Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Was it just my DVR dying or was the whole episode really “jerky” for everybody?
Is Sayid going to be wearing purple all season? Maybe he’ll get a jumpsuit soon.
Where is Farraday and what happened to him?
Where have I seen that drawling mad scientist guy before? I know he's been in some other show.
*Updated: The Mad Scientist is Larry from the Bob Newheart Show. You probably remember his brothers Darryl and Darryl.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
These popovers are like a very light and airy biscuit. They really rise in the oven as teh moisture in teh batter heats up and turns to steam. Be sure not to open the oven door and let any of the steam escape while they are baking.
Preheat oven to 450. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.
With an electric mixer, beat the eggs until frothy. Beat in the milk, flour, salt and pepper.
Spoon 1/4 cup batter in to each cup. Bake 15 minutes; reduce heat to 400 and bake until browned, about 12 minutes longer. Serve immediately.
Per popover: 86 cal, 1 g fat, 0 g sat. fat, 54 mg chol, 177 mg sod, 14 g carb, 0 g fib, 4 g pro, 46 mg calc. 2 Points
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Of course I advanced Duke to the Final Four because they're Duke. Even I know how good Duke is. I remember Christian Laitner and the Coach "Crew-za-wew-ski" commercials. In honor of Brian's favorite team, I went ahead and took the Louisville Cardinals as far as I could before the aforementioned Spartans took them down. And finally, if I were to ever care about college basketball and have a favorite team I'm sure it would be the Fighting Illini, so I took them to the final too.
So that's it, in all of it's convoluted glory. I will admit that it will make watching hundreds of hours of basketball over the next two weeks much more interesting. "But how is it working for me?", you ask.
Well, the Illini let me down big time and totally screwed up my bracket all the way across. (I kind of expected that based on the raised eyebrows Brian gave me when I announced my Final Four selections. Also based on that incredulous look I have a feeling Missouri may not be the Champs this year.) But I am currently 12 for 16.
I didn't realize that a Terrapin could just pull into it's shell thereby defeating a Golden Bear, and having no clear idea of what an Aggie actually is I couldn't accurately determine if she/he/it had a chance of beating a Cougar from BYU or not.
Considering everything, I think I am doing pretty well.....better than Brian actually. But who's counting?
BTW, I'm not the only one with, shall we say, questionable Tournament picking strategies. Check out Shannon's post from last year about her interesting logic....and her husband's subsequent eye rolls.
Me too. What a co-ink-i-dink.
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This week's episode solved a couple of small mysteries. For one, I'm releived to find out that they didn't crash again....just more like had a rough landing. Secondly, the baby is Ethan. Makes sense. Gonna be hard to kill a guy you watched grow up, though.
Of course, I do still have some questions. Why didn't Sun disappear? Where is Farraday? Where did he go? What happened to him and what instructions did he leave for Sawyer and Juliette? What happened to Ole One Eye that used to run the Flame? I thought we might see him again. How did Sawyer have anything that would fit Hurley? A baggy sweatshirt is not sufficient.
LOL line of the night:
And I must say, thank goodness for the jumpsuits. I don't think I could stand everybody wearing all those 70s clothes.
Yay, Sun!!!!! It had to feel good to knock Ben's block off with that oar. I was wondering how he would get left behind with the injured people from the plane crash/landing. I'm glad she did it but I feel like she may regret it. Ben might have known how to get back to "when" Jin and the others are. Of course now she's found Christian/Jacob (that guy is like a bad penny, he just keeps showing up) so he can probably give her the details. I was crushed that Sun was not "when" Jin is. I'm so ready for that reunion.
Little Ben is there already. I knew it!!! So, do all of the other fake Dharma people know who he is? Surely they've met him and put two and two together. And I was speculating that Dr. Chang was Miles' Dad and we'd see a big moment when Miles realizes that he did grow up on the island, but so far that hasn't materialized. Is is possible that Miles and the Doc haven't run into each other yet? How big of an island is it?
So based on the scenes from next week I'm anticipating a good cat fight (or at least the first rumblings of it) between Kate and Juliette. (My husband is hoping it will be in the mud again.) I'm also thrilled/afraid that Sayid may see it as his duty to kill Little Ben. As always, I can't wait to see what happens.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in to bite sized pieces
1 jar apricot preserves
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 small can pineapple pieces (optional)
1 large green pepper cut up (optional)
Place chicken in bottom of crockpot. Mix ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Even if it's just for a day or two we are taking full advantage of the spring weather. The shorts have come out of the closet. The sandbox has been opened. The bike tires have been aired up. The baseball stock has been replenished. The running shoes have been laced. The slide has been washed off. The garage has been cleaned. The first of the garden crop has been planted.
Don't these pictures just scream SPRING to you?
**Update: Since the writing of this post and the taking of these pictures Spring has indeed departed from Southern Illinois. Temperatures are back down into the 20s. I told ya so.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Family Fun Magazine gave me this idea to encourage kids to practice the piano. They recommend burning a candle for as long as the practice lasts. When the practice is over the candle is blown out and saved for the next time. When the candle burns down to nothing then the little Mozart gets a special treat of some kind.
I ran the idea past Ryker and he loved it. What 9 year old wouldn't want to combine fire and music? We decided to try it for the first time last night. It worked great, but Ryker realized just long how it is going to take to burn that 12 inch taper down to the base. I think he is a little more motivated to practice now.
When trying to light a candle that is sitting on your piano it helps to have matches....somewhere in your house. When you do find a match you still also have to find a box with a striker on the side so that you can light the thing. Barring that, I am here to tell you that it is a bad idea to attempt to light the match by striking it on your 9 year old son's jeans zipper. It tends to make him a little nervous and elicit a lecture from nearby 5 year olds about how dangerous the whole situation is. However, it does inspire a more whole-hearted search for a real match box.
*No children were harmed in the development of this post.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If you are one of the other 3 people living that hasn’t heard of the book, let me explain. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA has a standard lecture series where they ask professors to give a lecture as if they knew they were dying and it would be their last one. The unique thing about Dr.Randy Pausch’s (professor of Computer Sciences) lecture is that it really was his last one.
At the time he gave the lecture he had been told he had 3 to 6 months before the pancreatic cancer that he had been fighting for a year would take his life. He was 47 years old and knew that he would be leaving behind a wife and 3 young children that probably wouldn’t remember him. Written for his children, The Last Lecture covers the same material as the actual lecture and gives a little more background into the life of Dr. Pausch. He is an unbelievably upbeat and optimistic guy and a tremendous teacher. The book (which sold over 2 million copies, while Pausch really only wanted the first three) is as hilarious as it is unbearably sad.
Dr. Pausch’s lecture is entitled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” and in it he reveals his childhood dreams and how he was able to achieve all of them(working at Disney, being Captain Kirk, experiencing zero gravity, etc)….well, except for that NFL thing. He praises his parents and confesses his undying love for his wife and children.
“Children need to know that their parents love them. You don’t have to be alive to give them that.”
Just reading about Dr. Pausch’s life is enough to inspire greatness, but reading about his death (as he says, “Turns out dying is a great career booster.”) inspires hope and a real look at what is truly important in our lives.
No one should die without reading this book!!
You can also check out Randy Pausch’s website http://www.thelastlecture.com/ to watch the live lecture or for a look at his blog (be sure to read the e-mail from JJ Abrams), his obituary, a lost chapter of the book, and more information about fighting pancreatic cancer.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This fall I froze a LOT of pumpkin. I made a few pies at the time, but most of our pumpkin crop was cooked, pureed and frozen for later use. Later is now.
Frustrated with my lack of freezer space, I decided to break out the orange stuff. I couldn't get the bags of frozen pumpkin because the cranberries were in the way. That is when I had what Oprah calls "an ah-hah moment", and I decided to search out a recipe that would incorporate both ingredients.
I ended up making some delicious little mini muffins and taking them to ladies night at Pottery Hollow (pictures of my latest creation coming soon) where everyone ooohed and aaaahed over them all night. I decided it might be nice to share the recipe with everyone. I of course, can't take any credit for it because it came straigth from allrecipes.com, as usual.
So here it is: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar; add the pumpkin and oil and mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cranberries. Fill foil-or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
This recipe will make approx. 24 regular muffins. If you want to make mini muffins decrease the cooking time to 10 minutes. You will get close to 4 dozen mini muffins.
For more great recipes check out Tammy's Recipes and Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays.