My Awesome Ride

Since it’s Monday…

As prices at the pump continue to climb, I’ve cut down the number of wheels on my daily transport.  Actually, with the warm winter weather here, it’s been rather nice riding more, though it’s rather difficult when I need to run out for kitty litter…

My Awesome Ride

All those trees in the background with the big orange Xs are the ones we are cutting down.  Invasion of the Pine Bark Beetle 😦

Lemon Raspberry Granola Pancakes

In the interest of saying SOMETHING about food this year…

I give you RASPBERRY GRANOLA PANCAKES!!!

See recipe for Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes…

Don’t fold the raspberries into the batter, however, as they have a tendency to be a bit mushy softer.

Ladle out the pancake onto the pan or griddle, then drop the raspberries artfully onto the top, and sprinkle with a bit of granola.

I also added a bit of lemon zest to the batter.

Try not to go overboard with the granola.  Just trust me here.  And try to find an unflavored granola.

When you flip them, you’ll have to smash them a bit, like a burger, but not too hard.

They are delightful! 😛

Quickly Caturday

It’s about that time.  School, I mean, for those of you lucky smart enough to avoid summer term!  We’ve started keeping bees now that we have land, but that’s a story for another long post, hopefully with pics that aren’t too gross.

For today, just laughs, and of course, because it’s Texas and still August, more rain???

Try not to forget to laugh at least once every day.  Laugh lines are better than frown jowls!  😛

Defining “Crazy Busy”

I’m a slacker.  So be it.  However, I’m actually finding that this year has left me with very little time in which to slack!  Or surf the internets.  Meh.

Start with manual field labor through the Spring.

Now, add a smidge of Anatomy and Physiology for the Summer.

Rat Boy finished 10th grade and is headed on to 11th!.  Throw some driver’s ed into the mix (someone hold me, please).

We’re currently working with an architect on plans for the Little House on the Bayou, which by the way, has to be erected on 12 foot tall pilings, due to being only 6 feet above sea level and in the FEMA flood zone (go figure). Multiply projected costs by 1 billion…

A daily round of routine chores and errands for the pot (no, those don’t magically do themselves, and my good faeries seem to be on strike).

Finish the day with a dose of fun family fitness at the “Y”. I’ve started with the spinning classes, which are fun, but simultaneously kick my butt.  On the other hand, it seems a bit smaller and firmer, so perhaps a kick was needed!

Creep thankfully into bed around midnight, after Hubby leaves for work.  Rinse and repeat at 0600.  😦

I’m posting today (yes, I already mentioned I’m a slacker) because I’m sick of studying, and yet, here I sit at the computer.  I also thought it would be good to let the peeps know I haven’t food poisoned myself.  Yet.  It could happen any day, though. Cooking with only one eye open can get a bit risky.  😛

I did set a pot holder on fire recently.  DO make sure to turn off the burners on your electric stove BEFORE setting cloth items on the stovetop!  That was possibly the most exciting moment I’ve had in the kitchen all year.

So, here’s some advice for the menfolk on handling stressed out females.  Sure hope Hubby finds the time to read this one.  I think it applies to every day of the month!

Wine is GOOD.  🙂

Learn it.  Live it.

That is all.

Happy Easter-Caturday

It’s been a beautiful day here, perfect for doing all the last minute things that somehow end up last minute even though Easter plans were made at least a month in advance!

But Caturday it is, so in the spirit of the current holiday, I will now provide you with Easter themed kitties!

Just to make sure we all know the difference (because, frankly, this bunneh/kitteh thing can be a bit confusing)…bunneh on the left.  😛

Pretty large bunneh there…

As we all know, the Easter Bunneh Kitteh is hard at work this time of year.

However, adding bunneh ears to your kitteh’s chic look is not generally appreciated.  Go figure.

Be forewarned.  This is what your kitteh is doing after you finally take off the ears and go to bed.

One way or another, it’s another holiday passed hopefully in the company of good friends and family!

Happy (and hoppy) Easter to everyone!

Rainy Monday-ness

Because I still have a cold…

You never know.  It might not just be any virus!  😛

Caturday Christmas 2011

Featuring Hazards of the Holidaze!

Santa.

And his reindeer.

He knows when you are sleeping.

He knows when you’re awake..

He knows if you’ve been bad or good.

So be good, for goodness’ sake!

And in the morning, there arose such a clatter!

All will arise, to see what’s the matter.

Stockings and gifts for all good kittehs!

A Merry Christmas to all!

Stay warm and safe in your family’s embrace!

Chicken Verde Enchiladas

I try to avoid going to the market on weekends.  Yes, it’s crowded, and slower than weekdays, but what really gets me is the food tasting. I taste things I wouldn’t normally make, and it’s good.  Then I get a ginormous jar of whatever product it was I just tasted, go home, and make meal X for the family.  Invariably it receives mixed reviews at home.  Sigh.

This one was a winner, however.  I did tweak the recipe on the jar a bit.  Who can possibly argue with more cheese?  Unless maybe you’re lactose intolerant.  But then you can use soy cheese or any of the other non-cheese cheeses that are commonly available these days!

You’ll need to boil a chicken.  I used a whole chicken, because skinless breasts just don’t have that much flavour, and they’re rather expensive in comparison.  AND…you get more chicken, so you can make more than one dish from the same chicken.

When the chicken is fully cooked, set it in a bowl to drain.  Strain the liquid in the pan, reduce it, and you have some delicious non-salty chicken broth.  Save this, and we’ll make some delicious chicken vegetable soup!

Two notes on the chicken:

1) Do make sure to remove the giblets before boiling!

2) De-bone carefully.  You don’t want anyone to choke or lose a tooth later!

Shred 2 to 3 cups of chicken.

Add 2-3 cups shredded cheese.  I used a cheddar Habanero variety, but it really wasn’t very spicy.  Also add 1 cup sour cream, and 1 cup pico de gallo.

Stir together, and then add 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed.

Try not to be like me and pour the black bean juice all over the counter.  Some days I just can’t hold onto things.  This morning, I poured half my cup of coffee on the counter in the same spot.  There is a land shark living there.  That MUST be it.

After the filling is combined…gently as to not squish the beans, pour in about half the jar of Cookwell & Company Green Chile Stew, until the filling is quite moist.

Microwave the corn tortillas until they are pliable, then spoon about 3 teaspoons of the filling into the tortilla, roll, and place into your baking dish of choice, seam side down.  The recipe says to use a 9 x 13.  I chose to use non-stick so I wouldn’t have to grease it.  I made enough filling with this recipe to make 2 pans!  That was about 24 enchiladas!

Cover then with some of the remaining Chile Stew mixture, then liberally apply shredded cheese.

Bake at 350F for 30 – 40 minutes.

Garnish with some salsa and more shredded cheese.  We are not big fans of Spanish rice, so I just threw together some pilaf from frozen peas and corn with Jasmine rice.  It was all quite nomable!  🙂

Hope everyone is having a good week before Christmas!

Caturday in the Kitchen

It’s that time again.  A day of rest, relaxation, pampering…

Who am I kidding?  It’s only a week until Christmas!!!  And I have a list at least a mile long.

I don’t see how Santa does it!  😛

We are going to the Alley Theatre this evening to see “Santa’s Naughty Diaries”.

Now, I realize this is the time of year for Dicken’s Christmas carol (which we have seen at least 6 years running), or the Nutcracker Suite (which I danced in for several years, and then went every year for 10 years at least).  So, I’m a bit tired of traditional Christmas entertainment.

Thus, we will be seeing the ‘Naughty” for the first time.  I hope it’s hilarious.  This time of year, everyone needs a good laugh!

AND…another holiday requires holiday food.  So today, I’m letting our feline friends take over.  Kitchen Kat has a posse it seems.  😛

Have a great Caturday!

Christmas Caturday next week!

200th Comment!

Wow!  I can’t believe that you guys keep coming back…but I’m happy that you do!  🙂

At Groovy Noms, I received my 200th comment…from The Queen!

I feel like Sally Fields, as in “You like me, you really like me!”.

Thanks for reading, and letting me know what you think.  Input IS appreciated.  😀

Kitchen Kat says thanks, too!

He looks angry, but he’s not.  He’s just waiting for me to go back in the kitchen…

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