A Day in My Life

Yesterday I planned to get an early start finishing up some brownies and cookies that Mum needed for a luncheon today.  When I stumbled into the kitchen, in search of caffeine, I found instead…

Thousands of the little bastards invaders.  They were boiling out from under the cabinet in the corner, and making for the trash. I did have rib bones in the trash, but I’ve never seen anything like this.  Actually, I didn’t see them at first, I stepped in them.  😦

They then made their displeasure known in a way only biting insects can.

As I hopped around the kitchen swatting at one foot and then the other, Hubby passed by and asked what I thought I was doing.  I answered that obviously, I was practicing yoga.  He nodded briefly, mentioned I should try not to hurt myself, and moved on.

After disengaging the ants from my body, I went to battle with the 409.  I don’t have any pesticides, but this product will kill ants, as it contains soapy agents and ammonia.  I then gathered up the carcasses, and mopped the floor to destroy the scent trail.

Then I went to have coffee.

When I came back to start the brownies, the ants were back.  Like I’d never killed hundreds of their population!  So I called the office, and started killing ants again.  Maintenance came, sprayed, and the ants subsided.

Then I made brownies.  Brownies with a cream cheese layer and swirls on the top.  Yum!

Then I made cookies.  While I put up shelves that I’d been asking Hubby to put up for some time.  😦

When the cookies were ready for delivery, plated and wrapped, I started to plate the brownies.  The recipe suggested lining the dark metal pan with tinfoil, shiny side out.  GREAT idea to keep the edges from cooking faster than the center, and rising up against the edges.  Brownies look much prettier when they’re flat, I think.

BUT, the  *$%%& cotton picking tinfoil was stuck like glue to the bottom of the brownies.  GLUE I say!!!

I pried carefully.  I put them back into the pan and heated them.  Nothing was working.

Hubby, noting my distress, suggested flipping the whole thing upside down and letting gravity help.  He help the tinfoil while I used the Chef knife to slowly scrape them off the foil.  Finally, I was able to rescue and plate the brownies.

Sigh.

I delivered the whole hot mess order to Mum for her party, only about 3 hours late.  Fortunately, the party was a luncheon today.

When I arrived home Hubby was asleep so I went into the kitchen to fetch a much needed bottle glass of wine.   The ants were still gone from the floor, but now they were on the counter.  And I just didn’t care anymore.

I sat down in the quiet house to relax with my wine and a book.  Suddenly, I heard a strange noise like water running.  In the closet where the AC unit is.

When I pulled open the door, there was about an inch of water on the floor, and the walls were wet about 3-4 inches up.  So, I called maintenance again.

I get the feeling they are tired of hearing from me.

The maintenance guys arrived…again, at 9 PM.  They blew out some hoses, replaced the filter, and threw down some towels to dry the floor.

I mentioned the ants.  Again.  Nicely.  🙂

They went home.  I got the rest of the bottle another glass of wine and went to play WoW while Rat Boy got ready for bed.

This morning, the exterminator came and sprayed the entire house.  So maybe the ants will leave.  Or die.  Not just relocate.

Guess I’m feeling a bit bloodthirsty.

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Blasphemy for Texans

I’ve crossed the line.  I’ve finally done her in ribs in the oven.  And they were pretty awesome.

And they were tender and  juicy on the inside, and crusty on the outside…  😛   I felt like a goddess!

I read up on ribs the other day at Amazing Ribs.    Had picked up a slab of baby backs on sale.  Yay sale!

So what did I learn???   Hmmmmmm????

A LOT.  😀

After rubbing the meaty side only of the ribs with olive oil, I made a crust of dried thyme and New Mexico chili powder, and coated the rack liberally.  Only on the meaty side.

Then, not having the suggested broiler rack, but having been given a heads up by The Queen on some kitchen innovation, I balanced a cookie cooling rack on top of a deep baking pan.  I’d have used a roaster if I had one!

They suggest that you keep an inch of water in the pan below the ribs, so the baking sheet barely cut it!  🙂

After broiling with the bony side up for about 8-10 minutes with the oven door open a bit, I pulled out the entire thing and flipped it over.  Turned the oven down to 225F and put it back in, meaty side up.

Then I slathered it in BBQ sauce.  I realize this is heresy to some, but we are a saucy bunch.  BBQ isn’t fun if you don’t get to suck your fingers!  😛

The result was some delicious ribs, done in the great indoors, looking and tasting like grilled ribs, while I went to yoga!  🙂

And didn’t have to clean the grill.

Hard to ask for more than that on a busy day.