Sunday, November 29, 2009

Call it a Rope!

Happy Thanksgiving all! For thanksgiving, we went up to NC to see my family and it was as fun as could be expected. We ate a great Thanksgiving meal though so no complaints there.

While we were sitting around doing nothing we found the new Indiana Jones movie. I wasn't really old enough when all those movies came out to really understand all the things in the movies, but I watched them and enjoyed them enough. This new one- GAY! I don't like sci-fi and it was totally based around aliens. Indie gets in trouble with the Russian Reds and eventually leads them to aliens (summing up here because those who have seen it already know and those who havn't... shouldn't) hidden under Mayan ruins. The funniest part (for all those who know the Indie movies) was when Indie was sinking in the quicksand and his son Shia LaBeouf tries to grab something long to save him and he finds a snake. He throws it to him and Indie freaks out and Shia calls out over and over "grab the snake! grab the snake!" and Indie says "stop saying that! Call it a rope!"

We also went out on the town and saw Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D. I have always watched a Muppets Christmas Carol every year since I can remember but this movie really touched me (and not in the 3D sense). I highly recommend it and am really proud of Disney for producing something on the Christian side of things. Some of my favorite lines are: "Well if they'd rather die than they'd better do it and decrease the surplus population!" Just because it proves where his heart is. When Bob Cratchet says "Tiny Tim said he wanted all to see him cripple so all could remember on this day who made lame men walk and blind men see". Also when Christmas presant visits Scrooge and is showing him around the town and Scrooge sees that the churches are closed on Christmas and thinking of his previous statement complains that should be one place where those people can go on Christmas and Christmas presant says "There are some upon this earth of yours,...who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all out kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us". And some fun ones: "There's more to gravy than a grave about you!" "What reason have you to be dismal you're rich enough" "Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge liked it". I learned a lot of things while watching this movie that I have never noticed before, and I am and hope to stay in the "spirit" of Christmas.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Had to Do IT!

I couldn't wait, I couldn't hold back my Christmas cheer anymore! I did it. I (we) put up our Christmas tree. I pulled out my stalking and hung it over the closest thing we have to a fireplace- a candle housed in a gingerbread home. And- I listened to Christmas music the entire time. So Thanksgiving's next week- I am thankful for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

That Costs How Much?!

Lately the big gimick for restaurants is to serve meals for five dollars per person. It's really not that great of a deal though. Once in a while when I make a meal that really impresses PJ he'll ask how much it costs. Lately they've been around $5 so I thought I'd share some of the things I've been making. I'm not including the price for the spices I use, but they're not too expensive themselves.

Pomegranate Chipotle Pork
Marinade pork in pomegranate chipotle marinade from tastfully simple
Potatoes from bag (don't snub your nose-they're not bad!) loaded baked potatoe flavor

Shepherd's Pie
After browning hamburger meet, stir in 2Tbl ketchup, some Worcheshire sauce, and a little bit of hot sauce.
Add veggies (I used corn, carrots and peas)
Top with potatoes (once again I used from a bag- this time cheddar cheese flavor)
Add cheddar cheese on top and bake in oven until cheese is melted

Sundried Tomato Alfredo
This is really easy. Get pre-made alfredo sauce. They have all different types of flavors, we like the sundried tomato best. You can simply pour it over some pasta or I like to add a chicken breast. A dash of basil, pepper and salt all to taste and viola!

Tacos are always really cheap, about $2 for hamburger meat and maybe $2-4 dollars for tortillas depending on how much you get. The toppings can make it go over $5, but I like to flavor the meat really well with things like garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, and cilantro. I also like to get the 50 pack of tortillas. Once again to buy it all at once would be a lot, but then you'd have it in your pantry for a lot of taco nights!

Breakfast Burritos
Once you have the tortillas, fry up some bacon, add some eggs and cheese (maybe jalepenos). Easy (and cheap)!

They make so many different types of marinara sauce these days, spaghetti's a lot more fun. I like to brown the HB meat, add parsley, basil, oregano to season. Also, to splurge, romano cheese. I bought a real triangle of Romano cheese over the summer for about $4 and am just now using the tail end. It is really worth the money.

The thing I've learned is to build up your pantry. With every shopping visit, splurge for one new thing like really good cheese, a new spice, or something and soon you can spruce up just about anything. Tastfully simple has a lot of good things like that. I'm starting to get into more cassaroles and slow cooker meals now that it's cooling off outside- any suggestions would be great!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No Glee for Me

How 'bout that rain huh?

Sunday night I got rather... testy and I was trying to fix some sandwiches for dinner. I couldn't get the mustard bottle open, so I figured out if you throw it on the floor it opens quite nicely. All over the floor.

In latter news I have heard all this hype about Fox's new TV show Glee. People at work talk about it, people I went to school with talk about it, there are posters everywhere... So I checked it out. I watched the first episode some time ago and I thought "this has the potential to be good, but I'll give it a few episodes to see where it's going". The other day, to follow up, the oldest episode available was episode 4 "Preggers". Remember it? I was disgusted. PJ thought some of the things I was grossed out by were funny until I asked him "How would you react if your 14, 10, 7 year old son asked you about what you just saw". Call me a prude, but I definately wouldn't want the Savior catching me watching that. The music is fun and I like the idea of the Glee club itself. All the other story lines can... well we'll let the Savior finish that sentence.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Speaking Of...

Speaking of better and worse situations; as previously posted we have been going through a "worse" situation with our beloved mazda miata. I always wanted a convertable and when I saw that PJ had one I was amazed. I learned how to drive a stick by driving the miata and felt all too cool cruising with the top down. Unfortunatly, after 221,000 miles of cruising with the top down, our beloved miata has had it. So! As of yesterday we became proud new (co) owners of a 2001 Volkswagon Passat, a car that is way too much fun to drive being that it is also a manual but includes turbo. We're getting started a little early to celebrate the new year but: Out with the old, in with the New!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Better and Worse

There are a lot of things to talk/blog about, but one thing imparticular has been plaguing my mind.

I currently work at Makita. If you don't know (because I didn't) Makita is a Japanese business. This makes for interesting chats at the lunch table. One of my bosses one day this week started asking people around the table if each person had a gun. Of course we all answered "yes!" and he was shocked! Apparently it's illigal to have guns in Japan and it's taught that guns are very dangerous. It's also important to note that after WWII the treaty we wrote up was that Japan was not to have an army... but that's besides the point.

So eventually he asked what the age limits were to have guns and we told him 18 for rifles and 21 for hand guns. He told us that was too young and it needed to be raised. I spoke up and said "if I can get married and vote at 18 I should be able to own a gun of all things". Well. Apparently I opened Pandora's Box because everyone chimed in "18 is too young to be married" and one girl even said "they should make laws against it". I proclaimed "The government should have nothing at all for any reason to do with marriage!"

Today I also read a blog by a preacher how he wants to get married but gets discouraged when he hears people talk about marriage. With the previous wound still fresh, this certainly encouraged me to speak up and tell him what I thought about marriage. I LOVE IT. I love being married. It's not because I'm a newlywed and because we're "so in love" or because we don't have kids yet. I do love my husband. More importantly, I like him. I respect him. I respect the person he was when we were married, I've grown to respect even more the person he's become. Do we argue? Of course. Do you argue with your best friend? Do you argue with your parents? Just because people have disagreements doesn't mean the relationship is over. We were counseled over and over again about marriage while we were preparing for it. One thing the preacher asked when he was interviewing us is "why do you want to get married?" All we could answer was "we know it's the right things for us to do". Simple and true. When I took out my wedding vows I did not promise before God and everyone else to only respect PJ when he was doing what I asked him to do, I promised for better or for worse. I didn't promise as long as he looks attractive, I promised for better or for worse. I didn't even promise as long as he does anything for me, once again, for better or for worse.

While I will still detest people at the lunch table joking me for being married and loving it, I also understand that they have not tasted true joy. They want all the better without the worse. "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness, nor misery, neither good nor bad."