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The Time Has Come...

The time has come for the Country Bob's Original Sauce Cook-off.

A few weeks ago, Diane and I were contacted by someone over at Country Bob's, asking if we would like some free sauce in exchange for a blog entry after we cooked with it. After a brief discussion, we decided to do it. After all, it's summer, it's the Cavalcade of Fun, and what else do we have to do anyway??

We decided we would each make a different recipe, hopefully pretty different from each other, then blog the results.

Tonight is the night of the challenge.

I have pork cubes in the ice box, marinating away, waiting for their chance to be impaled on a stick and grilled with veggies and fruit. Diane is going to do a reduction and use it on some fish.

I'll post some pics here, and link to the post on the other blog.

Wish me luck!!!

And Here's Another One...

I'm sure it's not a shock to anyone that I'm not the easiest person to live with. Dev has learned this the hard way over the last 2 years.

This song kinda sums up the way I think he thinks about the whole situation....

And yes, I'm stuck on the Bangles tonight.

Separation Anxiety

I severely underestimated how hard it would be to leave Devin for 6 weeks.

As I was listening to my imeem playlist of 80's songs, I came across a song that sorta reminds me of Dev...

I will attempt to embed it here....

Family Dinner

IMG_2036, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. I miss Dev like crazy...but nights like this make me so glad I was able to come home for an extended visit.

We had everyone over for pizza tonight. Dogs, kids, friends- the whole lot..... It was a great night!!

Cavalcade of Fun on the Road

Friday, Di and I decided to scrape ourselves off the couch and take a trip to Bluffton, SC.

She had heard about a neat thrift store there where Habitat for Humanity sells building materials it can't use in its houses.

As a side trip, we were going to meet her friend Doug for lunch. He chose the Maye River Grille. What a great suggestion!

I ordered the blackened catfish. It came with perfectly steamed veggies and a new potato.



Di had the crabcakes and Doug had the cheese/sausage tortellini. Everyone's meal was great. We sat at the bar, where we could watch the food being prepared. What a treat that was! The kitchen is not huge, but very efficient. The food we saw coming out of there made our mouths water. Next time I go, I'll spend more time watching the cooking before I order my meal. And I'll also go at night, where the standard bar treat is crispy fried potatoes sprinkled with gorganzola cheese. What's not to like about that?

A million thanks to Doug for s…

Crazy Weather

Right after Diane, Suzanne and I left for Atlanta on Thursday, a tornado touched down not far from my house.

Thursday morning I was running around town and decided to take some pics of the damage.

Here is a church with the steeple sitting in the front yard instead of on the top, where they put it.



And here's a huge tree that crashed though someone's garage.




After documenting the storm damage, I got hungry and decided it was time for my weekly sushi fix. Here's my lunch from Sushi Time Towa...



I'm almost caught up, one day's posting left to go!!!

Chris

Chris...

I've been friends with Chris only slightly less time than I've been friends with Lizard. I met her in 9th grade, and I met Chris in 10th grade.

There are certain people you meet in life with whom you instantly connect. Chris is one of those people for me. From the first day he tranferred to my high school, we were fast friends. Our relationship has seen its share of ups and downs. Sometimes we are exactly what the other one needs, and other times we are awful for/to each other. So goes a great friendship, I suppose.

Chris came and picked me up at Diane's office Monday afternoon. He lives in Statesboro now, because he teaches in the Interior Design department at Georgia Southern University.

I didn't take many pics during our visit, because frankly we were too busy talking. I think we talked non-stop between Monday around 4pm and Wednesday around 1pm, when he dropped me off at home. But that's what we were supposed to do. We had lots of catching up to …

Lizard

Friday morning, the girls dropped me off at the Jimmy Carter exit off I-85, where Lizard came and picked me up.

Lizard (her real name is Lisanne, but I've called her Lizard as long as I can remember) and I have been friends since high school. I'm not sure what else to say about that. A friendship that has lasted that long sort of defies description.

Not long after I confirmed my plans to travel home for the summer, I emailed Lizard a blog post written by Adam over at Amateur Gourmet. In the post he waxes poetic about the dining scene in Atlanta. Here is a link to that specific post. There were a number of restaurants in the post I had never visited, so I suggested when we formulated our plan of attack for the weekend, we include a few of them in our battle strategy.

I was especially interested in Watershed, a restaurant in downtown Decatur. At different times in my life I have spent lots of time crawling around this area. I have always loved it because it is ever changing…

April and Jerry....

As you know, Diane, Suzanne and I headed on a road trip to Atlanta last weekend. The first leg of the trip was a visit to April and Jerry's house in Lawrenceville.

I have known Jerry since college- April and I became friends after I moved into the apartment building next to hers about 3 years ago (before I moved to Colorado).

After they got married, they bought a house and moved to Lawrenceville, which is just outside of Atlanta. The house is beautiful and they have a wonderful garden and backyard. Dev is very jealous of the backyard and garden.

Anyhoo- we had a great time staying with them. Here are some pics of the evening...

April's dog, Bruiser, showing a stuffed squirrel who's boss...



Jerry's dog, Love, posing for the camera...



Di fixed dinner for us. I was too busy being lazy....



After dinner, Jerry fell asleep on the couch, so April, Di, Suz and I sat on the back deck. There were many trampoline demonstrations and much talk...



That was my big trampoline trick. Im…

Procrastination.....

I'm still trying to make myself sit down and write some real blog posts. I just keep thinking of little blurbs I want to talk about, and being the type of instant gratification person I am, I am going to give in and post this first.

A while back I posted about imeem.com.

I fell out of love with imeem temporarily, because after spending hours scouring their music files and compiling several playlists, many of my selections shrunk down to 30 second sound bites instead of whole songs. This was not acceptable.

A few months ago, I received an email from the fine folks at imeem, saying they had improved the sight and had a much better supply of whole songs to put on playlists.

I gave them another try, and they delivered what they promised.

I like imeem because if you're like me and don't have music loaded on your laptop and you haven't been able to justify the purchase of an iPod, as long as you have an internet connection, you can listen to your song lists at imeem. They ha…

A Mental Tangent

Before I sit down and begin the arduous task of chronicling the last few days of my vacation, I want to mention one of the many inconsistencies that plague my psyche.

I say many ugly things about people who routinely eat fast food. It's horrible for you, and it is largely devoid of flavor. That being said, as I was making my list of places I HAD to go when I came home to Savannah for the summer, 3 fast food restaurants made the list. This makes me a big fat hypocrite.

My saving grace in Alamosa is the fact that we just don't have that many places to go out and eat. The fast food restaurants in town are simply not acceptable under most conditions. If these three fast food restaurants existed in Alamosa, I'd be in trouble- and an even bigger, fatter hypocrite.

What 3 fast food restaurants are on my list, you are undoubtedly begging to know...

Chick-Fil-A, Great Wraps and Moe's. In my defense- Moe's isn't really fast food, cuz most of the ingredients are fresh a…

I Have Returned!

But it's early and I'm still not ready to begin the epic documentation of my trip, so I'll give you this to get you started. I promise I'll get to it as soon as I take Mom to work... (really).


moar funny pictures

On the Road Again....

Suz and Di and I are headed out to Atlanta this morning. I'm not sure how often I will be able to blog while I'm gone, but I promise to take tons of pics and write it all up when I get back.

After Atlanta, Suz and Di are dropping me off in Statesboro, where I will stay with my friend Chris for a few days.

So be safe and check back in to see what's going on!

The Lascivious Bitties

That's my book club, or at least that's what we used to call ourselves. I think since I moved, the name has changed.

If any of you ladies read this and want to remind me of the new name, please leave a comment!

Anyhoo- We had a special meeting of book club because I came home for the summer. I'm so glad we got together. It was just like old times- lots of wine, lots of food and lots of laughs. There was very little talk of books, but much talk of Krista's recent wedding, overseas trips, medical traumas and kiddie stories.

I love this group of ladies, and I am so glad they still consider me part of the group. Here are some pics I took between mouthfuls of food and bursts of laughter.



I Love Making New Blog Friends!!!

I checked my comments this morning and received quite a surprise! My new friend Illatharasi had given me a lovely blogging award! You should go check her blog out here....

She gave me the "Good Chat Blog Award." I really appreciate things like this because they come from fellow bloggers. It's nice to be recognized by your peers.

And to maintain the spirit of giving, I'm going to bestow this blog award to 2 friends of mine....

Diane at 1700 Miles of Cooking
and
Jill at Simple Daily Recipes

Diane has been a friend for years, and Jill is a new friend. They are both amazing women, and deserve as much recognition as they can get. So they are my picks for the "Good Chat Blog Award."

If I Was a Character On Sesame Street...

My name would be SushiMonster.

I adore sushi. I could eat it everyday and never get tired of it. Unfortunately, I can't eat it everyday because I live in a place where we HAVE NO SUSHI. NONE.

But I'm not home now. I'm in Savannah. I can get sushi in Savannah. So I have- twice in the last week.

I have discovered a new favorite sushi place. I'd been there once before, but it was overpriced (in my humble opinion).

The restaurant is called Tangerine, and I went back there today because I saw a sign that said they had sushi lunch specials. I'm so glad I gave them another try.

The prices are much more reasonable at lunchtime, with many pieces of sushi on a dollar list. I had one piece each of tuna, salmon and white tuna nigiri. I also ordered a crunchy salmon roll, which was salmon, cream cheese, eel and asparagus, with the roll tempura fried. OMG- the roll was heavenly. It was $7.00 but had 8 pieces, and I ended up bringing 4 of them home.

Isn't it beautiful…

Father's Day 2008 and PIE

We had lots to celebrate this year. Not only do we have a wonderful Dad (two when you count Ron, my brother-in-law), but we also have a recent high school graduate in the family.

I decided this should mean royal feasting in the village! So with my sous chef Tater Tot (aka Taylor, my niece) at my side, I embarked on my next culinary adventure.

Cooking for your family can be quite a challenge. My family is no exception. Ron does not like onions. The only thing I cook without onions is dessert. Michael and Taylor can be pretty picky eaters, as they are part of the McNugget generation.

Mom already had a ham thawed in the ice box, so that part was a no brainer. 18 minutes per pound or til it's done. I can handle that.

The side items were a bit more challenging. Considering that it was Father's Day, I wanted to incorporate ingredients I knew my Dad liked. Therefore, I picked fresh asparagus (to be roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper) and roasted new potatoes (also with o…

Michael David Reed is an Official High School Graduate!

Day Three started out on a most auspicious note! My nephew, Michael David Reed, graduated from high school this morning.

Here is the shot of his diploma awardage...



Michael has turned into a fine young man. I don't have any pictures of him when he was a baby (readily available, that is) so I won't embarass him further.

We are all so proud of him, and we wish him luck and success in the future!



Here's another shot with his proud Aunt Mimi...



He decided he wanted to go to Spanky's for his graduation dinner, so the whole family loaded up and went out for dinner. Most of the family ordered chicken fingers (since Spanky's has the best chicken fingers in the universe). Here's a pic of my dinner.



Here's a pic of a future leader of the free world playing with a spud.



And here's Mom and Dad...



I hope Michael had a great day, and that he knows how proud we are of him and how much we love him!!!

PS- Dev I miss you!

Day Two- But Who's Counting?

Day Two has been relatively low-key but very reminiscent of summers past.

After dropping Mom of at work, I went by Di's, and we jumped in Mrs. Ticklefeather and hit the town.

We bopped around World Market for a little while (they have these little packets of barbecue almonds that I love and can't find anywhere else), then headed out to Brighter Day (a natural foods market) to look for quinoa. I figured if anyone in Savannah would have it, they would. And they did.

My stomach decided we needed to have lunch next, so we called Suz and she met us at B. Matthews for lunch.

B. Matthews has a wonderful menu and consistently good food and service. I'm not sure why I don't think of them for lunch more often when I'm in town.

B. Matthews Eatery is located at 325 East Bay Street in Savannah, GA. They offer indoor or outdoor seating. Here's a picture of Di and Suz I snapped while we were waiting for our lunch.



Suz ordered a chicken salad sandwich, and Di and I split a blac…