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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mock Coconut Pie

I made Mock Coconut Pie tonight.  It was really fast and easy, and I like how it turned out.  Bryan was, at first, VERY skeptical.

Because the "mock coconut" is actually spaghetti squash. Yeah.  Bryan didn't like that idea one bit.

In the end though, he decided that it was "all right, pretty good, I think I liked it."  And he told me he owes me a dollar (we bet a dollar he wouldn't hate it).  His suggestion, which was a good one, is that it would have been better if the spaghetti squash was chopped up into small pieces; some of the long stringy pieces grossed him out.

Here's the recipe, courtesy of Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded spaghetti squash (I suggest shredding it quite a bit... wish I had!)
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat the sugar and eggs together in a mixing bowl until light and frothy. Beat in the butter, lemon juice, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the spaghetti squash. Pour the mixture into the prebaked pie shell. If desired, dust the top with nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Bake the pie in preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool on a rack before serving. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired. 
 SUPER EASY, right?

Here's a cell phone pic of it half-eaten.  It's not the prettiest thing to look at, but I liked it.


And the best part about it is that the spaghetti squash was only $1.50 at the Harvest Fest last week!!  And it made this pie and two meals.  NOT BAD little spaghetti squash... I'm proud of you.

Haircuts, or one of the weird things I have issues paying over $20 for

Awhile ago I read an article in Marie Claire about a $1,000 haircut, which is just ridiculous.  The article pointed out that you're given flip flops and an extra soft terry cloth robe (which you keep, what a steal, eh??), that you can order sushi, Starbucks, whatevs, and that tips are not accepted (what a saint). 

The article goes on to mention how the hair stylist really knows her stuff:  she spends time looking at the condition of the hair AND the scalp, and she carefully chooses which oils and acids to apply and where.  She creates her own gloss treatment and is all about pampering.  At the end, the haircut looks nice, but it also looks a LOT like haircuts I had in college.

Seriously.

This is the gal who received the $1,000 haircut:

marieclaire
Here's a really bad picture of my haircut from my junior year of college:

Overly excited me, Fall 2005.  Roommates got chopped out because I love them enough to do so.  You're welcome.
Pretty similar hairstyles, except that mine cost $15 and was done by Tina, a wonderful woman originally from Russia - Spasibo, Tina!

So I had a difficult time paying a lot for a haircut. The last time I got a haircut was last Fall in Humboldt.  The boy who cut it was named Tyler and he was the cutest, gayest hair stylist I have ever had.  He kept walking circles around me, picking up bits of my hair and saying things like, "oh my," and "ummm.... hmm.  Okay."  He did NOT like my previous haircut (neither did I).  He took a long time cutting and styling my hair, and it was worth the $35 cut (which is hard for me to say since it was the most expensive cut I have ever gotten).  I still didn't go back to him, because it was hard for me to spend that much on a haircut.

So, once again, I've taken to cutting my own hair.  I've been doing it for almost a year now, and it's not AHHHmazing, but it's not bad.  If you have long, pretty much straight hair, it's not hard, and it will save you cash.  Even if you just trim it in between 'real haircuts,' it's an easy way to save cash.

I do not recommend it for those with curly hair or short hair, however.

Just don't do it.

But I cut mine tonight and I feel like it came out pretty well.  Maybe I'll take a picture tomorrow... although (SPOILER ALERT!!) it pretty much looks like this:

When I cut my hair this April