November 30

Hello last day of November!    I am so glad that you are here.

Today is my usual TWD, but the recipe is more of what I would consider a summer recipe.

It is called Devilish Shortcakes.

They are basically a shortcake only with some chocolate in it.

Fresh strawberries are not in season, and that is about the only thing I could think to go with it that I would like.

I did come across a blog that put bananas and strawberries in it…kinda like a banana split.   Brilliant!!!

If you’d like the recipe go check out Tania’s blog.

November 29

Hey there Internets!

 

I didn’t post yesterday because I was tired.

And slept until the last minute before church.

Why?  oh why would I do such a thing?

Because the girl had called me at dark o’clock waaaaaaaay after I had fallen asleep on Saturday evening to tell me she was at the ER and could I please come.

Nothing wakes a person up faster than a call like that.

So away I went.

Luckily it was just a wee cut on her head and needed only 2 stitches, but we were there till 2:39.

Yes, I looked at the clock.

I did a lot of looking at the clock.

One does when they are in the ER and all they want is to be back in their bed at home.

One also sleeps until the very last minuted before having to get up after a night/wee morning time like that.

 

So I am thankful that it was only a wee cut and not life threatening.

 

I am also nosy.

 

How do you catch up on your sleep when you have been sleep deprived?

 

Do you try to make up for it all at once, like I did and went to bed early last night and slept 1o hours straight?

 

Do you hope you will catch up an extra hour or so during the week?

 

Do you think you will catch up on the next weekend?

 

I need to know.   I must know.   I am nosy!

 

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November 26

Happy Friday y’all.

 

Mother called me at dark’o’thirty from the mall asking a question about something to purchase for Superman.  She stated that she had been up since 4am.

 

I was still asleep.

 

5 minutes later, the Sister called to tell me that she and her fam were out and about shopping and she had gotten up at 2:30am to get there.

 

Am I the only sane person in my family???

 

No, wait…don’t answer that.

 

I did not make FFwD.   Oh, I did make one of her recipes…the beloved potato gratin from 2 weeks ago, but seriously…yesterday was Thanksgiving, and there was way to much food already.

 

I couldn’t have possibly made anything else.

 

So, I have a question for you today to help with the wee debate we had yesterday afternoon.

 

Do you call it dressing or stuffing?

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November 24

Some random bits of information.

♦  Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise…but it also makes them pretty much useless the next day around 4pm

♠  Stuffmart is blissfully quiet around 5:30 am

♣  So is McDonalds drive through

☺ I know that wearing socks with crocks is UG. LY, but I just can’t help myself

♫ I am so happy that Jennifer Grey won Dancing With the Stars.   Dirty Dancing is one of my all time favorite movies.

☼  Don’t get the bagel sandwich from McDonalds.   The McGriddle is so much better.

◄ When you go to Stuffmart at 5:30am to get cream, cool whip, and milk, don’t forget the milk

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November 23

Hey there TWD’ers.

Today is a rewind day.

A day where we are allowed to make something that we missed or something that we wanted to make again.

I had in mind to make something called Snickery Squares, but the girl came over yesterday and spent almost the entire day with me.

I enjoyed time with my girl instead of making anything.

I hope everyone has a wonderful family filled Thanksgiving.

I know that I will.

November 22

Hey Internet.

It is Monday again, and I am nosy.

 

I want to know…

 

  1. If you were on a game show and could phone a friend for help, who would your lifelines be for sports, arts & music, literature, history and geography, and science?
  2. When you need someone with muscles to help you, who’s the first one you call?
  3. When you need some creative help with ideas for a project, who’s the first person you call?
  4. When you have a moral dilemma and need advice, on whom do you rely most?
  5. When you need to know the best way to get somewhere, which of your directionally-gifted friends do you call upon first?

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1.  Uhhh…I have no idea who I’d call.

 

2.  The boy is the first one I call for help when I need muscles.

 

3.  I call my mom when I need creative help.   She is so gifted in this area.

 

4.  I call Sister for advice first.

 

5.  I Google map something or I ask my GPS

 

How about you?

November 19

Today’s FFwD is called Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux.

Roast Chicken for the lazy.

I’d rather call it Roast chicken for la occupés

Roast Chicken for the busy.
chicken in a pot

Not only is this chicken quick, but it is moist and very flavorful.

All you do is oil your pot, salt and pepper your chicken inside and out, poke in some herbs and garlic, crank up your oven to 450º and roast for 90 minutes.
chicken on a plate

This is fabulous.

But the best part of this chicken???
greasy tasty bread

You lay your chicken on a couple of pieces of bread.

This bread soaks up all the juices and flavor.

Dorie, I heart this recipe.

November 18

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special message….

I just want to say thank you to everyone who sent their prayers up for our family yesterday.

All your care, support, emails, hugs, and stories of what you are going through made my eyes leak, just a little bit.

Y’all are great!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

 

 

 

Ever since we brought Grace into our home about 9 years ago, life has never been the same.

Grace has been a source of entertainment, warmth, sweetness, and hairballs.

I love her.

Lots.

So I concluded a couple years later that if one is good, 2 would be better.

It works with chocolate!

 

I have brought many cats into our home.

There was Sugar….she was anything but.

Honey Bunny was as destructive as a tornado.

Snickers was just plain dumb, and Grace hated her.

Whiskey was the last one in a long line of “sibling” cats.   She was great till she decided that the counters were better than the floor.

Grace has been living the single life for about 6 months and has been enjoying all the love and attention, sleeping at the foot of our bed all night, and not having to share food and litter box.  She has been in cat heaven.

But about 2 ½ weeks ago, we went to our not-so-local PetSmart to get our sweet Chloe a sweater.

While Superman was deciding on a sweater, the girl and I went over to the cats.

The girl and I are drawn to cats like magnets.

We went in and played with several different ones.

That is when the worker told us that all the cats were spayed,  up to date on shots, tested for feline leukemia, and micro-chipped.

All for the lovely price of $10.

TEN dollars.

I have never paid for a cat before.

Ever.

But when she mentioned that with the cat came coupons for free litter and free food, I was there, because Internet I made money.

kitty

Meet Kitty.  She is about 6 months old and was a stray.

She loves me, but Superman…not so much.

1 spayed, micro-chipped cat~~$10

1 $13 bag of cat food~~free

1 $16 container of litter~~ free

That puts me $19 ahead of the game, and who can resist that?

 
Nooooooooo

Well, besides Grace?

 

 

November 17

Hey there Internet.

Today’s post will not be a happy one.

So if you are looking for laughs, click off of here and go check out Pioneer Woman’s recent post on her photography portion of her blog.

If not, keep on reading.

These last 6 months have been rather brutal, emotionally,  and I have cried more in these last 6 months than I have in the last 7 years put together.

Blow after hard blow has come to the Chocolatechic house.

The latest is that my nest is now truly empty.

About a month ago, the girl ran away. We knew where she was, but now that she is 18, there wasn’t a thing that we could do about it.

I had held out hope that she would return since she only took a duffel bag with her when she left.

But last night, she came over and boxed up all her things so she could move in with a family who’s last name I don’t even know, and who’s morals do not match the ones she grew up with.

When you have children you have a mental list of things that you want to teach them.

For me it was…

Love God and serve Him.

Respect.

Responsibility.

Gratefulness.

Honestly.

Integrity.

Kindness.

Self-sufficiency.

You do your absolute best to instill those things.   When they move out, you begin to see the huge gaping holes in the job that you did.

Huge.

Gaping.

I won’t elaborate on all the gritty details, but daily I find myself face down, crushed on the floor of humanity.

I grieve.

I grieve hard, and I grieve much.

Now the holiday’s loom.   Sad, lonely, and uninviting.

And I find myself sad, lonely and uninviting.

I plan to continue to blog, as I desperately need an outlet,  but since my main source of blog fodder is gone it won’t be as frequent.

 

November 16

Hello there Internet.

It is Tuesday and it is time for TWD.

The recipe picked was Cranberry Lime Galette.

Cranberries…

and lime…

Sorry Dorie, but the back of my throat gagged just a wee little bit.

Needless to say…but I’m going to anyway…I didn’t make it.

If the thought of cranberries and lime together doesn’t make you slightly gag, then go check out Celestial Confections. They will have the recipe up some time today.

November 15

It is Monday Internet, and I am nosy.

 

In this economy, I am wondering…

 

  1. When money’s a bit tight, how do you cut costs in keeping yourself fed?
  2. How do you cut costs in keeping yourself entertained?
  3. How do you cut costs in other areas of your life?
  4. What do you do to keep your spirits up?
  5. What are some things you refuse to sacrifice?

 

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1.   I generally purchase less meat, and no snacks.

 

2.  I like to think that I’m pretty good entertainment myself, and I’m free!

 

3.  Turn down the heat.

 

4.  I watch funny videos on youtube.

 

5.  There is very little that I refuse to sacrifice, but I would have to say Tide.   I’m a bit of a laundry soap snob.

 

What are you doing to get buy in this economy?

 

 

November 12

swiss

Because I love and honor the Parents, there isn’t much in this world that I wouldn’t do for them.

And when I actually do have to say no to them, I feel bad.

Really, really bad.
spoon over cream

However this week I did say no, and I don’t feel bad in the least!

You see, Mother asked me to bring my standard green bean casserole for Thanksgiving.

I sure do love me some green bean casserole.

sprinkle cheese
I have now found something else that has taken over my love of the green bean casserole.

Actually it has taken over my love of everything else.

If you would put a bowl of the best chocolate in the world and a bowl of pommes dauphinois (potato gratin,) that we made for FFwD, in front of me….Internet I’d turn down the chocolate this is just. that. good.

baked up

To make things even better, it only has 4 ingredients.

Four.

Cream

Potatoes

Garlic

Cheese

I love it.

Dorie, I’m gonna name my next child after you.

November 11

Today is Veterans Day.

A day we honor all those that served the United States of America in the armed forces.

Brad holding rope

Today I thank you all for your service.

I am so thankful that I am free.

Free to worship how I choose, free to say whatever I want, free to dither on and on about food and toilet paper.

A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

Thank you.

November 10

I want to state for the record that when my ice cream containers began to shrink from 2 quarts to 1.5 quarts I grumbled a bit, but ice cream isn’t necessary.

Same to be said about candy bars.

I also began to grumble a bit more when they started to do it with shampoo and body wash.

But Seriously!?!?

Kimberly-Clark?!?!?!
seriously

 

Did you think I wouldn’t notice???

November 9

sugar on apples

I’ll never forget the first time I saw my mother open up a can of “cranberry sauce” and listened to it blurbity-slurp out of the can, and jiggle like jello.

caramelized apples
Not only did it sound gross, but it had every indention of the can in it.

Who wants to eat something that looks like the can it came out of? (I hadn’t met SPAM yet)

So now any time I hear cranberries that is what I think of, and cringe.

Today’s TWD is Not Just for Thanksgiving Cranberry (cringe) Shortbread Cake, and Jessica of A Singleton in the Kitchen picked it for us.

Fortunately for me, you can use different fruit, so I sliced my apples thin and caramelized them.

grated dough
Someone else suggested, that instead of trying to roll out a perfect circle of dough to just fit in the bottom of your pan, and a second perfect circle to fit over top of the filling, to freeze the dough and grate it.

Brilliant I say.

cake

And absolutely delicious.

I could just eat the dough.

Okay, I did eat some of the dough.

Yum!

November 8

Another Monday is here, Internet.

Superman was late to work this morning.

Why? Because he set his alarm for PM instead of AM.

I think it was a subconscious effort to sleep in.

It worked!

I am nosy Internet. Just ask the Parents.

When I was little the Dad called me Nib Nose. I’d like to think it was a sweet endearment, but alas…I know better.

What I want to know is…

1. How far ahead of time do you begin packing for a weekend trip?
2. What was your most recent purchase of a six-pack?
3. What do you look for in a good everyday backpack?
4. Among people you know, who’s the worst pack rat?

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1. Since I haven’t taken a weekend trip in like 1,841 years, I can’t remember.

2. Since I don’t purchase anything that remotely resembles a 6-pack….I can’t remember.

3. I have never ever used a back pack, but if I were getting one, I would want one from L. L. Bean with my name embroidered on it…and it would absolutely have to be pink.

4. Sister’s husband is a horrible pack rat, but coming in a close second would be Superman.