I'm an equal opportunist when it comes to pie-type foods...

So I had this three times in one day this week--for breakfast, with lunch, and after dinner...not to mention the other times I had it:

I'm think I might do the same with this:

Sometimes, I am just amaaazed I don't weigh 400 pounds already. And, yeah, these are probably not the best things for the Crohn's (or anybody else's health), but at least the cobbler has peaches...riiight? After all, I'm supposed to be eating mostly cooked fruits--might as well mix them with some butter and sugar!

Mandy Moore on Grey's Anatomy

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Recently, I started watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. I had seen seasons one to five-ish, I believe, when they originally aired, but then they started getting kind of crazy, so I stopped watching.

But I have this compulsive habit of having to finish a series, so when Netflix started streaming the series, I picked it back up. I haven't been disappointed: the series dropped off for awhile during season five, but then picked back up in season six.

Last night after we had gone to see The Hunger Games (sooo good!) and watched the rest of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Sheena and I had learned what part of a popcorn piece I could eat, I turned on this episode--the season six finale.

It featured Mandy Moore as a guest star. Right before they cut to this scene, I was telling Zach (who was reading his iPad on the couch) how several Gilmore Girls' stars had guest starred on the show and how that made me happy as it's my favorite. When Mandy Moore appeared, I reminded him that a lot my friends in high school compared me to her because of the movie A Walk to Remember, which I can admit that I LOVED when I was in high school. (I looked like her in that movie in that I had dark hair and bangs, wore similar clothes, and was sick a lot.)

Anyway, Mandy's character Mary starts talking about why she's at Seattle Grace Mercy West, and SHE HAS A COLOSTOMY. Y'all, I could have been knocked over with a feather! Seriously?! A colostomy?! And she goes on to describe just as I do--how she poops in a bag and it's the grossest thing she has ever done and she is ready for her surgery to reverse it! That, my friends, is MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.

Well, Zach immediately put down his iPad at this and looked at me. I told him how I had been waiting for someone to have a colostomy on this show since a colectomy is a fairly common and easy surgery. He asked if that meant her on-screen husband was him, especially after she requested he go get her a pizza. Later, I told him that if I was Mandy Moore that made him Ryan Adams, I guessed, and he was okay with that. ;)

I am telling you that this episode terrified me! Zach kept putting down his iPad to watch, and we were both getting stressed. If you don't remember this episode, a former patient's husband has it in for Derek, Richard, and Lexie, but a lot of other people get in the crossfire along the way.

The thing I kept thinking was, "Poor Mandy. She just wants to get her colostomy reversed. I hope this stuff doesn't happen when I go in for mine..."

Menu Monday...er, Tuesday: Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate is not a vegetable. (I know that. I really do. It's like the time my friend Katie said a turkey is a not a vegetable, and we thought, "Duuuuuh....") But I have been bad about posting and about eating vegetables and about trying new recipes. So when I tried this easy recipe (only two ingredients) and difficult recipe (only two ingredients that have to be perfectly balanced and melted over heat then whipped over cool), I couldn't help but share it!

Chocolate Mousse

-Combine about 1-1/3 cup of semisweet chocolate chips...

...with 3/4 cup of water. Melt on low in a saucepan.

-Prepare an ice bath: fill a large (very large) bowl with some ice and some water.
-Place a smaller bowl within this larger one and let chill.
-When your chocolate is melted, pour into the smaller bowl and whip by hand or with an electric mixer until thickened. Depending on the water or fat content, you may have to add more water or melted chocolate respectively. (I initially started with a cup of chocolate chips, but when it didn't thicken up, I had to pour it back into a saucepan and added about another 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Next time, I think I would add a little bit more water as well to make it fluffier and not as heavy and dense. It's still a mousse. But it's a faaaaat mousse. *haha*)

Be warned: my hand mixer is kinda junky and no longer works on the lowest setting. The next setting sends chocolate EVERYWHERE. The same thing happened when I made pudding when Zach had the flu. Then, I was being lazy and opted out of using my KitchenAid mixer. I couldn't have used it making the chocolate mousse because I wouldn't have been able to rig up an ice bath beneath it.

-Top with whipped cream and serve!

The Lake District, England

Inspired by Rhianne, I decided to share some of my photos from the Lake District, June 2009:

climbing up Helm Crag
gorgeous scenery
on the top of Helm Crag (not the highest point but fairly close!)
This was the first mountain I ever climbed all the way to the top. That blue thing is my poncho rolled up and tied to my jeans' loop. *lol* The weather would change at a drop of a hat!
I think these were roads leading toward Keswick, which is Zach's favorite part of the Lake District. :) I missed him.
It was gorgeous just driving around in our charter bus.
Wordsworth's house Dove Cottage in Grasmere
Wordsworth's House
on the Coffin Walk
I loved how huge the clouds were and how close.
stopping along the Coffin Walk
Rydal Water
at Rydal Water, also where W. Wordsworth lived
See the boat?
exploring the land around Ruskin's residence Brantwood
red fence
Ruskin's grave is the tall one.