Saturday, September 30, 2006

Later That Same Day...

This stuff is HORRIBLE!

Bleh! I'd rather have a pounding headache all day and night than take this stuff ever again. It's bad, y'all. I even mixed it with some jello powder to try and mask the taste. It's so bitter and horrible, that it didn't even help. My headache better go away after choking that crap down. How do these people stay in business? Why can't they figure out a way to make it taste half-way decent? Gag me.

The guys that did the stone and mortar are finished. Apparently when he told me he was going to finish today, he only meant the edging. The mailbox will be finished tomorrow. They just did the concrete base and two layers of stone & mortar today, and one of them will be back tomorrow to do the bricking. Then on Tuesday or Wednesday he'll come back and cut the hedges and put in the red rubber mulch. He hasn't said when he will paint the door. Seems to me that it would have been easier to cut the hedges first and then do the edging so that he could rake out the leaves and branches without that edging there. But what do I know?

I need to go and lay down and get rid of this headache. Then I need to take a bath and put make-up on and get dressed for the party. I keep hoping they'll call and cancel. No such luck.

Saturday Happenings

About those gnats...my sister told me to pour bleach down my drains and let it sit for awhile before rinsing. I did that this morning. We'll see how it works. She said they might be coming from any live plants I have in the house too. I only have one tropical ZeeZee plant in my dining room and a few stems of ivy in some water in the kitchen. I don't see any gnats around those. I already killed one this morning that was buzzing around my head and made the fatal mistake of landing on my arm. They didn't land yesterday. They just kept buzzing around my face while I was trying to type. I'd finally get all hacked off and grab a magazine and start swinging it wildly and randomly in the air. The dogs got scared and went and hid. Momma's crazy! Run for your life!

I made some chocolate malted cookies this morning for a get-together I'm going to tonight. Yeah, I know. I'm not freaked out about it yet. I think I've met all but three people that will be there. I have a blasting caffeine headache at the moment. I've been really tight this morning and can't even drink my coffee. I must be retaining water. I've been able to eat pretty much anything I've tried since the fill and haven't had any problems as long as I'm careful. That's why I think I must be retaining water today. I get tight when that happens. Maybe I need an extra water pill today before I go to that party all bloated.

I'm going to go outside and sneak a picture of what the landscapers have done so far today. Please stand by...

Here they are:

Those crepe myrtles on either side need to be seriously pruned.It sure is going to look naked when they cut those hedges down 1 1/2 feet. They just way too high now though. They'll be bald for awhile, but they'll grow in. I liked the way the edging is looking. That mortar will lighten up when it dries and match the mortar on the house. I want to put something colorful on either side of the sidewalk in the beds, but it can't be anything too big. I think I'll surf around the Internet and see what I can find. Maybe I can play with the Microsoft Paint program and see if I can paste some pictures of different ones in the picture. Kind of a virtual garden, if you will. That might be fun.

Dang, my head hurts. I'm gonna take a BC Powder and lay down.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Gnat Invasion

Nat King Cole
I cannot for the life of me figure out where all these gnats are coming from! They have been buzzing around in here in my office and driving me crazy for a week. WHERE ARE THEY? Wanna see something gross? I was looking for a picture of a gnat to post and came across these. Why would anyone want a dead insect in amber jewelry? Ewww. Just ewww. I couldn't find a picture of a gnat I wanted to post so I just stuck that one up there. Get it?

Mexican Bush Sage

Japanese Sky Pencil Hollies & Japanese Barberry

The landscaper came again today and dropped off the rest of the materials. They'll be here first thing in the morning, and he said they were going to finish tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I also asked him to paint our front door, and he said he would but couldn't get to it right away.

I went to the nursery yesterday afternoon and bought a few plants to go in the side garden in front of the gate. I got two Japanese Sky Pencil Hollies that I love, love, love. I read up on them and they're supposed to be very hardy. They grow to 10 feet at maturity and don't need pruning to keep that tall, slender shape. The red shrub is Japanese Barberry.

That purple flowered plant is a Mexican Bush Sage. Supposed to be hardy around here and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds: http://www.floridata.com/ref/S/salv_leu.cfm

After looking at all these plants on the Internet, my little plants look kind of pathetic.

Gotta go. More later on in the weekend. Much love.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Recipe Thursday: Lemonade Pie

Lemonade Pie

I made two of these pies today and took one over to my mom & dad's. My sister came over and we had pie and coffee sitting on the front driveway. My dad got a little more than half finished with his piece when he bit down on something hard. It was one of my fake fingernails. How gross am I? Or as Chandler Bing would say, Could I BE any grosser?

Here's the recipe for the pie, minus the fingernail:

Lemonade Pie

8 oz cream cheese, softened
12 oz sweetened condensed milk
12 oz frozen pink lemonade
2 drops of red food coloring, optional
Large Cool Whip
Coconut, optional
2 shortbread or graham cracker pie crusts

Blend cream cheese and condensed milk with electric mixer. Add lemonade and red food coloring and mix well. Fold in Cool Whip by hand until well blended. Spoon into two pie shells, sprinkle with coconut if using, and refrigerate several hours before serving.

To dye coconut: Place coconut in a ziplock baggie. Put one to two drops food coloring in the bag, seal it, and shake well. Voila! Colored coconut.

This is a really pretty pie to make for Easter. I'm going to try it with frozen limeade and green food coloring next time. I bet it makes a good key lime pie.

Barnaby is calling me for supper. He made some parmesan chicken tenders. Yum.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Red Door Survey


I'm not dead. In fact, they were very nice, apologized, and everything went great. I got a three-month extension on free fills that would have expired at the end of next month. I also got what I consider to be a HUGE fill. She found that I already had .99cc in there, put that back in plus .7cc more. So that's a total of 1.6cc for you mathmatically challenged people. I now have an opening to my stomach the size of a drinking straw. Not too many Moon Pies are gonna fit down that hole. The most that's ever been in there up to this point is -- oh, wait. They don't know how much I've ever had in there at once because, did I mention they screwed up? Her ass is fired, and I'm glad. I've also gained a little over 7 pounds, according to their scales, since the last time I was there Aug 7th. Yeah. I told you I have been Miss Piggy with the sugar.

Okay, enough about me...What do you think about me? Ha ha ha ha ha. (An oldie but goodie.)

About that picture. The landscaper guy came today and set the base for the new brick mailbox and took out those two front bushes. It looks better already, if you ask me. I fake painted the door red using the Microsoft Paint program. Shut up. I am not artistic at all and can't draw worth a flip. That part of my brain does not work. If you took an x-ray of that side of my brain, there would be a lonely fly in there buzzing around in an empty space. Anywho, how do you think that red color is going to look on the door? Is that the right shade of red? Should it be more of a burgandy? I don't have a clue. Please leave a comment with any suggestions. I eventually want to get a glass door with screen in the upper part for the exterior so we can leave that interior door open when the weather is right.

I'm hungry. I'm going to go blend up some Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup for my supper. I have to be on liquids or soft food until tomorrow. I love that soup. It's my favorite Campbell's soup flavor. It tastes better blended up with some Frank's Red Hot in it anyway. I wonder if a Moon Pie would be good that way? Hmmm...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fill Time

I’m going to get a fill in my Lap-Band today at 1:15 today. It’s the first time I’ve been back since all that ruckus last time. I’m also meeting with the Fill Center head lady today to see if they are going to extend my free aftercare period four months. My understanding is that they fired everyone that was involved that day.

I hope they don’t kill me.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Creepy Liar, Creepy Duck

BIG FAT LYING LIAR
Did you see Clinton pointing his finger and angrily saying, "I DID TRY TO KILL BIN LADEN blah, blah, blah! I TRIED AND FAILED, blah, blah, blah," he screamed all red-faced and pointing his finger at Chris Wallace. "AT LEAST I TRIED! I TRIED AND FAILED. THEY DIDN'T EVEN TRY!"

Oh, yeah? And you, "DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN, MONICA LEWINSKI," either, did you? Shut up, Liar! Nobody believes anything you say anymore. You have no credibility! And stop pointing your f..kin' finger in my face or I'll break it off and stick it up your presidential a..!

These news shows could be so much better. But that's just me.


NOT A LIAR, A DUCK

This duck has been out in the sun too long or something. That looks so unnatural, but all of them looked that way so I guess it's not. It looks like elephant man or brain matter or something growing on his face. Ducks did not used to look like this. Gah, creepy!

This picture was taken at the lake where we had our family reunion Saturday. We ended up having fabulous weather after it starting out thunderstorming and raining. I had to laugh that we've been in a drought all year until we plan an outside event.

Lordie, that was an exciting race at the end on Sunday. I was really glad to see Jeff Burton win. Jeff Gordon is now only 6 points out of first place with 8 races to go. I'm not going to jump out of my skin with excitement just yet. I will be screaming and clapping like a fool during these last few races though. My neighbors think I'm a maniac when the windows are open during a race. Whatever, neighbors. You are missing out.

I bit the crap out of my lower lip on Saturday night while eating. Dang, it hurts. I hate when that happens.

Okay, I'm obviously out of things to say. Talk amongst yourselves.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Landscaper Smackdown

These are exact quotes. I did not change the punctuation in his email. He’s a white guy, clean-cut, good-looking and about 30 years old.

Thursday afternoon at 3:00:

Me: Since we have not heard from you as expected on Tuesday or since then, we are going to get a couple more bids. We’ll call you if we decided to go with your offer. (I was obviously dumping his dumb ass.)

Dumbass Landscaper, heretofore known as DAL: I just got your e-mail and I don’t understand I thought you already agreed on us doing the job. I told you I would call you if I got back on Tuesday, but I didn’t get in until last night. I assumed that when you told me the other day that you want to go with me I assume that you want me to do the job. Please call me and let me know what your plan is on the project.

DAL: Mrs. Barnaby, this is DAL. I just got your email. I don’t understand. I thought you said that I had the job and I already ordered the stone. I didn’t get back in town until last night (Wednesday) and I didn’t have my phone because I was out of town on family business and that’s why I didn’t call you on Tuesday. It was just one day later when I got home. I thought you said you would go with me so I ordered the stone and now, uh, that’s kind of, uh, shady. (Oh no he di-unt just say that) Anyway, uh, call me because I just got your email. 555-5555.

ME: We’d like for you to do the job, but when you say you’re going to do something, you should do it or at least call. You told me you would be back on Tuesday and would call me with a date for the job. It’s now Thursday afternoon and we haven’t heard a word from you. That does not instill confidence. If you still want the job, fine. Call me tonight after 6:00 and we'll talk.

He called at 6:05 and apologized. He’s coming over next Monday with the contract for us to sign. I think I’ll have one of my own for him to sign stating that his contract is null and void if he doesn’t show up when he says he will, doesn’t call, or if the job drags on for weeks, etc. I hate contractors and their bullshit. I have enough of my own. If he doesn’t like my bitchy attitude about it, he can bite me and go back to Hootersville.

LESSON FOR YOU MEN:

My man-hatin' hormones must be raging. We can't help it, guys. These hormones make us cra-zee; crazier than normal, that is. We have exaggerated anger, exaggerated sadness, exaggerated appetites and exaggerated reactions.

I'm not saying the only reason I was mad was because of hormones. I had a legitimate gripe. They just made it worse. Anyway...

The key: Anything of an ass-kissing nature will work almost every time. It's so easy! Ninety-nine percent of the time, if you apologize, tell her she's pretty, or tell her her hair looks nice, or tell her her skin looks pretty, or bring her a present, no matter how small, she'll stop. Again, it's so easy! It works. Even if she knows why you're saying it, it will still make her stop in her tracks and she'll like it. Not every woman will admit this, but it's true. And did I mention? It's EASY!

P.S. I almost forgot to tell you. Chocolate works too! You just have to get her to stop bitchin' long enough to get it down her throat. It's magic! SURGEON GENERAL'S TWO CENTS: Works best in conjunction with ass-kissing.

P.P.S. I revised the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe in yesterday's entry. I left out one ingredient. I hope nobody tried it yet.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Mmm, Pumpkin

I made these Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting yesterday. I’ve been having a hankering for pumpkin. It’s getting to be that time of year. These are really good. They are very tender with a cake-like texture. I put them in the fridge to keep because that keeps the icing firm so I could stack the cookies in a container. I added chocolate chips to these, but won't do that in the future. The chocolate took away from the pumpkin flavor too much. The frosting on these is yummy.

I enjoyed TWO WHOLE DAYS off on Monday and Tuesday. It was back to work yesterday with a rush job.

Tuesday I made Paula Deen’s Spicy Cinnamon Cake and was sorely disappointed. It seemed to be baked too long and was dry. At my mother’s suggestion, I made a brown butter frosting to go on it and that ended up being its only redeeming quality. I remember thinking when I made it that it didn’t have much oil. I think it might be much better with at least double that amount. I won’t be making it again though. After taking it over for lunch with them, I threw what was left in the garbage when I got home.

Here’s a good one for you. I got the original recipe from Nance and tweaked it a little for my taste.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 large can chicken breast meat, drained
8 oz light cream cheese
1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
2/3 cup shredded cheddar

Mix all well and place in an 8 x 8 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until hot and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips.

You can double this recipe if you have a lot of people. It’s salty, but I love it. I guess if it’s too salty, you could mix in another 8-oz of cream cheese. If you're not familiar with Frank's Red Hot, you can find it by the Tabasco sauce and stuff like that. It's my favorite. Justin Wilson , rest his soul, used to use it all the time and got me started.

Justin Wilson
1914-2001

It's After Me!


Look at this totally cool picture I took! I was at the store and tried to take a secret squirrel picture of someone dressed stupidly or something, and look what came out. Do you think I caught a spirit or ghost or fourth dimension? Look at the smoke. And what is that squiggly light THING? I took this picture behind my back. I'm pretty sure that's my arm and light blue demin sleeveless shirt on the left. That THING was following me! Yikes.

Please, nobody give me a reasonable explanation. Let me have my fun.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

There's Always Hope

Did y’all see this news story?

Police: Hit Man Strangled by Intended Victim
Saturday, September 16, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Susan Kuhnhausen returned home from work one day earlier this month, she encountered an intruder wielding a claw hammer. After a struggle, the 51-year-old nurse fended off her attacker by strangling him with her bare hands. Neighbors praised the woman for her bravery, and investigators said they believed the dead man -- Edward Dalton Haffey -- was burglarizing Kuhnhausen's home. But after an investigation, police now say the intruder Kuhnhausen strangled was apparently a hit man hired by her estranged husband -- Michael James Kuhnhausen Sr. -- to kill her.

Ha! I love that. She kicked his ass and killed him instead!

Since my Ben & Jerry’s binge, I’ve been out of control with the eating of copious amounts of sugar-laden food. I ate the rest of the B&J’s that night. Then yesterday, I started out the day with 1 ½ Moon Pies for breakfast. Then I had a bowl of Frosted Flakes and a banana around noon. I had one fajita for supper and then ate approximately 10 Oreos and at least that many snack-size Heath Bars. I’ve got to figure out what’s going on in my brain & body. I haven’t dared to step on the scale. I think it would scare me to death. I can tell by the way my clothes fit that the last three days have done a lot of damage. I can gain weight so fast it’s scary. I wonder if it has anything to do with my declaration to “diet” and lose 5 lbs this month? Hmmm. Anyway, I’m trying to get a grip today and turn things around. A good start would be to squirt dishwashing liquid on all that sugary stuff and throw it away. How did all that stuff get in my house anyway? Someone must have thrown it in my grocery basket when I wasn’t looking. Okay, I bought the Oreos and Heath Bars last night at Target, but the Frosted Flakes and Moon Pies have been in the cupboard for a long while. (I said cupboard for you, BP.)

We were going to go to Trade Days today. That’s a big outdoor flea market that is held one weekend a month. We decided that it’s going to be too hot (95 and humid) and nixed that idea. I really only wanted to go to check out the puppies, but don’t tell Barnaby that. He’d have a cow and say something reasonable like, “We don’t need another dog.” Hmpf.

I spent at least three hours “shopping” online yesterday. I had marked a bunch of stuff in magazines that I wanted to get. It’s my latest fun thing to do. I mark a ton of stuff in all the magazines I read and then go online and fill up my “cart” with make-up, clothes, shoes, and whatever. I spend A LOT of time doing that, and then just leave the site without actually buying any of it. I actually completed the buying process for these and these yesterday. I had six pairs of shoes & boots in my cart before I narrowed it down to these. Lordie, I love me some shoes.

I want this make-up too. I’ve had it in my basket at least three times but never complete the process. Why do they have to charge so much for that kind of stuff? Mineral make-up is the latest and greatest thing. I’d like to go somewhere and have them make me up with the stuff and see how it looks first. It probably looks just like everything else. Somehow the ads for these kinds of things make us think that we’re going to look like we’ve got perfect skin, and we hold out hope that some day one of them will. It’s the same thing with diet pills and potions. Something in our human make-up (pardon the pun) makes us always have hope. I think that’s a good thing. Hope for the perfect make-up, the answer to our weight problems, the perfect man/woman, the perfect job, money, happiness…

How did I end up getting all philosophical all of the sudden? I was talking about make-up and shoes, for Pete’s sake. And who the hell is Pete?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ben & Jerry & Fatty


I just ate half a pint of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. Something came over me and I came to my senses before I ate the whole thing. Like the cookies, I should have squirted the other half with dishwashing liquid and thrown it away. Instead it's sitting in the freezer waiting for me to have another weak moment. I didn't and won't look at the back to see how much damage is in there. I don't care. Lordie, was it good.

I'm not getting any work done today. I keep getting distracted and the next thing you know it's 2:55 pm. I went to my Mom & Dad's and meant to only stay an hour, but ended up staying two. Then on my way home, I remembered I had to pick up some dry cleaning. I stopped at the dry cleaner, and the grocery store was right next door so I stepped in and bought the aforementioned pint of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream, a half-gallon of Bluebell Natural Bean Vanilla ice cream, and a bag of prunes. That's dried plums for you snobby bitches. I didn't need any of it, and I haven't bought prunes in years. I don't know what that was all about. Maybe I subliminally thought I'd eat them all and shit the ice cream out before it attached itself to my ass? Who knows.

I'm stalling. I must get back to work. The initial entry for today is below.

Dirty Cookies

Former Governor Ann Richards

I was very sad to hear that Ann Richards died yesterday. What a beautiful, strong person she was. I always loved her. RIP.

Garbage Can Cookie Jar

The boys came over to eat some birthday cookies and visit last night. My youngest brought his new girlfriend. She was so cute! I don't know why I expected her to be blond, but she wasn't. She had long dark brown hair, and was cute as a button. Good job, son.

I spent yesterday from 3:00 to 6:00 baking three batches of cookies. I made my mother's famous sugar cookies by request and my favorite peanut butter cookies. I had to make another batch of sugar cookies because you make them so big that you only get 12 per batch. They're huge. That's half the fun of it for them, I guess. I divided them all up between them and they took them home when they left. At least I thought. After they left I noticed they left about five in a baggie on the counter. I should go in there right now and squirt them with dish soap or Windex or something. Does anybody else ever do that? It's the only way I won't eat them. In the garbage? No problem. That reminds me of that episode of Seinfeld when George was at a party somewhere and saw an eclair in the garbage. He hesitated and then grabbed it and took a bite right when the lady walked in. What a great show that was.

I think we've hammered out a deal with the second landscaper that came out and gave us an estimate on the front and side yards. My sister had a great idea of painting the front door red. That would open it up even more after those first two bushes are taken out. We're having red rubber mulch put in the beds. It's not red like fire engine red, but more of a burgundy. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Gotta go work to pay for all of this.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

9/12

I'm alive. I've just been bombarded with work, but will update tomorrow.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

There Is No Title


Front (Duh)

Side Yard In Front

Kinda Sorta What I Want on the Side

We have another landscaper, hopefully not a nightmare-inducing serial killer this time, coming next Tuesday evening to give us an estimate on the front and side yard. As I was trying to explain before I was so rudely interrupted the other day, we want the holly hedges in front trimmed down at least a foot in height, the first two on either side of the front door removed (I think that will open it up alot. That front porch and door looks like a black hole), the Indian Hawthorne's removed (small bushes in front of the hedges), and natural stone edging about a foot high around those front beds.

I'd like to do something with that side yard too. I want the same stone edging around landscaping of some kind in front of that fence, a smaller one under that window, and something to hide that ugly air conditioner like lattice or something.

You can see how our poor yard is brown except near the house where we've been running a soaker hose around the foundation all summer. With the water restrictions the way they are and as hot as it's been, everybody's grass looks like that. Its just not enough to water once a week when it's 100+ degrees for weeks. That is, unless they are cheating and watering when they're not supposed to. There are a few cheaters on every street, and it's so obvious. I think that should be enough for a fine. Your grass is green means you are cheating = big-ass fine.

We are going to a family reunion of sorts in a couple of weeks. It will be held outside at a park. I have to bring enough food to feed whoever comes with us, then everyone will put out what they brought and we’ll share everything potluck style. I’m not sure what to take. I’ll have to do some surfing around the recipe sites and my own recipes to see what I can find. It can’t be anything that will spoil in the heat. I’m thinking maybe a giant pasta salad with a vinegar/Italian dressing based dressing for one dish. A dessert won’t be too hard to come up with. It’s the main dish I’m going to have to think on. Maybe I can throw some chunks of salami and provolone in the pasta salad and call it a main dish.

My mom just called. She's 70, and I'm having a hard time picturing this, but she said she's been going to a line dancing class. What??! My mother? That just seems so out of character for her. I'm really glad she's getting out and doing it enjoying it. She's also taking a yoga class and really likes that too. You go, Momma!

I made some really crappy oatmeal cookies this week. You don't get the recipe because it sucks. I did make the ambrosia again, and if you haven't tried it yet, do it. Don't use light Cool Whip though. It really changes the consistency for the worse. The full-fat stuff, when mixed with the sour cream, makes a marshmellow cream-like base for the fruit. The light stuff just did not work and it was all runny and yuck.

My two sons have their birthdays this week. They're 24 and 26. Gah, I'm old! Happy Birthdays, my sweet baby boys.

I better go make myself presentable and do my hair and make-up. Not sure what we're going to do today yet, but every time I try to sneak a quick trip out to the store without make-up, you can bet I'll see somebody I know. There is the race tonight. Saturday night racing is the best. Can't wait. Go Jeff! Speaking of Jeff, I saw his picture on a bottle of men's cologne at Target. It was just weird. I also saw his and Dale Jr's picture on a box of Tylenol. That was even more weird. Are there really people out there that will see their picture on Tylenol and buy it just because of that? I guess there are or they wouldn't pay them lord-knows-how-much for the right to do it. Nobody loves NASCAR more than me, but pa-leeze.

Be thankful for what you've got and don't sweat the small stuff for a couple of days, okay? I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Landscaper/Serial Killer

Natural Stone Edging

I had a landscaper come yesterday and give an estimate on building edging around our front beds that looks like the above. It won't be as high as that and the individual stones are about half the length of those. By the time he left, he was taking out trees and hedges, putting in different trees, creating two additional flower beds, and the quote was 3 times more than the limit I set for myself. I was all for doing it until I had a nightmare last night where that guy kept appearing in my house and I was running from him. I always trust my dreams as another form of intuition and won't be using that guy.

I'm being interrupted. I hate that. To be continued.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Help Me, Y'all

Help Me

Crappy picture, but this stuff is great. I've only been using it two weeks, and my skin looks better already. It just looks smoother and clearer. It's got retinol in it. It's $45 for a 1.05 oz tube, but it should last awhile because you don't use that much. Love it. You can get it here. I like philosophy's stuff. I've ordered the cleanser too, Purity.

The last time I used Retin-A product I burned at least the top layer of skin off. I looked like a burned creature from a sunny swamp and couldn't leave the house for a week. I didn't know there were different strengths (Duh) and I ordered the strongest one. That's what I get for getting a prescription on the internet.

I had tons of work waiting for me when I signed on my computer Tuesday. That's what I'll be doing all week. I'll try to update as much as I can. My sister is on her way over with a Frappaccino for me. Yum...more caffeine to fuel my work frenzy. She is also bringing me that book I mentioned a few posts ago, The Purpose Driven Life. I'm gonna get my Jesus on, y'all. Or maybe I'll just read the first paragraph and give it back. Review forthcoming.

That is all.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Three Recipes

Pretty Peppermint Candy

I've never been a huge fan of peppermint, but this stuff is to die for. It's so cheap, so easy, and so good. Wouldn't it be pretty to make for a baby shower? You could use the green mints if you knew it was a boy. The Almond Bark, if you haven't heard of it, should be by the chocolate chips at your grocery store. They have chocolate and vanilla and it's less than $2.00 at Wal-Mart.

Almond Bark Peppermint Candy

1 package white almond bark (I think it's a little over 1lb)
1 cup finely crushed peppermint candy

Chop almond bark into chunks and microwave three minutes to melt. Stir well. Place peppermints into a blender and blend until it becomes powder. (I hesitated a little at this because the candy like this I've eaten before was just crushed, not powdered. I'm glad I powdered it because I think it's even better this way.) Mix candy powder with melted almond bark. Spread on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Let cool completely and break into pieces. I put mine in the refrigerator to harden before breaking it up.
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I messed around in the kitchen a lot of yesterday. I surfed around the Internet and came across these recipes and couldn't resist trying them. This ambrosia salad is really good and easy, just like the others. The original recipe was double this, but this still made a large bowl full.

Ambrosia Salad

1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 can coconut flakes
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz Cool Whip

Combine sour cream and Cool Whip. Fold in all other ingredients. Chill covered for at least 2 hours before serving.
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I think I've found the recipe for the potato casserole I went on and on about the other day. I've decided that I was wrong (ouch) and it does contain frozen hash browns instead of fresh, AND it contains a can of soup. Who knew? I have this put together in the fridge but haven't baked it yet. I'm about 99% sure this is the recipe though. I'll let you know if it's not. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS. I'm 45 years old and have eaten alot of potatoes in my life, but this casserole is the best. Make it and then thank me for sharing. This is the original recipe measurements. I halved it when I made it. Update: This is the recipe I was looking for!

Hash Brown Casserole

1 pint sour cream
2-lb package shredded hash browns, thawed
2 cans cream of potato soup
1 small onion, chopped
10 oz grated Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar
Parmesan cheese or crushed potato chips for topping

Mix all ingredients except topping. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and sprinkle cheese or crushed chips on topping. Bake covered 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer. 12 servings.
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I'm making a big pile of nachos for us to eat tonight during the race. Go Jeff. I was going to treat you to some pictures of drivers I got a couple of years ago when they were here at Texas Motor Speedway, but Blogger won't let me upload anymore pictures right now. I got three good ones: Ryan Newman, Terry LaBonte and Robbie Gordon. Of course, I couldn't get anywhere near Jeff Gordon so all of his pictures are from a mile away and he's about 4 centimeters tall. He's tiny anyway, but not that tiny.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Nothing

There is absolutely nothing of interest going on around here. I haven't done much of anything but work this week. Barnaby came home at about 1:30 today. All of the computers, city-wide, were down, so he's starting his already long weekend a few hours early. He's in there watching Tommy Boy for the 500th time. That man loves movies. We have no plans for the weekend but are planning to go play in a poker tournament on Monday. Blah Blah Blah, same old stuff. Haven't baked anything, haven't gone anywhere, haven't taken any pictures. Bye.