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highs, lows, and 'tweens 
Sep. 15, 2011 9:02 pm 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 8:24 pm
I've had the pleasure this average Thursday to enjoy some of each! 

Temperature wise, we're down 10 degrees or more as a high... that's a GREAT thing... I can certainly deal with 100, tho' this time of year seems it should be a bit cooler. 

Desire to cook has fluctuated some, and I actually spent some time in the crazykitchen...  I prepared fresh garden salads (not that I've got a garden!)  Added to it a frozen breaded beef patty - served "parmasan style" but using mozzerella... the "boss" would have a COW should I pull out "stinky cheese!"  Total yum... with frozen potatoes au gratin on the side.  Not exactly breaking "crazycooks" record, but at least spent some time over the stove...  Even "grumpy" had to admit that it was "good."

I spent most of the day watching a marathon on TNT... a show called "CASTLE."  I'd not heard of it before, but have already made note that ABC network is airing the "season premier" on Sept. 19th.  I do believe I'll be there...  It was not conducive to me finishing up some chores... or starting any either, for that matter!  However, there's always tomorrow!

The anxiety/stress/tension levels here at the Casa have definately not abated... but there is a job on the "line" that I cross my fingers, toes, eyes, and anything else I can think, each time I hear the phone ring...  I'm having to stay positive for the both of us...

I also seem to have "come to grips" with this infernal trip I'm "forced" to take... I'm sure I won't regret it after the fact... but still, I''d rather stay home!  As much as I'm sure I'll bitch about the "weather," I'm equally sure that the relief from whatever we're experiencing will be enjoyed as a short term alternative!  This time next week, I'll be sawing logs (hopefully) at mom's place...  Uggh!  Just too much to do in the meantime... and perhaps not enough will to do...  So be it!

Well, all, as pleased as you may be that "I'm back," I do know that from here I'll do little but "blabber" on...

Till next time,
Be healthy, be happy, and be crazy (somebody's gotta keep me COMPANY!)
Sep. 16, 2011 1:31 am
Next week, Michigan will be in the mid 70's for highs and low 50's at night, Stevie. How's that for a temperature break from the 100's? You'll need to skin a bear so you will have a fur coat.
Sep. 16, 2011 3:09 am
hey Stevie,your food sounds really good,maybe thats whats for dinner here tonight.....so glad it has cooled off for you, here also...feels much better..try not to stress so much about your trip, maybe it won't be as bad as you think...lol..wow maybe J will get the job, hope so,jobs are hard to find now days ...be well friend...judy
Sep. 16, 2011 3:37 pm
Maybe you should focus on the trip and let J obsess over the job. Division of labor and all that. I'm glad you are getting a break in your weather, but I am not happy that it is affecting us too. It dropped 30 degrees in a matter of hours here and I am not ready to cede one second of summer. You have plenty of company in the crazy corner, just ask any of my kids. Be well!
Sep. 16, 2011 4:11 pm
Enjoy the upper mid-west mild weather, and the visit with mama and family! We had a week of family get-to-gethers last week. with both locals, and out-of-town, out-of state relatives. While tiring, it was a very good experience. Family lives, family dies. Enjoy family time together while they are here and you can. (Look out, not in, and you will!) Be safe. Stay crazy. It's what makes you who you are! What's not to love?!
Sep. 16, 2011 4:17 pm
Great news, Mike... I'm watching the weather (here, of course) and there... Ma's in Lansing. (ICK) Thanks, Judy... guess I wouldn't be so nuts over the trip if I "enjoyed" travel! Can't help it... I'm a "stay home" person! BSM, kinda hard NOT to stress over the work situation... I'll get no help this month for expenses... so there goes a bunch more from savings acct. The "other shoe" finally dropped... Stay well, all! Thanks for stopping by!!
Sep. 16, 2011 8:24 pm
Mamaw... don't know how I missed your msg when I stopped in earlier! You've shared some major WORDS OF WISDOM for sure! by all means, you be well, and I'll STAY crazy!! lol!
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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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