Wet n Wild here today. Severe storms, already had a tornado in Middle TN, wind advisory, torrential downpour, etc. Geez. It's JANUARY!
Hope everyone is safe, warm, and dry. This system is passing through several states.
Not much going on here. If Bryan is home tonight I will make up some Clean Out The Fridge Pizza...if he goes to the club to play cards, I won't. lol :) Not so sure he will go in this weather, so we shall see.
Janet, I've not heard of Pitchin' In, nor had I heard of that sweet potato farm. I looked it up, and it's in southern middle TN. Probably 4 or 5 hours from me. Very cool that Jim had a beer and fish and chips in an actual English Pub!
Phones are ringing off the hook...don't mean to snub everyone!! Back soon!
GTMA Lori, I was just getting a thread ready called Wet Wednesday. Holy! A tornado! We must be getting part of that system now and for the next few days. Don't work too hard today.
It is kind of weird weather we are having we had freezing rain over night and everything was covered in a glistening layer of ice this morning and now everything is melting and it is 36F! We ended out having pork chops for dinner last night with honey glazed carrots apple sauce and mashed tators. Tonight Den has requested Macaroni, Beef, Tomato Cheese Casserole which I have already done in the freezer so that will be easy to take the casserole out and just reheat it.
I hope Fred is continuing to feel better today Tina.
Laura, The Peetabears Pumpkin Rum Quick Bread you made looks just amazing and how interesting to know your strawberry plants at Plant City come from Ontario! LOL Ugly but friendly and competent is much better than dumb and good looking any day!
Good Afternoon Everybody! Hi Lori! Goodness on your weather. Hope your drive home will be okay. Be safe! Pizza sounds yummy. Hi Joce! The freezing rain didn't come my way which I was quite relieved about! It is very mild out there now though as you say and pouring rain. Very misty! Have had a couple of avalanches off the roof. Am going to go out in a couple of minutes and see if I can shovel them off the back deck but it may be too heavy. Mmmm on your Macaroni casserole. I would love that. I had a coffee date with my Avon lady this morning. She's a sweetheart. In her '70's, from England. She just got back from vacationing in Hawaii so I got to see some of her pictures. Am going to make myself Porkchops with Sauerkraut and Pearl Barley for my dinner this evening. Another Sens Game on tonight. Have a great day everyone!
Janet, Wait a to shovel as it is going to be warm for a few days like four at least maybe five? We had piles of snow everywhere and it is almost gone. If you have to just shovel out where you need to go or get through it. It is really slushy and heavy. What do you do with your pearl barley do you add anything to it and is it posted? Lucky Avon Lady to have been in Hawaii swoon! Go Sens Go!
LOL Joce! Too late! It only took me 20 min. but as you say....HEAVY snow. Oh my goodness. Sometimes if it melts from above it pools near our back walkout and we had a flood inside a year or two ago. So now when it builds up we try shovel the snow off the deck a bit away from the walkout so it doesn't do that again. Oh well...it's a form of exercise right and won't hurt me a bit. :) I don't have the recipe posted for the Sauerkraut and Pearl Barley. It's my Mom's recipe and super easy. I just empty a can of sauerkraut (28 oz. or whatever) in a roasting pan, add a sprinkling of pearl barley, maybe 1/2 cup. Stir in up, cover and bake for an hour. If it looks dry when I pull it out I might add just a bit of water (2 oz.?) Then I fry up the pork chops in margarine on the stovetop with salt and pepper and when they're browned I put them in the roasting pan with the sauerkraut mixture, trying to sort of bury them in there so they're not showing at the top. I put a bit more water (maybe another 2 or 3 oz.) in the pan with the pork chop juices and browned bits, swirl it around and then throw all that over top in the pan. Cover again and then bake for one more hour. Voila. Simple, simple but is good comfort food and always makes me think of home. I really enjoy talking with people about the places they've been or the things that they've done, and obviously the older a person is the more of that they have to talk about. My Avon Lady and her husband emigrated from England in 1978. One of their sons was 18 and said he didn't want to come with them, but their other two children who were a bit younger did. Her husband was offered a job by Atomic Energy and in their day they too did a lot of travelling for business. She's a very cool lady. Lots of interests.
Windy Wednesday here. Feels like a wind tunnel between the two North/South windows. The sheers are a fluttering. Cool front overnight and only to reach into the 60's tomorrow.
Fred is feeling better, thank you for asking. He slept very soundly. He has tackled the laundry. He is a good wife, much better than me. He accidentally washed my pedometer. Now, I have to buy another one. oh well, Freudian slip leaving it on my skirt? maybe. LOL
Today is COOK and Freeze day for me. Pulled pork, one whole shoulder split between barbecue and remainder into green pork enchiladas. Rotisserie chicken into grape chicken salad. Fruit salad/pineapple, blueberries, peaches, strawberries Stuffed poblano peppers with ground turkey, yellow rice and cheddar cheese Broccoli and spinach soup-Fred friendly Cauliflower and russet mashed with roasted garlic-Fred friendly Triple mushroom risotto-Fred friendly Pork Larb for me! Another stab at homemade kimchi....I have a five lb Napa cabbage! Sloppy Joes homemade, Fred friendly if make extra sloppy.
Oh, Lori, just saw the noon news and the weather in your area....be careful. Scary! Hope you get your pizza.
Joce, love that macaroni/tomato/beef casserole. I wonder if I have any macaroni? I could make up a batch and freeze it too. Hmmmm, have to check in Fred's rearranged pantry.
Janet, take it easy!! Cool on the strawberry connection. Plant City strawberries are the finest! GO Sens!!!
Thanks Janet, It sounds really yummy and best of all easy to do. Ah... I understand what you mean now when you talk about flooding and with the extra rain and everything melting it was probably the best thing you cleaned it off now. It is quite amazing even since this morning all the snow and everything is gone if this keeps up for as long as they say we will have a wet soggy green lawn again soon! LOL No doubt it won't last long!
Tina, I am so very pleased Fred is feeling so much better again today:-) Wow! what a bunch of yummy things you are making and I could handle some of Fred's sloppy things too! LOL I hope he hasn't put everything up too high for you in the pantry too! We might have to get you elevator shoes for the kitchen:)
So pleased to hear Fred is feeling better Tina. Oops on the pedometer! :) I love reading when you've gone on a big cooking spree. Sounds amazing. I really must try kimchi soon! Shall go check out those pictures in a sec Laura. Thanks so much for posting them! They are actually forecasting a mix of snow and rain for tomorrow Joce. Such crazy weather!
Once again Laura, BRAVO!!! You really have a talent doing those.! It looked like great fun:)
I just checked Janet and they are still calling for warmer weather here but it might be b/c you are in the valley and it is always just a wee bit warmer here. That being said you never know? It is very weird weather for us indeed!
Can't find my stash of soft tortillas!!! Did find some dried dates, 3 jars of olives and pistachios.....might just change things up a bit. Read a recipe from BHG about chicken tenders over rice with a lemon sauce and topped with a chopped dates, olives and pistachio mix for a punch of flavor. Making a batch of La Feria's Secret American Legion sauce!!! Yahoo!!!!!! Will pump up the ground turkey with some onions, garlic, olives and raisins ala picadillo in the roasted peeled poblanos. That cabbage was ten dollars!!!!!!! It better work this time.
Ugh. New avalanche off the Family room roof. That ones harder as there's no good place to throw it down too. :( I had some of the La Feria sauce over a toasted fish sandwich for lunch Tina and it was awesome. I am so pleased you brought that sauce to my attention. I'm addicted. Ouch on the price of the cabbage!
That is the distinct disadvantage of having Fred shop....the price never occurs to him. Oh well, live and learn. Between the napa cabbage and savoy, he spent 15.00 dollars!!
The sofrito smells awesome. Have a flank steak marinating in harissa with onions and peppers. I've got a few more hours of work.
Laura you are too talented!! Old cars and manatees.....favorites! Hey, Marie....I guarantee after cooking all this, Fred will open the frig and say there is nothing to eat in here. What a busy day of errands! I'd be exhausted.
Anyone making Super Bowl Plans? I have to work but I'll record it.
Glad you liked the cars Joce. Its so fun to see how folks personalize these pampered old autos. Janet we didn't go to Blue Springs after the festival. Best seen when there aren't busloads of folks being shipped to it. Also better in the early morning when the manatees are more active. They never are very active, silly sea cows, but they are at least out in view rolling around. Finally decided on dinner. Just popped Feeling Your Oats Salmon Loaf in the oven. Next is to fix up some mashed potatoes and I have a batch of Jicama Slaw chilling in the refridgerator. Probably add a dish of peaches sprinkled with nutmeg on the side.
Tina............so glad to hear Fred is feeling better! Such welcome news!! Yes, such windy weather we are having. Will need to bundle up a bit the next couple of days. Was reading about the weather up your way Lori. Goodness, that is scary!
I, myself, had a horrible day yesterday. Ended up in the Emergency Room last night. Woke up about 2:30am Tuesday morning with what I thought was a tooth ache. Got up, took some ibuprofen then went back to bed. Got up at my regular time, about 5:15am and was fine. Took Ben to school then off to work. Went to lunch, had a delightful bowl of Publix spring veggie soup that one of my assistants brought for me. As I'm eating the soup, the pain set in. By the time I left work I could feel this huge lump on the roof of my mouth and was in the most incredible pain I have ever felt in my life and I can take a lot! Went home and went straight to bed. Could not sleep. My entire right side of my face, from my teeth..........thru my nose, under my eye and up to my ear hurt so bad. Had taken percocet that I had left over from when I had kidney stones, which usually knocks me on my butt, didn't touch it. The pain had gotten to far out of control. I remember walking out of my bedroom around 9:30pm, Ben was there and asked me how I was doing. I started crying and told him I could not take the pain anymore. I swear, I was almost suicidal...........I just want the pain to end. He went running for my husband. Hubs said........let's go to the ER now! By this time the lumb on the roof of my mouth was so large I could not talk right. And the pain, my God the pain! So we get to the ER and hubs helps me fill out all the paperwork. When they took my vitals my blood pressure was sky high, of course from the pain. While I was waiting to be seen, all of a sudden I feel something really weird in my mouth. The only way I can decribe it is like someone turned a facet on. I went to the bathroom and there it came. Blood everyway coming from my mouth. It really looked like a horror movie, sorry if this is TMI! I got really scared but thought to myself, well at least I'm in the hospital! Apparently I had an abcess form at the roof of my mouth either from a tooth or they said could have been caused by all the sinus congestion I have had the last two weeks and it burst. I did once have an abcess in my sinus cavity but nothing to this extreme. After it burst and it kept draining the pain started getting better. By now it's 11:00pm and I am still waiting to see a Dr. The nurse told us it could be a couple more hours as they were really busy with patients. I told my husband let's go! The pain had subsided to just a dull roar by now. I just wanted to sleep at this point. We told the nurse we were leaving and she said to see a Dr. or Dentist first thing in the morning. We went home and I went right to sleep. Hubs actually had to take my shoes off as I fell right into bed. Woke up this morning and had just a minimum amount of pain. Called my dentist this morning and they could not get me in unless it was an emergency, then they would work me into the schedule. Told them the pain was tolerable and took an 11:15 appointment for tomorrow. She said if the pain came back that bad today to call back and they would work me in under emergency circumstances. Well, it didn't. It's still there but nothing, nothing like it was last night. So off to the dentist tomorrow but still may end up at my Dr's if they deem this is not tooth related. A single tooth does not seem to hurt. Last night all my teeth hurt on the right side of my mouth but just due to all the nerves being aggrivated. Yipes.........came on so fast. So that's my life in the last 24 hours, lol! I'm sure once on some antibiotics this will be taken care off........but damn! Didn't see that one coming, lol!
Sorry for the novel. Boys are at youth group tonight and will be fed. Poor things had to fend for themselves last night but Cayce was such a good boy and fixed himself and his brother some frozen chicken patties. Bless his heart! I'm on some soft food with Fred! Hubs is still sick with his cold so it's chicky soup for him. And the beat goes on..............
Ya, I can understand why you didn't go to Blue Springs with all those people Laura. I've never seen a Manatee. Something for the old bucket list. Your dinner plans sound excellent. Kimmer. Oh my goodness. Can't believe it. Poor you. How scary was that? So glad your Hubby took you to the Emergency but I can't believe that when you started to bleed that they didn't take you in. I'm sorry, but from all the stories I have heard from all of you over the years the American Health system really sounds horrific. And I can't believe the Dentist didn't take you straight away either. Like.....does not what you went through constitute an emergency situation? Unreal. Anyway....I hope you get quick answers tomorrow and someone fixes you up asap. A little amusing you are on soft food with Fred. :) You're a trooper you are. Sleep sweet.
Laura, our game in WWF won't work for me. It will not post my word, I've tried a dozen times and it just spins without posting. I've reloaded and refreshed to no avail. It won't even let me forfeit or resign.
Kimmer.....doggone it GF. That kind of pain sounds like total he-double hockey sticks. OUCH. I can't imagine not getting in ahead of others in the ER, and not getting into the dentist faster. Believe me,. I went postal on the doctor's staff when they were going to cancel Fred's surgery over 44 dollars. And I gave the Dr. an earful as well. The fact they didn't operate is even more stupid. Alas and alack. Feel better soon And yeah to Cayce for stepping up to the chef's table.
I'm watching SuperBowl party on Travel channel, it is fun. I have a bunch done and only a few more tasks to complete the day. A crock pot of apples for apple butter and a second crock pot of onions for more onion jam...pumped up with a bit of cooked bacon, some dates and vinegar. Woohooo. The turkey picadillo peppers ended up as a layered dish because my roasted poblanos fell apart. The barbecue pork is done, The green pork enchiladas are done.. Improvised with a soft/hard taco kit. Three kinds of slaw, one pork larb, one sweet vidalia onion, one kim chi, spiced fruit salad with a fig, meyer lemon balsamic vinegar dressing, cauliflower/russet mash with garlic and cheese, broccoli and spinach soup to be served with a sour cream garnish, the mushrooms/onions/pumpkin mixture is cooked and ready for the risotto and broth, sloppy jose/with added creamed corn is done, I even roasted a head of plain cabbage....ummm, 1.00 for the whole head, dressed it with browned butter and a splash of red vinegar and a bit of chopped bacon.
Yikes Kimmer.. I can't believe you were in a hospital bleeding all over yourself and still no one would see you. I'm so glad that you are feeling better now. How absolutely frightening.
Tina I have had that happen to me before in WWF. I think I just restarted my tablet, which is what I play on, and it went again. That of course could just be timing thing and it was actually WWF that had to restart their servers. I have seen them go offline unexpectedly before. Try again in an hour or so it will probably be better.