Climbing on the brick
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Climbing on the brick
Monday, September 21, 2009
Whose that driving?
Let's go explore!
Trying the bell
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Buffalo Chicken Chili Mac [new site - Geocities is closing in October...I haven't finished my "move," but I'm trying to make sure everything new goes here.]
Modified from Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book [which Ray got me for my birthday]
2 tablespoons oil [she used olive oil, of course...I used veg oil]
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
5 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chicken stock [I just use chicken boullion cubes...I'm sure Rachel is cringing somewhere]
1/4 cup hot sauce [you can go up to 1/2 cup depending on your hotness level. I actually (as I'm a wimp) went a little shy]
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes [this does not exist in my store...I just use the larger one and estimate]
1 pound whole wheat elbow macaroni [my store brand of whole meat comse in 13.25 oz boxes...not sure why...]
3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese [she used 1/2 cup of this and 1/2 cup blue cheese...we don't like blue cheese so this is my version]
1/4 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Preheat broiler and place a large pot of salted water over high heat to bring up to a boil for the whole wheat elbow macaroni.
Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add oil. Add the chicken bits and brown them, about 5-6 minutes. Add the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, paprika, bay leaf and some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook the veggies, stirring frequently, until tender, 3-4 minutes (I usually go longer as I like mine actually cooked...not a fan of uncooked veggies like most chefs seem to be). Add the chicken stock and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the hot sauce and crushed tomatoes, and bring up to a bubble. Simmer the chili for 8-10 minutes to let the flavors come together and thicken it slightly.
While the chili is simmering, toss the pasta into the boiling salted water and cook via package directions. Once cooked, drain the pasta and toss it into the chili, then transfer everything to a casserole dish (9 by 13). Remeber to pull out bay leaf. Sprinkle the cheeses evenly over the top and place it under the broiler until the cheeses have melted and the top is golden brown, 2-3 minutes.
Makes 6 servings. [I halved this and still got like 6 servings, so this makes a TON...all RR's recipes are giant sized....this one definitely is....a full dish of this will serve a small army!]
Adam didn't nap yesterday (so not a help), but he is sleeping today. Hopefully he'll be in a good mood when he gets up as I have a baby-sitter scheduled for two hours this evening as I have papers to grade for my history class.
Well, I'm off to try to write a syllabus before I meet with a student....my life is so exciting....
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I started my beginning of the month cleaning today - hopefully I'll be putting up my fall decorations soon! Wish me luck!
- Belle Pointe by Karen Young and Merry Christmas, Baby,which is an anthology with a novella by Karen Young as well. I wrote about Blood Bayou, which I read first. Blood Bayou was her first Christian fiction novel and I have to tell - definitely her best! I think going Christian fiction was a wise decision for her - there is really much better development of the characters. Belle Pointe kind of skirts the religious issue in a few places and has some cool plot threads, but overall, still not even close to Blood Bayou. Merry Christmas, Baby, since it was a novella, I wasn't expecting much from and as a seasonal novella, it is fine - nothing special, nothing wrong with it. All her books are the estranged spouses getting back together.
- The Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert, which is part of her Beatrix Potter series. This series really scared me at first as it contained many things I don't normally like, but I continue to enjoy it. They are simple and delightful. While all mysteries, they often don't even have a murder, being very light and therefore great for a light read. They'd actually be a great gift for a young girl, just getting into mysteries. This series is slated to have just eight books (this is number six), and you can see Albert winding this towards where she wants to end - Potter's marriage to Will Heelis and move to Sawrey (which she really did). This book even married off some more of the sideline characters - definitely working through that list quickly - I think Albert plans to have everyone married off by the time Beatrix gets married!
I'm currently reading Tears of the Pearl by Tasha Alexander and Another Hour to Kill by Anita Higman, so you can look forward to hearing about that when I'm finished. I've also been rereading a lot lately - always enjoyable!
Monday, September 07, 2009
Playing in the sandbox
More sandbox footage
On the slide (this is the "big" kid section)
Figuring out the balls (also on the "big" kid side)
- We are giving up on potty training for now. He's just doesn't get it and that's fine - he's still very young. The only reason we were trying at all was that he seemed interested.
- Adam is getting very good at some words - like JUICE!
- Mom and Brian both had birthdays yesterday (Sept. 6) - yah!
- Billy is now finally really getting going on his house.
- I got two of my big book order - so excited! I'll be posting on them as I finish them. I also finished another book the other day that I will try to post on.
- Ray is going to DC for an aviation convention week after next - hopefully he'll learn a lot! Ray and I are going to DC with Adam over Christmas - we are going to see the Chinese terra cotta soldiers that are touring! I'm SO excited.
- Dad got a moose today and found the wallet he thought he lost LAST hunting season. Seriously, it had been in his hunting pack ALL YEAR!! Mom had to cancel all their cards and whatnot and it was in his pack the entire time! Maybe he'll find the gun he lost 30 years up there next.:)
- I tried a recipe for a new soup (brown nice and lentil), but it wasn't good, so I'm not posting it here.
- Dave's retirement has been pushed back two months to December 1st.
- Dave is probably coming up the last weekend in September so we can can tomatoes.
Okay, I think that's about it for now. I'll try to get some pictures up tonight.
Friday, September 04, 2009
First, the hours businesses keep here. Now we all know government offices have ridiculous hours meant to keep you from actually being able to visit them - that never changes. But here all the businesses have ridiculous hours! Acme in Kent - the main grocery store - closes at 9! Wal-Mart in Kent closes at 10 (honestly not sure if this still true as they are now Super Wal-Mart and might have extended their hours)! This is a COLLEGE town - this is ridiculous. Now I don't expect 24 hours, but I do expect - from Wal-Mart and the grocery store, at least 11. Now, what set me off, is the bank. First all the banks around here are barely open on Saturday - way worse than ND or AK Saturday hours ever were. But I was out on Wednesday to go to the bank and on that day of the week they close at 2 PM!!! This is ABSURD!!!! It is almost enough to make me change my bank (which I've considered anyway since my bank isn't in Ravenna, not even an ATM). Added to that they are usually closed by 5 most days, rather than 6 anyway, but still 2 in the MIDDLE OF THE WEEK!!! Businesses in Kent are known to just randomly close for a few hours - again COLLEGE town! And they have no stuff for them!
Now, my second, annoyance with Ohio. See in ND and AK and you either lived in town or you didn't. The "big" towns had everything you needed, but most of the little ones had almost nothing. That's okay, at least when you went to the "big" town you could get everything you needed (for example, going to Anchorage). But Ohio (at least our area...I realize the middle of Ohio is much more rural) is like one long line of medium towns. And everything is spread between them. So if you need to go to three stores, you have to go to three towns. The problem is that these towns are only about 5 miles apart, but it takes 30 minutes to get there because of traffic and speed limits! It is so inconvient and TIME CONSUMING. I realize this isn't a conscience thing (like the stupid hours), but it is so aggravating.
Third, traffic here SUCKS. No one can drive in a reasonable manner (i.e., my way). All the roads have so SLOW speed limits (except the interstates) and you have to crawl. In addition, now that Kent is back in session, both Kent and KSU are a MESS, although that's most universities. But I will say that KSU is laid out so WEIRD. It is all circles and hills and NOTHING connects. I was complaining to a professor once and she was like, well, its an old school. It was founded in like 1910 - UND is OLDER and they have straight roads! And Kent isn't that big - it isn't like they have an excuse....again just weird.
Okay, I think I'm done complaining for awhile. I was just very aggravated on Wednesday - I thought it was just Streetsboro that closed early, so I went to Kent, nope, closed as well. Then I had to drive on campus....you can see how all of this combined!
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Anyway, I'm just whiny - Ray is going to be really busy all next week - Aviation Heritage Fair, so we will see very little of him. It is always like this during this period.
We taped some more videos tonight for class - I'm really close to being done. We tried Ray's new office tonight, so we'll see how that went tomorrow when I look at the videos.
Well, I have to finish reading posts and then I should go to bed.....