I’m Back

11 05 2010

Yeh, I’m back!  Just not here … check out my new blog: Never Put Off Until Tomorrow…





I hate technology

17 05 2009

Yeh, that’s right.  I said it.

We have 4 computers in our apartment, yes 4.   I think I mentioned that my laptop has been out of commission for quite some time now.  It’s in a coma and needs specialized care which we are currently unable to provide.  True story about this situation is at the end of this post.  Just look for the part where I start whining about Dell.

My husband has 3 computers: an old laptop, a desktop, and the laptop provided by his company.  I’d ask for one from my company, but I think you have to work for an actual company, not a nonprofit.  And this is crazy, but nonprofits don’t seem to be handing out laptops as willy-nilly as companies.  

Anyway, the old laptop has never really been used — I consider it dead, but WH refuses to admit it.  The desktop was doing wonderfully for both of us.  But now, the desktop is acting like a fool.  That’s the only way I can describe it.  A fool.  It’s not in a coma, it’s not nearly dead, it is sick.  Or maybe it’s on drugs.  That probably makes more sense.

Sadly that fool of a computer is the only place I have my picture download software (except for on my laptop  — I refuse to aknowledge a time of death until we’ve exhausted all possible treatment!).  Since the only working computer is my husband’s WORK laptop, I can’t download my software to the only working computer we own.  I like my software.  It saves pictures and I can edit them.  It’s simple, but I need it.

So the whole point of this sad, sad story of laptops with comas and foolish desktops, is that I can’t post :(  I have good stuff too!  Barefoot Blogger stuff.  And dinner recipes.  And TOUR recipes!! 

I’m distraught and I will remain as such until Dell sends someone to personally revive our beloved 3 (or at least the 2 I believe can still pull through).  Because, yes, they are all Dells.  All of them. 

Dell, if you’re out there, think of how sad I am, of how unhappy I am with you.  Think about it.  How would you feel if you called me needing help with, um… well something I could help with and I said, “Sorry I can’t help you, it’s been too long since we met.  You didn’t spend enough money on me.”  Because that’s what you did to me.  I didn’t purchase a warranty long enough to cover this laptop coma and now you won’t even talk to me.  WON’T EVEN TALK TO ME!  It hurts.  It really does.  So just think about it.

And send us a new Dell.  Because, yes, our beloved 3 can be replaced that easily. 0:)





Asparagus Parmesan

6 05 2009

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This recipe wins the SUPER FAST, SUPER EASY award hands down.

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You cook in the microwave and it takes less than 10 minutes.

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It was a fabulous side to steak and roasted potato fries (revisited!)

Asparagus Parmesan

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 9 oz. box frozen asparagus cuts
  • 1 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parm

Cook

  1. Place asparagus in microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave on high 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients except Parm.
  4. Microwave 2 to 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
  5. Sprinkle with Parm before serving.

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Tuesday with Reggie and Riley

5 05 2009

Check out my boys!

Reggie's not so sure on Day 1

Reggie's not so sure on Day 1

Day 3 and we're doing a little bit better!

Day 3 and we're doing a little bit better!





Chicken and Veggies

4 05 2009

ATTENTION!!!!  This is one of my favorite new recipes to date!!!

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First, there’s bacon.

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Then there is chicken cooked in bacon grease.

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Plus fresh veggies.

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HEAVEN.

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Just the Two of Us is one of the best cookbook purchases I’ve ever made.  This dish was quick, easy and so delicious, I don’t have words to describe it.  WH wants it on the “rotation”.  I want it every night.  DONE.

Easy Chicken and Garden Veggies

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts (we used 1)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt (I have garlic powder and added some salt)
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 4 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed and left whole
  • 1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium plum (Roma) tomato, cut lengthwise in half then sliced
  • 1/4 c. Italian dressing (or balsamic vinaigrette)

Cook

  1. Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until crisp.
  2. Remove bacon and keep warm.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with garlic salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken in skillet and cook 3 to 5 minutes until browned on both sides.
  5. Discard excess bacon grease.
  6. Add water and green beans to skillet.
  7. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 8 minutes.
  8. Stir in bell pepper.
  9. Cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes, turning and stirring occasionally.
  10. Cook until chicken is done.
  11. Stir in tomato and dressing until heated through.
  12. Top with bacon.
  13. Serve with rice if you like.

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Introducing Riley!

1 05 2009

Here’s our sweet puppy!

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Grilled Chicken and Crazy Rice – Part 2

30 04 2009

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You received the recipe for Crazy Rice yesterday, now here’s Part 2!  The Grilled Chicken recipe also comes from My Italian Grandmother and is originally called Grilled Lemon Chicken.  I did not experience the true lemon flavor as much as I did the herbs because I forgot to zest the lemon… so if you want it really lemony, make sure you zest!  This chicken is easy to prep and grill in a grill pan, although it does need to marinate for about one hour.

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The only problem I ran into was with my herb application.  I’ve been using these herb blends, which are like herb paste in a tube.  See:imgp2836imgp2835

The herb blends are super flavorful and quick, but when grilling the chicken, the excess burned very easily.  There was still plenty of flavor on the grilled chicken, but I had to pick off a lot of burnt herbs as I cooked.  Not the most appetizing looking stuff.

Grilled Chicken

[only slightly adapted from My Italian Grandmother]

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 chicken tenderloins (or chicken cutlets)
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • small clove of minced garlic
  • 1/8 c. parsley blend paste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning blend paste
  • 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Table Blend
  • salt and pepper

Cook

  1. Combine lemon juice and zes, garlic, parsley, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add chicken and coat each piece well.
  3. Let marinate for one hour.
  4. Heat grill pan and drizzle with oil or cooking spray.
  5. Cook chicken on both sides until cooked through.
  6. Chicken can be served whole or chunked and added to the Crazy Rice.







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