Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Minute In Susan's Mind

Why is it that autumn is the "season of comfort food" and all the comfort food shown on covers of magazines that hit the shelves this autumn will consist of fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, hearty stews and breads. 

The above mentioned foods are not comfort food, at least they aren't to me...

Bring on some gummy bears, jube jubes, twizzlers, a bag of sour cream and onion ruffles potato chips, maple walnut icecream....  now THAT'S comfort food!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tit For Tat

I can't believe I actually read THE WHOLE BOOK!  *bangs head on desk*

Saying it sucked would be the understatement of the day, the decade, no the century!  Ugh!  I was ripped off... oh wait a minute, I borrowed the book so it didn't really cost me anything...

... EXCEPT TIME I WON'T GET BACK!!!!!!!! 

Ugh!

I seen the title "Tit for Tat" and wasn't immediately drawn in to read the synopsis but I figured why not read it anyway. 

I don't usually read reviews before I read a book because everyone has their own opinion, so I read the reviews after I've read the book to see if I agree with any of them.  Perhaps I should have read them prior in this case.  The book was reviewed 19 times on Amazon.com: 1 reader gave it a 5 star, 1 reader gave it a 4 star, 2 readers gave it a 3 star and 15 readers gave it a 1 star because the review couldn't go less than a one star rating! 

I was lured in by seeing "Steven King" as the author.  Yes I was sadly mistaken, this was Steven King, not Stephen King.  Two totally different authors.  If you do a google search for Steven King, it actually CORRECTS you and asks if you want STEPHEN KING....note the spelling there!  Pretty much all of the 15 negative reviews warn potential readers not to mistake this guy with the real deal. 

I should have paid closer attention.  Sigh.  I should have at least peeked at the reviews. 

Stephen King, author of Pet Semetary, I enjoyed that book, I read it long before the terrible film adaptation was made.  Steven King - the wannabe author - is a clever dude who knows that when folks see a creepy cover and the name they'll automatically be drawn in under the assumption that it's a novel by the well known author and not a.... a.....   I'm at a loss for words.

Personally, I found Tit for Tat to read like an extension to the terrible film Hostel, where some guy gets kidnapped and used to fulfill the twisted fantasies of the uber rich - folks who can pay enough money to physically torture another human without repercussions.  Like in Hostel, one individual gets away (he also loses his fingers) and he gets revenge on the people who tortured him.  Funny thing about this is that the one person who gave it a 4 star rating also compared it to Hostel.  So my guess is if Hostel was sort of a crappy movie... uh... well, you do the math.  Only difference is the movie stays on point.  The book Tit for Tat jumps all over the place.  One minute the main character is barely alive and hallucinating, the next he's killing someone with a rat.  I read the book quickly, not because it was good, but because I don't like leaving a book unfinished and the sooner I got through it the sooner I could move on.

Why am I reviewing it on my blog?  Oh that's easy, I'm blogstipated and needed something to write about!  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sh*t My Dad Says


I really enjoy reading but my favorite genre happens to be romance.  Rarely do I read outside of that genre but with audio books so easily available to download onto my ipod, I've branched out into reading/listening to other genres. 

Most recently I began listening to Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern.  I can't get past the first hour of the book.  Aside from wondering if this was how the dad really spoke to him as a child, the language is just to bothersome.  Sure I read erotica that consist of more um... intense language but I just can't listen to someone constantly using the Lords name in vain.  I know it's just a book and eventually I will listen to the whole thing but I'm not a fan of it.  I don't find it in the least bit funny or interesting for that matter especially when every other sentence the dad says has the word God or Jesus said in vain.  I REALLY HATE THAT!!!  But I don't like to leave a book unfinished soooo.... I guess I will put up with it until it's done, perhaps somewhere along the way it may get better (here's hoping).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Take The Cookie

Last week I made peanut butter cookies from the best, easiest recipe ever known to man!

Seriously!!!

Three ingredients:  peanut butter, sugar, one large egg

That's it! 

That's all!

I had a huge jar of Peter Pan in the cupboard, usually I use Kraft for these because that's where I got the recipe from so I hope Kraft doesn't boycott me for using the competition that I purchased in the USA for a real cheap price. 
(click here for recipe Kraft PB Cookies

I have never, EVER made peanut butter cookies with a recipe that calls for flour. 

I made two batches and they were soooooooo good.







Sunday, September 16, 2012

To Market, To Market

I could live on a farm...

No, no I couldn't.  I'd miss the "city noise", but that's not what this post is about.

I went to the farmers market the other day and got a great deal on fresh peppers.  A basket of 8 very large red bell peppers for $3.   Usually they're that price per unit not for a whole basket!  I'm surfing the net for recipes for stuffed peppers.  I have a nice recipe already but I want to try something different, something new. 

Another thing I enjoy about the farmers market (aside from the freshness, and the ridiculously low prices) is that I'm helping local farmers!  Prices are going to be sky high on imported goods with so many areas suffering drought and then the price of gas is robbing us blind so you know there will be fuel surcharges tagged on for store deliveries.  The farmers market keep costs low and help the locals, that's two for the price of one!



Friday, September 14, 2012

Got Corn?

This week I've done extremely well with exercising and eating less junk and more healthy foods. 

I skimmed Youtube for beginner workouts I hate doing the same exercise routine over, and over, and over, and over... oh you get the point.  I came across a pretty simple one that's only 30 minutes which is good enough for me to do first thing in the morning when I get home from work and am already exhausted.  The only issue I had with the workout is it called for light hand weights which I did not have (I purchased some today).  I really didn't want to get underway without any weights so.... I improvised...



Cans of cream corn to the rescue! 

These cans were heavy enough to give my weak arms a good workout but small enough for my hands to grip until I had the opportunity to get shopping for a pair of weights. 

I've already lost the first ten pounds and am working on the last 15 and once I reach my goal I'll post the "before, during & after" photos.  I don't see too much of a difference with the first ten but I feel it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Project 365 Via Instagram

 
This year I didn't participate in the blog-hop Project 365 a photo a day which was hosted by ...make music from your heart to the lord (click the link to find out more). 

I participated last year and thankfully wasn't graded on it.  The beginning of the year started out well then as the year progressed I flopped.  At first I was posting the daily photo in one single blog at the end of each week then it became the end of every other week, then every month then whenever I remembered. 

Then came instagram.

Ahh... beloved instagram which turned me on big time to photography!  I love sufing instagram photos on line especially of the ordinary things like plates of food, scenery or skylines.

I'm getting myself accustomed to taking a photo a day so that come January - God willing - I'll participate again!  For now... hmm... I'll do my best to post a photo a day to get back in the swing of things. 


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hodgepodge Vol.93

It's been a while since I've participated in any blog-hops so no better time than the present to get myself back in the swing of things where smiles, laughter and chuckles are served up with a dose of friendship!

Today is Wednesday, which means HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY, hosted by From this side of the pond ....A series of questions posted on the Hodgepodge blog, answered on your own blog and linked up back over on the Hodgepodge blog to connect with other participants....  click the link, follow her blog, join the fun, share the joy.




Here are the questions for the Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol.93

1. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? The NFL is back in action along with all the college teams. Are you a fan? Who do you root for? If you're not a fan what do you do while the rest of America watches Saturday, Sunday, Monday night, and now Thursday night games?

I am a big fan of football but the only team I support all the time is the Montreal Allouettes (Canadian Football).  When it comes to the NFL I pick a team each season and throw my support behind them.  The reason I do this is because my husband is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and he insists it's my fault when they lose a game so I'm "not allowed to support the Cowboys" according to him.  My retaliation was to support the team that played against the Cowboys but again, he said "that's not fair you can't do that, you have to pick just one team" so I pick a team each season and gloat real big when they beat the Cowboys.  But no matter who plays, I'm watching, whether it Saturday, Sunday night or the CFL on Friday night... I love me some football!!!

2. What's something I'll always find in your closet?

An ugly really old worn linty sweater that is the most warm and comfortable thing when autumn and winter roll around.  No matter how much my family tries to encourage me to toss that ugly sweater out or to not wear it in public, too bad.

3. Share one of your earliest memories.

I love how the seasons change.  How the weather cools down and the leaves begin to slowly change.  I'd always drag my feet through the leaves even if it scuffed my shoes.

4. What circus act best describes your week so far?

Liar tamer Lion tamer.... Seems there's more chaos than I could ever have expected - most of it blind sided me so I've got to get it under control.

5. What's a food you disliked as a child but you love now?

Yogurt.  I really never liked yogurt but now I love it!  I can get carried away eating yogurt and now that Greek yogurt is on the market I'm wondering will I like it as much as regular yogurt?

6. Describe your summer in three words.

Too Darn Hot!

7. Where were you on September 11, 2001? Will you do anything special to mark the day this year?

On September 11, 2001 I was at work.  I was seated at my desk when a coworker came up to me and said that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center but we didn't have much information so we just thought it was a small two or four person plane.  I had checked the internet for details and that's when things became clear.  Later on our bosses knew not much work would get done so they turned on a television in the boardroom so we could be updated.  At the end of the day Tony and I went home and were glued to the television speechless.  We don't actually "mark" this day but we always watch the American news to remember and offer up prayers. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I feel like making pie.  I don't quite know why but .... I feel like making pie.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Phase Two

Surprisingly enough I didn't gain a pound while on R&R-Clear-My-Head-Staycation last week. 

Surprisingly enough I didn't lose a pound either! 

Today it's back to work...back to work on losing weight!

I'm starting a 3 day fast for starters.  After a week of eating fried eggs with hashbrowns, beans and fried bologna for breakfast my heart and digestive system will thank me for the break.  

I've got two months to lose fifteen pounds so divided that puts me at 7.5 pounds per month.  I want my hips to look like Tyra Banks in the pink dress over there because now I resemble her "before" photo which is nice.... IF you're Tyra Banks and I'm not.

I've already dropped ten in a real long time and thankfully have kept it off but I really want ... not need... but WANT to lose 15 more.  With the help of some personal weight loss blogs, magazines and Youtube videos I've stayed motivated but unfortunately haven't been able to do much jogging with my left hip paining me.  I think I may have done some damage that time I fell off the sidewalk when I wasn't watching what I was doing, you know, big head in lalaland again.   Anyway, getting focused on shedding the first 7.5 pounds is my goal and it will keep my mind off of other irrelevent things that have been cluttering my mind lately.   Come October I can focus on the last 7.5 pounds.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Me, Brave Warrior!

So the whole joke... ok yes it's funny NOW but at the time not so much...  the whole joke began Thursday night when I was about to head off to bed.  I was just about to turn off the television when in the corner near the ceiling I spot a creepy spider making a little nest to lay it's million eggs.  I attacked it with a can of raid spider spray and had husband pick it up because I was just too creeped out.

Ten minutes later I walk into the bedroom and across the room on the wall near the ceiling was another spider.  I ran back to the kitchen got the can of spider spray and when I approached the small creepy insect it "jumped" off the wall causing me to run screaming from the room like the brave warrior I am.  I waited a few minutes then sprayed half the can of spider spray around that corner of the room... here's hoping I got it.

Stressed out and tired, I went to the bathroom to pee but instead, me, brave warrior, ran screaming from that room because there was a tarantula on the ceiling.  Ok so it may not have been a tarantula but I didn't have my glasses on at this point and if I seen it big in that distance it had to be near tarantula size. My superhero husband killed it while he grinned at me.  I was not amused.

About fifteen minutes ago a spider was on the bathroom ceiling and brave warrior had to seek superhero husband's rescue.  I really wish it would rain and wash all these spiders away because I have no idea how they're getting in but I'm really stressed. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oatmeal Muffin Mix

Though the oatmeal cookie mix by Quaker turned out pitiful.... the oatmeal muffin mix is a different story!

I purchased the Quaker Oatmeal Muffin mix a couple days ago, probably at the same time I purchased the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie mix.  Not to compare a cookie with a muffin, there really isn't a comparison anyway - that'd be like comparing eggs and oranges (as Mom would say). 

The muffin mix is sufficient enough to make 24 muffins, much to my surprise though I only made a dozen.  Most package mixes only make 6 but then again the bag was larger.  I'm wide awake so I had no issues with incorrect measurements ha! ha!  I really love oatmeal muffins they are my second most favorite (carrot wins hands down!) While preparing the mix I included a handful of chopped walnuts and another handful of sunmaid raisins.  I had initially intended to add the very ripe banana that's been living in the fridge these past couple days but forgot all about it until this very second... oops.

The muffin tin was prepared with paper liners, and filled 2/3rds full of batter and inserted into the oven at 400*F to bake for 20 minutes.  I left them in there for 25 minutes or somewhere in that ballpark.
 
I'm on cloud nine right now... mmmmm.... not bad!  I think the addition of raisins and walnuts gave them a flavor boost because these are outstanding.  So my review on the Quaker Oatmeal Muffin mix is pretty good and sure I'd buy it again...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Oatmeal Gems

I had intended to post this recipe the same day I blogged about the ultimate fail that was the packaged oatmeal cookie mix but it just got away with me. 

I make oatmeal cookies from this recipe card every year, usually at Christmas time for the kids and occasionally when I'm in the mood for oatmeal cookies, like I was the other day but chose to be stupid and buy a package mix instead.  Another reason I love this recipe is it uses 1 egg.  I've got a nephew with a lot of allergies so the bulk of the cookie recipes I bake use few eggs and I just swap out the nuts for fruit.

Rather than retype everything I'll just give you the link to the recipe card I have that's by Grandma's Kitchen for Chewy Oatmeal Gems just click the link and it's there if the card scan doesn't show up well enough but let me tell you these are super amazing fluffy soft chewy cookies!