Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Lately I've become fully obsessed with two things... 1) Bitchin' Kitchen. Seriously. She's gorgeous, she's crude, she cooks amazing food, and she makes funny faces at the camera. I LOVE Nadia G! She makes me wish I was canadian...and italian...and thin with always matching pumps and fingernails. And I l.o.v.e. her kitchen...esp the vintage knobs on her cabinets. I DVR every episode and watch it a few times through...and I always find something new that makes me laugh. I'm even thinking of starting Hans' training that he never quite gets into-but it has SOMETHING to do with 5 sets of 15! He's exactly what I imagine Quinn in the Sookie Stackhouse series would look like! Anyway...we get the cheapest option on our Dish network, so we only get Cooking channel like every other month-but if you get Cooking Channel..WATCH her. You'll love her! source 2) Our new family member. Beauty. I wanted to change her name, but nothing else fits..because she is absolutely Beautiful.
It took me months to find her...I've got this silly, stupid, idealistic, maybe even romantic idea about horses. I've watched movies and read books and seen 'relationships' between horse and owner. Like a friendship between human and beast. We've had horses before...(4 actually) and I've never had that. I kinda thought I just wasn't the person for it. I mean I get along great with goats, cats, and dogs...maybe I'm just not horsey....So when my Dad told me he wanted to get a horse (another one, the last one we gave away to an Amish kid) I knew that it would be a process. I didn't want just 'any' horse. I wanted a connection. I've had two bays....and I didn't really want a bay. I wanted a black horse..(might have something to do with the PC Cast book obsession and Hades dread steeds)-but really...my criteria was kinda low-1)not more than an hour away, 2)over 2 years old, 3) at least halter trained-because I'll be doing the saddle training (scary!!), 4) has some magical kismet connection. Not that bad right?
The first horse I looked at, before I even GOT to her I could tell she didn't like me. No really. AND she had 1 blue eye. My Grandpa (the one I never met) always told my Dad "never trust a horse with a glass eye" (meaning blue)-so I might have prejudged her a bit...but she wasn't the horse for me.
I'd emailed a lady and never heard back about this random black horse...and after I'd semi given up my search she emailed back..so I arranged to go meet this horse. We first met Beauty on a drizzly cold day, but even in the rain she acted calm and unaffected. She let me pet her and where I didn't really feel a connection, I knew she was a gorgeous animal and had a nice feel about her. Then she lifted her big head from grazing and full on nuzzled my Big ol Daddy. A man she'd never met..that's when my heart flipped. She's been our baby ever since.

Monday, November 15, 2010

How about High School?

I'm going to go back to how I ate in High School. Sounds weird right? But no, really. I've heard people say to teenagers "you can't eat like that forever!" And yet, here I am...28 years old and thinking that's the way to go! Why? Well.... -high school lunches: premade portions + daily salad='s I ate a salad EVERY day. And most of the time I'd move whatever was in the big spot on the tray to a smaller spot and get a bigger salad. I also had at least ONE serving of low-fat milk daily with my lunch. I say daily...but weekdays is what I mean. -sweets ONLY on a rare occassion. Birthdays-yes. Random high school spirit day-yes. Even though I worked at the local grease pit that had ice cream..I didn't eat it everyday! This, my friends, is why I'm pushing Husband to let me open a bakery-because THAT way I'd be able to be around baking everyday and wouldn't need to bake to eat. I could bake to feed OTHER people. :) I know there was more to my high school diet than that....I know I did alot of bad things...drank ALOT of soda. I didn't drink caffeine but I'd suck down Sprite like a fiend! But since I got the baking bug, it's like my FAVORITE thing to do. Really...when I get a new cookbook-those are the FIRST recipes I go for! How do you moderate something you are obsessed with? How do I go back from baking all the time-to JUST on special occassions? It's gonna be hard...I'm not going to like it. But I think it will be better for me. So here's my plan....ONLY TWO baked sweets for the rest of the year. Wait, what? Yes. I'm the one that is doing dessert for family Thanksgiving. So that is one. And the other I'll probably save for Christmas. It will give me more to look forward to, right? Either that or I'll just go insane from lack of sugar. Maybe not insane, but I can almost guarantee crankiness. The cookies pictured at the top of the post are partially to blame. Those sneaky little sirens called my name until I ate them all. And I don't even really LIKE chocolate chip cookies. But these are different. These are Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are the devil. I first encountered them at Can You Stay for Dinner. Thinking, naively that this gal is 1) totally gorgeous and 2) totally thin...so eating ALL of these cookies wouldn't negatively affect me. Um..ha. It doesn't work that way. And I really doubt she eats ALL her cookies..like a certain cookie monster does *points at self* Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans (adapted from here) 2 cups + 2 T AP flour 1/2 t baking soda 1 1/2 sticks salted butter 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 t mexican vanilla 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup finely chopped pecans Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan over medium high-melt your butter and let it brown. This took me a good 10-15 minutes. Your nose will know, as will your eye when it's ready. It gets this delicious 'nutty' flavor. Pour the browned butter in your mixing bowl, and add the brown sugar. Mix Once combined add the eggs and vanilla. Mix Then add your flour and soda. Mix Then mix in your chocolate and pecans. *I ran my pecans through my mini chopper so they were seriously tiny pieces* I used my mini scooper and went to down on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Baked these babies for about 12 minutes per sheet. Let them cool. Then went to town with a glass of milk. You have been warned. And if you have NO self control, like me...well...I informed you thusly. (*giggles* anyone know the tv show?)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Golden Chicken Stroganoff

Really..ONE of these days I'll get a camera that actually makes my food look appealing...because THIS meal...ROCKED. And rocked hard!
Golden Chicken Stroganoff
2 chicken breasts, butterflied then cut into thin strips
1 onion-chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms (or any probably would do)
some oil
seasoning salt black pepper
3/4 cup sour cream
Very quick and easy... oil in a pan onions in oil until soft (but not colored)-add mushrooms-add black pepper-cook until golden.
Remove veggies and add a little more oil season chicken with seasoning salt put in pan and cook until golden Add mushrooms and onions back to pan Add 3/4 cup of sour cream...mixy mixy.
And yea...that's it. No really...that's it. I served ours over brown rice, and along side some cheesy broccoli, and a simple salad.

 Even though Dad hasn't seen any results on his scale (they have an old school black doctor's scale) I can tell by looking at him that he's lost some weight. It comes off of him in his arms and chest first. Weird huh? When I lose it, I notice first in my calves and wrists! How about you? I'm working on chili for dinner...is it a good sign when it's already burning my eyes? Ouch! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

the start of something...

Am I the only one that saw faces in my breakfast??So my venture into ONE-derland was short lived...b/c the scale said 205.8 this morning. *gulps* Obviously October was NOT my month. It's the first and it's a Monday so my initial mentality is to jump on some bandwagon...and I'm going to. 70lbs is NOT a small number. But it can be broken INTO smaller numbers...so that is what I'm aiming for. I've got a wedding in May to get ready for, and another next October. I know it's ambitious to want to lose weight in November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas)-but I'm gonna try. I'm gonna try the journalling thing this time around. Writing down EVERYTHING I eat and drink. I'm still breastfeeding a certain blue eyed boy, so I can't be as gung ho with cutting calories as I 'need' to-but we'll see how it goes! It's harder to post lately because this.... demands alot of attention..this is a shot of what happens when I'm on the computer. But it's such a cute distraction, isn't he? Also..despite the fact that I gained over 5 lbs this past month..I haven't been cooking alot of stuff. I think that might be part of the gaining problem. We ate out ALOT this past month. My Dad is starting a diet today...the HCG diet...I don't know much about it..but I do know our friend Jean has lost 60lbs in the past 3months by following it! You take this HCG supplement under your tongue, and a multivitamin and follow a REALLY strict diet. You have to break up with milk, starch, most fruits (apples and oranges are ok), and *gasp* cheese. Dad has a long road ahead of him...he's about 375lbs..and would ideally like to get to about 200. I'm gonna be there cheering him along!