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Boyz and Toys, or a bucket of Sunshine? 
Jan. 12, 2011 9:17 pm 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2011 8:30 pm
I fear that I might just write a "book" this evening, I've decided it best to "title" each paragraph, in case you may want to read, skim, or flat out skip, topic by topic!!  Hope this works for you!

DINNER PARTY VS. WEATHER  I'm sure if  you peruse me time to time, you've heard me having my "pity party" as my recent dinner soiree kinda went south.  This morning when I finally crawled out of bed, the sun was shining brilliantly, not a cloud in the sky.  While the whole "soiree" thing did bug me, I had forgotten one key factor as to why I stay in this (summer) inferno...  I NEED the sun!  Thru the holidays it had been dreary and overcast.  I didn't remember till this morning, one "icky" day is fine, two perhaps...  More than a week!!!!  I had coffee this am in my sitting room, which faces N and E, and opened the blinds wide... it was only then that I realized that my "funk" was mostly caused by the darn WEATHER!!

PROCRASTINATING:  I confess, I'm the "pro," but had planned a trip to Costco for yesterday...  Dutifully, I had checked the current coupon booklet, shopped a few things online...  OMG!  Is my 32" flat screen large enough?  Today would be the day!

THE DENTIST:  My most recent "cleaning" was last week, however, the hygenist was disappointed that my gums were as "sad" as they were...  6mths ago, I had that "deep cleaning" done, which was not at all pleasant, but she informed me that I had deteriorated greatly since, and should see her again in 3mths, rather than 6!  She did also chat with me about the advantages of the "Waterpik" product, and all of the benefits of it...  Hmmm, perhaps I should look into that...  Do they sell them at Costco?  Yes, she replied...

THIS MORNING:  As I've mentioned, arising do a brilliant morning, I felt totally invigorated.  Only then, did it hit me regarding my recent "funk."  Yesterday, I easily could have stayed in bed till dinner time, but today I felt full of energy, along with the "desire" to actually get some things done.  During coffee, I checked the weather - expected hi of 70 (VERY do-able) and sunny.  My kind of weather!  Being "grocery ad day, " I got the paper from the drive, made sure the dogs had been out, cats fed (dogs eat their food at night!) and poured my first cup.  Back here to the sitting room to wake up over the ads.  Then came out my Costco list... did I REALLY want to look at that 42" TV?  Today would be the "day," for sure!  Once lunch was done, animals all fine, catfood put up (cause of dogs!) I gussied myself up, grabbed keys etc, and headed to... the pharmacy!  I've need to get there for 10 days!  Dropped the bag in the trunk, and headed to Costco, for groceries and other items...

COSTCO:  Of course, I start my escapade in the electronics, and work my way to grocery...  Yes, the TV is cheaper at the store, unlike the last one I bought...  Weaved across the isles, passing an end display of stand mixers...  Now I've been "price checking" kitchen aid for some years...  HMMM...  No, still too pricey...  In the nex isle, they had another...!  Back and forth seeing differences for the price difference.  Finally, into the cart the lesser one went!  Round the corner to the next isle.  Took a few, but I did finally find the "waterpik," $13 cheaper than from "online," so tossed item 2 into the cart.  Bypass the "booze" area, but stopping near the bakery... we needed bread.  Skipped thru all the freezers and coolers of cheese, seafood, etc.  Rounded the corner past produce, and get to my isle... tissues,  dog food and bones, and headed back toward the front of the store.  Almost got 2gals of milk... cart was already heavy and difficult to navigate so didn't, but did get coffee creamer, threaded my way, getting soda for the "boss" for lunch, choc milk mix for the "boss," olive oil... so on and so forth...  Seriously doubt that you want the entire list!!

HOME AGAIN:  It took a while to drag all this stuff into the house, especially as some items are difficlult for me to lift... but I did have my collapsable dolly in the trunk!  Got things into the house, but left some strewn near where they should be, afterall, I did have to check out the new mixer. 

DINNER:  Originally, I had thought about making a salad of greens and "something," but then as warm as it was, once the "high" of my shopping waned, I changed thoughts, and pulled out the remaining lasagne, salad greens, and made garlic bread...  Helped with the abundance of salad, removed a large baking pan from the "spare" frige...  I skipped the entree for a large salad and a slice of bread!  Perhaps tomorrow's lunch..?  Unfortunately, I did thaw out a pkg of "crab" for the cold salad... but I do believe it's supposed to be even warmer tomorrow! 

Without a doubt, today was the most enjoyable day I've spent in two weeks!  Tomorrow, I can take a "playday" and perhaps water the patio plants (they've been ignored) fix the crab salad for dinner, do a few "chores," and just flat out have as good a day as I did today, without needing to leave the house... maybe, maybe, but not spending $$.  Can't wait to try out the mixer... does have a dough hook... make bread?

Be happy, be crazy, but most of all, COOK crazy!
Jan. 13, 2011 3:13 am
Glad you had a good day! Yes; make bread with your new mixer! :-) I always feel so much better when the sun is shining,too. Here's hoping you have another great day.
Jan. 13, 2011 9:09 am
good morning stevie, sounds like you had a great day, so glad, the sun is shinning here to today, yes i need the sun, been in a funk my self, so glad you got the kitchen aid, love mine, i make bread, and butter with mine...well worth the extra $$...ttyl..friend...judy
Lee B 
Jan. 15, 2011 8:55 am
You will LOVE that new stand-mixer! I have a Sunbeam, a lot less expensive than a Kitchen-Aid. I have some of their tools and bowls,but that mixer is just too far out of my budget.Besides, the one I have does the job! As for the remember Winter over here in the mid-west. More clouds than blue skies. Oh well, gives us all time to daydream over our seed catalogs I suppose. Our dog does the same thing with the kitty food...when kitty isn't watching of course! LOL! Enjoy your weekend.
Jan. 15, 2011 4:56 pm
Hi Stevie! So glad you got your new KA mixer! You will have so much fun with it! Let us know what you make first. As someone else said, make bread! I like sunny days too, we here in Texas have been having a lot of "grey" days with no sun lately and cold weather. Winter has arrived! See ya.....Ginny
Jan. 15, 2011 8:30 pm
Thanks for the well-wishes!! So far, I do love the stand mixer... more on that later! As I told my sis the day mom returned to frozen country... we'd had a cold week, which was heading toward her (in Houston.) Since, it's been sunny, and warm... just the way I like it! Have to have a reason to suffer the "furnace" of summer! Keep in touch, all!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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