packed up as much as I could possibly carry to bring home in this giant H&M bag:

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Inside:

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The loot included pasta, roast veggies, roast chicken, lettuce, and maduros:

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Different angle to better display volume:

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I put one container of veggies and one container of chicken in the freezer, and the rest is just about gone! Quite a significant portion actually went to fuel the New Years Eve fun run that Erik and I did in Prospect Park at 11:15 Thursday night. Before:

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(I was obviously soooooooooo excited to run three miles in freezing slush in the middle of the night through a pitch black park in Brooklyn. I was maybe more excited to be taking these pictures with the help of my new gorilla-pod, a present my dad gave me for Christmas so I could attach my camera to random things like the back of a chair in order to get a better angle for the self-timer.)

Pre-race support from roommate etc. cheering squad:

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We finished the race just in time to gulp down some free hot chocolate (the best thing I had ever tasted) at Grand Army Plaza and watch the dazzling fireworks display as the clock struck 12.

After:

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Attempted tough faces because we braved the elements and survived:

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I have a hard time with tough

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(Notice the soaking wet attire and beads of melting snow on our hats.)

And that is the story of how I ended 2009 with two of the best things that ever existed: delicious free food and exercise-for-fun.

By the way, do any of you know of someone who needs a spacious furnished room in a gorgeous Brooklyn apartment from now until 4/30 for $700 per month??

Back to the kitchen

It’s been a while since I have posted about my own kitchen adventures! Let’s fix that πŸ˜€

Remember when I snagged an ice cream maker at Joey and Nicole’s party?

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As soon as I got home from the party, I broke out the instructions and set to work:

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Behold the magic globe.

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I filled one end with ice and salt and filled the other with my own special blend for pumpkin pie ice cream:

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The instructions told me to shake the ball for 20 minutes, but I got bored and had places to be, so I just threw it into the freezer …

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… for four days:

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While I let my solid block of pumpkin ice cream thaw a bit, I set to work on my other new toy, a gift from step-grandmama:

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That’s right, a veggie spiralizer!

I really didn’t know what I was missing all those times I used a carrot peeler to shred things for hours on end.

In went a zucchini …

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And out came zucchini spaghetti!

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It’s a miracle!

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While I was spiralizing zucchini, carrots, yellow squash, and broccoli stalks, I had tofu baking in the oven and slathered with this gift from mom:

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I tossed all the “noodles” together in a bowl …

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… and then added my crispy tofu, steamed broccoli, and tons of spices and herbs:

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Voila, veggie spaghetti!

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For dessert, I shoveled out some pumpkin ice cream, made it creamy with the immersion blender, and served it on top of a hot vitabrownie:

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That was a fun meal. I’ve missed playing in the kitchen!

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

Game!

As I was saying, the plan on Saturday was to have dinner at my dad’s house with all of the parental figures (dad and Rae Ann, mom and John) and Aunt Mary, and that’s exactly how it worked out. We arrived at my dad’s house to one of my favorite sights in the entire world: cheese and crackers!

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I had a few of these to keep me going until Rae Ann came out with her stunning masterpiece: Cornish game hens stuffed with brown rice and veggies!

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That platter was as heavy as it looked!

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I had half a hen and a ton of RA’s salad with craisins, walnuts, feta, and mandarin slices:

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And then I broke out MY masterpieces, the pies:

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I made sure everyone had a little slice each of apple and of pumpkin ricotta.

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Obviously, I did the same.

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And then I napped in front of the fire for hours while the grownups broke out their guitars and played music all night πŸ˜€

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What is your favorite way to spend time with the “grownups”?