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Hello, Nemesis. I see your 40mph gusts and I raise you an indoor workout, HA HA! In your face, Wind. I'm almost done with the first third of the P90X workout and man, I am LOVING it. I had a 90 minute massage (bliss) yesterday and my therapist noted that my body looked more toned than the last time I was in 4 weeks ago. SUCCESS! Except for how I have 6 more weeks to go. Even better. I'm switching from the proprietary "recovery mix drink" they sell to a glass of milk based on this (and other) studies, and haven't noticed anything negative. Yay, milk! So it's true, then: it does do a body good. And the research was done with CHOCOLATE milk, which is even better.

I don't know what's been going on lately in the world of Twilight fandom, but I've been getting crazy hits on my Sparkledammerung posts, to the tune of 28,000 hits on the first post in total. All of which means some of the naysayers (Did I end up in Horseville, because I'm surrounded by Nay-sayers! WORD PLAY.) are back making sure I know that I am not funny, I am not nice, and I do not know what I'm talking about, because we all know that Twilight is the GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL TIME. Well, I hope you feel better, Mr. Anony-Mouse, after venting. The best was the one that told me I had TENS OF THOUSANDS of fans ready to kill me. I always wanted to die a martyr, woot!

But life hasn't been all workouts and massages and hate mail, it's been recipe collecting and gardening! I have a bunch of summery, light recipes for veggies under the cut, and some picspam after that, so be warned, those of you on dial up.



Halibut with Sugar Snap Pea Salad (Dinner tonight, plus some steamed broccoli)

1 TBSP fresh lime juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 TBSP olive oil
Salt and Pepper (I'm all about the sea salt lately)
12 ounces of snap peas, strings removed (these are from the garden, so what's ripe is what we'll have)
1 small red onion, thinly sliced (I'm using a sweet yellow onion because it's what's in my garden)
1 TBSP sesame seeds, toasted
halibut fillets, lime wedges (I have tilapia today, not halibut)

In large bowl, combine the lime juice, ginger, 1 TBSP of the oil, and 3/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Add snap peas, onion and sesame seeds, toss to coat. (I think I'll chill it.)

Heat the remaining oil in a skillet, season the fish with salt and pepper, cook until opaque throughout, about 3 -0 5 minutes per side. Serve with the salad and lime wedges to squeeze over the fish.


Fettuccine with Peas, Shallots, and Herbs Vegetarian!

12 oz. fettuccine (3/4 box - and seriously, that's obnoxious. Just cook the whole damn box and have leftovers, you know?)
1 10 oz. package frozen peas
2 TBSP olive oil
6 shallots, sliced
salt and pepper
1/2 C grated pecorino or Parmesan (2 ounces)
1/2 C fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 C fresh mint, chopped

Cook the pasta, adding the peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 C pasta water, drain the pasta, return the pasta and peas to the pot.

Meanwhile, add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, 3 - 4 min.

Toss the pasta and peas with the shallots, 1/4 C of the cheese, and the reserved pasta water. Fold in the parsley and mint, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve.


Green Beans, 6 Different Ways (I'm about to come into a bounty of green beans and Chinese long beans, so I've been looking for new ways to serve them)

Roasted with Pecans
Toss beans and pecans with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 F until they are tender, about 12 minutes. (Toss at 6 minutes to evenly roast.)

With Creamy Basil Dip
Blanch beans and serve with a mixture of pesto and mayo. (I'm going to try mixing the pesto with proper yogurt and serve. YUM.)

Lemony Tuna and Green Bean Salad
Chop blanched beans and olives. Combine with canned tuna, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Take out the olives and I'd be all over this.)

Green Bean, Tomato, and Bacon Salad
Cook sliced garlic in olive oil until golden. Toss with steamed beans, halved cherry tomatoes, and cooked bacon.

Grilled Cajun Green Beans
Toss beans with "cajun seasoning" (code word: Tony Chachere's) and a touch of olive oil. Grill over medium high heat until tender, 4 minutes.

Green Bean and Feta relish
chop raw beans and red onion. Mix with crumbled feta and red wine vinaigrette. Serve over grilled meat or seafood.


Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Scallions
2 pounds medium zucchini (please come see me in two weeks for all the zucchini you could want, thx.) This is about 6, sliced in half lengthwise
1 tsp plus 1 TBSP olive oil
6 scallions sliced
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
salt

Heat grill on medium high. Brush zucchini with 1 tsp oil and grill until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes per side (this alone is fabulous.)

Cut zucchini into 1 inch pieces and toss in a large bowl with the scallions, lemon juice, red pepper, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 3/4 tsp of salt, and serve at room temp. (That seems like a lot of oil to me. I'd cut that in half, even though olive oil is good for you. I just don't want oily stuff in hot weather. This would be good on pasta, too. Oooh, or grilled fish.)


Corn Salad with Feta and Walnuts (I'd sub the walnuts with pecans because I never have walnuts, and I always have pecans)
1 C walnuts
4 C fresh corn kernels (4 ears) raw or cooked (I prefer raw)
2 jalapeños, seeded and thinly sliced (I use one because my kids are wimps)
2 TBSP fresh lime juice
2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil (that's what she said)
1/2 C crumbled feta (2 oz)

Heat oven to 400 F. Toast the walnuts until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Cool and roughly chop.

In large bowl, combine all ingredients except the feta, season with a little salt and pepper, toss, and fold in the feta. Serve immediately. (I bet this would be good cool, too, though.)


Pasta Salad With Asparagus and Lemon (so simple, but sometimes I need reminding of simple stuff)
1/2 box penne pasta
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 C Parmesan pieces
2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil (that's what he said)
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta to al dente, adding the asparagus to the water for the last 3 minutes of cook time. Drain and rinse under cool water. Transfer to a big bowl.

Add Parmesan, oil, lemon juice and zest, season with S & P to taste, toss and serve. (I bet some fresh basil leaves would be good in there, too, in which case, I'd add some torn Romaine lettuce as well and serve this up as a main course. With some grilled shrimp. Mmm.)


Oatmeal Raspberry Bars
10 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into pieces + more for the pan (skip that last one and use Pam cooking spray, why dontcha?)
1 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 C rolled oats
1/2 C seedless raspberry jam
1 C fresh raspberries

Heat oven to 375 F. Grease an 8 in. pan (see?) In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt to combine. Add butter chunks and pulse just until dough comes together. Transfer to a bowl and gently knead in the oats. (This would be fun to make with kids.)

Press all but 1/4 C of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border at the sides. Scatter the fresh raspberries over the jam and sprinkle with the remaining dough.

Bake until edges are golden, 25 - 28 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes (min.) before slicing. (Mmmmm, this is getting made this weekend!)



The pics I took are of my cat's journey through my garden. You know, she's just the weirdest creature. She won't have a thing to do with me in the house, but as soon as I poke about in the soil, she can't stay away. I tried to get pics from her perspective, because it amused me. I'm now entering the second phase of Crazy Cat Lady transformation, aren't I?


(I like to believe Darthanne adopts a French accent when giving tours.)

'Allo. I am your personal guide today. If I decide to leave you in sairch of bunnies, naps, or back scratches, be warned.



Allow me to remind you of what my outdoor hunting grounds look like in ze wintair.






And...


Sad, non? Ze hossenfeffer knows that thair ees no covair, and so they do not come. Ze desolation causes me great strife. But with every death, a flowair grows...









My human wants you to see a closer picture, as if you do not have eyes as sharp as mine.



(My human assures me that ze lushness of ze othair places weel arrive here tout de suite.)


I like to pause and reflect upon ze lives I have taken... All necessary, but ees not every life important? Non, for some live only to sairve me and my blood lust. C'est la vie...




My human can often find me crouching here...



...and here...



...and here. Zoot alours! (It is not a baird's nest in ze watair, but only a seedling of cattails. Harumph, you cannot GROW cat tails, you must be a cat WEETH a tail, tchuh.)



Even a legionnaire such as myself requires water, although I much prefer the drink of life. (Maybe she should talk like a Romanian and be a vampire? We'll do that.)



Below these pink flowers (penstemon) and behind the dill lies the strawberry plants. They are to bunnies as wine is to my humans: irresistible. Muah ah ah.



For some reason my human eats these daily. I like to stand on the trellis and watch her pull them off - you never know, she might require my help.



This is very soft and I like laying on it, even though my human shoos me away when she catches me. I just have to make sure she doesn't catch me; a cat will sleep where a cat wants to sleep.



Ah, the double-edged sword of bare earth for napping versus more plants for cover. The human wants me to tell you what you are looking at:


1. Not "pot" she says, but a Texas Star Hibiscus
2. Crinums that will get four feet tall with giant amarylis-sized blooms. Sounds like good cover to me.
3. cat mint, which is why I like to nap here
4. gayfeathers, and I don't know why my human is snickering
5. pink phlox again, excellent cover for me
6. gauras
7. daylilies
8. Russian sage


More of that Russian sage with cannas in the back. I like these because giant grasshoppers hide in here even though they make my human cry out in terror. Weakling.



I tried to knock her hand away but she kept holding these penstemons. I hadn't properly smelled them before she touched them, you see.



The hydrangeas are finally leafing out, which pleases me. I like to lay under them and swat at ankles that pass by. Or this is my fall back when those rotten pugs go for a walk on their retractable leash.




I had a lovely spot that I would lay in every afternoon. All mulch, no plants, it was perfect. The human decided a "rose" needed to go there. Pfft. I'm going to eat half of it and hoark it up in her shoe later. That'll show her.

1. bearded iris
2. that detestable rose - she keeps cutting them and bringing them inside, cooing over the smell, too. Humans - so weird.
3. Hummingbird bush, and those lovely fast speedy green appetizers come to this one, even though my human won't let me eat them. Bah.
4. Mountain sage


A close up of the detestable rose. I want my nap spot! maybe I'll sleep on her face...



She assures me that I will get treats for my troubles today. Perhaps she'll let me have at that dog of hers...



This massive post brought to you by my need to procrastinate on errand day. :)

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stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, more recipes, thank you!
caoil
May. 13th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
<3 your cat. Hee!
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, ME TOO! (Even though she is evil...)
entrenous88
May. 13th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Garden looks splendid, and DarthAnne is a vision in prowly beauty!
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
10-Q! She was in a rare mood last night. A mom was pushing a stroller while I was taking pics and the little girl squealed, "Kitty!" Darthanne sauntered over and jumped up to rub her face on the little girl's hand. <3 She must be on vacation from her career in Evil. ;)
ipnotika
May. 13th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the adventures of Darthanne! You should make it an ongoing series, because it's fabulous. And I like the French accent. :)

Have you seen this bit of Twilight fan bizarreness? (The website itself is utter, disturbing hilarity.)
http://pillowbiters.blogspot.com/2009/05/peter-kellan-and-edi-play-around-with.html
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. Some people have way too much time on their hands, says the woman with way too much time on her hands. :)

I laid outside with a book and Darthanne came over and decided which page I should be reading. I think she knows you want a webseries about her...
soundingsea
May. 13th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Kitty!narration is the best.

Also, TwiFan-haters to the left. Wtf is wrong with them? Wait, you don't have to answer that...
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I think so, too!

Dude, it's not just Twi-fans, but the LDS come over to tell me how mean I am and disrespectful of their faith. Like how they respect the Holocaust victims right to not be baptized out of THEIR faith. Ahem. :D
joeb_abbitt
May. 13th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I call BS. Your Twilight reviews were made of awesome.
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
See, that's what I said, but they tried to be all logical and "this hurts me" and whatever. it's not MEANT to be a respectful loving kind of thing.

Because, you see, I have brains. :D
darlas_mom
May. 13th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think you have diabolical magic powers. Whenever you make gardening posts, I guiltily glance at my backyard and think about doing yard work.
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
A side effect of my newfound love of Santeria! :D
abusing_sarcasm
May. 13th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I always love reading your posts, even though you're a mean idiot who is going STRAIGHT TO HELL.

French Darthanne is happy-making. :D

*hugs*
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I AM A MEAN IDIOT AND YOU'RE GOING TO HELL WITH ME. As my VALET. Muah ah ah!

Darthanne kisses her fingers to show appreciation for the bunnies. I JUST FIGURED IT OUT: she loves me out there because I make delicious food for the bunnies so THEY taste delicious! She is tres clever...
a_mistletoe
May. 13th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Mon dieu! Ton chat est formidable. Aussi ton jardin est tres beau. Ok that's enough French. My garden has some apple blossom out at the moment. Last night there was a frost. Tant pis.

I think insanity runs in the Twilight family. Of course my knowledge is based solely on your information as I have neither seen the film, nor read the books. Still, when Oh my heck is published you will be able to write a whole series of Sparkledammerung to go with the many sequels they are threatening promising. Oh how I envy you.
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's 90 here today!! I'm boggling at the frost mention, you see. :D

Oooh, that would be fun to write a series about Sparkle for publishing... HEE.
enigmaticblues
May. 13th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
1. Gorgeous garden! I loved seeing it through a kitty's eyes.

2. Twilight fans may want you dead, but my love would bring you back to life, for the Sparkledammerung is the only thing that makes the existence of Twilight meaningful. This I believe.
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And hahahaha, your love is my mouth to mouth, both metaphoric and literal, yay!
kseenaa
May. 13th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
The cat rocks. Hands down. :-P

Oh, have you seen this disturbing image of Jacob that das_mervin showed us in her LJ today? Man... What is the problem with the Twilighters? Seriously? :-P
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! THAT PICTURE IS FRIGHTENING!!!! WOW WOW WOW.

Okay, ill stop abusing the CAPSLOCK, but holy moley! (And hahaha, thank you for the link)
kseenaa
May. 13th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
And from what I understand the Twilighters think it is such a very sweet image... o.O SWEET MY BLOODY ASS!!! *head-desk* I'll just end today with sharing this little story... And twilighters wonder why we think they are insane... *shakes head*
essene
May. 13th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Lovely!

You and your garden. And Darthanne--of course.

Also...dilled green beans. YUM.

I don't have a recipe...I'm sure there's several out there, but I remember eating them out of the jar at my BF house after her mom made them, oh man...
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, toots! I <3 my garden and my kitnit.

oooh, I'm not a fan of dill, so I'd give those a pass. (I grow it for the Monarch butterflies)
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stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Darthanne HUNTS bunnies. She goes off in search of them, and eats them. While I wish she didn't, we have bobcats and coyotes that venture into the neighborhood to control the population when she doesn't, and they'll go after other pets, too.

I have no idea how to keep a cat from stalking and hunting when it's their natural inclination to do so. Best bet would be to keep the bunnies from coming to the yard - get your husband to urinate outside, that works. :)
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nijireiki
May. 13th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Wait until she gets too old to hunt effectively?? That's what my family did... Cat No. 1 used to be one baaaad motherhunter for years, but now she's just old and bitchy and retired. Cats 2 and 3 are idiots and she hates them. :D

You could try a combination of a bell and metal tags on the collar to make noise, keep her inside during the dark hours, and you could try feeding her meat meals to sate the bloodlust. There is also a cat bib which has the side effect of making the other cats laugh at your cat if you're really desperate.
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altyronsmaker
May. 13th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
gosh stoney, I love your garden posts. The pics are always so beautiful, and I'm so jealous of your mad skillz. *pouts* Such a pretty landscape! And the kitteh? Soooo pretties.
stoney321
May. 14th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I appreciate that. <3
nijireiki
May. 13th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
...I was ready to ask if the first recipe would work with tilapia, but then you beat me to it. <3 It looks/sounds (reads?) delicious. I think I've got all the ingredients, too, although sadly not fresh. I'd like to garden, but all the dirt in the backyard is actually sand once you get more than a few inches down, and the fleas will get me. /excuses I am going to try and grow strawberries inside, though!

Your Twilight reviews helped me when I challenged myself to read all 4 books. (I failed, tried again, made it farther and gave up before finishing, and am not ashamed.) They exposed the lulz! And were scorchingly accurate! I wasn't sure if I was reading too much into the craziness, but no, it's all there, and more. Plus, the LDS insight is fascinating! Creepy, but fascinating. Sadly, some of my (from pre-teen to multiple-degree-carrying) relatives (some of whom are Catholic) really like/love the Twibooks and movie. Just goes to show you.

Btw, are you familiar with the Slim in 6 program from Beachbody (P90X people)? I am not in well enough shape for P90X yet, but your posts are making me want to excercise!! I'm just not sure if it's worth buying both programs, or just sucking it up with my fat ass and doing P90X for... more than 90 days.
stoney321
May. 13th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
oooh, I would NOT recommend starting off with P90X. It's not for beginners/folks getting back into exercise. It's crazy intense. The Slim in 6 is a GREAT program, that would be where I'd go! (My fear is that you'd get P90X and give up after a few tries, you know? And then that just wouldn't be good at all!)
artimusdin
May. 13th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm in relatively good shape from taekwando, but need to restart myself as I've had a few months off recovering from an ankle injury. Do you think I should start with a different program, or would I be able to get into the P90X one?
stoney321
May. 14th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
If you can do one-legged squats and then jumping jacks for a minute without any pain, I bet you could go for the P90X. It's high impact in places, and there are LOADS of leg exercises (not to mention yoga, Kenpo, etc.)

If you feel fit to begin with, just recovering from an injury, I bet you could do it. They have a set of things to do and a range to fit to let you know BEFORE if you should continue or do a lesser program, if that helps.
artimusdin
May. 14th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
... hrm, how low are the one-legged squats? Are you talking about all-the-way to the floor or as if you had a weight bar on your shoulders?
stoney321
May. 14th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
yep, you go to the floor. The "x" in P90X is for extreme, so let that color your decision. Again, this is INTENSE exercise meant to transform your body/athleticism in 90 days. It's not for the faint of heart.
artimusdin
May. 14th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Hrm.... Right. Jumping jacks I have no problem with, the one legged squats, though... Me thinks I'll have to work up to this one...
redbrickrose
May. 14th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
The best was the one that told me I had TENS OF THOUSANDS of fans ready to kill me.

O.o.

Your garden looks great! (And I love the cat narration *g*)
stoney321
May. 14th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Isn't that awesome? There could be trained assassins out there ready to take me down! It'll be like Kill Bill, but with sparkles!

Ahahhaa, thanks. :D
a2zmom
May. 14th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
The garden is looking delectable. I am way,. way behind - still have cleanup left. Also, a fair amount of loss this year due to a wet winter.
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_tallian_
May. 16th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh god, your gardens are gorgeous, and even better, come with a kitteh.

I just started P90X, and I'm definitely going to read that study on milk as a post-exercise drink. I'd really rather not spend stupid money on stupid things.

diachrony turned me onto P90X, and I just started salivating when I saw the website. I can't wait to start seeing results.
stoney321
May. 16th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I LOVE the P90X recovery drink, it's seriously delicious, but it's not cheap, either. Milk I love, too, so that's what I'll be sticking with after all of my recovery drink is gone.

It's awesome, P90X. I'm on week 4, doing the "recovery" series, and man, does my body like that. :)
hiro_kitty
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Ah, I found your lj via Sparklemadness.

I wanted to say that your garden pics inspired me to go out and buy plants today. I've never grown anything by myself before, so hopefully I don't kill the poor things. >_>

Since I live in an apartment (that faces northeast, goshdarnit), I'm starting small. One day I'll work up to awesome big plants. D:
stoney321
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Hello there! Aww, NE windows make it hard, huh? You could grow orchids in that window as long as they don't touch the glass? African violets? Good luck with your new babies! :)
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