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...wishing and hoping...

I really, Really, REALLY want one!!!



A neighbor up the street has one and I'm really interested now after seeing a preview earlier in the year. I would have to wait until I get an annoying loan paid off, but by then hopefully I can snag a used one or get dad to keep an eye out for any written off ones. Reasonable starting price as well. *drool* :) Have to wait and see what kinds of issues they have though...

...best meatloaf ever!...

// OMG I am so stuffed... I haven't made meatloaf in ages since Q normally does the cooking around here, but I found a recipe that tops even my moms. Moist & just plain yummy! To tell you how good it is, I even skipped the ketchup (except for the small bit in the glaze/topping) and just ate it without. For a ketchup freak like me, it's a HUGE accomplishment.

Any extra additions in red ;)


Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/4 cup minced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
* 2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
* 3 slices bread, toasted and crumbled
* 7 buttery round crackers, crushed Since mine was a bit mushy I used more like 15 ;)
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 3 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
* 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, divided
* 1/4 cup milk (optional)
* 3 tablespoons ketchup
* 4 strips bacon
* 3 tablespoons molasses
* 1 tablespoon sugar



Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
3. Cook bacon over medium heat until mostly cooked. Remove from heat, pat dry of oil, and crumble.
4. In a large bowl, mix the onion and garlic, beef, crumbled bread, crushed crackers, bacon, egg, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 can tomato sauce. Gradually stir in the milk 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture is moist, but not soggy. (***NOTE I did NOT have to even use the milk, only use if it is not that moist***) Transfer the mixture to a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
5. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 40 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and continue baking 15 minutes, to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
6. In a small bowl, mix the remaining tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, and sugar. Pour over the top of the meatloaf, and continue baking 10 minutes.



Name of this recipe... "The Best Meatloaf I've Ever Made" and it really is ;) Add whatever other spices you normally love in your meatloaf before placing it in the oven. I love Italian blend and oregeno.

...sick as a dog...

// Ugh... I've been really sick the past couple of days and living on water, smoothies, and a little bit of solid food. I know I'm really sick when I don't even want to eat and certain food smells trigger me to feel even worse (no, I'm not preggers :P ) I hate getting evil flu bugs because when I get them I also get the chills. Hopefully it'll be over with quickly enough, and at least I only work for a short shift tomorrow at Booster Juice and have the rest of the weekend off.

Because I've been staying inside to fight said flu, I've been watching WAY too many videos. That and Shakira has been stuck in my brain today:





La Tortura is actually my favorite video from her, and not just because of the black paint ;) I think belly dancing lately has had just a tiny bit of an influence ;)

Time to hit the hay so I can hopefully be better for tomorrow, and weather quit with the temperature changes so this doesn't happen! Grrrr!

...funniest thing I've seen in a while...

// So I have a chocolate face scrub that I use every once in a while from Ten Thousand Villages and I JUST noticed tonight it says "not recommended for diabetics." I guess the sugar must absorb through the skin? :P
// Christmas was again a good time this year spending Christmas Eve and part of Christmas Day with Quint's family and then packing up and heading an hour away to Bow island (quite a far drive ;P) to spend a night with my uncle, cousins, and parents. It's become sort of a tradition, but next year it is time for my parents to host it in Swift and then maybe one of these days if a house can be bought I can host it.

I bought Quint a new set of professional chef knives so now there will be no more complaining of having shitty, dull knives ;P Q and I bought his parents a Blu-ray player to go with their high-def TV, and I bought my mom a book box set that she is now addicted to and will hopefully get others hooked on. It's nice to finally be re-discovering reading and latching onto new series to get absorbed in.

// Any New Year's plans for anyone? I think Q and I are planning to go to a couple of friends houses (probably Tyson and/or Aaron's) but other than that nothing major planned at this point. It's hard to believe that New Year Eve is on Thursday already, and 2010 on Friday! Crazy year and flying by so fast. I remember just yesterday planning the trip to Cali/Vegas and that passed by in August!

// New addictions on Etsy that I've found include some strange items. I should have had this as a gift guide before Christmas, but consider it my best of 2009. I love to browse around in weird stores and here are some interesting things I have found. Lead the shopaholic to an online mall and this is what she will find...


Game controller soaps! An interesting gift idea for guys!


It ended up being quite a solid list of Etsy sellers, so cutting for sanity & space sake!Collapse )

I encourage everyone to at least take a look at Etsy and it's a great online avenue to start selling products online.
// I finished up my Christmas shopping today with a little help from Q and having to go outside and brave the cold weather. I'm so glad it's supposed to reach 6 degrees by the middle of the week as I don't know how much more cold weather everyone can stand!

Next year if its this cold I'm just buying everything online and not even bothering going outside to do it. Its so much easier to find unique gifts online as well.

I was tempted to buy a few t-shirts online from Threadless for Q (This, this and I just noticed this.) but I was worried they wouldn't arrive in time for Christmas. I ended up getting something completely different, but way more useful :) (no hints here!)

I'm also planning on ordering some tea from Adagio soon as they have amazing blends + you can create your own tea! Very cool & a co-worker has some from the site and it was the best tea I've ever had!

// I also caved in and bought my paid membership again for 2 months so I could have all of my icons / storage back (mostly for the icons), and because everyone is posting again! Yay! :)

Let's keep up the posting and interesting stories / content :P

...29 years ago today...

29 years ago... We miss you John!


I know, I know... I haven't posted on here forever but I found something for Tanya and Jenn and all lover's of the Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich at Earl's. It's from The Main on Food Network and although it uses figs instead of apples I can't wait to try it this week:



Chicken and Fig Ciabatta with Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:
Chicken
* 2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
* olive oil
* salt and pepper

Aioli
* 1 large egg yolk
* 1 pinch salt
* 1 dash pepper
* juice of 1 lemon
* 1 cup olive oil
* 2 small cloves garlic
* 1 dash hot sauce, optional

Sandwich
* 4 slices ciabatta bread, 1/2 inch thick
* 1 clove garlic, cut in half
* 1 cup toasted walnut halves, (about 8 pieces)
* 4 fresh figs, sliced in 1/4 inch slices
* 4 slices brie, about 1/4 inch thick
* 1/2 cup arugula, washed and dried
* olive oil
* salt and pepper
* 2 tsp honey (optional)

Sweet Potato Fries
* 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut into 6 wedges
* 3 tbsp olive oil
* pinch cayenne and smoked paprika
* 1 green onion, chopped
* juice of 1 lime
* salt and pepper


Directions:
Chicken
1. To prepare chicken, season breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over medium high heat until done, about 6-8 minutes. Let rest before carving into 1/2 in thick slices.

Aioli
1. To prepare aioli, combine the egg yolk, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a medium measuring cup or tall glass.
2. Using a hand held stick blender, gradually blend in oil in a slow stream. Buzz in the garlic, and hot sauce if using. Season with more salt and lemon juice, if necessary.

Sandwich
1. To assemble sandwich, turn broiler on. Toast bread until light golden; rub each slice with cut side of garlic clove and season with salt. Spread aioli generously on each slice.
2. Top each slice with chicken, walnuts and figs. Place brie on top and broil until cheese melts. Remove from oven and place on serving plates.
3. Place a loose handful of arugula on top of melted cheese. Dress lightly with olive oil, honey if using, salt and pepper.
4. Makes 4 open-faced sandwiches.

Sweet Potato Fries
1. Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, olive oil, cayenne, smoked paprika, salt and pepper; toss well to combine.
2. Arrange on baking tray and bake, turning over occasionally until cooked through and golden brown, about 20 minutes.
3. Toss with green onions and bake another minute. Squeeze lime juice over and season with salt and pepper to taste.

...Mystery Prize...

Well, well, well... looks like I won a prize from Rock 106 as I was called very early this morning. I wonder what it could be :) Hopefully Ill find out as soon as I get through!

...CUTENESS...

// More packages arrived in the mail today as my Etsy obsession continues (makes for great gifts!).






One for Jenn *wink, wink* and the stripey one for me! Such cute critters and he's going to work to be a desk pet :)

// I really need to get cracking and get some jewelry made otherwise I'm going to miss the Christmas season, but even just collecting the vintage beads are a fun thing to do as well ;)

Likely though I'll just end up buying more Etsy things as I've had nothing but excellent experiences and conversations buying so far.