Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kitchen Globetrotter: Switzerland // Rosti

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swiss roti

If there’s any kind of food the Swiss know, it’s mountain food. And I imagine if I were trekking through the Alps, I’d be craving a stomach-ful of warming, rejuvenating carbs and fats, too.

Being in the balmy Southeastern US, though, this fare was better enjoyed in small doses.

Don’t get me wrong; the nationally-loved Swiss version of hash browns (read: potatoes fried in butter) is completely delicious! Being just potatoes and butter? Might be something to save for the occasional decadent brunch, or as a reward after a grueling workout.

It is some rich stuff, friends. And though crunchy, fluffy and savory as is, the American in me loved it even more smothered in salt, pepper and hot sauce. What do you prefer? Are you a hashbrown (or Rosti) purist, happy with just the main ingredients? Or do you add on cheese, an egg, or—like me—a generous douse of something spicy? Share your take below!


Swiss Rosti
Adapted from this recipe

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side

2 medium or 4 small waxy (red) potatoes
2 tbsp butter (to veganize, use coconut oil)
Salt and pepper (if desired)

Parboil the potatoes until just tender, but not soft. Allow to cool, then chill for a couple of hours.

Once chilled, coarsely grate the potatoes. If you prefer to season with salt and pepper, do so now.

Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a heavy-based frying pan until sizzling, then add grated potato. Mix gently until all strands are coated in butter, then lightly press into a flat round cake with your spatula. Cook on medium heat 10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to keep the potato cake from sticking.

Once golden and crisp, place a pan on top of the plate and invert it so that the cake sits, cooked-side-up, on the plate.

Add the remaining tbsp of butter and, when hot, slide the potato cake back into the pan, cooked side remaining up. Cook for another 10 minutes, then serve.

What's your favorite international breakfast? I looooove Dan Bing!

P.S. I rounded up all of my favorite meat-free recipes here

photo by Vinoth Chandar // Tom // cc

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An I-can't-believe-I-haven't-been-doing-this Trick To Get More Out Of Your Guest Posts


This post could also be titled "How I Effed Up When 18,000+ People Liked My Post On Facebook." To figure out how you can be smarter than me when your guest post blows up, pop over to my small business blog.

Give Self-Deprecation A Break Today. Add Your Honest, Unvarnished Proud Moments Here.

Are you guys familiar with the art of the humble brag?

Our good friends at Urban Dictionary define it at "Subtly letting others now about how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor or "woe is me" gloss."

If we're friends on Twitter or Instagram I'm sorry to say you've probably seen me do it, oh, all the time.

Tweet:
Oh, you know. Just busy inventing knee injuries so all the cool old ladies in water aerobics class will accept me as one of their own.
What I really wanted you know:
I went to a water aerobics class! It was really fun! I'm pretty proud of myself for trying something new!

Tweet:Oh god. Listening to lite jazz and making roasted cauliflower with nutritional yeast. I'm a caricature of myself.
What I really wanted you know:
I'm healthy! Also: I'm really into nutritional yeast right now.

Instagram:



What I really wanted you know:
I'm vaguely active! I used to live in New Zealand!

Instagram:



What I really wanted you know:
I am outdoorsy! My friends are interesting and awesome!

Exhausting, right? Why do we do this? Why the never-ending battle between loving our lives and undercutting ourselves and our accomplishments? Why are we (re: I) constantly toeing the line between self-deprecation and pride?

Pride is a tricky, sticky thing. I've pulled out a tiny soapbox and crowed about why you should stop pretending that your perfect life came easily. I've posted photos of good moments in my life and staunchly refused to temper them with self-deprecating humor.

Annnnnd then I got totally annoyed when my friend called herself funny and charming.

I'm not necessarily advocating for a world or internet filled with people pounding their chests and greeting each other with recitations of their accomplishments. And it's important to know your audience. Maybe we shouldn't celebrate our promotion with our friend who's been unemployed for six months and perhaps the wedding reception details don't need to be rolled out in front of our friend who just filed for divorce.

But I think we can all acknowledge it's a little heartbreaking to internally labor over conversations or social media updates in our heads - thinking about how we can possibly frame our good news in a way that doesn't annoy or threaten people.

So today, dear reader, let's give that self-deprecation a break. Let's just go ahead and be happy and unflinchingly proud.

I know being thumbs-in-your-suspenders proud can be hard. Despite the blog post you've just read, you might not be ready to tell Facebook that you love your job, you know look amazing in this cardigan, and yes, you're aware that your new curling wand is doing wonders for your mane.

So let's make this a safe place. In the comments, I'd love it if you told us a few things your proud of, no footnotes or asterisks allowed. You can even do it anonymously if you're more comfortable with that!

I'll start:

I'm proud of the home that I've made out of my little apartment. I've put a pretty ridiculous amount of work into it (like, custom-made wooden blinds levels of work) and it's finally a cozy home that reflects who I am and where I've been.

I'm proud of my ability to (politely, diplomatically) complain to airlines/mechanics/building managers and make myself heard.

I'm proud of my ability to juggle five on-retainer clients, two blogs, a busy social life, and one very lovely partner.

Do you struggle to be openly proud of yourself? Do you find yourself tempering your excitement or good news so you won't run people the wrong way?

In the comments below, tell us what you're proud of!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2 Cellos Covering Nirvana + November Ad Space



Haunting, no? My eighth grade self (and honestly, my current self) are so, so into this.

In addition to classical covers of grunge, let's talk about how it's getting close to holiday season. Which means you miiiiiight want to point the internet towards your vintage shop, jewelry, art prints, perfume, or hand-knit hats. 

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22 Free (or cheap!) Things To Do When Payday is Far Away

ideas for cheap fun

Do you guys have Switzerland-sized bank accounts?
Are you always complaining about the extra money that's stuffed in your pockets, creating unflattering bulges?
Do you think "Where can I go that serves $17 cocktails? I can't think of enough places that overcharge for their drinks!"

No? Weird. Me neither.

Regardless of your income, it's always fun to enjoy the cheaper things in life, isn't it?

Here are 22 things I love to do when my bank account is looking a bit leaner than I'd like:

1. Ride a bike/scooter/motorcycle
Autumn was made for bike rides along the river, filling your basket with goodies from the farmers market. Or with puppies. If you have a friend with a scooter or motorcycle, ask for a ride. Bonus points for taking it on windy roads!

2. Afternoon movie matinee
Because every movie is better if it costs $4.

3. Leave love notes on strangers' cars
Tell them they're fabulous and crazy intelligent and that you like their coat. Or that you know that that thing they're working on? It's going to be great. Or just a note that says "I know you can do it!"

4. Have a picnic (indoor if necessary)
Food tastes better when it's eaten outside, on a blanket, in the company of ants. Or in the arboretum. Pack up your favorite nibbles and head somewhere lovely and green - here are some great ideas for easy, delicious picnic food.

5. Host a potluck and games night
If you want to have some friends over, but can't afford footing the bill for a fancy dinner, invite everyone to bring a dish, pull out your favorite old board games and play a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit. Or, really, Girl Talk.

6. Host a clothing swap
Invite your favorite ladies to your place, bringing over the clothes and accessories that they're no longer feeling to trade with each other. Borrow a few full length mirrors, put on some RuPaul, throw together some cheap appetizers and you've got a super cheap, really fun party.

7. Take a public transportation adventure
I have extolled the virtues of bus adventures before, but let's belabor the point a bit, shall we? Buy a full-day pass on your city's bus or train line, pack a lunch and your camera and head out to explore the city. Bonus points for getting off at the same time as that looker in the plaid jacket.

8. Volunteer
Improve your karma, meet cool people and do something fun? That's a win/win/win, y'all! You'll obviously get the most out of a volunteer opportunity that corresponds to your interests, so I'd give volunteermatch.org a try. I searched 'writing' and found 667 volunteer opportunities!

9. Go to a museum's free day
It's always fun to ogle dinosaur bones or paintings, but it's more fun if it's free. Check out museumfreedays.org for free days in major cities. In the Twin Cities area, The Walker is free on Thursday nights, The Minnesota Children's Museum is free the third Sunday of every month, and The Minnesota Institute of Arts and The Weisman are always free!

10. Go to the library
Why pay $7 for the latest Vogue when you can peruse it for free at your library? Check out DVDs, language-learning CDs and Twilight (in the event that you refuse to spend money on that delicious foolishness).

11. Go to an open mic night
Whether you favor a poetry slam, comedy or some tender-hearted singer/songwriters, there's certainly an open mic night in your city that caters to your whims. Sure, you'll see some stinkers, but you might also spot the next Lily Allen! Here's a collection of all the open mic nights in the Twin Cities.

12. Karaoke
I looooove karaoke. Largely because I'm (erroneously) convinced that I can rock 'Heart of Glass' like no other. If you're too shy to take part, at least you can be entertained by the group of ladies yelling out 'I Will Survive' or the fifteen dudes who are going to sing that song about having friends in low places. Here are 10 karaoke songs for bad singers.

13. Engage in a covert, fitting room photo shoot
Dress up in your most impressive outfit and hit up those crazy expensive boutiques where you can't even afford the socks. Pull a few great outfits off the racks, try them on in those over sized fitting rooms and document the whole thing on your digital camera. This girl has some fantastic photos from doing just that! If you can't own the clothes, at least you can remember how you look in them.

14. Airport people watching
I've spent an abnormal amount of time in airports over the last few years and watching tearful, joyful reunions never, ever gets old.

15. Beauty school spa day
If you're not afraid to let a supervised student work on you, you can get crazy, crazy cheap salon services. The Aveda Institute in Minneapolis offers $13 haircuts that include a wash, dry, head massage and makeup! For less than the cost of an entree at Applebys!

16. Real estate open houses
Barring marriage to a professional athlete, I will never be able to afford a home in the neighborhood where I currently rent an apartment. But! That doesn't mean that I can't stop in at the real estate open houses, check how the other 5% lives and eat a lot of free cookies.

17. Utilize some sidewalk chalk
My nine-year old neighbor is always doing this - drawing and labeling robots and, oddly, sprinklers. Draw a hop scotch on the sidewalk in front of your favorite coffee shop and see how many people will hop through it.

18. Photo scavenger hunt
It's a great way to spend a weekend afternoon and an even better way to bond with a kid you're getting to know! Here's a list to get you started.

19. Attend a cultural events
No, not the opera. Does your city have a large immigrant or refugee community? Check out their events calender and you could find yourself at an awesome Day of the Dead party or an "Auspicious Wrist Tying Ceremony" like I attended a few years ago.

20. Watch the Wizard of Oz while listening to The Dark Side of the Moon
Seriously, that business matches up in an uncanny way. Particularly great for a rainy Sunday night.

21. Buy a Sunday paper to split with a friend, and read it while mulling over a coffee
I love doing this. It's so much more gratifying than checking CNN repeatedly. You can be those people who say "Listen to this!" or "What's a five letter word for 'Egyptian king?'"

22. Get a free pass to a swanky gym
Work out, shmurk out. How about swimming a few laps in the pool, doing a bit of rock climbing and then sitting in the sauna? Yes please! Lifetime Fitness offers free 7 day passes.

What fun things do you do when funds are low?

P.S. How to live a champagne life on a beer budget

photo by Anna Logvinova // cc

Monday, October 27, 2014

True Story: I Was Inside A Tornado

This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of Ashley, her family, and the tornado that tore their home apart.

Ashley's house after the tornado

Tell us a bit about yourself. 
My name is Ashley. I'm 28 and live in Central Florida, where I was born and raised. I've lived other places, but wanted to call Florida home, so I settled down here after graduating from college. I'm a graphic designer and work for a local history museum as an exhibits designer. For fun I like to thrift, read, travel, swap/pen pal, and visit Walt Disney World.

Did you grow up in a tornado-prone area? 
Central Florida isn't a particularly tornado-prone area - not like the Tornado Alley states, that is. Summers are often riddled with tornado warnings/watches due to thunderstorms and severe weather. Florida is also a target for hurricanes and tornadoes sometimes spawn off of those. We practiced tornado drills in school where you got under your desk and put your head between your knees with hands behind your head. If tornadoes ever previously went through the area it was many, many years before the one that hit my house.

Where were you living when you and your family were hit? 
We were living in Kissimmee, Florida. Our home was on an acre of land and we were the last house on a cul de sac road. It was a pretty rural, open area - behind our house was a large wooded area, a creek, and a large pond. 

Tell us about the day the tornado hit. 
On Saturday, February 22, 1998 my parents took my brother and I to the county fair. I bought a dream catcher and hung it on my wall the minute we got home. I remember watching the movie Casper the Friendly Ghost on television that night. The weather was fine during the day, but around 11pm the storm began. It wasn't so bad at first, but got progressively worse. There was a large tornado outbreak across the region. Seven tornadoes in all were reported - dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured. The one that hit our house came just after midnight and claimed the most lives. It was initially rated as a F4 tornado, but was later downgraded to a very high F3. 

When did you realize the the tornado warning was serious? When did it become a real possibility that it would hit your neighborhood?
Our power went out and that's when we noticed the eccentric lightening. It was constant, one strike after another, each incredibly bright and close. My brother and I were pretty freaked out, so the four of us gathered in the living room to wait it out together. My mom heard something and opened the front window to look out. I don't think I'll ever forget the look she had on her face - it was sheer panic. She screamed at us to run into the hallway, the central-most part of our house since we had no interior rooms. I remember hearing the freight train noise that is associated with tornadoes. It sounded like one was going to come barreling through the house at any moment. 

What did it feel like when the tornado actually hit your home? What was it like to be inside?
The pressure inside the house grew as the tornado got closer and ultimately caused the house to explode. Before that, the walls were shaking so badly all of the family photos on them were crashing to the ground. A bookcase behind me fell over. I remember feeling the floor wobbling back and forth and hearing my parents screaming that they loved us before being yanked into the air. I was unconscious after that and don't remember being inside it. 

Where did you land after the tornado? Were you injured?
When the tornado moved on, it miraculously dropped us all within feet of each other in the creek behind my house. I heard my dad calling my name and felt him pulling me out of the water. I had lost my glasses and couldn't see well, but together my brother and I navigated through the downed trees, power lines, and debris strewn all over the road to a neighbor's house. Air medics came for us since they couldn't get ambulances out to our area fast enough. 

I had a very deep wound above my ankle on my left leg that went all the way to the bone. In the chaotic atmosphere of the hospital that night, my wound was sewn up without a thorough cleaning. My grandma took me back to the hospital a week later because it was red and swollen. I was in emergency surgery within a half hour of arriving. They performed a wound debridement and removed all the dead and infected tissue inside the wound. I stayed in the hospital for a week, then had to have outpatient therapy where they put my leg in a medicated whirlpool and then packed the wound with gauze. The packing and removal of the gauze is something that still makes me squirm to think about. It was severely uncomfortable and painful, but it helped the tissue grown back together. I have a sizable scar there now and a little bit of nerve damage from some other deep cuts on my foot.

How did you and your family recover from this? 
Our home was completely destroyed. The only things that were left standing were the front steps, our wooden playground, and a stack of National Geographic magazines my dad kept in our shed. Nearly all of our things ended up in the creek or lake. I have a small porcelain figurine of a cat sitting in a basket of laundry that survived. The cat has a tiny chip on his ear, but it was otherwise unscathed. It was strange to see the things that made it through and the things that were destroyed. 

We stayed with my grandma in Orlando and she helped us get back on our feet. I went home in a hospital gown because I had no clothes. Friends and members of my grandma's church donated clothing and other items for us. I went to a couple of group therapy sessions at my middle school with other kids who were affected by the tornadoes. We eventually bought a house near my grandma and moved in. We had to start from scratch. I know we didn't get much money at all from insurance and no agencies or charities helped us out beyond a couple gift cards. Assistance for people effected by natural disasters has come a long way since then. 

Have you experienced any long-term effects from this? 
I had/have PTSD which turned into an anxiety disorder. Most of the time I'm fine, but when I get scared or freaked out it can be pretty overwhelming. I'm okay with bad weather now as long as I'm with someone. I used to have bad nightmares, but those have subsided. I do however, think I suffered from something that has caused memory loss - possibly a concussion. I have a hard time recalling events that have happened, even ones within 10 years. Remembering most of my childhood is nearly impossible and makes me feel horrible. My mom will ask if I remember doing something I should definitely remember and I won't have any recollection of it at all. I've met people from my past that I also don't remember, which can be embarrassing. 

I try to have a "live life now" attitude because if anything, the tornado taught me that your life can end in the blink of an eye. You never imagine something like this could happen to you, but it can. I value experiences and memories more than material items because in the end they don't matter - it's about the people in your life and the way you've lived that do. 

What advice would you give to someone else who's been through a very traumatic natural disaster?
Please seek therapy or counseling. Being in a natural disaster can be a very troubling experience, regardless of the degree to which you experienced it. Being in the tornado effected me in ways I never imagined it would. It's been 16 years and I'm still dealing with the aftermath. It can be very isolating because most people can never imagine what it's like to go through something like this. It's rare to come across someone who has had a shared experience. 

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Ashley. Have any of you guys been through a natural disaster? How did you recover from it? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Web Time Wasters



How was your week, guys? I swooned at my dude's movie premier and then we celebrated with a Sunday of brunch and then supper club. #gluttony.

Links for you!
I have lots of spots open in November's Network of Nice. Do you need a hookup? Career advice, friends in a new city, want to talk to someone who's gone through something you're struggling with now? Or you could offer up a hookup! Share travel tips about your city, advice about your career field, or beta test your new offering or fine tune some skills! Send me 50ish words as sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.

I loved this collection of posters for ladies.

I'm totally into this 'wedding dress' that's really a sweater, a long skirt, and a pair of shorts.

Push pop confetti = awesome.

If you live in the Midwest and get your energy from Excel, you can enroll in their Windsource program. For less than $1 a month, you can switch your energy from non-renewable to renewable. It took me 30 seconds to switch!

Clever ways ways to scarf your hair next summer.

A sweet video of Lupita Nyong'o telling us how she maid money in college (or tried).

I loved Mariah's tour of her little trailer!

Do you get a cold or flu after you fly? All the canned air and trapped germs aren't good for us. Here's how to stay healthy.

Are you sick of flashing everyone when you bike in a skirt? A nearly-free solution with two things you probably have in your purse right now.

As per the usual, Mallory Orthberg is hilarious about history.
When the time came to design their coat of arms, no one could accuse the Hohenzollerns of not knowing their own minds.
“Two Tom Bombadils, a weird-ass bird, and a bell that turns into a dress.”
The heraldist protested. “My Lords, I–”
“Two Tom Bombadils. A weird-ass bird. A bell that turns into a dress.”
So it remains to this very day.

Oh, Thailand. You're awesome.

Organic, small batch soap that smells like coffee and has a cat on the paper. Into it.

I love the idea of buying a big box of postcards and sending them out over the course of the year. This box of cute cards would get us started.

Your daily weep: A feral cat helped a man who was homeless turn his life around.
In 2010, Bowen published his first book, “A Street Cat Named Bob — and How He Saved My Life.” It quickly became a best-seller. “My life is completely like a sort of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ [story],” Bowen says from his flat in London. “Flipped upside down.” Bowen has gone on to write four more books — three children’s titles and a new book, “The World According to Bob.”

And a few Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: Picking your luxuries: a guide to living well with less, How to rock at blogging. Or life. Or both., How to cure homesickness.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Great Podcasts + Vegan Upside-Down Cake + No More Undercharging

It's Saturday! I was going to hit up my gym's water aerobics class (100% not kidding) but I'm going to go ahead and blow that off in favor of these helpful, smart posts from some of this month's sponsors. 


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mornings In Germany

This is one of many Mornings In ________ posts in which local ladies tell us about their morning beauty and breakfast routines. And then we all wonder if our mornings would be better if we, too, ate rice congee for breakfast.


Name: Twaambo
Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia but living in Bonn, Germany
Age: old enough to know that you have to use products that work for you!
Occupation: Radio show host, free lance writer and blogger
My alarm is set for: 7:45 am


Most mornings I eat: Muesli with a few slices of banana and yoghurt. It's pretty filling and keeps me from eating too much at lunch time! Its healthy, tastes good, and I find it refreshing. Sometimes I get something from die bäckerei (the bakery). Bread isn't just food here, it's culture! I’ll get brötchen (rolls) that you typically eat with eggs, cheese, butter, or cold meats, however you like it!

My beauty routine consists of: I use Chamomile silky cleansing oil on my face three times a week, In the morning I ‘wash’ my face only with water and then moisturise with Bebe young care day/ night cream - it's really soft and sinks into my skin pretty well. I also use the Vitamin C daily moisturiser. Vitamin C works wonders on my skin, cleared some acne scars, and smells divine. Sometimes I use any of the great cheap masks from Balea and I use Ducray Icytane moisturising mousse on my body, its amazing for dry skin.

Then, I head to work by: by tram, I get to the Hauptbahnhof (central station) and then I walk ten minutes to work. The walk is through a magnificent avenue of chestnut trees and Clemensruhe Palace is at the end of the alley. My commute is 30 minutes.

Thanks for sharing, Twaambo! Other German readers - what's your morning routine?

P.S. Questionable hairstyles and inside my makeup bag

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Get Your Site + Shop Ready For The Holidays


I'm slightly sorry to be bringing up the holidays in late October, but I'm mostly trying to look out for you, fellow makers and sellers-of-stuff! Pop over to my small business blog if you want a pile of tips about how to prepare for (and more money on) this holiday season!