Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
1. For the saving grace and mercy of God, which accomplished and keeps my salvation without depending on any contribution from me.
Friday, November 19, 2010
What am I eating for lunch today? This chicken, rice, Mexican recipe... I made a cross between two recipes that I have been meaning to try and added a few things of my own to it. ha. That is what cooking is all about anyhow. The original recipe came from Mrs. Bailey (for a Mexican chicken pot pie of sorts, I made it minus the crust). Yesterday at work I was looking at a similar recipe (that called for yogurt instead of sour cream) which inspired me to go home and cook it for dinner. The ingredients are listed below. I mixed various amounts of them together until I liked the taste. While I mixed everything together and preheated the oven I cooked the rice. I try to always have shredded chicken in my freezer so that can whip up dinners pretty fast. Then I sprinkled cheese on top of it and bake in for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F and on broil for a while until the top became a little crunchy. I served it over spinach with some corn chips crunched up on top. Pretty tasty. I'll make this again.
* brown rice (cooked for 35 minutes)
* shredded chicken (for freezer)
* a little sour cream (I ran out of yogurt)
* green peppers (I had some already chopped up that needed to be used)
* a can of green chilies
* garlic (recipe didn't call for any seasonings, but it was bland without it)
* cumin (added)
* oregano (added)
* salsa (doubled or tripled what the recipe called for)
* can of black beans (could use more... I am a big bean fan)
* corn (I added extra corn too)
* carrots (I had some cut up that I needed to use up... they are still crunchy... I wish I hadn't added them).
Happy birthday to the little babies of the family.
I love you both. See you this weekend!
Question: Do you have any exciting weekend plans?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I made this last night. It is so simple, but delicious!!
Directions: Peel as many sweet potatoes as you are going to cook. Rinse. Cut them up in cubes (I sliced them into 0.5 - 0.75 inch rounds and then cut into 6 or 8 pieces). Place the cubes on a cookie sheet (one with a rim is better). Sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil. Toss them around until they are lightly coated. Put under a broiler until they turn a little brown on a couple sides.
I cooked mine on low for about 30 minutes, but you could definitely cut down on this time by putting in on high a couple times. Make sure to stir a few times during the cooking. I was sewing so I would set the timer for 10 minutes and let them sit under the low heat, stir, and go back to sewing.
I am eating them room temperature for a snack today. I can't resist. They taste so sweet you would think they had sugar on them. Yum!!
Oh, and the fat little prairie dogs were out at the zoo yesterday eating their lunch. I am going to visit them and my cotton topped monkey friends today again at lunch.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Scarves!! Scarves!! Scarves!! I have two cashmere scarves that Jared bought me in blue and purple plaids. They are lovely and soft. I worked in a different part of the office last winter (where it was colder because it was near the server) and wore them all day long. Now I work in a small area crammed full of 12 people, 12 desks, 12 computers, and a copier. The heat is a little oppressive at times. I am wearing a short sleeved polo and dressy jeans today and it is warm. I drink a lot of cold water most days. My scarves last for the first two hours of the day around my neck, but then I have to take them off. I also love my light blue pea coat and my wool dress pants. Winter clothes are so much cozier than summer clothes for me. I look forward to bundling up in the winters!! I love love love it.
And speaking of clothing/shoes, I bought a pair of Privo (Clark Brand) shoes to walk around work in because my feet were hurting just wearing flats. They are incredible! My feet haven't hurt since I started wearing them; I adore them. I wear them 3 or 4 days a week and my old lady clogs the other 2 days. My feet are happy; I am happy. Thank you to the Clark outlet for selling shoes at half price for the little people. These shoes make me want to throw away all my other shoes and invest in well made expensive shoes. My plan is to slowly build up a good rotation of comfortable shoes to wear over the years. I also practically stole a brown pair of Clark clogs for $15 on the discount rack. If they had had these Privos any cheaper I would have bought several pairs. ha. I am really waiting for their Unstructured shoes to go on sale and to the outlets. Those are my favorite shoes that I tried on at VP.
Okay, another Question: Do you use flannel sheets?
My alarm went off this morning and I immediately realized that I way touching one of my quilt and not my sheets (we have three quilts on our bed right now -- so cozy). I looked over and Jared was all twisted up in the sheet. It was all untucked and unkempt. It was a good think though because it reminded me that I have been wanting to put on my flannel sheets. YAY!! So tonight I am going to go home (after the gym and dinner and before a little quilting and putting away clothes) and make my bed with flannel sheets. While Jared is off studying at the library (if that is what he is doing tonight) I am going to curl up in my newly made bed and read a good book. Books are golden. I also "use" flannel sheets that I buy on sale after the holidays for quilting. :)
Monday, November 08, 2010
That whole last scene was so out of character for the books and the show. It really annoyed me. Otherwise, I loved the references to the 5 Orange Pips and the Purloined Papers. The flash drive was a clever twist. I liked it. I enjoy seeing how they are basing it on the books, but an updated version. If it hadn't been for the last scene I would have been completely positive about Sherlock. Putting the last scene aside (it was terrible), I would still recommend this show and I am planning on watching it again. I have already watched the second one twice. I think that is my favorite of the three. I hope they make more so they have a chance to redeem themselves from this dreadful ending.
In other news, I made Minestrone yesterday. It is the perfect soup for a cold evening (or two or three). I brought some to work today for lunch. Sprinkle a little Parmesan on the top and it is amazing. It was inspired by a little date lunch we had to Olive Garden two weeks ago (thank you to anyone that gave us Olive Garden gift cards or any restaurant gift cards - so fun). I also am eating an apple and peanut butter (love) and some grapes. I really wish a Trader Joes would decide to come to Salisbury. After Chipotle it was the store I missed the most from College Park (now, with the addition of Chipotle to the bury, TJ has moved to the top spot for most wanted store).
Question: Is there any stores you would like to see in Salisbury?
Food: Trader Joe's!!! I would love some trail mix or tomato basil soup or cornbread right now. YUMMY! Maybe an Aldi. I have heard great things about them too (mainly lower prices).
Clothing (not that I have even gone clothing shopping since being married - ha, but I like to admire beauty): Banana Republic and Anthropologie.
Question 2: Have you ever been disappointed in a TV series ending? Which one and why?
I don't really watch that much TV and the shows I do watch are usually BBC shows or miniseries. I haven't been disappointed in any of them. The one TV show I started watching and gave up on was LOST. I quit watching after the second season, but I did watch the last season and the ending. It was a complete cop out and devoid of any creativity. If Jared hadn't been at school those nights I wouldn't have wasted my time watching the last season. It was pretty worthless.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Recipe for Hannah Nanner: (p.s. it is SUPER easy... well, except the chocolate coating part... it is a bit messy).
I found the recipe here. I love "The Kitchn". It is one of my favorite food blogs.
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 tbsp softened butter
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cream
8 ounces (about 1-1/3 cup) dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or a silpat. In a blender, cream together the sugar, butter, extracts, and cream on low speed. After the ingredients are combined, raise the speed to medium-high and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until mixture holds together very well and is creamy, not powdery.
Using a teaspoon, roll the candy into small balls and flatten them on the wax paper or silpat with the palm of your hand into patty shapes. When done, put them in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the chopped chocolate and the shortening in the microwave or over a double boiler.
Using dipping tools or two dinner forks, dip the patties into the chocolate one by one. Drag them across the lip of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Return them to the wax paper or silpat, and place back in the refrigerator to set the candies. They should be ready to eat in a few hours.
And that's it! Due to the dairy ingredient, these need to be kept in the refrigerator. Layer the patties between sheets of parchment in an airtight container. They'll last for a month.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I had a cavity filled yesterday. Afterwards I decided that having a cavity filled is really not that traumatic and is actually less painful than having your braces adjusted. Before you protest, let me explain. When work was done on my braces, tightening wires or putting tight fitting metal rims around the molars, my mouth was never numbed. Sometimes it felt like they were yanking my teeth out of my head or pounding on it with a small hammer (which I think he was actually doing at times). In other news, I have also decided that upper cavities are the easier of cavities because my lips don't feel numb and those don't get bitten while I eat dinner afterwards. :)
Oh, I found a new TV show that I absolutely LOVE!! We went to turn on election results, after choir last night, but they weren't on yet. However, on PBS playing was Masterpiece Theatre Mystery's new show, Sherlock! I love BBC productions. They should just be all of TV. At first I thought that a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes might be a little bit goofy (kooky), but the more I watched the show, the more enchanted I became with it. British accents make the show even greater. J If anyone knows me they should know that I ADORE all things Sherlock Holmes. He is my favorite fictional character of all time. This was very true to Sherlock Holmes character, unlike that awful movie that recently came out with Jude Law and that guy from Iron Man. I haven't seen it, but the previews and reviews I read sounded nothing like Sherlock Holmes. This felt very true to his character in the books. Anyhow, I am trying to find a way to watch all the ones that I have missed. I love love love loved this show. If it is out on DVD it would make a marvelous Christmas gift for me. *hint hint*
Oh, and an interesting fact, the guy who plays Watson is slated to be Bilbo in the Hobbit. He is great. I am really looking forward to seeing his performance in the Hobbit, if they ever start making it. The man who plays Sherlock is also perfect. His movements and the way he talks, they are completely Sherlock Holmes. I thought at times that if Sherlock Holmes had a great great grandson, this is probably how he would behave. I loved the show, the one episode that I saw, and would recommend it. I hope the rest of them are as good. I was highly impressed. I usually don't like TV shows at all, but this was classic and it was British. Love love love it.
And since I can't go a whole day without talking about food… I had a homemade whole wheat English muffin with butter and honey on it this morning for breakfast. Delicious! I have been so amazed by how easy and tasty English muffins are to make. Maybe I'll post a recipe sometime.