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You know you teach 8th grade when...

I saw this picture on a craft blog I read called "Knock Off Decor."  Most people look at this and think how cute it is.  I look at this and think, "Gee, I wonder how many inappropriate explicatives my 8th graders could write on this within 10 minutes."

Musings on Summer...

School's out.  I have turned off the weekday alarm on my iPod.  My sleep schedule is already obliterated, as I slip back into my more normal, nocturnal rhythm.  Endless projects lay around me, forsaken for a lovely afternoon nap.  My icebox overflows with the remnants of culinary experiments and the ubiquitous pitchers of sweet tea.  My daydreams are populated by memories; summers of the past.  Southern summers.   Ceiling fans, humidity, stifling heat, cold sweet tea with condensation running down the sides of the glass.  Steamy sidewalks after evening thunderstorms.  Lawn chairs on the floating dock, checking crab traps in between songs on the radio.  More recently, Sand Gnats games, back yard barbecues, fried shrimp and bottles of beer.  Best friends.

My summers are different now.  But every once in a while I read something that takes me back to my childhood, or at least my precious days living in the glorious South.  I came across one of those things this morning on my Facebook…

Meatless Mondays...

That's really not an attractive picture of my dinner.  It tasted great, though.

I wanted to make something different for dinner, and since I hadn't planned ahead enough to defrost any meat, I needed a meatless choice.  I've been going through stacks of old magazines today, trying to get rid of extra stuff.  We are hoping to move soon, and the less crap there is laying around, the less stuff I have to put in a box and move across town.

I came across this recipe for cheese stuffed portobellos in Foodnetwork magazine.  The spinach salad filling is also good on it's own, with the addition of a wee bit of balsamic vinegar.  I also substituted monterey jack cheese for the mozzarella, cuz it's what I had on hand.  Oh- and I didn't put the celery/shallot salad stuff on the top.  I just stopped after I broiled them the second time with the stuffing in them.  I served this with an ear of boiled corn on the cob.


Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazi…

Crafty Things

I have, in the last few months, discovered a desire to craft.  Not like macaroni covered cigar boxes, but stuff for my house.  I have begun reading lots of blogs about home design and do it yourself home decor.  One of my favorite blogs, Whipperberry, is giving away a fancy Silhouette machine that makes stencils and iron on transfers.  Needless to say, I've entered about a billion times, because the machine is a couple hundred dollars I can't justify spending while we're trying to buy a house!
I'll write more about it later, but hopefully now that school is out, I'll have time to make some of the projects I've bookmarked and post them here!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops and Melting Pot Mac and Cheese

So tonight I wanted to make something different for dinner.  I had a package of pork chops thawed, so I knew I needed to use them.  I also had odds and ends of several different kinds of cheese in the ice box.  After thinking for a minute or two, this is what I came up with....

I boiled about half a box of elbow macaroni, and drained it in the sink.  In the same pot, I melted a couple of tablespoons of butter over medium high heat, then added an equal amount of all purpose flour. I stirred that around for a few minutes, then added about a cup and a half of half and half (that looks weird, huh?).  Then I added a splash of heavy cream- can you tell I was cleaning out my refrigerator?  :)
As it began to heat and get near a simmer, it began to thicken up.  I added a little milk, and kept stirring.  Next I added a little hot sauce, some freshly grated nutmeg and lots of black pepper.  I took it off the heat and added grated fontina, parmesan, cheddar and the end of a wheel of brie.  I sti…

Weekend Waffle Making

This was my Sunday morning project.  I had decided I wanted waffles (mostly because most recipes make at least 12 waffles, and that means easy leftovers for the rest of the week), but wasn't sure what recipe I wanted to use.  I had Biscquick, so I could have gone that route, but I wanted them to be home made.  I turned to my trusty laptop, and her database of thousands of recipes I squirrel away, but never use.  After doing a quick finder search for "waffles," I came up with this recipe...

Classic Waffles:


INGREDIENTS: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups warm milk 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature. 2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended. 3. Ladle the batt…