Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just Checking In (with heavy sarcasm)

I got a brand new laptop in November, but failed to install an anti-virus program on it, and I'll bet you know where I am going with this.
Yes, so, my blogging/Facebook/email machine is getting a root canal and I get her back today!

In other news, the POTUS is giving a speech today, about 20 minutes from my house. How exciting for those who give a flip!
And along with my increased sarcasm, we apparently are all going to get FREE college, ponies, and trampolines!
Because that's what's FAIR. 

Okay, that's it for me today.
Regular blogging will resume soon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Comfortable Top YOU Can Make for UNDER $10 in About 30 Minutes!

 Oh, I am simply squealing to tell you about something I made recently!
You'll want to whip out your sewing machines and whip
one up for yourself and all your loved ones, just as soon as you can.
You really, really will.

Take a look!

 Now, really...have you ever seen anything more cute and COMFORTABLE?
No, no you have not.

K-Man calls it my Mike Tyson top.
My mom thinks I look like a hippie.
All true!

Plus, it hides muffin tops, a lack of bra, and all-around roly-poly flappiness.

All it takes is a yard of comfy fabric (I got mine at Walmart for about $5!).
And I made it late one night when I couldn't sleep.
I think it took me about 30 minutes.

Look, it's just a big square.  You can do this!
It's just so awesome.

You can find out how to make it HERE.

And if you do make one (and you will), please email me a pic!
I'd love to see your creations!
(And I'll even post it here, with your permission.)

Happy EASY sewing, my friends!
And a big THANK YOU to my fabulous photographer, Lucy.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Friend and Her Crazy Notions

Let this be a learning experience for all of us:

When you get all caught up in New Year's resolutions,
and eagerly buy stuff online, with pipe-dreams in tow, they take you seriously
and send you your order.
They don't chuckle and say, "Oh,'re going to keep your resolution...
sure you are..." then wad up your order and throw it in the trash.
They don't do that.
They go right ahead and send it to you.
Never mind the fact that by January 11th, you've all but long forgotten about it.
But, open your mailbox, and like a punch in the gut,
there it is.

That's what happened to a friend of mine.

I'll keep you posted on this...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Baked Potato Soup

 If you must know, my frustrations regarding all things internet and computer, and the like,
are running deep.  Real deep.
All I can say is, the cyber and technology world is dead to  me.
That's all.

But, I press on.
 For my people, I press on, and promise not to be distracted by pesky things like,
new blog headers, new photo editing, and new ANYTHING.

What I DO have for you is this.
A lovely and delicious Baked Potato Soup recipe!

No, you won't find a printable format...because, that seems impossible in my little world.
But if you'd like to copy & paste it to an email or document, 
I'll betcha you can beat this apparent curse I have with such things!

My apologies for not having a detailed photo gallery of the making of this soup.
I have no time for such details!


18-20 potatoes
4-6 (or more!) strips of bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
32 oz. chicken stock
2 cups milk and/or cream
salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, to taste
shredded cheddar cheese

The first thing I did, early in the day, was bake about 20 potatoes.
Now, this recipe makes about 12 hearty servings of soup, so if you don't need that much,
you know the drill, cut it in half.
 375 degrees for about 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The advantage of baking the potatoes are many.
1. You can do it in advance.
2.  You can save a potato or two, or however many, for other uses.
(Potato salad, twice baked potatoes, fried potatoes, let your imagination run wild.)
3. They're so super easy to peel vs. raw potatoes!
And how we do love easy.

Once your potatoes are baked and cooled,
in a large heavy bottom pot, fry 4-6 (or 12) strips of bacon.  Crispy-crisp!
Remove bacon, and set aside...but keep the grease in the pot!
Add a couple tablespoons of butter.
Butter is love.
So is bacon grease.

Dice a small onion, two stalks of celery, three carrots, and two cloves of garlic.
Throw it all into your medium-hot pot.
Throw in some salt, pepper, and a dash or two of cayenne pepper. 
Let that mixture of deliciousness saute for about ten minutes.
Then add 1/4 cup flour, mix and cook for a few minutes.
Add 32 oz. of good chicken stalk.  
Stir and bring to a slight boil.

While that's happening,
get yourself busy roughly cutting up those (peeled) potatoes!
Then add them to the pot, BUT RESERVE THREE diced potatoes.
I'll tell you why soon.

Heat all of that thoroughly, then take a hand blender and blend it all smooth!
(Or CAREFULLY pour into a regular blender.)
Or I suppose you could just mash it all up with a potato masher.
Add the remaining diced potato.
See, this gives you both a smooth potato texture, AND some potato chunks.
It's the best of both worlds.

Lastly, add in approximately two cups of half & half.
Or all milk.  Or all cream.
Whatever suits your fancy.

Keep stirring and warm all the way through.
Give it a taste and adjust the salt/pepper accordingly.

Top with cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, and chives.
Serve with a warm crusty banquette.
And live happily ever after. 


OH, and adding some croutons on top...OUTSTANDING.

Make a big batch this weekend and eat the leftovers for lunch next week!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dodging Possums and Bad Bras

Here's a list of things that I've done this week, thus far:

1.  Wore a new bra that was not only NOT an 18-hour bra...but wasn't even a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute bra.  (Could not wait to fling that thing across the room at the end of the day!)

2.  I almost stepped on a frozen possum while feeding my chickens.  Long story.

3.  Held up the pick-up line at school because I had to clean up a pile of poo that my little Oliver left for me under the seat.  (Rethinking his liberties while going bye-bye with me.)

4.  I received this shipment of DELICIOUSNESS!
I'm not much of a candy bar person, but I'm telling you, THESE are such a wonderful treat that I had to buy a whole pack of them (I only eat a few six or seven squares a they will last a good long time, and well worth the price!).  And now they're neatly hidden away, just for ME.  Buy some for yourself.  You'll thank me!  Go here:

(Six BIG bars!  And cheaper than Whole Foods. ;)

5.  I started following my sister's new fitness blog!  You should too! 

6.  I woke up at 2 AM on Tuesday, with THE worst tummy ache, then hurled it all away, again and again.  UGH!  I spent the whole day in bed, completely wiped out.

7.  And thanks to #6, I am well on my way to crossing off my weight-loss resolution.  Haha, take THAT, diet and exercise!

8.  I'm back up and running now and ready to face today!

That's all.  And that's enough!  I hope YOUR week is going splendidly.  And never forget, life is too short for uncomfortable bras, a lack of chocolate, or dodging frozen possums.  You can quote me on that.

Love you, deary friends!!

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