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My computer can’t see any wireless connections and it thinks I’ve turned the wireless off completely. So, I’ve been on my Blackberry the last three days.
Fantastic day today. It was Captain’s Day at the golf club, where there is a big competition and the outgoing Captains, (my son among them,) officially handover their positions.
The comp is in four categories, Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors. Not only did my DS come 3 rd in the Mens competition, but MY SON WON THE JUNIORS, AND WON THE WHOLE THING OVERALL!!!!!!!!!!!
My daughter and I have managed to eat a lot of chocolate gingerbread. Thanks for helping out, MM! I hope it soaked up some of that alcohol!
ASTI, I can’t imagine how you don’t burst from pride, if not from the gingerbread. Third place in the men’s competition is grand but first place in his division as well as overall is simply spectacular. I know you are very proud of both your men.
I have never had chocolate gingerbread. Can you taste the gingerbread part through the chocolate?
Lady Hawke, although there is some chocolate in the gingerbread itself, most of the chocolate hit is from the icing. It still tastes very gingerbready. It was very delicious warm with icecream!
And yes, I am bursting a little bit!!
My computerfix was easy. A slide bar had been pushed that I didn’t even know was there.
My daughter’s clarinet showed up on Friday.
We have a new desktop computer which will do some fancy things our old one didn’t. It is second hand from the guy who came to install it for us. He is into building his own computers now and considers this one archaic for his needs but it is an upgrade for us.
Unfortunately, as soon as he left the house our daughter went into the computer room where he and my DS had been sitting half the afternoon and found a leak in the ceiling directly over the computer desk. Our AC condenser is leaking, right over the desk in the computer room. So, now that goes on my list of things to be delt with. That means waiting for a repair person to come deal with that.
Did I say I discovered last night the driver’s side door of my car will not open from the inside? So my first stop tomorrow morning after taking my daughter to school is the dealership.
I have made something very strange for dinner, yellow squash lasagna. I have made it using green zuchini cut in slices instead of lasagna noodles but I’ve never used yellow squash. I still have layers of squash, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. I’m making some plain pasta as well in case there is too much sauce.
Asti That is awesome! There can be no doubt that your son is a very talented and consistent golfer.
Lady Hawke Ummm, lasagna without pasta, yep that is strange, lol. We must be on the same wavelength today, I made mini pizzas without dough. I had a bread bun to use up so I sliced it in half, toasted the top and bottom, lightly browned the inside surface then covered it in tomato paste, lightly sprinkled dried oregano and basil on it, piled on grated Cheshire cheese and put it under the grill to melt. In the meantime I had sliced some small tomatoes and grilled them on a glass baking sheet then added them on top of the melted cheese. Very tasty!
Off to bed.
The yellow squash lasagna was a success. When it was first out of the oven the plain pasta provided a good bed for it but once it had been out sitting for a bit it held its own and could be dished out in slices. My DS said the second helping he took, the one without any pasta, was excellent.
GRAYMAYNE, I don’t think your pizzas sound so unusual. There are frozen pizzas sold here which are made on sliced bagels.
I got proposed to on Thursday by a hauntingly beautiful 23 yr old gal. I am spinning in a centrifuge of quandary, indecision, astonishment, & doubts. :+0
WON, is this the young lady from your church? Have you been seeing her regularly? If you have been dating her or spending a lot of time with her there is always a risk of one or both of you falling for each other. So, it can’t be completely astonishing. People tend to fall for those they spend a lot of time with, whose company they enjoy and whose opinion they value. I know you most likely have concerns about your health and any ramifications that might have on her. Your health aside, would you welcome the proposal? How did the proposal come about? No matter what, this is one of the most exciting things we have heard in some time. We need more details.
Did the move today and posted new address/phone at cc. super tired so I am going to bed a little early.
Move went well with no problems.
Asti congratulations to you son. Great Job.
Won Can’t wait to hear more details. How exciting!
Ironsos It is good that your move went well. With only a crock pot to use to cook with, how are you going to eat your meals? Do you get take out or will restaurants deliver ? Not being able to use a electric skillett, how are you going to fix breakfast when you want some bacon and eggs? I have been using my daughter’s electric stove for over a year but she is ready to take it back when she gets her new home. I don’t know whether to buy myself a smaller electric stove or use my gas stove. I think I might have the gas stove hooked up and then use my electric pans.
Asti Congratulations to both your DS and Son. Is your son planning on making a career playing golf?
Laura I meant to tell you that your new man looks like my ex son-in=law. I get a shock every time I see you together. Lol
LH it is not the ‘church lady’ lool… This gals name is Valerie. She will turn 24 in a little over a month. She has been in the Navy since she was 18. A mutual friend introduced us about a year ago. My astonishment & doubt stems from the age difference, & her awesome personality & beauty. Our mutual friend tells me that there isn’t hardly a man on the base that has not asked her out. There is other ‘stuff’ involved as well. I think any further discussion on this subject is better left to CC… :+)
just running through as I’ve been at work all day and have a monster cold/man flu thing going on and feel dreadful and need to go and lie of the sofa and feel sorry for myself (and potentially eat some chocolate gingerbread if one of my buddies would be so kind as to send me some . . the chocolate will be good for my poorly sore throat).
LEW just wanted to respond to your post (cos I can’t bear the whining anymore hahahaha . . . . .I’m joking, I’m joking). My friend started a job 2 years ago as a french lecturer at a university in the UK. She told me that the first few years where the hardest because you have to plan all the lectures and lessons from scratch. Its gets easier once you have a structure in place, because each year you are just adding new activities/research . . . . so it will get better. She was like a headless chicken when she first started and I remember her being very stressed. So you arent alone – it happens to all lecturers, but after a while it will calm down and be much easier and then you’ll be spending most of your time in your office with your feet up drinking coffee (or whiskey if your students are particularly awful)
BTW have you heard the new Mumford and Sons song? I’m loving it.
Cool G: Doctor told me to quit fried foods due to intestinal bleed problem so having
no fry pan is not a huge deal. If I get a craving I am downtown and have no trouble
finding the good stuff. Not having an oven is the only problem I need to overcome.
Getting things delivered to the hotel is no problem.
IRONSOS, there are microwave cookbooks that can be used with special microwave browning trays. It isn’t the same as a oven but you can get around things.
Also, I almost always cook bacon in the microwave on a plate between paper towels
I have a countertop oven which I have to use on holidays when I need more than the one oven. It is a big roaster but it has trays and racks and you can do almost anything with it that you would do with a real oven.
Even though I live alone I have about 20 change of addresses to do. All on line thank goodness.
Ironsos, I am glad the move went well, and hope you are settling in and finding new homes for all your belongings. It sounds like the lack of a frying pan might well be a good thing, and there are many ways around the lack of a traditional oven. Have fun creating new culinary delights!
Wolfie, I am sorry about your cold. I am just getting over one…. I hate colds. I seriously contemplated sending you some gingerbread, but have no actual faith in Royal Mail, and since it is already two days old, decided that a fun gesture might well end up an unpleasant surprise! But I’ll send tou the recipe for when you’re feeling better if you like!
CoolG, my son has no idea what he wants to do when he leaves school. He’d love to play golf, but isn’t good enough to make a living from playing. He could coach, or teach, he is very technically proficient. But the traditional route would be through PE, or Physical Education qualifications, and his foot makes that impossible. I really hope he can use this talent to make a living.
Dr. LEW, well done! xx
IRONSOS, if you are going to become a microwave cook you will probably want to invest in a larger microwave. That way you would have room for the accessory trays. You can even get microwaves that are also convection ovens. That might be the ideal situation for you.
IRONSOS, I found this convection microwave at Home Depot. It is not big but it browns stuff like a real oven even though it is a microwave. It is pricier than a regular microwave but if that is going to be your primary means of cooking you might want to consider it. There are somewhat more expensive larger ones. I think this one was $279 and they ship.
Can you tell I want one of these?
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Ironsos I use a roaster oven for most of my baking needs. I have for about 20 years. I have went thu 2 in that time. The only thing that won’t fit in it is my pizza stone. It is too big.
I decided to frame in the door way and hang the door today. I had to break down and call Jennifer to see if she could come help. I couldn’t hold the board and screw it over my head. It is a good thing she came to help. The wooden doors were too havy together for me to lift by myself. By making a new frame, I didn’t have to cut the doors off. I was afraid I couldn’t see well enough to cut the doors straight. They actually look good put up. If the solid wooden doors don’t keep out the cool air, I can use the frame to put an outside door up instead. I don’t want to do this since it would take up more room
Ironsos, one of the best cooking gizmos I have found is the Halogen convection oven… It is a perfect adjunct to a microwave in that it is electric, portable, cooks fast, & most importantly it can crisp & brown so you can use it to cook frozen fries or steaks, & hands down the very best Shake & Bake pork chops, or chicken wings or legs (if you like that sort of thing). You may have seen em’ on infomercials. DO NOT get one of those! They are way overpriced, made of plastic & ALL crack & fail from the heat. There are ones that are cheaper that use pyrex glass bowls. I just saw one for sale on NewEgg for like $40 w/free shipping… It was made by Rosewill as I recall. Mine is a Doral, but they are no longer available. BTW, these things are SELF CLEANING!!! You just put 3 or 4 inches of water in the bowl, along with a couple of squirts of dishwashing liquid, & run em’ on low power. 15 mins. & they are cleaned & all you need do is rinse the bowl & dry with a paper towel. Don’t get no easier than that! ;+)
Thanks to everyone for the great ideas. One thing I need to check is how many amps
the devices draw. Will most likely wait for the Christmas sales before choosing.
They are great & work hand & glove with a microwave. One caveat! You must never, never, NEVER, touch the bulb with your skin. The oils in your skin contaminate the quartz heating bulb & it will fail in short order & it is not replaceable!
yum thanks for the the thought Asti. It might end up like the time my friends agent sent her a whole salmon for christmas, except she didnt know it was a salmon and thought it was just an ordinary christmas present so stuck it under the christmas tree for 2 weeks .. . she had a very nice surprise when she opened it on christmas morning.
Defo send me the recipe.
Ironsos good luck with the move. Living in a hotel sounds fab . . . very james bond.