Hot Dogs and Rice

March 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm (Daily Ramblings, Dinner at My House)

simple1Ok so admittedly last night we had Hot Dogs and the goodness that is Cheesy Rice A Roni. It was a sophisticated meal eaten on paper plates in front of the television! While I was cooking dinner I was on the phone with my Grandma (dad’s side) and when she asked what I was making I said “Hot Dogs and Rice” and she said “WHAT!” This response is understandable for most people, but the man that I love LOVES Hot Dogs and Rice A Roni! And you know what I do to!! HAHA! Sorry I haven’t made anything decent to post…we are going to Red Lobster tonight for my birthday so maybe Wednesday night I’ll make something FABULOUS!!

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Letter to….my Childhood!

March 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm (Daily Ramblings)

Dear Childhood,

It was fun while it lasted. I am now 21 years old, today, and I can no longer stay in the realm that is you. You protected me from having to grow up, and you know just how to keep me happy. BUT I must be moving on…

I know this will be hard but it must be like a band-aid and make a clean break! I will revel in the memories we have made together, but the part of my life called “Adulthood” is beckoning and I must go to the light that is maturity. I am sad and will never forget how we used to ride our bikes around the driveway, make fun of my sister, and play outside all day until the sun went down. How we were able to get dirty and not worry, because Mom and Dad would be there to clean us up. You have served me well, and I most certainly will dive into the immaturity that is childhood at some point in my next 21 years, so I will be seeing you if only for a fleeting moment. Thank you for all of the memories!

-Me

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The Hell that is Walmart…

March 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm (Daily Ramblings)

Ok…so admittedly I was once deeply in love with everything that is Wal-Mart. I loved the deals the crowds and mastering my way through the hour long check-out lines. I lived and breathed everything Wal-Mart…”Hey Courtney where did you buy (insert any random item)?” “WALMART!!!” This was my typical response.

Lately I have felt as though having to go to Wal-Mart is a death sentence and I do ANYTHING to get out of it…and I do mean anything! I began to dread the parking lot horror show, the battle with the crowds, and the old man accidentally grabbing my ass in the check-out line because he wouldn’t think of backing up in the line! Which meant I had to find a different supermarket to go to every month for groceries. I not only found an AWESOME place that I can always find a parking spot, always find a cart, and the crowd is NOTHING compared to Wal-Mart! (Hey I consider not having to flip someone off in Wal-Mart a great shopping day) I SAVED a TON of money!! I go grocery shopping once a month now and can get everything I need for a cheaper price, and because I do NOT want to go to Wal-Mart very often, I find that I don’t binge shop and over-spend on stupid things that I don’t need!! YAY ME! So all in all I wanted to share the good news, that I dont’ have to battle my demon named “Wal-Mart” any longer! The other grocery store is Price Chopper…but I don’t think it is a national grocer! SORRY!

 

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Work and my Birthday…

March 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm (Daily Ramblings)

So tomorrow is my 21st Birthday, I can’t believe I am actually 21! M. is taking me out to dinner tomorrow but won’t tell me where and he says he is going to blindfold me. Of course I keep asking for clues, but he won’t give me anything substantial! Then this weekend we are taking a train to the City staying with my brother-in-law (soon to be) and then going to Philadelphia on Saturday…spending the whole day in Philly…then coming back to the City Saturday night. We might catch a movie Saturday night, we’ll see…then back home on Sunday by way of the train! I love the train it’s such a peaceful ride! I haven’t been to Grand Central yet and that is where it will be taking us, YAY! Tomorrow night I can actually purcahse an alcoholic beverage in a restaurant! CRAZY!! I’ll probably order one drink and then drink diet coke the rest of the night! I know I’m such a rebel!!
Work is work…as usual…it stinks that my birthday is the end of the month…otherwise I would have probably taken off! Oh well! More tomorrow!

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Pork Chops!

March 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm (Dinner at My House)

IngredientsIngredients:

Pork Chops

Garlic and Garlic Salt

Seasoned Salt

Rosemary

Butter

 

 

 

Porkchops 2

Heat the pan up and put in two tablespoons of butter with minced garlic. Cook till the butter is melted with the garlic. Place the pork chops in the pan and season. After a few minutes flip the porkchops and season the other side. Cook until they are done!

I also cooked corn with it…because we are out of yummy rice a roni!! haha!

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Chicken, Homemade Fries, and Cheesy Bread

March 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm (Dinner at My House)

Chicken, Homemade Fries, and Cheesy Bread:

The chicken that we used was already pre-cooked mesquite chicken that you can buy in a nice big bag at Wal-Mart! It is very yummy, and you just have to cook it in the oven.

Put vegetable oil in a pot and turn on the heat (medium to high) to make sure it is hot enough when you are done cutting the potatoes.

Wash off 5 or 6 potatoes, we used red russet. Cut the potatoes to your liking, we cut them in small squares like French Fries! LOL

I made the Pioneer Women’s garlic cheese bread, http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/03/garlic-cheese-bread/
That M. loves so very much now! I only modify the recipe a little bit, I don’t add as much mayonnaise and if I don’t have cheddar I use mozzarella, and if my fiance has eaten all of the fresh parmesan I use the pre-grated kind!

Start cooking the fries by putting batches into the oil until they are brown and crispy. Then you salt them as soon as they come out, so that salt sticks!!

Plate everything and wash it down with Ice Cold Tea!!! Yumm!!

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Steak and Rice

March 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm (Dinner at My House)

Steak and Rice:

Stir-Fry steak (I prefer the stir-fry meat because it comes already cut up)

A-1 Steak-sauce

Teriyaki

Garlic (salt or the real thing)

Rice (however much you can eat…I usually make 1 1/2 cups to 3 cups water.)

Start the rice. For every 1 cup of rice it is 2 cups of water! And DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT stir the rice…it will get all mushy if you stir it at anytime. Keep it on a high flame until it boils and then turn to low heat and cover with a lid.

Fry the stir-fry steak in butter and garlic(if you have real garlic) season meat with garlic salt, seasoned salt, and salt and pepper (whatever you like for seasonings). When the steak is almost done add the teriyaki sauce in to fry the rest of the way in. I like to make sure the steak is swimming a bit, and the meat will soak up the teriyaki so it’s yummy! When all of the water seems to have evaporated into the rice, take a bite if the rice is done that turn the heat off. If it’s not done add a LITTLE more water…but still without stirring!

When rice is finished, add stir-fry steak with some of the teriyaki juices (if there is any left) and add A-1, to taste, to the rice and meat mixture!! So yummy and it is a staple in our kitchen. It is also very very easy! ENJOY!

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Sick Day…

March 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm (Daily Ramblings)

Today I am staying home sick from work…I am beyond tired and can’t wait to rest and then hopefully have a good weekend! I get to spend the day with my “kids” who at this point in my life is our kitten (Chevy) and our turtle (Izzie). Can you tell my fiance is into Chevrolets??

He owns a 86′ Camaro that he is constantly working on…but this time he is converting it to 6-speed and updating a bunch of stuff, including the exhaust and headers that I bought him for Christmas! I must be a good wife to spoil him so! I call myself his wife becasue that is how he refers to me, even though we have over a year before our wedding! This is his Camaro, and is fun to ride in! I also got to drive it a couple of times, and I must say the speed is addicting! Now that he is converting it to 6-speed I won’t be able to drive it, unless I learn how to drive manual!!  This is his "other" love!

This is his “other” love!

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Construction and Road Rage

March 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm (Daily Ramblings)

As an occupant of New York that must use various roadways to go about my daily business, I am always surrounded by someone with road rage. And usually not just the “finger” but the tailgaiting and various other forms of rude behavior in a vehicle. When I first moved here I was deathly afraid to drive. I thought as soon as New York residents heard that someone from Fremont, Nebraska was driving on their roadways that they would systematically run me off the road. This did not happen, and I became accostomed to driving in this great state. I landed a job that is close to the city, 1 hour and 15 minute commute each way, that brought me to almost the heart of the traffic beast! I slowly learned to navigate and to speed like a true New Yorker….along with this New York driving knowledge came unbelievable road rage! Even M. (my fiance) gets upset at my road rage. I am terrible, and if you are in my way look out.

I now wonder when I go and visit home again will I be a New Yorker visiting, or will my driving become more relaxed and I will be a normal driver again?

And good old contsruction! UGH! They just finished a section of the highway that I frequent a couple of months ago, and while my commute was better, New York state decided it would be best to screw with my commute. So they started road work at the very exit I get on and off the highway! LOVELY! So now I have to go through town on back-roads so I dont’ have to sit in traffic for 30 minutes and the road rage beast will not be unleashed! Please pray for my sanity as I drive daily!!

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