Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So, random things about me (I'm not too exciting so don't be too hopeful)
1) I have never broken a bone in my body. I remember trying to when I was a sophomore so I didn't have to participate in the swimming portion of gym class, because what pudgy girl wants to be seen in a bathing suit in third hour? Anyone? I didn't break anything, but I did have to have my tonsils removed and the doctor said it was a communicable disease, so I got out of it.
2) We have owned over 50 cars in the 21 years we have been a couple (19 married). What normal people have owned that many cars? The hubby likes to buy broken ones and fix them. We have had many street rods. We have had some that we used for a few months (like winter beaters). Sold a few cheap to people who were in need of one and couldn't afford it. We currently own 10. Only three of us drive, but Drama Queen starts drivers training in a couple weeks.
3) I have never had a speeding ticket or a parking ticket. My hubby calls little miss goody two-shoes.
4) I stand like a flamingo when I am in the kitchen. Right leg bent at the knee with right foot planted on the left knee. Don't know why but have done this since I was a child. Usually when I am in front of the sink doing dishes or in front of the island reading mail or looking at recipes. I have unusually long legs. Not really tall, but my leg length is far greater than my trunk and head length.
5) My name was suppose to be Katrinka. My Mom wanted to call me Katie but apparently in the 60's you couldn't just name someone a "shortened" name so was going to name me Katrinka to call me Katie. She didn't like Katherine (someone in her past had that name and grudges are held a long time I guess). So Dad saved the day and came up with Tami Lyn (my full name-with last-sounds like I should have been a country singer in the 60's!)
6) My daughter's both wore my baptismal dress-but I never did. My Mom was Lutheran and my Dad's family was Baptist and even though Dad was never baptized into his family's faith, he had religion forced on him so he said he would never do that to a child. I had to make up my own mind. I got baptized the same day as my oldest daughter. My Mom cried more the day that I was baptized than when I got married. She was sure the minister would not let me marry Randy in a church since I wasn't. The pastor reassured her that it would be okay.
Okay, wasn't that fun? Man am I boring. Never skydived (would rather cut my pinkies off), or driven a motorcycle, ran off with the circus---man, I've still got some living to do!
Monday, January 26, 2009
1 small box Lime gelatin
1 cup hot water (minus 2 TBSP)
1 cup 7-Up
Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Stir in 7-Up and applesauce. Place in refrigerator to set up. Enjoy in bowl with a spoon! Or on the plate like I did so you don't think I am a total barbarian and that my mama didn't teach me no manners. And I know Christmas is over, but I love my new snowflake dishes and tablecloth and am not ready to wash and store them quite yet.
Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies: flip that bag of morsels over
Yep, that is where my big mouth took a bite! Happy, happy tummy
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I played with the recipe I found on-line as it was WAY too strong. Here is what I came up with:
1 oz light rum
1 oz golden rum
1 oz Bacardi 151
6 oz pineapple juice
6 oz orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Squeeze of fresh lime juice (not shown)
Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Pour in all ingredients and shake. Pour into hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice. This made enough for the two of us.
I added a little of the passion fruit juice to mine as the Dude didn't really care for the taste.
Another note. We tried 3 recipes this night trying to find the balance, then made two more after hitting the right one. You should never have 5 cocktails in one night with that many shots of 151. My head was pounding the next day for most of the day-some lessons are just harder than others to learn.
I will return later in the day. Found some awesome cupcakes over at Diary of a Fanatic Foodie that I was going to try, plus saw some cookies on Cathy's Noble Pig site, and I need some beef so I have to figure out what to do there. I was going to do my retro jello but Drama Queen drank all my 7up, so might have to send eldest to the store on her way home from work to get me more. And now she is babbling. I'm gonna try going horizontal again and see if I can stop thinking and start sleeping....................................zzzzzzz
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Easy pork chops:
2 bone-in chops (I threw away the wrapping, but they looked like a T-bone steak)
Lawry's Steak and Chop marinade
Place a small amount of marinade in a flat dish that is big enough to hold chops. Nestle the chops in the marinade. Place chops on top and then pour some more marinade on top. Man handle the dish to get the marinade all the way around the chop. Let sit on counter for half an hour. Place chops in a cold, dry skillet (I used my cast iron one). Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes until a nice sear appears. Flip and cook another 10 minutes. These were thick chops-at least an inch thick. Do not cook them this long if you have thin chops. The last 5 minutes of cooking, I added about 1 TBSP water to pan and it helped boil up the juices and fond on the pan and gave the chops a nice caramel color. Test with instant read thermometer to make sure the pork is done. I took my off the heat at 155 degrees and let rest for about 8 minutes and it hit 160 degrees no problem. Since it was so late and I wanted to gnaw the legs off the table, we used a box of potatoes and rounded out the meal with a bollioa roll (Mexican roll). They were tender and we both enjoyed them. Especially with the hurricanes I made-that will be another post!
He offered to help me 'undecorate' the tree, so I'm off in search of boxes. Don't judge me-I have worked a few days of OT lately and I just keep staring at tree, trying to will it to shed my ornaments and hop back in that box. So far, it just looks at me and mocks me. Stupid tree.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Today it is Rocky Road bars. I had mentioned in the pork roast post that my hubby bought me a really cool cookbook about 5 years ago. It is called 'Diner Desserts' and is filled with yummy things that, well, you would find in a diner. They went over really well at work last night, but I would cut down the bake time a little, since you have to stick them back in for the topping. They were good, but just a tinge firm. From Diner Desserts.
Rocky Road Bars
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into tablespoons (I didn't do this as it was quite soft)
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup flour
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup milk chocolate covered English toffee bits, such as Heath
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
2 cups mini marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and side of a 9x13 baking pan (grease it really well). To make brownie base, place the chocolate and the butter in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water. Heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
Remove pan from the heat and let the chocolate mixture cool for 10 minutes. Stir the sugar, salt and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until there is no trace of the yolk. Stir in the flour until just blended. Stir in the nuts. Scrape into the prepared pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula.
Bake the brownie base for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center just barely comes out clean (this is where I should have checked 5 minutes earlier, as mine came out clean). Remove from oven and leave oven on. To make the topping, sprinkle half of the chopped walnuts evenly over the top of hot brownie base. Sprinkle half the toffee bits, then half of the semisweet morsels, and half of the mini marshmallows. Repeat these layers.
Return the pan to the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the chocolate is partially melted and the marshmallows are softened and lightly browned (I broiled mine for 1 minutes to get it more brown-wouldn't do that again). Place pan on a wire rack and cool 30 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares. Serve the bars at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days, but bring to room temp before serving.
They went like hotcakes. The Hermit Crab asked if we brought any home for her and when I said no, a not so ladylike response came out of her mouth. Might have to put these on the menu for her grad party this summer.
Have a great day-I'm off to sleepyland now.