Monday, December 20, 2010

Road Daze

The town where I teach is 42 miles from my house. Normally, I ride the school bus as an bus monitor to get to school. One day a week, I drive. Today, the roads were closed between here and there, so I am sitting at home doing jobs that have been ignored (and some that just needed doing). I dug out our snowblower, and got it running to help clear the driveway. I like to shovel snow, but my drive is about thirty yards long, and the snow was heavy and wet. On days like this, I might have driven my Yukon to work, but Songbird, or oldest, borrowed it to move the rest of her things home on Tuesday, so I am left without a vehicle that could have made the drive. Over all, this really isn't a bad thing. Most of the teachers (including me) were just going to watch movies today.

Hopefully, I can get there tomorrow, weather permitting. For now, sign me, relaxed in RS. Stick.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Under Repair

By Stick

My body is in rebellion.
It¹s through no choice of mine.
If one more thing goes bad,
I think I¹ll lose my mind.
My back is not as strong
As it once used to be.
When I rise in the morning,
It complains with me.
My blood pressure has risen
So high that I should yell.
If it was a stock I owned
I would be yelling, ³Sell!²
My gall bladder says I must cut back
On rich and fatty food,
And my pancreatic system says
That sugar¹s bad and rude.
The acid in my stomach
Is boiling in reflux,
My eyes have begun to blur
--Was that a flock of ducks?
I guess I can¹t complain.
Others have got it worse.
Some are battling cancer,
Hitting deeply in their purse.
Just remember this one thing
When at the end of your rope.
My message is quite simple:
³Don¹t you give up hope!²

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Easy Italian Fritata

This is probably the easiest egg recipe I have found, and is very good.

Brown 1 lb. of sausage (I used a hot sausage that really went well with this, and wasn't too spicy for anyone)in a frying pan. While it is browning, add one medium, chopped onion, one chopped bell pepper (I used half of a red and half of a green), and 1 lb. of sliced, fresh mushrooms. Cook together untill the onions are translucent, and just starting to brown. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 pan. Put the sausage/vegetable mixture into the pan. I seasoned this mixture lightly with a Seasoned Salt. (Mine is actually a salt free Mrs. Dash) Crack and lightly beat 12-14 eggs. Pour the beaten eggs over the meat mixture, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean, and the eggs are set. Serve and enjoy. The only real work for this is chopping up vegetables, and browning everything. I topped mine the last few minutes with a handful of cheddar cheese. You can cut this recipe in half, and the cooking time drops to 15-20 minutes. The full recipe serves 10-12 as a side dish (pieces cut like cake), but fewer as the main.

Many Good Times Were had by All

Our church had a Christmas breakfast yesterday. They provided ham, sausage, and pancakes, and those who came brought their favorite egg dish, or breakfast side. I made an Italian Fritata that turned out pretty good. It was very easy to make. Recipe to follow. At 9, when it was to start, we only had 10 people there, but within 10 minutes, there were almost 100! (Mormon standard time)

Later, we went and did a little Christmas shopping, then went and watched the local Electric Light Christmas Parade, in a light drizzle of rain. All of the floats were decorated with lights and ornaments. It lasted a little over an hour, and we loved all of the floats. One came from the local Sports Bar. It was a stretch Station Wagon limo. It made it about 40 yards past our spot, and then died! :o) They had to quickly push it out of the line-up.

Finally, we hurried from there to the theater, where we watched Tangled. Really cute movie with fun 3D effects. I think my favorite scene is the chameleon giving him a wet willy to wake him up. :o)

All in all, it was a good day. I even got our basement put back together.

Enjoy the season, and remember the reason. Stick.