Monday, March 15, 2010

Craig's List and Cooking Light Online...

So I purchased a new desk this weekend. After searching Craig's list for several months I finally found the PERFECT one! I had sold a few things on the internet myself and as a reward decided to splurge and buy a desk. I am also wanting a place to study/ a central organized work space.
So Giles and I went to pick up the desk on Sunday, I am going to try to communicate how funny it was, but I know it probably wont be as funny...

Giles has borrowed his friend Kevin's truck for the weekend. He had to do manly things like go get rock, dirt and mulch from the dirt place. The cutest part about this was that he brought annie with him, he even turned on the passenger seat warmer to make her more comfortable! The truck is so manly and it makes me lust...I love when Giles drives it!

So we are on our way over to "look" at the desk (even though I knew I was buying it Giles was planning on haggling with her and wanted me to seem like I was unsure). So here is the conversation...

Giles: "so how will I know if you want to buy it?"
B: "I will say it is perfect if I want to buy it, it looks good if I don't, but I want you to say your opinion first"
Giles: "you are making this too complicated, I will say lets go look at the other desk (there wasn't one) if I think you should get it, that way she will come down on the price"
B: "There isn't another one, and how will I know if you don't like it?"
Giles: "I don't know but don't let this take a long time, we have things to do, and I know how you want to make this girl your friend."

So we pull up to the house, our pregame strategy was never really set or even clear at all. As we walk up Giles says I am kind of nervous I have never done Caig's list before! Once I got over the shock we enter. The person who sold me the desk had the CUTEST house. Giles and the girls boyfriend started talking about their countertops and how he had made them...I was the one ready to go! They were talking about the forms he used and all kinds of other stuff. FINALLY we get the desk and bring it home. It is perfect, modern, clean lines, and deal! Giles is all into craigs list/ ebay and wants me to sell all of this stuff of his!

Also Saturday night I made G spicy orage shrimp from cooking light, not too spicy and delicious! It will make a great summer meal, and best of all it was fast and easy to make! I put snow peas and mushrooms in mine and cut the green peppers, I think that my alteration was great...nothing like fresh veggies! There were some ingredients that were a little tricky to find but I was up for the challenge at Publix!

Neutral-tasting canola oil allows the flavors of orange juice, honey, ginger, and chiles to shine. It can also withstand the heat of stir-frying in this tasty take on sweet-and-sour shrimp. Serve over rice or udon noodles.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced

I added one ziplock (quart size mayb) of snow peas and half a carton of precut bella mushrooms...add them when in says to add the onions.

Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch; toss well to coat. Set aside.

Combine juice, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, and chile paste, stirring with a whisk; set aside.

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger and garlic to pan; stir-fry for 15 seconds or until fragrant. Add shrimp mixture; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add juice mixture and onions; cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens and shrimp are done, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
Calories:301 (30% from fat)
Fat:10g (sat 1.1g,mono 4.6g,poly 3.2g)
Lia Huber, Cooking Light, AUGUST 2007

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