Monthly Archives: July 2012

True Blood, Two days Too Late

Does anyone out there still watch True Blood?

I caught up on the last few episodes last night and I am a bit miffed.

So, let me make sure that I am getting things right-

Eric and Bill are “prisoners” of The Authority but not really prisoners and The Authority is no longer The Authority, they are just a group of vampires tripping their balls off on Lilith Blood? (BTW, where can I get some of that? Reminds me of my younger years) Eric had a hallucination of his maker- Godrich, the man child- who told him that they were being assholes and to kill his sister?

Bill has finally grown some balls and is all aboard the human eating band wagon because he feels guilty about pretty much everything. It’s nice to see him finally grow a pair. Even if he’s a complete simp, I hope they finally do SOMETHING with him that involves personality.

(I feel like the whole- Bomb the True Blood Factories Story-line is amusing. It’s probably the next step the Arizona Government is going to take against baby formula.)

I love Pam. She’s great. If I was a vamp, I would be a lot like her in personality, but not  in the following Eric around like an idiot way. Ok, maybe in that way too. Take it for what you will.


She and Tara are adorable, although, I don’t think that I am properly upset about the whole Tara thing. She has always been one of my favorite characters so having her turned just ensures a story line for her. I am pleased.

I don’t really even want to acknowledge the Sooki story line but I feel like I have to. The first few years of the show have been focused mostly on her and took way to long to get to the God Damn Point. She’s Sooki. She’s a Fairy. She has big teeth. Yay.

She has the same look on her face in every frickin picture. 

It took how long to prove she was a fae, and now she wants to waste all her powers? Oh, uh huh! I have spent to much time out of my life waiting for them to finally come out with it and you are not giving it up that easily! I hope that vampire hunts her down.

I know that she’s meant to be country- but this show just implies that she has never read a book in her life. Am I the only one who thinks that her habit of “wandering” into trouble and hoping to be saved is getting tiresome?  Gee, lets go form  a psycic circle and see if we can connect with the big bad. I sure hope he doesn’t come find me..lalalala.. 

Everyone else is everyone else. Arlene is high strung about Terry, Layfette is fabulous in all ways, Jason is awesome. Flat out.

No one else is important enough to remember.

So is that right? Why am I watching this show again? Better yet, why did I just take 20 minutes to write out a short summary?
It’s like a train wreck that I can’t stop looking at and it’s one of the few things that Hub and I actually get to do together. We have been a little Lost since Lost… Sigh.

Maybe we should try Breaking Bad.. I’ve heard good things.

 

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“Lifestyle” change

“Lifestyle”
It’s a term that really can encompass a whole manner of sins isn’t it?  What is our Lifestyle? Is our lifestyle defined by our jobs? Houses? Sexuality? Education level? Economic Standing? Skin Color? DNA?  or is it something that is flexible with our personality?

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Ollo Childrens

I have been bad. I have been very remiss in blogging about the nonsense that is going on in my life. This is mostly because the nonsense is nonsense and I don’t find much of it to be riveting enough for you to read about it.  That being said, I am working on a few new projects.

After my recent blow out with The Hub, there have been changes and there have been things that stayed the same. We are considering some lifestyle changes, most of which I am sure I will be posting on here. Let’s just say that things around the house are “in transition”.

I have some rants and raves to post, a majority of which will be alcohol infused and hopefully hilarious. (My expectations for witty comments is about as low as my alcohol tolerance)

Since I just finished a wonderful Saturday lunch at work, I figure now is the best time to get started on all that, except the alcohol part, I can’t do that at work.

I know, I know… you are all on the edge of your seats, awaiting my every word with baited breath..

If you find that you can’t wait (which I’m sure you won’t) you could always follow me on Twitter. See, it’s right there.. Just click it.  While I don’t have a ton of time to write blog posts, there is always time for me to re-tweet  the  thoughts of others. LOL.

I’m useless.

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Another Extremely Easy Recipe

Crispy Onion Coated Chicken with Gravy and Loaded Mashed Potatoes 15 Min prep, 20 Min Cook.

First off, let me apologize for the poor photo quality. My  real camera went dead so I was forced to use the camera on my phone, which is less than optimal. Of course, the one time I have the presence of mind to take pics through out the process, I am without the right tools.

This recipe is another of our every-other-week eats. It’s super easy and pretty cheap to put together.  We usually have enough leftovers for Hub to take it to work for lunch, so that’s a Win as well.

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Tension on the Homefront

Things have been a bit tense around our house lately. Hub and I seem to be at odds about quite a few things and I am running out of ways to be nonchalant about it.

For four years I have been begging Hub to get a different job. He works over night at a hotel, doesn’t make much money and is, in my opinion, wasting his professional abilities on a job that will never take him anywhere.
Working over night has allowed him to stay home during the day with Special K. This has saved us a shit ton on daycare, but it may well be costing us our marriage. Continue reading

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Some Light Summer Reading

Gotta be better than 50 Shades….

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Hey, Look what I did!

Saturday has rolled around again, thus it is time for me to review my week and inform you of all the fabulous achievements I have achieved!
I know, that sentence is so well written it astounds me too. 

I will admit, I haven’t exactly been dogging myself to accomplish my goal list this week, but I feel like I did pretty decent.  Continue reading

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Another Extremely Easy Recipe

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potatoes – 20 min. prep, 40 min. cook

The word YUM does not begin to describe this dish. Special K and The Hub are big fans of anything involving Meat and Potatoes. Add Cheese and they will be your best friends for at least the duration of the meal.

Smoked Sausage is something I generally have on hand. When they are on sale it’s usually a BOGO or something like that. It’s an easy food that defrosts quickly when I forget to pull something out the night before, therefore it is one of my best friends always.

The sausage has saved my life a few times.  *hehehe

To make this ultra yum dish you need a few simple things that are usually on hand in your kitchen. 

  • 3 cups idaho potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool, approx. 1 lb (I usually use fresh potatoes but last night I used canned, precooked and sliced white potatoes) 
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 lb give or take Velveeta cheese, diced
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb skinless smoked sausage (Hillshire Farm is my favorite brand, we prefer the all beef or turkey sausages)
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
First thing you want to do is pre-heat your oven to 350.
(Make sure you check it first for any toys, pans, socks, cats, or other small woodland creatures that may have found their way in without your knowledge.)

Second thing you want to do is cut up your sausage. Toss the slices into a skillet and let them cook until they start to turn brown. This will help bring out the flavor. 
(I like to cut my sausage into little half moons, just under bite size. While I do this, I also like to laugh maniacally and use an unnecessarily large knife. Hub finds this very disturbing. I’m ok with that.)  

While your sausage is cooking, warm the Milk, Butter, Salt, Pepper and Flour in a sauce pan on around medium heat, depending on the stove.
Be sure to mix the flour with a bit of milk before adding it to the whole sauce pan. Blend them together with a fork until there are no lumps.
(This is called a Ru, if you are from the South) 

Once you have blended the Ru with the rest of the Milk, add your Velveeta. I use about 1/2 lb but you can go more or less, depending on how cheesy you want it.

Let the mixture cook until it starts to get thick and all the cheese is melted.

Make sure to check on your sausage and turn it as needed while you are stirring your Ru.

While those two are on the stove, pour your taters into a non-stick 2qt casserole dish or a 9×9 baking pan (that’s what I did) 

Add your browned sausage to the taters. Give it a gentle toss, being careful not to break the potatoes.

Now, add your thickened cheese sauce.

Top it all with the shredded cheddar and a sprinkling of paprika.

Now, pop it all in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, until the cheese on top is browned.

I like to leave mine in until the cheese is on the slightly burnt side. That’s my favorite part. 

I served it with a mixed green salad and some various fresh veggies from the community garden. I love tomato season!

We had friends pop in at the same time I was taking this out of the oven.  It smelled so good that they were begging me to send some home with them. So, now I am minus a few forks and Tupper-ware containers but may have gained a few new regular dinner guests.

It was all so DELISH! I hope you all enjoy as much as we did.

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My Not-so-big Break

Lately, I have been thinking of making a career change. Not that I don’t love what I do. I am completely enamored with where I work and the people you work with. Unfortunately, these bones are getting older and I don’t think I can handle the physical requirements that come with off site catering anymore. It’s to much lifting and carrying of large equipment.

I would much rather be resting those same bones on a big comfy couch in a very large mansion. I’m not getting any closer to that dream either.

As I was pondering my next move an old contact of mine invited for an interview with a very prominent company in my area. I figured what the hell and went in with very low expectations. I didn’t expect anything from it so I was very comfortable during the interview. Things went very, very well and I walked out  with my expectations growing a bit.

Expectations continued to grow as I went back for a second interview with another manager.

Then another interview.

And then another interview.

And then, I was made an offer conditional to a background and credit check. A huge salary bump and I was through the roof! OMG!!

And then, I was told that my credit score was to low and they could not officially extend the offer.

Uhm.. what?

Wait a minute. Did you just say what I thought you said? Because I know you didn’t just tell me that you are going to overlook 10 years of professional experience and countless hours slaving away at shit ass jobs to earn my resume because 18 year old me was stupid enough to co-sign on my mothers car, which was repossessed in 2006? Is that really what I just heard?

The guy spent 2 weeks talking me up to his boss and at least 6 hours talking the job up to me. I was born to run that place! I could have run circles around the old managers and done wonderful things for their clientele.

It just blows my mind that I was passed on this. Blows my MIND! Hub says it’s their loss. I’m still fighting the urge to go burn the building down. (Not Really, that’s not premeditation. I don’t mean it)

My go-to inner monologue tends to be on the negative side but I’m trying to be a bit more positive. So, instead of lighting a match, I will try to keep in mind that I am very blessed as I am. My life is pretty great, I have a wonderful (if a bit smelly) home with a loving family. I am employed and in good health. There are many who have much less.

This whole episode has got me thinking that maybe the universe is trying to teach me something else. Maybe instead of learning how to live in a great big mansion I am supposed to learn how to move heavy equipment without killing myself?  Maybe I should go back to school? Maybe I should become an evil super villain, take over the world and then BURN THAT DAMN PLACE DOWN……

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An Extremely Easy Recipe

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Every family has their own recipe for Beef Stroganoff. This is mine.
We have this about every other week. I usually try to space things out a bit more than that but the first time I made this The Hub put his foot down and demanded that we have this weekly. We compromised with every other. This is the one of the few recipes that Special K cleans her plate and asks for seconds on.

Beef Stroganoff 

1lb of Ground Beef- I use 93/7% but you can use what you want. You can also sub Turkey or Stew Beef.
1 Medium Onion, sliced and diced
2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Packet of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
1 Medium Size Daisy Sour Cream
1 Tbs Flour
1 Tbs Lawrys Season Salt
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Milk

Start by browning your meat in a large skillet. Once it’s done, drain it.
While your meat is draining, throw the onion in the Skillet. Stir them around with the Garlic Powder and let them caramelize*
While the onions are cooking and your beef is draining, mix the Soup Mix and Flour with 1 cup of water

Mix all the goodness together and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The liquid will cook down a bit during this process.
Add your sour cream and give it a good stir. Add some salt to taste.

All Done!

I serve my Stroganoff over Egg Noodles and garnish with Parmesan Cheese.

Of course, you have to have your veggies with every meal and I am a firm believer that the only veg that should ever be served with Stroganoff is Green Beans.

“Beans, Beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot, the more you toot, the better you feel so let’s have beans for every meal! ”  K can’t resist singing the song.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Sadly, that is not my pic up there. We ate all of it before I had the presence of mind to take a pic. It was so good.

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