Thursday, January 28, 2010

This is what goes on when Daddy is home during the day....

A Tree swing gets hung!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Things I have learned about cooking...

There are many little tidbits I have learned since I started cooking. I have always liked cooking and trying new recipes but learned early that it is best to cook in my Mother's kitchen when possible, because then she cleans.....
Anyway, probably the funniest situation happened when I was newly married, to my first husband, and trying out an enchilada recipe from my handy dandy Pilsbury Cookbook (if anyone has it I would love to get it, I lost that page years ago). One of the many ingredients it called for was 12 ounces of green chiles. Well, being a novice Tex-Mex cook I wasn't sure what to look for but thought certainly it would be by the pickled jalepanos...right? As a paroused the jalepano aisle I found what I thought I was looking for! They were green they were chiles (well, peppers) and Wala! The jar was 12 ounces exactly!! PERFECT!
Back at our apartment I started cooking the meal. The recipe called for me to chop up the 'green chiles' and add them to the pan 'with juice'. I opened the bottle that I purchase of cute little green peppers but found that getting the peppers out would be a little difficult since it had a shaker top on it and I had to pry off the top and get those suckers out!
I chopped them and added them to the pan at last and kept cooking my dish....
During this process I seemed to get a tickle in my throat and sneezed a few times....hmmm strange. I finished the cooking and baking and set the table. Needless to say I was quite proud of my dish! It looked wonderful and even smelled wonderful!
My husband and I sat down to have a wonderful Enchilada dish that smelled Delish!

We took our first bite and it was great!.......except a few miliseconds later our mouths starting burning!! Now I like hot stuff but this was CRAZY! We literally could not eat it, and neither could the dog....that HOT>
At that point my husband asked me what the HELL did you put in that? I showed him all the stuff and pulled the bottle that the chile's had been in out of the trash.
Tabasco Habenero Peppers.....the kind you just shake the juice on things for TWO DROPS is enough to burn you.
Come to find out if you go down the aisle with the Mexican products you will find a little can with these things called GREEN CHILIES (and they are not spicy at all).

Other things that I have learned:

  • There is also such an item called Chili Sauce, it is located with the ketchup (not the chili). And if you don't know this and use Wolf Brand Chili (with sauce) along with your just doesn't taste very good at all.

  • There is a HUGE difference in 1 teaspoon of Crushed Red Peppers and 1 tablespoon. Trust me.

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Year, new year.

New Years Resolutions.....nah. No need. Well, not that I don't need to change anything or that things could get better (because they TOTALLY could) but because I believe that I can make resolutions anytime of the year. I mean, how is January 1st any different from January 20th? In 365 days it will still be a year later. So tomorrow could be my New Year. Yes....I like that.

My weight loss has come to a halt since before the Holidays. I would love to say that I am still doing the Fitness Program but at $189 a month I just can't swing it. Especially since Jason got laid off the Friday before last and there doesn't seem to be any job coming tomorrow. Whine, whine, whine....I'm really not. Considering all the things that I could be bummed out about I have been very at peace with it all. Very strange. I should be stressed out completely wondering where the money is going to come from or how we are going to pay the next bill but I'm not.
I really like what I saw on my Friends blog; she wrote all the new/big things that have happened in the last year to her and those she loves....I think I will do that for my past year....January 18, 2009 to January 19,