Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Musings

I'm cheating.  I'm honest and felt you were entitled to know this bit of privy info.  You see I discovered a 'notes' app on my phone.  Little observations or thoughts that pop into my head are actually jotted down.  That way my middle-aged brain isn't so taxed to bring you some Musings on a Monday.  Course I'm not altogether sure it is blog-worthy.  Will see where this goes.

Does this post look different?  Get up to the screen and squint your eyes real tight?  Now can you see it?  I knew you could!  This is a new computer!  Actually just the CPU.  I needed to return one we got at a major warehouse store (no Apple here folks) because of a loose screw!  Really!  I actually went to the counter with the CPU in a box and said, "I have a screw loose".  You should have seen the lady!  tee-hee.  Well I returned it and went to look at the other choices.  And walked out with the exact same CPU for... drum roll... $100 less!  Yep!  Discount this week.  Whoot!

Was at the mall this week and daughter #1 wanted Chinese for lunch (go figure).  Anyway, I realize that at the Chinese restaurants in food courts they have Chinese people working.  But at the Italian ones, there is a mish-mash of anything.  Seems it would be more authentic if you'd have Savatore, Tony, and Gina waiting on you.

Do you cook your bacon in the oven?  You don't?  Seriously!  Line a big pan (with short sides) with crinkled foil.  Lay down a good week's worth of bacon (BLT season you know).  Bake at 425 for 20 or so minutes.    Your welcome.  You will never fry it in a pan again.  Trust me.

I learned my lesson about 9 years ago and it still haunts me.  I drove away from a gas pump with the nozzle still attached to my car.  There was a terrible thud and then in my rear-view mirror I saw it swinging precariously.  There was no damage to the van or the hose for that matter.  It took me approximately 7 years to gather courage to tell the Chairman.  To this day, each and every time I get gas, I check at least thrice before I pull away from the pump.

"Trees are the answer".  That's what the bumper sticker said that I saw this week.  However, I'm not sure what the question was.

The girls have been doing a lot of flips lately.  I'm hoping their heads stay on their necks.

This was my shopping buddy eating her Chinese lunch.  I don't need a fortune cookie to tell me we are fortunate for her...

See the tree?  Can you picture how big it is?  Can you see daughter #2 holding an adventurous kitty?

Now picture our 4-month Tom cat in training at the very top dangling dangerously.  I did what any sensible cat-owner would do.  I texted where he came from and said, 'what do we do?'.  The advice was, 'don't call the fire department'.  He did make it down safely with some good howling.  And went on to catch his first mouse.  Such is the life of a baby tom cat.

It is fun to feed the hungry MYP.  Today I was lacking inspiration.  I dug my head deep into the fridge and found lots of things that could be thrown together for lunch.  Leftover taco/black beans for tacos.  Two pieces of tilapia with green beans.  I made a spinach/fruit salad.  Son #1 said at the table, 'if I was going to close my eyes and wish for a perfect meal, this would be it'.  That inspired me to tackle another week of feeding the Chairman's family.  

Now I need to be honest again.  I wrote this all on Sunday night (gasp!).  It was quiet and inspiration struck.  And there's this tricky option called 'schedule your post'...  Mused out.


  1. Nice variety of muses. Is that even a word? I love the Notes app too....and the shopping list one is another dandy!

  2. The electric griddle my mother-in-law gave me works pretty slick for bacon, too. All the grease drips down into this little pull out container that easily pours into a jar. LOVE it!

  3. Gasp! Taking notes?! Using the scheduling feature!?! I occasionally do that I guess it's OK if you do it too. :-)

  4. Oh yes, I will never (plan to anyway) cook bacon outside the oven again either! Don't know why it took me so many years to find that one out. No turning, no spattering, no taking up counter or stove space...And let me tell you a secret...I was told to use parchment paper, and yes it does absorb the grease but really, most of the time I just put it on my baking pan without anything else down & it works just great!

  5. Guess I should try to oven-bake bacon again. The only time I tried it, it was a disaster - I googled it and had two recipes: with and without foil. So the first attempt I didn't use foil (why waste it if I don't need it?)...the bacon stuck to the pan. Okay so we have bacon bits for a salad. Try the second recipe and put down foil, bacon sticks to the foil and is a mess. I never tried again.

  6. I always hope the heads and necks remain intact and unaltered when I see kids doing flips, too... I'm such a sissy.
    Nueske's bacon is especially delicious done like that! Long Live Bacon! ;)