So, I said I would do the tour of our neighborhood today, but time got away from me and I was not able to get all of the photos I needed. Tomorrow or Monday will be a better day, I think.
I’ve been a magazine junky since about the age of 10. I have loved many women’s magazines at one time or another…Cosmo, Vogue, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Allure, Jane, Nylon, Glamour, Seventeen, Elle, Oxygen…any other magazine about fashion, working out and girl stuff…I’ve probably touched it at least once. However, I’m starting to have buyers remorse every time I pick up a new magazine because I feel like I’ve read it before! Seriously though, if you’ve been reading any of them for a number of years you have read everything there is for them to print. How many times can you read the interviews of J-Lo/Beyonce/Reese Witherspoon/Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston/Julia Roberts and hear about how “normal and down-to-earth” they all are? Has anyone ever really gotten “Bikini Ready By Spring in 10 Simple Moves!”…and no, I do not need to know “97 MORE Ways To Please a Man in Bed!!!!” With an 11 month old, an exhausted wife and a crazy schedule, I think Josh is happy with what he does manage to get, thank-you-very-much.
So I’m on the hunt for some new reading to re-energize my magazine love. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve found my printed soul mate in a little mag called Bust.
This months issue has Mindy Kahling on the cover (this Amy Poehler one is old, I couldn’t find a pic of the Mindy cover!) which is why I grabbed it in the first place. I had never even seen or heard of this magazine, but I was totally blown away by it’s content! Self-proclaimed feminist magazine “With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUSTprovides an uncensored view on the female experience. BUST tells the truth about women’s lives and presents a female perspective on pop culture. BUSTing stereotypes about women since 1993.” (http://www.bust.com/info/about-bust.html)
With a plethora of info on female artists of all genres, a special section of female urban farmers, make-your-own bitters recipes, short but sweet articles and with an un-boring amount of fashion mixed in, Bust is a little less “girl” and a little more “grrrl”. I’d definitely recommend to anyone who loves girly magazines, but needs something a little more fresh.
The only con? It’s BI-MONTHLY. WTF?!?! I have to wait until November for the next one to come out. Bullshit.
Switching gears to the subject of dinner, I wanted to share what I made tonight because it was SO GOOD. A meat-free, soy-free, junk-free version of Sloppy Joes (lovingly referred to as Snobby Joes) that is so amazingly tasty. Completely appropriate for vegetarians, vegans, Meatless Mondays, or for when you have a shit load of lentils sitting around and you have no clue what to do with them.
1 cup uncooked green lentils (though brown or red could work…use what you have)
4 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder (Adjust to your spice preference AND to what level of spicy your chili powder is, because there are different ones. We used 2 tablespoons of regular chili powder to make it milder for Elliot, less was too bland)
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns (optional – for serving).
Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more. Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait. (We waited 5…mmmmm)
I’ll try to get up some neighborhood photos very soon!