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Sunday, March 30, 2008

We Really Need To Talk.....

Um... Ok, I have had some questions regarding my Daily Recipes. So here are some answers:

Q: Why are quanitity amounts so vague?
A: I don't measure when I cook. Sorry, bad habit. I give as best of a guestimate as possible. Also, everyone has different tastes, just b/c I like a lot onion, doesn't mean you do.

Q: You use use alot of butter/margarine, isn't butter bad for you?
A: Butter / margarine with high trans fat - are bad for you. On my dinner table you will see "I can't believe it's not butter", butter (zero trans fat). That is what my Dr. recommended to me instead of "country crock" b/c I had elevated cholesterol levels. I switched just that and 2 months later my cholesterol was down.

Q: Do you have any tips for beginner cooks?
A: Yes. First off, ask an older relative for an old cookbook - at least 40 years old (this item can become a family heirloom) or you can purchase one. I have The Good Housekeeping Cook Book publish date: 1942-1944. I say this because these are from scratch recipes, old school style and just by reading it, you can learn alot of the basics on cooking. Take a recipe - old or new and try to make it your own. Trust yourself, and don't get discouraged if it doesn't come out quite right. Make notes and move on. Remember the more you do it, the better it becomes.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Daily Recipe: Momma Salad

Ingredients:

1 - 16oz box cooked, rinsed Rotini noodles
1 - med. green pepper - diced
1 - sm. onion - diced
1/2 - small package of pepperoni slices - sliced in half
2 - cups shredded moz. cheese
1 - sm. head of broccoli - chopped
1 - sm. container cherry tomatoes - left whole
1 - regular size jar of Cracked peppercorn ranch dressing
1 - sm. size jar of Zesty Italian dressing

After all ingredients have been either chopped or diced, mix well in large container and let sit over night. Mix well again before serving.

This is a different version of pasta salad, but is delicious. Has a very different taste to it and is the perfect addition to a spring or summertime party / BBQ. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ever Feel like The Black Sheep?

Here I am at a mere 1/4 of a century old and feel like I am stuck in the mind of a 75 year old. Maturity hit me years ago and I had to grow up really fast, mostly by choice. You know the saying "If you do what you've always done, then you will get what you've always got" ??? I comprehend that. Coming from a family of three kids, me being the only girl and the youngest, I have come to realize I don't fit in with my family. Even at a young age I could tell I was different. I will explain to you why:
1. I am a problem solver. If you come to me with a problem, I want to help you fix it, whether work related, marriage related or just life in general, I want to help you fix it. No one else in my family is like that. They see a small problem and it consumes them, seeing no light at the end of the tunnel and never seeking a solution.
2. I can accept and adapt to change. I welcome it actually. Change gives people a chance to grow and see things they wouldn't normally get the opportunity to experience. No one else in my family sees that. Change is a big problem and just creates more chaos.
3. I want better for myself and my kids than what I had. The only child out of three to actually own a home, be married, go to college, hold a job, have the "want" to become more, and not just for a quick dollar.
4. I am able to step back and look into a situation from all points of view. Everyone else in my family suffers from tunnel vision.

Now, because I am sooo different from everyone else, I get the usual "your such a bitch", "you think you are better than everyone else", "you are not who you think you are", "why can't you just see things our way", "you're smart, just keep your mouth shut and people MIGHT like you" or the famous.... "just let it go, no one is going to listen to you anyways".

I have decided that the only way for me to keep my sanity and be able to maintain what life I have started for myself and my family and for us to prosper, is to distance myself from the "other family". Harsh I know, but I have had it. My husband loves me and my kids love me and everyone else around me loves me. No one but "the other family" want me to change who I have become or who I am becoming. I refuse to keep getting sucked back into a life I know is not for me. I compare this situation to a relationship that went sour a long time ago, but no one wanted to be the one to end it, until one person in the relationship decides they HAVE to move on. I want peace, a sense of normalcy, I want acceptance, which I will never get from any of them.

I've felt like an outsider, or a black sheep for soo long I began to start thinking the problem was me, and now I know it's not me, it's them. So here's to a start of a revolution in my life, wish me luck.

P.S. sorry for the rant, but I needed to vent. Thanks.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Sunday is Almost Here

Growing up, my family was never really religious. We didn't attend Church on Sunday as a family. I remember our parents dropping us off to church on Wednesday nights for bible study, but I don't remember anything we were taught. As embarrassed as I am to ask this... What is the premise behind Easter? I've read but still don't quite get it.
My kids think Easter is about Easter egg hunts and candy baskets. Pitiful I know. So help me out and please so I can tell my kids the whole deal about Easter.

I Passed my Exam!!!!

Feeling like crap and barely able to drive myself to school, I passed my exam!!!!!! I am so tickled! We were given 2.5 hours and the exam was 105 questioned. Working through each question and trying to take my time, I was the second person complete. As I walked over to the professor who was sitting in the hall, waiting to grade exams, I started to question my answers. But I said the hell with it and handed it in. After he graded it and looked it over he said " Not bad for feeling like shit, you got a 91%. " I laughed. Considering how sick I was and the fact that I get severe testing anxiety, I was impressed. Thank you to everyone who showed support and encouragement. Now I just have to get through two more sections, and a total of three more exams. I think I can, I think I can.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oh No, Not Today Of All Days

I feel like poo. My issues include:
Light headedness
Fever
VERY sore throat
Coughing up something that looks like it has been sitting in the fridge for a month or more
Chills
My skin hurts - what the world is that about?
Runny nose

I have the first of 3 final exams tonight, and I don't know if I can do it or not. I HAVE TO DO IT. My hubby drugged me up this morning with Tylenol severe cold & congestion, and it took the edge off, but I still feel like poo. My deodorant better hold up today, I put twice the normal amount on. I can't stop sweating. My boss is probably going to tell me to go home, but I have sooo much to do. Oh well........ Maybe I will feel better tomorrow.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dailey Recipe: Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Ingredients:
2 1/2 boxes 10x sugar
4- sticks margarine
1- 18oz. jar JIF peanut butter
1- bag chocolate chip morsels
1- spoonful for Crisco

Mix p. butter, margarine (soft) and sugar well. Form into egg shape, for size, take your first finger and thumb on each hand and form and oval. Place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place in freezer, until very cold (appox. 1 hour). Take choc. chips and put them a microwave safe bowl and cook on high appox. 3.5 minutes. Every microwave is different, and you can not tell if they are melted by just looking, you have to take the bowl out and stir it. Once is it pretty smooth, remove from microwave and add Crisco to it. Stir very well. TIP: The Crisco mixed with the choc. chips makes it very smooth, so it can be used for dipping, drizzling, ect.... (keep that in mind for future recipes!!)

Take eggs out of freezer and start to dip them in choc. mix. Place back on cookie sheet, with wax paper. Let the choc. harden (takes about 20 minutes). Then decorate. I usually write names on it, maybe add a couple flowers, or hearts, whatever you feel like adding to it. Place in fridge when done.

DISCLAIMER: if you intend on gifting these to a child, make sure the parents know not to leave these unattended with child. They will consume entire egg, without a second thought, therefore someone will be responsible for getting the child off their massive sugar high!!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Are You A Member Of A Country Club?

I just completed my Country Club application. Received my referral signatures, and it looks like I am ready to turn it in.

The question is, once I get in, what the hell do I do? Etiquette wise? There are all sorts of functions going on, but do I wait for a formal invite? Or just go, once the announcement has been made, b/c is presumed every member is invited? I know I could ask the admissions person, but I don't want to sound like a HUGE idiot, atleast not to them. lol...

Activites they offer that I am interested in include: Golf, swimming pool, meals, children activities, blah, blah, blah,.......

The only reason I got the application and filled it out was b/c of my career choice. I have to look like I am somebody. Does that make sense? Networking, and making new friends - hip hip horray!!!! No not really. When I have a meeting with a client, I need a decent place to take them. In my area, there is not much to choose from.

So please, give me some advice on what I need to look forward to, and if you have had any experiences - good or bad, what were they?

Back To The Daily Grind


OK, I am coming back tonight.


There has been so much going on, that I have not been able to blog. I apologize.....


I would log on with full intentions of writing something, but I had a block. I have gone and visited some other blogs, but not my own. So, stay tuned later on, I will have some new posts up, and some new recipes.


Thanks,

Average Girl