Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chicken and Cookies Challenge - Week 8

Mr. Wonderful supplied the chicken this week... Chicken quesadillas from Qudoba... he just loves that place so much... then there was chicken nuggets on Saturday and chicken curry on Sunday.

We didn't do much cooking this week as we were celebrating our monthly anniversary and V-day...

The cookies were my V-day present to my Mr. Wonderful... Dunkin Donut's chocolate munchkins (a favorite of his).


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To security or not to secuirty?

We received a call today on our spare line from a security company looking to expand their adverting into our area. They offered us free service in exchange for putting a sign in our yard.

But if we're the only house in the area with a security company sign in the front yard... wouldn't it make thieves think that there is something to steal here?

Hey look at us we have enough money to afford to pay someone to secure our stuff we must have a lot of really cool things in here!

We passed...


Friday, February 5, 2010

Chicken and Cookies Challenge - Week 7

This week I went over to Mr. Wonderful's as we were going out to a play and visiting Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin.

 Mr. Wonderful treated me to chicken burritos from Qudoba and I supplied Shortbread cookies I saw on Secret Agent Josaphine's blog... of course the recipe was in grams... and I had to do some calculations:

I rounded my measurement conversions to make it easier on myself, it worked fine for me... if you don't trust me go ahead and redo them for yourself.

25.25 Tablespoons All Purpose flour
1.25 Tablespoons Cornstarch
21 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
11.25 Tablespoons Confectioner's Sugar
1 vanilla bean (I used 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Now I did not have all sorts of cookie cutters or icing tips so I just made some round with chocolate drops and one big round one. It works out for us....


Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken and Cookies Challenge - Week 6

Sick... again. I seriously think there is some condition which makes me develop which ever kind of cold/flue/disease that's going around. Agenta Rush (Grandma) decided to pick up a cold from somewhere and I decided to join her... except I had to one up her and go for a sinus infection. The problem with me and coughing is that astma can quickly lead whatever normal cold I have into bronchitis... which could send me to the hospital... again.

Chicken this week? Soup... homemade chicken noodle soup in the crock pot. Mostly because I really wanted to give Rush's new crock pot a try.

 My mother purchased this crock pot for Rush from Sam's Club. It has so much more space than mine (which is older than me) and it is super easy to clean as the inner bowl comes out. This is wonderful as it lets you take it out to clean it or set it on the table. There are only two things I can complain about: the outer shell gets super hot (scalding hot) and there's no real feature to just have it on high or low (it has to be set for a time at high or low).

1 package thin sliced chicken
1 package egg noodles
3 boxes chicken broth
1 bunch celery
5-6 carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bags frozen onions

I set it on the longest setting available on high cook. In reality it doesn't really matter to me how long it cooks for, you know when soup is done. After setting the cooker on high, go ahead and get the broth in to get it to boil. In a sauce pan go ahead and cook up the onions. If yours are like mine, you forgot about them in the freezer for awhile and they got a bit freezer burned, and now they're a chunk of onion scented ice. Chop up the chicken and throw it into the broth. Add the garlic. While the onion ice is melting/cooking, peel and chop the carrots, clean and chop the celery. Throw in the leafy celery bits into the soup as well. Once the ice becomes onions throw them into the pot as well. Wait for a few hours, stirring occasionally. Before enjoying the soup boil some water and cook up the egg noodles. Your soup is now complete. To make the soup last longer (stretch a buck) put 2/3 of the soup into 2 large Tupperware containers with 2/3 of the noodles. Add enough broth (extras from the pantry) to fill to 1 inch under the brim. Freeze! Then place the inner section of the crock pot on the table, add the noodles, and then add more broth if its needed.

The cookies? My throat is sore this week so I made peach jello I found in the cabinet. I do not like to be normal so I had to add in diet ginger ale instead of cold water.

Now after you've mixed the soda into the hot liquid pour it into a container that has a lid and press some saran wrap right onto the surface of the liquid jello. This will keep it from making that nasty homemade jello film on top.

Follow with Zicam, antibiotics, and Tussin (the off brand kind)


Friday, January 22, 2010

Things About Me

Things I like to do:
(1) Quilt
(2) Organize
(3) Cook
(4) Sew
(5) Travel
(6) Tour wineries
(7) Clean artifacts
(8) Data Entry
(9) Routine

Things I'm good at
(1) Coming up with creative solutions
(2) Organizing
(3) Making people smile
(4) Making tomato sauce
(5) Sorting
(6) Following patterns
(7) Baking
(8) Traveling
(9) Shopping

Things I'm not good at
(1) Blogging... er...
(2) Taking pictures of things to sell at my Etsy shop
(3) Patience
(4) Sleeping
(5) Following recipes
(6) Math
(7) Packing light
(8) Handwriting
(9) Spelling

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chicken and Cookies Challenge - Week 5

Mr. Wonderful had to work late on Friday and early on Saturday morning. Chicken and cookies had to get pushed back, which turned out to be good... as I was sick on Friday and drained on Saturday from being sick all night on Friday.

Chicken: Bojangles chicken biscuits for breakfast followed by Cracker Barrel fried chicken for dinner (Agenta Great Grandmother's birthday dinner choice)

Cookies: A family friend brought over these cannoli like cookies that tasted like fortune cookies and of course birthday cake.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chicken and Cookies Challenge - Week 4

I was totally excited to try Rachael Ray's Paella Burgers this weekend... then I looked at the instructions and it included crustaceans... though I am usually really excited about partaking in cooked crustaceans prepared by a restaurant or by someone I know has experience making them, I am NOT excited about giving it a try... for I am a germ-a-phobe. I see these bottom feeders for what they really are and if they are not prepared right it could end really badly... REALLY BADLY. Perhaps one day some benevolent soul will teach me how to clean and cook them, but until then... it's not likely to happen.

So in exchange for the Paella Burgers I went to try and make a spicier, heartier burger. I went with turkey sausage, ground chicken and portobello mushrooms. The flavor was there, but the texture was like meatloaf... and I hate the texture of meatloaf. On Saturday I remixed it. I took the leftover uncooked meat mix and slow cooked a beautiful tomato sauce all day. It was incredible sauce.

The cookie: scones. The scones I make are pretty much butter and flour... and chocolate chips. They taste amazing, but the fat content is a bit high and never sits well with me. Everyone else loves them immensely so I had to make another two batches over the weekend and they were gone by Tuesday.