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French onion soup, 1st attempt. :)

Posted by on 10 May 2009 | Tagged as: cooking, hobbies

My first attempt at french onion soup

My first attempt at french onion soup

Random thoughts

Posted by on 16 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: caretaker, chores, cleaning, cooking, family, nature, wifehood

1. Tri tip steaks (as in, tri tip that’s cut into steak-sized portions) work well in the oven. Just make sure to put a little water at the bottom of the pan, sprinkle some salt & pepper on ’em, and pre-heat the oven to like 425 and reduce heat to 350 after a couple minutes.

2. I’m very much digging the tech work, though I’ve been in housework catchup mode lately. (Still am, as I’ve lost most of today to a migraine.)

3. Spring is nearly here… woo hoo! The daffodils have made their appearance, and all that snow seems to have helped some of the lawn re-appear here and there.

4. Our eldest cat, Velcro, is 21. The next eldest, Xtra, is 16. They’re the original two cats my husband had when I met him 13 years ago.

5. My poor husband’s lumbago has been really bad this year. 🙁

Filthy crock burritos

Posted by on 05 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: chores, cooking

Take a couple pound hunk o’ pot roast and put it in a crock pot with a large can of enchilada sauce & a small can of salsa (my husband prefers green sauce over red sauce, so I use green). Add water until the beef is covered. Cook on low for 2 hours.

Then, sort and rinse 1 to 2 cups of raw pinto beans and add them to the crock pot along with 1/4 of an onion. Turn crock pot up to high and cook 2 to 3 hours, or until beans are soft.

Take out beef, shred, and put in the middle of a tortilla. With a slotted spoon, scoop out some beans and pour on top. Add salt and grated cheese.

A great side dish is a salad with sour cream. 🙂

New Year

Posted by on 17 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: cooking, family

So, my experiment didn’t work out that great, but I learned a lot from it. So I suppose that’s something, right? 🙂

Been listening to a lot of self-improvement-type podcasts lately. Trying to fill my head with different perspectives so I can finish the changes I’ve been slowly making over the past two years or so.

Last summer, I made the bittersweet yet necessary decision to put an emotional distance between my Mom and I. It was largely to protect my self-esteem and my sanity, but it was also my way of accepting that she’s just not going to provide the emotional support I need because, frankly, I’m more intelligent than she is.

As a result of all that, I’m now finding myself a lot happier in my own skin and in the life I’ve chosen to live.

I’ve spent more time this month doing the “assistant” part of my job than I have in months. I love doing component upgrades on circuit boards as much as I love using my clothesline or cooking!

Being productive is starting to feel as comfortable as being depressed used to be. Woo hoo!

How very American Housewife of me…

Posted by on 06 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: chores, cooking

Homemade apple pie with home grown apples. 🙂

My first apple pie, made from apples from my yard!

My first apple pie, made from apples from my yard!

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