Wednesday, September 30, 2009

An onion answer!

Should have looked at this before!

onions and burns

So, I got some great feed back about my suicidal meat problem!

I will look into using a strainer or collander next time.

So now that, that is resolved... I have another question/situation I would like help with.

I made the Shepherd's pie on Sunday night. Throughout the rest of the evening, I kept smelling something. I just thought it was something in the house from the cooking, so I didn't worry about it.

Monday morning, I was sitting in class and started to smell the same thing, so I went through a list in my head.

1) Did I shower? Yes
2) Did I scrub my arm pits? Yes
3) Did I put deodorant on? Yes
4) Do I have clean clothes on? Yes
5) Clean undies? Yes

So, Ok wasn't me right?
Then I proceed to look around the room at those around me, were they clean? Did they put deodorant on?
I tried to let it go, but I just kept smelling in waves.
And then I come to the realization, that yes it WAS me. I had to scratch my nose and I realized that this smell was coming from my fingers. (the one place I didn't think to check off)

I kept trying to think of what it could be causing this horrible smell, and then it hit me! The Shepherd's Pie called for chopped onions. Mmm boy nothing like the warming aroma of chopped onion on your fingers.

Now it is Wednesday, and it is still lingering just a tad.... How does one get rid of this awful smell?
I tried using this thing called the Rub-Away Bar, which supposedly "rubs away" the odor, but alas I am still left with this odor.

So, if you all could help me figure out how to rid myself of chopped onion odor, that would be great.

Oh, and then I got a little burn on my arm from the Pie as well :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

shepherd's pie

So, the pie was pretty good.

It provided a lot of leftovers and the vegetables were very tasty. (Just got the Ingles brand)
I will say it needed some pop. Maybe some salt and pepper? Maybe something else. But this is a meal that I felt like I could play around with and try new things with, so hopefully next time it is made it will provide the pop I am looking for. I am sure Martha knows what to make it pop.

I will say this though. I have trouble when a recipe calls to "drain meat." I struggle with this severely. When the meat is browned, I start to get nervous, because I know what is coming next. "Draining the meat." So I pick up the scorching pan, take it over to the sink, tilt it ever so gently, and then BAM. It is like the meat wants to kill itself, completely making a suicide attempt into the garbage disposal, falling and screaming to its death. It goes everywhere, leaving me with a mess, a smaller amount of meat to deal with, and a guilty conscience that I just witnessed meat killing itself.

So if there is someone out there, who knows how to drain meet in a less suicidal and neater fashion, PLEASE let me know!

So overall, if I were on facebook, I would press the "I like" button for the shepherd's pie.

Something new I want to make. Homemade Brownies.
Like the cookies, I always buy the pre-made, mix and pour Duncan Hines box of brownie mix.
I would like to learn how to make homemade brownies.
That will be happening soon I hope.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

wow, that was a long break

So, since my last post, I haven't done a lot of cooking. Other than the usual Pasta for dinner, leftovers, or frozen pizza, not much has been made.

There has been a lot to go on since my last post, and I am sorry that I haven't kept you all more updated, even though I am not even sure how much you all care! :)

1) Well, Mr. Dill went skydiving. I gave him a gift certificate for his wedding present. He LOVED it. He had such a great time.

2) I went to Philadelphia with my friend, Boots. (Not her name, but just keeping everyone safe) We had a wonderful time! We went to a Philly game, saw downtown Philly, and had Philly cheesesteaks! (Maybe I could learn to make these) We also had great hosts, Sexy and Lucious. (again, not their names)

3) Mr. Dill and I went up to the mountains for a weekend by ourselves, and it was fabulous. Of course, I had to do some HW and study for my Greek test, but it was amazing just to be able to relax and be with each other with little distraction.

So that brings us a little bit more up-to-date. We have been home this weekend, and that has been great. It has just been a nice weekend to relax and get a few things done around the house. This has also given me a chance to think of something to cook!

Which leads me to this wonderful recipe for tonight....

We shall see how it goes.

Now, I know some of you are wondering, or not, about my knitting adventure. Well, it is getting there. I had a really hard time getting it going, but now I am gaining a little, I repeat, little, progress. I will try and take a picture of it soon.

I am also making some brownies for our small group tonight. These are just out of the box! (a non-expired box at that!)

Ok folks, just needed to update!

Talk to you soon

Friday, September 4, 2009

knitting, sandwiches, fruit salad, and taylor swift

So, I went by my parents house to check on my dog Tayla, and these items were awaiting me....

Now, I know I am not a kid, but I am really excited! The book is really easy to follow and is step-by-step. This is exactly what I needed. (It is complete with colorful pictures as well. )

I can't wait to get started! I, of course, will keep you updated as to how it goes.

Today has been a day of productivity. Did some cleaning, grocery shopping, Greek homework, and even made a fruit salad.... (well sort of)

At the grocery store, I got some grapes and raspberries. I had the bright idea to combine these two lovely fruits to have a nice mixture going on. Well it looks like the grapes and raspberries had a fight and the grapes won. So basically I have a grape salad with raspberry juice.

Note: Don't just pile the grapes on top of the raspberries, and then shake the two fruits around violently in a tupperware container. Grapes are bullies.

So anyway, tonight I am going to the Taylor Swift Concert! Holla! I am pumped.

I am also going to be making this delicious meal tonight...

So we will see how it goes.

aight, we holla