I decided to give this recipe a go (found on foodgawker.com). I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly by adding ground turkey to the mixture. Mainly because my husband does not consider it a meal unless there is meat involved. I went with turkey to keep the pies nice and light but I may try chicken next time. The turkey got cooked up separately and added into the vegetable/milk/roux mixture after they had finished cooking.
My crust also came out differently as well. The crust came out flakey and crumbly and I didn’t want to waste any of that flakey goodness being draped over the side of the ramekins. So I formed the crusts to just fit on top of the ramekin.
It ended up being a good thing that I started these in the afternoon to be ready for dinner. When I was nearly done and placing the last of the “lids” on the pies, I got called into work. And even more luckily, a friend was willing to deliver these bits of goodness to my husband who was stuck at work (in exchange for borrowing some books). Not only are these great right out of the oven, but great after delivery.
Cooking has always been a great way to relax and take my mind off of things. I’m too busy concentrating and focusing on the recipe or how I want a dish to turn out to even think about anything else. I always leave the kitchen feeling accomplished and relaxed. Especially when all I hear from my husband during dinner is “Mmmm”.
World of the Ring by Jian Guo
Middle-Earth seems like it’s a pretty happening place: plenty of exotic locales to explore, elves handing out gifts, trees to ride when your footses ache, and treasure available only to those courageous enough to take it. If it ever existed in a Tolkien novel or note, then Jian has probably drawn it: his jaw-droppingly resplendent masterpieces tell just as enthralling a story as the novels they emulate… though in considerably fewer words. The lead image: “A Long Adventure with a Hobbit” is available in print form at Jian’s DeviantArt.
I am having trouble deciding which of these I would like best on my wall.
This is some amazing artwork!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
The Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink in Oz
The Lost Princess of Oz
The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Glinda of Oz
Little Wizard Stories of Oz
The Royal Book of Oz
Kabumpo in Oz
Oh I remember watching this one and being terrified through it. I loved it because I loved The Wizard of Oz, but this one was so much darker. Return to Oz was probably the start to my love of twisty versions of the light and fluffy “beloved classic” versions.
At first I was on the fence on whether or not The Hobbit should be split into three movies. The animated 70’s version did it in one after all. But so not the case here. The scenes have the same epic feeling as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You feel as though your on the journey with Bilbo. To me, that’s when you know the movie has been done right. When you leave the theatre (or turn off the DVD player) and feel as though you have been ripped from a wondrous world of adventures, elves, and dragons and plopped back into the mundane one of work, bills, and endless responsibilities. The escape from every day life is always a welcome one to me.
I can hardly wait for the next two installments to come out, and even less for the extended version DVD’s (my husband isn’t horribly picky about such things as normal versus extended, with a few exceptions, this being one of them). Then it will be a two weekend marathons of The Hobbit Trilogy and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. And of course to decide how nerdy we want to be if we play Lord of the Rings Risk at the same time.
This is what happens when you have left over bits from various meals through the week and no husband to nibble on them (I’m not much of a nibbler where as my hubby is). Take some sliced up mushrooms fry them a bit in extra virgin olive oil (no I refuse to call it ‘evoo’ it makes it sound like a lab experiment gone wrong). While thats doing its thing, slice up some *cough*fake*cough* lobster meat, and toss that in along with some salad shrimp in with the mushrooms. Season with garlic powder, some chili flakes (I like a smidge of heat with mellow flavours) and of course some salt and pepper. Let this do its thing for a bit and let the lobster meat get just the slightest tan. Then dump in as much rice as you’d like to have. I personally like a bit more rice to the mixture. In this case I let the rice cook for a bit to soak up flavours and warm up since it was in the fridge. Then last but not least, I put in just enough sweet and sour sauce to flavour, but it can be done to taste I think. Leave it for just a minute or two on the heat, then serve it up! I think next time I do one up I may add a bit of diced onion, but just wasn’t really in the mood for it this time. Overall a good little fry up to use up leftovers!
I want this sign for the front of the house :)
Married now to my best friend :)
While we didn’t do one of those huge weddings (it was very simple by most standards) it was a *long* 2 days. I say 2 days cause there was no sleep in between there. Add on top of that that it was *the* hottest day in Las Vegas… we were ready to fall out. He had his dress uniform on (which the rank is wrong now, but I shall explain that in a later post) which anyone in the military or any association with the military knows, it doesn’t breathe for shit. And I had on about 20 layers of various fabrics that also don’t breathe for shit. Thank god it doesn’t show in the photos…
It was fun despite the heat and exhaustion and I only cried a little. Pastor Dave did a great ceremony and the reception was lots of fun. Friends and family chatting and reminiscing and generally having a great time.
And since I’m just doing this now (when we got married on July 10th…) I have also completed the 5 and a half day journey across the United States and am now setting up a home with my husband. Even though he is TDY at the moment, most of the house was set up before he had to leave. Now its just finding places for the extra stuff and down sizing the rest. This was slowed down a bit with him leaving me a cold the day he left. On the tail end of it now thankfully so work resumes.
As with military tradition, I now count down the days till the Army returns my husband to me. 2 more weeks to go! :)