It's Christmas break and I am in Missouri, I will update on all of my gifts when I finally get back to them and my computer.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Recipe for cookie:
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
- Using a wooden spoon, mix together all ingredients in a bowl. The dough will be dry and using your hands is unavoidable. Add a bit of water if you need. Roll into a 1/2 inch thick sheet and cut out shapes. Place on a baking stone or cookie sheet.
- Bake until hard, about 35 minutes.
Recipe for doggy frosting:
1/2 cup cream cheese or ricotta
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
Mix all ingredients together and frost. It will crack if it dries, I like it, you may not.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
- Cook the fatty foods that you love and crave, so that you get that smell and possibly some of the flavor from cooking your other foods in it. ie: BACON
- Next feed it to the dog, sneaking just a couple bites for yourself.
- Finally, take the dog and yourself for a walk/jog at least two miles because you both are gonna need it.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
But when I saw that you were just a tiny little weenier dog I instantly fell in love. You were barely taller than the grass that you were hoping around in and I could fit you both of my hands. I have to admit that I didn't catch on right away why your name was Oscar, because we didn't name you, I just figured it was because of Oscar the Grouch, which made perfect sense.
This is why I tend to complain whenever I go out to eat. Because at least 90% of the time I can make it better at home. I'm not saying that I am better than everyone at their job just most every chain restaurant.
This morning I am having a super food, super breakfast. Inside my EGG omelette is SPINACH, TOMATOES, cheese and BACON ( not technically a super food but I count it because they left it out on accident.) I'm paring it with Greek YOGURT, RASPBERRIES and clementimes and a slice of WHOLE GRAIN toast that has HONEY BUTTER ( again butter is not on the list but was forgotten.)
So just to recap I prefer to eat at home over a franchise. But hole in the wall ma and pa restaurants out do me every time, their craft is their own and I will always treat it with respect.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I'll reply that I am staying home! Finally I don't have to plan outfits for a weekend at my parents or wonder where I will be sleeping. This is such a relief because I havent slept well since thanksgiving. Also I don't think my stomach can take anymore fast food.
How wonderful it will be to live out normal every day tasks again. I can go to the store whenever I feel like, not limited by lack of car or need to fill a kitchen. Just think, me cooking again! It's only been nine months since I last used my kitchen.
I am so excited that I am literally losing sleep over which store I plan on going to first, thoughts of washing the dog and what coupons to print. You know you have over done the traveling when you get excited about seeing your vacuum cleaner again, not that it isn't a great vacuum.
Oh, what a house wife I have become.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Why is it the worst? Well for one, even I forget it, which as you might have guessed, many others do too. As a kid I would get amazing Christmas mornings and my mom would say things like, "now this one is for Christmas and your birthday." I would think, "then why am I opening this now?" Is it really that hard to save me a present for my birthday and wrap it in birthday paper, not candy canes?
I know it is pretty hard on everyone to give more than gift for a person around this time, it seems like for the last three months of the year everyone is tapped out from all of the holidays. You would think that who ever made the calendar would have thought it through a little better, or I guess we could all just celebrate the true holiday and not the commercialized ones.
|But where is the fun in that Charlie Brown?|
So I am just going to keep my birthday but I wont like it! In the future, when it is my time to have babies I am not getting pregnant after March, NO WAY! Unless of course it was an accident like every other pregnancy... Can some one please explain to me how it can be called an accident when a person consents to sex without any form of protection other than the ole pull out method or a condom which everyone knows breaks? If you can't afford birth control, you can't afford a baby.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Ryan dropped his multi tool in the pan of oil. I told him to move it. After dinner we went for a trip to Castle Rock but about 20 or more miles in realized that the roads would more than likely have ice on them and the mini is in desperate need some snow tires. It was a really nice though, we turned a corner and there were the snow covered mountains, hiding.
|Fooled you, its a water bottle.|
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I see myself in Peggy, I see myself in Peggy a lot, except I can cook, thats the main difference.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Firstly, I washed some russet baking potatoes and then got out my bacon strips and wrapped them like tatters in a pig blanket. I added some pepper that I had stolen from the breakfast buffet at the hotel and some crushed garlic cloves, thats it.
Next I wrapped those babies up in some aluminum (British pronunciation) foil nice and tight.
|Side note: this looks good enough to tattoo on my body. NOM|
I am going to top these off with crispy bacon, green onions, cheese, butter and yogurt (have to be healthy somewhere). Also, one more side note, I made a pumpkin cheesecake in the crock pot for Thanksgiving, it turned out great! I cooked it on high for six hours but I think five would have been better. Try it out with any cheesecake recipe you have.
|End result after six hours was some tasty caramelized garlic cloves and the entire hotel hallway smelling like garlic.|
|OH NOM NOM NOM NOM!|
Friday, November 18, 2011
Last year, Ryan and I got everything we wanted and it was all because we had a plan. Carefully coordinating the time the store opened with value of savings and multiplying that by pie, yes I mean pumpkin.
This year I hope to do the same thing, we are going to be in Boise so I know the layout pretty well however, I haven't really found what I am looking for in the ads online. It's kind of upsetting because without a target item, I don't know if I will still get the same adrenaline pumping through my veins. Hopefully when the ads come out on Sunday I will find what I am looking for.
And just what am I looking forward to fighting for if need be? I thought you would never ask...
|Harry Potter bluray complete box set 1-8. Problem is, its only out in the UK from what I can make of it.|
|Surely you saw this coming, Harry Potter hard back book set 1-7|
|A cuisinart hand mixer in a funky color or stainless.|
|And a Les Creuset dutch oven.|
Is anyone else going shopping this year? What's on your list, I would love to know.
Oh and as a side note, all of these gifts are things that both Ryan and I want. I know you might be thinking why would Ryan want a mixer? Well I have a very simple answer to that, cookie dough, cake batter, whipped cream, whipped potatoes, and so much more. It's Ryan's birthday today, I didn't get him anything, not even a home cooked meal, he didn't want to do anything but it looks like we are going to have to go to dinner and someone is going to have to give him a birthday cake anyway...
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
|I don't even care if its not Mastering the Art, its Julia Child!!!!!!!|
|Rival cookbook next to my Rival crock pot, this was right next to Julia Child, luck, fait, a miracle? No thrift stores!|
|This book is perfect for Ryan and me. All the recipes are four servings and sound delicious!|
|I want to eat a rainbow!|
On the last day there was a snow storm the night before we got to Cheyenne, WY. The mini got a black eye from a road block and just twenty minutes later got stuck in a snow bank on an onramp which ended with a really fun tow cable ride from Big Al's. No one was hurt except I think Ryan was a little heart broken and mad at the snow.
We spent our first weekend in Idaho up in Boise with Kat. She and Ryan finally got to meet each other for the first time after hearing about one another for over a year, I don't think we ever stopped laughing. First we played with poodles, then we went to Sockeye brewery and took the tour. We proceeded to get tipsy from le tour of 12 or more delicious brews. Next we went to the Piehole for a slice of potato bacon and pesto alfredo pizza. We walked to Urban for some cheap laughs and I drew a picture.
|Only public bathrooms downtown.|
At the hotel I have been making dinner in the crock pot every night, basing a lot of my recipes off the what supplies I can take from the morning breakfast downstairs. Surprisingly they really do have a lot of things that come in handy. The only spices though are tiny salt and pepper packages.
I also made a pumpkin pie in the crock pot, well just the filling and then put that in a graham cracker crust but it turned out really good. Today I am making pot roast with red potatoes and carrots. I hope it turns out alright, I don't know anything about cuts of meat except what my grandma told me which is she just buys the cheapest roast and cooks low and slow, works for me, hopefully.
Since crock pot cooking tends to not need your help, I fill the remainder of my day with projects. I have been down in the hotel office trying to hook up their printer to my computer so I can print off coupons because in order to print off the coupons you have to install a program to your computer which is a little weird but I think its because they keep track of what you print so you don't print a bunch of them. Ryan thinks its because they want to install spy wear on your computer which I am beginning to believe because my computer is slower than it was in Abu Dhabi but that could just be a combination of being on the far end of the hotels modem and cold weather.
Taking matters into my own hands I have decided that it is high time I clean out my computer. I own a macbook and it does some extremely weird things when it comes to saving and organizing. I started in my iTunes yesterday and got through the A's only and had already cleaned off 15Gs of free space. When really all I deleted were songs that didn't play and duplicates of songs. While doing so I rediscovered Against Me!
Apart from my battles with my computer and printers I also battle with dishes and a small sink that you would expect to find in a bar. I decided to make a reversible apron with all of my scraps to help with the splashing of soapy hot water on my clothes.
|I used only really ugly fabrics, as a direct result of this decision this apron will end up being my favorite one.|
The plan to run everyday has been going really well, we did it once and then Ryan hurt himself on his run and we haven't gone since. We do take the stairs though, three flights of stairs, go us! haha.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This is a dinner I have planned in my head for around five months. Come this next week I am going to make it happen for real. I really just needed a place to right down my ideas for each course so I don't forget any one incredible idea. I'm excited to cook in my kitchen again and use all of my new goodies. Who's excited with me!?
First course- wilted spinach salad with roasted pumpkin, goat cheese and maple vinegarette.
Second course- creamy pumpkin soup with a ricotta nutmeg
Main course- nutmeg roasted chicken with carrots and garlic knots
Dessert course- beer floats, stout chocolate mousse or hard Apple cider tart. Anyway it goes down we are getting drunk off dessert.
So yeah, thats it. It sounds like a winning dinner to me. I am going to test it all out on Ryan and Connor soon, probably for Halloween so ill let you know how it goes.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As happy as I am for Ryan to have a working phone, I still wish mine only received calls from him and I could make calls out, like telemarketers but less annoying. Not having a phone was a blessing in disguise, also not being able to check my bank account was a blessing to, although very annoying, it kept me from spending money. I think its a good lesson or refreshing experience to take yourself out of being so technology dependent.
I think putting lots of space between technology, family and Ryan at times, really helps us. I know what people say about how long distance relationships don't work because of how hard they are but nothing worth working towards is easy. Absence makes the heart grow founder, getting uprooted, watching my love leave on a plane, and also leaving to more remote countries, I have learned that those words are more true than any other.
|This picture shows the distance between Iraq and Alabama.|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Ryan and I bought a home in Alabama, a year ago this month and we have lived there for a total of four months, Ryan only spent two months there. We often joke about not remembering where home is, even though we have an address. It makes me really anxious knowing that we spent so much time cleaning our house and putting it together just to leave it unfinished. The hardest thing I have had to deal with is moving back into my parents, its very hard for my mom and I not to clash and realize that the two of us are now adults.
Thankfully I have music to ground me and the message in this song has helped me to realize that, "home is where ever I am with you." "You," being Ryan of course. I love you Ryan, I am thrilled to be spending another couple months with you in a hotel. Until we reach, "The Beautiful," we always have Lynard Skynard to keep our spirits up.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This here is a smart wallet, it helps you to visualize electronic money leaving and coming into your hands by vibrating, inflating and clamping shut when you don't have money to spend. If Ryan was ever going to replace his wallet that he has had for over ten years, this would be the one.