So as of this morning I've decided I will never again buy store bought marshmallows. My wife and I made a double batch of one of the millions of simple recipes found on the Internets. I powdered them this morning and tasted one and OMG! Awesome! Going to attempt to cover the one batch with chocolate. (If I can properly temper a bunch of semisweet chips today that is.)

My neighbor was kind enough to give me a spare regulator for my grill and I replaced the burners on it so now able to grill stuff again after years of nor having one. YAY! Grilled some corn on the cob yesterday that was WONDERFUL! Also some baked potatoes that my wife didn't get any of.

Going to start using that grill like there's no tomorrow as long as I can afford vegetables. I love grilled vegetables.
Speaking of vegetables... )
April 27, 2009 5:41 PM 4/27/09

Since I’ve been off my feed due to stress and OMGWTFWHYISTHISHAPPENINGTOME! stuff I took the time to cook dinner tonight.

Tonight’s dinner - simple fajita style wraps consisting of:

3 - chicken breasts sliced in thin strips.
2 - red bell peppers also sliced in strips.
A dozen or so sliced mushrooms.
A couple of cloves of garlic sliced thin.
Black Pepper.
12“ flour tortillas.

I cooked the vegetables in one pan using high heat and about a teaspoon and a half of oil until they were slightly caramelized sprinkling with paprika until you could smell it cooking but not enough to coat them. I also tossed in a couple of pinches of black pepper while cooking.

Once those were close to finished I started cooking the chicken strips in the same way also sprinkling with paprika and pinches of black pepper to taste. Cooked those until they were done through (I probably should have grilled them) I turned it all off and served combined in the large tortillas.

Definitely tasty! :-)

Best thing I realized after all this? No salt in this recipe.

In other news I bought stuff to start putting my tomato plants into large pots until they’re big enough to put outside. I also sketched a design for a modern style standing planter with light that would look good with both mission style and contemporary depending on how you finished the outside. Now I just have to put one together. ;-)

My weather-station-fu has failed me. I kept checking the temp on my weather station logs and it kept saying it was too cold to put plants out...until I realized that the date in the log didn’t change. D’oh! So after a reset and a log adjustment I can track the temp properly again. (It _is_ warm enough at the moment to start putting plants out but I’m not done with the garden yet.)

The yard needs serious maintenance this weekend. I’m definitely going to have to mow with all the rain we’ve had. The grass is starting to look pretty shaggy. :-( Can’t seem to find my mulching plate for the tractor deck but I think that’s just a matter of cleaning.

The robin from last year is once again nesting in the upper spindles of our front porch. She must be the same bird as she doesn’t even bat an eye when I walk out to get the mail. That’ pretty cool actually. :-)

Light post today as I have much to do and am pretty damn tired still...
March 27, 2009 11:06 AM 3/27/09

So we had a nice dinner and visit with my aunt, uncle, and my mother last night. Went to a pizza place in a hole in the ground. Pretty cool little place. It’s been there for 60 years and it’s one of those basement dimly-lit pizza and bar places. It’s always been one of my favorites.

Took the plow blade off the tractor an voila! snow predicted for this weekend. -_- Thankfully it won’t last long.

January 30, 2009 11:07 AM 1/30/09

The cold medicine is helping really it is! *shudders at the taste*

So we’re pretty close to some organizational milestones at home. I truly hope I can get the garage/third bedroom stuff sorted out this weekend. That would allow us to shuffle loose stuff from the rest of the house into that room and clean/organize the remaining stuff.

Having the house nice and clean will allow us to tackle other things without having the main house stuff on our minds and it’ll be easier to keep clean as well.

And hopefully I’ll be able to start the garden plants in the garage soon as well. Some of the things like the pepper plants just have to be set up and started by the end of February if I want a decent harvest from them. I’m not doing like I did last year and start too late and plant too early. I love my heated garage... )
January 28, 2009 11:16 AM 1/28/09

So today I’ve got my once a year cold from hell. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

Clogged sinuses/nose.

Aching back.

Sore throat.


The urge to eat 12 gallons of chicken dumpling soup.

Sinker dumplings, vicodin, and sandpaper... )


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