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So Much To Do....So Little Time

So- I am still basking in the glory of my carrot cake triumph. But I don't have much time to pat myself on the back because a new challenge is right around the corner.

Dev graduates from ASC Saturday, May 9th. Most of his family is headed to Alamosa on Friday, May 8th and staying until Sunday.

I have to say that part of me can't wait, because I haven't had the opportunity to entertain much since we moved out here. But the other part of me, who knows how tiny our apartment is, is scared stiff.

I decided to offer dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday night's dinner will serve as a sort of graduation celebration. Friday night's dinner is the least I can do, considering everyone is driving at least 4 hours and forking out bucks for hotel rooms.

To make things slightly easier on myself, I am planning the menu around things I can put together this weekend, or during the week, and pop in the oven when I need them.

Here's what I'm thinking so far......

Friday …

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 Lunch Love...

How do you say I love you for lunch on Sunday???



With a BLT made on homemade bread with homemade bacon and homemade mayo. The rest I got at the store, but hey, no one's perfect!! :)

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…

The Evils of Carnival Food

The above photo isn't what I had to eat at the carnival...

Did I mention in that last post that whilst manning the popcorn machine at the Spring Carnival this morning, I ate 14 pounds of crap????

It started by just "cleaning" the stray popcorn out of the crease of the machine...then graduated to mouthfuls of the still warm popcorn as I was loading the bags. I don't even know how much of that awful "butter flavored" oil I consumed today. We use that prepackaged stuff so we don't have to measure each batch- so I'm sure it was pounds of the stuff.

Then my lunch choices were a hot dog or a slice of Dominoes pizza. Slim pickins there. I chose the hot dog, just because we already had pizza once this week, and I never eat hotdogs, in spite of a wicked craving for one every once in a while. And to wash down my gourmet mid day meal??? McDonalds Orange Drink. Diabetes in a plastic cup.

By the time I fought the typhoon and got back to the apartment, I felt …

Jinx

Today started out as a beautiful day. Polston had their Spring Carnival today, and Melodie and I were manning the popcorn machine.

I set off for school on my bicycle this morning, wearing jean capris, a tshirt and a light sweater. Oh- and covered head to toe in spf 70 sunblock.

Around noon the wind began to kick up, as it always does. Dev texted me and asked if I wanted him to come pick me up. I decided to decline his offer and ride my bike home. When will I learn????

I made it all the way home, but barely. The wind was awful. Crossing the Hwy 160 bridge against the wind was almost impossible. I ended up walking my bike over the top and coasting down the other side. By then my legs were like jello and it took forever to make it all the way to the apartment. I had to text Dev from the bottom of the stairs and ask him to help me carry my bike upstairs into the apartment. How wussy is that???

After showering and changing clothes, we were off to run errands- recycling, library run,…

A 4.0 and Dessert!!!!

Ah Thursday....what a torturous day you are.

On the one hand, Thursday is my roughest day of the week. I teach all day on Thursday, and it's the kindergarteners. The kindergarteners are truly a mixed blessing. They are little and cute and they say funny stuff, but they are also wiggly and hyper and harder to control than their first grade counterparts.

But on the other hand, Thursday is pretty close to Friday, which is usually a really good day for me.

Dev and I had RSVP'd to attend the Adams State College's academic awards soiree at the Inn of the Rio Grande tonight at 6pm. Because I have severely neglected my grocery shopping and meal cooking duties, we had NOTHING in the fridge to eat.

I suggested we go get some pizza, then head over to the Inn for the program.

So that's what we did. The pizza was good. The program, alas, was not.

I can overlook the fact that the keynote speaker got held up in Denver and couldn't make it. The guy from the math department that t…

Contentment

I spend a lot of time focusing on what's wrong with my life. I don't make enough money. I can't eat anything I want any time. I am far away from my family and friends.

But just a little while ago, I had a moment of contentment.

I was standing in the kitchen, slicing home made bread, spreading it with butter, sprinkling it with cinnamon and sugar and putting it under the broiler. The kettle whistled and I poured the boiling water over chamomile and lavender flowers for some tea. Then I carried the tea and toast over to Dev and we sat and ate.

Sometimes you are just thankful.

Happy Earth Day!!!

What did you do for Earth Day????

I spent my Earth Day trying to explain global warming and recycling to first graders. The recycling discussions went well. The global warming...not so much.

After school, Dev and I came home, changed our clothes, grabbed the salmon-scallion-dill quiche I made last night and headed out the door to the community garden kick off at Polston. Of course, I forgot my camera, so I didn't get any pics of the terrific turn out. Or the food for that matter. I suck at blogging...

Fighting the Good Fight

Everyone has an irrational culinary fear, right? I mean, it's not just me. Lots of people who are otherwise creative, intelligent beings suffer from pulse pounding, all out terror when faced with some specific culinary task.

I have 2 left. It used to be 3. But I showed those cat head biscuits who was boss. So now I'm down to 2: pie crust and rice.

I think my culinary fears arise from my southern upbringing. I remember the wonderful smells and sights that came out of my parents' kitchen, then I feel inadequate because for the life of me I can't replicate them. My momma would probably say it's because I left my southern home and dared to venture out in the wild west. I suppose she has a point. The altitude (7500 feet above sea level) certainly isn't making anything easier. But with the help of a little Alton Brownian culinary science, I should be able to compensate for that, right??

So I decided today was the day to confront my fear of making pie crust fr…

Neurosis As A Life Style...

I freak out about many things. I know this about myself. This drives Devin crazy. Which, if you think about it, is kinda funny! :)

Lately, my freakouts have centered around my health (borderline high blood pressure, acid reflux and general old age), family drama (health issues on both sides of our family), job prospects for Dev and an upcoming move for us to who knows where.

Anyhoo.....

My latest freakout is lead in cosmetics. Did you know there is lead in many products WE PUT ALL OVER OUR BODIES???? It amazes me that we obsess about what we eat, yet we don't ever even read the labels on the products we put on the largest organ of our bodies- our skin!

I was skipping around on the internet the other day and just happened to read an article about lead in lipstick. Lead in lipstick?? Yes, lead in lipstick. It seems that lead is in quite a bit of the lipstick we buy. And it's not only lipstick. There are many body products that contain all sorts of disease causing chemica…

I Have No Title For This Blog Entry

So I sat down at my computer this evening to do a little researching about recycling in my area.

After several attempts to find out ANYTHING about recycling here in Alamosa, I got sidetracked on another project.

I noticed my friend Tee had linked her Flickr photostream to her Facebook wall. What a brilliant idea! I had no idea how to do it, but after a quick message to Tee, she pointed me in the right direction. So now, the most recent 15 pics on my Flickr photostream will show on the left side of my profile page.

Another friend of mine, Diane, managed to link her personal blog to appear on her Facebook wall. Another brilliant idea! I searched RSS Feeds in facebook applications, but couldn't get that to appear on my page. But then I found the settings button on my wall page (or something like that) and figured it out from there. Hopefully my blogposts will now appear on my profile page as well. The only thing that's weird is that you can't see the pics unless you clic…

4 Day Weekend!!!!

Wahoo!!!!!!

Dev and I are both off Friday and Monday.... nice.

We are headed home to see his parents in Montrose, but we're going to take the long way in the morning and stop off at a few fishing holes. In anticipation of the first fishing trip of the season, we jumped in the truck and went down to Big R's to buy our fishing licenses. $31 each is pretty steep, considering I've NEVER caught anything. But it's cheaper than the fine if we got caught fishing without one.

Even if I don't catch any fish, I'm sure I'll take a few pics.

Once in Montrose, I plan on taking it easy. I have a new knitting project to work on, so hopefully I'll get a long way towards finishing it by Monday evening. I'm making a shawl thingie to wear to Dev's graduation. The dress I picked out is kind of like a sundress, and I don't reveal my naked upper chicken arms in public. I found an easy (?) pattern in a knitting magazine and with the help of my friend Kim and her…

3 Bean Chili

I was craving chili the other day, but wanted something different. As you probably know, I've been cutting back on sodium, and trying to add more plant based foods to my diet. So when I was leafing through the April 2008 issue of "Real Simple" magazine (yes I know it's a year old, but when you wait and look at last year's magazines again, they are just like new!!) and saw a recipe for 3 Bean Chili, I snapped it up and gave it a whirl.

I went pretty much by the recipe (although it called for a pesto and I was too hungry to be bothered with that, so I just garnished with whole toasted pine nuts, chopped cilantro instead of parsley and some chopped tomato) but added some other touches.

3 Bean Chili from "Real Simple"
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
1 can diced tomatoes (I used crushed)
salt and pepper (I didn't use salt)
1 can chickpeas (I used black beans)
1 can cannellini beans
1 can kidney beans
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 T. pine…

Fusion Salad

Fusion Salad, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. Substitutions don't always work. Most of the time they do, but sometimes they don't. This was one of those times.

I found a recipe in "Real Simple" magazine for chickpea patties served over a chopped salad with a Greek yogurt dressing. Great! But I didn't have any chickpeas.

So I substituted black beans. It didn't really work. After dredging them in the flour and putting them in the hot pan, they immediately began melting. I think if you use softer beans, perhaps you need an additional binder, like bread crumbs or something.

Anyhoo, they tasted great but the texture sucked. I mean really sucked.

And I didn't make their dressing. I used some southwest ranch I already had leftover in the fridge.

And it wasn't very photogenic, was it?

Long Time No See...And Taco Salad

I know. It's been ages since I wrote a real blog post.

The trouble is, I just haven't been feeling very inspired lately. We've had lots of issues to deal with lately, and the last thing I feel like doing at the end of the day is sitting down to write about it.

That's not normal. The Mimi I know loves to blog. She loves to blabber on and on about things. And she loves to cook.

But even cooking lost its therapeutic value for me. The only thing in which I have taken solace is knitting. And I'm not even very good at that.

But, things are looking up, and hopefully I'll get back in the saddle sometime soon.

I've been catching up on my blog reading and I've made a list of recipes I'd like to try in the near future.... From "Closet Cooking," I'd like to try the Meyer Lemon Bars and the Chocolate Stout Cake. I also found a Jalapeno Popper Dip on some blog, and a Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe at "Fundamentally Flawed."

I did cook a re…