#WeekendCoffeeShare 5-23-16

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I am a little late for the weekend coffee share. Sometimes I think I have nothing to talk about so I think about it for a few days and get a pencil and paper and start writing stuff at night before bed.

So I will tell you some of the stuff that happened this week. Nothing earth shattering but I would probably talk about it if we were having coffee.

I ordered a new vegetable peeler from Amazon. It was in a package of 4 things. I also ordered a lens cap leash for my camera. You stick it on the cap and it has a string attached to elastic that fits around the lens. That way I won’t lose the cap.

Anyway I got an email that the package was delivered by the post office. It said it was left in the box and they put the key in your little box. I walked over to the post box and there was no key. The mail lady put the key in some other box.

I drove to the post office and told them they delivered my package to the wrong person. They said “It says it was delivered.” I said “Yeah it was delivered but not to me. Now someone is going to get my package and I don’t get it at all.” They didn’t even know who she gave the key to. I kept walking over and both big boxes finally had a key in it which means they picked up my package. I opened the box and it was empty so they took it. I saw the mail truck and I drove over to it and talked to the post office lady. She said yes she delivered it, she put it in the big box and left the key. I told her she did not leave the key in my box for it. She said she didn’t know she will look and see if they left her a note. I told her that no one drove the package to my house and left it at my door. She said “Well that would be against the law if they did that.” Well isn’t it against the law to deliver my package to the wrong address for her? The next morning I walked over to the mail box and looked to see if the big box was still empty. It had a key in the door so I opened it and my big box was sitting there. Someone put it back. Anybody could have walked by and opened the box and took my package. I am just glad that I got it. There are some honest people in this world.

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I made the best tasting chicken yesterday. I had 2 small chicken breasts. I get a big pack of them at Sam’s Club for $1.88 a pound. I told you how I shrink wrap them and freeze this in another post. I covered the chicken all over with a new spice I got. It is this. Brown sugar and bourbon seasoning. It has a smoky hint to it.

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I then got a cast iron skillet and rubbed the inside of the pan with lard. I like using lard. I don’t really like to use vegetable oil. I don’t use a lot, I just rub it on the pan with a paper towel. Then I heated the pan and put the chicken in the hot pan. I cooked each side about 5 minutes. The chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165 which destroys harmful germs.

I also looked up a recipe for macaroni and cheese in the Betty Crocker cookbook.

MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE:

2 cups elbow macaroni, 2 tbsp. grated onion, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3 cups cheese,

2 cups of thin white sauce.

So boil the macaroni in a pan of water. Make the white sauce.

2 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp. flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper and 2 cups of milk.

Melt the butter on low heat and then stir in the flour. Cook it and stir it for about 1 minute.

I just used my new pepper and salt grinder to put the salt and pepper in. I didn’t measure it. Then pour in the milk and stir until it boils. Let it cook for a minute after boiling and the sauce is done.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Drain the macaroni and then place half of it in a casserole dish. Sprinkle on half the onion, salt and pepper and put half the cheese all over it. I used medium cheddar shredded cheese and mixed Fiesta cheese that is like 5 different cheeses from Walmart. I didn’t measure it, I just put on a couple of hand fulls of cheese. Then put the rest of the macaroni, onion, salt and pepper and more cheese. I then poured the white sauce all over it and added more of the cheese. I like it cheesy. The recipe does not call for that.  Bake for 30 minutes at 375 covered. Oh yeah put some pats of butter all over the top before you bake it. After 30 minutes uncover it and bake for 15 more minutes.

It tasted SO good. I didn’t take any pictures of it. I forgot too. I was too busy going Yummmm. It made me want to go down to the fridge later and eat the left overs. I didn’t do that. We are having it for dinner again tonight. I am going to make salmon patties.

I need to go to teach my son how to make fried rice. He is taking cooking class and for the final project he has to cook something for one of his teachers. He chose fried rice. He asked how they make fried rice at Ganghis Grill and they said they use pineapple juice and soy sauce. We will have to try it to see if that is they way he wants to make it for his teacher. I bought some good soy sauce at the Asian market. The lady said to buy sweet soy sauce so I did. She said that makes the best fried rice.

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Daily prompt: Underestimate

The daily prompt is Underestimate.

I started thinking about this one. When you go to RV parks they give you these rules, all printed out that you are only allowed 6 people per site. No noise, keep it quite after 10PM.

Pick up after your dog. Blah, blah, blah.  I mean they print that out, they have security people driving around all day. But at night they go home and then it all goes out the window. I guess I underestimate that what is printed on the rules mean absolutely nothing.

My husband asked me if I like going camping. I do sometimes but sometimes you are just surrounded by ass holes. Like when we went to Pismo Beach in California. I think we went for 4 or 5 days. My son loves to walk the beach for miles and miles and look for sand dollars. Right across the street was 2 trailers with like 40 people. I don’t know where they all slept but they would all gather right across from us in a large group and drink all night and talk really loud and play loud music until like 3 in the morning. I didn’t go there to hear a loud group all night long. I think they must have slept in their cars because there is no way all of them could sleep in 2 trailers. Then right next to us was another large group of people that drank all day and all night. The longer they drank, the louder they got too. They started drinking early and decided to have a hamburger cooking contest between each other. They came over and wanted us to taste their burgers and judge the hamburgers. They talked my son into being the judge. I didn’t want to do it. And the thing is my son does not eat hamburgers or even like them. But they didn’t care so they came over and got him when the hamburgers were cooked. They also asked another couple just behind us to be the judges too. This old couple sat outside all day drinking. They would start with beer, then change to several bottles of wine and then it was cocktails all night long. But they were quiet. They went over and judged the hamburgers. My son came back after he tasted the burgers and told them the one he liked the best. He said they were all plastered drunk. I said “Were any of the burgers any good?” He said “No.” But the person that won was so excited and then the party got really loud….all night long.

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I don’t really like being around all those drunks or hearing them party all night long. The thing is that the campgrounds (RV parks) by the ocean are really expensive for the night. It costs $100 a day. I don’t really like paying that much to be surrounded by loud, obnoxious people. I told my husband that maybe we should not go to busy places around any holiday. It seems like where ever we go there is always the loud party crowd that blasts their music all night long.

I called the number on the paper to report the loud people, there is never an answer. The phone never gets picked up. Maybe they should just say “Do you people plan to party all night long” and put those people in a section with all the other party people. They could just have a giant party. But they would so “Oh no, we do not” because there are rules and you can only have 6 people and no noise after 10PM. I think a lot of them say “No alcohol” allowed. “Do you have any alcohol?” “Oh no, we do not, we would not think of bringing any”. As they fill 20 bags of ice and beer into their giant coolers.

One time we were camping and the guy across from us drove up and put up a tent. He got out this huge cooler, the kind you put on a boat, those big, big white ones. He then proceeded to fill up that ice chest with about 50 bags of ice, maybe more. It took him a long time to fill it. I thought “Oh no, he must be having a lot of people coming over the next night.”  He did, the next day the place was packed and he was having a giant beer party.

I think “Why me, why do we always end up by the all night party people.”

 

 

Slow cooker Turkey

We had a frozen turkey breast in the freezer. I love slow cooker chicken so I thought I would cook the turkey in the slow cooker. I let the turkey thaw in the fridge for a couple of days. I got the slow cooker and put it on the counter. I cut the breast into 4 pieces. and the turkey took up the whole bottom of the slow cooker. I poured 1/2 cup of EVOO (olive oil) into a glass bowl. Then I squeezed 5 oranges. I used a tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a shake of Badia seasoning. It is a blend of spices. I love that stuff.

My son LOVES carrots. I buy a big bag of organic carrots at Sam’s club. I find those little pre peeled carrots had no flavor at all. They are easy to use but they don’t taste good.

My son helped me peel the carrots. He wanted 24 carrots in the pot. Then I got a bag of those small yellow potatoes and he wanted a lot of those so I peeled 12 of those and cut them in half and each piece in half again. I hate peeling potatoes. Carrots are not so bad but those little potatoes are hard to hold and are slippery. Next time I might get out my apple peeler I have. I wonder if it will work on a small potato. I have never used it.

I saw a You tube video where this guy put a bag of red potatoes into a bucket of water and attached a new toilet bush to a drill. He put the brush in the water and ran the drill and every thing spun around and around. He said to do that for one minute. When he was done all the potatoes were almost all peeled. I would love to try that.

Cook the turkey for 4 hours on high. It tasted so good. The meat is so tender and good. My son ate all of the carrots and potatoes after we got our portion. I had two pieces of turkey left over so I sealed them in those seal bags for turkey sandwiches.

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This is all the carrots and potatoes in the pot ready to serve.

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A good and easy way to cook turkey.

Weekend coffee share 5-14-16

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Hi, I am glad you stopped by for coffee. I have a fun exciting adventure planned for us today. Before we go through the star gate we have to get suited up.

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A glass helmet will be put over you face so you can breathe. We can’t stay very long on this planet we are going to go visit. It is far, far way from the sun but has the best shooting stars to watch. We go through the star gate and end up on this tiny planet. It is dark but we can see from the flash lights we have. The ground is black, like black iron and it is a little rough to walk on so be careful. Up in the sky there are shooting stars, big and full of color because we are pretty close. I hope they don’t come close to us. I didn’t think about that when I planned this trip.

We saw the stars so we went back home. I didn’t want us getting fried from a star smashing into us. Lets have coffee and I will tell you about my week.

I went to Sam’s club and they had 5 dozen eggs for $4.28. I bought them. When I got home I thought what am I going to do with 5 dozen eggs. I probably won’t eat them all but it was a really good buy at the time. That is 60 eggs so it comes out about 7 cents an egg.

Today I scrambled 4 eggs and mixed in a hand full of cheese and browned up half a tube of sausage. We (hubby and I) mixed the eggs and cheese in the sausage. I got a package of tortillas at the dollar store and heated some tortillas. We put the eggs, cheese and sausage into a tortilla and spooned a spoon of salsa over the eggs. Wrap up the tortilla and have a delicious breakfast burrito. It tasted so good.

The other day I tried making eggs in the mini rice cooker I bought. Wolfgang showed how to do it so I tried it. It did not work out so great for me. The rice cooker stopped cooking when the eggs were half way done. It would not click on for more than a few seconds to finish cooking. I took 3 eggs and put a little bit of cream and cheese in it and whipped it up. I added some bacon. You butter a piece of bread and lay it in the pot butter side down in the rice cooker. Then pour in you eggs. Cover and click on the rice cooker. I think it might do better with 2 eggs only. I put 3 in. After a while I just took it out of the rice cooker and  put it in a pan and cooked it for 10 minutes in the oven. It is not beautiful but it did taste good.

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I don’t think I will ever try to make it in the rice cooker again.

I got a new camera lens for my Nikon camera.

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The camera came with a 50mm lens. It is a really nice lens but I could not take great far away shots with it. This is a 70-300 mm lens. It does take nice far away shots. I got it on Amazon for $112. It is used but like new condition. It even came in the original box and it looks brand new. Good enough for me to take a picture with once in a while. The forest service was burning an area about 10 miles from me. I got a picture of that.

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They burn stuff so that it won’t be so bad if there is a fire. It made a lot of smoke though and the air is all smoky along the mountains now.

I went to the 99 cent store to buy some oranges because you can get a bag of 99 cents. When I was standing in line I saw Rocky Road dark chocolate candy bars. I LOVE marshmallow candy bars. I bought 6 of them because they are so hard to find. When I got home I grabbed one to eat. I noticed on the side that it said mint flavored. I do not like mint flavored chocolate very much and now I have 6 mint flavor candy bars. I ate one and the mint is not too strong but it is not my favorite. Those candy bars are going to last a long time around here.

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I do have a couple of chocolate ones though. Those are my favorite. The Hershey’s special dark with almonds are really good too.


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Weekend coffee share 5-7-2016

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Fantasy time.

If we were having coffee we would go through this star gate, all blue and spinning. Lights flashing fast all around it. Foggy air, like a cloud in the middle.

DSCN1240  A big ramp leading up to it, all covered in crushed diamonds, because you can only get through it if you walk on diamonds. “Like diamonds in the sky.”

I would have a thermos filled with cold McDonalds Frappe coffee and a pocket of Rocky Road Candy bars. (It’s a fantasy, put what ever you want in your Thermos.)  We step through the portal and end up on a beautiful beach. The sand is white and shines with sparkling crystals. The water is turquoise with gentle waves. Up in the sky is 3 moons. I say “Don’t go in the water.” Who knows what is in there. As we sit down I take out 2 cups, uncap the Thermos and pour the icy, slushy coffee into the cups. “This trip only lasts for an hour”, I say.

     I have been reading this fantasy novel this week, where this ex-cop is a Fae  and people and tiny people step out of this light filled tree, who talk to him. They are from another world or plane. The book is called “Return of the High Fae” written by Tom Keller. The book inspired me to think “what if” for my start of my post.

I will tell you about some of my week. It hailed a lot yesterday. My dog started barking like crazy so we opened the front door and went outside. The sky was a dark grey and you could hear thunder. Then the hail was pouring from the sky. Little balls of ice were falling from the sky and hitting and bouncing and covering the ground. It covered the ground, the street, the driveway, the cars. It was coming down hard. I looked over at this little blue spruce tree and it was full of the ice balls that was the size of big white pearls.

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I put the picture on Facebook Kolo 8 news page to show then all the hail.

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I then got a message from a woman named Becky from ABC World News asking if they could use the picture. I said yes they could. Today I watched Good Morning America and they had my picture up first thing talking about the hail out West. My picture was on GMA.

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Isn’t that neat? I am so excited they used my picture for their program.

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I have one more thing to talk about. Time goes by fast while we are on this new planet.

I made Shepherd’s Pie and wanted to share with you how to make it. It is so easy and delicious. I bought the 90/10 sirloin ground beef today. I only used a half pound for this. Use a pound if you need to feed more people. I only made it to feed two.

Brown the ground beef and chopped up onion. I sprinkled on garlic salt and pepper. You need 2 cups of hot mashed potatoes. I used a package of instant potatoes. Cook that and mix up 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. and 3 ounces of cream cheese. Mix it all up. I used one cup of frozen peas and carrots and microwaved it with 2 tbsp. water. Make a package of brown gravy. It makes 1 cup but I only put in a little over 1/2 cup in the beef.

Put the gravy in the beef and then the peas and carrots. Then put the beef in a loaf pan.

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Put the mashed potatoes on top of the meat.

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Then put on 1/2 cup more of cheddar cheese. I used medium cheddar.

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Bake in the oven 375 degrees for 20 minutes and take it out of the oven and serve it on a plate. It is so good. My husband said to make that once a week.

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Yummy.

Well it is time to go. Let me know how you liked your visit and I will come visit you too.

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Weekend Coffee share 4-30-2016

It is Weekend Coffee share. If we were having coffee I would tell you about different things I did this last week.

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Last night I could not sleep because the cowboy song kept playing over and over in my brain.

I want to be a cowboy and you could be my cowgirl. Yippy yi  yippy yo yo. That is what keeps playing my head. Over and over and over. It is a song that I listened to the other day and it is like stuck in my brain on repeat.

I now hate that song SO much I am going to go get the flash drive I put it on to play in my car and delete it off. I hate when songs get stuck in your head. Does it do that to you too?

See I have been putting all the songs I ever had on CD’s onto my flash drive. I ran across that song and played it a lot and then I recorded myself singing that song because I wanted to see what I sounded like singing it. UGHHHHH, don’t do that if you can’t sing well.


I was at Costco the other day and they had a sale on photo books. I bought one for $12.99 and I have to go online to their photo department and load up like 45 pictures to put in that photo book. I have been going through old old cd’s that I put pictures on and searching through all my flash drives to add pictures to my computer to put in that book. That takes hours to do. The pictures are old and taken with a crappy camera so I am going to try to type the date on the picture and adjust it to not look so bad in my Corel photo program. That will take hours. I want all the pictures of my son when he was little up till now in that book. I also got 50 free pictures from Sam’s club for signing up with their photo dept.

My husband said he wanted 2 more pictures in the living room. When we would go to a National Park last year I would buy a poster in the gift shop and we framed them and put them in the living room. I have Death Valley and Canyonlands and Arches and a few more.

He wanted two more so he looked on the internet and they are expensive. I said I would look through my pictures and enlarge a couple of them. I checked Sam’s Club and they sell large pictures. I found two, one of a beautiful hot pool at Yellowstone by the Yellowstone lake and one of Flaming Gorge in Utah. They only charge $9 each for a 20″x24″ picture. I had them made and they make them so fast. In fact I put it in to make and then the lady called and said my picture was done. I had just put in it to be printed. I went and got them and they are so nice. We framed them and hung them and I think that they look better than the quality of the posters that I bought at the parks.

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Well that is all I can think of today. Go to the link at the top of the page to join in the weekend coffee share.

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Sometimes I put things on Tumbler, just quick thoughts. I write them down sometimes with a picture and post them. Nobody reads them on there but this is a dream that I had the other night.