Friday, October 29, 2010
last night
Me: Trin, tomorrow is Friday! Aren't you excited? The weekend is coming up!

Trin: No. I wish there wasn't school on Friday... or Monday. We should only have school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Me: I completely agree. We shouldn't have to work on Friday and Monday either. No school and no work!

Trin: And no dumb stupid math.

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so eloquently put by katehopeeden at 5:55 AM
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Red Princess Detective
There is a little imaginative girl who lives in my house. Every day when I come home from work and peek into her room, she is off on an adventure. Sometimes it is with her nose buried into a book that she is reading outloud to her dog who is curled up at her feet, sometimes it is in a very involved game including every barbie doll she owns, and sometimes it is in one of the many journals she draws in. She will blip back into my reality long enough to smile and say hi before reentering her own little mind space and blocking out everything not imperative to what she is doing. I softly close her door and go into the kitchen to start dinner. I'm always a little envious that she gets to stay behind.

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so eloquently put by katehopeeden at 7:00 AM
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Song of the day - Cover Me

And Cover me yeah, And I walk alone
And Cover me yeah, And my stance it stumbles home
And Cover me yeah, And trip on through the sands of time
And cover me, 'Cause I've been branded
I've lost my mind yeah, Lost my mind yeah
But you'll cover me yeah won't you give me shelter from the storm

And Over me yeah, You fade into the night
And Over me yeah, You melt into the light
And Over me yeah, You will fear the things I need
And Over me, You will feel the hate I breed
You're under me, And you will question my authority
You're under me, And you will lose almost everything
You know, You're under me, You will feel the pain I wanna bring you
You're under me, You never change, Never change not a fucking thing
Not a, a fucking thing
But you - you'll cover me, Yeah, give me shelter from the storm

Cover me, Cover me
Won't you, Cover me
Cover me, Don't you
Cover me, Cover me
Give me shelter from the storm

Oh yeah, No no no
People push and shove on time, I give it to you
What I have is what is mine I feel it for you
You've got to cover me
You've got to cover me
People take & people steal, I have it for you
What I have is what I fear, I fear it for you
You've got to cover me, 'Cause I've been branded
A broken man, A Broken man
But you'll cover me, yeah
Won't you give me
Shelter from the storm
Cover me, Cover me
Won't you, Cover me
Cover me, Don't you
Cover me, Cover me
Give me shelter from the storm

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I'm not listing excuses this time. Ya'll already know all the reasons I sometimes vanish from here.
Some bullets...

**I am working on some interesting bread recipes. Mostly stuffed with cool things like pesto or cinnamon, sugar and raisins. I am trying to do a double recipe of the french bread dough I like the most right now and experiment with it. Recipes will be here as soon as I get them just the way I like and take some photos. Stay tuned.

**In that vein, I started watching How To Cook Your Life last night amidst groans and "Maaa-oooom, this is SOOOO boring" from the girls. Now I want The Tasajara Bread Book... really any of these books. I only got to watch about twenty minutes because it was bedtime but the atmosphere was so interesting.

**I am listening to Eckhart Tolle's The Journey Into Yourself on my ipod right now. I read A New Earth last year and learned a lot but didn't really internalize as much of it as I thought I had and in listening to Journey, I am being reminded of a lot of things I had let fall by the wayside.

**Please do not be surprised if fifteen years from now I am living with Buddhist monks in India.

**I still have a whopping secret I am keeping from most of you that I can't wait to write about. Soon my pretties, soon.

**Halloween party is this weekend. If you are local, I better see your ass there :-) The girls and I are going as a coven of witches. I am so totally taking a family photo of us in our costumes. I may just use it as our Christmas card.

**I have another book idea. Ok, admitedly, I have a really great beginning and end to a book. The middle hasn't come to me yet. It's really from a dream I had a long time ago.

**I woke up with Candlebox's Cover Me in my head three times last night.

**My sister is having a little boy in February. It is so strange to see her pregnant. There is something about seeing your siblings have children that makes them become grownups in your eyes. I went by her new house yesterday, they will be moving in in the next few weeks. If trying not to control you sister's life is this hard, I can't even imagine how hard it will be with my own chidren.

**The weather is beautiful. Highs in the eighties and lows in the sixties. We've had about a month of it and I am just in heaven.

**Amanda wants a bass guitar for her birthday.


so eloquently put by katehopeeden at 5:47 AM
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Thursday, October 07, 2010
Enchiladas and Spanish rice for my sister
Cast of characters... half of an onion, jalapeno, salsa, white rice, oil, shredded cheddar cheese, corn tortillas, tomato bouillon, chicken bouillon (not pictured), enchilada sauce, a tomato and cilantro (optional and not pictured)...

Dice up the onion... you can use a whole medium onion if you like a lot of onions... If you have access to fresh jalapenos, just buy one or two (unless you want more spice, I never use more than one) and clean them and dice them up as well.

Next you will want to put two table spoons of oil into a deep skillet or a pot over medium heat. I use a skillet that is two inches deep, probably ten inches wide. Heat oil slightly, not to where it wants to explode when you throw something in there, just enough to where it moves around in the pan easily. Add one and a half cups of rice and stir occasionally to keep it from burning. Making Spanish rice is an art, I swear. Half the time I make it, it's fabulous and sometimes it flops, it's like the first pancake, except you don't get to make two :-) See how the rice is starting to turn white, that's what we want.

Now we are going to add the onions and jalapenos. You can add a diced fresh tomato here as well if you like, but we are going to add salsa later so you don't have to. You'll want to stir almost constantly because the onions and tomato will want to stick and you don't want to. Also, at this point, everything's gotten pretty hot so you want to keep it from burning. Your rice should start to brown a little, but not too much. Maybe two or three minutes of stirring before we add the bouillon.

You want one cube of chicken bouillon and one cube of tomato bouillon. Mush them up with your stirring spoon as quickly as possible and get them mixed in. As soon as you do, you may notice everything is wanting to stick at this point, add three cups of water, stir it all up and lower the heat to medium low.

Now I have a theory that you should only have the rice covered up about three fourths of the time that you are cooking it so that it doesn't end up mushy. I want it cooked all the way but not too much. So I usually uncover mine several times through out the process and check on it. When I think it's time, I leave the lid off so the rest of the liquid can escape, like I said, it's an art. In the bottom left photo, you can see what the consistency of the rice was when I uncovered it. I added 1/3 to 1/2 cup of salsa to it and stirred it up and lowered the heat to low to cook the remaining liquid out of it.

Now, while you were letting the rice cook, you needed to be starting the enchiladas. For this, you will want a 9x13 glass pan. It doesn't have to be glass, but it's better this way. Trust me. Poor a third of the can of enchilada sauce into the pan and make sure it is coating the bottom.
Wrap about fifteen tortillas into a few paper towels and microwave them for about two minutes. You want them to be hot enough to be pliable but not so hot that you make them hard. If you roll it, it shouldn't break. In each tortilla, put about two tablespoons of cheese and roll it up and set it in the pan. You can do two layers of enchiladas for a total of thirty. Drizzle remaining sauce over enchiladas and then sprinkle with cheese.

Bake in the oven at 350 for about twenty minutes or until the cheese on top is melted and you are confident that they are hot and then EAT! SOOOO good :-)

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so eloquently put by katehopeeden at 4:52 PM
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