Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness

This is the name of my other blog that I probably will never ever write in but I loved the name and decided to take it before anyone else did. Of course, I doubt anyone else would because I sort of coined the phrase and there is probably only one other person in the world who really understand the art of random willy-nillyness.

That would be my friend Kathy in Santa Fe (Kathy is not her real name but a nickname I gave her just because). She and I worked together and dealt with random willy-nillyness (RWN) all the time. We even had t-shirts made up with RWN and a red circle and a line through it, sort of like the cigarette thing. We had our own club of two and because we worked at a non-profit there was a lot of RWN around all the time.

I can't really explain RWN but I know we all deal with it all the time. Sometimes RWN is good, sometimes it's bad. Usually it was bad at work. Usually it's bad when other people are doing. Basically it's BS run amok. Of course, I am sure I have confused every one reading this but oh well. I wish I have concrete examples of RWN to give and I might think of some someday and post them. But I know RWN when I see it.

But there is good RWN. Good RWN is sort of how I live my life. A good example of this is today I decided to make a quiche for breakfast tomorrow. I start cooking the bacon to add to it. Well as I was frying the bacon, I am also cleaning and watching "Goodfellas" on TV. So I sit down to watch a scene of the movie and next thing I know, the bacon is burning. DOH! Well I salvaged enough of the bacon to shove a few random pieces into my mouth and boy was it good. Can I tell you that bacon is the most perfect food? Anyway, so here I am with a pie crust baking (frozen not homemade) and nothing to put into it. So I look in the fridge and I see I have chorizo and ham and berries. So I decide to make a berry pie.

Here is where the RWN comes in. Firstly, I have never ever baked a pie. So my decision to do this is random. The willy-nillyness is how I did it. So I think, hmmm, I will take the berries and put them in a pot with some sugar and cook them down. So I did that. I added sherry for flavor but after a few minutes I am looking at watery berries and there is no way I can put them in the crust without making a mess. So then I figured okay I will add cornstarch (more RWN) to the mixture to make it thick and it worked. I put the mixture in the pie crust. Take another crust and then top it off and make some holes on top. Remember I have no clue what the heck I am doing. I put it in the oven and 20 minutes later I had a fresh berry pie.

Tom comes home and sees my pie and was shocked I would even try baking a pie. He actually didn't want to taste. Now I told him when have I ever made something you can't eat. Well there was one time when I tried to make post roast like 14 years ago and it was good but the texture was weird. But really that's because I had never really made pot roast ever. I never had made macaroni and cheese or any "American" food because my parents are from Costa Rica and so they didn't really cook that stuff. But I did grow up eating some really kick ass Costa Rican and Hispanic food. But I digress and I will maybe one day write about it.

Now back to the pie. So we have dinner: ham, mashed potatoes and stuffing (left over from our January Thanksgiving) and I am dying for pie. Well Tom takes a mini piece but I live dangerously and had a big slice with cool whip (the most perfect fake food) and it was damn delicious. Holy cow. It worked although I just winged it.

So this goes to show you that sometimes being random and willy-nilly is a good thing and there is an ART to doing it.

I'm boring

Now I am new to blogging and never thought I would. I think part of my problem is that I am boring. Or at least I think I am boring. I can't imagine why anyone would want to read about my daily adventures, yet, there are a few people who have come by to say hi or to read. I am surprised.

I thank everyone who has dropped by but I fear that it's not going to get any better than this. Now come Spring and Summer, I am starting a veggie/herb garden so I might have more interesting stuff to write. I am also going to try and learn how to can and hopefully with fresh veggies, I will post some new recipes I try.

But for now, I enjoy what I write but am not sure others do.

BTW, my bread yesterday was delish.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Have you ever had one of those days?

Well everything was going well today. I went to the grocery store and started to make dinner and I decide to make bread once again. So I try a new recipe for French bread. Now I like my kitchen but I have limited counter space and my bread machine is giant. So usually I have to put it sideways on the counter. So I put all the ingredients in and start it up. About an hour later I hear it start kneading. It's sort of loud. Then all of a sudden I hear a huge crash!! So I get up and find my bread machine on the floor. I pick it up and everything looks okay. The dough is still in the pan but the kneader attachment came loose.

Well I pick it up and check it out and realize that the lid has broken off. Luckily it's only in two pieces. I grab the pieces and begin to put it back together. The lid is cracked and I was able to jam the hinge back in place. Once I plugged the machine back into the outlet, it started where it ended. I put the kneader back and then started it up. So far so good. It seems to be working but I will know an hour from now.

UGH! I just hope I didn't damage it because I have only used it a few times. Right now I am waiting. It's risen but I don't see it browning. POOP!

UPDATE: The bread came out perfect. I think it's just the lid that suffered and it seems to be holding. YAY!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I am so lazy

Yes, I am probably one of the laziest people you'll ever know in terms of exercising and stuff. But about a year and a half ago someone gave me a Leslie Sansone DVD. Leslie's DVDs involve walking in your own home. You walk and there are a few other steps. Now yeah that might sound boring but believe it or not, it's not. So I finally got my big butt of the sofa and away from the computer to begin exercising every other day.

I hate doing it but once I am actually doing it I enjoy. I actually am up to 2 miles on in-home walking. I used to be up to 3-4 miles about a year ago but then we moved and I got lazy again.

So wish me luck in trying to keep up the exercising because god knows I need it!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rain rain go away

It has been raining all day. And while I love the rain and gloomy days, it's one of those days when the rain is interfering with me from going out so I want it to stop.

Well at least I got some laundry done!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

This is the 4707th year of the Chinese lunar calendar so let's hope it's a great year.

In the scheme of things, I am a Dragon in the Chinese Horoscope.
The Dragon ( ) is the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac. In China, dragons are associated with strength, health, harmony, and good luck; they are placed above doors or on the tops of roofs to banish demons and evil spirits. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol . (courtesy of wikipedia)

Go here to see what sign you are:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thanksgiving in January

We decided to have Thanksgiving in January. I love Thanksgiving and I have no idea why we only celebrate it once a year. So I decided that I would have a Thanksgiving meal at least 3 times a year just because. So tomorrow is the day.

Okay it does help that I got a free turkey in December from our local grocery store because I spent hundreds of dollars at their store. So in reality the Turkey probably cost a few hundred dollars but oh well. It's like when I lived in Santa Fe and the Albertsons was giving away stamps to collect for cookware. Well I always shopped there so I started collecting them. And so did two of my friends. In the end, my friend's daughter calculated that each pan we got cost about $500-800. But hey, they were free to me because I was buying food anyway, right? And let me tell you that those darn pots rock the house! But I digress. . .

I did eat turkey on Thanksgiving but it from bed at MIL's house since I threw my back out that morning. So Thanksgiving was sort of a bust last year. And I didn't get to cook since we were visiting. And I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Now I did get the opportunity to cook Turkey when I visited my parents in Costa Rica for Christmas. But it wasn't the same. I really couldn't find all the ingredients I needed and my mom's kitchen is minuscule. I also had to go down the block and cook the turkey at my cousins house because mom's stove is teeny tiny. But overall it turned out pretty good.

I made bread homemade bread yesterday to use in the stuffing. I can't wait to eat. It will be a traditional meal with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, turkey, fresh bread, spinach with tomatoes and feta cheese. The one thing missing will be dessert since we are trying to cut back. But I guess having a full turkey day meal isn't really cutting back.

But I am thankful I can have Thanksgiving in January and all the other good things I have today.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More Bread

I made more bread today. Again the house smelled like a bakery. Can I tell you that I am in love with my breadmaker? It's fabuloso!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Homemade Bread

So about 2 years ago I found a breadmaker on sale and bought it. It was ridiculously cheap. Now the only time I had ever made bread was with my grandmother years ago so I had no business buying it because god knows when I was going to use it. So it sat in my kitchen cabinets, in the box it came for years. When we moved last year, I saw it and almost sold it but kept it and dragged it here to NC. Well I finally used it the other day.

Wow, who knew making bread was so easy!! You just put in all the ingredients and turn on the machine and that's it. And it was delicious. It made the house smell good and I think making your own bread will save tons of money in the long run. Tom was shocked I would even try this at home. Of course, he didn't know how easy it really was. I am making more bread today because this weekend we are going to have a New Year's Thanksgiving. (Only because I got a free Turkey at our local grocery store) And I am going to use homemade bread to make my famous sausage, mushroom stuffing. YUMMO!

Okay all this cooking is not helping the waistline. Well okay it is, it's helping it grow!!! Yikes. Time to go exercise!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Baby it's Cold Outside

Wow, it's almost noon and it's only around 22 degrees. BRRRR It was 8 degrees this morning. I am a California girl who also lived in Florida for a lot of years so I am not a huge fan of the cold. I like it sometimes but most of the time I prefer heat and humidity.

Oh I am dreaming of Florida today. Palm trees, the beach, a warm breeze. . . Sigh

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A new beginning

With tears in my eyes, I sit here and watch Barack Obama being sworn in as the new president of these United States of America. I cannot believe this day is here and I can't be any happier than I am.

The pride I feel at being an American today is something I have not felt for a long time. After 8 years of an administration that really wasn't for the people but for themselves, it will be nice to see an administration that might actually do something for us instead of to us. Obama has brought back that sense of hope. That sense that we can be better than we have been. America has lost its moral compass and I can only hope that Obama can set it straight. And I wonder can we finally achieve that perfect nation our founding fathers spoke of. Yeah, I know we probably won't but this is a great step forward and I don't think we will ever go back. And that fills my heart with joy.

It will be a long hard road for Obama because I fear that the mess left is far worse than anyone is telling us. If things are this bad now, can anyone imagine what they will find when the newbies take over. I shudder to think.

But we are all in this together and we must all take responsibilty. It won't be easy but I know that we will get throught it!

So today I watch, I pray, I hope, I dream, I cry that Obama is a great president for the U.S. Congratulations to our new president: Barack Hussein Obama!

queue the music. . . U2 "It's a Beautiful Day!" WOW JUST WOW!!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

MLK and Obama

I was just thinking how interesting it is that MLK day falls a day before the inauguration of our first African American president. It's sort of one of fateful. I await the inauguration of Obama and hope he is able to help our country out of the mess left by the last administration. My friend had a baby in November and he was so happy and thrilled and I will always remember something he told me. He said that his son will grow up in a country where he will never wonder if we will ever have a black president. That struck me because I thought I would never see it inmy lifetime and I did. But now there is a whole generation that will never wonder that. Now if we can only get a female elected soon!!

Have a great MLK day and remember all men and women are created equal.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Waxing Poetic

Well okay not really. But I have insomnia and can't sleep. It is snowing outside and I want to sleep but can't. SO I will try to blog. This is my first real blog post so bear with me.

I find that I get insomnia every so often. The problem is that I then wake up the same time I usually do and then can't catch up. Oh well...

For now I will watch reruns of I Love Lucy and surf the web! Hopefully I will sleep before 2 am.