Bruschetta Brush-Up

I’m having another Hoo-Sha Day. But this time it’s just because literally everything I have tried to do today has gone wrong. EVERYTHING. And I’ve gotten lost driving at least six times today. SIX.

And I just feel slightly off-balance. Aboo.

BUT. There are still things to be positive about. (Said the eternal optimist.) For one, I’m working on a semi-secret project to celebrate my upcoming THIRD blogiversary (better name for that event to come). I’ll probably tell you if you ask me on a not-public forum, but I’m going to keep it under wraps here for a bit. Suffice to say, I’m super excited, and so far have received mostly favorable responses.

Second, I have a cooking post for you!

So yesterday I was just kind of cold and tired and feeling like I could possibly be getting sick. Naturally, I wanted something warm and comforting for dinner. So I decided to make Italian wedding soup and bruschetta.

Both of these lovely recipes are courtesy of my momma, via the cookbook she HAND-WROTE for me as a wedding present. Gotta love that woman.

So you already have the soup recipe, but here is the quick and dirty on how to make the bruschetta.

First, slice a loaf of Italian bread into 3/4-inch slices. Put them on a baking sheet and spray the top side with olive oil. Put them in the oven for 5-11 minutes at 350 degrees or until they’re golden brown.

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While the bread is toasting, mix a pint of diced cherry tomatoes (or just three regular guys like I used), 4 cloves of garlic* diced, 6 large basil leaves diced, a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

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Once the bread is done, top each slice with 2-3 spoonfuls of the tomato mixture. Sliced fresh mozzarella is optional.

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And that’s it! A completely nom-worthy appetizer. After the bruschetta and soup, I felt like a new woman. And you will too! (Unless you’re a man. In which case, you hopefully will still feel like a man.)

*The reason I only used one clove of garlic is because that is one giant piece of garlic. It’s called elephant garlic. The ONE clove actually ended up being a tiny bit TOO MUCH garlic. So…wield your elephant garlic wisely.

New thangs.

Remember way back when I had plans to finish the photo collage above my couch? I had the one thing professionally framed? Well, I finally got it back yesterday.

First of all, can I just say how freaking expensive professional framing is? I had wanted to get it matted to, but there was simply no way to have matting AND keep the price under $100. And that was WITH a 55% discount. Ridiculous. If anyone ever wants to get me a gift, buy me some A.C. Moore gift cards so I can do some framing. Because that would be a gift I would use.

Anyway, the point is, it turned out adorable.

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So cute, right? (Want one? GET YOUR OWN!)

I’ll post more photos once it’s hung up with the others. I really need to buy nicer picture frames anyway, but I’m trying not to spend money this month. It’s no fun.

Apparently my addiction to making over my home isn’t confined to my apartment. As you know, I’ve been making a lot of design tweaks to the ol’ blog. Yesterday I rounded it out with a new badge (that you can share on your own blog lolz!!!111) and a new Twitter follow icon. And I learned how to do all that with a simple Google search.

Nerd FTW.

I also rearranged the widgets, but that probably not noticeable to anyone who HASN’T spent a solid hour nudging things around (AKA anyone who isn’t me).

Then, in a flurry of redesigning fervor, I hopped over to the ol’ (neglected) “professional page” I created and gave that a little shine up too.

They match! Adorbs, right? Well, at least my resume page is updated.

At least this kind of redecorating doesn’t cost me anything.