Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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- In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine flour, salt, and lemon pepper. Add chicken. Seal bag; shake to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag; shake off excess flour mixture. Set aside.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add chicken to hot oil; cook about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Transfer chicken to plate; set aside. Add scallions and jalapeno to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute, adding more oil. Add ginger, garlic, and lime zest; cook and stir for 30 seconds.
- Drain apricots, reserving liquid. Set apricots aside. Add the reserved liquid to the skillet, scraping up browned bits in pan. Return chicken to skillet with any accumulated juices. Add apricots and toasted almonds. Stir to combine; heat through. Serve hot.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine broccoli florets, olive oil, the water, lemon zest, and garlic. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; microwave on high setting for 4 - 5 minutes. Check for doneness; cook 1 minute more if necessary. Sprinkle with lemon juice; toss. Season with salt and pepper.
Well, I bought the chicken on sale: $10 for 6 breasts. I'm not doing that anymore. I find that cheapo chicken is just rubbery and gross. But, that's not Sandra Lee's fault. Also, it took way longer than 3-4 minutes per side to cook the chicken. Way. Longer. And, one other little note: I did not include the chile pepper.
The sauce was pretty good. I was surprised how it did thicken up nicely. Probably if I had used some nice, fresh, organic chicken this would have been pretty good. As it was, I just couldn't get past the gross chicken. Dave said he liked it, both the girls ate it, and it sure did look pretty on the plate.
The broccoli on the other hand was a huge mistake. None of us liked the lemon flavour. We just like broccoli to taste like broccoli, I guess. Maddie, who normally loves the little green "trees", kept trying different pieces and saying, "Ewww, there's something icky on this one. Ewww, there's something icky on this one, too. Ewww. Do I have to eat my broccoli tonight?"
The second side was prepackaged chicken rice which Sandra Lee actually recommended serving with this dinner. This got 2 thumbs up from both kids who loved it. I hate prepackaged crap: the list of "ingredients" on the packages frightens me to no end. Figures that this was their favourite part of the dinner! I kept thinking, Chef Ramsey or Jamie Oliver would have shuddered to see me making it. Well, I now have both of their cook-books so maybe I'll post something from one of them next week.
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. List these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
And here are 7 things about me you may, or may not, have known...
- My favourite T.V. show of all time was "Moonlighting". My husband's name is David, and my daughter's name is Maddie. Coincidence?
- I have metallic body parts. I have a metal rod and two metal screws in my left arm and three big metal screws in my left knee - all the result of being hit by a car in my 20's. The x-rays are really cool.
- What I like: I consider myself to be extremely loyal and very trustworthy. If you tell me something in confidence - it's vaulted. What I dislike: my "down-smile", my outie, my braces and, usually, my hair.
- I love animals and I have had many, many, different pets including dogs, cats, a rabbit, ferrets, rats, mice, and birds. I think my most beloved pet was my ferret Molly. She was the smartest, sweetest, little pet in the whole world and I still miss her.
- I am addicted to coffee. If I don't get a cup of coffee by 10 a.m. I will start getting really cranky. By 10:30 I'm miserable and I will have a headache that will continue until the next day. I take it with a bit of skim milk (not cream...that is completely gross and makes my coffee taste like someone melted a stick of butter into it) and 1 packet of Splenda (no other sweeteners...nothing with aspartame...only Splenda. If you don't have Splenda I will accept two rounded teaspoons of sugar).
- The movie character that is most like me would be "Sally" in "When Harry Met Sally". Can you tell? Well, I just want it the way I want it. ;-)
- I will not allow Dave to leave the house without kissing all us girls and saying "Good-bye". If he ever did that would be tantamount to a huge fight. We are very keen on saying big "Good-byes" around here...you'll notice that if you ever witness one of us leave and see the rest of us hanging out the window yelling "Good-byeeee! I looooove yyyoooooouuu!" 40 or 50 times. I must say this is my doing - something inherited from my Dad. I often wonder if our neighbours think we are gonzo...but I don't really care.
[I told Dave that I was doing this and that I was trying to come up with 7 "interesting" facts about me. I asked him if he could think of anything. He quickly said, "How about the fact that no other person in this world has ever heard you fart". Uhhh...okay...thanks honey]
So, there you have it.
Now I have to tag 7 other people. I really don't even know 7 other bloggers, so I'll have to borrow some of them:
(Of course) the wonderful Shan, at The Fairy BlogMother
and my lovely friend Simone, at Widney Woman
and the beautiful Michelle, at Bleeding Espresso
and I think I'll tag the clever Jen, at A2eatwrite
and the adorable Leah, at Laughing Leah Loves Lillies
and the brave Kellan, at On The Upside
and cool Karen, at Virtually There.
Thanks again, Storm. I really didn't have much else to say today. :)
Friday, May 23, 2008
But, anyway, when I first got the Braun toothbrush Dave scoffed. He thought it was a silly contraption and he was going to stick with his trusty, old-fashioned, manual toothbrush. Fine by me! So the Braun was mine. Well, mine and the girls': I got separate little brush-heads for Maddie and Jamie. But, generally, usually, my toothbrush head is the one that has remained atop the Braun handle for, oh, probably a couple of years now.
I don't know what happened, but suddenly Dave decided that he is going to start using my Braun toothbrush, too. He got his own little brush-head and, now, he thinks that I should not be leaving my brush-head on top of the handle anymore. He thinks I should have to remove my brush-head and put it in the little cup along with his and the girls'. He doesn't think that he should have to remove my brush-head when he wants to use the Braun. Hmmmm. Well, I suppose that is basically fair enough but, then again, look bub...you had your chance and what did you do? Scoff! That's right - you scoffed and you lost your chance to have equal share in the Braun. I have an at-least two-year ingrained habit of leaving my brush-head on the Braun and you expect me to just change that...all of a sudden...just because you say so? Well, it just ain't that easy, pal.
So, to punish me Dave has taken to taking off my brush-head and hiding it behind my Waterpik in the bathroom. Don't think I didn't notice, Big Guy. Every night I go in there all the other brush-heads are in the cup and mine is...where?....Oh, right. It's behind the Waterpik...right where you hid it!
I didn't say anything. Nope. I just kept my lips sealed. And waited. And waited. For the perfect opportunity.
"What's that, honey?
Where's your brush-head??
What do you mean? You can't find it???"
(insert evil laugh here).
Revenge is a dish best served way up on top of the mirror, on the left hand side, in the bathroom.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- Remove angel food cake from container and invert onto plate; bottom is now the top of cake. With a serrated knife, carefully remove top of cake by slicing horizontally 1/2 inch down from top. Set aside.
- Gently hollow out center of cake. Be careful not to tear inside or outside "walls" of cake. Tear removed cake into small pieces and place in medium bowl.
- Pick out best looking strawberry to use as garnish; set aside. To bowl containing cake pieces, add strawberries, mint, orange-flavoured liqueur, and 1/2 cup of the frozen whipped topping. Fold until combined.
- Fill cake, both well and center with strawberry mixture. Replace reserved top of cake.
- Stir orange extract into remaining frozen whipped topping; frost cake. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and top with reserved strawberry. Chill cake for 4 hours before serving.
Okay, so I didn't bother with the mint because while it looks really pretty in the cake I just know Maddie would have hated that. Also, I had no orange flavoured liqueur hanging around and even though it's such a small amount...probably shouldn't be giving booze to the kiddos. I did have orange extract, though...so I used that in the Cool Whip. The brand of mine is "Frontier" but I don't remember now where I got it...probably from "Goodness Me".
So simple and easy and really impressive looking. Well, mine is a bit messy (Sandra Lee swirled her Cool Whip and I just spiked it. The swirls are prettier. Plus, Sandra had all the little hits of green from the mint in hers - which also makes it look prettier). This would be great if you needed to bring a dessert to someone's house but you really had no time. They'd think you slaved over it all day! Dave thought it would be even better with fresh strawberries and that would probably be true but only if you added sugar and water to them and let them sit for a bit to get all nice and squishy. You need there to be some sugary syrup around them to seep into the cake.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Pretty darn good!!!
Friday, May 16, 2008
She pushed the bowl towards me and started giggling her little Jamie giggle.
Jamie-The-Comedian: One of the many sides of my little Jamie James.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The kids played in the playroom and the yard while dinner was cooking and then ate at the "kids table" in the kitchen while their parents (my brother and SIL) and my mom had a great chat. It was lots of fun and we've learned lots to improve upon our soiree finesse for next time.