kelliem: cat licking window (lick)
( Jun. 9th, 2008 10:50 am)
Just some rambling...

I was disappointed to watch the first ep of the new Ice Road Truckers season and find that neither of my faves from last season are back this year. On the other hand, it's cool that they're based out of Inuvik this time. I found myself looking for Ray and Fraser in the background, then I remembered... they're fictional. ;P I'm continually amused that IRT has been lumped into the History Channel's "American Originals" series. I suppose if you take "America" to be "North America" not "United States of America" it works.

In Top Chef news, I am absolutely disgusted that Antonia is out and squinchy-faced black-cloud Lisa is still in the running. Gah. Why her? Other than that she makes a good bad guy? ETA: Tom Colicchio explains it all. I guess that the "lucky-dog-who-keeps-skating-by-effect," in which a chef of decent, but not stellar, skills gets lucky and doesn't screw up at precisely the moment that one of their more gifted opponents does." makes sense.

I've watched the first two eps of Next Food Network Star. I am not impressed with any of them. Also, is it just me or does Lisa Garza (another odd chef named Lisa?) bear an uncanny resemblance to Sandra Bullock? (separated at birth, I tell ya!) I keep wanting tell her to step away from the spray tan... yikes! Sometimes she looks like a reverse raccoon.

My Flickers have apparently been chased out of their nest by squirrels. This bums me out muchly but there isn't anything I can do about it. Nature red in tooth and claw and all that. :( In the backyard the feeders are attracting a wide variety of pretties though. Cassin's finches, house finches, house sparrows, chickadees (mountain and black-capped), goldfinches, blue jays, black-throated sparrows, mourning doves, and once I saw a red-headed woodpecker. Oh, and there is also the usual assortment of greedy grackles. I have to move my main feeder to a hook up under the eaves every evening at sunset or the raccoons come and raid it. I could just leave it there, I suppose, but it's much harder to watch the birds there.

I tried a new recipe last night. It was supposed to be an asian pork roast cooked in the crock pot but by the time I got to the store to buy ingredients and then prepped it was too late to do it in the crock pot so instead I cubed the pork and used the sauce recipe with a few additions and just cooked it on the stove for an hour. It actually turned out quite well-- sort of a cross between teriyaki pork and curried pork-- nicely mouth-warming but not painfully spicy. I served it over rice with steamed broccoli and it was yummy! I don't want to forget the recipe so I'm posting it here behind the cut )
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (Default)
( Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:32 pm)
Not only am I finished shopping three whole days before Christmas, but I have also wrapped and tagged everything. I got the packages that needed mailing mailed in time (I hope!) earlier this week... this is unheard of. The tree has been up and decorated for a week. The holiday party at work went off without a hitch. I have my oyster stew makings ready for Monday night (it's a Christmas Eve tradition around here, since the kidunit's usually at his dad's so I can cook seafood!). The only thing I didn't do this year was holiday cards. I didn't see any that really grabbed me, other than some at the Tattered Cover featuring two ravens, which I should have bought the day I saw them. But I didn't, and I didn't want to make a special trip to Denver just to get holiday cards so I went without. Ah well.

I made an impromptu dessert a bit ago and it turned out amazingly well, so I'm sharing the 'recipe' such as it is. I was craving something a little sweet but am a bit tired of cookies, so I took a Pink Lady apple, cored and peeled it, evened off the bottom and put it in a small baking dish. Then I filled the core with a mixture of brown sugar, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg, and drizzled a couple of tablespoons of Marsala wine mixed with a drop of vanilla extract over the whole and baked it in the toaster oven at 400F for about half an hour. The Marsala caramelized, so when I pulled it out of the oven I melted a tiny bit of butter into that to loosen it up, then cut up the apple into bite-sized pieces. Cutting the apple, of course, released the brown sugar/apple juice into the caramelized Marsala and made a fantastic syrup. The apple was still nice and firm, and it was warm and spicy and delicious.
kelliem: pumpkin (pumpkin)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 07:56 am)
Sometimes in the morning I'm running late and haven't had time to fix coffee and toast so I stop at a local bagel place and grab a bagel and coffee. This morning, for whatever reason, they weren't open at 7:10 when I swung by (I suspect someone overslept, oops!) so I had to go elsewhere. Well, there's this Panera Bread bakery cafe on my way and I... stop. And I discovered that they make these things they call 'baked egg souffles' which are kinda like individual-sized puff-pastry cups filled with scrambled eggs and cheese. I got the spinach, cheddar cheese and bacon one and it was truly amazingly yummy. I need to learn how to make these myself. Mmmmmm.

In other news, I adore fall, it's my favorite time of year. (This is not actually news to most of you!) And it's an absolutely gorgeous fall morning, which the full moon made even more interesting. I'm putting a few mediocre cell-phone pix up behind the tag. )
kelliem: can of spam (spam)
( Nov. 1st, 2006 08:53 am)
Belated Happy New Year to my fellow pagans. :)

I decided I wasn't going to let another Halloween go by without dressing up, so I borrowed an idea that [ profile] the_star_fish did last year and went as the Fairy Gothmother. I did traditionally goth makeup-- white face, black lipstick, very dark gray eyeshadow and purple hair-mascara in my hair. The outfit consisted of a semi-sheer black ruffled top (I had a purple satin corset I wanted to wear, but it was inappropriate for work), a black laced-back dominatrix-style skirt with long jagged lace points at the bottom, a black velvet military-style Edwardian jacket, a lace and jet-beaded choker, purple and black striped tights, black mid-calf granny boots, purple netting fingerless mitts, and a purple and black tiara. And a wand that's all purple and black glitter. People seemed to really like the outfit. :-D (Kidunit took some pics for me but I have to wait for her to get a chance to upload them for me.)

Not many of our students dressed up-- I saw one girl in pink sweats and pink fairy wings, a guy in a bear costume who looked about ready to expire from the heat, and one of our grad students came as King Arthur from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (great costume!) and one of my minions came as a glam witch, so we looked good together. ;D

I was very disappointed last night to get no trick-or-treaters at all. We don't usually get many, but this is the first time we haven't gotten any at all. :-( I am blaming the cold-front that rolled in late in the afternoon and dropped the temps below freezing because I don't want to believe trick-or-treating is dead.

Oh, I did get one really nice treat yesterday! My mom bought us a new clothes dryer. I think she was just tired of us coming over and borrowing hers every time ours decided to quit working. Amazingly, her dryer is forty-three years old! and still running like trooper. My old one was only about 20. Planned obsolescence is clearly at work. The new one has a cool stationary rack that you can put inside to dry shoes and things like that on. Nice. It also has an intermittant tumble setting for when you can't get to your laundry right away.

Spam of the Day: what American accent do you have? )


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