Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, my hormones are so out of whack that I, in the absence of salt and vinegar potato chips, am considering heading to the closest ranch and fighting the cattle for a turn at the salt lick. Is this part of getting older? this salt craving? Why am I not craving CHOCOLATE?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It feels like I am stuck in my room, gazing through my window, seeing all my friends playing outside without me.
I'll be back. I'll let you know how I survive my first foray back into public speaking in 10 years.
Go visit Tracy and check out her advice, as well as ideas from her commenters, on how you can VERY EASILY help out less fortunate students start the new school year with pride and promise! Go. Now!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Also, a shout out to you road warriors who put up with that traffic every damn day. You have nerves of steel. My stomach was in knots. If you are not aggressive enough, you'll miss your merge or exit, but if you are too aggressive...well, this IS Texas....you never know when some cowboy is gonna shoot you, literally, like with a bullet.
(There is no one on the internet who can butcher sentence structure as well as I can. I am so proud.)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This picture is attempting to show all of you who have suffered my endless obsessing about shades of white, almond, cream, vanilla, and a myriad other shades of "not quite white, like old white!" Can you see how the cabinets are different than the white trim? In all of the other pictures they just look white due tot he stupid flash andmy inability to take decent photographs...this is the best I can do.
Wall color is a little lighter than I had envisioned, but I still like it. And, it does look a little deeper in person than it does in these pictures. ( I think the flash is once again the culprit)
Tomorrow, electricians are coming to put in fans and lighting. Painters will be her to finish up some final touches. Next, need to get the travertine repaired, buffed, and sealed. THEN, time to get the recessed built-in office designed and installed. Finally, at some point, it will be time to put in floors everywhere else in the house! Oh, and one more thing, I now HATE the paint in my front living room when seen from the new kitchen, so I guess I'm going to be painting it now too! Boy oh boy! These things really do take 10X longer than you plan, even when you are planning realistically! until we are done you will have to put up with my pictures, because at least my mom likes them and they upload faster here than they do through email!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Well, can I just say that logging onto Twitter and discovering that I now have ZERO followers compounded that problem. Yeah, Yeah, I know it is a technical problem, but hey, I was already in a funk. My fragile psyche/ego doesn't need any bruising!
UGH - going to bed. "After all, Tomorrow is another day."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Now, if you are STILL opposed to the cooked fruit, I suggest this peach pie. It is only good in the summer when you can get great peaches. My husband looks forward to at least two of these during the height of peach season...
Fresh Peach Pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (sometimes i like to use half salted, half unsalted)
2 cups powdered sugar
3-5 tablespoons brandy (to taste) (can use peach brandy if you prefer - I like unflavored)
1 fresh-baked pastry for 9 inch pie (cooled, not warm from oven!)
6-8 large fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4-1/3 cup sugar (depending on natural sweeteness of your peaches)
Freshly whipped cream sweetened with sugar and vanilla
*Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar and brandy beating well. spread in bottom of pastry shell. Chill in fridge for a bit.
*Combine peaches, lemon juice, and granulated sugar; cover and chill.
*Whip your cream with sugar and vanilla to taste.
*Drain peaches. Arrange over butter mixture in pastry shell. Top with whipped cream.
*Try not to assemble too far in advance. 2 or 3 hours should be okay. Try to serve as soon as as possible for the very best results!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I have a feeling that Ms. Handler's lawyers might have a few unpleasant meetings with me regarding copyright infringement or IP issues though. Oh well, in your heads, you can all now pretend that that is the new name of this blog. Or, **SUDDEN BRAINSTORM** it COULD BE my new tagline! HA! Yes. AND THEN you can all go to Blogstle and I will mix up fabulous vodka concoctions for everyone!!!
You're all putting this on your reading lists right now, right?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Back to the fast...I shouldn't be so surprised to discover that while I do miss the food, what i REALLY, REALLY, REALLY miss is the DIET COKE!!!!!! Sweet baby Jeebus! I may perish from the lack of my constant companion! On the bright side I have discovered that Peach Fresca and Black Cherry Fresca are rather DELISH! The only glitch with these tasty beverages (clear, no sugar liquids!) is that, especially with the peach variety, I keep thinking, "You know what be good? If I put some vodka in here!" But, for Erika, I resist! Cuz she has some steely willpower and I can't let 'er down!
Okay, they are about to turn off all my electricity AGAIN so, This is it. The per usual poorly written, disjointed, not edited thoughts that i throw up on the screen!
Tomorrow we can talk about some trashy crap whereby girls who slept with your boyfriend (for an AUDIENCE!) in high school want to "friend"you on facebook!!! WTH???
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Do I not look preggers in this picture? Must burn that shirt immediately. Such a shame - I thought I loved that top!
Rich will hate that I included this picture, but I HAD to beecaauuse, look at Connor's face! Me thinks someone was annoyed! (If you can't see his face - I think if you click on the picture it will go to full size. Same goes for all of my pics on this blog far as I can tell.)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Help a girl out, would ya?
At the moment the only thing I've tried that is still available is
Textastic. You guys are creative, funny and all that...help me out!
i had a big, serious post planned about how I am once again bemoaning my place in life because of a conversation i had with a doctor while getting pedicure yesterday....Who needs THAT kind of crap on a FRIDAY?? And, well, obviously, a cool Twitter name is MUCH more important!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Yes, half of my driveway is GONE - very convenient for all those crews working on my house, um, OR NOT! Although they probably LOVE it - seeing as how they get paid per hour of labor and they spend 25% of their time moving their trucks at the City of Fort Worth's whim...
You know that deep down inside you wish you had one of these parked in your front yard, too!
Did I mention that all of this insanity of making the street look like a war zone is to result in our street being narrower??? Because some brainiac at City Hall decided that every single street in Fort Worth should be exactly the same width. Our circa 1950 streets are too wide. "They" say that this will save the city millions in the long run when it comes time to resurface streets. Yes, after you pay to extend every single homeowner's sprinkler system, sod the new portions of "yard," and create new curbs....yes, I can see how that will save you TONS of money. And, NO, they are NOT putting in sidewalks with the reclaimed space - dumb. dumb, dumb...
I need some more pie. Pass a fork, please.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
If you have ever read about how this blog's title came to be, then you know I am, proudly, a southern girl. Well, in the south, we believe that anything can be fixed with food. Unfortunately I can't feasibly bake and deliver goodies to all of you. (Because I SO WOULD if I could!!) Instead, I'm just going to share my favorite easy chocolate pie recipe and you can all whip one up. We can have a virtual coffee-and-pie girlfriend pick-me-up date! This pie is not as rich and sinful as a French Silk (Rich's fav!), but it is a very rich and decadent result considering very minimal effort! I far prefer it in a blind-baked, traditional pie crust (Pillsbury roll n' bake will do!), but my kids prefer an Oreo or chocolate graham crust (which you can, of course, purchase pre-made at the store!).
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3/4 - 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (do not use milk chocolate!)
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 generous tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 11/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into a few pieces
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped with 1/4 cup sugar (OR, if in a hurry pick up a can of the Extra Creamy Reddi-Whip!)
- Possible decorative and tasty toppings - finely chopped toffee bars, toasted and chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, use your imagination or use nothing at all - that's fine too!
Heat milk (NOT the condensed milk!) in a a medium-large saucepan until it just begins to bubble around the edges (DO NOT LET IT COME TO A BOIL!) Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate chips until melted.
While that cools a bit, stir the condensed milk and vanilla into the beaten eggs. Stir together the cold water and cornstarch until it is not lumpy. Add cornstarch mixture to the egg mixture.
Add the egg mixture to the chocolate in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat whisking constantly. Boil for about 1 minute. the filling will thicken and smooth out very quickly once you reach this point. remove from heat and stir in the chilled butter.
Spoon mixture into your crust of choice. Chill several hours. Top with your sweetened, whipped cream. Add toppings if you choose!
I am very sorry to have told you a lie. I told you that my life had not been all that interrupted by the remodeling. Well, I can no longer stand by that statement. First of all, I was awakened this morning by a cal from my contractor (good neighbor friend a few houses down) at 6:54am to tell me that the worker bees were at my back door and couldn't get in. Duh!!! Every other work crew has shown up between 8 and 8:15am. My whole family was still sound asleep at 6:54am!!!! And then, this happened... (I hear it will be worse for the next week as the bed and texture, and paint crews start sanding and spraying)
What? You don't make breakfast in your bathroom?
BUT, BUT, BUT, Hey Mom!!! I have a PANTRY!!! FINALLY! Its not as big as we would've liked, but it is light years better than nothing which, as you know, is what we had before today! AND it has a door switch for the light - I LOVE those! they are ingenious! (Yes, indeed, I AM easily amused!)
BTW, this is not me asking you to tell me I'm not a pathetic loser follower and to join Twitter like all the other cool kids. It is more of a vent about my bizarre personality flaws. Ever wish you had been born with a different personality?
Monday, July 7, 2008
Now, if somebody could just help me make a final decision about CABINET PAINT!!!! AAARRGGHHH!!!! I know WHAT I WANT. I just am not sure how to MAKE IT HAPPEN! I want a "white' that is not white, but I don't want it to bee to creamy either. In my head I dream of a color I call "vanilla." And, don't give me any crap about painting the cabinets - I hate oak, okay? HATE HATE HATE.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Progress, but a pain in the butt nonetheless. Also, I can't blog or generally waste any time on the net during the day since they keep turning off the electricity! They seem to think that their not getting electrocuted supersedes my needing to know about Tessie's "deal!"
In general, I find that Facebook scares the crap out of me. Having to "invite" people to be friends with me? Are you kidding? Like I haven't suffered enough of "I'm not quite cool enough for anyone to want to be friends with me" in real life?? #%$&*!?! Like I now want to drag that insane insecurity to the virtual junior high that is the internet???? I find blogging to be much safer for my fragile psyche/ego. Read, don't read. I don't know you. I don't care. It didn't even bother me when Sylnnro's stalker-troll left me a comment letting me know how boring I am. DUH!! Tell me something I don't know, Buddy!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
You know the most stupid aspect of my affliction??? It is that when you are commenting on a blog you can type, edit, and choose your words carefully. But me? Hell no. I give more thought to what I say, out loud, in person than to what I jet off in a comment. Heck, I don't even spell check comments.
At what age or milestone can I look forward to not making an ass out of myself anymore?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
WHAT kind of face is that you ask??? The face of a kid who REALLY doesn't want his picture taken, yet has been bribed for his compliance.
Hey! My kid is UNDER the water!
Um, mom, if you keep calling my name to take my picture I'm going to get tagged and have to be Marco!
Yep, we built this, uh-huh, SUUURRE we did!
WHY WHY WHY was I wearing THIS damn suit and NOT one of the two I had like 8 million compliments on??? Also, could it not have been taken the day after I recovered from the salmonella poisoning and had the flattest stomach ever? So flat in fact, that my bathing suits would fall down!
No, Grant, we can't see you AT ALL! Nope, not a bit!