Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wilkie wants debate on Afghan War before more troops are sent.
-----45% of red-light camera tickets in Los Angeles are going unpaid. I hope this gets rectified. The most important reason for rectifying this is drivers who perceive the cameras as ineffective may go back to their former wreckless habits eventually. The other thing I see as being a problem is that the program is costing taxpayers money.

Monday, September 27, 2010


-----"My heart just fell out of my butt."
-----I don't think I have ever seen Ramsay react to a dish as much as he did the "weakest link." It sounded like it really made him physically ill. Not counting people who have given me food poisoning (2), I have experienced a dish that made me physically ill twice in my life-each time it was supposed to be something outstanding.
-----I wish that all of the signature dish names had been mentioned. I like to look for similar dishes. 




-----I have read that Antonia is alright. I have come across some things about migraines possibly being able to cause a lot of shaking....but haven't been able to confirm that yet. I have not had a migraine in a while (thankfully) but I do have some shaking at times with them.

-----I am thinking that I use more wasabi than most on my sushi. I have never been to one of the Japanese restaurants where the customer prepares the paste using a grater.


Wasabi paste recipe
The video did not mention that the paste will lose its flavor quickly...15 minutes.


-----I think that, even without culinary experience, most people would notice something a bit off about parsley being yellow.
-----Peanut Butter and Jelly "Sushi" Rolls

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia.....


I started reading all 700-some pages of this today. The price is OUTSTANDING on Amazon-the original price being $19.99 here in the U.S. My copy was a present purchased at a thrift store....really great find. I like the cover a lot.


"The Story of the Treasure Seekers" is mentioned in the first book of the chronicles. The events in the first Narnia story, "The Magician's Nephew," take place at the same time as Treasure Seekers (as well as the Sherlock Holmes stories). I intend to read Treasure Seekers and its sequels.
-----Lewisham Road, where Treasure Seekers takes place, might be an interesting place for a short getaway. Lewisham Road has the old cobbled streets, historic pubs and a thousand-year maritime history.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stop.....





Things I want to stop:

People who don't use their turn signals. In one town I lived in this was so prevalent that I actually planned to start a campaign against this (t-shirts, walking billboards,etc. for pedestrians). I detest that some people only use their turn signals when they are in danger. A lot of people will tell me that others "know where I am going anyway." The pedestrian next to you in or about to be in the crosswalk does not know you are going to make a right turn into them w/no turn signal (and maybe speeding)!

People who leave hateful comments on the websites of others. It does not further conversation for one to try to hurt,shock or awe.

On Twitter, I see so many making fun of those with eye problems. I have true alternating exotropia (which means one of my eyes always turns outwards). People say things to me and do things that indicate they feel I am lesser, ugly and stupid....sometimes all at the same time. On the 23rd of this month, for instance, I blocked 15 people who were making fun of others for having a lazy eye (something people usually think I have). It is despicable when a person is belittled for something that is beyond their control. I try to teach others that they may be wrong about what an eye problem indicates even though it is very hard in the face of the FREQUENT reactions.

The death penalty. I feel that mistakes can be made either in the determination of guilt or in not seeing that rehabilitation might be a possibility. Do not get me wrong, I am NOT one for lenient sentences.
-----Veggie-Pizza Primavera. This has pea pods on it-I am not used to that for pizza.
-----Cheesy Lasagna Roll-Ups

Company wants to set Mac & Cheese record.

In My Life....

-----I have a cold and have been feeling pretty miserable off and on.
-----Husband was also sick. He is feeling much better now.
-----7-Up flavored ice pops are soothing to sore throats. :-)
-----I have found that apples are also helping my cold a lot.

-----Tonight I am making Easy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole. This dish has sparked conversation as to whether it is better to use shredded or block cheese for mac & cheese...what do you think?? For tonight, I will end up using shredded cheese as the melt time is better suited to casseroles and we have a lot of it to use. What I found nice is that I can make the filling up ahead of time,refrigerate and then add the cheese just before putting in the oven.
Update: I would not recommend this recipe. It was edible but had an oddness to it. The macaroni was very creamy. This dish was a little better when cold. We will not be making it again.

-----My Christmas cacti are even more on the mend than before. I will actually get a decent picture of them at Christmas this year....though I will have to turn the bigger plant around as it is only growing in half the pot now. Last year, they were sick in the summer and bloomed strangely (one did not bloom until April).
-----Last night we finished making and drank the Sparkling Kiwi Lemonade. We made up the ice cubes the night before and still have four to use for something. The ice cubes were fragrant. Up until the carbonated water was added it really looked like this was going to be green....and not have a yellow-ish color like in the illustration. The only thing we would change about this is maybe to add a little less sugar. The drink really had an unusual taste. I think it would be perfect as part of a wedding or for sitting on the porch on a hot summer day.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Have You Tried This?



Trying Rice-a-Roni Savory Whole Grains Roasted Garlic Italiano as a side with our pot roast tonight. 1 serving provides a serving of whole grains (you are supposed to eat 3 servings of whole grains each day).  It is simmering right now and the orzo looks pretty.
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Reaction:
I thought that there was too much of something in this while it was hot....either the dried garlic just did not taste right or there was too much salt. Once the rice was at room temperature, I thought that it was better....though not something that I would want to have again and again. I think that adding a little chicken flavor might help. The ingredient list said that there was Parmesan cheese in this....I did not taste this at all (unless it was the bit of oddness that I could not identify). All the reviews I have seen for this product have been positive....so, I feel a little odd that my reaction to it was not one of super-liking-it.

It just occurred to me:
I have a cold....maybe it will taste different when I am not sick. I will explore this product again.
-Or perhaps it is the fact that we mainly use fresh ingredients in our cooking.
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Recipe Idea:
-----Chicken and Roasted Garlic Rice Primavera. I get excited about dishes that have asparagus in them and the pieces seem like they would be big enough that they would be distinctly taste-able.

I will give this a try as an ingredient vs. a side dish. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

In My Life....

-----I had difficulty getting to sleep due to tense leg muscles and then woke up early. Growl.
-----Gloomy here for the second day in a row. Hearing tons of thunder...but no rain. Oh wait, it is pouring now.
-----After waiting the prescribed time to eat (thyroid medicine), I had a nice plate of strawberries to start my day. Driscoll's strawberries=yummy.
-----Husband is going to have the last of the Chicken Minestrone for lunch. We made this ourselves and it was excellent...something I really like to make. We followed our usual Easy Minestrone recipe. This time we added a can of chicken, a tablespoon of garlic and 1/4 head of cauliflower. We used 2 onions (instead of 1),a can of diced tomatoes (did not have fresh), Herbs de Provence and Oregano for the Italian Seasoning and rotini (instead of macaroni). This soup gets us through several meals. Next time, I will go back to my original way....cooking the kidney beans myself tastes better.
-----Seeing a new endocrinologist this week. Hoping that they are a good fit for me.
-----Planning to make a banana cake tonight.
-----After almost a year of not doing well, my Christmas cacti are recovering. Husband has done a couple of cuttings of his cacti and those seem to be doing well.
-----Listened to "Tough as John Jacobs" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster this morning. I haven't listened to that song in several months and had forgotten about it.

Calendar.....








Licensed photo...DO NOT COPY.

Title: Maya Calendar

Description: Artifact of Maya Calendar in a sunray

-----September 24th....BENEFIT FOR CHRISTIAN (A LITTLE BOY WHO HAS CANCER FOR THE SECOND TIME)
-----September 18th-26th....Arizona Restaurant Week
-----October 2 and 3rd: North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival
-----2011. Filming will start on a biopic with Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. I just do not see this as being able to be done well. I hope that Mr. Cohen does not do his own vocals....whether he would be good at them or not-it reminds me of La Bamba where many people now think of sounds other than the real Ritchie Valens.
-----2011. Six Flags Amusement Parks 50th Anniversary Celebration. I plan to go to at least part of it.
-----MasterChef (USA) has been renewed for a second season.

Sunday, September 19, 2010



This has been my favorite fire poi video for some time. Not an endorsement of the first song lyrics....I really,really like the sound but I am just beginning to understand the lyrics. I hope one day to find an event like this that I can go to....somewhere pretty. I, of course, will not be participating in any fire-twirling (klutzy due to eye problems).
-----Italian Beer Marinade for Chicken
-----Crab meat products recalled. Miscarriage and stillbirth are among the problems that might occur.
-----The popular kids get the flu first. 
-----Couple charged with trying to sell nuclear info. They could spend the rest of their lives in prison.
-----Montana GOP policy still says that homosexuality needs to be made illegal.
-----Hotel in France lets people experience what it is like to be a hamster.
-----Brown Butter, Rosemary and Lemon Popcorn What is met by "brown butter" is browned butter.
-----"What to do when body parts fall off"
-----Best toxin-free nail polish brands (Thanks to @JanSimpson  for bringing this topic up).

MasterChef (U.S.) Finale

















"You are the four most talented amateur cooks anywhere in America today."

-----I did not like the way David Miller treated Sheetal in this episode...at all. I think that David should have saved such comments for the confessional.
-----Sheetal has some recipes on her website. I am looking at Tortilla Soup...though, as usual in this city where no one is truly interested in anything culinary, I will have a hard time finding some of the ingredients.
-----Sheetal on Facebook. I could not find a recipe for Sheetal's apple pie but asked for it on Facebook. :-)

-----Lee Knaz's blog, "Hungry for More." A fairly new blog. Hopefully, this blog will continue now that MasterChef is over.

-----I read somewhere that Whitney Miller's father is a coach.....he certainly was very animated in cheering on his daughter.

-----Paula Deen Savannah High Apple Pie. I would have to convince most people I know to try this one....it looks aesthetically different.
~~~Most of the people I know are picky about trying new foods....many won't. Husband has gotten used to the fact that I try recipes that don't look traditional and/or include traditional ingredients. Husband has even gotten to the point where he enjoys my experimentation (we often cook the dishes together). When we first got married it took a bit of convincing though....imagine the reaction to greenish (spinach-laden) spaghetti sauce.
~~~Part of this recipe requires coordination. I am a klutz and not good at comprehending some directions. I will either have Husband do part of the recipe or analyze the recipe line by line (sort of a mental rehearsal).

   




-----I want to try making a mock apple pie but this will have to wait until next grocery trip. I need to get cream of tartar.
-----Apple Citrus Pie
-----Caramel Apple Cranberry Pie
-----Rustic Apple Pie with Dried Cherries. Good source of fiber,Vitamin A, and thiamin.
-----Apple Pie Jam

-----Vegan Clam Chowder. This recipe calls for vegan ham.
-----Clam Chowder Canadian Military Style 
-----I am not so sure about a Clam Chowder Casserole. It does have positive comments...including another person who was leery of it. 


-----Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict :-)
-----Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict. Uses artichoke bottoms instead of English Muffins. I have never had artichoke bottoms.
-----Lobster Eggs Benedict





-----"How to Plate Like a Pro"

This post is a work-in-progress. :-)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Calendar.....




Licensed photo...DO NOT COPY.
Title: Maya Calendar
Description: Artifact of Maya Calendar in a sunray

-----2011. Six Flags Amusement Parks 50th Anniversary Celebration. I plan to go to at least part of it.
-----MasterChef (USA) has been renewed for a second season.
-----U.S. Air Force will get Batman gear. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

-----Beef Braised with Dijon Mustard and Guinness Sauce
-----Guinness Pie
-----Irish Beef and Guinness Casserole
Mutton Biryani
---I have never had mutton and it should be interesting trying to find it (ALL the stores here have stopped carrying lamb and I haven't seen it at the meat market either).
---The biryani masala paste will also be something I have to look around for. I do not know of an Indian store here and had no luck finding this product on Amazon. It is made by Priya and, if all else fails, I can try mixing up a bit of each of the ingredients (I am weird like that). The Priya site did not list where I can get it...so, I will have to e-mail them asking for where it is distributed to and approximate U.S. cost.
---I have plenty of dania (coriander seeds).
---Believe it or not, plain yogurt is also hard to get here....that is ridiculous.
---In the United States, sultanas are Thompson Seedless Grapes.
---Though it is not often the case, I am wondering if "sultanas" here refers to raisins (golden raisins). "Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the cashew nuts and sultanas until they swell." I don't think grapes really swell...so, as I said, I am assuming this recipe is referring to raisins.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Some of the 2,996 Voices....September 11th






Richard Michael Caproni, 34
from Lynbrook, Nassau County,New York
Senior accounting specialist, Marsh & McLennan
February 9, 1967 - September 11, 2001


3 weeks before September 11, Richard, affectionately called "Richie", had just purchased his first home:
His sister, Lisa, was still decorating the place in denim-blue and wood hues. He told her no fussy, floral motifs. "He was proud of buying that apartment," she said. "Because he was on his own."
"He just had to unpack a little more," his sister said. "And he was good to go."
Can you imagine how hard it was to look at this apartment for whoever had to sort it out??? :-(

I started reading about Richard as a part of the "2,996 Voices Project" (which started in 2006)...a tribute to those lost on September 11th. I really wanted to get to know him. I looked to find Richard's "voice" and I couldn't find more than the many lists of names that people put up but finally...I found from a memorial page that:
-He was definitely a Giants fan. If I hadn't been trying to get to know Richard more, I wouldn't have found out that they have an Oktoberfest....which I definitely want to attend at some point. I, of course, would pick out some good German restaurants to go with the Oktoberfest football. I can thank Richard for finding out about this tradition. :-)
-Richard made his co-workers smile
-He seemed pretty proud of his siblings.
-He was great at pep talks...at work, on a football field...just about everywhere it would seem.
-He was good at singalongs...planned & impromptu. The story of him singing "The Love Boat" as two teenagers walked by holding hands made me smile.
-I think he was a Springsteen fan...so am I. I wonder what his favorite Springsteen was. In any case, now when I hear Springsteen I will think of him.
-He had a lot of really good, longtime friendships...I am especially glad of this for him as he had such a short life.
-A lot of young women seemed to have a crush on him. I would imagine that one day he would have fallen deeply in love...and lived happily ever after. :-(
-He liked "Malcolm in the Middle" & "The Sopranos." I have never watched an entire episode, or even most of an episode of The Sopranos. Maybe get the Sopranos on DVD...watch it and think of Michael Caproni. :-)

One memorial entry said that his parents, Richard and Dee, are the nicest people that they know. I have also read that Richard's father is (or was-I am not sure if he is retired) and was the type of coach who really had the respect of his players....the kind of person who respects the lives of others profoundly.
-Last year Richard's parents encouraged people to do something happy on September 11...that is what people should do on the anniversary of deaths-something good in memory of that person.
-Hugs to his parents...big hugs...imagine thinking that your son was safe during such a tragedy...then finding out that they had gone in early & perished. :-(
-And this year Richard's father made another point about the holiday:
My fear, besides the obvious safety concerns, is that Sept. 11 would soon have the word “Sale” plastered around it, as it does now for Memorial, Labor and Veteran’s day.
It’s why this must be emphasized from Richard Caproni, father of Richard Michael Caproni, who died in the north tower.
“We would feel horrible if this ever turned into a hamburger or hot dog kind of day,” Richard Caproni said.



On September 11, by all accounts I have read, Richard decided to go to work early.
Many of his co-workers were also at the office. :-(
According to the Marsh & McLennan entry on Wikipedia this is what happened:
-"295 employees were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks; they were working in Marsh's One World Trade Center offices located at the impact zone."
The plane ripped a path across floors 94 to 98, directly into the office of Marsh & McLennan, shredding steel columns, wallboard, filing cabinets and computer-laden desks. Its fuel ignited and incinerated everything in its way. The plane's landing gear hurtled through the south side of the building, winding up on Rector Street, five blocks away."
I cried when I read about how close the impact was.

This is the memorial page that the company keeps for everyone that was there that day....here is Richard's entry-it tells about his great love of movies & how much he was loved by other people. He loved football & was in many wedding parties. I think that Richard was probably very easy to get along with...sounds like someone who was a good friend.
-Acoording to their website, MMC does have a permanent memorial:
"MMC's September 11 memorial is located in the plaza adjacent to the company's headquarters at 1166 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. The plaza is open seven days week, except holidays. From May 15 to September 14, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. From September 14 to May 15, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m."

-I have mentioned it before on this blog....this is the quilt that was done for Richard as a part of the "United in Memory" project.
----Richard is on the Bellevue Hospital Wall of Prayer. This was something done by family/friends looking for their missing loved ones in the time shortly after September 11 & has been kept up as a permanent memorial.

To Richard:

In past years, I have read through every entry of your name online. I found enough to know that you were a very nice person. As the years go by, I will be keeping your family in my prayers.
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Why it would have been nice to know you:
-----People with a nickname like "Molly" are usually spunky. At least, I think of people with the name Molly as being spunky. Mary had an Irish wit....that makes her extra-spunky (absolutely delightful to be around).
-----Molly was the best sister-in law anyone could have. She was a wonderful mother to her kids and always had a warm smile on her face. She was such a bright star among people who know her. I will always remember you for the sweet, kind and generous person you were. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. You are an angel in my eyes. (Posted by Doris on the 9-11 Heroes site...a neat site that posts a flower each time someone visits....Molly had 757 flowers when I visited.)
Wouldn't we all like to have someone speak sincerely about us like that? If you know someone who deserves similar words....go and say them today.....in remembrance of Molly....it's important.
-----Mary was an insurance broker for Aon Corp.
-----Portrait of Molly as a mother. You have to admire a woman who can communicate just by coughing. A woman of great strength who wasn't a complainer...that is the impression I get.
-----A mother of twin boys.


We are all the legacy of those who perished on 9/11. I want to be a great legacy....how about you?



Last year on this date, I visited other posts in the 2,996 Voices Project. I learned about Michael Benjamin Packer...an example of the kind of parent that I admire. He reminds me of some of the good homeschooling parents. When his child wanted to learn about bulldozers, he arranged to have a bulldozer come to his house. Neat parent. I am sure that both of his children have plenty of memories to smile at. Each happy memory is like a continued hug.
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I pieced together so much about Herman from just two of the memorials:
New York Times profile
http://www.legacy.com/Sept11/Story.aspx?PersonID=126897

Herman reminds me of myself....religion mixed with fun (which can be a good thing).

At times, Jesus was religion mixed with fun. To some that might sound odd, the part about Jesus being a fun person....but there are a few places in the Bible that mention this and Herman's life has inspired me to write about them when I get the time.

On the traditional/religious side Herman was:
-----A beloved Husband and Father. Proud of and loving towards his family.
-----Missed very much by his neighbors. In this day and age, that says a lot about a person.
-----Took good care of his mother after his father died.
-----A senior VP at Aon
-----An observant Roman Catholic who attended mass every week at Sacred Heart Church (North Merrick, NY). He was a a Eucharistic Minister and a part of Church charity events for 30 years.
-----"Avid athlete." I don't know what sports. He was a member of the Holy Name Bowling League.
-----Relocated from Queens so his family could have a better life.
-----Was looking forward to retirement.

On the less traditional side Herman:
-----Helped upgrade the Knights of Columbus bar to a place of great fun. Each year, he was also in charge of the "suds station" at the Town of Hempstead County Seafood Festival in Lido Beach each year. I would have loved to know if he had any microbrew/Oktoberfest recommendations.
-----Was so passionate a golfer that it was implied he might have sacrificed sleep for some of the games.
-----Known for GREAT kindness. He was nicknamed "Herman the Mayor"....because of his diplomacy.
-----For 20 years manager of a "sprawling football pool." I would assume that this might have been something like fantasy football? From the comments in the memorials, I am guessing that his team might have been the New York Jets.

Herman was:
-----A person who would not have wanted others to take revenge for what happened on September 11.
-----A first generation German. So, one could guess that he might have spoke German. Further evidence to the fact that Herman might have spoken German was his 40th birthday party....guests had him dress in alpine shorts and lederhosen and then roasted him with "The Sound of Music" playing in the background.
-----A frequent diner at Ecco....an Italian restaurant in NYC. I decided that I will go through and learn some of the dishes prepared there (although not the exact recipe of course). I will possibly start my Italian dining that will remind me of Herman with Scampi Alla Griglia.

"When you were mad, he would let you have your feelings but he would never agree with the reason," said his wife, Ursula. "And eventually you would say, `I guess I really shouldn't be angry."

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This post was a part of the "2,996 Voices Project."

Friday, September 10, 2010

#AbortionClinicPlaylistSongs on Twitter

#AbortionClinicPlaylistSongs is trending on Twitter!....for the second day now. Whether one agrees or disagrees with abortion, this is NOT FUNNY. I am appalled and sure that this "fun" has upset many people (some of whom are haunted by actually having an abortion or not being able to stop someone from aborting their child/sibling/etc.).

I am posting some of the "jokes" by people "just having fun" here-not implicating anyone in particular as there were repeats of most of the songs. This sure gave me a LOT of people to block on Twitter and I wish I could have kept up enough to block them all.

"Another One Bites the Dust"
"Chop Me Up" by Justin Timberlake
"Scraper,Scraper" by Little Bruce and Turf Talk
"Cuts Like a Knife"
"Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Just Got Paid" by NSync
"Good Riddance" by Greenday
"Kill You" by Eminem
"Don't Save Her" by Project Pat
"Mama Said Knock You Out"
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright" by Bob Dylan
"Go to Sleep" by Lupe Fiasco
"Legal Kill" by King's X
"So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music
"Disco Inferno (Burn, Baby Burn)" by The Trammps
"Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine
"How Does It Feel" by D'Angelo
"Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" by Drowning Pool
"Throw It in the Bag"
"Deja Vu" by Beyonce
"Show No Mercy" by Slayer
"For Your Entertainment" by Adam Lambert
"I Feel Like Dying" by Lil Wayne
"Cleaning Out My Closet"
"Every Time You Go Away, You Take a Piece of Me with You"
"Prom Night Dumpster Baby" from Family Guy
"Save Yourself" by Coal Chamber

Thursday, September 09, 2010



I, of course, have not been able to watch this yet. My internet provider is awful as usual.
#AbortionClinicPlaylistSongs is trending on Twitter! Whether one agrees or disagrees with abortion, this is NOT FUNNY.
Congratulations to Carmi of Written, Inc for being a "Blog of Note." :-)
Muslim victims of September 11th. With the recent controversy surrounding the plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero and an intended Qu'ran-burning, I think that some forget that there were also Muslim victims on September 11th. Imagine the hurt and grief of the families of these victims....to endure such loss and be hated/suspected at the same time. :-(

Update: Reports are saying that the Qu'ran burning has been canceled as the group building the Mosque agreed to build it further away. In today's world, things don't usually resolve themselves like this....I am surprised.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Trapped Chilean miners are upset that their mail is being censored. I would say given that they are not out of danger yet, I would want to know all that my loved ones had to say to me. Perhaps whoever is in charge should talk to family members about what they are saying instead of not sending some letters at all.
-----Breastfeeding Mother asked to cover up at coffee shop


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-----Rickets making a return?
-----People are feeding infants things like french fries? 
-----For security, this bank bans hats, sunglasses and cell phones.   I obviously don't think like a bank robber....the cell phone part puzzled me for a bit.
-----Students protest when dean leaves....it is speculated that this was due to violation of a doctrine of the Catholic Church. The teacher got married to her same-sex partner over summer vacation.

-----Some breast cancer bracelets are banned from school. 
-----Virginia gets a School of Rock. This program is for children ages 7-18.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

In My Life....

-----I made homemade guacamole for the first time in about four years. We were too full from having tacos last night to eat it....but Husband couldn't sleep in the AM hours and we snacked on it together with some left over. Husband said it was good...this is high praise as he detests store-bought guacamole. The way I made it is likely the way we will make guacamole most often now. I used a large cappucino cup and we shared from that....I used a spoon and Husband dipped his directly. It was a fairly thick dip so we had to be careful that chips did not repeatedly break. I used two avocados,three or four small shakes of the salt shaker,3 shakes of the powdered cilantro, one not-heaping tablespoon of minced garlic,the dregs of a Pace Picante jar, the dregs of Grandmother-in-Law"s homemade salsa (tomatoes cooked down, onions, and I don't know what else.....tastes slightly sweet)....mashed all of this together. We have two more avocados to make guacamole with and I will have to see if we can get more of Grandmother-in-Law's salsa. :-)
-----My brother always asks me what I would like for Christmas but usually gets me something else that he knows I really like (it's funny that way). This year when he asked (already), I mentioned to him that I would like a mortar and pestle. He says that he knows people who might know where to get a good set for me. I hope that this is what he decides to get me this year.  A mortar and pestle would make my guacamole taste even better....unless I put it in the blender it is a little chunky in places.
-----Yesterday I made Husband breakfast-in-bed and he said it was excellent. I sauteed an orange bell pepper until almost soft and then sauteed two sweet onions with it until they were almost soft. I added a tablespoon of minced garlic and some of the juice from it while sauteing the onions. I then added four medium red potatoes....which took a long time to cook as I wanted them to be perfect. I added another tablespoon of garlic and juices during the cooking process (just gently pouring it from the jar....I am generally good at guessing measurements). When the potatoes were done, I added a liberal quantity of real bacon bits. I thoroughly drained the oil. After plating, I added a handful of cheddar-jack cheese. Towards the end I made a pot of coffee and two slices of cinnamon toast (but with cinnamon maple seasoning). I enjoyed my portion of the skillet thoroughly. I did not have cheese as I cannot have calcium for four hours after taking my thyroid pill in the morning. Husband said that the cinnamon maple did not taste different but it was still good.
-----I survived using one of our very sharp knives for the first time. Usually we forbid me from using these knives....a very necessary forbidding. Due to my eye problems, I am REALLY clutzy with things like this. I am proud of myself. :-)  It was nice to have a knife that went through the peppers and onions so easy.
-----I have decided that the Scooby-Doo Chia Pet looks ridiculous.
-----I have become addicted to lying in our backyard and looking at the clouds. Someone told me that it was weird to lie on the grass or to almost fall asleep there (while Husband was working on something or other). I feel bad for that someone because they have not experienced one of life's little joys. Currently, what I love about lying in the backyard is that I see hawks swooping down and I saw the silhouette of a raven.
-----The other day Husband looked out the window and the sky was purple. One of my online friends told me that purple skies happen all the time where they live. I had never seen a purple sky....it was really neat.
-----I have started putting up Fall decorations and thinking about what we will do for Halloween. I need to figure out where we will have our annual Pumpkin of Sorrows toss this Halloween.
-----I have a higher dosage of thyroid medicine. It has made my stomach upset every day except one. Groan.

Friday, September 03, 2010

-----Broccoli and Cheese Pizza. Planning to try this one later in the month. :-)

Also found two recipes that don't sound too appetizing.....Macaroni and Cheese Pizza....Cottage Cheese Pizza...both have the normal pizza sauce on them. Yuck. Yes, I am bashing something before I try it.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

-----Balsamic Bloody Mary...a Mario Batali recipe.

-----Blue (Cheese) Stuffed Buffalo Burgers
-----Feta and Olive Lamburgers
-----What do you think of this incident?? A student whose nipples were shocked in shop class is suing.

In My Life....

-----Phone tag with the endocronologist is over. Now I need to get some past records sent....hopefully, the facility that did a sonogram on my neck a few years ago does not want to charge me for this. I have nodules in my throat that are measured every two years. I am hoping that these nodules have continued to shrink...I would guess that they have as a recent sonogram came back with only numerous small nodules (as opposed to two big lumps). The nodules (goiter) causes me pain and makes it hard for me to breath at times. The pain from goiter is not something that everyone who has goiter experiences. I am trying to avoid having my thyroid removed (which has been suggested based on the pain). Having one's thyroid removed can carry a greater risk for lupus.
-----I am starting a higher dose of thyroid medicine today. Hopefully that goes well....I once had problems with changes in thyroid medicine and I worry whenever doctors decide a change is necessary.
-----We tried this 12-Hour Salad recipe recently. It was excellent....but Husband will not be able to eat it again until we can get soy-free mayonnaise. I may start making mayonnaise as it can be hard to find with no soy in it. Whole Foods has a soy-free mayonnaise. I have never been to a Whole Foods before and we are planning to work one into a trip to one at some point. I get excited about going to grocery stores like Trader Joe's when on vacation...it costs the same or less to do the shopping somewhere else.
-----A recipe that we made in the slow cooker (I still call it a crockpot) definitely got a 10/10....Corned Beef and Cabbage. 
-----Becoming a soy-free household will be best for us. Soy is not the best thing for my Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's Disease. More importantly, Husband has suddenly had an allergy to it. There are so MANY things that have soy in them....like a lot of chocolate chip cookies. We are finding that the label-reading to be soy-free takes a lot of time.
-----A couple of nights ago we had Tuna Potato Chip Casserole. It was yummy....Husband gave it a 9/10. It seems to be missing something but we can't figure out what. I am considering trying a creamier cheese (we added a lot of shredded cheddar-jack before putting it in the oven). I found another recipe for this that calls for egg noodles and we will try this after I experiment with the cheese used. A mistaken communication actually cemented the idea of using cheese-Husband misheard me and put half the bag of potato chips in (so we mixed the ingredients together well and did not put any more chips on top). I am guessing that the mistake actually made the casserole better. I could very rarely tell that the chips were actually potato chips-it reminded me of a very light crust. I loved the shortcut of crushing the potato chips in the bag that Husband came up with. We needed crushed potato chips for another recipe coming up....now the other half of the bag is ready.
-----Found out yesterday that I have to go out of town to get my suspicious mole removed. Not looking forward to such but it needs to be looked at (it gets irritated and looks a bit like what skin cancer does before it becomes dangerous). 
-----"Doggie's Sister" is so sweet. She seems to particularly like me. :-) 
-----I am now part of the SheSpeaks Book Club. I have been looking forward to this starting.
-----A close friend is getting married in the Fall and I have an idea of what we are going to wear. Husband and I have never matched our clothing to each other but I think this will look awesome. I love seeing Husband wear a suit.
-----I think I might make a minestrone today. If I were on Hell's Kitchen, homemade minestrone might be my Signature Dish.
-----I wear a lot of dark colors and I am excited that there is a really SIMPLE way to remove deodorant marks.
-----I am following Obama's efforts to secure peace in the Mideast. 
The serial slasher known as "The Box Cutter" has received 433 years plus 11 life sentences. This seems like a pretty extreme punishment compared to what most get who didn't actually kill someone. I would think there is more to the story than what I am reading. I also wonder how he is supposed to pay $58,000 when he was a transient during these events.

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