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Time Flies When You’re Havin’ Fun!

Wow.  I just realized I haven’t blogged in a month.  Work has been crazy busy (yay!) and life has too (double yay!) I also just realized it will have been a year next week since I started this rambling blog!

I still don’t know what direction I am headed with this blog, or with life for that matter.  What I do know is that I need to get back here more often.  I have so much running through my brain that I need to get down on paper, or in this case, e-paper.

I know I threw out a challenge about eating healthy on a budget.  But I wasn’t really sure how to document it properly.  So I am working on it, and when I figure it out I’ll share it immediately.  I have already started noting all of the money saving things I do each month that I plan on sharing as well.

For instance, I use mint.com to budget my life, and there is a groceries budget I have set.  Maybe I can make a snap shot of that? Excel spread sheet of actual shopping trips? Hmmmm.  I feel like I was really thorough with my birthday freebies challenge last year, so that this needs to be equally as detailed.  Please feel free to drop me some suggestions on how to document or even money saving tips you use while grocery shopping!

I’ll keep you posted.

Chipotle Black Bean Stew & Cornbread

Chipotle Black Bean Stew & Cornbread

In other news- I am in LOVE with Bentgo boxes.  They are washable lunch boxes that include cutlery so that you can take your breakfast/lunch/dinner to work with you. I picked up two of them on Groupon and I am so mad that I didn’t buy more!!!!  I just can’t justify paying full price. Hello, have you met me?!

They are BPA free, can be used in mircowave, freezer, and dishwasher.  The larger bottom section I’ve got show here (left) with Chipotle Black Bean stew leftovers and on the top tray I cut my cornbread muffin in half keeping my topping of cheese separate. Last week I used them for my breakfast of red quinoa, almonds, berries and coconut oil (below) to take with me to work. The bottom section is REALLY big.  It was two huge servings of quinoa, I went a wee bit over board…

Red Quinoa & Berries Breakfast

Red Quinoa & Berries Breakfast

Anyway… no one is paying me for this post, I just needed to check in, and what better way than tell you all about a product I am LOVING!  Now if Groupon will just offer them again, I can stock up…

PS- have I mentioned how much I LOATHE my “new” phone? I need to probably bust out my DSLR to start taking pictures to post here. It’s embarrassing…

Well… I put on my big girl pants…

I haven’t been blogging for all that long, but I was having a hard time explaining to people that the Be in “Be Snarky” didn’t have an E in the web address.  So I saw that www.eatdrinkandbesnarky.com was available, figured what the hell, and I bought it.

This is my first post as my own .com and I am crossing my fingers it worked!

Happy Friday all!

Bloggin’ and Mixin’… Mixin’ and Bloggin’

On Monday, my friend @MsChick was kind enough to invite me to a @SacBloggers mixer hosted by the awesome new bier hall in Midtown, Low Brau.

LowBrauBeing a newbie to the world of blogging, this was my first Sac Bloggers event, and quite an event it was!  What a great turn out!  Sometimes it can be tough to meet new people at social events such as these.  Especially when you know a couple of people at the event.  I have that terrible habit of sticking to who I know, which is odd since I’m a very outgoing person, almost to an annoyance according to past boyfriends, but I digress…

I met a lot of very nice bloggers who write about such a wide variety of topics.  Huge variety!  It was a very inspiring experience.  It made me really want to dive into my blogging and share what I know with others.  ((Who am I kidding, I don’t know that much, I really just want to share my cooking experiences)).

This was also my first time at Low Brau.  Oh my gosh, their food was gooooooood!  They were kind enough to serve us some complimentary dogs, both meat and vegan.  As well as all the accoutrements like a variety of mustards, sauerkraut, onions, and cheese sauce… Ohhhhh the cheese sauce… made of cheese, beer and spices according to the owner, Clay, we were lucky enough to meet Monday night.

I’m a meat eater, but I can appreciate a vegetarian meal and in fact enjoy making them.  So it was my duty to try the vegan dog.  It was surprisingly good!  Of course, I added the cheese sauce to it after my first virgin taste, so it went from vegan to not-so-much in about 5 seconds flat.  But as a lover of most things meat, I gave this a big thumbs up.

lowbrau 3But the pièce de résistance for me was the self-serve water cooler.  Anyone that knows me, knows I have a bit of a drilowbrau 2nking problem… I consume lots and lots and lots of water. I love water.  I would marry water if I could. ((Maybe we can work on that after Prop 8 is overturned?! Hmmmmmm))  So the idea of being able to drink water when I want, and not have to wait for the poor wait staff to refill my glass over and over again is amazing.  I can get up and go fill my glass with nice cold water with a refreshing touch of cucumber, mint, and lemon whenever I want. Well done, Low Brau, well done!

What a fantastical way to spend a spring night.  Thank you again to MsChick, Sac Bloggers, and Low Brau! 🙂

She Bakes! She Bakes!

I love to cook.  Baking, however, is a different story.  Mostly because it takes a great deal of patience, clearly something I lack. Cooking I can just throw things together, and see what happens.  Baking requires measuring and planning, like a science.  I also don’t have much of a sweet tooth so most baking loses it’s appeal on me altogether.

There is one exception to this rule for me.  Christmas!  Oh how I love baking a ton of goodies at Christmas and spreading joy to the world!  Most years I will bake little plates of cookies to give to my employees, some of my vendors, and the beloved folks at my favoritest Starbucks.  My employees almost expect it.  It’s lost some of its luster for me.  I swear they eat the cookies for their lunch that day, but I digress…

For my Starbucks baristas, it’s sort of a bribe.  I use one of their handy rewards cards so I always pay for my Trenta Half Black Half Green No Water Iced Tea with the card. Hello, I love a deal and earning free coffee, I’m THERE!  Which then results in me never ever tipping them ((hangs head in shame)).

About four years ago I decided rather than drop a $20 in the tip jar at Christmas (because really divided by 15-20 employees it doesn’t amount to much), that I would bake them a bunch of different cookies.  And bake I did.  About 10 dozen worth of my favorites.  Yes, you read that right, TEN DOZEN COOKIES.  I delivered them on a large plastic tray lined with Christmas tissue and cellophane.  You should have seen their eyes pop out of their heads in excitement!  I was so happy that they were so happy!  So they snarf through the cookies in a record amount of time, and wash and return my tray to me every year, knowing they will get the baked goodies bomb the following year.  And so it continues, years later.

Every yeaprep kissesr I decide to try something new.  This year I ran across a Pinterest post that I just had to try called Pretzel Buttons.  I grabbed parchment paper, the square pretzels, red & green M&M’s, and Hershey Hugs and went to work! (please bear with me, this is my first attempt at a food blog post…)

  • First I heated the oven, just putting it on WARM.  The original Pinner said to set it around 170-200 degrees, but my oven goes from WARM to 200 degrees, so I decided to err on the side of caution.  wpid-2012-12-05_18-45-09_887.jpg
  • Next I placed parchment paper on a cookie sheet, spread out the pretzels and placed a Hug on each one.  This was the most tedious part- taking the foil off all of those Hugs!
  • I put the cookie sheet in the oven for 4 minutes, taking them out immediately to make sure the Hugs didn’t melt too much.  They still held their shape, just shiny like they were getting melty.
  • I then smooshed in a single M&M in the center of each, and placed cookie sheet and all into the fridge to cool down and firm up. wpid-2012-12-05_19-11-23_250.jpg
  • Lastly I took them off of the cookie sheet with a spatula and placed them on a plate to keep in the fridge until I’m ready to add them to my Christmas Goodie Plates!

wpid-2012-12-05_19-20-05_433.jpgMMMMMMMM salty sweet goodness!

For less than $5 in supplies I was able to make 70 of these bad boys.  I only made as many Hugs as I had.  I still have 3/4 of a bag of M&M’s and 1/2 of a bag of pretzels if I want to make more!

I hope my first food post was successful in your eyes.  I am realizing that I may be a good photographer of people and events, but inanimate objects, not so much…

As far as the other goodies they can expect this year right now the plan is:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Oatmeal Craisin and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Brownies with Crushed Peppermint sticks

Any other suggestions?!  I’m always open to try new recipes on innocent victims! >:)