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Patience

The hubby made dinner.  Pot Roast.

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It’s hard to have patience when the house smells this good.

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Ordinary.

Nothing but a couple ordinary days around here.

Dinner last night was delicious. It was my favorite kind. No recipes and took almost no time in the kitchen.  Whole Roast Chicken (I was inspired as they were on sale for $0.99/lb). Golden Nugget Squash. Chicken and Broccoli Rasta Roni. Oh, and our favorite guest, Charles Shaw 🙂

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I have spent all my free time in my sewing room.  Progress is being made.  I’m on to the part I feared – the quilting.  This is my second quilt, but I tied the first.  After much frustration last night, I realized my first quilt isn’t going to be perfect so I moved on.  I enjoy the doing more than the stress of making it perfect.

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Do you see Chica and Jack there in the doorway? They’re always around to help.

Today, I stubbed my toe really bad.  It involved blood. Yikes.  Since I was such a trooper and did such a good job of bandaging it up, I rewarded myself with the very last piece of birthday pie. And a dollop mountain of whipped topping.

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My toe almost feels better.  I’m taking a break from some responsibilities and going to quilt some more.

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Last week I made the Deep Dish Pizza from October’s Cooking Light.

I have yet to find my passion for making any kind of dough.  I think its messy and a lot of work.  Needless to say, I didn’t exactly enjoy making the pizza crust.  But, the pizza tasted great; it was worth the work.  I’ll definitely be making this again.  The crust was really thick, and airy.  And, I like that there was no sauce but it was still soft and moist.
I wish I’d discovered this recipe earlier in the summer, it’d be tasty with homegrown tomatoes in place of the canned tomatoes.

I did make one adjustment to the printed recipe, I used canned diced tomatoes.  The recipe called for whole tomatoes and then said to drain and chop them.  I like to take shortcuts when I cook, so I bought them pre-chopped :).

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PS. I also made the Adobo Chicken from October’s Cooking Light.  I forgot to photograph it.  I thought it was a bit on the salty side, but good.  I substituted 12 chicken tenders for the 4 chicken thighs it called for.  And, I thought it could have used more onion.  Next time I’d put 2 onions in it.  The onion was my favorite part.

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Lowlight: I tried to turn this little guy into a pie. The recipe was from the produce market I go to.  The instructions read: mix all ingredients together and pour into pie crust.”  I mixed things in the wrong order and by the time I realized it, there was no fixing it.  The result: the egg didn’t mix in.

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Eww.  Off to compost it goes.  I’ll be trying again once I go buy a new pumpkin.

Highlight: My wonderful hubby lifted my spirits after the pumpkin pie failure and helped clean the dishes and mess I made trying to bake.  And, I was able to successfully make a tasty lasagna for dinner.  Yum!

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Lowlight:  The scanner my dad set up for me on Friday just would not cooperate with me.  All the negatives I was trying to scan were the wrong resolution.  I wasted somewhere around 4-5 hours scanning about 100 pictures before I realized the problem.  Jack the supervisor apparently was slacking off and didn’t help.

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Highlight: The scanner issue was resolved and now I’m digitizing some amazing photos.

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That’s my brother and I with my Grandma.

*Smile*  I can’t wait to rediscover more photos like this.

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Betty Crocker’s Beef Stroganoff

Friday night dinner at home featured Beef Stroganoff.

It was different from what I’d expected.  Probably because the only beef stroganoff I’ve ever made was this:

The real stuff however was delicious!  (Ironically, I used the recipe from my Betty Crocker Cookbook.  She changed things up from the box mix.)

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And my sweet hubby sure knows how to help me make dinner – the margarita was a great finishing touch!

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After a quiet and relaxing weekend, we packed quite a bit into today.

Alex mowed the yard.  The fertilizer for the new grass seed along with regular watering and a good rain has made our lawn go crazy.  Hooray!

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Do you see all of those happy baby grass blades??

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As usual, Jack supervised.

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I spent the morning giving baths to our stinky kids.

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Who now smell quite pleasant. Thankyouverymuch.

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(It was random that they’re both looking the same direction… We need to work on directing attention to the camera.)

Then, this afternoon I baked some Spicy Zucchini Cookies. (Thanks Donna for the zucchini!)

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They aren’t as “spicy” as I’d expected, but are very tasty.  I even took some over to our neighbors to share :).

And my wonderful hubby grilled up a very yummy dinner – steaks, grilled zucchini (again, thanks Donna!), and garlic mashed potatoes.

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(Can we say Holy Huge Steak, Batman?!  I got these steaks on sale earlier this summer for a great deal.  We ate two when I bought them and froze two for a treat later in the summer.  It isn’t often on splurge on huge deliciousness like this.  But Alex is definitely a meat and potatoes man, so I think it’s a nice treat for him.)

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(I think I’m a real blogger now, I’m taking pictures of everything!… Did I just share a picture of raw meat on my counter with the whole internet? … But do you see those savings??)

Finally, I’ll leave you with the bloom I discovered on the deck this evening.  It’s been opening for a couple days, but really popped today.

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