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The A-Z of Me!

I just found this cute little survey on Oh So Lovely, a blog I read often.  I thought I'd answer the questions and post them here.  I will even go so far as to copy her and say if you post answers to these questions, link me to them in the comments so I can check them out!

A.  Age:  42
B.  Bed Size:  Full
C.  Chore that you hate:  Cleaning the Bathroom!
D. Dogs:  I have one big dog named Bear
E.  Essential start to your day:  Something just short of an atomic explosion- I'm not a morning person!
F.  Favorite color:  Garnet
G. Gold or Silver:  Silver
H.  Height:  5'4"
I.    Instruments you play:  Piano
J.  Job Title:  8th grade Literacy teacher, but I sometimes wish it was full time blogger!
K.  Kids:  Did I mention we have a big dog?
L.  Live:  Colorado
M.  Mother's name:  Louise
N.  Nicknames:  Gertie (given to me by my Daddy) Mimi is actually a nickname- my real name is Mary
O.  Overnight hospital stays:  None!
P.  Pet Peeves:  Seriously?  I'm a teacher...I …

We Have a Grill!

We finally bit the bullet and purchased a grill.  After several months of research, Dev decided on a CharBroil Red.  The flames don't actually touch the food.  It has some kind of cast iron shield that conducts the heat, but doesn't allow flare ups.
Anyhoo- alls I know is that it has made some good food for us lately.
First, I threw some ordinary quesadillas on.  They came out slightly charred, crispy and delicious!  The next test was pizza.  Again, the crust was nicely charred and crispy.
Tonight I marinated some mahi in a soy, olive oil mixture and put it on.  It turned out really well.  I rounded the meal out with some zucchini fritters and grilled onions and mushrooms.  I only took one picture, and it was pretty awful.  That's what happens when you try to take a picture of your plate while you're walking out the door with it!

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread
1 ½ c. sifted flour 2/3 c. sugar 2 t. baking powder ½ t. salt ¾ c. quick-cooking oats 1/3 c. oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ c. strawberries, mashed ½ c. bananas, mashed ¼ c. almonds, diced
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir in the oats.  Add the oil, eggs, strawberries, banana and almonds, stirring just until no dry ingredients show. Turn into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for one hour or til toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes, then turn out of pan to complete cooling.
I found this recipe on a blog before I became aware of Pinterest.  So, as usual, I copied the recipe, but not the blog it came from.  If someone recognizes this recipe, please let me know so I can give credit to whoever posted it first!  Now that I use Pinterest when I find things on the web, I always know who my source was.  If you find lots of ideas on the internet and want a way to keep them organized, you should look …

Mixed Herb Butter

In this bowl I have, oregano, chives, basil and parsley.  I softened a stick of butter, mixed them all in and put them it in a small glass container with a lid.

I always use salted butter to make compound butters.  I know most people say not to, but I find that it makes for a more flavorful butter.  Sometimes I'm not great at guessing how much salt I should use, and using already salted butter lets me worry about something else.

I'm roasting potatoes and carrots to go with some pork chops tonight.  This butter will go well on the veggies and the meat.

Fresh Herbs!

Fresh herb time will soon be over here in Colorado. It's time for me to start coming up with ways to use larger quantities of herbs as I harvest for the last time.

On this board I have chives (used this morning for herbed cream cheese and butter), mint (used for making simple syrup for iced tea, herbed butter and canteloupe sorbet) and parsley (also used in herbed butter and pork chops).

Sunday Morning Projects- herbed cream cheese!

So this morning, after our lovely ham and cheddar scrambled egg breakfast, I made a list of the projects I'd like to do for the day.

This yummie cream cheese was on the list.  When I was making my scrambled eggs this morning, I used the last of a container of chive-onion flavored cream cheese.  As I was putting the container in the recycle bin, I looked at the ingredients list.  It had way more on it than cream cheese, chives and onions.  It suddenly hit me that I have a whole herb garden (and chives are one of my most successful pots) and I never use them to make things like flavored cream cheeses.  I vowed then and there never to buy flavored  cream cheese again.  From now on- I'll make my own, using far more wholesome ingredients.

My first go at it was this chive-citrus cream cheese.  I had half of an 8oz. bar of cream cheese already in the ice box, so I took it out to soften it up.  Meanwhile, I headed out and gave my chive plant one last good haircut.  The weather here i…

Ham and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs

So this morning I wanted something very comforting for breakfast.  Because of the significance of the day, I wanted a good breakfast, so I could spend the rest of the day being thankful for the people I love.

I decided to do some simple scrambled eggs.  Devin loves scrambled eggs.  I actually prefer fried or poached eggs, but it seems silly to cook eggs two different ways for one meal, I usually just eat scrambled as well.

I think I've mentioned this before, but I am very fortunate to have a family down the street from me that keeps chickens.  They usually get more eggs than they can use.  My husband taught their daughter when she was in 5th grade, so she brings a dozen eggs down once a week or so.  I love it!  Once you've started using fresh eggs, the ones from the store pale in comparison.

So there really is no recipe for this.  I scrambled 4 eggs with a splash of milk, salt and pepper and a dash of sri racha sauce.  The sauce doesn't make the eggs spicy, it just adds a…

Chicken Pot Pie!

Tonight my friend Kari came over for dinner.  She is my tech-yoda, and we have a great system set up where I feed her and she helps me stay up with the latest and greatest in technology.  I decided to make chicken pot pie tonight, because I saw a really cool looking pastry crust recipe I wanted to try, and chicken pot pie is one of the best crust-related dishes I know.

I found the crust recipe at Closet Cooking.  Here's a link to the recipe.  I followed the instructions exactly, and it came out beautifully.

For the filling, I totally winged it.  It was one of those ice box cleaner-outer kinda things.  I started by poaching 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs in white wine, chicken stock and water.  I strained the broth out and saved it to make the sauce.  I put the chicken on a plate in the ice box to cool so I could chop it.  I used the same pot and heated a few tablespoons of olive oil.  I dropped half a chopped white onion, some diced carrot, and some diced new potatoes in.  I…

More Fun with Picnik

Fun with Picnik

Labor Day

Dev and I headed to Montrose for Labor Day.  On Sunday, Dev and I joined his mom, his Uncle George and Aunt Lou, and Larry (a family friend) on a 4 wheeler trip to Animas Forks in the San Juan Mountains.  I took about a million pictures (as soon as I get them all uploaded to flickr, I'll let you know). I thought I'd put at least one here.
My souvenir from this trip was a nasty sunburn.  Apparently the sun is even more dangerous at 13,000 feet.

Pantry Remodel

So Dev and I have been busy tackling the millions of projects we need to do in our new house.  The very first one was making a pantry for my teensy little kitchen.  We decided to use the space in the closet under the stairs.  I don't have a before picture, but I do have some afters.
Oh, and please ignore the goldish yellow horrid paint.  It's gone now.  That was the second project.