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Hello long-neglected blogosphere!  I have no excuse for my neglect, simply that I’ve been enjoying my summer.  A lot has happened!  The Fourth of July weekend was incredible, with my mom and brother visiting Boston for it.  The weekend of course included shopping, wonderful food, and a phenomenal fireworks show on the Charles River!

Then my French class at UMass Boston started.  It’s not too difficult, which is great, since I’m hoping that means my French is getting better, n’est pas? We’re reading L’Étranger by Albert Camus – a truly mind-boggling experience.  I’m enjoying it, but analysis is a bit difficult when you’re already trying so hard just to understand what’s going on.  And my legs are in fantastic shape thanks to my daily commute on my bike:  Cambridge to UMass and home is a total of 12 miles!  Four times a week = 48 miles!  Plus I bike to work, the grocery store, etc. etc.

I’ve recently made the infamous Spinach Balls again.  In fact, I made a double batch for the 4th of July weekend!  So I’m posting my tweaked recipe here:

Spinach Balls

1 16-oz. package frozen chopped spinach

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs, well beaten

2 1/2 cups *seasoned* bread crumbs

1/2-3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1.  Cook frozen spinach in a pot of water on high for 10-12 minutes.

2. Strain the spinach and get out as much water as you can.  After the first strain, wait a few minutes then try squishing water out again. Spinach should still be moist when you’re done.

3.  Dump the spinach into a large mixing bowl and break it up so it’s not one big clump.  Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine it all.

4.  Preheat oven to 325° F.  Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll the spinach mixture into balls (about 2-3 T in each ball) and place on baking sheet.  Pack them as tightly onto the baking sheet as you can. Place on the middle rack and bake for about 16 minutes.

These are delicious served warm and fresh, but can be stored in the fridge and reheated for several days.

My final bit of news is from today:  I got a haircut!  My hair was getting pretty ragged, and I wanted an update on my layers, this time with longer hair.  Supercuts to the rescue!  I’ve never understood paying $60 for a haircut when I can get one that’s just as good for $20 – plus a wonderful relaxing shampoo!  So here’s my cute, layered look (it’s longer in the back), complete with pink hair clip:

And let’s not forget about the truly fantastic teal nail polish I snagged for $2 in Rite Aid yesterday:

That’s all for now. I need to get back to studying and doing my French homework!