Monday, January 30, 2006

Cooking Rice 101

Why in the world do they call it “Minute Rice” when it takes more than a minute to cook? It is very deceiving. It takes almost as long to cook as it does regular rice. Personally I like my rice a little sticky. If the Japanese were left to eat Minute rice with their chop-sticks, they would be a starving nation.

Cooking rice is not rocket science. It really isn’t. One of the main rules in cooking rice is ‘leave it alone!’ You do not lift the lid and stir it occasionally.

I was raised on Red & White. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, ask any Cajun from Louisiana (pronounced ‘loo zee ann a’). They will tell you “well, it’s red beans and rice, of course!” Anyway, my husband and I were at a friends house and they asked me to fix it for dinner. My dear sweet husband, being the thoughtful gentleman that he is (actually just trying to impress friends) offers to cook the rice. I assured him that I didn’t need any help, but he insisted. Now, I’m not sure how many of you realize this but REAL men don’t need instructions. Cooking or otherwise. He proceeds to put water in pan, adds what he thinks is an appropriate amount of rice (I am cringing in the corner, biting my tongue till it bleeds so as not to bruise his male ego) and turns on the burner. When it begins to boil he stirs, places the lid on and turns down the heat. Well, I’m thinking this may not be too bad, it looked close to the proper proportions. I continue with my part of this dinner and a couple minutes go by and he comes over to HIS pot, lifts the lid and stirs. My poor tongue took some abuse that night. He does this 2 or 3 more times then decides it is getting too dry so he adds a little more water. AGHHH! I’m screaming inside! This is my special dish to prepare and he is massacring it. I can’t let this ruin the meal, so while he is in the other room I start another pot of rice. He never even noticed.

When dinner was served I served it with ‘my’ rice. My husband never knew the difference and boasted on what he thought was ‘his’ rice. Everyone enjoyed it so much they all wanted seconds. I dished out bowls all the way around until it came to my husband. The rice was all gone. I told him not to worry and grabbed another pot from the stove and removed the top and said “Help yourself”. It appeared to be a lumpy mixture of cream-of-wheat. In not so many words he asked me what THAT stuff was? I told him it was ‘HIS’ rice. He has not cooked rice since.

For the perfect rice - Measure 1 part rice to 2 parts water. Example: Use 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Bring water to a boil with a Tbsp of butter or margarine if you like and a tsp of salt. When water comes to a boil add rice, stir, cover, and turn to a simmer. Let simmer for 14 minutes WITHOUT removing lid. Then still, without removing lid, turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Vwah-lah! Perfect rice!

Trust me, it really is easy!

New love

I never thought anyone could take his place. He was my first. My first true love. The feelings I had when we were together, the fun, the passion, the sensation of being one together; I never imagined I could feel those with another. But then you came along. From the instant I layed my eyes on you, my heart beat increased, my palms began to sweat then I caressed your body with a took my breath away! I'll never forget my first, but you have stolen my heart. I think about you everyday, I look for you coming down the road, I dream of the day when we can be together. The wind blowing through my hair as you take me places I've never been before. Someday my love......someday.

Goodbye MG.....

Hello Honda!!

I'm a Honda S2000!

You live on the edge, and you live for the adrenaline rush. You don't need luxuries, snob appeal, or superfluous gadgets. You put your top down, get your motor revving, and take all the curves that life throws at you at full speed. So what if you spin out occasionally?

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

**note - For some reason this post moved my sidebar down to the bottom. I believe he is a little possesive and didn't want to share his space with others. ;) It is still there, you just need to scroll down. Until I remove this post it will have to stay like that because I don't know how to fix it! *%X#!$*

Friday, January 27, 2006

Are you CRAZY?!


ok...deep breath........

.......breathe in........

.......breathe out......

I refer you to my last post. In this post I attempted to add a bit of humor which apparently most of you missed. Whoosh! Right over your head. May I now refer you to my profile. "43 yr old mother" (actually now it's 44) Which one of you, in your right mind, would think that I would even in my wildest imagination think of trying out for the tv show Survivor? And have you seen where this episode is to take place? Australia!!! Australia for heavens sake! Do you know what that means? DO you?!
Australia = snakes
SNAKES! I hate snakes!!!

There are many things I would do for 1 Million $$$, but being stranded in the outbacks of the Austrailian wilderness is not one of them. Nope, sorry people, no way. Put me on Fear Factor and make me eat Buffalo testicles, or make a fool out of me on Who Wants to be a Millionaire where I call a friend on the first question, or even Trading Spouses with Tipper Gore (a week with Al? I may have to re-think this one) but no galavanting in bare material with the cannibals of the outback among long slithery things.

Call me next year when they move it to the Caribbean and I can smuggle in a Pina Colada!

***Now here's the really funny part --- I only know it's taking place in Australia because after a few of your encouraging remarks I thought to myself "Hmmm....I wonder" and proceeded to look up some info on the internet. Yea, go ahead and laugh....I bet I won't see any of you on there! :P

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I will survive!

It seems “Survivor” is having a casting call in my area in the near future. Hmm….an all expense paid trip to a deserted tropical island. This may have it’s possibilities. Lets look at this point by point –
Firstly, I live with 3 hormone raged teenagers with a double dose of attitude and a husband with, what I suspect to be, undiagnosed bipolar disorder, so the other contestants will be a piece of cake.
Speaking of cake, I’m trying to loose a few extra pounds. What better way than to stick me on an island where I’ll have to hunt and forage for my food. The pounds will be falling off!
I’m a fairly simple person not used to the luxuries of life – no cable or dish, strictly local tv stations we can reach with a metal pole stuck in the sky. I have to bear the harsh elements of rain, snow and wind to get to my garage (seeing as how it is not attached). Going a few weeks without shaving my legs won’t even phase me. To look at them now you would swear I was a close relative of Sasquatch. (Hey, it’s winter and long pants will cover them up till warmer temps come around). I drink my coffee black, so I don’t have to worry about stowing away sugar packets and creamers. (There had better be coffee or we’ll just call the whole thing off NOW!) Plus, I LOVE the outdoors and camping!

So, what do you think? Now to be honest, I’ve never seen the show (I really haven’t!), but a few weeks taking it easy, not having to cook and clean, not having to worry about the kids….well, it sounds like a vacation to me!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The pressure is on!

Notice anything new? Ok, I guess I now have to get serious! The winter flubber is starting to show and seeing as how I'm no spring chicken I had better get a hold of this before it's too late. They say as you get older it is harder to lose weight so I figure I should be able to do this by bikini season if I start now. Posting it where everyone can see it will encourage me to stick with it (maybe). It's also a bold reminder to myself. Everytime I check my blog I will see it staring me in the face, so I can't ignore it and sit here eating Moosetracks ice cream :) Kinda like posting a picture on the refrigerator. We'll see how it goes.
*note - It's been a long time since I was at 160 but I had to start somewhere. So I gave myself a little headstart, if anyone wants to make a big deal about it I'll meet you outside in 10 minutes!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Another one, come and gone....

Brittany had a very nice birthday on Friday. Thank you to all of you that sent her warm wishes! I was able to throw together a quick cake for her. It's not as fancy or as creative as some that I have made but she was happy with it. (yes, there are 17 candles. I always put on one extra 'to grow on') I took her and her boyfriend and another friend to Olive Garden for dinner which was enjoyed by all. I shared my post to her that morning and she seemed to appreciate it but later she was telling her friend about it at dinner and told them that mom "copied a poem" for her on her blog. When I told her that I didn't 'copy' it but wrote it, she was at first a bit stunned. Then as she realized what it meant I think she appreciated it a bit more.

I have added another link to my sidebar. Since I have moved up here I have missed listening to my Christian music. I have not been able to find a station around here to listen to. But I have found that the station I listened to down south is now streamcast and I can listen to it on the internet. So I now have it playing when ever I get on the computer. All you have to do is click the link then that will bring you to their main page, then click on "listen live". It's that easy. Then you can close the main page and the music continues to play in the background using Windows Media or what ever media program you use.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Sweet Sixteen

A Hope,
A Dream…
A Reality,
A Joy….
You are all these
My eyes fell on your face
My heart melted in love
From day one
You were one of the brightest stars
In my sky
And guided my life
In a new direction.
New fears,
New dreams,
New joys.
I’ve watched you grow,
From a bud
To a rose
Blooming in beauty.
Your hurts
Caused me pain;
Your laughter
Echoes in memories
Stored in my heart.
Your smile
Lights up my life
Your eyes a reflection
Of the love you give.
Some day,
Too soon
You will fly
On wings of your own
But you will always be
My little girl.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Behind door # 3....

Another opportunity has presented itself. Months ago I applied for a position at the county Sheriffs Dept. as a dispatcher. I was told that there was an opening and that they would be testing in October. Well October came and went and I never heard from them and I just figured my application was not what they were looking for. Guess who called today? Yep, you got it. The test is January 30th. I'm not quite sure what the test entails. Some typing I know, which I am fairly decent at, but that's about it. This position would definitely mean though that I could not keep my job at the golf course. But on the other hand it's something I think I would really enjoy. I'm comfortable on a radio. Got that from my Air Traffic Control experience and Ham Radio (Amateur radio). Love having a mike in front of me! I may take the test just for the heck of it then see what happens. Who knows? Do you think I'd get a badge? :D

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Decisions, decisions

The last few days have almost felt like a vacation. I had off Thurs & Fri, worked Sat but then had today off. Getting caught up on a few things around here. Thurs night went out to dinner with my husband and a friend of his from work and his wife. Ate Mexican with a 32 oz. Margarita. Then went back to their house and played some euchre. Had a really enjoyable evening!

I finally posted to my other site (which I have been terribly neglectful of). I really love that site. The template, the way I can have different pages, the way I can play midi's in the background, and the theme of course. It's a little more work but unlike a Blog others can't leave comments. Yes, they can sign my guest book, but it's not the same. My Blog is a little more day to day type things. I have thought about dropping one but I really don't want to do that and I can't see a way to combine what I like about them both. Oh well, I'll just keep it this way for now. I do have a couple recipes though that I have been meaning to post on that one and I will try and do that tonight.

Another wonderful thing about today is I am getting to cook a meal. A real meal, not just some throw together casserole or quick fix. I'm going to fix a London broil with a dry spice rub, served with a bourbon sauce. Some garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and a Caesar salad. I miss cooking and I know my husband misses some good meals. He has been pretty patient about it though, I must say. If I have to work he finds something to throw together or just takes me out as soon as I get home. Honestly though, I would rather cook. I'm not sure how much longer these long hours at work are going to continue and I'm still not sure if I am going to stay. They have hinted that I can stay if I want but I'm not sure if the hours I am willing to work will work for them. Golf will be starting before you know it. I may just offer to come back next season and just do this seasonal. We'll just have to see how it goes. Lots of things to consider and think about.

Hope everyone had a truly wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Good vibrations

All is well in the universe. Well, at least in my son's universe. As I told you, his subwoofer and amplifier were stolen 2 days after Christmas. (We now know who did it and have the police investigating) Anyhow....I really felt bad for the kid. You have to understand me and Christmas. It is terribly important to me that my kids be excited about what they get. Don't take me wrong, they have always been very happy with what they have received and greatful, but it seems each year it is always 'one' childs special Christmas. My oldest has been difficult to make that accomplish. As the kids get older it is more difficult to get what they want short of a car or other high $$ item. My son, for over a year, has been hyped up about this stereo equip for his car (our car that he drives). He has been driving my husbands truck and there is NO way that my beloved other half was going to let that kind of equipment be installed into the truck. has not happened. Recently my husband bought a new car, a VW Jetta, and my son in now driving the Geo and we agreed he could do what he wanted with it. He never in a million years though thought that mom was cool enough to get a sub and amp. Or at least a decent one! So I proceeded to do a little educating myself on such matters and found a great deal on a 15" Audiobahn sub and 800 watt Pyle driver amp. He was in Heaven on Christmas morning!! Mom did pretty good. So when it was stolen, I was just as crushed as he was, if not more so.

I couldn't let this ruin it for him. It wasn't his fault. I still had money left from the Christmas budget so I replaced it for him. Things for the next couple of days went terrible, with electrical problems and mounting the stereo difficultings. It was terribly disappointing for a 17 yr old who is so anxious to get his stuff all hooked up. Seems one problem led to another. Well, to make a long story short (ok, so this isn't that short) he finally has it all hooked up and it sounds AWSOME!! At least to him. I don't pretend to understand the hype about feeling the sub 'hit' and feel the bass, but it is what teenagers are into. I don't try to 'get it'. But I am happy that he is happy.

So things are really Rockin' around here!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Anyone for a Freebie?

Howdy! Sorry to have been gone for so long, but life has demanded my attention. Thought I'd take a little break and share this with y'all though. It's a Freebie. A small one, but every little thing helps.

Got an email from my dad telling me about it and tried it and it really works! I don't use 411 (information) very often but it comes in handy especially when I'm on my cell There is this new service out that provides the information for free AND connects you. All you have to do is dial 1-800-FREE411. It is sponsored by businesses and occasionally you may have to listen to a brief ad but the two times I used it there was no advertising. You will still be charged the minutes on your cell phone but not the extra fee for 411 service. Pretty cool huh? I thought so!

Started Bible study last week. Tonight was our 'first' class though and I really enjoyed it. We are studying the book of Acts. Got me to wondering though.....Wonder what kind of Blog Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John would have had? Would love to have posted on those! Of course Judas and others would have to have theirs too. The internet can be a wonderful thing or misused for corrupt things. I am so glad that I have found Blogs such as yours that are fun, entertaining and well as some spiritual ones. I still have quite a bit to catch up on but I have been trying to read yours and post when I can. Things are starting to slow down a bit, so just hang in there with me and the "Caffeine Pit Stop" will be revitalized soon.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year??

While I have a connection I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and blessed New Year. So far I'm not sure about this year. Christmas was nice but downhill since then. Two days after Christmas my sons sub-woofer and amp that I gave him were stolen out of the trunk of his car. Work has been extremely busy and hectic and lots of hours! Internet has been acting up on me. Connection is on again, off again and some personal things here at home are pretty bad. So....all in all, it can only get better! I guess that's the best way to look at all this. Sorry to sound so down and out. It's early, I haven't had enough coffee and my mind is else where. My next post will be more upbeat - I promise, cross my heart! Wishing all the best for all of you!