Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekend Recap...

Boy, I really needed this weekend.  It was one of the best weekends ever, even if I did very little.

Friday:  I stayed up way too late trying to finish my book.  I finally finished the Wicked series and let's just say this:  I enjoyed the book and the series, but I hated how this book ended.  I also discovered a leak in my air conditioning unit.  And that was the extent of my Friday.

Saturday:  I got up early and went to my cleaning job.  At the end of the morning, we discussed my schedule for the future since I was only to fill in for a while.  She likes me enough (:)) to keep me around, but my hours will be sporadic.  That's okay with me.  When I got home, Melody and I enjoyed the nice weather with a walk and then I ended up taking a nap that lasted over an hour and a half.  It felt so good to get that extra sleep!  Then, I spent some quality time with my crochet project.  I'm only about 4 inched into a 6 foot project.  I've got a long way to go still.  It was nice to spend quality time with Melody and relax pretty much all day.

Sunday:  Along the lines of quality time, I spent about an hour and a half in the morning working on my plants.  Two of my plants have completely died.  I'm going to try and revive them.  My pepper plant FINALLY has peppers growing!!  My tomato plant is driving me crazy.  It produces tomatoes, but they rot out before they ripen.  So odd.  So, I spent a lot of time pruning and re-staking.  I'm hoping my plants do better after a healthy dose of Miracle Gro.  Note to self:  do not by the superbell plants again, unless you plan to plant them with other flowers in the same container.  Those things are so finicky and break off if you try to move the plant to prune it.

In the afternoon, my mom and I went to see The Secret Life of Pets.  It was super cute and definitely worth the visit to the theater.  For the rest of the day, I crocheted and rested.  It was such a great weekend and one I really needed.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ten on Tuesday (Thursday Edition)

1.  I don't care that it's Thursday and I'm writing a Ten on Tuesday post.

2.  Sometimes, I really can't stand high maintenance people.

3.  I made this recipe last night!  I can't wait to share it with you.

4.  Last week, I made a wreath for the 4th of July.  It will be shared with you soon.

5.  This week, I haven't been feeling 100%.  It comes in waves too, which is really annoying because I can be working on something, then have to pause and figure out if it will pass or if I need to run to the restroom.  Frustrating.

6.  This is for real.  Even though I put out a special bowl, they prefer to drink from my feeder.

7.  This movie is opening this weekend and I can't wait to go see it!  I've always wondered what my dog does when I'm not home.

8.  I'm almost caught up!!

9.  While in Joann's last week browsing, I came across a shelving unit right in the middle of all the summer supplies that was completely filled with Christmas stuff....

10.  Four-day work weeks when the holiday is on a Monday are very long weeks.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Weekend Recap...

Ok, so it's Wednesday and I am just now doing a weekend recap.  Why?  Because I had a 4 day weekend and it was awesome!  Although, I am fully exhausted.

Friday:  I took the day off of work and had a garage sale.  Considering the fact I didn't advertise, the sale went over a lot better than expected.  I couldn't have asked for more perfect weather either.  It was nice and sunny, in the 80s.  Low humidity.  Absolutely perfect!  The garage sale was open all day, so I finally shut it down at 6:30 and spent the rest of the night relaxing.  Another great thing about the garage sale?  I was able to finish one book and make a lot of headway on another!

Saturday:  I opened my garage sale again for a few hours in the morning, but it rained, so that wasn't a very successful day.  After getting all cleaned up, my mom and I went shopping to find her an outfit for my sister's wedding.  We found two really great outfits.  Then, my parents and I went out to dinner at the best restaurant in town and had the most amazing meal!  My pork chop was at least 3 inches thick and cooked to perfection!  Later that night, one neighbors' son's were shooting off so many of a certain firework, it sounded like they were declaring war on the neighborhood.  I hate those that sound like cannons.

Sunday:  I went to my cleaning job in the morning and ended up spending 3.5 hours there.  That's alright though, because I get paid for it.  However, it is very tiring work and I was ready for a nap when I got home.  Instead though, it was a quick lunch, then cleanup from the sale, returning tables to my grandma, and planning out a basement organization system.  This will require some very thought out plans.  The neighbors invited us over for fireworks that night and we had a nice little visit.

Monday:  The whole day was spent in St. Louis at the Cardinals game!  Mr. P (you know, Mrs. P's husband), got free box seats from work and they were nice enough to invite me and a guest.  My dad ended up going with me and we had a great day, even with Little A getting carsick on the way there.  It's too bad the team couldn't win, but I'm not complaining.  It was still fun and the seats and drinks were free!  After a great fireworks show downtown, I tried to read some that night, but after such a busy weekend, I was simply too tired to focus.  I think I read the same paragraph at least three times before shutting my book.

Now, it's back to work for a 4 day week.  It will be a slightly busy one for me because I have 2 big projects that need to get done, so it should be pretty productive.  Hopefully...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kitchen Adventures: San Francisco Chops

Perhaps one of my favorite recipes and one I make quite often is San Francisco Chops from the Taste of Home Crock Pot Cookbook.  I love this recipe and it is so easy to make.

The simple ingredients include bone-in pork chops (the recipe calls for 4, but since its just me, I use 2), garlic clove (I always use at least 2), red pepper flakes, red wine (pinot noir is the best for this), soy sauce, and brown sugar.

First,  brown your pork chops.  While they are on the stove, make your sauce.

I've made this recipe so many times that I don't really measure anymore.  I pour some wine, add some soy sauce, sprinkle enough red pepper flakes to cover the top, then add a couple spoons of brown sugar.

One garlic clove is not enough in my opinion, so I always use at least 2-3.  I have to take a moment and share just how much I love my Pampered Chef garlic press.  This thing is awesome!

Mix all that together.  I usually spray my crock pot with non-stick spray, then place the chops in the bottom.  Pour the sauce over them.  You can cook for 7-8 hours on low, or I have found that I can cook for 3-4 hours on high with the same results.

After a while, the meat will become so tender that you can easily remove the bones and fat.  I also like to pull the meat apart a little.   The recipe calls for removing the meat and adding some cornstarch to the sauce to make it thicker.  If you do this, add the cornstarch (or flour) in little sprinkles and very slowly, whisking constantly so you don't get lumps.  I'm usually lazy and skip this step.

Serve over hot rice and enjoy with the wine you used for the sauce.  It's a little spicy and super tasty!  I love this recipe.  Also, it's really inexpensive to make.  I get 4 meals from this for about $10-15, depending on the cost of the pork.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

1.  It's an awesome feeling to have the time to write and schedule blog posts!

2.  This Friday, I am having a garage sale.  I'm excited, but there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done and my calendar is filling up.

3.  I finished a craft project last night.  I also started a crochet project on Friday.  There are still about 5 other projects I want to make.

4.  Speaking of crafting, I really should go through my supplies.

5.  Did I mention that I picked up 7 books from the library on Sunday?  Or that I also have 3 audiobooks downloaded, one of which I am listening to.  Or that I'm still trying to finish my current book?

6.  I adore the title song from "The Phantom of the Opera" by Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. Goosebumps every time. Just sayin'....

7. Do you ever feel completely unmotivated for certain tasks while wishing you could work on something entirely unrelated?  I know I can't be the only one.

8. There seems to be an ongoing battle with self-discipline.  There are many things I would rather be doing, but other things I should be doing and I struggle with this all the time.

9.  Maybe I should post this everywhere, so I see it all the time.

10.  My tomato plant is finally starting to produce tomatoes.  Although, only one is currently red and it isn't quite ready yet.  The pepper plant is still disappointing.