Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Won't you be my neighbor?

Spreading a little bit of holiday cheer to my neighbors with these platters:

What's in them?
  1. Soft Sugar Cookies
  2. Potato Chip Cookies
  3. Dipped Gingersnaps
  4. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  6. Chocolate-Caramel-Pecan Pretzels 
Yup, it's a beautiful (but cooold) day in my neighborhood. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

On the Political Trail Fail

No professional politicians! Or spellers. Or sign makers. Click to enlarge.

Monday, October 4, 2010

California Weather

California weather is a lot like the people that live there:
Mostly beautiful and stable but it takes a good, strong psychotropic cocktail to keep it that way.

This time last week, my skin was bubbling because it was freakin' 105° in the shade. Today, it's about 60° and with light rain.  Can't wait to see what's in store for next week!

Friday, October 1, 2010

No More Zombie Jamborees at Knott's!

Actually, they still have them - but only during their popular Halloween Haunt.

A while ago I did a post about Knott's Berry Farms' Chicken Dinner Restaurant mentioning that they had dead people attend their fancy anniversary luncheon. Wonder how many other people pointed the mistake out before a reprint was issued:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Not Porno Tongue. Church Tongue!

Every time I pass this sign I can't help but think (or sometimes say aloud), "That's what she said!"

The sign says: A loose tongue often gets its owner into a tight place.

Church tongue, indeed.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today I Learned ...

Consuming 40% of your recommended fiber intake in one meal (in one bar!) isn't really a good thing - especially first thing in the morning. It just leads to embarrassing situations for both you and the people around you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Do you know what she did?!"

"She used 'different' as an adverb! Who the f*ck does that?!" 
- Overheard on the bike path today.

The kid (probably about 18) saying this said it with such ferocity that you'd think it was a crime against humanity.

Boy, I thought I was a Grammar Nazi ...

Monday, August 16, 2010

"When Toodee was a baby ..."

"She spent time in the pen!" - Yo Gabba Gabba! Season 3, Episode 5: Baby

I find this line hilarious since "the pen" is an abbreviated form of penitentiary.  A synonym of prison.

Wonder what Toodee or her mama did to have to earn a stay there. Apparently she was there long enough to learn to stand and jump and dance though.

Oh, and am I the only person that hears, "Foofa! She's freakin' happy!" in the opening theme? It seems that the line is "She's pink and happy," but I'm not so sure!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fanny Quotes of the Day

"I told you kids! Stay out of my butt!" - Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story 3 (A very good movie, BTW.)

"Dude! Don't friggin' put jer hands down yer butt and then in the chip bag!" - Me, June 18, 2010 (Sad, that it had to be said, huh?)

Disclaimer: I may not have the TS3 quote quite right - I was distracted during that scene and I'm very tired right now.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Are You a Hoopy Frood who Knows where His Towel Is?

In remembrance of the brilliant author, Douglas Adams, each May 25th has been designated as Towel Day.
Like changing the batteries in smoke detectors at each time-change, today is also a good day to remember to replenish the nutrient/antidepressant-soaked patches of your towel and to reinforce the seams.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
  
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value.  For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with." 

Happy Towel Day and Don't Panic!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

A+ Gifts, F- Grammar

Found this gem at a local candy shop today:


For those of you needing a refresher course in the difference between "your" and "you're", it's this:
Your = Belonging to someone. As in, "Mrs. Smith is your teacher."
You're = A contraction of the words you are. As in, "You're not very good with grammar and usage."

I asked the person behind the counter if they were wanting to give their A+ teacher an A+ heart attack by having that sign out.  They looked up, clicked their tongue, rolled their eyes and said something about sometimes wondering if their boss finished elementary school.

Yes, I love the English language and I am a staunch Grammar Nazi. Heil grammatik!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trillian's Travels: I'm baaaack!

I can't believe my vacation has already reached its conclusion. It was an amazing trip and I'll post more after I go through the over 2,000 (yes, really) photos I took!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trillian's Travels: Passports

I'm prepping for another adventure - this time, it's international! I'm so excited!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Mixing: Smothered Chicken

This recipe features very basic ingredients and tastes so good. Especially with a side of mac-n-cheese and mashed potatoes.
From: LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (Man, that book is chock-full of deliciousness!)
  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) chicken, rinsed and cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  1. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the flour in a large bowl. Roll the chicken in the flour to coat, shaking off excess flour. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the flour to a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning halfway during cooking, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the oil from the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the reserved flour and stir well. Gradually stir in the broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and shows no sign of pink when pierced at the bone, about 35 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a deep platter and cover with foil to keep warm. 
  5. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and pour over the chicken. Serve hot. 
TRILLIAN'S TIPS:
  • I usually make this with whatever chicken is on sale. I prefer breast meat and tenders. They cook up faster and are neater to eat.
  • It's easier to shake the chicken and flour around in a gallon-sized bag.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Salad Spinner

While enjoying lunch with my best friend today, I was inspired by the pretty colors of the salad I had to take a photo.  She had the fabulous idea of using an app on her iPhone called Quad Camera to take one and I decided to spin the plate while she did. We probably looked weird doing that (and some of the salad spun off the plate) but we got neat results. Click to enlarge.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Euphegenia Doubtfire, Dear!

Remember the restaurant scenes in Mrs. Doubtfire where Robin Williams changes in and out of his Mrs. Doubtfire garb and leaves the clothes he's using in a bathroom stall? Funny stuff.

What I found in a bathroom stall today was disturbing stuff.


What the heck is it? Let's zoom and enhance! You can click to enlarge.


I know it's hard to tell, but I wasn't about to touch it or get all that close to the LINGERIE (and paper towel) stuffed inside of the baby changing table.

You should have seen the waiter's face when I told him that there was a piece of lingerie in the baby changing table. I had to look him right in the eye and say, "Dude, I'm not shitting you!"

I know Outback has a steak called the Victoria Filet but I didn't know they also have a Victoria's Secret Filet.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Mixing: Pizza Tortilla Rolls

This idea came to me after eating California Pizza Kitchen's tortilla spring rolls (I really like the Thai chicken). Interestingly, they don't offer them with a pizza filling.
  • 1/3 cup butter - melted
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon garlic - chopped
  • Package of soft taco-sized flour tortillas
  • Package of pepperoni
  • Mozzarella cheese - shredded
  • Pizza sauce of your choice
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Mix the melted butter, seasoning blend and garlic.
  3. Lay a tortilla flat and line up 6 pepperonis (they should overlap slightly) about 3 inches from the edge.
  4. Sprinkle as much mozzarella as you'd like atop of the pepperonis.
  5. Roll the tortilla and place it seam-side down on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
  6. Brush the tortilla with the butter mixture.
  7. Bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the edges of the tortilla are a crispy brown.
  8. Cut in half and dip in your favorite pizza sauce.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS:
  • The reason I don't add the pizza sauce to the tortilla is to keep the roll from becoming soggy.
  • For Italian seasoning blend I just mix some dried basil, oregano, parsley and garlic powder.
  • Minimize greasiness by using less pepperoni or by switching to turkey pepperoni.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Culinary Adventure

If you are squeamish, even a little, skip this post. Especially if you like ducks. Have a look at the pretty flowers here instead. You've been warned.

This happened at a New Year's party.

"Hey, I'm not so keen on the ragout they're serving here. Think I could maybe just get one of the hard-boiled eggs they've got in this pot?"

"Mmm, hmm. I'm sure it'd be fine (snicker)."

Tap. Tap. Crack.

"Ummm. What the hell is wrong with this egg?!"

All I can hear at this point is boisterous laughter and something along the lines of, "You took it. You eat it. Sucker." I think it was also (slightly crudely) suggested that one's masculinity would be lessened if he didn't rise to the challenge. It was actually a hilarious exchange between long-time friends.

The unsuspecting soul was such a trooper and made it through the contents of the egg without even gagging. He also exacted revenge on the person that laughed at him by making him eat an egg too. He also ate it without any problems. I don't think either want to do it again though.

Have you guessed what the delicacy is yet?


Balut. What is balut? It's an egg with a fully-formed duck embryo inside that is boiled then eaten whole. A revolting sight but apparently tasty enough to make it popular with Southeast Asians. I grew up with balut around and it doesn't bother me to see other people eat it but I just can't bring myself to eat it (though I'll fight you for a fish's eyeballs)! Bon appétit

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Flowers

A family member got the gorgeous flowers in today's post for her birthday. There were more 2 arrangements that, for some reason, I didn't photograph. They were very pretty too! Purple irises with white lilies and purple irises with bright yellow daffodils and fiery orange flowers (I'm not sure what they were but they reminded me of crocus).

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Mixing: Hard Boiled Eggs

Here's how to avoid that bitter green ring:
  1. Place eggs in a pot (make sure it has a tight-fitting lid).
  2. Put enough water in the pot to cover eggs by about an inch.
  3. Place on high heat until large bubbles regularly surface (just short of a rolling boil).
  4. REMOVE pot from heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Drain, run under cool water for a few minutes, peel shells and enjoy!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jesus' Travels: The Ascension

Happy Easter!

This stunning mosaic adorns Forest Lawn Cypress' Ascension Mausoleum.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jesus' Travels: Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

Forest Lawn Long Beach's mosaic version of Raphael's fresco. 





Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jesus' Travels: The Life of Jesus

Easter will be upon us soon and I've been inspired to post some Christ-centric photos.  Look for more later this week!

This mosaic is located at Forest Lawn Covina Hills' Mausoleum of Christian Heritage. It depicts so much. Click to enlarge.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Mixing: Pork in Salsa Verde

This is a favorite recipe of mine. It's cheap and easy like a ... nevermind ...
Source: Me
  • 2 pounds of pork butt or shoulder or country style ribs. Whatever is on sale. Cut into 2-inch chunks.
  • 1 small can of salsa verde
  • 1 small can of salsa casera
  • Garlic salt
  • Oil for frying
  1. Sprinkle one side of the meat with garlic salt.
  2. Place oil in a large pot on medium-high heat.
  3. Fry the meat until golden (in batches if necessary), remove from pot and allow to drain.
  4. Put the salsa casera in the pot to cook down for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meat back to the pot, add the salsa verde, bring to a boil and cover.
  6. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until the meat is quite tender - approximately 45 minutes.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS: If you like a soupier sauce with a less intense flavor, fill one of the salsa cans with water and add it to the pot.
I'll share a secret with you: I'm a lazy cook. I use as much pre-chopped stuff as I can and I have the butcher cut my meat into little pieces for me too. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Mixing: Crock-Pot Corned Beef Brisket

Yes, I know I should have posted this recipe last Monday. Oh, well. It's good enough to enjoy any day!
Source: Me!
  • 3 pounds or so of beef brisket
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 3-4 stalks of celery - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons parsley flakes
  1. Place the broth and meat in a Crock-Pot.
  2. Put remaining ingredients on and around meat.
  3. Cook approximately 7 hours on high or until very tender.
  4. Remove from pot and let rest a few minutes before slicing. Cut across the grain.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS:
  • Adjust the ingredients according to the size of your brisket, except for the chicken broth. A single can is sufficient for pretty much any size cut. 
  • I don't normally use the spice packet if one is included with the meat - if you like the flavor it imparts, then go for it! 
  • You can also add other vegetables like chopped carrots and potatoes to the mix. 
  • Once the meat is out of the Crock-Pot, I sometimes place cabbage inside of it to cook in the juices for a few minutes.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Wheelin'

There's front and rear-wheel drive. There's 2, 4. 6. 8 and 10-wheel drive. Then there's the more unconventional:

Apologies for the picture quality, I just had my cell phone with me today!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday Mixing: Nước mắm pha

This pairs well with last week's recipe.
Source: My mom
  • 1 cup fish sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic paste
  1. Place all ingredients except for chili-garlic paste in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once at a boil, turn heat off and allow to cool.
  3. Once cool, stir in chili-garlic paste.
  4. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Mixing: Thit Nuong Cha (Vietnamese Pork Meatballs)

This goes well on top of a salad dressed with nước chấm (a recipe for another time).
Source: I think it came from a vintage Vietnamese cookbook.
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ small onion – finely chopped
  • ½ cup green onion – chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sweetener
  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Combine all ingredients, press into pan or roll into balls.
  3. Bake, uncovered for 30 Minutes.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS:  Fish sauce STINKS. Don't spill or get it on yourself. Especially if you have a cat. No matter how well you think you've cleaned your hands/wherever it spilled, the licking will never stop.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

You've got talent!

M,
It was a rockin' performance and I'm proud of you!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

PARTAY!

Ribs, chicken, tri-tip, brisket, hot links, corn, mashed potatoes, collard greens, baked beans, peanut slaw, mac-n-cheese, biscuits with apple butter, garden salad and plenty of bbq sauces:


Flowers and gifts:


Would you like a piece of cake?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday Mixing: Simple Chocolate Mint Cookies

This method seems like an odd way to make a cookie but it works! I prefer these to the Girl Scouts' Thin Mints.

Source: Cookie Swap
  • Dipping chocolate
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • Peppermint extract
  • Cotton ball
  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Dip crackers in chocolate and place on waxed paper to set.
  3. Once dipped crackers are set, place in a container with a tight-fitting lid (e.g. Tupperware) between sheets of waxed paper.
  4. Soak the cotton ball with peppermint extract and tape it to the inside of the lid. Make sure it isn't touching the cookies.
  5. Close the lid, allow container to sit overnight, then enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Mixing: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These taste just like Nutter Butter cookies. So good!
Source: Taste of Home Cookbook
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose-flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
FILLING:
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 tablespoons milk
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/8 inch thickness with fork. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dit Da Jow

I seem to have a wicked case of tendinitis in my elbow/forearm and a friend suggested that I give her uncle's Dit Da Jow a try.  Her mother uses it to alleviate arthritic pain and has also used it to quickly heal the bruising left after a serious bicycle accident.


When I first opened the bottle and smelled it, I looked at the label to see if it had an octane rating.  It is not an unpleasant smell at all, just a bit strong. You simply rub it well into areas of discomfort and let it work its magic.

I didn't really notice a significant cooling or heating sensation but after about 20 minutes I did notice that my range of motion was slightly improved and that the achiness wasn't nearly as pronounced. It lasted long enough for me to get a few good hours of sleep (the pain has been keeping me up at night). Rub downs with IcyHot haven't produced results like this at all. With this liniment and R.I.C.E., I have been able to reduce my Advil consumption. Good for me and my stomach, bad for Wyeth.

The only thing about this blend that doesn't thrill me is the odor that's left after a few hours. I went out to dinner one night, returned home and was a little dismayed that my clothes and hair seemed to smell like food. I was a little confused that I smelled particularly of curry when I had Mexican. After a few minutes I realized it was my arm that smelled like curry. It isn't an awful odor or anything - I just wasn't expecting it. It's nothing worse or as pungent than the scent left by IcyHot though.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chúc mừng năm mới!

It's the year of the tiger and a traditional Vietnamese celebration was in order:


Bánh tét (sticky rice cake with pork filling), giò lụa (a flavorful pork sausage), dưa món (pickled leeks) served with dried shrimp and garlic chili paste. For the little ones at the party, lì xì envelopes.

May this year be filled with love, happiness, health and wealth for you, my dear readers!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Mixing: Potato Chip Cookies

Potato chips seem like an odd ingredient for a cookie but this combination of salty and sweet is irresistible. These goodies were included in my holiday cookie platters and were very well-liked.

Source: Mom Bartow
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup plain potato chips, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar (set aside)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add flour to the sugar mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add crushed potato chips and nuts and stir by hand.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. 
  6. Dip the bottom of a glass into the set-aside sugar and flatten the balls.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cards, chocolates and a very sweet delivery!


"The ways of love are hard to guess,
you can have a ball or make a mess.
Whatever you do, be careful and be cool,
in the end you'll regret it less."

- Got it from a chicken (yes, the cluck, cluck kind) at Rawhide many years ago.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Random Photo: Insurance Spokesperson

"AAAAAFLAC!"


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Random Photos: Super Bowl Sunday 2010

The best part of Super Bowl Sunday is, without a doubt, the food!

The host of the party I attended had a very tasty east-meets-west spread. Snacks included chips, dips (7-layer, salsa, french onion), cilantro shrimp, and bánh something-or-other (I forgot to ask what it was called):


Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup. My host's ingredients are traditional: A savory beef broth (that he began preparing the day before), thin rice noodles, slices of several cuts of beef, tripe and meatballs. The garnishes provided were bean sprouts, Thai basil, thin onion slices, red chili peppers, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. Chili sauce and hoisin sauce are used as condiments. I added a little nước béo (liquid beef fat) for extra flavor. YUM!


Put all of those goodies in a bowl, add a beverage and find out what a real super bowl is!


We enjoyed other delights like: margaritas, chè (I think it was chè Thái) and cheesecake.


It was quite the shindig!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Mixing: Spicy Asian Green Beans

This easy recipe gives green beans a little kick!
Source:  Watching a relative make them.
  • 1 pound fresh, whole green beans - trimmed
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce 
  1. Steam green beans until crisp-tender, drain.
  2. Combine all other ingredients in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Add beans to pan, coat with sauce and serve.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS: You can used canned green beans but the flavor won't be that great and the texture will be mushy.  The chili sauce I normally use is Sriracha by Huy Fong foods. For a more intense garlic flavor and a bit more spiciness, I sometimes use Huy Fong's chili garlic paste.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Monkeying Around

Ooo! Ooo! Aah! Aah!



Monday, February 1, 2010

A Real Zombie Jamboree!

While waiting for my breakfast at Knott's Berry Farm's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, I decided to read the placemat on the table. A brief account of the history of the amusement park is written on it:


It's the usual boring and fluff-us-up stuff until 2009's entry:


Read it closely ... decedents attended. Decedents. Dead people. I like Mrs. Knott's chicken but I'm not sure I'd wake from my eternal slumber for it. Maybe they came for the biscuits. YUM! Now those are worth the trip.

Update: I called over to the restaurant to let them know that the word they were probably going for (unless they really did roll in coffins and corpses) was "descendants". Wonder how long it'll take to get a reprint.

Monday Mixing: Hockey Pucks

I got this recipe from a cookie swap.
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 jar Jet-Puffed marshmallow crème
  • 2 packets Ritz crackers
  • Dipping chocolate
  1. Mix peanut butter and marshmallow crème.
  2. Place peanut butter and marshmallow crème mix in-between 2 Ritz crackers.
  3. Melt chocolate and dip sandwich. 
  4. Place on waxed paper to cool for 15 minutes, then place in refrigerator to set for approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Store in airtight containers between layers of waxed paper.
TRILLIAN'S TIPS: If you don't have a dipping tool, a regular fork can be used. If the chocolate is too thick, it can be thinned with a little bit of Crisco (NEVER WATER).

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Randomness: "Oops! I'm Sorry!"

I just gave a sincere apology to what turned out to be a stuffed panda bear.

*Sigh*

In my defense, it looks and feels a bit like my cat:


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Trillian's Travels: San Diego, CA

Taken in Old Town San Diego (December 28, 2009):


Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Mixing: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

This is a very tasty clone of Red Lobster's famous biscuits.
Source:  I can't remember.
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of dried parsley flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine Bisquick, milk, 1 cup of cheese and 1 tbs of butter.
  3. Hand mix, pat out and cut out.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly brown.
  5. Combine butter, garlic powder and parsley. Brush over baked biscuits.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Mixing: Rice Cream

Source: The Norwegian restaurant at EPCOT, Walt Disney World, Florida.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup short-grain white rice (Sushi Rice)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened strawberries - thawed
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries - coarsely chopped
  1. Boil 1 ½ cups water with salt.
  2. Add rice, reduce heat to med-low and cook uncovered 10-15 min. or until all water has been absorbed.
  3. Add milk and increase heat to return to simmer, then reduce to med-low and cook for 20 min. or until all milk is absorbed.
  4. Transfer to large bowl and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  5. In blender, purée thawed strawberries and lemon juice until smooth.
  6. Whip cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form and fold whipped cream mixture into rice.
  7. Drizzle each serving with strawberry mixture and top with fresh strawberries.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ladybug Love

The disgusting aphids in the oleander bush outside attract lady bugs:



They also attract the bugs to each other:


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sandwich Maker Wanted.

Not too long ago, I stopped in at a chain sandwich store for a quick bite to eat. The only patron there was me and it was an interesting visit:

Him: What can I get for you?

Me: A 6-inch (chain name) melt, please.

Him: What kind of bread?

Me: White.

Him: Uh, we're all out of jalapeño.

Me: That's okay, 'coz I want white bread, please.

Him: What kind of sandwich would you like?

Me: The (chain name) melt.

He assembles the meat and cheese parts and says, "Would you like it toasted?"

Me: Um, isn't that what makes it a "melt"?!

I don't think he quite got it because he asked, "So you want it toasted, right?"

Me: Right.

We slowly but surely get through the condiment part and to the register.

Him: "Okay, you gotta, uh, what kind of sandwich again?"

Me (slowly): (Chain name) Melt.

He does the usual up-sell: "Would you like to add chips and a drink for $ more?"

Since I'm starting to wonder if he's hearing-impaired, I look him straight in the eye and enunciate: "I would like a regular drink and a cookie."

He does whatever voodoo to the register and my total comes up. It isn't quite the amount I'm expecting so I ask him to tell me what he's just rung up. The foot long and large drink response make me think I'm on a hidden-camera show.

I finally get things sorted out with him and when he asks if it's "for here or to-go," I again, look right at him and say (as clearly as I possibly can), "To-go, please." So what does he do? Hands it to me on a tray. Of course. 

I'm sincerely hoping this transaction was a gag, otherwise, I'm not sure this guy should be handling the bread knife or even the tuna spreader.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Mixing: Chocolate-Caramel-Pecan Pretzels

A little salty, sweet, gooey and crunchy all at the same time. So addicting!

Source: I can't remember!
  • 1 package mini pretzels
  • 1 package pecan halves
  • 1 bag Rolo candies
  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
  3. Place pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer and place a Rolo in the middle of each pretzel.
  4. Place in oven for approximately 3 minutes or until candies soften and remove from oven.
  5. Place a pecan half on top of Rolo and press down to flatten.
  6. Cool for 15 minutes then place in refrigerator until set (approximately 15 minutes).
  7. If there are any left, store in airtight containers with layers separated by waxed paper. :-)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Random Photo: Disneyland City Hall

Taken during Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration:


Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday Mixing: Chicken Soup

Source: Yours truly. Enjoy!
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 (49 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • Dash poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cups egg noodles or rice cooked according to package directions (drain noodles).
  1. Using a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots until softened (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the broths, chicken, and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 35 minutes.
  4. If adding noodles or rice, add to pot and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
Notes: This recipe freezes well.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Survey Saturday: Scotch Brite Toilet Scrubber

I've been using the Scotch Brite Toilet Scrubber for about 2 years. It's a very simple product consisting of a wand and a cleaning head impregnanted with cleaning chemicals.

Pros:
  • No need to touch the cleaning head to remove it. A sliding mechanism makes it easy to put it right into the trash.
  • Cleaning head is rough enough to clean thoroughly but does not leave scratches.
  • No extra cleaning solutions necessary.
  • Cleaning chemicals have a pleasant smell and are effective.
  • Cleaning head remains firmly in place.
  •  Refills are easy to find.

Cons:
  • None. Cleaning the toilet is a con enough - I'm not going to use a product that makes it any harder.

Overall Impression:
  • I'll keep using this product until refills are no longer made for it (I hope that never happens).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Llapy New Year's 321!

I wonder if the decorators of the bakery items featured in today's post were even sober.

Looks like a gangster/tagger was in charge of of this anisocoria-suffering cupcake face.


Enlarge the following one to enjoy the fuzziness of it. My cell camera doesn't do justice to the hot pink icing. Oh, and maybe the clock starting at 1 is some kind of daylight-savings thing.

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