Friday, November 8, 2013
So, my son is a bit OCD. His room can be a total mess, but by heaven the lid on the dish soap bottle in the kitchen must be CLOSED. He's reprimanded me several times because I don't care- I leave the flip top open and go about my business.
So, one day I thought, Hmmm....I could totally mess with him and see what he does....
So this is what *I* did...
I cut the flip top lid off the dish soap....
And then I waited.......
For about a week.
Tonight, Grau and I ran out to the store for a couple things, and apparently said son JUST found the dish soap. So what did he do?
BWAH HAHAHAHAH. I'm sorry, but that was the first thing I saw when I walked in the back door, and I nearly fell over I was laughing so hard.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Yeah, that's me. I'm getting techy. I just started a Google blog thingy (yup, that's the technical term) because I wanted to upload a zipped file to one of my popular posts, but couldn't. Blogger doesn't allow me to do that. So I opened a google blog thingy and uploaded the file there, then linked it to my post on here and vice versa.
See. No problem!
Monday, October 7, 2013
The Monday Box and I am so glad I did!
These are wonderful. Not sweet, not not sweet. Ya know? Perfect with a cup of coffee or hot tea.
I used 85% Dark Chocolate instead of the toffee or semisweet chocolate bar the recipe calls for. I'm sure if you use the recipe as posted, it would be sweeter. I like mine not that sweet, so the dark chocolate worked out perfectly for me!
Espresso Chocolate Shortbread
Adapted minimally from Smitten Kitchen who adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours
Makes about 42 cookies
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon boiling water
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar plus extra for dusting
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 toffee chocolate bar or plain semisweet chocolate bar (3.5-4 ounces), finely chopped (something like Ghiradelli’s Toffee Interlude or Green&Black’s Toffee Milk Chocolate)
(3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips can be used instead of the chopped chocolate bar)
In a very small bowl, dissolve the espresso powder in the boiling water.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the confectioner’s sugar and butter for 3 minutes at medium speed.
Add the vanilla and espresso, beating until incorporated.
Add the flour and mix at low speed until just combined.
Fold in the chopped chocolate.
Transfer the dough into a gallon sized zip lock bag but do not close the bag.
Roll the dough into rectangle the width of the bag and ¼” thick (approximately 9”x 11”x ¼”). While rolling, make sure no creases are formed in the dough from wrinkles in the plastic.
Zip the bag closed removing as much air as possible. Refrigerate for 2 hours- 2 days.
When ready to bake:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut open the zip lock bag and place the dough rectangle on a cutting board.
Using a sharp knife or cookie cutter, cut the dough into desired shapes and transfer to the baking sheet.
Use a fork to poke holes in each cookie.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar while the cookies are still hot.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for at least 3 weeks.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Oh, how I love chicken. I really, really do. It's one of the few foods that takes on the flavors of whatever you cook it with. Seriously. Unlike beef which must assert its dominance over the dish and can only be coated with flavor, chicken is a wonderous protein that chooses to play well with others.
I have no idea why many people do not like chicken. Really, there must be something wrong with them. (kidding!)
Now, in this dish, I don't actually cook with chicken so much as use it as a layer. But it's still good, and OH! so delicious! I got the idea from Noodles & Co.- Grau and I go there once in a blue moon and I always get their 2-fer plate of Tomato Basil Bisque (which I also make my own version of!) and Spicy Caesar Chicken Wrap.
This recipe is just for the wrap, though. So don't get your shorts in a bunch. I can't remember if I posted my version of their Tomato Basil Bisque or not. I think I have. But I will check later to be sure, just in case.
Anywhooooo....here ya go:
Spicy Caesar Chicken Wrap
First, grab caesar....yes, go to Rome....oh wait, no he's already gone some hundreds of years. Ok...scratch that....
4- Flatbread or Pita Bread or Wraps (I like pitas)
1/2 c Caesar Dressing
1/4 c Hot Sauce
1 tsp Garlic powder
2 T shredded Parmesan Cheese
6 leaves Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 med chicken breast, cooked and diced (I use my flat grill/panini maker to cook the chicken, but you could use a foreman grill or a frying pan!)
So- this is really (I mean *really*) simple. So simple a monkey can do this.
Warm up your pita, flatbread or wrap- whichever you are using. I use pitas and they take about 30 seconds in the microwave.
Mix your favorite Caesar Dressing with your favorite Hot Sauce.
Then dice up your chicken and your romaine lettuce
Then just assemble: place chicken & lettuce on wrap/flatbread/pita, drizzle with dressing mixture, and add parmesan cheese:
|I love this cheese grater we picked up for $5. Absolutely love it!|
|Tasty tasty Spicy Caesar Chicken Wrap|
Thursday, June 6, 2013
I've been doing this for some time. It works great, and occasionally takes a bit of elbow grease, but it sure is a heck of a lot cheaper than purchasing those storage labels.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Yes, I'm an Okie. And proud of it.
No, I wasn't born there. But Oklahomans don't expect you to be born there. They adopt you. It gets in your blood. It's something you are, and then because of Oklahoma you become something more.
I lived in Oklahoma since the 9th grade. I moved away when I was 21. Moved to many other cities as well. But I went back in 1993 and stayed. It is my home. It is my love.
Oklahoma is knowing what's important in life. It's not what you can buy for your kids. It's not trying to outdo your neighbor or your ex. Oklahoma is losing everything you own in the latest tornado yet going out and helping your neighbor find their cat.
Oklahoma is standing brave in the face of mother nature, screaming like a child when it comes for you and takes everything you own, then getting back up, brushing off your knees and rebuild in the same damn spot.
Yes Oklahoma gets a lot of tornadoes. More lately than normal. But there is danger in life, in every corner of the world. You can't hid from life. You can only face it head-on.
As for me, I know Oklahoma. I know the people. I know how strong they are and how strong that has made me. I would much rather face a tornado than an earthquake. And I grew up in California.
You can run from a tornado. You can hide from a tornado. You cannot hide from an earthquake.
And compared to where I live now, Oklahoma is the clear winner.
Where I live now there are gangs and shootings and burglaries and stabbings. All.the.time. Every night.
I would much rather be home in Oklahoma with the nice people and the occasional tornado than where I am now with the rude, 'me first' attitude, back-stabbing people that live here. Unfortunately my love lives here, so live here I will.
Mother Nature is glorious in it's beauty and scary in its power. Just remember, Oklahoma is beautiful in its simplicity and stunningly polite through its people.
And the sunsets are some of the most gorgeous you have seen on the face of the earth.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I am a rag mop girl. Really. I prefer the old time rag mops to anything on the market today. I just feel they do a better job. Yes, you get your hands wet. It's not the end of the world. But ever since moving into a new place, I've struggled with keeping the 'engineered wood flooring' clean without stripping it of its protective surface.
I broke down the other day and bought a knock-off Swiffer and wet mopping floor cloths. For two reasons- 1) my kitchen is small and 2) the rag mop doesn't get into the corners well without me having to rag-in- hand-and-knee them clean. Pain in the arse. Or lower back. You choose.
Now as we all know, I love nature. I love earthy and wood and fire and water. However, this doesn't extend to flowers. Or rather, flower smells. Ok, so I like walking in nature and breathing in all the scents together. It's stress-reducing and invigorating. But individually? Not so much. I've never been a flower person. I like the idea of receiving flowers, but not the practical application (they're going to die in three days- why did you give me death???) I much prefer a flowering plant or a single flower (that can be saved and preserved in a scrapbook) to a dozen costly pretty red roses of death.
But I digress.
So- I broke down and bought the wet mop cloths. First off, in my ignorance, I didn't realize it was even scented until I opened the package at home. THAT'S how ignorant I was of the whole Swiffer style. (I hear they've been around since 1999. Imagine that.)
Once I opened it, I immediately looked at the box.. It said, 'Clean Fresh Scent!' argh...but I went with it. Alrighty then. And I proceeded to mop my kitchen floor. It worked incredibly well on the engineered wood floor. And I was able to get into the corners to my satisfaction. I did notice their description of a 'clean, fresh scent' was a little off. It smelled more like flowers on a hot, humid day.
Except, for the rest of the day, every time I walked into the kitchen I smelled flowers. I thought, "huh. this doesn't bode well.'
And the next morning. I walked into the kitchen.....and smelled flowers.
EWWWW.....yuck. gross. I can't handle that.
And because of this, I thought, I wonder if I can change the smell instead of going back to the store and trying to exchange something that works perfectly well, I just don't like the way it smells.???
I googled. I searched. I Pinterested. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I did find a way to make your own cleaning solution for the WetJet. But I didn't have a wetjet thingy. I just had the wet mop clothes in a plastic box.
Well, I decided to try my hand at making a new smell / cleaning solution for the mopping clothes I already had. And was I amazed it worked!
Here's what I did:
Rinse. Rinse. and rinse some more.
Basically, I took the top off the moping cloths box, and poured in hot water. Let sit a minute, then poured it out. I did this about 10 times. No joke. Apparently, they really like to 'scent' their stuff.
When I could barely smell their 'fresh clean scent' any longer, I got to working on MY scent.
I decided why reinvent the wheel? I adapted the wetjet recipe from the link above. Except- that recipe used a 50-50 mix of water to vinegar. And I had to make sure that the vinegar was involved, but not overpowering. So I used a 1:2 ratio. I used 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to 1/2 cup water.
Then I added 20 drops of essential oil (in my case, I used cedarwood) and stirred really, really well. Pour immediately over the rinse mop cloths and you're done.
I then used one cloth and mopped my floor. Ahhhh....immediately a light, cedarwood scent filled my kitchen, my floor got clean, and no streaks! And if the scent lingers like the bad flower smell did, I'm okay with that because I like this scent!
However, I really dislike the disposable nature of the wet cloths, so I'm going to work on making my own. Something I can use and toss into the washer. I've read you can use cheap chenille socks for sweeping. But they don't exactly fit into the plastic container for wet mopping.
Overall, I would call this a WIN!