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Presidential nominations aren’t the only things getting dirty around here lately (helloooo, Donald Trump! and goodbye, please). If we could all just forget the political circus act for a second and focus on real, hard news, we’d all realize pretty quickly what I’m talking about: yes, it’s the big Mess with a capital M sitting in your kitchen right. Now. 

Okay, so maybe I’m projecting a little bit here. When I’m home for the holidays, my mom is always going on about my inability to keep anything clean: the dishes, the utensils, the countertops. Especially the countertops. And the utensils. And okay, the dishes, too.

Well, if only she could see my shiny clean countertops now. Muahahahaha! Ha…yeah…..

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It’s rare for somebody like me to find cleaning products that I REALLY love. I’m impatient, do things in a rush, and have been so utterly trained to avoid any potentially “harsh” chemical cleaners out there that more often than not, I’ll swipe a napkin over the counters and run for the hills before anyone can call me back to clean them properly.

The hiiiiiiills are alive, with the sound of–oh, okay Mom. I’m back. Shoot. Fiiine.

With the recent reintroduction of my juicer to my kitchen, however–and hooray for admirable self-care goals!–cleaning has been a major, major issue. Fruit juices are drippy, sticky, and ubiquitous, meaning that they’ll cling for dear life on basically any surface on which you do not want them to be.

This is the point at which my heart’s ballad for Green Works‘ newest cleaner, the Pump ‘n Clean, comes in. I was SO excited to learn about it because, as it turns out, it hits everything on my checklist for cleaners: it’s quick, easy, and made with naturally-derived plant & mineral-based products that actually make me kind of excited to have company over in my kitchen again, even after a juicing morning.… Read more

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

“Meltdown” seems to be the word of the week over in these parts.

As a consequence, I’ve chosen to melt down one of my favorite desserts and turn it into a completely acceptable breakfast liquid substitute. This smoothie found inspiration in Erica‘s recipe of the same, but you’ll find that the ingredients are about as similar as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oscar Wilde.

If you can’t tell, I’m doing a lot of thinking about Oscar Wilde at the moment. I’m doing archival research at the premier Wilde institute possibly the world round and am, in fact, currently demonstrating my unconditional commitment to the process by writing this post in the archival tombs. Again.

Wallflour Power: A great idea for combating the meltdown syndrome is by starting with small reminders about great things that have recently happened to you. Every night before I go to bed, I write a post-it with something that made me smile during the day. When I have a bad day, I take a few minutes to look at my wall-ful of colorful post-its, and it never fails to bring a spark of inspiration back into my life!

More importantly, though, I’m teaching, and the bulk of this current week’s meltdown comes in the form of not having done any of my own work this week…although this may have had more to do with the fact that I went to an epic family banquet all day on Saturday, and spent my entire Sunday at Disneyland rather than with dear Wilde.

I am, undoubtedly, one of the hardest workers within a two-centimeter radius of myself.

I justify my dalliance with the consolation that I really, really needed this break. After spending nearly 40 hours poring over two classes’ papers last week, and after skipping every single one of my extracurricular activities trying to phrase my comments on near-fail papers as constructively (and kindly) as possible, I came charging into this week nose-to-ground first.… Read more

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Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie, A la Wallflower

It’s my philosophy that all good wallflowers need to have a good wallflower drink–you know, the kind you can clutch onto desperately at a party when you find that your ability to hold a conversation that is both intelligent and lively in the gesticulation quarter is limited. It’s my crutch, and I’m about to make it yours, too. Unfortunately, like any socially-awkward wallflower, I tend to shy away from the alcoholic beverages. Juices, preferably with a label like Capri-Sun or Hi-C emblazoned on them, are my drink of choice. Of course, even I know that hosting a party featuring only drinks with target consumer base ages two to 7.5 years old is a big no-no, so I had to come up with a solution that would please on all levels. My first thought was that it had to be serve-able in a glass. Glass means class, right? Hmm. My second observation was that it needed color. Something that would suggest, Hey! I’m flirty and fun! but minus, you know, the real flirtiness. Fun, though, I can do. My third thought was that it should be a mix. A blend of sorts. That way, I could say it’s a “mixed drink” as I hand it out without actually telling a lie. Sneaky, huh? Finally, it had to be something delicious. Something that would knock people off their stilettos (why are they wearing these to my dingy apartment, anyway?) and have them saying, in their best un-drunk voices, “I want more!” I thought. I looked around the kitchen, scuffed my toes on the linoleum, and thought some more. I reached for the strawberries in the fridge to aid my thinking. My hand was actually closing around a fresh strawberry leaf. And then it hit me. Bingo. And that’s how the strawberry oatmeal smoothie, a la wallflower, was born.… Read more

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