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?

Very Merry Something**

You would think it was a holiday or something with the lack of blog posts out there.

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(snuck a picture at JoAnne’s)

Despite my cold, black heart’s desire to inflict that yarn on someone, I didn’t do it.  Instead, I learned how to crochet granny squares this weekend and made a project for someone’s birthday.  It wasn’t that bad.  Except for the yarn I did use.   Pictures when the recipient recieves it.

Dinner was wonderful!  Potato-cheese-onion and kapusta pierogies and mushroom/kapusta soup.  YUM!  And… no pierogies boiled open.  Four dozen and none.boiled.open.  If you’ve ever made homemade pierogies, you might see the wonderfulness of that.  I also have eight dozen in the freezer to have throughout the year. 

I don’t have a problem with estimating amounts… why do you ask?

Today, it’s a hickory smoked ham glazed with O.J., brown sugar and crushed black cherries.  Don’t knock it until you try it.  The sides are going to be fried pierogi filling cakes followed by poppyseed rolls and nut rolls.  I said I was going traditional.  The only thing missing was the drunken fighting. 

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Imported Russian poppy seeds soaking.  YUMMMM!

Last year on Christmas Eve, we were treated to the neighbor’s very loud Mexican musicuntil about 0330.  This year, it started about 1300.  Around 2215, a large SUV blaring rap music pulled up to the neighbor’s house, some shouting and threats ensued and it got QUIET!  Whoever that neighbor was, THANK YOU!  You worked better than the police.

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Another huge THANK YOU!  A wonderful Swallowtail from a wonderful person.  It means all the more because it’s been on my list to knit, but the floppy paw doesn’t allow certain stitches.  It arrived a week ago and there has only been one day I didn’t have it on. 

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