Merry Very Early Christmas!

Hello people!

Well, it's already been a year. How crazy is that?

My name's Miranda and I'm 18 (turning 19 on December 28th!).

Over the summer, my family and I purchased our very first house in New York. It's awesome, but it needs a LOT of work (aesthetically-speaking) and we've put most of what we have into buying it and renovating the living room. We've been told to keep our Christmas lists short this year, which has been surprisingly easy, but, obviously, as time goes on, there's more that I want, lol.

So here goes...

1. Lady Gaga merch.
I recently fell in love with Lady Gaga and I just think she's so awesome, but her merch (t-shirts, sunglasses, etc.) is pretty pricey. :(

2. A contractor, particularly knowledgable in kitchens.
My mom is the chef in our family and her biggest wish is to turn the ugly kitchen we have into the kitchen of her dreams. One of the problems to that is that she's not quite sure how to go about it. A contractor would be very helpful for this endeavor (we live in up-state New York, so someone regional would be awesome, of course).

3. Art.
My dad AND brother are artists but they never draw me anything (even when I bribe them with gum, lol). I would love a drawing of Stephen Colbert of Kiefer Sutherland or Solid Snake (from Metal Gear Solid). I also love Splinter Cell, Jon Stewart, Harvey Birdman (Attorney at Law) and Otacon (from Metal Gear Solid), so any of those in any form of art would be so cool.

4. Recipes.
I'm a college student and I have a lot of trouble coming up with new things to eat instead of being stuck with the dining hall's crummy food. I would love some cool recipes that don't necessarily require an oven or stove-top (I do have a microwave, though, so if that's substitutable for an oven, lemme know).

5. Cool sites with totally random stuff.
Funky clothes, crazy jewelry, awesome bags, even toys. Anything that's not very girly, cuz I'm not into that kinda stuff. But I LOVE finding new websites where I can find schaweet stuff that I might wanna get in the future.

6. Busted Tees t-shirts.
There's a couple of shirts that I have wanted for a few years, now, but they never go on sale; Initech, Binford Tools, Don't Tase Me Bro, and We'll Do It Live. I LOVE those shirts.

7. Movie recommendations.
I'm into comedies, dramas and action films. I don't like romantic stuff, and I tend not to like dark comedies. And, just for reference, I hated Juno, lol.

8. Business for my dad.
Like I said before, dad is a professional artist. He has a mural and faux finish business. I'm not trying to beg for business or anything, but it's hard for dad to get his business out there; if you would like your home or your place of business painted (in the up-state New York area) or even if you would like a painting done for you to hang up or give to someone, please let me know. My dad also paints wine glasses, candle-holders, etc.

9. College horror stories.
Topic can be anything and everything. I'm a freshman and I'm having a tough time getting through college. I'd love to hear what stories you might have about the crap you may have gone through in college.

10. Ties.
I. Love. Ties. I seriously can't explain it, I just love them so much. If you have ties you never wear anymore, ties you don't like, please, send 'em my way. One stipulation: I hate paisley. X]

If you would like my address, feel free to PM me here or send me an email at dr_saico_24vicodin [at] yahoo [dot] com. I'll do my best to fulfill one of your wishes, too! Thanks for listening!

Love y'all - Mira/Doc/Kat *meow*
  • Current Location: [[living room]]
  • Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
  • Current Music: *absolutely nothing*
Do you have access to a blender? I make my own hummus at least once a week. Yummy, healthy stuff, and so much cheaper than buying it:

Lara's Easy Hummus
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon peanut butter (picked this up from Alton Brown; it's cheaper than tahini, and you can't tell the difference)
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
juice of half a lemon

put the chickpeas, garlic, peanutbutter and lemon juice in your blender, and start pulsing on low. Drizzle in olive oil a bit at a time, until you have the texture you want. You can also jazz this up by adding chopped olives, marinated artichoke hearts, capers, sundried tomatoes, etc.
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I have one thing that I cook in the microwave, a coffee mug chocolate cake. Fill your mug halfway with boxed cake mix. Add a few tablespoons of milk and mix. The consistency should be that of regular cake batter, maybe a tiny bit thicker. Put this in the microwave and cook on high for 45 seconds. If it's not set, keep cooking, using 15 second increments. You don't want it too dried out, as you can burn it. You may have to monkey with the time and power settings, as your microwave's power may be different from mine.
My friend has a blender that she'll let me borrow. Those are awesome, thank you! :D
I can draw you something and send it to you via snail mail! message me your address. c=
Enjoy!

MICROWAVE FUDGE

In a 1 1/2 quart casserole, stir the following until partly blended: 1 pound powdered sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/4 t. salt, 1/4 cup milk and 1 T. vanilla. Put 1/2 cups margarine over the top in center of dish and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well until smooth. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 x 2-inch dish and chill for 1 hour. Makes 36 pieces.
Here are some college-friendly recipes for you!

Peanut Butter Pasta
1 pack Ramen Noodles
about 1 tbsp peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
a little soy sauce
about half a cup of peas, broccoli, or whatever veggies you might like (optional)
Prepare the noodles in the microwave. Then mix the peanut butter and soy sauce with a little hot water (you can also add some garlic powder or the seasoning packet that comes with the noodles if you like). Top the noodles with the peanut sauce and stir the veggies in. It's like insanely cheap Thai food! :]

Fudge
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup maple syrup (cheap pancake syrup works too!)
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Check on them and stir them up every thirty seconds or so. Then add the chocolate and the syrup and microwave for another minute. Stir it all together. Spoon onto a waxed paper-lined plates and refrigerate until firm.
I'm shooting you an email in regards to #9.

It's also super easy to make jello in a microwave/fridge. I put usually just make it all in a pyrex measuring cup.