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And the Winner is… August 9, 2009

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Congratulations Lana!

Please email me your address and I’ll send the book on its way. ūüôā

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Introducing Slughurf or What You Get When Your Toy Animals Get Frisky With Each Other June 26, 2009

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I have three toys. Well, I actually have more like 29073, but for these particular three I don’t have to pretend that they were acquired with the children in mind. So, anyway, I have three toys I keep in a Christmas gift bag in my closet. First there is The Frog:

'How YOU doing?!'

'How YOU doing?!'

The girls have bought this for me at some point, knowing I like frogs and thinking a big headed flirty frog was just what I needed.

'SAY WHAT?!!!'

'SAY WHAT?!!!'

Oh, you weren’t trying to hit on me? So sorry, must’ve missread¬†the ‘come hither’ look in your eyes and wiggly eyebrows…

Then, there is The Giraffe:

'Aren't I just the cuddliest?!'

'Aren't I just the cuddliest?!'

He joined us one summer from the San Diego Zoo. Saw him in the gift shop and HAD to have him; so I bought him. What? Haven’t YOU ever walked away with a $12 souvenir? Anyway, moving on…

Then came The Snail, a stocking stuffer from Santa:

'Help, I'm falling!'

'Help, I'm falling!'

It is a Playmobil 1-2-3 toddler toy that comes with a little baby to sit and rock on him. It is also a rattle. He’s very cute and I wish they had all these 1-2-3 toys when my kids were little. They were just coming out with them back then and all we had were two people, a girl and a boy, that my daughter would take with her everywhere. I wonder what happened to those? I must look for them…

Uh, right. Back to the original story. So, these are my three toys. The toys that were spending a little too much time together in a bag. In the closet. Most of the time in the dark.

I’ve never seen my¬†daughter’s¬†eyes quite so big and the look of disbelief on her face when we showed her this:

'Hi there!'

'Hi there!'

¬†She was just mouthing ‘How?’ over and over, shaking her head in amazement, while having difficulty breathing from laughing so hard. ‘What¬†IS that????’ was the¬†first thing that came out of her mouth once she had recovered her power of speech. Good question! It has the shape of The Snail, but it has The Frog’s eyes and also the texture and coloring of The Giraffe. So, what is it? Apparently it’s a Slughurf. They are a rare species, but they are out there. If you want to prevent having to deal with a Slughurf infestation, I recommend not keeping your frogs, giraffe and snail toys cooped up in a bag in the closet all winter long. Freaky things¬†could happen.

'HUH???'

'HUH???'

Time to restock my freezer March 20, 2009

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Well, this week I have realized I had already used my last little bag of pre-cooked ground meat, the starter of about half of the recipes I cook on a regular basis. I usually buy the 20oz prepackaged ground turkey, either the lean or extra lean depending on which is on sale.

This time it was the extra lean. I got four trays and cooked them in two batches, each with a very large chopped onion. As soon as the meat is browned (no more pink), I drain the fat , cool the mixture and divide into several small freezer bags. Two trays give me about 8-9 portions, so each individual bag would be about 4-5 oz, I guess.

I freeze the bags and when I need them, I just take out of the freezer, smack it a couple of times with a hammer to crumble it and proceed with my recipe. I never bother to defrost them. I keep a hammer near the kitchen and call it my ‘defroster’. ūüôā

Here are four of the baggies already frozen

Here are four of the baggies already frozen

Summer Food June 2, 2008

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I love pasta salads in the summer. My salads are never the same. It all depends on what I have in the house when I make them. Here is the one I made last weekend.

Dressing:

In a jar mix the following ingredients and shake well:

2 tsp olive oil

2 Tbsp spicy vinegar (from a pepperoncini jar)

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 cup low-fat chicken stock

For a fat-free dressing omit the olive oil.

Pasta Salad

1-1 1/2 pounds cooked tri-color spiral pasta

1-2 cups of cherry tomatoes halved

1 cup of kalamata olives halved

1-2 cups of frozen corn, defrosted

1-2 cups of frozen peas, defrosted

1 15 oz. cans of red kidney beans, rinsed

1 15oz cans of garbanzo beans, rinsed

1/2 small onion sliced thin

 

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, pour the dressing over and mix well. Chill before serving.

Sometimes I add grated cheese and cubes of ham or sausage to make it a whole meal.

 

 

 

My excuse? June 2, 2008

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