I really wanted to post something today. Something very pithy.... I got nothin'.
I am pleased to announce that the J-Boy is back to his normal happy self. Although we had 4 days last week when 6:30am was (apparently) the new pink. And, I have to tell you, it's not pretty.... especially when it includes me shuffling around the house, trying to remember how to do things like make breakfast, walk, think, speak..... or do any of those things at the same time.
Happily, Jacob respected the Day of Rest and slept till 7:50am yesterday & after 8am this morning.
Oh! On Sat, I got the greatest present EVER (other than, you know life & my son) from one of my uncles. It's the vest my grandfather wore when he performed in Western Re-enactments umpteen years ago. I have a picture of D-Daddy in full "Marshall Dillon" regalia & he's wearing the vest. I about started crying. It's doubly amazing to me for 2 reasons.... a) I was uber-close to my D-Daddy & b) the whole me-being-an-actor-and-him-wearing-it-to-perform-in-thing. I'm going to clean it up as best I can and have it archived/framed when I have the $$.
Here he is: Winston W Freeman in full Western gear.
Many years later with his granddaughter- your intrepid bloggerette.
I had to put to rest my dear, loyal AOL email address. I've had this email address for 10 years. That's commitment, people. The evil enemy spam finally did it in. Eesh. I hate spam. Grrr.
So, I've stepped into the brave new world of other email providers and went with another service. I like it so far.
But, with changing the email comes the oh so fun joy of having to get that new address out to all my nearest and dearest. That's a royal pain in the back end. I sent out a mass email, posted on facebook & I'm still not sure I've covered all the bases. And there are all couple of those email subscription thingys that I keep forgetting to change over.
In other news, little Jacob is on the mend. Thank goodness. And I got another B on another paper. Whoo-hoo! And I'm about half-way finished with another paper. I might be taking a break to blog at this very moment in time!
Yall want to know the greatest thing about winter?
The scarves. The beautiful, flowy, colorful scarves.
I heart them on so many, many levels & so should you. For let me assure you, they are not simply there to keep your neck warm. Oh, no indeedy! They are nature's perfect necklaces, I tell you! In fact, I rarely wear necklaces in the winter because of my great and abiding love.
So, while the winter chill still nips at your sweet little cheeks, keep wrapping yourself in your beautiful scarves!
... and a book review. Thought I forgot all about those, didn't you? :-)
An awesome primer, reminder and encourager for Christian moms with little lad's barreling through their houses and their hearts. Mrs. Courtney reminds us all that our sons face very real dangers in the world and yes, they do need their moms to help protect & defend them and to help them to learn to make good choices. We have such an unique opportunity to mold warriors, not wimps. In my humble opinion, it's a must read for any mom with a son.
On the Jacob news front: we went to the doctor yesterday afternoon, looks like the poor kiddo picked up a virus. :-( He's on a strick meal plan for a few days. Pedi-lite, water, and the (often, aptly named) BRATT diet. It's the Bubonic Plague, I'm telling you.
**for those who don't know, the BRATT diet is Banannas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea & Toast**
So what's going on in my little corner of the world?
Well, let's see.... little Jacob is sick. Huge Bummer. Took him to the doctor last week & our rockstar family doc diagnosed him with an ear infection. Ick. Now, he's snotty & coughing up a lung. ::sigh:: And all that snot its making for a vomitous little boy. As an extra special gift last night, at 1:30 in the blessed a.m., the poor little dude threw up all over me, him and the floor in his room.
And let me tell you something, there's not much that will snap you into wakefulness like a vomiting 18 month old.
And as an extra special treat, I'm fighting off this plague. Awesome.
Yesterday I ate leftover chips, salsa and guacamole from Papacitos for lunch. And it was glorious, I tell you.
And can I just take a moment to tell you the greatest way to cook & eat asparagus? Snap the woody ends off, coat them in extra virgin olive oil, & wrap 3-4 in a strip of bacon. Then salt and pepper. Throw those puppies in an 400 degree oven & watch them closely. When the bacon starts crisping up, pull 'em out & hit 'em with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Yummy.
Do you know the Pioneer Woman? You should. She's got a salsa recipe that I'm itching to try. You know, when I'm done slaying the Black Plague that's currently invaded my house.
So, it's snowing today. In Dallas. In Texas. Snowing. Inches of snow streaming from the sky.
In Dallas. Texas.
And the little J has an ear infection. Bummer. We went to a playdate at Faith and Liliana's house on Monday afternoon. Which, by the way, was sooo much fun. I love being around an adult! And watching J play with someone his own age. Little Liliana is about a week and a half younger than J and about a head shorter. Too cute to see them running around together.
Anyway- sweet little J went down for a nap and when he woke up- bad things were happening. Snotting, bad mood, etc. He went to bed at his usual bedtime & then woke up at midnight & stayed awake until 4. Tuesday was not a fun day for the little dude & Tuesday night kinda sucked the suck of the doomed too.
We went to the doctor yesterday (Wed) and all was made clear with the diagnosis of the ear infection in his right ear. Poor little dude. Happily, though I can report that he slept all night last night.
And did I mention the snow? Cause, yeah. It's been snowing all morning & it ain't going to stop anytime soon. In fact, I do believe I heard the trusty, rusty weather man say that the snow would keep coming until midnight tonight.
I have found myself in a bit of a chicken rut these days. But hey, who hasn't? I've also been searching the World Wide Web over to find a good 'un'fried chicken recipe. Yes, I said 'un'fried. I want the crunchy texture- but not the greasy mess of having to cook in 1000 degree oil. And, let's face it- that's a trip to the ER that I really don't have time for. ::sigh::
Anyway- I found a recipe that sounded promising, but there was one problem.
Shake 'en Bake... you aren't a friend of mine.
But, fear not! The intrepid cook/blogger got creative last night and a tasty meal came forth from the kitchen & will now and forever more be on my chicken cooking rotation! And now, I share this masterpiece with you.
chicken (duh)- I used a mix of breasts & legs 1 bottle Ranch dressing- I used Buttermilk ranch, but use whatever you have on hand.
Breading Mixture: Panko- Japanese bread crumbs... trust me. basil oregano pepper garlic salt (I played fast and loose with the measurements here. Go with your gut, but go easy on the garlic salt- a little goes a long way.)
Throw the chicken and the ranch dressing into a ziploc baggie & refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. I mean it, no less.
Set your oven to 400 degree & get the breading mixed in a shallow pan. Snag a baking sheet (or 2) out of your cubbord and spray with some PAM. When the chicken has marinated long enough, dredged the chicken and place on your greased baking sheet. Into the oven it goes for 40-45 minutes, turning the chicken once.
**I turned the chicken 20 minutes into the cooking time & flipped the baking sheet around cause I have a freaky oven that cooks hotter on the back side than the front.**
Depending on where your oven grate is, the breading might start to burn a little (mine was on the middle rack), just lower it if that starts to freak you out a little like it did me.
The chicken came out yummmy, moist, & nice and crispy all the way around. No soggy, nasty real estate on these birdies. Next time I make this, I'm thinking of adding a little Parmesan cheese to the panko breading. :-)
OH! and I almost forgot! Here's something that has changed my brownie making life FOREVER! FOREVER, I tell you. On a suggestion from another, I poured my brownie batter (thank you, Mr. Hines.) into cupcake baking cup & baked them in muffin tins. Brilliant, I tell you! They are the perfect serving size and they have their own little cuppies to keep the mess in place! I may never make brownies in a pan again.
Happy Monday, InterPeeps! And- if you have a moment, say a prayer for the Parkers. They are trying to get their son out of Haiti. It's been hell.