Skip to main content

Westward Ho!

The trip was relatively uneventful until day 2. We had decided to push on into Shamrock, TX. We found a hotel room and turned on the weather channel. The little people on the TV began talking about a winter storm that was sweeping through Amarillo, TX and parts of New Mexico. Sections of I-40 were already closing. We decided to sleep on it and figure out what to do in the morning. OK- that's not exactly what happened....I dissolved into tears and Devin did his best to calm me down. After a 20 minute crying jag I decided there was nothing I could do about it and fell asleep.
The next morning we got back in the truck and pushed on farther west on I-40. We got almost to Amarillo, thinking we had seen the worst of the storm. We made our exit onto highway 87 and began the final leg of our journey. We were 5 hours from our new home.
We stopped for lunch in a charming little hamlet just outside of Clayton, NM. It was a little country cooking place that looked warm. As I was eating my grilled cheese, I noticed it was starting to snow outside.
By the time we drove about 15 miles up the road and through Clayton, we observed a state patrol car blocking the road. The awfully nice (and very chilly looking) man told us the road was closed. We also found out every other road between us and Alamosa was iced over as well. After sitting in the truck ruminating over things, we decided to get a hotel and see what happened the next day.
It turns out that the other 382 people in front of and behind us had the same idea. The Super8 hotel was running out of rooms fast....

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Carrot Cake!!!!!!

I made my very first ever from scratch homemade cake at 7,500 feet above sea level today. I have made many homemade cakes before, but that was back home in Savannah, which is practically 2 feet below sea level.

After many dismal failures (including box mixes) I have finally made a cake from scratch that turned out decent. No- better than decent. I think this is the best cake I've ever made. No joke.

It all started when my fried Emmy posted on her blog about receiving as a gift from her hubby, a copy of "The Joy of Cooking." By the way, you should go read her blog. She is nauseatingly multi-talented. She cooks and knits beautifully, as well as a bunch of other stuff I learn about every freakin' time I read her blog. So go over to her blog right now.

Anyhoo...she read the high altitude instructions and cranked out a beautiful red velvet cake that made me drool. After reading that, I decided it was time to stop being a wuss about baking at high altitude and try a…

Sunday Love...

This is what Sunday morning looked like at our house. I was inspired by some beautiful strawberries I bought at the store yesterday, so I wanted to make a special breakfast.

What says "I Love You" more than a stack of hot, homemade buttermilk pancakes???



Well, I'll tell you what. A stack of hot, homemade buttermilk Strawberries Romanoff Pancakes with Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Sauce. That's what.



A very good friend of mine from back home in Savannah, Jared, sent me for an engagement gift a year subscription to "Southern Living" magazine. He explained that he didn't want me to "forget how to be Southern." Although it is doubtful that I will EVER not be Southern, it was a very sweet gift. And I must admit I was so excited the day it landed in our mailbox that I had to fight every instinct in my Southern body not to plop on the couch right then and there and read it cover to cover and commit it to memory.

In the April 2009 issue of "Southern L…

Gouda Mac and Cheese

IMG_1102, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. Dev loves gouda cheese.
We had a hunk of it in our fridge.
So...I decided to make mac and cheese out of it.
Unfortunately, I wasn't going by a recipe, so I can't tell you exactly how I did it. I can give you a blow by blow, but that's about it.
I started by sauteeing an onion in olive oil and butter (if I had to guess at amounts, I'd say maybe a couple of tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil). Oh- and I started boiling the elbow pasta. I boiled about half a pound of pasta for 8 minutes, then drained it.
Back at the cheese sauce...
After the onions had softened (about maybe 5 minutes), I added flour. How much? I have no idea- maybe a quarter cup? I let it cook like a roux for about 5 minutes. I added a little salt and a few drops of hot sauce at this point. I had managed to eek 2 cups of dairy liquid out of my fridge- I had about 1/2 cup of 2% milk, about 1 cup of half and half and maybe 1/2 cup of white wine. …