Posts tagged ‘snugpanda’

September 30, 2011

Informal Photoshoot with David

by Nicole Lee

So my friend David and I have been talking for months about getting together to take some photos. Unforutnately things had not worked out until recently. Yesterday I headed up (down? across?) to the Hyde Park area with camera in hand. It wasn’t anything staged or arranged. We walked around, talked, drank some coffee and he ended up on the other side of the lens. I loved it. I think the photos came out fairly well. I’d like to try again with him with a little more light (ISO at 800+ is too grainy for me), but overall it was wonderful. Now it’s Friday morning and I’m all smiles. Things are on the up and up.

June 4, 2011

Nameless Caturday with Loki

by Nicole Lee

Dear Readers,

I have hijacked Nicole’s computer in hopes of getting some help from all of you. You see, I have this new toy and other than Frost it’s all that keeps me company through the long days Nicole is working and the nights she spends with Scott’s catbabies (she asked me to tell you she’ll be introducing all of them soon too).

So all of that aside I am having some serious problems naming my new little friend. I have a picture too, so maybe you can give me some suggestions. Things to know:

  • It does not make any sounds
  • It’s stuffed just perfectly so it’s squishy, but not too firm
  • I carry it with me all of the time
  • It’s my new snuggle buddy

Please see below and let me what you think! I greatly appreciate your help and thank you in advance. I’m going to turn this back over to Nicole now, so look forward to some more of her silly, nonsensical ramblings I mean, pictures and events coming soon!

Most humbly yours,


June 2, 2011

Recipes from Wednesday Cook Night – Stuffed Bell Peppers with Orzo

by Nicole Lee

Per Scott’s request last night’s Wednesday Cook Night was filled with stuffed peppers. I’m kind of a silly girl and decided to make orange (my favorite color) and green (his favorite). I also made heart shapes out of the Sriracha on top. I know, I know. It’s dorky, but sometimes you just cannot help who are are. :)

I did have a few issues with this recipe, including how watery it ended up being. I think my problem was overcooking the orzo, so next time I’ll need to adjust accordingly. Either way, here is the recipe (slightly adjusted to help you with the wateriness). I hope you enjoy!



  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (I use 93/7)
  • 4 bell peppers (color of your choosing)
  • 1/4 c. orzo
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • reduced fat cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  1. Half bell peppers and place in a oiled glass pan.
  2. Sautee onions, salt, pepper and garlic until translucent.
  3. Lightly cook orzo (just before al dente, you want it to still absorb liquid while cooking)
  4. Separate half the onions and set aside.
  5. With the remaining cooking onions brown meat. Add dill just before it’s finished.
  6. Roughly chop tomatoes and add to onions
  7. Put a shallow layer of tomato/onion mixture in bottom of peppers.
  8. Add meat mixture on top.
  9. Top with cheese (and hot sauce if so desired!)
  10. Cover with oiled tin foil (oil side down).
  11. Place in 450 degree over for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until peppers are soft.
  12. ENJOY!

April 29, 2011

Recipes from Wednesday cook night- Bourbon Salmon with Steamed Green Beans and Rice

by Nicole Lee


I am such a planner. One of those, “I love it when a plan comes together,” types. Where every moment, event, minute detail has been thought of and addressed prior to the plan at hand being implemented. BUT! This week’s “Wednesday Cook Night” failed. Miserably. On all levels. Even with my need to get it right. And being the woman that I am, when that failure happens I lose all momentum. When we went to Publix to buy the salmon? There was none. When I went to take photos? My battery died. When I went to edit the photos I did get? They were mediocre at best. I got a little frustrated and even when Scott offered his point and shoot to take the rest of the photos I just refused, whined and pouted. It was not one of my more proud moments. There is light at the end of this tunnel, though!

Dinner was DELICIOUS. We ended up buying a pre-seasoned bourbon salmon, steamed some fresh green beans, and served it all over jasmine rice. Had some shrimp and cocktail sauce while we were cooking and watched an excellent hockey game (Go Lightning go!). It seems that if I just relax, go with the flow and try not to get so worked up and stressed about the little things it all comes together in the end.

In the meantime look forward to next Wednesday. There’s talk of homemade Thai nomz in the works! It should be quite the night!



                + 2 pieces Publix Bourbon Salmon

                + Fresh green beans, stemmed

                + 2 cups cooked Jasmine rice

                + Salt, pepper and butter to taste

                + Sesame chili oil


                + Heat grill pan to medium and add sesame chili oil

                + Grill salmon for approximately 3 minutes on each side then set on bed of rice

                + Steam green beans in steamer or microwave, serve with butter, salt, pepper (and fresh dill if you have it!)

                + Drizzle oil over rice and salmon for garnish and enjoy!

WCN (25)    WCN (17)   


Bonus!! Molly thought we wanted to share…

April 25, 2011

An Italian Easter with Cat Babies and Gators, Part 1

by Nicole Lee

Easter 2011 has officially come and passed my friends. And what a wonderful adventure it was. I’m not usually one that’s that celebrates religious holidays as it’s not something that I feel strongly about. Furthermore, this particular holiday I have nothing invested in the secular celebration either. Too much candy, creepy bunnies and zombie-like religious figureheads. It just doesn’t really work for me. So the less “traditional” I can have it the better. And this year was a great example of just that. We started off with Maggiano’s Easter buffet. I’m kind of little so buffet style eating is somewhat difficult for me to feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth, but this was an exception. Food was brilliant, service was spot on and the company (Scott and his dad) was superb. We ate and ate and ate until finally we couldn’t eat anymore. With bellies full of delicious Italian nomz we moved on to exploring what the else Easter had to offer.  (Review for the actual restaurant coming soon!)

The rest of the day was planned while mid-bite, to include a walk through Lettuce Lake Park followed by the Disney documentary “African Cats”. Photos of the park, with the follow up blog post to come tomorrow, so watch for it! In the meantime, though, enjoy what made for an absolutely delicious Easter.