Thursday, May 31, 2007
Broccoli Bacon Salad!!!
I have learned a little secret about this salad!!! When you only need a little like one serving for those of us "single" or "not everyone likes broccoli" meal preparation. You can make a small batch!!! This knowledge has set me free as I make single servings often..... Basically for every 1/2 cup mayo (can use lite) use 1-2 TB grated onion, 2 TB sugar, and 2 TB apple cider vinegar. Best if you make ahead of time so it can get all these good flavors mixing and dancing together.
Method behind my madness.....
I will buy the broccoli florets at C*ostc* or Sam's. So I grab a handful and chop into small bite size pieces. I fry up some bacon that I have also cut up before frying into a little bit crispy. I know others who just buy the pre-cooked bacon bits (Not bacono, please). How can you have anything good without some cheese???? I get the pre-grated for a quick fix Monterrey Jack cheese. You can use cheddar but Monterrey is the best for my taste buddies. It is all about proportions and likes.... If you like bacon.... add bacon if love cheese add more cheese...remember that this is a broccoli salad so do not forget some broccoli in you quest for the perfect taste satisfying mixing. Sometime I will add halved green or red seedless grapes, or shelled sunflower seeds...... Whatever you like to add, mix everything together just before you serve and poor over the dressing at the end..... You want it to SNAP with crunch and deliciousness......
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
You are evil, like crack to me.... When I am in your power, I am useless against your cuteness..... Oh so very weak yet so very strong as I pull out my debit card.....
This is in response to an email I just got..... SAVE ME!!!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Those of you who have siblings that you just love to no end would understand what I am saying here.... If you do not have such siblings, just play along, I guess.
I have a brother.... an amazingly brilliant, loving and helpful brother. He can do ANYTHING!!! If he doesn't do it, he will try and figure it out. My boy toy used to feel competitive about my admiration for my brother. He is a loving strong leader in his family, charitable, honest and noble. He has always loved his work and made a good living. Shortly after 9-11, his type of work took a deep cut as consumers became more conservative with their spending. Sad, this cut affected his job. He has either been looking for work or doing jobs that did not really challenge his amazingness and was only a way to pay the bills. Lately he was been without a job and searching for something that would pay the amount of income he wanted and challenge him. My heart ached for him because I saw how unhappy he has been at these interim jobs with the stress of providing for his family. This JOY was overwhelming me when I heard the news that he once again had landed a job that would give him everything that he was looking for. It just warms my heart with such JOY to see him once again light up with the challenges and blessing that he sooooo very deserves.
Got to get going because I am expected in a few minutes at his house for a Memorial day BBQ and it is at least a 30 minute drive...... I am bringing broccoli bacon salad, cheesecake and fresh raspberries!!!
My second JOY I should be able to share June 1 or so......
Friday, May 25, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
(close-up detail of dress)Mesa has to check out everything that I bring into this house.... this dress is no exception. Wouldn't you know it, she left a little wet nose spot on the dress....
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I slept way too much. Thought at first I was depressed and sleeping, but soon realized that I was exhausted beyond depression....
I watch DVDs! I have not sat through watching a whole DVD forever without pausing the movie and starting on either laundry, dishes, vacuuming, or calling someone. I never realized that the great movies that people were talking about were indeed great movies! I just thought they stopped making "those kind of movies" !!!
Projects!!!!! Yes I can say Projects and feel such relief that some of these headaches are done. I actually had a blind hung on the glass door that I have had for FOUR years!!!!! Although I was going to stay away from all that was Tate related, I just could not! Instead I tackled the kitchen and made it more kid friendly. NO, I did not put locks on the cabinets. I will be doing this just as I leave for the airport to head to China. (I will ask ever so sweetly my brother to do this when I am in China). I added a microwave about the stove. New knobs on the cabinets, hung a chalk/magnet board by the phone, moved the garbage to be under the sink, and replaced my old gross sink faucet to a brand spanking new goose-neck faucet!!! Yeah!!!! All I have got to do in the kitchen is organize with some shelf stuff and we are good to go with the kitchen. I am wrestling with myself to replace the old linoleum with hard wood floors..... I am thinking that Tate will be to precious to be crawling around on those gross floors.
Books???? A few.
Walks???? Yes.... Mesa is wondering what has happened to her sedentary lifestyle. She walks with her tail held high as if she is the luckiest dog in the world. She is the luckiest dog in the world even without the walks, but try telling her that. Spoiled.
Entertaining??? This Thursday I will be hosting my Gourmet club for an English Tea..... I have never talked about the Gourmet club, and I will at another time..... Fun times!
Monday, May 07, 2007
The whirl of the vacuum from me cleaning in the front of the house........ Freaking Mesa out.
Where I find my protector, my brave puppy, MESA.....
How strange is this??? When I was googling the number 14, on the first page was this. LADY BUGS!!!! I am counting this as a ladybug sighting for sure!!! My strategic de-FUNKing is working and I am feeling so much more hopeful and in tune with ME. Thanks for the lovin'.
Congrats to all the new parents who are gazing at the faces of their beautiful Chinese jewels..... And today we will get to SEE the faces of Ms Hannah and Lilly!!!