Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
On a different note, my recipes turned out to be quite tasty. I'm posting them here in case anybody reading this wants them:
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
printable here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/holidays/scalloped-sweet-potatoes/
2 lbs sweet potatoes
4 strips bacon
1 whole onion, diced
2.5 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups milk
grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 325. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (who the heck ever measures stuff like this? eyeball it.) Boil potato slices for 5 minutes, drain, and set aside.
2. Cook the bacon strips. (The directions have you save the bacon drippings to cook the onion. I microwaved the bacon and used olive oil instead of grease. It worked perfectly and was a smidge healthier.) Crumble and set aside.
3. Saute onion until tender. Stir in flour over low heat and stir until a dry paste forms. Add milk, salt, and pepper. I added more pepper than was called for...taste as you go. Cook over low heat and let the mixture thicken a bit.
4. Arrange half of the sweet potatoes in a baking dish. Sprinkle on half of the bacon. Pour on half of the milk gravy. Layer the remaining potatoes, bacon, and gravy.
5. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
*This is a great alternative to sweet potato casserole (of which I am no fan). Easy and tasty!
Caramelized Onion Dip
from "Real Simple" November edition
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 medium onions, sliced or diced (I used one white and one yellow.)salt and black pepper
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 c sour cream
chopped fresh chives
1. Melt the butter and add the onion with 1/2 tsp salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, at least 30 minutes until the onions are very golden brown (but not burnt!). Remove from heat.
2. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, chives, onions, 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste. Stir well.
3. Serve with chips, crackers, pitas, or veggies.
*This was a huge hit. It was even better after it sat in the fridge for a few hours.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- I fell down my wooden outside stairs rather spectacularly yesterday afternoon. Just call me Grace! I'm sporting a couple of giant, throbbing, wince-inducing, nearly-impossible-to-get-comfortable-on lumps. The landscape of my back (and behiney...) may never be the same.
- I'm more excited about Thanksgiving this year than I've been in a long time. Can't wait to get home! I'm pretty pumped about the two recipes I'm whipping up for the feast tomorrow. If they're worth eating, I'll post the recipes later.
- I'm very much looking forward to (and feeling a bit nervous about) the Iron Bowl on Friday. Here's hoping the Tigers hold on to their winning streak!
- I'm embarking on a new sewing project (a 1st birthday present), but it's a secret. I'm really, really, ridiculously excited about it.
- Just realized this is the 100th post. Pretty nifty.
Monday, November 22, 2010
We are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body. Romans 12:5
"God has enlisted us in his navy and placed us on his ship. The boat has one purpose - to carry us safely to the other shore. This is no cruise ship; it's a battleship. We aren't called to a life of leisure; we are called to a life of service. Each of us has a different task. Some, concerned with those who are drowning, are snatching people from the water. Others are occupied with the enemy, so they man the cannons of prayer and worship. Still others devote themselves to the crew, feeding and training the crew members. Though different, we are the same. Each can tell of a personal encounter with the captain, for each has received a personal call..." Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment, p. 578.
I loved this devotion. I absolutely see myself as a "crew keeper". Not much makes me happier than taking care of other people so that they are equipped to fulfill their role, whatever it is. It's been interesting to keep family members and friends in mind when I re-read this. It's fun to try to figure out who fits in each role in God's navy.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I was unhappy with the thuggish behavior displayed by some of the players and some of the fans (from both teams), but instead of griping about it, I'll just pray for all of them :) One thing, though: how stupid must you be to throw a bare-handed punch, over a referee's shoulder, at a player wearing a helmet? And pads? And a face mask? When you're already winning by more than 2 touchdowns? Does it feel good to get booted off the field like a CHILD and have to run past the student section on your way to your time-out corner? Me thinks no. An Auburn man (at least, an Auburn man with any class and self-control) is better than that. Oops, this sounds unkind. Better get back to praying...see how far I fall? And so quickly! I've got my work cut out for me.
All in all, I enjoyed the day so much. I'm THRILLED that I got to go to this game. I'm so proud of my Tigers and their hard-earned 11-0 record and their guaranteed spot in Atlanta next month. War Eagle!
I was wondering why this UGA majorette had her hair pulled back in such a tight bun. The reason why became immediately apparent to me when she, you know, set her batons on fire. All FIVE of her batons. Engulfed in flames. She was easily the biggest hit of the halftime show.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Kanye West is not one of my favorite people. He seems to suffer from a severe case of I-think-I'm-much-more-important-than-I-really-am syndrome. This is a terrible sickness that I hope to never develop...and if I do come down with it, I hope someone will love me enough to knock me down off my self-constructed pedestal. After watching this interview I found on my homepage, it hit me how miserably unhappy Mr. West must be. He needs prayers from more people than just me.
(2:27 and 6:36 are what made me cringe. Ick. Prayers, prayers, prayers.)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- my darling family and friends
- my health
- my job, and a glorious day off today
- the men and women who have served in the military and fought for our country so that I can have the freedom to do what I want to do
- those veterans being much, much more selfless than I am
- the opportunity to go out to the Bham Veterans Day parade today...fabulous
- my new camera...still getting to know each other, but I'm learning more every day
- my sweet students and the things they're teaching me this year
- a few more weeks until I'm done with my last grad class of the semester
- being able to afford grad school and the time to do my classwork
- finally finding skinny jeans made for non-skinny people :)
- stellar weather this week...it'll spoil ya!
- getting to see Mr. Bush on TV several times this week...didn't realize it, but I've missed him and the class with which he conducts himself
- the holidays approaching
- fun plans this weekend...bring 'em on!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
(I took all of these pictures with Nikki. We're still getting to know each other. Excuse the occasional blurriness.)
Let's get to it! (Click the link above for specific directions.)
Step 1: Cut a million bajillion pieces of ribbon. (You could use whatever you wanted, but I think the finished product has more visual interest if you mix different textures and widths of ribbon.)
Step 2: Make loops with your ribbon pieces, stick a pin through them, and jab them on your wreath one color at a time. Don't quit and throw it away when your wreath looks as hideous as in the picture below. It does indeed shape up by the end!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- my family and friends
- my health
- my job
- beautiful, cool fall weather
- a fun day off today spent at Christmas Village with Mimi and Mrs. Linda...it was like an NYC '06 flashback...I loved it
- a day off next Thursday, and the men and women who have served, fought, and even died in order for me to have that day off
- the holidays coming up...so much to celebrate and be thankful for
- my new camera, even though I have yet to take a picture I really like...lots to learn!
- baby #2 news from a darling college friend
- the last few days of daylight past 4:00 pm...love this time of year but really miss the sunshine after the time changes
- the right to vote on Tuesday, and the way it all turned out...here's hoping it's a change for the better
- getting to break out my Dutch oven to make chili this week...didn't use it all summer and forgot how much I love it...next up: this recipe on top of this
- fun plans for the next two weekends
- getting this in an email yesterday...one of my very favorite moments from "The Office"...it's a whole lot funnier when you see the whole episode, but I'll take what I can get :)