Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sick

Hello All, I took my macaroni and cheese and the chocolate walnut tart to the trivia thing on Saturday night. I was told they were both very good. Unfortunately I warmed up the macaroni and cheese too soon, so it was cooling off very quickly by the time we got there. I took to work on Monday night, and people keep saying how good it is, I wouldn't be surprised if there is an empty bowl to take home on Friday. The 2nd chocolate walnut tart is still sitting in my fridge, dad came up and got it (even after I warned him, of how liquidy it was), so then he said he didn't want it, because it was mostly liquid. Sometimes I swear my parents never listen to me. So, I'm not completely sure what I'll do with it. I still think it would be good over vanilla ice cream, but I don't have room in my freezer right now. The lemon cake is slowly getting eaten, I baked it in a larger cake pan this time, and I think that's the reason is doesn't taste nearly as lemony. It's downstairs in my parents house at the moment. Sunday morning I woke up with a very red right eye. I went to the urgent care clinic, where they informed me it was pink eye, and gave me a prescription for eyedrops, I've been using them since then, but it still looks just as pink to me. Tomorrow, I'm going to the dr again. I have also developed a stuffy nose and a light sore throat, plus I think one of my lymph nodes is swollen. I very rarely get sick, but this feels like allergies to me. I washed all my bedclothes and towels yesterday in HOT water. I also put new bedclothes on, but I still feel crappy. I'm so glad I don't work today or tomorrow. I do have to venture to the grocery store (very soon), last week when I went, I didn't get anything to eat for this week. Plus, I need applesauce or yogurt to help me slurp down allergy pills. Here's hoping you're all having a much better week than me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Baking

I've been doing some baking for a trivia event tonight.
And of course at the last minute I changed my mind about what I'll be taking.
This is a Chocolate Walnut Tart:
I made two of them because I had the ingredients (actually I bought too many walnuts, so I figured why not), it was a good choice because for some reason they turned out completely different. The first one (below) never thickened up. The filling is brown sugar, dark corn syrup, eggs, butter and vanilla mixed together and poured over the walnuts and chocolate chips in the pie crust. The second one (above), the nuts and chips kinda rose to the top and it's quite a bit thicker underneath, kinda like the consistency of pecan pie. Everyone I've talked to has no idea what happened, I prepared them the same, cooked them for the same amount of time, and they're still very different. I think the runny one would be good over ice cream or pound cake, but I really have no idea what I'm going to do with it.

Next, I made lemon cake with a lemon glaze. I made this for my birthday cake last year and it was soo good. It's a white cake mix with lemon pudding mix and lemon lime soda. It looks great, but I decided not to take it to the trivia night.


And last but not least is the double cheese macaroni and cheese. I made it for dinner last night, but after tasting it, I decided it was waay too rich for me, and I've decided to warm it up in the oven and take it tonight. It's got cottage cheese and cheddar cheese. The sauce on it almost tastes like an alfredo sauce, and I'm not that big of a fan of it. Though it does taste great.
I have to say cooking/baking is something my ex got me started on that I'm so glad he did. I used to only make those box meals, and never bake, but he got me pans, mixing bowls and I got a hand mixer from my parents for Christmas, and most everything I've made so far has turned out good (even when I messed it up, I've gotten pretty good reviews).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A little bull

Well, it's been awhile, sorry. Last week was Spring Break here, and I worked close to 40 hours at the library. I'm not complaining, but opening and closing all in one day for 3 days and closing every single day did hit me a bit hard. Plus, Thursday I ran a few errands in between working. I also wandered down to the big Walmart and finished shopping for my Easter Basket (I'll show you that when I open it), I also bought a pair of black flats, a shirt and had a nice McD's sandwich for lunch.

Saturday, I went to Target to get some more shopping out of the way. I had to buy black ink for the printer I got for Christmas, found out it was cheaper than the black ink for my old printer, though I doubt color will be. Bought some boring shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Our Target here, is remodeling itself into a Super Target but not adding any more space, so it's been a little hard to wade through lately, but I think it will be done soon.

We had something exciting in the library last Tuesday:
It's a miniature bull, it was for a kids program.

I even got my picture taken by it:
This week, things are slowing back to normal. It will be April next week, hopefully the weather will stay warmer. Last week it was in the 70's one day and then went right back to the 50's and it's been dropping this week, with some days projected to be only in the upper 30's.
I'm trying out some new recipes for a trivia thing my family goes to every month. I've decided on 2 sweet things, and am toying with the idea of making a mac-and-cheese, but I'm worried about room on the table. Maybe I'll just make the mac-and-cheese for me.
Thank you for letting me get out the last post. I know my ex will never see it, but I also knew he didn't deserve a response. It was wrong of him to do certain things for me and some of my replies to his annoyances would just go on in arguments. I'm still not over him. There's still things that make me think about him, though they don't cause me to tear up. I've been telling people at work and my family, so pretty much everyone knows, and that feels good. I've been spending time and money on me and that feels really good. I really need to do some artwork for a couple swaps, I know that will feel great too.
Hope things are good in your neck of the woods. Can't wait for warmer weather.

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