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So every Sunday we have a bunch of friends who come over to watch The Walking Dead with us. We always order a bunch of pizza then watch all 3 showings of The Walking Dead. Since last Sunday was the season finale I decided to make something special for everyone so I made brain cupcakes. There is no special recipe for this because I used box cake to make them, two tubs of pink cherry frosting and 4 tubes of red jelly (next time going to use cherry pie filling to make the blood on the brains.) Very tasty cupcakes 🙂

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Last night I made Penne with Braised Short Ribs which was a recipe that I saw on the show Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network. (Because I got my hours cut at work I watch a lot of cooking shows) this was a really easy recipe to make. My family doesn’t really like vegetables so I used half of an onion (I’m thinking next time pre-chopped onions because my eyes burned for about 30min ) and a can of pre-chopped tomato and instead of using a food processor (because I don’t own one) I used a had mixer. My local store only had 2lbs of short ribs so I had to buy 2lbs of normal ribs (suggested by the somewhat cute meat department guy.) The recipe calls for you to spoon the fat away and that takes forever! So here is the recipe:
Total time 3hrs
Prep time 20min
Cook time 2hrs and 40min
Makes 4-6 servings
Ingredients

4 pounds beef short ribs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

5 Roma tomatoes, cut into eighths

1 cup red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 pound penne pasta

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Place an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Season the ribs with salt and pepper. In a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or ovenproof stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. In batches, add the ribs and brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the ribs and set aside. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine and mustard. Bring the mixture to a boil and scrape up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Return the ribs to the pan. Add the beef broth, cover the pan and place in the oven for 2 1/2 hours until the meat is fork-tender and falls easily from the bone.

Remove the ribs from the cooking liquid. Using a large spoon, remove any excess fat from the surface of the cooking liquid. Using a ladle, transfer the cooking liquid in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and keep warm over low heat. Remove the meat from the bones. Discard the bones. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into small pieces. Stir the shredded meat into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the sauce and add to the pasta. Pour 1 cup of the sauce over the pasta. Toss well and thin out the pasta with more sauce, if needed. Sprinkle the pasta with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley before serving.

(P.S. I might of not bought the best wine because I don’t think I really liked the taste of it. Next time I might not use the wine)

Dear Neighbor across the way, I guess I should of came over with some tasteless casserole or a pie and sat you down to tell you the curse of K 1.

Ever since I have lived here no good has come from the apt across the way. The lady who lived there was a young mother of two and her mom, this girl partied a bit which resulted losing the ability of cleaning up afterwards. I walked in once to use her bathroom, I traveled up the stairs (because that is where the only bathroom is. I know super lame) as I approached the bathroom I tripped because she had cable and a phone line chris crossing up the stairs. I should take a few steps back and say that the first thing that I saw when I took one step into her apt. There was dog shit and dirty diapers scattered across the floor. Next to one of the chairs was the remains of some chicken which was being consumed by fruit flies. Her little family soon became evicted and I never saw her little family again.

The next family was a young mom who also lived with her mother. Now this young lady was not a party person at all. She worked so much that I barley saw her ever. Her mom on the other hand was a pill addict and compulsive gambler who kinda did a bad job of watching her grandson. Every now and then I conversed with the grandmother (mostly because I didn’t have anyone to talk to) all she ever wanted to do was talk about pills or gambling at the time I could really care for either topics. Eventually we stop conversing when I noticed something shady going on. One of the apt mangers was leaving an envelope every morning underneath her door matt and mid afternoon I would see her again entering the apt which I figured out she was buying pills off the old lady. The manger end up getting fired and the nice young lady was evicted because of her mother gambled all there money instead of paying rent.

Now for family number three was a old drug user/dealer and his trophy wife who had no real job but beating the crap out of her step son. One night I heard furniture flying and the poor little kid crying for her to stop. There is a good distance between our apt and I could her the screaming and crying in my apt. Sometimes they would be so high on whatever they were doing that I would see them wandering around with flash lights late at night yelling for the little boy only to realize he was upstairs in his bed the whole time. I have heard many stories of how filthy that place was, once again rotten food, baby diapers and drugs scattered around the room. On some occasions the cops or ambulance was called and some poor drug addict was carted away. Eventually enough complaints were called in that they to were evicted from the apt.

Now it comes to you lady and all things that I have witnessed: different men coming in and out of your apt during all hours of the day and night. Kicking (physically) your daughter out of the apt telling her to fuck off (the little girl is six) then locking her out leaving her to cry for hours. I have seen the ambulance several times and cops show up. The last time was a little different because some man I have never seen showed up saying he lived and that you are stealing and selling drugs out of his apt. The guy that lives next door is always in your apt (who also abuses his two small children along with is his wife/ girlfriend) made me wonder what’s going on and if he is a swinger or something. The final thing is when you where in your apt when I heard you going on about the jumble of drugs that you were taking last week. I’m sorry to say that you have been cursed on long with the neighbor next to you. Soon you will be evicted along with the rest, maybe with the next person that moves in will break it on their own.

Here are two dreams that I had on different days over the week. They both are very sort dream and not much to describe.

Dream 1
I was sitting in my apt when I hear a knock at the door. I go to answer it, behind the door is Perez Hilton a shocked look come across my face when I hear him say “I found you at last!” Wearing a toothy grin he gives me a big hug. Still in a bit of shock and a look of disbelief I managed to say “What?” As he finds his way to the couch he starts to tell me that I need to keep writing in my blog because its just amazing. He mention a blog that I have never written (or at least haven’t yet lol) I sit there dumbfounded trying to figure out exactly what he is talking about. Suddenly my husband burst threw the door on his lunch break trying to figure out who is in are apt and why. I try to explain it to him but he doesn’t seem to get it. Shortly after that I do my best to get Perez Hilton out of my apt. He does his best to try and stay but I tell him he must leave he can’t be here right now.
Then I woke up.

Dream 2
I was messing around on Facebook when I decided to do some random searches when I end up on Dude’s (my husbands best friend) page. I start looking to see if he was friend with my favorite person (is a nerdy friend/ co-worker of Dude) had a facebook page because he had always said how social networking sites are bad sites because of hackers and virus. Suddenly I found it, a big smile grew on my face because he had made one. I quickly add him as a friend and we begin to send messages back and forth about random silly things. All of a sudden I get a message with his number and I return with mine.
Then I woke up.

My dream from last night:
My dream starts out with me standing outside with My Evil Half and __ (I chose to leave his name blank). Its about time to come in so we lock arms kinda like they did in Wizard Of Oz, __ is in the middle while My Evil Half and I are next to him. Soon My Evil Half let’s go and its just me still locked arms with him. Once we enter the building __ walks me to my station which looks like a fortress of clothing. __ stops me and we lock lips for about 5 minutes or so, I’m left stunned by what just happened. When the shock wears off I see My Evil Half staring at me, her eyes go red like I could tell she was pissed. I climb into the fortress of clothing and get to work when __ comes in to give me a hug, because of the angle he end ups resting his head on my chest when he says with a whisper “I love your boobs” I chuckle a bit. He lifts his head and gives me one last kiss on my lips as he breaks away he whispers again “I Love You” I responded back with “I Love You Too” (little fact about me I don’t say I love to anyone that isn’t my kids or my husband)
After feeling about shocked about what I just said a little envelope slides into my fortress. I open it to find a random birthday card, written on it was a message from My Evil Half. I can’t recall what all was written in it but it basically was her pleading with me not to do anything with __ or she will never be able to be my friend or talk to me ever again. She doesn’t want me to get fired or in trouble so she wants me to stop immediately! I glance over to her fortress of linens to see if she was looking at me but she was busy working.

Shortly after that I woke up. At work today I wanted to tell __ or My Evil Half my dream but neither of them were working so who knows __ might read this. I had another dream about great danes but I can’t remember what it was about.

Spend all weekend working and come home to find my place trashed! When I come home all I do is eat dinner and fall a sleep, I don’t want to even think about the mess that surrounds me.

•First go ondemand or what ever you use to watch reruns of tv shows. Look up episodes of Horders trust me after you watch one not only will you appreciate the fact you have the drive to clean but its a great motivation tool.

•Then grab some music, anything with a good beat. Slow music might just slow you down. Singing along is good to because it makes the whole job of cleaning seem fun.

•Secure yourself some garbage bags because that is really the best way to get heading in the right direction. Wander around till you have found all the locations of trash cans. Then head to your tables, those things that you once use to eat your family meals at has now became your catchall. You could be brave and just dump all your collection of odd and ends or just sort it all making sure not to toss anything important.

•Then head to your kitchen when there you may find every dish you own siting in a pile of filth. Done stress just scrub and dump in the dishwasher if you have one if not it will take some time. Don’t stress it will be great when they are put away trust me!

•After you are able to see your counter tops again and it has been freed of dishes its time to uses your amazing strength to clean the counter (I tend to start with the microwave because it gets used the most) till it sparkles.

•By now you should be able to see your counters and tables. Look down what do you see? Its the floor but something is off, its dirty its not as clean as the upper half of the room. I tend to use a mop and soapy water, not a big fan of all those wonder mop things that they have on the market out there right now.

•The kitchen now seems cleaner then it was before the whole mission. Now hunt down that thing…um um that’s right a vacuum, check to make sure that it is cleaned out. Then go to town, if you have to crank the stereo up so you can’t hear the roar of the vacuum.

•As you glance around it sure does feel good to see that your accomplishment looks great, don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back. Then you should have that strange feeling that there is something wrong. Its the monster you call the bathroom.

•Once you make it up there I recommended removing everything out of the bathroom, it really makes it a whole lot easier to clean. For me I can’t stand cleaning my bathroom because I swear the whole neighborhood use it over the weekend and well it looks like a truck stop bathroom. I used those handy disinfectant wipes.

•At last your happy home is clean till you see two (or however many you have) bedrooms lurking in the shadows. You would think you spend most of your time in the living room area of your place and your right but for some reason there is plates, cups and beer can scattered on every usable surfaces in my room. Once clean its time to head off to the next room which is just as dirty as mine but no beer cans. Toys are put in the places they belong, beds are made, clothing is picked up (most of the time my kids throw clean clothes on the floor while they are looking for something to wear.) And any dish that is in there has been removed.

•Now its all clean don’t you feel better? Everything looks great and the vibe is great till everyone comes home and bam it gets trashed again! But enjoy the clean home for now.

I hope you enjoyed this. Having a really boring day and felt like being creative. Happy cleaning everyone.

Took my two minions to go get some new shoes when I noticed that Payless Shoesource was having their sale BOGO (buy one get one half off. Does anyone remember when that meant buy one get one free?) So I looked around for a pair and found a pair of Champion Fitness shoes which are basically a knock off of Sketchers Shape Ups shoes that cost when they first came out 120-150. Luckily mine were only 20 and I got half off.

I’m a naturally have like no balance at all so when I first put them on you could tip me over quit easily. After spending a few days walking short distances in them they weren’t that bad. On the box they make claims about how they will benefit you

    Dual Density: Helps create a slight instability while you walk to encourage muscle toning and provides exceptional cushioning and shock absorption.
    Midfoot Overlays For Support: Forms a tight hold on the mid-foot for maximum stability.
    Breathable Mesh Upper: Optimizes breath ability and comfort.
    Rubber Outsole: Maximizes durability and traction.

So I finally went on a long while wearing them. I normally speed walk everywhere and these shoes actually slowed me down. Kinda felt as if I was walking quicksand or like a strong wind making it difficult to make me walk fast. On my walk to Wal-Mart I would lose my balance or trip a little which I’m sure every car that passed me laughed at me. Walked around Wal-Mart for a bit till I found the movie I was looking for and a pair of cheap ear buds. Like usual there is like 4 lanes open and really long lines. That reminds me when the hell did the express lanes turn into 20 items or less. Last time I checked or at least saw at Safeway the express lanes are like 10 or sometimes less not 20. I guess the expect us to waste all our money buy whatever junk we see at the time. Anyhow while standing there I noticed that the bump at the bottom makes it easy to turn your shoe into an instant rocker, I’m sure I looked silly to anyone that was around me.

On the walk home I started to feel a bit of pain in my legs. It made me wonder if these were actually doing some forum of exercising. By the end of my walk I was ready to take them off. My feet hurt and I felt a bit of pain in my legs. They are ok shoes but I’m sure I will have to get used to them and it will be interesting to see if I notice any change or just keep feeling pain in my legs and feet. Not sure if I plan on doing any more long walks or wear them while I’m at work for 8hrs a day.

Today I took a nap the was probably like half an hour. While having this nap I had a interesting dream.
It starts out with me and my husband going to a party one of my managers at work was having. It wasn’t a typical party at a house but it was in some big building that kinda resembled a convention of some kind. As I walk toward Mike (manager from work) my Blonde Half (friend from work) goes running up to him demanding his attention. When he completely ignores her and greats my husband and I. My husband goes wandering off as I stay and chat with Mike. Mike shows me around to all the different things in the room, one thing is a giant bed with a giant pair of shoes. Mike is called off somewhere else to tend to other people at the party. I turn around to see a few sofas lined up around a large tv where a small group of kids are sitting. When one little boy walks around the corner I look up and its Chris (my best friends son) I try to say hi and ask him where his mom is but he is to distracted by the video game that the rest of the children are playing. Soon after that I walk into another room filled with computers and posters of Nintendo games. I feel a light tap on my shoulder when I turn around I notice my a friend who I worked with a few years back. We hug each other and make small chit chat (can’t recall what we talked about). Soon after that I proceed to walk around another room filled with booths of free stuff and random games for people to take part in. I begin filling a bag with goodies that I find. All of a sudden My Evil Half (friend from work) shows up. She is shocked that I didn’t come with her. I try to explain to her that we go to this every year because we see so many people that we haven’t seen in a long time. Every time I try to talk she seems to get offend and storms off. I feel a bit annoyed so I begin to wander around.

I enter a room which looks like a cafeteria. I sit down at a table with a bunch of other people when I notice that I’m sitting across from Christian Bale,he begins to grab me by my hands and runs his hands up my sleeves till he reaches about my arm pits when he gets a bit stuck trying to reach my breast (wearing a tight shirt). After a while of being uncomfortable and a bit disturbed I get up and walk away. I have a second run in with Mike, he grabs me by the arm and drags me off to watch Transformers new movie with him. We enter a run down theater with a few other people in it snaking on pop corn. We pick an empty row close to the front and proceed to sit down. The movie starts and we noticed that the seats are so broken that we could actually lay down and enjoy the movie. While siting there we begin to crack jokes about the movie. Next thing I know a group of drunk men come wondering into the theater. One of them comes over to me and begins to lay in the seat next to me and tries to cuddle with me. I look down and noticed that its Ryan Reynolds all of a sudden Mike gets up and leaves the theater. As he leaves the theaters the lights slowly go on, the movie shuts off and large group of people come walking in along with them is my husband. I shove Ryan off me when someone ask is that him? Apparently they have been causing problems everywhere. Ryan gets kicked out and my husband sits next to me. Before the lights go off and the movie comes back on some girls dressed like Tinker Bell are running around handing out bags filled with fairy stuff. I look in the bag to see wings and other girly things.

That is all of my dream. It was definitely strange and I have no idea if there is any hidden meaning in any of it.

So last Friday I was looking and posting from my Facebook friends when I noticed that Infusion Tattoo and Piercing posted that the first person who got down here they would get a free Dermal Anchor Piercing. I didn’t think I would make it because its all the way across town and I happen to be minus one car plus it was reaching near 80 outside.
I head out the door not really expecting to get the free piercing. While speed walking I posted on their status to see if anyone had shown up. I was half way there when they responded that no one showed up yet. Out of breath and soaking in sweat I swung open the door and said “Has anyone came in for the free piercing?” The lady said “Nope.” Lucky me I was getting the piercing I always wanted 😀
I sat in the waiting room for what felt like forever but it was more like 30 or 40 min till they were ready to set me up. I was feeling so nervous about getting so permanent done to my body. But it was something I always wanted done and it was free so I was excited. My husband showed up a few minutes before I was walked to the room to get it done. It didn’t hurt that much, I would have to say that the one thing that did hurt a bit was when he was screwing it down.

Today for dinner I made Croque Madame Casserole which is a recipe on Food Networks Paula Deen’s show.

Ingredients

6 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, plus 2 tablespoons for eggs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more for seasoning

10 to 12 slices white bread

3/4 pound deli ham

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Mozzarella reserve some for top of casserole

6 eggs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat until bubbling. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thick and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes more. Whisk in the mustard, salt, pepper

Pour a thin layer of the sauce into the prepared baking dish and cover it with 5 or 6 slices of the bread, then slices of the ham and an even layer of the Mozzarella. Repeat the layers once more, ending with a third layer of sauce to cover all. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and cut into 6 equal pieces.

Working in 2 batches, melt 1tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crack 3 eggs into the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the whites are nearly set, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the eggs and continue cooking until the whites are completely set, about 1 minute more. You’re going to top each portion of the casserole with a fried egg. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon butter. Top with Mozzarella and it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese melts.

This is really simple and easy to make. My family really enjoyed it. Next time I might use a little bit stronger bread for it.