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Strawberry Fig Jam

I have been in the mood to make some jam or jelly lately. But what kind to make?? Usually, I would let the sales at the grocery store determine this. And in this case, that was part of my decision. The other part was the figs I had bought earlier this year at Trader Joe's- just sitting in the freezer, begging to be used. City Market had strawberries on sale this weekend. Hmmmm....strawberries and figs....that sounds like jam to me!

In my usual pattern, I googled strawberry fig jam to see what might pop up. I found a recipe, complete with step by step pics- so I figured I'd use that.

I think the person who made the recipe probably makes this jam all the time, and just expected the reader to know instinctively what to do, because there were several details left out.

I started by washing, hulling and quartering my strawberries. I needed 3 cups. Then I washed, destemmed and sliced my figs (I used a combo of Calmyrna and Mission figs). I needed 3 cups of them, too.

I dumped th…

Friday Night is Pizza Night!

Although we hadn't done it in a while, Friday nights are usually Pizza Nights for Dev and me. I make a pizza and we settle in to watch bad cable, a netflix movie or Friday Night Boxing- whichever is on.

Because we hadn't had home made pizza in a while, I decided to go half and half. One half is hawaiian (Canadian bacon, ham, pineapple and red onion) the other half is veggie (onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and parmesan).

I made a quick sauce from a can of crushed tomatoes, olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, red onion and a little sugar.

I love pizza night!

BBQ Chicken

Barbecued Chicken. It sounds so simple. Google it. You will be amazed at the number of recipes for sauces and methods you will find.

Chicken is one of my favorite things to roast and grill. And BBQ chicken is all that much better.

So I began to look around for a sweet, spicy sauce to slather all over some beautiful organic chicken quarters I bought at the store.

I found the perfect sauce recipe in the Foodtv magazine. And it was a Bobby Flay recipe. That suits me just fine, because I love his recipes for grilling, and I love the spice in his recipes.

Here's the recipe- scanned right out of the magazine...



I'm pretty sure I followed it to the letter, although I think I substituted vegetable oil for canola.

The results were terrific! It is sweet and thick and spicy! Next time I will add a little more chipotle, though. After refrigerating it a few days, it lost some of the depth of the heat.

I roasted the chicken at 400 until it was about 10 degrees from done (it had reached 16…

Cavalcade of Fun 2009- Part the First

The Cavalcade of Fun for 2009 will be split into 2 parts. The first part was Di's visit to Colorado. The second part will be my returning home the last two weeks of July.

Part the First was too short and way too busy. But that's what happens when you plan a wedding right at the beginning of the visit. Even though I think it somewhat compromised the visit for Di, I am ever so grateful to have had her here to stand next to me at my wedding. Here's a shot of the wedding party...



Poor Diane, she didn't even get her own room the second night she was here. Devin's family was here for the wedding, so his parents got the guest room, and Diane and Shanda (Dev's sister) slept in the living room- one on the couch and the other on a camping cot.

The morning after the wedding, everyone was up and out the door. Dev's family headed back to Montrose, and a little later, Dev, Diane and I headed out the door to take the scenic route to Montrose- pausing for some tourist …

The Wedding!

Some mornings I wake up and I still can't believe we actually went through with it. After threatening to get married for over a year, we took the plunge.

It was a very simple ceremony, performed by a local judge, right outside the courthouse. The weather was as perfect as it could be here in Alamosa (plenty of sunshine but very windy), and things went off without a hitch.

Dev's family was there (unfortunately, mine could not attend, but my friend Diane from Georgia happened to be here visiting, so she stood up for me. She's like a sister to me, anyway, so it was perfect) and my friends Mel and Cheri from school and Claire, Connie, Kim and Debbie from my knitting circle came. Kim's husband, Brian, wants to get into wedding photography, so he came and took some groovy pics. Kim also brought a cake (the one you see in the pic above).

After the ceremony, we all walked over to the local brew pub and had some dinner.

All in all, I'd say it was exactly what we wanted it…

Why Is Summer Flying By???

Whew. What a whirlwind summer has been so far. I have soooo many things to blog about and so little time to do it.

I have a whole list of things I want to tell you about, so I guess I'll dive in with the most important....

I Gots No Math Skilz

I love reading food blogs. I get inspired on an almost daily basis by what I read about what other people are having for dinner.

The down side?? METRIC. I read a number of blogs from other countries, and the recipes on these blogs invariably give measurements in metric units. ARGGGHH!

I've tried doing the conversion math in the past- with disastrous results. But earlier this week I found a site that has opened up a whole new world of recipes for me (ok- so I had a little help from Dev on this one).

If you need to convert nasty metric units into nice, easy to understand standard units, go here. All you have to do is type the amount, then the units given and the units you want. Presto- your new measurements are right there for you to see!

I used this nifty site to convert the measurements for the flat bread crackers I'm making for the festivities this coming up week. I'll post about the crackers later...

A Sign of the Coming APOCALYPSE

I've been banging around in the kitchen all day, anticipating the arrival of my fellow kitchen-adventurer, Diane.

I took a break whilst one of my experiments was in the oven and decided to see what was going on in the world of the internets.

Imagine my shock when the lead off article on the Yahoo! homepage was about the lousy economy threatening to destroy KRISPY KREME!!!

Please, say it ain't so. Why can't the economy destroy something I don't like...take McDonalds, or Burger King, or coconut farms, or licorice factories. Why Krispy Kreme?? Life will be difficult to live without Krispy Kreme. Ok- so I don't eat them much (because they are so good and so BAD for you) and they aren't really available where I live (except sometimes in boxes shipped God knows how far to get to my local supermarket). But life was richer just knowing that somewhere, someone just like me was biting into a fresh-off-the-conveyor-belt Krispy Kreme donut.

So- to keep this ultimate evil …

Wedding Flower Smack-Down... Irises Vs. Peonies

Dev and I went out looking at wedding flowers today.

I suppose I don't pay too much attention to flowers. I have never been willing to spend my valuable and all too sparse grocery money on cut flowers.

Perhaps this is why I almost choked when the helpful florist lady told me that a simple, handheld bouquet of 2 purple irises and a few yellow daisies was going to cost $45.00. Do you have any idea how much sushi you can get for $45.00?

So I decided I wasn't going to pay that.

I asked Dev to take me to City Market. That's right. I am buying my wedding flowers from a supermarket. You know why? Because I found my absolute favorite flower in the whole world there, and they will make a handheld bouquet of them for me (including greenery and ribbon) for $12.99. They are even making a buttonier(sp) for Dev.

What is my most favoritist flower in the whole world, you ask?? Why, it is the peony. I have always loved them, but they don't grow well back home. I didn't even see…

QOTD

Found on the table of contents page of the June/July 2009 issue of "Mary Jane's Farm" magazine....

"Don't refuse the occasional wild goose chase...you never know what you'll catch."
- Author Unknown

I have been accused several times (with accuracy) of living a life full of wild goose chases. I've always been a follower of the mentality "Life's a journey- enjoy the ride." Efficiency and speed are rarely even on the list of things that influence my decisions.

Does this make me a bad person?? I hope not. But, even if it does, I doubt things will change much at this point!! :)

QOTD

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?'

"What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What do you say, Piglet?'

"'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said Piglet.

"Pooh nodded thoughtfully. 'It's the same thing,' he said."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh (1926)

I was reading through an old copy of "Saveur" magazine today and I came across this quote. I thoroughly agree with Pooh on this one.

Colorado Weather

Weird Rainbow, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. We get some of the strangest weather out here in Colorado.

This rainbow was very odd. The colors were super intense and it lasted about 20 minutes.

And the cloud formation it came out of looked like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie.

Driving....

Driving...., originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. We will be doing a lot of this over the next few weeks.

It looks like we will be travelling quite a bit as schools start calling Dev to schedule interviews. We've had 3 so far, and next week we go back to Grand Junction for a second interview at Chatfield Elementary. Wish us luck!!!

Thought for the Day....

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." - Oscar Wilde

I become more and more like my mother everyday. I'm ok with that.

I have tons of things to blog about, but presently I am attempting to make my way through a mountain of papers that have piled up since school got out. As soon as I have finished the pile and can see the top of my desk, I'll take a few minutes and blog my little head off. Really. You'll see.