New New Year’s Resolution: Try all of the Halo Tops

I feel like the title is pretty self explanatory. I figure the worst thing that happens here is I forget about this resolution until December and we suddenly have to eat lots of icecream…. oh no….


pancakes and waffles pint

Pancakes and Waffles

This was really good! It had kind of a smoky aftertaste and otherwise tasted like protein and syrup. It was my first flavor :).


Gingerbread House

THIS WAS DELICIOUS. I was super craving gingerbread flavors. This definitely hit that. So good.


I figure it will be easier if I pick five at a time and go from there. Gives me less room to forget and/or diverge into repeat flavor territory.

chocolate chip cookie dough pint

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Obviously one of the superior Ice cream flavors.

chocolate mocha chip pint

Chocolate Mocha Chip

Yeah, you had me at mocha

black cherry pint

Black Cherry

I’m always down for a potentially red food that doesn’t have red 40 in it! (I’m red 40 intolerant)

mochi green tea pint

Mochi Green Tea

This might be cheating a little bit as I currently have one of these sitting in my freezer… but that basically guarantees it will be the next I try!

cinnamon roll pint

Cinnamon Roll

I loved the pancakes and waffles, I’m intrigued by further breakfast flavors.

What part of the buffalo do the wings come from?

Okay so I’m not a big wing person. But last year I got REALLY into buffalo sauce on EVERYTHING and so I’m compiling a list of delicious buffalo food that is (potentially) easier to eat and less messy than a pile of wings.


Buffalo Chicken Potstickers – these sound fabulous. They retain the portability and dipability of buffalo wings but wrapped up in a cute little gyoza. Add to that the fact that of all dumpling preparations potstickers are my favorite. You have to take the time to fold them but they steam in the pan so you don’t have to worry about a bamboo steamer or an electric steamer which makes things super damp. Let’s go.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese – Blue cheese is one of those cheeses that I sometimes crave (kind of like my sometimes urges for buffalo sauce) but nobody else in my family will eat. I love finding a recipe that calls for it so I have an excuse to get some and sprinkle it on a bunch of stuff.

Cheesy Buffalo Mushroom Poppers – there is jalapeno in this as well for a great kick. Mushrooms mushrooms mushrooms

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – I don’t promise this is the same recipe but my cousin brought some of these to a party I threw recently and they were the bomb. I somehow didn’t expect cauliflower replacing chicken to work this well for this type of food but I have learned.

Buffalo Chicken Peppers OR Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers – depending on whether you want a munchie or a dinner.

Buffalo Chicken Rangoons – A crunchier alternative to the potstickers I started with. Crab rangoons are the best of the best when it comes to fried Chinese restaurant creations.

Buffalo Tots – I’m a little concerned that these might too easily become soggy. However the concept sounds great so I will definitely try to play with this recipe.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs – My mother makes the best deviled eggs. And I’m not gonna lie I haven’t really diversified my deviled egg repertoire from the twangy relish, mustard, and paprika creation that is so popular in the south. But I’d be willing to try it for this recipe.

Cauliflower Buffalo Dip – Back to the cauliflower and buffalo. This won’t have the crispiness of the mock wings but promises to be cheesy and flavorful. Especially since it calls for an entire small bottle of hot sauce!

You’re Toast Breakfast!

Forgive the punny title. I’m not sorry. But I am really into fun breakfast toast recipes. I’ve been a long time fan of avocado toast but I’ve been branching out lately in to the realm of goat cheese. So I’m planning to compile a list of recipes here (or at least ideas for toasts I can make) and attempt to try them all out!

Avocado Toast

  • Salad Toast – This is something I’ve made before. I slice half of an avocado and put it on the toast them top it with mixed greens or spinach and maybe some pumpkin seeds or walnuts
  • Salsa Egg – Spread mashed avocado then salsa (regular or fruit based) and top with a fried egg.
  • Regular Egg – I usually spread mashed avocado and top with a slice of whatever cheese is on hand then a fried egg on top which melts the cheese a little. Often I sprinkle salt and pumpkin seeds on top.
  • Everything Bagel – Cream cheese, avocado slices, and everything bagel seasoning

Goat Cheese or Ricotta Toast

  • Honey Walnut Toast – This can be warmed in the oven if you want but I usually don’t bother. I spread the bread with goat cheese and top with roughly chopped walnuts and drizzle with honey. Mmm Mmm good.
  • Ricotta Toast with Pears and Honey – Haven’t tried this one yet but it looks good. I might sub goat cheese just because it’s something I keep around more.
  • Strawberry and Edamame – Buzzfeed suggests peanut butter topped with strawberry slices and edamame then drizzled with balsalmic and sprinkled with sea salt. I’m not sure how I feel about the edamame but I’d be willing to try it out.
  • Mango – Either slices of fresh mozarella or either goat cheese or ricotta topped with thick slices of mango and lime zest and salt
  • Jammmm – The easiest and my go to: goat cheese and fruit jam. Could also use crushed fresh berries in place of jam.

Nut Butter Toast

  • Sliced Banana and Chia Seed – I feel like this is pretty self explanatory. Over almond or peanut butter
  • Ants on a Log – This is a brilliant idea. Thin sliced celery and raisins (or craisins) on peanut butter toast. Yes.
  • PB& Fruit – Sliced apples or strawberries or really anything.

Other Musings

  • Pumpkin – I’m surprised I couldn’t find any pumpkin based toasts online. I feel like either pumpkin puree along with the cheeses or avocado would but delicious in a savory way or pumpkin butter could pair with one of the cheeses as well. I’d rather go for a savory but I need to figure out what I want to mix the pumpkin with so it’s not too soggy.

Lettuce Eat

So this week is salad week! Every meal with include some sort of salad-y thing (maybe) or at least a bunch of vegetables. Guacamole is a salad right?



Banana Pudding


Blueberry Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Espresso Smoothie


Apple Cheddar Bacon Salad

Seaweed Salad w/ squid and maybe rice and miso soup?



Lemon and Chicken Orzo Salad w/ spinach added

Chicken Quesadillas with guac

Thai Peanut Chicken Zoodles




Tuesday: quesadillas w/ guac. Cook bacon for lunch for tomorrow

Wednesday: Apple Cheddar salad for lunch. Orzo salad for dinner.

Thursday: Make Breakfast Cookies! Go Swimming! Prep lunch for friday! Also snacks!

Thai Zoodles for dinner.

Friday: Apples and Peanut Butter Yogurt for Breakfast/Snack.

Food For the Week!

Om nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom








Sunday: Start Coldbrew and make Peach Green Tea Lemonade

Monday Morning: Boil enough eggs for deviled eggs, macaroni salad, and BLT salad (half a dozen or more)

Monday Evening: BLT Salad! Make extra bacon for deviled eggs

Tuesday Morning: Make macaroni salad and popsicles

Tuesday Evening: Turkey Paninis w/ macaroni salad. Save 1/2 of tomato for fiesta rice bowls

Wednesday Morning: Crockpot Fiesta Rice Bowl

Thursday Morning: Make Deviled Eggs

Thursday Evening: Mocha Burgers!



Summer Plans 1.0

There are so many things I want to make this summer. But I also want to be unreasonably lazy. I have such first world problems.

So in the true spirit of millenialism I’m going to post about the things I want to do on here and maybe I will actually be led to do them (and maybe my sister will read this and make me do them). I’m going to pick between 10 and 20 things to start with and we’ll expand in future from there.


Coffee Related Things

  • Hazelnut Iced Coffee or really any coldbrew and creamer combo. I’m planning to make coldbrew a staple this summer since I’m cutting back on Starbucks 😀
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee I got some adorbs little espresso cups for my birthday and this would be a great way to use them
  • Coldbrew made with cinnamon


Summer Type Foods

Summer Type Activities

  • Summer Concerts at the Rio Fridays and Saturdays all summer. We missed Sons of Pirates and that’s sad but we’ll find another good one
  • Go to the beach!

St. Patrick’s Day Noms

Somehow in the grand scheme of things I completely forgot that Friday is St. Patrick’s Day! Not to repeat the mess that was trying to make special Irish food last year I will now venture forth on the internet for delicious celebratory foodstuffs and share my findings with you.

For Breakfast

I’m thinking this quick and easy Green Pistachio Cake. On Friday’s I go into town early so I can volunteer so I usually don’t manage to eat a real breakfast and instead exist on coffee. This will be a welcome change. Since the recipe uses pre-made mixes it will also be easy to make since I’ll also have to prep dinner ahead of time and throw it in the crockpot.

For Dinner

Yummy scrumboes Guinness Coffee Irish Stew. I was thinking it would be easier to do a shepherd’s pie style deal but this recipe has beer AND coffee AND is slow cooker compatible. So it’s a winner in my book.


Food Must Be Made

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a menu online. It’s also been awhile since I’ve made a menu and actually stuck with it. Over a month ago I had my wisdom teeth removed and since then I’ve been a bit lazy in the kitchen. On the one hand I want to cook. On the other I want to lay around and eat soup dumplings and pet the puppy. First world problems amirite?

So this week we’re going to try to NOT be lazy and so here I am once again laying out a beautiful weekly menu!


One thing I could definitely cut back on is trips to Starbucks. I do want to stop by Peets this week and try their honey macchiato so I think I’m going to try to make more coffee at home and buy less. I also need to get a straw for my to-go cup so I can make iced macchiatos at home.

The Metro I haven’t found a true recipe for this and I’m not always a fan of sparkling water but it seems simple and I’d like to try it.

Mexican Iced Mocha This is a cold brew recipe so I can prep ahead for a few days which will be nice. I like not having to put too much effort into my coffee because really, how does one have enough energy to make coffee before drinking coffee?


Bourbon Beef Noodle Soup It’s currently freezing outside (which means nothing since the weather has been super bipolar lately) but I think a nice noodle soup sounds like a great plan. And any excuse to buy alcohol is even better. I bet I can find a good bourbon drink to go with this too ^_^.

Asparagus with Miso Butter and fish (whatever we have in the freezer). Looks classy and delicious and uses something in season.

Cashew Butter Paneer I absolutely love indian food and love that we can buy paneer now. We have some leftover from this weekend feeding the child-sister so I called dibs on making this.

Some Salad that contains Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa We should try to be healthy. We really should. So here’s to that.


Persimmon Amaretto Sour if we feel like buying amaretto

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail if we don’t


Pink Lemonade Pie In honor of Pi Day on Tuesday! I picked an easy one since  I won’t have alot of time between grocery store and pi day with work and stuff


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal also in honor of Pi Day

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

Bucket List Take Two

Okay so I finished roughly half of the bucket list items from the last go round but I still think it’s a good idea and I’m willing to keep going with it!

1. Write More

I can start by actually updating and documenting the things I did from the last bucket list. There are a few things I either finished or adapted that I can write about! I maybe even know where the corroborating pictures ended up.

2. Read 30 more books

I’m going to up this one because I love to read and also I have quite a bit of downtime which would probably be better spent reading than playing on my phone and scrolling Facebook. I can start with Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman which I grabbed from 2nd and Charles a month or so ago and I can finish the Nightvale book. I’d like to buy the next Anne Bishop series since I can’t stop reading the ones I have but I’m pretty broke right now.

3. Take a Yoga Class or Two

I still want to take an aerial class or find a regular class to go to so I’m going to keep working on this. Maybe there will be one near North Potomac if they keep scheduling me down there instead of my other work location and I could go after work. We’ll see.

4. Use My Soldering Iron

We do in fact have solder so now I have no excuse. I need to keep working on relevant engineering skills and projects and not give up on my life goals

5. Pi Day Art Project

Last year Jessi and I created pi day art using wooden circles. Jessi did a sort of paint by numbers and I created a nail-string art masterpiece. This year I’d like to do something else cool. I was trying to figure out if there was some really cool display I could set up for the pi number chain for mathnasium but haven’t figured out a plausible practical exhibit yet.

6. Create a Light-up cosplay

There has to be at least one super cool light up cosplay I can create that’s not from Tron.

7. Go to New York

I haven’t been on vacation in entirely too long other than coming home and hanging out with people. I really want to go back to New York with either Jessi or Tiffany or some other friend and I think I could make it happen for a reasonable amount of money. If I plan well I can even eat all the delicious food things I wanted to when I was trying to plan this trip as a weekend for me and Jessi’s gaia wedding anniversary.

8. Repurpose my old jeans

I have 2 pairs of godawful expensive rockin republic jeans which have holes in the thigh region now. I haven’t thrown either pair away because I’m convinced I can repurpose them into a cool pair of punk pants like these:

Unique Trendy Punk Gothic Clothing Skirts Pants Shorts Mens Womens:

My main concern is that the tears are too high up and would cause the pants legs to roll and insert themselves into my thigh-crotch seam region. If this happens to be the case I can still save the legs and try a look like this one

Gothic Punk Clothing | Unique Trendy Punk Gothic Clothing Skirts Pants Shorts Mens Womens SKU ...:

I’d love to dress more punk ^_^.

9. Go Hiking

Maybe not a real hiking trail so much as a fun themed walk or a scavenger hunt type of thing since I’m not big on climbing mountains and I tend to lose my breath.

10. Go to a New Con

Maybe this will happen and maybe it won’t. I did Cosplayfest for new years so that was new and fun and I’d like to do at least one more new one! I wish the steampunk conventions came closer to our area.

11. Finish/start my Dr. Who Kimono

This was on my last bucket list as well. One day I’ll actually do this.

12. Make a Loki Helmet

I’m going to follow the suggestions on this blog for making my very own Loki helmet for next time I dress up as Loki. It needs to be done when I can actually leave things outside without them freezing or melting so this one will need to wait for spring.

13. Make a Glow in the dark Dress/Skirt

Like this fancy shmancy dress from Think Geek.

14. Put Together my Synth Kit

that I bought from Spark fun like a million years ago.

15. Make a song

I really want to learn how to make music and I got a cool music editing software thing for christmas this year as well as my keyboard from last year that I still need to learn how to play.

16. Make more art

I think last year my resolution was to make one project a week. I either made art or baked some sort of food each week for the first few weeks and then I kind of fell off that wagon. But I do want to paint more and learn different art techniques and be more creative overall.

17. Visit 3 New Restaraunts

I love food.

18. Visit a New Museum

Not hard since I live near D.C. and there are like a million museums there.

19. Send Valentine’s Cards

I won’t go through as much of an ordeal as I did with Christmas Cards (I’m still sending them out atm) but I like sending out card and I think if I start sooner than later I’ll actually get V-Day cards out this year.

20. Make a New Cosplay

I still need to finish Maz and I kind of want to make a Yang from RWBY costume if Jessi wants to be Ruby.

21. Make the button holder clippy things

I have these really fun clip-on straps that came from a Tripp skirt from awhile ago that I used to use as a way to display all of the cool button pins I’ve acquired. I lost those but I’d like to make more since I get pins from anime conventions now.

22. Cook a whole crab

Maybe I’ll use this cool indian recipe and also have an excuse to buy curry leaves and stuff. I feel like I’ll make alot of weird sounds I’m sure but I think it would be fun.

23. Take a Class

Even if I don’t manage to take a legit class maybe I’ll be able to do one of Brit.Cos online classes or something.

24. Keep making bread things

Pretzels, biscuits, and loaves of bread. My enemies in the kitchen. I will conquer them.

25. Make Resin Jewelry

From Jan/Feb 2013 Cloth Paper Scissors, but check out new book by Heidi Boyd - Exploring Resin Jewelry    Use ICE resin or Little Windows resin is  recommendation - easy to use low odor formulas. Protect porous inclusions with sealer (Mod Podge works):

Sprinkles Resin Bangles – Oh My! OK I want to do this but I need more info on how to pour the resin well:

Resin Real Fruit Jewelry- Detailed tutorial about a DIY dehydrated fruit necklace pendant! This would make an AMAZING end of the year teacher present! Sells the necklaces on her etsy site too:

Just a few examples of really cool resin jewelry I could try. I also want to try to make the bangles with the pencils inside using the mathnasium pencils

26. Learn about crystal healing

I really want to learn this for reasons

27. Make perfume

I really want to try to learn how to make the Pi perfume I got from Sephora-just maybe a little more feminine since that’s technically a man’s scent. However I need to start collection the essential oils since there are quite a few.

28. Keep Using Sneaky Cards

I bought Sneaky Cards at AMA last summer and haven’t touched them since then. I need to get on that.

29. Visit Baltimore

I’ll have to since Liz is getting a job there but I want to go do fun things alot!

30. Bake something magical