Tuesday, April 22, 2014
All things considered, it was a lovely holiday and by that I mean that I got the day off for Good Friday but sadly or not the spouse had to work. Now before anyone thinks that they are getting picked on, I also did 4 loads of laundry, hoovered, dusted and generally caught up on a lot of cleaning that I had put aside due to allergies..........and I ain't done so do not fuss at me.
In my ideal world, I would have been able to sit on the deck and read " The Mayfair Witches " all day by Anne Rice..and then been unable to breathe. SO I opted to stay in with the standard NCIS marathon in the back round ( so predictable) and tore into it. Granted , the house is a lot easier to manage with the wood floors, but that also means more to dust ( baseboards, crown molding ) and it the allergies are flaring up there is no way in hell that I am going to take that on.
The weather is nice for right now so I may be able to actually sit out on the deck to enjoy the solar lights that I finally got in the ground..yeppers...me...and I only had to have hisself relocate one.
GO ME !
One thing that I have also become hyper aware of is the price of beef right now .; Forget trying to even find a decent 6 lb roast...I know that sounds silly for just 2 people...leftovers/brown baggin lunch y'all . By the time we get home after work, it's literally 7 pm and I sure as hell am not going to cook a full meal. Thankfully my hubby is self sufficient so I don't have to worry about that . I like to cook a big meal on Sundays and more often that not there is some sort of baking that has gone on so while it can be labor intensive on the cleanup, it's right up there with digging in the dirt as therapy for me .
Every Wednesday the local Kroger ad comes out and they had strip steaks on sale for $3.99/lb , marked down from $8.99/lb.
It was worth the time to stop the night the ad came out and I told hisself basically to spend ..oh $35.00 worth on it. Now , because I am moderately OCD , I am one who will do the math to see what I saved. Yes, I hate, loathe and detest math ( just ask anyone who has every PBP'd or gamed with me..." GAH ! Resource sheets ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) . But........I am also the one who will do a happy dance to the tune of " $76.00 worth of steaks for $37.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
F Yeah I'm good.
And no , I am not one of those extreme couponers. I mean really folks, how many jars of Prego do you need ? Isn't gluttony still considered a sin ?
Anyhoo....the girls came over for Easter dinner because even though I told hisself it would just be the 2 of us, it was a holiday and they had no plans and I am weak.
On the upside , the dark chocolate ice box pie was a winner.
On the down side, I only allowed myself 2 bites thus to avoid stomach issues..
I hate being a grownup !
Have a great week !
Friday, April 18, 2014
Happy Friday and Good Friday Y'all.
I am hopeful that I may have turned a corner on the allergy issue...knock on wood/head.
Over the last few MONTHS, I have suffered with the worst allergy flare up that I can ever remember . Pollen is every damn where down here in south Texas and it has frankly kicked my voluptuous ass.
I have a new respect for anyone that suffers from a chronic illness. I really , sincerely mean that .
Chronic pain , I get. That is a part of my daily life with polio.
But feeling f'd up and puny every day ?
Not so much.
Until now .
Some days it is so bad, I sleep on the way home, clean my face and teeth and by 7:45 pm or so I am in bed..........sound asleep. Those are the days when it is the worst and the only thing that gets me through my day at work is the promise of sleep when I get home.
I am taking meds and I try not to take them unless I need them because I really don't want to build up a tolerance for them, I've been down that road and the Walgreens/Kroger knockoffs just don't cut it .
The ultimate irony is that this time last year , the only thing that got me through the renovation was the simple idea that next year/now , I would be able to enjoy the deck that we finally have . Gordy built me some wonderful shelves and I decorated the deck with the metal birdcages that I have collected and the potted plants that I planted with love and sweat .
This year, it's been lovely...lovely yellow green with pollen.
I am hopeful that I can get out there later today and enjoy it a bit since it seems less greener than usual..lol.
Mama has a raging case of cabin fever but if it gets bad, there is plenty of housework that I can tackle..it's a glam life your Aunty lives..yes indeedy.
Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter if you celebrate it.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Lets try this again.
I found this over at Plain Chicken and it is a much better recipe than the one that I have.
Rarely have I met a spud I didn't like...okay..AuGratin and Scalloped come to mind because the only way that I had them served to me at home was ala the Box Oh Betty Crocker .
2. Enhanced gag reflex in 3...2...1...
Hisself and I share a love of spuds.
Baked, fried, hash browns, roasted, mashed, boiled, tots...you name it , we nom it.
For years , one of our go to, okay to serve at the dinner party standbys has been the classic ( tongue in cheek ) housewives stand by.." Liptons Oven Roasted Potatoes ".
Yep, guilty as charged ossifer.
We've tried variations and we are over all pretty happy with it but are continuously challenged.." How to get them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside without baking the living Jeebus out of them.
Mind you , this quest has in no way stopped us from making the damn'd things.
Anyhoo, I saw this on Plain Chicken and then it hit me.
Bake them covered for 45 minutes and then uncover then and bake for 20 - 30 minutes more.
The old way always took longer than the " Bake uncovered for 20 minutes , stir to flip over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
I have been craving lamb again and if I can find Lamb steaks down here..no easy feat I assure you , this is going to be my side.
I really was not at all surprised to see that Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace David Letterman. I am a huge fan of his and more often than I should stay up too late on a school night to watch him right after the Daily show. I should state that I am pretty much given a pass on this during any election coverage because that malarky just drives the husband and I bat shit crazy pants.
What does surprise me is the number of people who just don't get it or are out and out pissed about it.
The Colbert Report is an hour long program that stays in character.
It is a role based on a certain lifestyle and political viewpoint which some may not see as funny as others including myself do...but then possibly those folks don't get the self mockery that is at the heart of it all .
One of the things that I have loved the most about the CR is the variety of guests that he has on the show . Writers , Supreme Court Judges, Scientists...yes there have been entertainers and musicians but they have been there for things other than the obvious ego stroke. Like George Carlin, the CR makes you think.
Would this be a good for the Late Show ?
Oh Hell no.
Different idea, different premise , different show.
Will it work ?
Only the magic eight ball can tell.
Will I be taping or ( shhhh...watching depending on who is on ?)
You betcha !
Will folks get it ?
Other than his carry over fans, hard to say .
I sure hope so .
I am just gonna have to go and buy her cookbook.
check this out.
I love the idea of using extra melted chocolate and sweet coconut for this .
It seems that since I have every Sunday to putter about since hisself is either golfing or with the motley crew, I might as well take advantage of this free time to start baking again. I didn't really do any of it for the last year like I did before because of renovations , out of town trips and the fact that there is a certain point here on the Gulf Coast where the very idea of using the oven at all is hell no...well, I just didn't.
I've started it up again recently and I am amazed at how much I missed baking. Some folks like my husband like to bake early in the day and more often than not I have woken up to one of his baking binges on a Sunday..me ..I need coffee and paper and time to gather my thoughts . My day schedule as far as other things will depend on what I am baking . For example..if it's a bundt cake , I have time to process a load of laundry and hoover while it is in the oven. Quick bread..same thing. Cupcakes..pick up the clutter or start a load of wash or bring the basket in to fold. Or maybe set or move a sprinkler..nothing I can't break away from. But cupcakes = time for one of the above, not all. Cookies..forget it . they don't take as long since I rotate 3 sheets at a time but it's a fast process once they are prepped.
If they are ready, this weekend is more banana bread..
One thing occurs to me.
I think I'd better check the pantry.
I have no idea what he has used all of or what is left.
I don't know if the above link will work or not, I suspect not but anyhoo....
If you shop at Coldwater Creek as I do ( DOH ! ) , you know that the best way is to watch for whatever makes your heart go pitty pat and then with Kryptonian resolve , wait for your precious to show up in the outlet.
Jackets regularly priced $125.00 and up can be snatched for $29.00 to $50.00.
For real y'all.
I told a friend at work and we realized that we had seen the signs and weren't aware of it at the time. Frequent CC shoppers would get coupons and catalogs at home . Magazines such as Real Simple and Southern Living always had print ads and tear away discount coupon cards....haven't seen any of that in quite a while but as the cost of these print items increased over the years , it is not unusual for retailers to let that part of their ad budgets fall to the wayside.
If you see something at CC, grab it .
Your shopping therapy advisor,
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I guess I did miss a bit while I was out of the office last week.
One of the nicest gals that I have ever had the genuine pleasure to work with just made my jaw drop.
She is in her exit interview.
She is about to embark on her own adventure.
She is going to begin pastry school in the quest to open her own shop one day.
I couldn't be happier for her and while I will honestly miss her , I am always super happy to see people with the strength to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Rock On Mama !
Stay in touch.
They said that the weather was going to change and they were not kidding.
Of course when I was off last week for my birthday ( it's a birth week and not a birthday and because I can ) the weather was less than stellar. On the one hand this gave me no excuse not to get some stuff done that I wanted to ( what ..me not have a plan so that I can over schedule myself...hahahahaha...yeah , right .) so I did get some of the inside stuff done but it really shortened the window to plant stuff.
I know that I pushed it but it seems like Easter is so late this year that I was having a fit. We lost almost all of the potted plants on the deck because of the unusual freezing temperatures and there is a certain point where I cannot bear to look at the debris one minute longer. Now , I did wait a bit because there just wasn't a whole lot to choose from a few weeks ago but I did manage to get some stuff and finally finished it up last night...sorted, potted and mulched. I do have some pots left but they can wait until closer to Easter when the selection open up. Of course everyone else will be at the nursery but I've gotten a head start and only managed to lose one glove this year.
I did manage to soldier through Wallyworld with Southside Johnny on Friday to get some stuff which was fun because we did it after lunch and Wallyworld is always better after adult beverages. Anyone who knows me knows my tolerance for the emporium so this is almost the only way that my happy ass will cross that threshold. The purpose of this jaunt was simple. Every damn year I wait to long to buy new solar lights for the back yard and by the time that I actually slap myself over it all, they are all gone.I refuse to make the same mistake that I did years ago by over paying at Lowes for a beautiful ( $$$ bazinga) copper set which did not last more than one year , thank you lawn dudes...And then again I had to get new chair cushions for the deck furniture, WTF I was there already and odds and ends so in the end once again I impressed the youngest brother with my commando shopping skills....I gotz skillz y'all.
Other than that , not a whole lot else went on..hubby got me the entire BSG series on blue ray so I am a most happy camper.
And I am back to work and it is the usual mayhem a week before the tax deadline but bam bitch !
Ours are sent off and the CPA is paid for .
Go us !
Have a good one.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Amazon Rocks !
I ordered the 72 count on Friday and got it today.
Now honey, I know you bought me some this weekend but Dude..I can go through that in a heart beat.
And look what I can get by the 6 pack !
Friday, March 21, 2014
I have discovered a use for the lanyard that is attached to the inside of my Dooney and Burke handbag/suitcases.
I can attach it to my phone case so that sucker is locked down and easy to find in the rubble commonly known as the contents of my purse...and I am getting better at keeping them cleaned out.
Doesn't everyone have a charger in their desk, purse, car and multi charging locations around their house ...known as our kitchen counters ????
Gee Honey, we're special.
Fist they get rid of Burn Notice.
Now it's While Collar.
Never fails, if it's a favorite of ours after a few years kaput ( whispering...don't want to put my Gibbs in peril.)
Looks like all of the lesser formed plans that I had in mind for the weekend are kaput. He has to work and by the time he gets by the dry cleaners, I will need to zip to the nails shop and it's supposed to rain so unless I do some planting tonight after work..snerk....it will be Sunday which really may not be to bad since the deck is covered and drains super well....hmm....okay...reshuffle the laundry from Sunday to Saturday...oh who the hell am I kidding ?
I may or may not get some of the planting done but I will be sure to check for water and baby them. I won't likely get the patio furniture hosed off until next weekend but that's okay since I am on vacation for a week starting the last Monday of the month.
I am looking forward to digging in the ground and I do need to cull some books that are still in boxes int eh den so it's a work in progress.
That is..unless I get a raging case of the F it's and do nothing but read Anne Rice .
Nah...lovely idea but I get annoyed with myself if I don't get done what I know needs to be done then I push myself to the point of back issues and then that crap starts.
Me over thinking it again...nah.
USA announced just a bit ago that they are ending " White Collar" after airing the next 6 episodes.
Life without Mozzie ?
That's almost up there with no more Sam Axe and y'all know how I am about my Bruce.
The Top Necklace is one that I already had . I love it a ton.
The second necklace is one that I got in today that I have lusted after for half a year.
I know, restraint, MOI ?
I have been collecting Art Nouveau and Boho jewelry for a while and at this point I guess I am a self confessed Etsy addict.
What I love about Etsy is first, it is dedicated to small business owners who large hand craft their products whether they be soap crafters, potters, painters or jewelry designers. By and large , you can custom order or change specifications for a custom fit. Go to Etsy and search for a shop named Comfortissimo. They are located in Serbia tho with an up date to their page it just says Europe. I have ordered 3 of their Hanna Tunics and adore them. I can specify the bottom length of the tunic and sleeve length in an order and it is custom made for me in the color I pick for under $45.00 , including shipping.
I have bought jewelry as gifts and can custom order/change earring wires/lengths and necklace length for myself or the recipient.
Looking for Steam Punk..they got it.
Looking for custom leather work..they got it.
Looking for Jenny Parks custom Dr. Mew art work ..she's there. She is the artist who did the Tardis Rainbow Bridge and Black cat picture that I purchased to frame and hang in the house once it is matted.
Yes, some of the jewelry is pricey as I expect when real gemstones are used and I have bought some of that .
I have never had a problem with misrepresentation of any kind and the sellers are genuinely interested in feed back with their clientele.
If you want to see things that you won't find anywhere else and is one of a kind..go to Etsy.
Noodle around, no matter how esoteric, I bet they have it.
Have a great weekend.
It's been a stressful couple of weeks with work issues..oye . No, nothing that I am affected by, participating in or a victim or..I'm just a member of the audience. Unfortunately, a dear friend was not and is gone from the firm, but life marches on.
It's that time of year as I approach my birthday that I take that week off because I can..lol...and one of the requirements that I impose upon myself is to get my voluptuous ass back out to the garden and start the do over. Hence the picture picture above from this months Southern Living.
Container Gardens !
Beautiful to behold, not so much in the execution mode.
We schlepped over to Chrome Depot because I had seen geraniums outside of Kroger so of course I thought " Yee F'g Haw..Chrome Depot will have 'em.
Not so much.
Oh I got a few . I got the required Rosemary for us and Quintin , he must have his own small pot on the deck to brush up against after all . I got some other mixed plantings such as carnations and Hisself did find my beloved Shasta Daisy's so it's a start...
But, I know that the beautiful pictures of the finished containers will look nothing like mine if I attempt it because frankly it's like cutting your own bangs.
Great concept, tragic results.
The photos are perfect because they have been fussed over, styled and often photo shopped.
Mine can and often have looked as if they were done by a three year old hobbit.
Now Sistah has the knack for doing the most glorious pots of petunias and geraniums and while I adore petunias, I know that after Memorial day, the heat down here will just fry them. If I get one it won't be for the long term, just for that brief time we call Camelot....oops....Spring. My bad.
It's more amusing than annoying that there is no accurate zone for where I live. I think we are an 8 or nine on the standard charts which is just plain wrong.
Full sun/Gulf Coast/South Texas....hang it up, they are just gonna burn no matter how close a personal relationship you have with your water utility provider.
Let the adventures begin.
I guess it's buh bye to the long nails and hello to the short no polish french manicure for now.
Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Yes, I did buy the larger size of the KA ( King Arthur ) bread pans because I needed them and damn it , I can so I did ...Neener Neener Neener.
Anyhoo, I thought I'd throw out this recipe for Chocolate Bread....yes....Chocolate and Bread..the world is a bright and shiney place.
Yield : 2 Loaves
Oven Temp : 325 degrees
Baking Time : 1 hour 20 minutes.
2 1/4 C. All Purpose Flour
2 C. Sugar
3/4 Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
q1 1/2 C. Milk
1 c. Vegetable Oil
3 Large Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 tablespoon Instant Espresso Granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water ( optional )
2 C. Semi Sweet Morsels plus 2 tablespoons flour.
Grease and line loaf pans with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat the milk, oil, eggs,vanilla and optional espresso mixture. Beat together at medium speed until well combined. In a separate medium bowl toss the chocolate chips with the 2 tablespoons of flour and add to the batter.
Spoon batter evenly into the 2 pans and bake until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean. ( NOTE..I use a metal kabob thingy because they are longer and easy to clean.)
Let cool for 20 minutes and remove from pans to completely cool on wire racks.
I know that the flour dusting of the chips seems silly and or not needed but trust me..they will sink to the bottom of the pans if you don't and will screw up the release totally. If you prefer to use cocoa , go ahead and toss the chips with that. Also, if you don't want to use parchment paper or have run out as we often do, you can use cocoa powder to "flour " your pans after you grease those bad boys down. I often use cocoa in place of white flour if I am using a Bundt pan.
Waving From Houston.