Monday, December 30, 2013

Accidental Inspirations

I was getting the peanut butter out of the pantry to put on celery sticks. In the meantime I spilled the dark chocolate raisins my mom sent me for Christmas. I picked them up as fast I could...two second rule and Petey had been woken out of his slumber. It hit me as I was picking them up I could make a twisted version of ants on a log. So out of an accident I had inspiration and it was delicious.  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

How to Boil an Egg

Yes I'm serious.  There are many times I go to boil an egg and google the best way before.  So here goes the method that works the best for me with no pictures:

1) Put eggs in a saucepan in a single layer. 
2) Cover eggs with water, about an inch above eggs
3) With pot uncovered, turn heat on high
4) When water begins to boil turn off heat and cover for 10-15 minutes
5) Run cold water over eggs for a minute or place in ice water

Perfect eggs every time. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

What you gon' do with all that ham?

All that ham inside your trunk? I'ma get, get, get, get you drunk.  Whatever I'll stop now.  That just came to mind when I was trying to come up with a title for this post. So any who or anyways...depends if my old self is talking or my young hip side....on to the ham...

Every year for Christmas Jarad gets a ham from work.  We never eat the ham by itself with sides.  That's just boring and boring is one thing we are not.  We always make those ham sandwiches... wait who am I kidding, I always make those ham sandwiches.. ain't no one helping me (that's my ghetto side talking.  My personalities are equal opportunity.)   It's always "Calista, you going to make those sandwiches?" but with Calista being said all Wedding Crasher style.
The recipe has been floating around Pinterest like gnats on a fruit basket.  But they're so good.  Hawaiian rolls, mustard, cheese please... and I never get a picture because they are gone so fast.  But half a ham is so much meat.  So Sunday when Plain Chicken posted her weekly What's for Dinner? post I immediately liked it for future reference.  She posted a recipe for Ham and White Beans in the slow cooker and a recipe for Ham and Egg Salad.  I made both of them last night and they are both DELICIOUS!!!! yes I'm screaming at you. 

The ham and white beans with siracha on top was amazing. And then I couldn't just make a boring Ham and Egg Salad sandwich so I made it grilled with American cheese.  I should have made two or three or just eat the salad out of the bowl like Jarad did when he got home or on top of crackers spread with Cheddar Horseradish spread (from Aldi.  I think it's a seasonal thing and that makes me soooooo sad because I could eat it noon, day and night.)  Yes I needed a bedtime snack.  Don't you?!?!

If you have too much ham in your trunk, try these recipes out.  I still have more ham after using it in three recipes.  I will be making ham sandwiches for NYE because they are expected at this point and perhaps a little more Ham and Egg Salad for finger sandwiches for the ladies bridge club (that's my old southern lady talking with pinking finger up whilst sipping her tea.  She may have a little British background as well).

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Another Christmas Holiday...done and done

Another Christmas is in the books.  Ours was low key and perfect.  It started with a weekend at Lake September. We always love being able to spend some time in Orange and this time was no different. We were only going to be there Friday thru Sunday but we were having such a great time we stayed till Monday morning but I had to get back to set up a new store. Campfires, fishing, shooting clays, a little casino action, games where girls win, yummy food, Christmas presents, family and friends were what filled the weekend. We call it Misfit Christmas but I never find anything misfit about it when we have so much fun together.  Well.....I mean the only thing misfit was Saturday night when we scared ourselves so bad with sounds and stories, we all ended up laying together in the middle of the living room floor covered in quilts waiting for "Fenga Papit" to just leave us alone.


If Duck Dynasty goes off the air they can always call me and I'll fill in the time spot. 

Painting Thomas and Katrina made for us. Words are lyrics from Night Right for Love sung by Robert Earl Keen. It was the song we danced to at our wedding.

We may not win at the casino but it's fun and the nachos are delicious. We do however win at Scene it Squabble. 

Christmas Eve Natalie and I prepared Jarad and I's traditional Christmas Eve meal, steak and scallops. This year I followed Pioneer Woman's steak Oscar recipe. It was my first time making Hollandaise sauce and although it wasn't awful it wasn't amazing. The recipe was too lemony and was ok on the asparagus.  I wasn't about to ruin the steak with it.  So we made deconstructed Steak Oscar.  The scallops were made following a lemon truffle baked scallop recipe.  I enjoyed the Panko and parmesean crust on top but Jarad said he prefers pan seared scallops.  Natalie made veggie pizza. I love that appetizer but always forget about it.

Christmas morning we got up and opened presents and stockings.  We got the cutest photos of our nieces and nephews and had to create our own.  We're goobers like that and Natalie has no arms?!?!  Then we went and saw The Wolf of Wall Street.  It wasn't an awful movie but wasn't the best movie ever either.  Leo and Jonah played their part well but three hours is soooo long. I prefer movies to be two hours or less.

Christmas decorations came down today and back up in the attic. Valentine's Day decorations are out...just enough. It's only a little over a month away so I don't feel it's too soon.  And although I once hated anything with hearts on it or shaped liked hearts, I now like them in small doses. 

Now it's time to get my head back in the excercise, eating right game....I know, I know I keep saying it but I'm getting puffy and it's got to stop. For serious this time...started with a little walk with the pup tonight. Baby steps

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013


I feel like I've always had a pretty good intuition about people. Sometimes I let people in too far, too fast. I have an uneasy feeling about them but I let it slide. Soon something always happens to confirm my suspicion about them. But my intuition can be off as well.  Because there are times I form fast, rash opionions about people and they prove me wrong. They turn out to be amazing, thoughtful, fun, etc rather than an asshole, put offish, etc. As I grow older, I'm learning to take a little longer to form my perception of a person. I also learn what to share, hold back and how to be me around different people. It's all in your social awareness and tailoring you to every situation. I'm not saying you change you for the company you're in. I am a stronger personality and I've learned to pull back when necessary or go full force when appropriate. Being aware of all this, I feel makes me a better friend. It makes me better in business. And I can realize when someone is a friend for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Cliche?? No it's reality. 

Random Thoughts

- I love the microwave egg cooker by Pampered Chef.  So easy to get eggs quickly in the morning.
- I was out of town last week for convention... long days and nights. I took a 2 1/2 hour nap when I got home. And then slept 12 hours last night. 
- Petey is feigning for attention. He won't leave my side. He missed his mama I suppose. 
- Instead of losing the 5lbs I wanted to lose before the beginning of 2014, I've gained 5lbs.  Must stop the bulge NOW. 
- Excited for misfit Christmas this weekend.  Can't believe we are already a little over a week till Christmas. This year flew by.  Slow down life. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Does It Really Matter

- I made turkey enchiladas from the leftovers.  They were delicious the first day.  I didn't like the consistency of the tortillas the next day. Kind of reminded me of when in school they tried to make chicken and dumplings. Gross
- I ate PB&J instead. Mmmmm
- I had a cheese quesadilla for breakfast. Who says specific types of foods have to be eaten at specific times?
- We now have a heavy bag hanging in our garage. I bought MMA gloves or whatever and next time you see me, I'll be in a ring in Vegas. Ok not really...would have to wear a helmet thingy. I don't want cauliflower ear.
- I've had one phone call so far today and of course the weather that's suppose to come in tomorrow was part of convo.  Houstonians think the world is ending or we're going into the ice age again when temps dip below 50. 
- We were given a dress code or more like colors we have to wear next week at a convention for work. First off, I don't like being told what to wear and second, I don't own a lot of pink.  I dug deep in the closet and found a shirt that will work.

Make it a Great Day!!!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thankful and camping

This year for Thanksgivig we decided to do something a little different...Friendsgiving camping style. We headed to Lake Somerville Thursday morning which is 70 miles from the house. 

It is far enough but close enough and is a pretty area of Texas. 

Everyone decided that even though we were going untraditional in our location, we still wanted the traditional food fixings. So the menu consisted of everyone's must haves and favorites. 

- Fried Turkey
- Mac and cheese
- Hashbrown casserole
- Green bean casserole
- Corn soufflĂ© 

The turkey obviously was fried in a turkey fryer. We injected it with Tony Cacheres and put a whole stick of butter under the skin. We had never fried a turkey and it turned out delicious. Jarad did a good job cooking it and carving it. 

The sides we fixed were all done in a crockpot. I mixed them up the night before and put in large plastic containers ready to put in the crockpots once we arrived. Between all of us there we had enough crockpots to cook everything. It was a sea of crockpots. 

The weather was nice and clear but quite chilly. We went through 10+ bundles of wood in only 2 days. Spent a lot of time just hanging out, playing games and relaxing. 

Petey did not like the cold at night. He shivered so bad even under mounds of blankets. He probably just wanted extra loving and attention. 

Friday night we had chili dogs and wings. We decided to reuse the oil to fry the wing rather than grill them. Peanut oil is expensive and we wanted to get a lot of use out of it. Natalie was our resident wing fryer and did a phenomenal job. They were pretty delicious and we may even fry wings this weekend too. Katrina was her cheerleader. 

Overall it was a great time and something that may become a tradition if I have a say so. Now I have to rest up and get ready for the "Olson" sister invasion of Houston this weekend.