I've decided to take over Ivy's blog today and show her the other side of her cooking shows. Look out Julia Child, watch your back Paul Hollywood, and they're coming after your Gordon Ramsey. Not so yummy when you look at it from their perspective.
Stick a fork in me, I'm done. That's right, all my coupons are clipped and away. Took nearly all of yesterday. I never ever, not ever, want to get that far behind AGAIN.
Meanwhile, my vegan vanilla pudding turned custard. Needs modifications but there's a good base to work with. And the turn in texture gave me an idea for a vegan lemon curd pie.
That's about all from me. I'm soon to hit the market for produce and hopefully, free crapper paper. Then home to whip up a sweet and spicy soup, using the veg stock I made last week. Then get this, Poopyhead has a THREE DAY weekend. Hot digity ding dong, I'm a Happy Whisk.
Today, I'm all about playing serious catch-up. So I put a pot of organic decaf on, got my pile of bills, coupons, shopping lists, homemade bread with smeared cream cheese, and a load of bedding in the wash.
Then for supper, I'll make maple brown sugar ham, roasted cream corn and mash. Toss a small salad on the side, and call it a night. And for dessert, I got nothing.
Or, I might give my vegan vanilla pudding idea a go.
Either way, that wraps it up for me. I hear Wiggy barking. I'm not in the mood for barking dogs today, so it'll be interesting to see which pup lives to see the end of the day.
Such a nice Friday night. We hit Barnes, which we usually don't get to do on Fridays. Now it feels like we have a whole honkin' bunch of weekend left.
I love that.
And, for the most part, the house is clean. Love going into the weekend with a clean house. And, and, and, the Toffee Crunch Cookies I made yesterday were killer good. Though we couldn't tell they were toffee, they did have a smooth wonderful taste and texture.
Meanwhile, look at this pretty tin Tim got me last night. I can finally put away my Christmas tin, and happily keep this pretty little bugger out all ding dong summer long. Holds the perfect test batch amount, eight 31g cookies.
What's the last thing you baked? Was it sweet or savory? And would you bake it again? The last thing I baked was yesterday's four plaited loaf - and the first thing I'll bake today is a toffee crunch cookie.
Remember how I was gonna get all badass on that stack of coupons yesterday? Get 'em clipped and put away? Well, that never happened. Instead, I wrote a new waffle stick recipe, along with making these rolls.
62.5% strong white and 37.5% spring wheat. My goal was to add some brown, but retain the softness of the white.
Happy to say, it worked.
I'd show you a picture of the sticks, but Tim ate them all. Well, not all, but he did eat MOST of them. Meanwhile, it's a new day and I need to get my coupons clipped.
Right after I work on my Pepperoni & Cheese Bites.
Time for another challenge, as I'm fresh out and in the mood to jump into something new. This time, it's all about facing my fears about exercise. Some already know, I have a few spinal/neck issues, blah, blah blah. Older readers may remember (or not), how much I loved to jog. And while jogging currently remains off limits, walking isn't.
I've been scared to get back to it. So for the last two weeks I've been walking five, ten and even fifteen minutes at a time. Slowly rebuilding my confidence, rather than being afraid I'll hurt myself again.
But enough farting around. It's time for a throw down. Or is it a smack down? Either way, I challenged Tim to join me in a walking goal. He picked 27 days in a row, and today we start.
Never made it home last night in time to make burgers and rolls. But I did get to test my Easy Bake Oven, on leftover frozen take-out crappy pizza. Let me tell ya, that little fan oven did a mighty good job.
I found myself with elbows on counter, hands on my cheeks, watching the pizza. Just like I did when I was a kid, only then it was a little tin of cake batter, and a light bulb.
After that, I gave my husband my good sewing scissors and he lopped off a bunch of my hair. Was down to my butt, now just past my shoulders. I love playing with a new do.
Only I woke up not looking so cute because half-way through the night I had to remove my curlers. Which meant I woke to half-curly, half not-so-much. With a cowlick as a bonus.
This is not the look I wanted. So up it went. But that's okay, because Tim did a great job, and I can look cute tomorrow.
That's all from me. Happy Saturday and boogie boogie.
Tonight's supper ... shrimp in garlic butter sauce with parsley and brown pasta with dinner rolls, and whipped butter.
And dig this, thanks to Hubby for suggesting we ditch the dinger, I now have space for all my new Valentine's Day toys, and he took the dinger to work to heat up his lunches.
Meanwhile, all this space organizing has left my couponing in the dust. Gotta
get back on track. So tonight whilst Poopyhead games
online with the goobers, I'm gonna watch baking shows and clip coupons.
Change of plans. Gonna skip painting the bedroom this week. Instead, I'm rebuilding my work space with all these Valentine's Day gifts that Tim got me.
So far I've read part of the book, made waffles and pasta. And even though I broke out in a rash when Tim spent the extra eight bucks for big stock pot with the pasta strainer, I used it tonight and I absolutely love it.
So before I start to rebuild my kitchen and find space for these goodies, I'm going to toss together a big pot of veggie stock. And the best part, I'm using the pasta strainer for easy stock making fun.
Plus, check out the little pot with the steamer basket. How cute is that? Along with a counter top fan oven and toaster. So fun. And lastly, heart-shaped and smoochie face dough cutters. Does my husband know me or what?
Meanwhile, on Friday I was so pooped from getting his office in shape that I didn't have the energy to make a simple dough. So Tim made supper. Veggie sticks, organic tater tots and turkey dogs. He said the hot dogs were gourmet because he sliced them and then shredded my good Gruyère cheese, on top.
It's Monday and for us, that means one more day off, then back to work. My goal this week is to get the bedroom prepped and painted. But that starts tomorrow. Today, we're still enjoying our Valentine's Day weekend.
Today we play. Tomorrow I paint.
PS: Since writing this post, I've had a change of plans. See next post for details, and have an oogie boogie day.
Day four and I feel darn good. Even though I stayed up WAY too late last night decorating Tim's blog, I'm still focused and ready to put this project behind me.
Today's goal: Get anything that should not be in this office, out. I'll deal with the parts in the living room tomorrow. Today, I stay on task and hit my goal.
Meanwhile, check out Tim's Girly Valentine Blog. The banner was the last piece of the puzzle. I wish you could have heard him reading his own banner out loud this morning, because it was so flippin' funny. I almost peed in my pants.
Okay doke. It's officially the half-way mark of me getting this office done. And somewhere in all this, I still have to girly up my husband's blog for Valentine's day. Meanwhile anyone that guessed Julia Child yesterday, wins two turtles and seven dead inchworms.
Here we are Monday morning and I am again, very pleased with what I accomplished last week. Now I'm ready to take on a new goal.
The goal, get the office back in order. This room has become way too many things. Storage, stockpile, computer desks, fabric area, office supply shelf, and overall craphole.
Originally, I wanted it done by the Winter Solstice. I failed. Now I want it done by Valentine's Day. So what makes me think I can take on this space in just four days? Because last week we cleared off the kitchen bar (covered in appliances), and turned it into a writing area for my mains and bakes.
I love it.
The amount of work I was able to produce last week exceeded my set goals. Now, I want to give Tim the same kind of functional space. So here I am. Monday morning, and seriously ready to burn this fucker down.
I would LOVE to participate in THE GREAT BRITISH BAKEOFF. It's the best bake show in the history of ever. Each week the bakers get three challenges. Two, they know about ahead of time and one - the technical challenge - they don't. Instead, bakers are given half-instructions, and judged on their technical abilities.
Each time I watch, I learn something new. I also love that the BBC series is all about the bake, rather than being prize-money driven.
How about you? If you could magically transport yourself to ANY show, what would it be?
Because you know it's coming. Valentine's Day. Which aside from maybe one year, we never celebrated. Honestly, I thought it was a silly holiday. So did Tim. But this year, he's got a four day weekend, starting on 14th. I'm excited.
We're even doing gifts. Game stuff for him. Baking things for me. Not a shocker but oh so fun. And I dunno. Life's short and like Tim said, this past Christmas, we only get so few of these holidays. So why not enjoy them?
Now ... I must think of what I shall do to his blog this year. Whatever it is, it's gonna be girly. Ah ... life is good.
For me. Not so much for Gamer Guy with the soon to be girly blog. And the best part, he won't know how to remove it.
It's not as big as the couponers on TV but I don't care about that. What I do care about is that ALL of those items were FREE using coupons, sales, promotions and skill. Along with the patience to wait for the right sale, and not least of all, an open-minded husband willing to try new items.
Which brings us to today. Two years of couponing.
See our wall? Prior to two years ago, those goodies caused me stress. I hated spending money on them. Hated it. But now thanks to coupons, I shop for the wall, and the wall takes care of us. All in exchange for a little time, a willingness to try new things, and mad coupon clipping skills.
That's right, I got game. Wait ... Did I say that right? I dunno, doesn't matter. Anyway, here's the most recent picture of my stockpile. I just love it. She's so pretty.