Monthly Archives: November 2007

On the mend…

About 60% better now. Still feeling sickly, but well enough to make it to work today. Just in time for all this rain! Yipee! I hope to be back to my normal self by weekend’s end. And my dear sweet hubby bought me some purty red roses and purple irises to make me feel better. :) :) :) :)

I had a lot more to say…but my mind just still isn’t all quite there. So happy weekend!!!

Poisoned

I think I came down with a case of food poisoning. This is the worst I have felt since I don’t know how long. Damn you Chipotle. I was doing fine yesterday until at night when Jason started smoking on a cigar. They normally don’t bother me but this time it made my head spin. Then things got progressively worse. I ended up throwing up two times before going to bed and my body refuses to let me sleep. It got me out of bed at least once every hour with a mad dash to the bathroom. Not a very happy camper right now. I haven’t slept, my stomach is killing me, my head is pounding, and I feel extremely weak. I’m majorly dehydrated. I lost 4 lbs in this overnight battle!

Needless to say, I couldn’t make it to work, for which I always feel really bad about because I’m in a small department of two. So when I’m out, things tend to come to a halt. This was the week I was going to take time out and train the other person in the department stuff that I do, so I felt especially bad for calling in sick. I contemplated going to work for a few hours to show her some things and then ask to leave early. Jason wouldn’t have it though. And he was right. I’m in no condition to drive. It took all the strength I had to get out of bed and to the store a block away to get some soup, juice, and electrolyte enhanced drinks. I am wiped out. I was really hoping to get back to work tomorrow, but at this point it is questionable. *sigh* Webmd says it could take as long as 60 hours to get over this.

I have still yet to eat anything, though I chugged down a bottle of Gatorade. I don’t really want to stand in the kitchen to heat up some soup. I want to badly go back in bed and try to get some sleep, but the pain seems to be worse when I lie down. And the whole darn body rudely interrupting me every hour. I feel like a kid needing her mommy, but I’d prefer my hubby right now. He’s in class and work until tonight though. :(

Update 7 pm: I thought I was starting to get better. After taking some Pepto, I was able to sleep for TWO hours before my body rudely woke me up. Then I promptly threw up again. *sigh* I don’t know if it is wise or not, but I just had some chicken soup and Pedialyte. Let’s hope it stays down. :(

One for the road

Finished the dessert just barely in time to go! And this morning I got to christen my Kitchen Aid Mixer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a bit of a snafu with the ingredients this morning which caused me to run a bit late on the baking. The recipe called for old fashioned oats. So I had all the other ingredients in the mixer already and opened up the oats and poured it in. Only to notice in the carton of oats that their were bugs in it! I barely opened the damn thing yesterday. Ugh. So I had to start ALL over again. But it was worth it. It is smelling sooo good. I know it doesn’t look like much. It looks almost like the stuffing, but in a different pan! Hahaha. But I can tell it will taste very good. I got a tiny bit of the topping and it was heavenly. Mmmmm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Apple and Pear Crisp (Recipe found on the The Food Network. )

2 pounds ripe Bosc pears (4 pears)
2 pounds firm Macoun/Mcintosh apples (6 apples)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Peel, core, and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

For the topping:
Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.
Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.

Stuffed!

On tonight’s agenda, stuffing! I’ve never made stuffing before, except the kind in the box where you just add in the chicken stock. So this was a challenge to me to make sure it tasted okay. And to make it harder on myself, I found two different recipes that I liked and combined them together and hoped it would be alright. And ya know what? It turned out really good!

So here is my own personal stuffing recipe that I adapted. :) Once again, this makes a LOT so feel free to halve it for a smaller group.

Savory Mushroom, Sausage, and Apple Stuffing

2 10 oz bag herbed stuffing cubes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan and topping
1 pound fresh pork country or breakfast sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 apples (I used Fuji apples), peeled, cored, and chopped
salt to taste
4 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned (2 cans)
1 1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms – Any type will do, but I used about 1 lb of bella mushrooms sliced, and 2 handfuls *accurate I know* of dried shitake mushrooms because they are very hearty
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the stuffing cubes in a large bowl and set aside.
Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.
In a small pot, add stock and bring to a boil. Add in dried shitake to rehydrate.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook until it loses most of its pink color, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and pan drippings to the stuffing cubes.
Melt the remaining butter in the pan. Add the onion, apple, mushrooms, and salt. Cook until the vegetables get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
Pour the vegetable mixture over the stuffing cubes and toss until evenly moistened.
Whisk the cream, eggs, and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl and add to stuffing mixture.
Transfer stuffing to prepared pan and cook uncovered until the top forms a crust, about 40 minutes. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the top. Cook until the top is crisp and golden, about 20 minutes more.

Enjoy!

Tomorrow morning before we head out, dessert!

Wii for $79!

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Bacon makes everything better

I woke up this morning and the house still smelled like bacon from last night. Mmmm! The potato salad turned out pretty well, so I thought I would share the recipe I used. It makes 2 quarts though (!!!!!) so be sure to halve the recipe if it is not for a big party/gathering. I got it from The Idaho Potato Commission which has lots of other great potato ideas too.

INGREDIENTS:

4 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled
1 pound bacon, crisply cooked, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (fat reserved, if desired)
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 cups grated or shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream (regular or low-fat)
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

Cook whole potatoes in boiling, unsalted water until tender. Refrigerate until chilled, then chop into one-inch pieces.
Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl along with the remaining ingredients and thoroughly combine. Add some of the reserved bacon fat if desired.
Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Adjust the seasoning prior to serving.

Note: Any condiments or toppings typically added to a loaded baked potato may be used for this recipe.

No Mo' NaBloPoMo

Bad me, I have failed. I didn’t post for the past 4 days! I couldn’t put this blog and the readers through my misery though. I’ve been dealing with killer sinus headaches every day and just couldn’t muster up the energy to write something. Nonetheless, it was a great exercise to get myself to regularly update my blog which was what I set out to do. Hopefully I can continue to keep this up and perhaps next year I’ll be able to get through the whole month. Halfway through the month isn’t too shabby!

Thankfully the headaches are starting to subside. I got some homeopathic pills that are supposed to help with it while we were out shopping at Henry’s the other night and they seem to be doing the trick. Now to get through Thanksgiving planning without bringing the headaches back. Tonight I made the loaded baked potato salad and tomorrow I am making the stuffing and apple and pear crisp. I also wanted to make a pumpkin roll from a recipe I got from Marie but it looks like I’ll be short on time. Perhaps for Christmas. Speaking of which, check out Marie’s blog because she is hosting a contest for the best Christmas decorated blog! The contest is called Deck the Blogs…cute name and even cuter prizes!

At the carwash

One of the best things I love about taking my car in at the dealership down the street from my work is that they wash your car for any service you bring the car in for…whether it’s major or minor. And believe me my car was in major need of a wash. So now my car will be nice and clean for free and I didn’t have to get dirty! I know some other dealerships do it too, but they’ll only do it if you spend $$$ on a major service, or will do a really crappy job on the wash. But they don’t!

I brought it in to get my tires aligned, but also wanted to have them check a service bulletin I recently got in the mail. I love the fact the guy knew immediately what I was saying when the only thing I had a chance to say was “letter in the mail from Honda.” Thankfully everything checked out okay and they extended the warranty on the part anyhow. Wheee. I can feel a little better driving in the car now. And it was done 2 hours EARLY. :)

Update: They even vacuumed the inside of my car! And it was so sparkly clean that Jason noticed it in the dark. Or does that just mean my car was previously really dirty? :P

Bah!

Jason left the wireless card at work and I need to resort to blogging on my phone and it sucks! SUCKS!!! So apologies that this post shall have to end here.

Kororinpa

Marble Madness! This is the first game I bought for the Wii (it was cheaper than the other ones I wanted) and it’s so much fun! It is deceptively cute with it’s graphics but it is a challenging game. It’s a puzzle game and the objective is that you control a marble object and maneuver it through the twists and turns of a puzzle maze. You spend the game tilting the wiimote all around to move the marble in the game. It’s tough because most of the puzzles have areas that don’t have walls and you can fall!

How cute is that right? As you go through the levels you also gain different marbles that you can use that have different characteristics. Some are easier to control, others move faster and are more difficult. Some are just downright silly. As I speak, Jason is using a panda shaped one that likes to fart a lot. Those damn crazy Japanese people!