Archive for May, 2008

Good Morning

Woohoo, here in the morning, here in the morning. I tell you what, one day I will be organized. Or I will have less to do. Or something. I’ll probably be bored then, but maybe I can knit more, LOL. The front of Skimmer is complete, and I will divide the back the next time I have a chance to sit and do knitting math.

You, know, the sad part is that I know if I had had , I could have just gone to the doctor and got a prescription for an antibiotic and been done with the disorientation and wind tunnel noises in less than 24 hours. But no matter how many health insurance quotes I get, the budget just does not have room to add in the expense of health insurance. There are good rates to be had, but even cheap health insurance is more than I can swing just now. Maybe one day, probably around the same time I get organized and have less to do ;)

The good news is that sweet oil and a cotton ball are still cheap and effective, even if they take longer. The better news is that my dad had some, and taught me about it.

Smell Good Kids! Huggies Clean Team

Or should that be good smelling kids? Ah, who knows? I have some things sitting here on my desk that my kids keep trying to walk away with. In fact, I just told dh I really needed some help corraling the kiddos so I could get some work done, and complaining about how they were messing with my desk. He replied that if I didn’t want the kids to play on my desk, I ought to take down the “invitations to play”. Here’s what he was referring to:
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Yeah, I guess when you put it like that, he’s right. What kid could resist these bright, happy packages? And the scents! Oh my! Light and tropical, and oh so fun. And that purple thing? It’s a light up timer–it blinks for 20 seconds to help kids wash their hands thoroughly. Pretty neat, huh? And that little wipe box is the cutest thing ev-ar, isn’t it? They are flushable, doncha know! The wipes I mean, not the box. The box has definite recycling potential, though; I can totally see it tucked into a knitting bag to hold stitch holders and the like, or in the cabinet to hold crayons, or even in the diaper bag holding…wipes, go figure. Shoot, I’d put make-up in it, it’s just that whimsical and fun!

Okay, I’ve told you about my new goodies. I mean the kids’ new goodies. I guess I can get them off my desk now and into the bathrooms. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to find my stuff again. Or, you know, not.

Here I am again

late and tired. I do mean to post in the mornings, but this morning, dh had some things he wanted me to accomplish, so I jumped right in to the day, and weel, this is what happened. I have an arm long list of stuff I have been meaning to post about, and I am committing to one more post after this one, at least! I’ve got Huggies, I’ve got books, I’ve got mags. I’ve got a desk that is collapsing under the weight of stuff you need to know about! Or I need to tell you about. Or something. Before I started typing this post, though, I spent a few minutes checking out a design blog. Don’t worry, I am not planning to change the theme here—I totally got the message in the emails I received the last time I tried that ;) – but I did enjoy the article on the Top Three Web Design Basics. Interestingly, the first one of the three is contrast, and I had a hard time focusing because the font was too light against the background for these eyes. Aside from that little problem, the article has some good information, and the part on he Rhythm of the site was something I had not thought of before.

Zoom, zoom, zoom

I really did mean to post more on Friday night. It had been my firm intention to finish off that set of posts with the OCC post before I called it a night, but then I got tired and went to bed, because I knew I would have a big shopping day Saturday. And, I was right, I did have a big day. I bought a freezer! And I picked up a computer for DH, and clothes for 3 of the girls. And another pair of shoes for myself. I love me some shoes, ya’ll!

And Sunday, I spent the day with my husband. And here it is Monday evening already, and after supper is Boy Scouts. I tell you, sometimes this real life stuff is a pain in the rear! I’ll get here, eventually, LOL!

We’ll take four!

Dresses, that is. Mama, Country and I went shopping. Man, did we go shopping. Clothes for Country and Diva, and 4 just-alike-except-for-the-size dresses for the four of us to wear on Mother’s Day. Seriously, this is the universally flattering dress. It fits all of us and looks great on each of us! Can’t beat that! This is our first year without Grandmother, and so, for the first time, I may be in my own church on Mother’s Day. Or I may end up going to Granny’s church, with the rest of that side of the family. Regardless, we’ll be wearing those new frocks, that much is settled. Also, we did not get new slips, the “control” ones that mashed our boobs flat and let our bellies hang about in a most bouncy and unflattering way. Also, I think I hurt my shoulder joint getting the thing on and off. Just sayin’

So, what are you doing for Mother’s Day? Do you still live close enough to visit? I tell you, when I lived out of state, it was hard on me not to be around my family on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, almost as hard as the bigger holidays of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of course, that was before everyone was online, when you still had to use the yellow pages to send a long distance mothers day gift. 1-800-FLOWERS makes it so easy to select just the right arrangement, unlike when you had to call, and kinda just hope what they were describing to you sounded like what you thought it sounded like. Did that make sense? I hope so. If you ordered flowers back in the day, you know exactly what I meant, anyway. Nothing more unnerving than having to say ‘Red, she likes red, can you send some red flowers that look like ruffles?” “No, I don’t know the name of them.” “No, not roses, the other ones”. Yeah, slick, right?

Be smarter, and let the florist work harder instead of you, LOL!

Cass in the Kitchen: Shrimp Scampi and Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking

:kitchen: So sorry this is late, and I actually even thought about skipping it, but I did that last week when I got slammed, and I’d hate to let that become a habit. I enjoy this segment, and I have a bunch of recipes waiting in draft mode, and yet more pictures of recipes on the camera card, so I really do want to keep up with it. In addition to the cooking, I am still reading mags and cookbooks, so I certainly am not out of kitchenly things to say, and probably won’t be for some time to come!! So, let’s get on with our little cooking show!

Shrimp Scampi

2 sticks of butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup minced garlic
lemon pepper
basil
thyme
oregano
cilantro
2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2-3 pounds frozen mixed veggies (I used Normandy Blend)
12 ounces angel hair pasta

scampi shrimp onlyMelt the butter in a large skillet, add the garlic and spices and saute until it smells so good you begin to drool. It’s very aromatic an a totally pleasant way. In the meantime, partially thaw those veggies in the microwave about 7 minutes, and set the water to boil for the pasta. Add the shrimp to the butter/garlic/spice mixture, and stir them in. Just as they begin to turn orange, add the veggies, and stir them in real well, too. I know scampi is usually served with veggies on the side, but, man, I had to take advantage of that butter-y, garlic-ky prefection!

scampi with vegetablesStart the pasta when you add the veggies. It will only take 3-4 minutes to cook, and your veggies should be done in about that time. You want them to still be a little crispy. Drain the pasta. I put mine in a big bowl, and then poured the shrimp/veggie/sauce over it, and mixed it up.

Here’s what it looks like on the plate. Divine, right?
scampi on plate

Alas, Drama is allergic to dairy, so she got this instead:
dairy free scampi

Dori Sander’s Country Cooking

I also had a fun and profitable trip to the library, as I think I mentioned. I checked out a couple of cooking books, and one of them was the delightful Country Cooking by Dori Sanders. This was a delightful read, and I do mean “read”. The book is full of stories about her life past and present. I found out she lives just a few hours fro here, so how neat is that.

There were several recipes I want to try in here, and I found the first one on the the fly leaf, a reference to fried green tomato parmigiana, which I have never had or heard of, but which sounds like food perfection. I’ll be having to test that one out when green tomatoes are cheap.

I also thought the recipe for boiled noodles looked pretty interesting. You make the dough and then push it through a colander or sieve into a pot of boiling water. The book has lots of simple techniques that like, so don’t think you’ll need a lot of fancy equipment to make the food.

I thought the baked eggs and grits looked good, too. I have several breakfast casserole recipes, but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes grits. I love me some grits, ya’ll!

Finally, I want to make this cobbler that practically makes itself, you just pour the ingredients one over the other, and the crust bubbles up through the fruit as it cooks. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

I’ll be checking this book out again when I am ready to some more experimenting, and I may get a copy if we like what we taste. Which basically boils down to: might as well order it right now.

Ready? Set? Prepare to Blog!

BLOG!

Wow, ok. I’ve been incredibly distracted for the past couple of days, chasing rabbit trails. I looked at this site, and that led to this site, and then they linked to another site, and then the day was over and oops! No post. Sorry. I don’t mean to forget about yu and suck as a blogger, it just happens. And then? Well then, I realize my error and flood your feed reader. Muhahahhahahhhahah! Oh wait. Bet that’s only funny to me.


I lack time and chutzpah to show you most of what I’ve been reading on, but here’s something I know you will like: Custom Photo Cards. I know I mentioned awhile back that I was thinking of ordering some, but then I didn’t. Because I am a slacker. But then I had occasion to send out a couple of cards this week, and you know what? I had to go buy cards. Ones without MY picture on them. And they were cool cards, and they served the purpose, but really… when I want to send a note of encouragement to a friend, I’d like a personalized card. See, just because it says Merry Christmas or whatever in the example doesn’t mean I have to have that. I could have it blank inside. I could put my face on the outside. Or my blog header, complete with name, right across the front. Or maybe just yarn, ROFL!

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