Random Seashell Eyecandy

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shells by the lake

This was after the rain, I wish I had gotten down there when it was dry.  The sand is a lovely golden color and the shells kind of shimmer in the sun light.

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Now for the random portion of this post since it is 0’dark thirty and I should not be awake at this hour:

If they’re found by a lake, can you call them seashells?

Dude!  I want to make love to this onion dip.  OMG!  Sweet tiny baby hey-zeus… it is good!

Yes, I realize there is probably a group out there dedicated to having sex with onion dip.

But, you must try it  if you like onions.

I may even make some for Texas.

I think my wii is trying to kill me.

But it made exercising for and hour fun.

And you sweat.

A lot.

Furthermore, I think my allergies are in cahoots with the wii.

I have a huge bruise on my neck.

I got it while riding the tractor.

I don’t know how.

I almost flipped that sucker twice

Come to think of it, that’s 3 things trying to kill me this week.

Maybe I shouldn’t leave the house.

Ever.

♥   I forgot about FOAD Thursday… I could have totally used that for the coffee story yesterday.

I stood in front of my pantry last night and was actually contemplating if I should have soup or green beans for dinner.

Right out of the can.

I think I may need an intervention.

Or Texas to come home.

I thought I was having a complete meltdown, until I read Joan’s post and she pointed out it was the full moon.

This may be the suckiest Sunday ever.

♥   Whatever.

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Happy Friday y’all!

I Think it’s a Pink Conspiracy

Subtitle: The Heavens Opened and Angels Sang

Texas and I celebrated our birthdays a little early, since he’s going to be on the road for both of them.  I wanted him to get a chance to play with his new gun and he… well he got me this:

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DUDE!

Seriously?!?!

I used to have one, what seems like a lifetime ago and have coveted one since.  But there was always something more important to buy or pay.

I’m deciding what to make first… the sweetest little meringue cookies you’d ever want or bread or maybe that red velvet cake he wants.

It’s going to be so nice to make bread again. I haven’t made as much since the second surgery since, well… since the arm just doesn’t work as well as it did before.

And yeah, I realize it’s pink.  But it’s a cute pink.

SHUT UP!

So, since we’re both able to be here for this, here is this week’s UM’s.

  1. Studio ::apartment apartment
  2. Meetup :: hook up Meet up later
  3. Ostrich ::neck eggs
  4. Jokes :: Ron White Larry the Cable Guy
  5. Estranged :: partner relative
  6. Random :: booty thought
  7. Slap ::on the ass flog
  8. Hotel room ::by the hour second home
  9. Inscribe ::rings gun
  10. Polar ::bear paws cold

Random Thursday and something for Cookie

How can you not love a man who wakes up and immediately starts cooking bacon?

Bacon should be it’s own food group.

Lack of sleep makes you want to stab people.  Accidentally and repeatedly.

Apparently, night crawlers like coffee too.  That’s my kind of worm right there.

I found the leftovers from my lost sock and since I’m a short leg girl, I may be able to make another sock.  Now to find the notes from the first one.

Sometimes the idiocy of bureaucracy makes me want to scream.

There is such a thing as too much burning.  I think I may be at the point where I never want to smell like smoke again.

This can make everything better.

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Did you know that basil is supposed to help keep away flies and skeeters?  Better yet, catnip and mint will help keep ants away.

I think I have some deck planters to buy and plant.

I’m thrilled to death I can plant azaleas and rhododendron here.  I’ve missed having them in my yard.

Now all I need is someone to help move rocks.  Who makes a pile of huge rocks 3 feet tall?

A week goes by way too fast

I have finally finished painting the bookcase/drawer thingies and have my kitchen back.  I just don’t know if they need decorating too.

I’ve been busy waxing old furniture.

I love paste wax.

Pictures when the room is organized

Speaking of pictures, why is it that I never have my camera when something cool presents itself?

Here’s my go-to pizza dough.  (I’d credit it somewhere, but all I have is an index card with it on) Even if your yeast isn’t good, it still makes a nice crispy crust.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rapid-rise yeast
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and stir in the yeast.  Make a well in the center, pour in the water and oil.  Mix to a soft dough.  Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Place in a greased bowl, cover and leave until doubled.  Turn out and knead gently for a couple of minutes.

My instructions say that it makes a 10-12 inch round pizza, your mileage may vary.  After you put whatever toppings on, just throw into a 425 degree oven and bake until done.

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I’m cookin’ now!

Yeah, I know. No Saturday Sky. I was distracted by lace. You all understand, right? Tomorrow I’ll do Sunday Sky. It’ll be worth it for all of you snow birds. One word. Wisteria.

::: bounce, bounce :::

Guess what? We have a knitter!

The lovely Nora has finally admitted she may officially be a knitter. HAHAHAHAH! She has no idea of where this is going. Should I tell her about La’s “I’m not going to have a stash” delusion? Or about how, now that she’s boarded the crazy train, she’s going to need a freezer just to house it. How about I send her to see this?

The point being, she used to have recipes and cooking over there. Now? Nothing but knitting. So, to help make up for that, I present you with:

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Two-faced Banana Bread*

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • handful of raisins (optional)
  • dusting of flax seed meal (optional)

Lightly oil a loaf pan and “flour” with the flax seed meal. Mash the bananas and mix with the honey, canola oil and vanilla extract. Stir together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt. Add the nuts and raisins. Blend the two mixtures and spoon into the loaf pan.  Sprinkle a little flax seed meal on top.

Bake for 40 minutes at 350, or until center is set.

*Two faced because it’s a healthly, all natural – mine was all organic too – and you think it’s going to taste healthy, (come on, you know what I mean) but it is scrumptious.

If you’re even thinking about knitting lace, head on over to this post and tell her you’re Knitting w/ Nora.

Corn Fritters… it’s what’s for breakfast!

Not funny? How about this: Corn Fritters, the other pancake?

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Down and Dirty, I’m Cravin’ Corn Fritters Recipe

  • One can sweet corn – do not drain
  • 1 1/2 cups “just add water” pancake mix

Stir, drop, cook. Serve with syrup. YUM!

When sweet corn comes in season, I’ll give you the full on Gramma’s “Sweet Mother of GOD These Are Good” Recipe.

A little eye candy for all you chilly ones – yes, that is a bloom on my honeysuckle.

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For those of you who are partial to hollyhocks, they’re getting bigger!

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Fire it up!


You Are Cinnamon Flavored Gum


You are daring, active, and a little outrageous.
You crave adventure and novelty. You like to mix things up.Your personality is extra spicy and larger than life.You love to have fun, and you are passionate about everything you do.You’re definitely a fiery person, and you don’t back down from a fight.Most people love your fire – but you can be a bit too intense at times!

YEEEEHAW ! I’m fiery!

Sometimes you just need a quiz. Thanks Cookie.

No fiber related creativity going on around here. Plenty of appointments, growth stuff and healthy creativity in the kitchen though! The best ever French Onion Soup was cooked yesterday (because it’s always better the next day) and I made Chicken Katsu with homemade katsu sauce and stir fried zucchini and squash with a bit of homemade teriyaki sauce. YUM! (Ok, I know. How healthy can fried chicken be? But it’s yummy! And all natural.)

I may have gone a little nutty in the produce section the other night. Funny what a new steamer and a wok can do for you. Tonight it’s baby bok choy with an orange sauce (homemade again) chicken stir fry.

I also think I’m in love with this guy. (there are two links there I swear) MMMMmm sticky chicken.

Yes, I tend to get all “Becky Home-Ecky” when I’m stressed or in a funk… why do you ask?

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Eye Candy – If you can’t say something nice

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Carol asked what this was. Why, it is my “White Trash Chicken Cordon Bleu“.

Day 1 Recipe:

  • 1 huge honkin’ chicken breast
  • Sliced ham from the deli counter
  • Sliced cheese – this time, I had provolone
  • 1 egg beaten
  • bread crumbs

Place breast on cutting board and roll, pound, whack… whatever it takes to make it as flat as possible. Layer ham and cheese on top of breast and roll up jellyroll style. Dip in beaten egg and then in breadcrumbs. Place in baking dish uncovered and bake at 375 until cheese is bubbling out – this time, mine took 45 minutes.

Day 2 Recipe:

  • White Trash Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Cream of Mushroom soup

Mix soup with half a can of milk. Spread half of soup on bottom of baking dish. Slice left over WTCCB and layer in baking dish. Pour rest of soup over. Bake in oven uncovered until heated through.

And as a bonus…because I lurve you all (aka I got nothin’ else)

Bubba’s Coronary Cafe White Trash Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • 1 huge honkin’ chicken breast
  • Sliced ham from the deli counter
  • Shredded cheese – I usually have Monterey jack or cheddar blends sitting around
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Bacon – as much as you need

Lightly cook 3 or 4 slices of bacon. You want it started, but limp enough to work with. Mix about a cup of cheese into about 1/2 a cup of ranch dressing – you want this thick. Place breast on cutting board and roll, pound, whack… whatever it takes to make it as flat as possible. Spread ranch cheese mixture over chicken breast. Layer ham on top and roll up jellyroll style. Wrap rolled chicken with bacon and place in baking dish. Bake at 375 for about 30 mins or so depending upon how thick your breasts are.

Enjoy and tell your cardiologist that I get a 10% commission…payable in yarn.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s sock.

01. I covet this sock. Or the patience and skill to make it.

02. Don’t even ask how or why, but this… I want it too.

03. Then, there are the pretty little diamonds all lined up perfectly.

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04. There is nothing like the perfect wet cappuccino with the slightest sprinkle of cocoa, served in a real cup with a fresh-out-of -the-oven cinnamon roll, at a place where they know your name and are genuinely glad to see you. Even if we do sit around and act like two year olds from time to time.

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05. But, being able to have bar-b-que ribs delivered to your house on cold night sure does run a close second.

06. No matter the evil empire ways of the all powerful, small business eating w@#mart, it can be a wonderful place. A one stop place to get a griddle, a waffle iron, a scone pan, and a cast iron casserole – plus all of the ingredients to make some good meals and even better treats. Who’s coming to dinner?!?

07. Cotton is my friend. More specifically, the buttload of cotton I got mom for her birthday. That woman is a crocheting machine. Really. The 3 cones of white I had? GONE already. I may have to buy stock in peaches n’ cream. I wonder if I can convince her to crochet me these socks?

Have a great Tuesday!

Este fin de semana*

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Most of the weekend was spent looking at that. Or one of the two honking huge philosophy books to the left. Notice the knitting is not that far away. Spanish made my brain hurt and I needed a break from time to time. It’s the whole saying things opposite of what I’m used to. Thankfully, much of it is starting to come back. As part of the philosophy class, we have to watch movies and do mini-reports on them. This week it was Kundun. It’s not a movie I would have picked just flipping through netflix, but, WOW. It was really good.

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Of course, there was plenty of playing with this too. Since I kind of have a little time on my hands, I figured I could send out some simple things for Valentine’s Day. I actually cut most of my quilt pieces and ordered the batting. I should have taken pictures of the homemade bagels. They were yummy and since it made such a big batch, I treated my neighbors to some. I may or may not be becoming Martha Stewart. If I start saying “it’s a good thing”, send help. Please.

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I think I’ve narrowed down what I’m going to make with this. The arm cozy was going great until I had issues with doing math in my head to keep the pattern going in the round while doing increases. Maybe I should knit a sweater before I start trying to design an arm? But that would make sense… right?

Especially for Angie and her squirrel fetish … go look. Also available at her other website. I will not confirm nor deny if the pattern book has been purchased for my household.

*That could be right or wrong. But I have to try to pimp my new skillz. Watch me go… Tengo tres perros y dos gatos. Los gatos es negros y blanco. WOO! And I didn’t even have to look that up! 😀

A is for Arugula – an homage

For Margene:
Dressing
1/2 c. raspberry vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper, fresh ground
4 tsp. sugar
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Wisk, blend, shake.  What ever works for you. 
Salad
Arugula
Pepitas
Raspberries, blueberries or what ever fresh berry you have
Mandarin orange sections
Feta cheese
Toss with dressing and enjoy.  I love it on a hot, high-desert summer day.
My eye candy for today?  It’s all mental…I want everyone to imagine that I don’t have to wear this anymore:
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Today I get to experience people!  Real people!  In the big city! WOOO!  Think I can bribe the driver to detour to a yarn store?