Friday, August 24, 2007

Cowboy Cookies


Since I'm oh-so-patiently waiting for my husband to get home from the airport, I decided I would whip up a batch of cookies for his return! Here's my FAVORITE cookie recipe- quick, easy, and always delicious. I'm pretty sure this was the recipe that my mom taught me (and my two brothers) the first time each of us made cookies - that's how simple it is!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the following ingredients and set aside:
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

3. In a large bowl, cream together the following:
1/2 c. butter (root temp best, but I usually forget and just melt it!)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix well.

5. Stir in 2 c. oatmeal (I like to use 1 c. old-fashioned oats and 1 c. quick oats) and 1/2 package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips.

6. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheets and bake 8-10 minutes. Cookies should be slightly crisp on the outside but chewy on the inside - as long as you don't overcook them! I like to eat a bunch fresh out of the oven and then put the rest in the freezer to eat later!

My husband is stuck in the airport!


So my hubby was SUPPOSED to fly back from a conference in Atlanta late last night - in fact, I was in charge of picking him up from the airport at 1am! Since that's pretty late for me, I found myself a hot date - my friend, Laura, that is - and went over to one of my classmate's houses for game night. We figured we'd hit that for awhile then head to a late movie so that I could stay awake! Unfortunately, the flight was delayed until 2am, but since I was still picking him up, I decided to forgo the movie and try to get a couple hours of sleep before I had to be there... To make what has become an increasingly frustrating and long story short, his flight was canceled about 3 hours after he was supposed to leave and he was stuck in the airport all night. It didn't even look like he was going to be able to get on a flight today. Luckily, however, he woke me up this morning to tell me that he was on a plane on his way home - via Orlando. He made it to Orlando, but now his connecting flight is delayed a couple of hours and I'm just hoping this one doesn't get canceled, too! If he actually makes it back to Mpls tonight, he'll have spent over 24 hours in airports or on planes...ugh! Why does flying have to be such a hassle sometimes??

Saturday, August 18, 2007

What does your Starbucks drink say about you?


I was reading an article about Starbucks on MSN.com and found a link to the Starbucks Oracle - "Astrology is lame and Myers-Briggs is for losers. The omniscient Oracle of Starbucks can tell you everything about your personality by what you drink at Starbucks. Simply enter your full drink order -- including size -- into the field below and the all-knowing Oracle will tell you everything about your personality. Better yet, input your friends' orders to find out what they're really like.

Unlike other imitations, the Oracle is 100% accurate."

I entered my favorite Starbucks drink - a tall, nonfat iced mocha with a shot of raspberry - the perfect summer afternoon pick-me-up!

Behold the Oracle's wisdom:

Personality type: High Maintenance

You pride yourself on being assertive and direct; everyone else thinks you're bossy and arrogant. You're constantly running your mouth about topics that only you would find interesting. Your capacity for wasting other people's time is limitless. Your friends find you intolerable, that's why they're plotting to kill you.

Also drinks: Water. Bottled, chilled, with four ice cubes, a twist of lemon, in a crystal glass.
Can also be found at: Trendy martini bars

HA!

Check out your drink!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Another personality test...goes to show how busy I am at work this week...

"His Dark Materials," a trilogy by Phillip Pullman is one of my favorite book series! The first book is being made into a movie and props to my friend, Fixen Vixen, for finding a personality test to determine your personal daemon - your soul embodied outside of your body in the form of an animal, which follows you around throughout your life.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What Flower Are You?


I am a
Daffodil


What Flower
Are You?




"You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don't need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard."

Monday, August 13, 2007

Chicken Chilaquiles


Here's a good recipe from Cooking Light (July 2007) - we just made it tonight and it was quick and yummy!

Total Time: 45 minutes (probably accurate, but it seemed quicker!)
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1/2 c. pepperjack cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. chili powder (for lower heat, use 1/4 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

3/4 c. 1% low-fat milk
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1 (11 oz.) can tomatillos, drained (I couldn't find these in Target, so I bought a can of green enchilada sauce and used that!)
1 (4.5 oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained

12 (6 inch) corn tortillas

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine chicken, green onions, 1/4 c. pepperjack, Parmesan, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Place milk and next 3 ingredients (through chiles) in a food processor or blender; process until smooth.
3. Heat tortillas according to package (I skipped this step). Pour 1/3 c. tomatillo mixture into bottom of an 11x7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 tortillas in dish, and top with half of chicken mixture. Repeat layer with remaining tortillas and chicken mixture, ending with tortillas.
4. Pour remaining 1 1/2 c. tomatillo mixture over tortillas; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. pepperjack cheese (I used more than that - probably not as light, but more tasty!). Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until bubbly.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Heading to Duluth

David and I heading up to Duluth on Wednesday for a couple days of much needed R&R! We're going back to the bed and breakfast that we stayed at for our honeymoon (and went back to for our one year anniversary last year), so this year marks our third time at Cotton Mansion. This particular B&B is in a huge old mansion that sits on a hill - very majestic and gorgeous! There are multiple rooms inside the mansion, but David and I have always stayed in the carriage house because there are only two rooms there and it's a bit more secluded. We have also always ordered an in-room breakfast, but we're going to psych ourselves up and head down to the big, sit-down, formal breakfast on Thursday morning. This will probably mean lots of awkward small talk, but hopefully the good food will outweigh the awkwardness! ;) The last two years we have basically created a semi-routine in which we generally head to Grandma's for burgers and a few pints of Grandma's Trusty Old Brew the first night we get in, then the following night we always end up at the Red Star martini bar in the old Fitger's Brewing Complex - love the retro, lounge-type atmosphere and the AWESOME drinks! This year we're hitting both of those spots, but we're shaking things up a bit and driving north along the shore to Gooseberry Falls. We're hoping to have a wine and cheese picnic and to do some hiking. Yea! Can't wait to get the heck out of the cities!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Unbelievable!


I'm sure by now most of you have heard about the major bridge collapse that occurred in the twin ciites - Interstate 35W (both north and south-bound) collapsed into the Mississippi River tonight during rush hour. I had just gotten home from work to see my husband heading out on his bike with a friend - he had just gotten off work and was looking to fit in a good long ride before coming home and watching Rescue Me with me tonight. ;) Literally about 5 minutes after he left I heard his pager go off upstairs - usually I tune it out, but I thought I had heard "bridge" and "35W" so I ran upstairs to see what was going on. Sure enough, the dispatcher was saying that a bridge on 35W had collapsed into the river and this was confirmed when I flipped on the TV. Frantic, I tried calling David to get him home so that he could respond to the all call that was going out for all of the Roseville fire fighters. Unfortunately BOTH of his phones were on the bed upstairs. By the time he got back from his ride, I had drove around for an hour looking for him, given up, then headed back to the house where I got his car turned around and unlocked and his uniform laid out by the door. He immediately contacted his chief who told him to head to the Roseville station to run command there. Once he was safely on his way I compulsively started cleaning the house and watching the breaking news - I couldn't sit still. It's now 10:00pm and I'm still watching the news on TV and checking things online and I just got a phone call from David, who is now on his way to the scene as they need more rescue workers with advanced training. He may not even make it home tonight. So I'm blogging because I'm a little flipped out. I'm just happy to know that our friends and loved ones in the cities are all safe and sound - both of my little brothers were both almost going to take 35W right around that time, but decided to take alternate routes. Another of friends were on the bridge just 10 minutes earlier. Scary. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those worried and grieving...