- Prepare tortellini according to package directions
- Meanwhile, begin mixing other vegetables in a large mixing bowl
- Drain tortellini & rinse with cold water
- Add tortellini to vegetables
- Add dressing & lemon juice
- Toss to coat
- Serve chilled
Pork ‘n Bean Salad (I forgot the photo. It looks like a bean salad.)
- Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream together butter & brown sugar
- Add egg and mix until well blended
- Stir in flour completely
- Add vanilla, malted milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, & salt
- Mix well
- If desired, add your choice of nuts or baking chips
- Spread into a greased (I flour mine, too) 9″ x 13″ pan
- Bake for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown and slightly sunken in the center
The best news? I have my living room back! YAY! No more clutter and craziness! The worst news? I’m not feeling like uploading photos of either room, sorry.
Why, yes, that is all the furniture from both rooms and closets in our living area. Thanks for asking! (See why I can’t imagine doing a whole house…) Luckily, it doesn’t have to be like this for long.
We’ve been wanting to put down laminate in those rooms, so we brought home a sample to test out. This is the look we’re hoping to achieve when T-Paw and Uncle Jay come help us get the floor installed (this picture is from the samples and some creative photo cropping):
I’m always up for trying new recipes and baking new things… today I decided I wanted to try to make homemade brownies (I’m a sucker for Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge, so this was a big deal for me). Mostly, I didn’t have a box of brownies, and I had all the stuff to make them from scratch, so it sounded like a good combination. I pulled out the ol’ Methodist Cookbook (you can’t go wrong there), and got to work. After I added the baker’s chocolate, though, the batter wasn’t turning the dark chocolately brown it should ave.
I was slightly concerned, so I called my mom. She said as long as I was following the recipe it should be fine. So, of course, I tasted the batter (only a tad so Baby Gray didn’t get Salmonella). You could tell the chocolate was there, but it wasn’t like it should have been. Since baker’s chocolate wasn’t the answer the first time, I added a little cocoa. That didn’t do much. So then I added some meltaway center Hershey’s Kisses. I figured at least they’d add a little chocolate in some places.
This is what I got:
A pan full of beautifully textured, perfect, non-chocolate brownies! They were the most perfect brownies I have ever seen (with the exception of the off-color from the missing chocolate). I cut into them to taste and be sure they were not good. They weren’t.
I still needed a dessert for this afternoon (I wanted to take one, anyay; I didn’t need one). I had a box of cake mix and about 30 minutes, so I pulled out my Lookie, Lookie It’s a Cookie cookbook and got started tweaking a recipe to fit what I had. I decided I wanted oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and it looked do-able based on the recipes in the book and the white cake mix I had.
This time, my results were much better:
These were the perfect density and texture; the only thing I would have done differently is add a little more oatmeal. (Too bad I didn’t measure so I know how much that is… ) They were a hit at dinner!
Cheater Chip (+Oatmeal) Cookies
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup (or so) minute oatmeal
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil
- Mix well
- Add chocolate chips and oatmeal until well blended
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet (I didn’t grease mine)
- Bake 10 minutes
- Makes about 45 cookies
This week has not been a good week for my luck with electronics! Pre-orders for the iPhone 4 started yesterday, and after fighting the systems to get it to tell me I could order the iPhone for the contract price, then I found out I could not pre-order a white one. Ugh. I like white. So I debated buying a black one for now and giving it to Mr. Gray when the white ones came out, but I think I am just going to wait on the white ones to launch. That sort of ruined an hour or so of my afternoon.
Today, I was driving home after my math class, and my Sirius radio stopped working. I knew I had waited a long time to pay for it, but everyone told me they take forever to turn it off. Plus, I had already talked to them and told them my payment was on the way. So I called them, and after a 25 minute phone call, I still had no radio. The Sirius representative said that in 15 minutes max it would be working. I was meeting a friend for lunch, so I left it at that and went to eat.
We ate and talked for almost three hours. When I got back to the car, I still had no radio. I called back and spoke with another representative who was going to put me on hold for “two to three minutes” while I was transferred to a representative from tech support. I was on hold for about 19 minutes when the call was disconnected. I called back again. Finally, I was transferred to technical support successfully, and the technician was able to tell me how to reset the radio so it would work again. Trust me, this took skill. I had to:
1. Turn on the car
2. Turn on the radio
3. Turn off the radio
4. Turn off the car
5. Open the driver’s side door
6. Leave it open for 30 seconds
7. Leave the door open and turn the car back on
8. Turn the radio on
9. Wait for the screen to begin showing updates
Siriusly? It was ridiculous! I’m just glad it works now.