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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