Friday, August 29, 2008

Sittin' here sweatin my ass off and it's only 7:30 a.m.

So the AC guys came out YET AGAIN on Thursday. I continued to look like a crazy lady standing in my nice cool house saying, "Honestly, my AC does not work properly." I'm basically told, "Well, I can't fix what isn't broken." Despite the fact that at least once a week my thermostat decides to reprogram itself, "Power surge or outage" I'm told. Then why haven't I had to change any of my clocks? and why when we turn the AC off at the breaker, the thermostat which gets its power from the AC never loses it's memory? "Ummm....." Yeah that's what I thought. I say that it will often say 78 - 80 when it's supposed to be 75. "Well it's 100 degrees outside, or your outside unit has an automatic shutoff after so long and unless you have good insulation throughout the house it's not going to get to the temp that you want." So now I'm sitting here at 7:40 am (had to say bye to John, it really doesn't take me that long to type) it's currently 77 degrees outside, yet it is 79 in my house despite me asking it to be 74. In fact at 3 a.m. when I woke up it was 77 instead of 74 (we like it a tad cooler when we sleep and wake up). I'm waiting for it to be 8 a.m. so I can call the bastard AC people and have them explain to me why in 77 degree weather my AC cannot make it be 74 in my house. Overworked outside unit my ass!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Some New Randomness

I've been very lazy about updating lately.

Mainly because I haven't had a second of spare time in the past several weeks and it's only going to get worse.

I've been dealing with mom being in the hospital for 3 weeks and having 2 surgeries instead of the 1 with the 2 day max stay that was originally expected. She's getting busted out today though and is really happy. Otherwise I'm sure the Temple news stations would have been all over the lady bustin' out of the skilled nursing facility headed down the road with her walker. It'd probably give them something to talk about now that the Olympics are over.

John and I decided to be terribly domestic and bought a fridge for our anniversary. He then tried to install a line from our water faucet to the fridge so the water and ice maker would work. Everyone and even the internet assured us that this was extremely simple. You may all now contribute to the $185.95 I just paid a plumber to come out and fix the swimming pool that was my kitchen. No checks please. Just cold hard cash.

The garage sale was a huge success. In all we sold almost $300 worth of crap. I told you someone would buy a broken lawnmower! It was the first thing to go in fact. I also got some crazy lady that wanted to give me $12 for 10 pairs of shoes to give me $30 for them. "Why?" she kept asking me when I told her the price. "Because that's what I'm offering you. That's why." I don't even think half the shoes will fit her nor will the little clubbing top that I bought freshman year of college and never wore. If she's lucky she might get it over her left boob.

We saw Pineapple Express on Friday. Most hilarious thing I have seen all year. I freaking laughed my ass off - which is good, because lately I've got plenty of extra ass to spare.

On the going back to WW. I went off for 2 weeks and had a food fest and gained 2 lbs. Not bad, but then I continued on the food fest for another week and lost 1.5, go figure. I'm still down 4.5 overall though. We'll see what my scale says tomorrow morning though. Especially since all I want for lunch is a cheese enchilada, rice and a chicken taco known as the Lady's Special at Pico de Gallo. I guess ladies shouldn't have gas and that's why there are no beans on this plate. That's fine, I don't eat them anyways.

This morning as I drove down Hausman on my way to work I saw a man that would walk and then run down the road. This continued all the way down (there was a lot of traffic so I was keeping up with him) He was dressed very nice in a button down shirt and tie and slacks. We get to the end and he runs into the Land Rover dealership to go to work. Wow. I don't think I've ever seen a car salesman walk anywhere. Wanna talk about irony. Guess the Land Rover sales business isn't doing so hot right now.

Here are the promised pictures of my living room updates and our new fridge.

New TV stand and curtains (get to cross those off the list!)

I also got to replace the side table and lamp and added a storage ottoman.

And finally the new fridge.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Michael Phelps Corn Flakes Box

You may have heard about Michael Phelps apprearing on the Kellogg's cereal boxes instead of Wheaties. In fact, they've even released the picture of what it will look like:
Really? That's it? Trust me, Michael Phelps in the pool with one arm raised in the air is not why millions of women people have been watching swimming.

Thankfully, Perez Hilton has given us the cereal box that we all want.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mmmm...Mmmm....Goodness

I tried two new recipes this week.

We'll start off with the most boring of the two: Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Julie first introduced us to this recipe and I believe that Erin even recreated it too.

Back when Julie and I were making The Cookies we were talking about food expiration dates - I got a little scared when she was using some milk found in my fridge - after deciding the milk was indeed good she tells me that honey never goes bad. I tell her that I'm not so sure because I've got some very questionable honey in my pantry. Julie tells me to just stick it in the microwave.

So I bring you Questionable Honey

You can't tell, but the bottom part is pretty hard, almost solid.

So I throw Mr. Honey Bear into the microwave for about 30 seconds. Julie, he'll be expecting his disability checks on the 1st and 15th of every month:

Now that I'm armed with my now perfect honey and slighlty deformed honey bear I'm off to add the finishing touches to my dinner.

This is just to prove to Julie that I do have spices even if one of them is not cream of tartar that was again needed for The Cookies that J so willingly ran home to get. When she got back I was very surprised to see that cream of tartar is not a cream like substance. Please don't tell my mother.


Ta Da! The finished product!

John loved it and said it would have been fantastic with some of that chili sauce they have at Chinese restaurants.

Now on to the sweet stuff. For about a week I've had the worst craving in the world for caramel brownies. We're talking sweet, ooey, gooey, caramel brownies. The girls on the What's Cooking board on the Nest pointed me over to Proceed with Caution where I discovered her wonderful recipe for caramel brownies.

Below is my little variation of this wonderfulness:

Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies
Source: Adapted from Baking Illustrated, from the Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Yield: 16-25 brownies, depending on how you cut them!

~5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
~2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
~8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick) cut into quarters
~3 tablespoons cocoa powder
~3 large eggs
~1 1/4 cups sugar
~2 teaspoons vanilla extract
~1/2 teaspoon salt
~1 cup all-purpose flour
~1/3 cup evaporated milk
~35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped (if you have friends over like I did, make them work by unwrapping!)
~2 cups (11-oz. pkg.) butterscotch morsels

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Fold two 12-inch pieces of foil lengthwise so that they measure 7 inches wide. Fit one sheet in bottom of greased pan, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; overhang will help in removal of baked brownies. Fit second sheet in pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. (I skipped the spray and just used parchment paper. Sooo much easier!)

2. In medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water, melt chocolates and butter, stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth. Whisk in cocoa until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. (I melted it in the microwave)

3. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl until combined, about 15 seconds. Whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; then stir in flour with wooden spoon until just combined. Spread half of batter baking pan, spread into corners, and level surface with rubber spatula; bake about 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat caramels and evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Sprinkle morsels over brownie; drizzle with caramel mixture. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture. Spread as gingerly as possible to connect as much of the top layer of brownie as you can. It will cook up a little and heal itself if you get it most of the way there. (Don't worry about picking up a little of the caramel. It's aaaaaaaaall goooooood.) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs (or caramel!) clinging to it. Cool in pan on wire rack to room temperature. Cut into 16-25 squares, depending on how big you want 'em! (I found that my batter kind of hardened a bit while I was melting the caramels so I again just stuck it in the microwave.)

The ONLY thing I would change is the amount of butterscotch morsels. They were just a little bit too much for me. It almost creates about 2 layers and only 1 is enough. I'd also add TONS more caramel if I could. These things were PURE HEAVEN. We had to use a fork on them. Also cut them into TINY pieces. These are so dang rich you'll never get rid of them all if you don't. They'd also be GREAT topped off with some ice cream. YUM!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm making myself a new dog

Inspired by Dooce the other day I took our generic brand Furminator to Reese the other day. These are TOTALLY worth the investment if you do not have one.
Now I tried to get Riley to pose next to the giant pile of hair, but he looked at me all appaled and wouldn't go near it. Reese on the other hand tried to eat it, she does this with her nail clippings as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dear Male Olympic Swimmers,

Please do not wear the full body swimsuit. Not because people think it creates an unfair advantage for other swimmers or that it is being called technological doping, but because it does not allow me to admire and drool over your wonderful shoulders and abs. Really that's what the Olympics is all about: A hot, muscular man, dripping wet, with a perfect V shaped upperbody standing there, chest heaving, look of determination in your eyes as the camera pans over you starting first with your face and then panning out to give us the full view.....this is why I wake up every morning with an Olympic hangover.

The List

I've gotten really bad at doing updates, but here we go!

I tried 2 new recipes. One was eggplant parmigiana. It was meh, and is the reason why there were no pictures. I will probably make this again, but maybe grill the eggplant some beforehand. It didn't really get cooked all the way through.

The second was one I used to make at La Madeleine. It's a chicken pesto pasta. I found some chicken breasts on sale for $1/lb at HEB. Even though they had the bone, it was too good a deal to pass up. So I threw one of them in the crockpot so I had some nice shredded chicken when I got home. Ingredients required:
1lb chicken breast
Chopped garlic
Basil pesto
1/2 lb of pasta (La Mad uses bow tie, but I couldn't find any)
Diced Tomatoes
Olive Oil

The basics:

Throw some olive oil in the pan and add the garlic

You should add the pesto after that, but I got it messed up. Oh well, it was still delicious!

Then throw it all in with your pasta and viola! Chicken Pesto Pasta
We also went to the zoo and had a picnic (even if it was in the car - it was HOT in my defense).

Tried 2 new restaurants. One being Trudy's in Austin the day after the bach party which was fab! John had also been telling me that I HAD to try Freddy's Frozen Custard because the food was a lot like Steak N Shake. Big freaking let down. The ONLY similarity was that they had steakburgers and shoestring fries. The End.

John and I also fit it another romantic date night somewhere in this mix.

Thanks to some recent rain in the form of Dolly I've gotten the grass to grow in the backyard. John also recently removed the tree stump, so I've got to work this area. It may have to wait until it's cooler though.

We also redid the living room. We got a new entertainment center, hung some curtains and bought new pillows. The entertainment center was the only thing on the list though. I'm also too obsessed with watching gymnastics at the moment to take any pictures. So those will all come later.

The Zoo

I love the zoo. I hadn't been in forever and thought it would be the perfect Sunday outing with Jake and my FIL. Except it was August and something like 100 degrees outside. We still had fun though and Matt and fam decided to join us as well.


John and his dad and me and Jake
Cute little monkey

A whole lotta monkeys
I love how the girls are all posed and Jake is trying to beat up the Kimono Dragon.
We met Toucan Sam and a poor pelican with one wing.
The giraffe and zebra had no interest in us at all

I mean, who wouldn't want to check us out?

The Rhino just looked hot
In fact all the animals just hung around and tried to stay cool
We missed the elephant somehow (one of my favorites to get to see) but I did get to see the baby kangaroo!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Last Weekend

Last weekend was quite crazy. FIL was in town, my nephew was in town, it was Molly's wedding, plus all the usual weekend stuff one has to get done. (Frankly I rather have this hella busy weekend back than the puppy hell I've been in).

Here are the highlights from the wedding:

The details:

The wedding cake and the infamous Meat Cake

The gorgeous wedding bouquet that never was, but later made a lovely centerpiece:


Ceremony site

Some happy couples:


The Happy Couple:

The First Kiss:

Yeah, I put out the Pimp Cups:

Erin got to meet her wedding planner wet dream:

Me and the bride:

The usual stuff that happens at weddings:

Phillip obviously couldn't wait until the honey moon and got a little excited taking off the garter.

The couple's first dance:

video

You should have seen John and K's face when this song came on. They immediately ran to the dance floor and started stripping:

video
Then they both rubbed their nipples. I'll spare you the actual visual of that one though.

It was a long and fun night. The show was taped for Whose Wedding is it Anyway and will air in October on the Style Network. Watch and look for me, I may or may not make the show. I can't call it my TV debut though. I was also on 6 episodes of Texas Justice. Oh yeah....

There's more I'm going to add to this, but I'm too lazy now. Plus John is kicking me out of the living room so he can play his new video game. We're totally redoing our living room this weekend. Pictures of that to come too!
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