The Attack of the Stink Bugs

Karma is real.

At our wedding, BW and I played the always-fun Shoe Game. We tried to keep it a surprise for the other person, so we did a combination of questions picked by each of us — without telling the other person — and the rest filled in by our Best Peoples of Honor.

One of the questions was along the lines of, “If there’s a spider in the bathroom, who’s going to take care of it?”

Both high-heeled shoes rose in the air, and everyone had a good laugh at me being tougher than BW in the Spider Eradication Department.

Hah. Hahahaha.

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Bestest Granola Recipe Ever — Because of the Secret Ingredients

I am hesitant to share this, because I have dreams of opening up my own breakfast&lunch place one of these days, but I also have a responsibility  to humanity.

I owe this recipe to Buzzfeed for their suggestion to include uncooked quinoa, and to Nature Valley because the deliciousness of their Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate bars made me realize I’d foolishly never added chocolate powder to granola before.

Now for those of you who, like me, can’t for the life of them get in the habit of reading a recipe’s directions before they start throwing things in a bowl, this one’s easy.

Dry together, wet together, combine.

SAVE THE COCONUT until half-baked. (Haha, half-baked.) Otherwise it will burn. And if you add fruit, don’t add it ’til all-baked. It will burn also.

And if you don’t have honey and/or maple syrup, 1) they are interchangeable basically, and 2) I believe you can use normal sugar.

I forgot to beat the egg whites. Oops.

Chocolate Granola with Qunioa | Belle of the Rust Belt

All mixed up! Don’t you love my brightly colored kitchen utensils?

 Chocolate Granola with Quinoa Recipe

2.5 cups oats
½ cup quinoa (uncooked)
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon (I always do heaping teaspoons because…cinnamon!)
¼ tsp nutmeg (Don’t do extra nutmeg. If you put in too much, you can tell and it’s not good.)
¼ tsp ginger
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup oil, minus 3 TBsp
1 egg white, beaten (~2-4 TBsp)
1 cup coconut (add after first 30 min of baking, so it doesn’t burn)

Mix all dry and all wet separately. Add wet in with dry and stir. Spread out on baking sheet (use wax paper if desired, to prevent sticking if you lessen the oil amount).

Cook at 300 for 30 min, then mix it up in the pan and add coconut. Cook for additional 15 min or as long as needed to get crispy.


Chocolate Granola with Qunioa | Belle of the Rust Belt

Fresh out of the oven!

Chocolate Granola with Qunioa | Belle of the Rust Belt

So… I might have eaten this in three days… *embarrassing*

I Beat Pinterest Today

DIY Kitchen Dry Erase Board

That’s right, Ladies and Gentlemen. The game of Pinterest vs Me is now 17-to-ONE.


That’s a real grocery list, by the way. BW’s daily diet, as it so happens. Another driving factor to expanding his food horizons.

We had registered for a refrigerator magnet dry erase board, and then I saw this on that awful horrible wonderful website.

And I remembered I had extra frames in the basement we didn’t have room for in our apartment.

And I remembered I had some scrap fabric that I loved leftover from a skirt.

And then I thought, maybe a highlighter marker will work also.

Good news: it did.

Bad news: my lone highlighter was out of ink.

So a quick stop by the store when we went out, and….


Total cost: $1.70 (for the dry erase marker)

And it’s way cuter than the fridge-magnet version.