2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Crab and Shrimp Bisque: Cooking With Alex #2

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Okay so I found this recipe for crab bisque and I had some leftover baby shrimpies so I decided to jazz it up a bit and make it a dinner for one person. It’s really delicious and incredibly easy, so obviously it’s a new favorite.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 13 teaspoons of tomato soup (Yes. Thirteen. I wanted to be precise and it worked out nicely. If you want to eyeball it feel free)
  • 13 teaspoons of cream of mushroom soup
  • some milk (As much it takes to make the liquid more liquidy)
  • imitation crab (As much you want)
  • shrimp (Small. Deveined. I used frozen and it thawed and cooked while I was making the bisque but you can use fresh if you want)
  • parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder (Plus whatever other seasonings you like)
  • onion (I just cut off a tiny bit and tore it up and threw it in there)
  • cheese (shredded)

WHAT TO DO:

  • put everything but the cheese in a pot or “saucepan”
  • make it hot
  • pour in a bowl
  • top with as much cheese as you want. indulge. treat yourself.

Boom. Seafood bisque for one.

Enjoy

-Alex

Cooking with Alex #1-Chicken Taquitos

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Okay so I really enjoy cooking and I love finding new recipes to try. I decided that any time they turned out well, I was going to share it with everybody else. Tonight I made these:

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I usually find the recipes through pinterest but they are always for more than 4 people, so the main point of this is to teach people how to make these for themselves.

HERE WE GO.

(Here is the real recipe, this is just my single serving spin on it.)

BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Get yourself a chicken breast.
  • Cut off the ick.
  • Grab some foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Wrap up the chicken in the foil, put in a pan and stick in the oven for 30 minutes (you can flip it half way through but I don’t think it matters)
  • Don’t worry if it’s a smidge under done, it’ll cook more when it’s in the taquito.
  • Tear it into shreds as big as you’d like.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Shredded chicken (enough for 2 taquitos)
  • 1 oz Cream cheese
  • 2 small flour tortillas (idk if corn tortillas will be different because they are gross and I don’t eat those)
  • Mozzarella (however much you want)
  • 2 tbs. of butter
  • garlic powder
  • seasoning of choice (the recipe says cajun but I just used a blend I already had, I don’t think it matters)
  • salsa
  • milk
  • vegetable oil

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small sauce pot over medium low heat, melt butter.
  • Add seasoning. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until melted and completely combined with butter and spices.
  • Wisk in hot sauce (about a tablespoon) and milk (also about a tablespoon) and simmer for ~3 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Combine chicken and sauce.
  • Lay out a tortillas; fill partially with chicken and top with mozzarella.
  • Tightly roll up taquito (I put a toothpick in mine to keep it shut. Just remember to take it out so you don’t die.) and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Brush taquitos with vegetable oil on all sides.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes; rotate the taquitos about every 3-5 minutes, until each side is golden brown.
  • ENJOY

I’m gonna try to do these at least once a week but I’m not that reliable and I’m also a poor college kid so I don’t always have the stuff to make cool things.

Change is Gonna Come

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I’m amazed at people who deal so well with change or even go out of their way to find it, because I am definitely not one of those people. I stay up all night worrying about what my future holds and what I’m going to do, and then there are the people who just roll with the punches. I need to learn to stop worrying.

My parents recently told me that they were moving back to Arkansas after I graduate from college in December, and I realized that my future was coming at me head on. If you’ve been reading my blog from the beginning then you’ll know that I still live with my parents, happily so; them moving means I’ve finally got to get my shit together and start planning what I’m going to do after I graduate. Granted, I’m making it sound like I have no plans at all; I do, I have plans and an outline of what I want to do but I guess now it seems a lot more urgent than before.

Now most people are ashamed to admit they still live with their parents when they’re 21, but I’m the complete opposite. I’m a realistic person and I know that I don’t make enough money to completely support myself without feeling some sense of worry. Why put all that pressure on myself when I have two of the most wonderful parents in the world who will let me live with them and, if we’re being honest, want me to. You might be thinking to yourself, “Oh I doubt they actually want you to still live with them,” but trust me when I tell you that they do. When they first told me, both my mom and stepdad asked me if I’d be moving with them; it could’ve been because I currently live with them and they didn’t think I’d be able to afford living on my own, but I truly think they won’t know what to do when I’m gone. I’m their favorite child, and their my favorite people in the whole world, so it works for us. Most of the time I’ll be back in my room where they never see me, but no matter what, my parents and I eat dinner together almost every night and they’ve always had the option of yelling at me to come hangout with them if they missed me. Last week, I talked about how I spend almost 75% of my time, if not more, with my parents or sibling; what do I do when they move?

If you read this and you’re one of those kids who talks about how annoying your parents are or how much you want to move out, then you should take a long look at your life; make sure you aren’t being an arrogant little asshole who thinks they know better than their parents, because chances are your parents are probably really great people who are just trying to raise a decent and respectable human being. I’m grateful for the type of people that my parents are, and the way they’ve handled raising me and my siblings. Seriously, don’t ever take your parents for granted; sure, they can be annoying at times and give you too many rules, but I’d like to see you do a better job at raising a bunch of little brats.

The second hardest part about my parents moving, which leads me to finding a job and a place to live in a new city is leaving friends behind. I’m terrible at making new friends! The only way I’ve made new friends is because I was forced to be with them for at least 6 months or more through work or school; that’s how long it takes me to get used to someone. I make friends in a way that is opposite from other people; most people are friendly with everyone at first and then stop being friends, only after that person does something to ruin the friendship. I am friendly with no one and only become friends with someone if they do something I deem acceptable of friendship. I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a long road of finding friends in a new city, especially since I don’t do things that makes it easier to find friends. For example, I don’t drink and drinking is usually a social factor that people use to make friends. How does anyone make new friends? Honestly, I am looking forward to starting my career and truly being a grown up…it just doesn’t sound like it.

Change sucks. Growing up sucks. Reality sucks.

Why You Shouldn’t Vote Republican in 2012

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When Obama was elected in 2008 I thought the world was coming to an end. I hated the idea of a Democrat being in office, even though I had no idea what his platform was or any of his beliefs. I was just convinced that, as a Republican, McCain was the better option (though I didn’t know what his plans were either). Basically I was super uneducated for the whole election. As the years have gone by I’ve become much more liberal in my political beliefs. Though I am still wouldn’t consider myself an “Obama supporter”, and I’m still fiscally conservative, I am much more liberal when it comes to social issues. But we aren’t here to talk about my beliefs. We are here to discuss why this election year, you should not vote for anyone from the Republican party. Many people who support Romney or Santorum accuse Obama of not getting anything done during his presidency, which is incredibly untrue. He may have backed out on some of his promises, but here are just a few things he’s done right so far (from whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com): Continue reading

Why I Will Most Likely Die Alone

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I was eight years old the first time a boy told me he loved me. It was my first “boyfriend” Michael. We were talking on the phone during a tornado warning because I was really scared. When I said I had to go, he said “okay. I love you”. To which I responded “Don’t say that. It’s weird.” and hung up the phone. The relationship didn’t last much longer. No boy has said the words “I love you” romantically to me since. Continue reading

Bah Humbug!

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So I’m posting on Thursday because Alex posted on Tuesday, and my OCD forces me to stick to the every other day schedule.

So it’s officially December and that means I need to change my Facebook profile picture to the Grinch. I’m almost positive that people think I hate absolutely everything based off of the permanent judgmental look I have.

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