Sunday, December 13, 2009
Oh, and Tora - I watched Julie & Julia today and was definitely inspired to do something similar, but not with Julia Child's cookbook. Maybe a nice, safe Rachael Ray book to start. :P
The scampi picture doesn't do it justice. I need to practice my food art. Those beans look like they slid through an oil slick.
24 lg. uncooked shrimp (peeled, deveined, leaving tails on)
2 lg. garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 stick butter
1/2 c. olive oil
1 c. white wine
1 tbsp. chopped parsley (I didn't have parsley. Skipped it.)
Italian seasoned bread crumbs
In a skillet, sauté a few spoons of bread crumbs, parsley and garlic in olive oil and butter until lightly browned. (Add garlic after a few moments so that it doesn't get brown.)
Add shrimp, marinade and juice from a couple of lemon wedges and cook until shrimp are pink (a few minutes) and juices in pan are bubbling hot.
Serve shrimp with scampi sauce for dipping, and garnish with lemon wedges.
Lip smackin' good!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
It is actually kind of funny where I found the recipe. When I was diagnosed with acid reflux, I bought a book of recipes to help me know what to cook that wouldn't make the reflux worse. This enchilada recipe was from that book. I didn't tell Mike that though. If you like enchiladas at all, I recommend that you try this recipe. It is super easy and soo good. And that's saying a lot since I don't like cheese that much.
Three boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can of salsa verde
1 c sour cream
4 cups chicken broth
8 oz reduced fat, shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 medium sized tortillas
1/4 c chopped green onions
Canola cooking spray
1) Add chicken breasts to medium sautee pan. Cover with chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.
2) Let chicken cool in chicken broth.
3) Remove chicken from broth and shred with fork.
4) In a mixing bowl, mix chicken with cheese and onions and set aside.
5) Preheat oven to 375 and coat 9 x 13 pan with canola cooking spray.
6) One by one, heat tortillas in nonstick frying pan. Then, lay approximately 1/2 cup of chicken/cheese mixture down the center of each tortilla. Spoon chicken broth down the center over the chicken/cheese mixture.
7) Roll up each tortilla and place, seam side down, in the baking pan.
8) Cover the pan with foil and bake for 22-25 minutes.
9) Mix salsa verde and sour cream in a bowl. Spoon over enchiladas when done. Serve remaining sauce in a small bowl.
You gonna like it!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wow. How many metaphors did I mix around up there?
Thanks for everyone's encouragement and love.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"I just got the biggest case of The Olds ever when I read this quote: “Aaron Carter: I Grew Up on DWTS”
How do you grow up on Dancing with the Stars? Hasn’t it only been on for like 4 years? *Shakes fist and sits back down on rocking chair*"
My friend emails me back and says, "FAIL. He has grown from this experience!."
Another funny FAIL...
Monday, November 9, 2009
I feel and like this a lot: (Turn the volume some down for this one and check out the otter that stands and falls sideways. Heehee.)
And... whining over. Thanks for indulging. Sorry if I've been a bum of a friend during the past few months. It's not you, it's me.
I am totally abusing these lately: ...
Not much has been new and exciting anyway. Mike and I are happy that the Tax Credit for first time homebuyers was extended (Thanks, Barry!) and hope to start looking in the Spring for a new house.
I turned 39. I think that it is definitely time to start reversing the years now.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Failblog never ceases to crack me up. You should really make it a part of your weekly interwebs routine.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It was the only hotel on the Canadian side that had direct views of the Falls from your room.
On Saturday, we played tourists like champs We took the inclue down to the Welcome Center and then went under the Falls...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
So, another question for the ladies: What product do you use or have you heard works for wrinkles that doesn't cost 1/4 of my monthly paycheck? And not Botox. I won't go there. No botulism in my face, thank you very much!
On another subject... I'm going to start posting reviews of books and movies and products that I like. I subject my friends and relatives to my opinions on these things in real life, so I figure why not here. :) Not sure what my first review subject will be yet though. Stay tuned...
And I know blogs are fun with pics, so here are some recent ones that are Fall themed. Man, I love Fall!I took this one while on a walk during a lunch break last year.
This is a pic that Mike took last year. I looove this one.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Jon Gosselin Dropped from Jon & Kate Plus 8
September 29, 2009
In a stunning announcement, TLC said Tuesday morning that as of Nov. 2 Jon Gosselin would no longer appear on the popular reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 — and the program would undergo a name change, to simply Kate Plus 8.
“Given Jon’s recent antics, there was no way the show could continue to portray him as a doting Dad, not while all this other crap was going on,” a source close to Jon Gosselin tells PEOPLE.
The series first debuted on April 16, 2007, and experienced a ratings spike once the Gosselin marriage became troubled earlier this year. This past season the couple announced they would divorce."
Friday, September 25, 2009
Who knows the circumstances behind it, but this young girl didn't deserve to be manhandled like she was. She was clearly trying to get out of the way. I would have thrown my bike at him, too. I'm so over the G20 activity. Hopefully Barry O. and the crew solved some major financial issues over there at the David L. and made all of this craziness worth it.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I had a bad sinus headache and we were leaving a tiny bit early. We were saying goodbye to the groom and Mike said, "Thanks for having us. Sorry we're leaving a bit early but..." I butt in because I feel like I should since I was the one who wanted to leave. I say, "Yeah, we're leaving. I'm sorry but we have to... um... well, nothing really. What do we do? Nothing. But we're leaving."
Um, Fall TV is starting up. I'm excited about that. I do love Fall TV. Medium, Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, House, Fringe... and I'm excited to see Flash Forward (Yay Charlie!). Mike said that Fall TV is too stressful and he is only picking one show to watch. Hahahahaha. That crumbled on Thursday night when The Office started and I asked him if he was going to pick The Office or Big Bang Theory as his one show. Mikey didn't have much to say then. Silly boy. Fall TV is good times. It relaxes me after a long day of hardly working. It makes me laugh after a long day of being sensitive. :P
I'm going to solicit some Comments with this post. I am curious... What candles do you use in your house/apartment/other type of dwelling that last long? I love to have candles going every night (especially in the Fall), but I feel like all I do is buy candles. Should I splurge and get Yankee large jar candles even though I can't imagine paying more than $10 for a candle? What do you use?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
We were a little afraid of having 'pyrotechnics' right near the rectory, but it all worked out. Thanks to everyone who made it. It was GREAT seeing you!
Aside from that, I got my hairs cut. 2.5 inches whacked off and addition of a swoopy bang. I feel lighter. :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
On the elevator at work: A hipster in her twenties pushes '4' and then asks what floor I'm going to, I tell her, and she pushes '3' for me. She then says, "Oh I'm sorry. I think that we'll go to 4 before your floor since I pushed 4 before 3." I said, "No, I think that we're gonna hit 3 first." We (of course) do and she says, "Huh. You win!" Her hipster guy friend then says to his girl friend, "I wouldn't bet against her. She knows what she's talking about!" Aww... FAIL.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I really don't care who is to blame for their troubles. Do any of us really? It is just so apparent that Jon doesn't know how to handle himself now. He should be spending time with his kids and not complaining his commute from New York City to PA to see them at 4:30 AM. Why is he living in NYC? That just makes no sense. He said that he regrets going to the clubs, but he is STILL going to the clubs. He seems sort of delusional. He should just go be in love with his reformed partier and be quiet for a good long while. Poor baby didn't get to have a life. He was powerless over his own existence. Pfft. You can't go back, Jon. You can't be a college kid anymore. You made your bed.
And for those who are of the belief that Kate is a possum-headed tyrant...Yes, Kate may have been tough on Jon. But she wasn't holding him captive. But, yeah, she needs to shut it also. But at least she isn't out clubbing and dating and saying that she despises Jon. I see that as more damaging. They both need to do what they SAID they were gonna do and stop talking to the media. Is that possible for them? We will stop caring. Really we will. It happened with Britney. They too can be crazy without us watching.
And that's what I have to say about that. Oh, except that I love the host of that show. Especially when he basically said, "Not ok. You have to watch what you are saying about the mother of your children." I'm a fan.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Related to above FAIL: Someone wrote as their Facebook status, "Happy September" on September 1st. I wrote as a comment, "Haha" because in my head I apparently thought that it was still July or something. I realized that my Comment was a big FAIL that night in bed. The person who wrote "Happy September" never asked why I wrote "Haha." FAIL.
- My friend asked me how to spell cancellation. She said that she didn't understand why spellcheck didn't correct her when she spelled it with one 'l'. I said, "It only has one 'l' unless you are just writing cancel." Cancell? Yeah, FAIL.
And get off the phone when you're with your kids! Ugh.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I have no particular purpose for starting this blog. I wanted to have a place to jot down my thoughts and let people know what is going on with my life. There are many things happening in my life now, so I guess it could turn out to be interesting. Or it could be a dud. But, I'm going to stick with it for a while and see what happens. Some funny stories could show up, some recipes, or some rambling thoughts. We'll see...
Speaking of things going on, Mike and I are going to start to try to conceive. 38 years old seems like a good a time as any to start. I'm trying to get the hang of figuring out what I need to know in terms of fertility and all things related. I knew from some friends' experiences that there were many things involved, but I thought that I could just skip all of that and go right to the part where I say, "Would ya look at that? A plus sign!" Not gonna happen. I won't document all of the details, but ladies... you probably know what I'm talking about. I'm nervous about it all for many reasons. Obviously age brings on fears of risks and chances and all of that. And I wonder what it means that I pretty much had to breathe into a paper bag when I watched an episode of '16 and Pregnant' on MTV today during the part of the episode when the teenager was giving birth. Yeah, I know what happens when a woman goes into labor, but that poor girl was freaking out and in some ka-razy looking pain. Haven't they figured out how to give an epidural by any other means than a huge friggin' shot in your back? They should work on that. I am excited about it all, but I really have to up my tolerance for anything past a bruise in order to be a happy pregnant lady. How can you be equal parts excited and equal parts freaked out? It is a teeter-totter existence, but so it is. That's life.