Wednesday, March 29, 2006

See Jane Run...

So I have to run ~not as in I don't really have time to write but as in I invested $90 in running shoes this weekend and so now I have to run to feel like it was a good idea.
I have run two of the last three nights and feel really good about it so we will see if I can keep this up. One of my incentives to run also is to see where I could get to if I was to do all of my running at one time ~so far I think I am out of the neighborhood.

Friday, March 24, 2006

I'm the Boss of You...

Whitney & Brent left for Boise around 5pm yesterday leaving me in charge of the house ~which isn't unusual except they left me not only the dog but Mac, Macgee, & Bottsie. Everything has gone fine except I didn't get much sleep last night ~Whitney was concerned whether Botts would go to sleep with out her last night ~Botts when down fine ~I never really slept. Botts like to sleep right up next to you and well I don't sleep with other people so I'm not use to having all of that body heat next to me. I got up once in the middle of the night to adjust the heat and get a drink of water but man it was a rough night for me. I am looking forward to seeing how the next twelve hours unfold when the girls parents get back home.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Spring my eye....

Um I am a bit confused here ~why do they make you think that the certain events are seasonal?
Rain = Spring
Sunshine = Summer
Crisp Wind = Fall
Snow = WINTER!
It Snowed today ~the first day of Spring Happy Vernal Equinox!
It never snows when I want it to in December for a pretty Christmas card look, and I have been in a May snow storm which was all to blame on choosing a poor location to be ~Rexburg. It should be warm I should be able to wear skirts again. There should be Tulips in every lawn~ where is my sunshine tempting me into Summer?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sunday dinner rocks...

One of my favorite dinners is Fried Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Gravy. It is one of my favorites because I love to both make it and eat it. My recipe would make anyone who calls the South home run the other direction but that’s the beauty of being from Idaho ~I can cook any way I want to the only rule I have to follow it to take my potatoes seriously ~oh and I do.

Fried Chicken
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 Cups Flour
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Paprika ~the child of Salt & Pepper
½ tsp Onion Powder
½ tsp Garlic Powder
The Colonel adds eleven herbs and spices but I have decided that is a bit of an over kill but if there are six more herbs and spices in your cupboard you want to add go right ahead El Colonel.

Turn your oven on the Warm setting ~it helps keep the dinner warm, this meal is a little tricky to have one person get it all warm all at the same time but the oven helps you put it on the table all nice and hot.

In a large skillet ~cast iron if you have it add about a ¼ “ of oil ~if for even a second you thought of getting out a ruler you are no friend of mine. Heat oil on medium. ~also make sure you have a lid or plate or something to cover the top of the skillet during the cooking.

In a large plastic baggie or brown paper sandwich bag, add flour and seasoning, close top of bag and mix ingredients by shaking. Now take your chicken ~cut off all of the nasty fat and tendons left on it so no one finds them in their dinner, also cut the pieces in half so they can be arranged a little nicer in the pan.

Add four pieces of chicken to the bag with the flour mixture in it, the chicken needs to be a bit slimy for this to work well so either use the chicken before it dries out at all or add it to a little bit of milk or water to give it a nice slimy feel ~shake it making sure all of the chicken gets well coated ~this was my job when I was little and my mother made this meal for dinner. Add the four pieces of chicken to the hot oil cover and leave it alone for five minutes. Using either a fork or a pair of tongs turn the chicken over and forget about it for another five minutes. Now remove those first four pieces and transfer them to the oven on a plate. Repeat this process with the other for pieces of chicken. Throw out the bag of flour it has raw chicken germs in it and can not be used to make gravy. When you have finished cooking them for the second five minutes remove pieces from the oven, turn the pieces in the pan and add the oven pieces and cook them for two minutes on each side, now choose the fattest piece and cut into it to check for doneness ~if the juice runs clear and all of the pinkness is gone you are good to go ~other wise keep repeating the two minute intervals until it is done. Now remove chicken from pan and plate it ~put it in the oven to keep it warm while you make the gravy.

Gravy
1 ½ Cups Flour
Milk
Salt & Pepper
To make the gravy use a good whisk to keep it from getting too lumpy, turn the heat down just a number or two, add flour to the oil and stir. Once the flour is all mixed into the oil start adding milk ~I never get this next part just right so I end up scooping a bunch of the mixture out and throwing it away so there is a reasonable amount of gravy and I don’t use two gallons of milk to make gravy. How much milk you use is based on how much gravy you want and what consistency you want. So I add that first cup of milk and see what the gravy does ~usually it makes a horrid paste and I am pretty sure I have just ruined the meal but as I say I just scoop about half the mixture out and start adding milk again, once the consistency looks right I then season the gravy with salt & pepper to taste.

Mashed Potatoes

1 potato per person ~you can’t have too many potatoes
1 15 oz can of corn.
1 cube butter
Sour Cream
Milk
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

Set a large pot of water to boil on High. Peal, the potatoes as you please and quarter, add to water. ~Do this before you start the chicken because the potatoes take longer. Periodically test the potatoes for doneness by sticking a fork in them ~when there isn’t any resistances to the fork the potatoes are done. Drain them, add the can of corn, and butter along with various amounts of the other ingredients to get the consistency and flavor you are looking for. You can use either a masher or a set of beaters to make these but as I said I am from Idaho and we mash there and lumps are a sign of honor. I often have to put them in the oven to keep them warm while I make the gravy.

I promise this meal is a little easier than this recipe may lead you to believe but this meal has never disappointed so it is worth any effort in my opinion.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happiest Feet Ever...

My friend Kay Dubs in town and so I got to go and play with her today ~we went shopping even though I don't have any money because we shop beautifully together ~our outlet mall trips were famous. Any ways she was looking for a pair of casual black shoes, diesel made several pair that she liked but no one in the mall carried them in her size. I was being supportive and going store to store and giving my honest opinion on the shoes she was trying on and wandering around looking at the other shoes in the store to see if there was something I didn't really need but wanted ~I found the perfect pair of shoes for me and I know I shouldn't have but I tried them on and that was it ~my feet had found a soul-mate and I couldn't leave the store with out them even if I did have to pay with my first born. I love my new shoes and I hope you will love them too and that they will make you happy when you see them on my feet because my feet are so happy to be wearing them.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The freedom that suffocates...

I hate being told I am lucky because I could do anything, because I have no strings to tie me down. Just so you know I would kill for a mortgage, car pool and not a moment to myself ~and yes I know this makes me the saddest person on earth.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I want to vacation with the Russian Army...

Everyone has those moments when they realize they are their mothers daughters. I had one of those this weekend. My parents were in town and we had a lovely visit especially on Sunday when Gage, Kinsey and Miles came down for dinner. Whit made a great Lasagna and we had bread and salad along with it (both green and jello) after dinner was over and we had sat around and talked and many of the family members had moved to the comfy sofas in the family room mom announced that she need to clean up the mess by saying it looked like the russian army had been camping out in Whit's kitchen ~Man those russians are neat people, when this announcement came there were all of three dirty dishes about, along with glasses on the table and placemats, oh and I shouldn't forget the lasagna spots on the top of the stove. If that is all a russian army leaves behind I think they would be a very nice group of people to hang out with ~I like a clean kitchen. I like to clean the kitchen, more importantly I really like cleaning others kitchens ~I know this makes me a bad person that I should like getting together with friend but really I prefer going into their kitchen and loading the dishwasher and wiping down the counters because that means I did something and doing this make me feel better about myself. As someone who has a deficit of self esteem there is often no greater joy than knowing I cleaned the kitchen, that I left things better than I found them and that I am a good for something. So I wondered this weekend as my mother cleaned up the invasion of the russian army if she felt better about herself because she did it and if she too needs that is she this daughters mother.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bunko is sort of like Relief Society...

So tonight I was supposed to go to Relief Society but I ended up going to Bunko instead. This would be proof that I was a bad person except I won tonight and well a lot of girls from the ward were there so it was almost like I went to Relief Society. If you don't know what Bunko is you are missing out. I was first introduced to it in high school my friend Shay's mom loved the game and was constantly hosting Bunko parties for her kids it was a lot of fun. My sister Whitney is actually in a Bunko group and I am a sub so I get to come most months. Every Bunko group plays by their own rules and if you do a google search for bunko or bunco you will find a million hits for a different versions of the game ~I played a couple of times in d.c. for money where a lot of drinking was also involved ~i didn't participate in that part of the game but I still never won so that will tell you about my skills.
Anyways at Whit's group you get dinner, dessert, and prizes along with all the gossip fix you can imagine. Tonight's prizes were purses and since I won I got choose first. I would just like to say I truly feel like "Charity Never Faileth" and isn't my purse cute.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

the best five things I ate last week....

So tonight I had a toasted tuna sandwich and I thought hey I should blog about the five best things I have eaten every week ~mainly so people would know that I easily eat popcorn for dinner at least once a week ~this week I did it twice both wednesday night and thursday night and even though I also went to the movies on friday night I did not eat popcorn for dinner that night ~two nights in a row I found was a bit of over kill. So here is my list of the top five things I ate this week.
1. Chewwies (Brian's Birthday)
2. Re-run Spaghetti (I do not like spaghetti as a general rule but love the re-run.)
3. Strawberries (Abby's Birthday)
4. Milk (I like this even better than Diet Coke which is saying a lot because if Diet Coke was boy I would marry him.)
5. Toasted Tuna Sandwiches ~I could eat one every day and never tire of them.

~A little side note Tate once made chewwies for a boy named Jeff and he loved them just like every worth while boy does. So I am including the Recipe here in case anyone who reads my blog needs to impress a boy.

Chewwies
1 package plus 3 Honey Graham Crackers
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 package Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crush Graham Crackers, add Sweetened Condensed Milk and Chocolate Chips. Pour into a 9x9 pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 350. Be careful who you feed these to because they will love you ~well at least for your treats.