Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds

I was feeling particularly domestic this weekend for an unknown reason.  It worked out pretty well.  This stems from my decision to use my crock pot at least 3 times a week.  We’re both incredibly busy, it just makes sense for us to cook in the crock pot instead of eating out all the time.

To kick off this adventure, I decided to make cinnamon sugar almonds.  It’s based off this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/cinnamon-roasted-almonds/Detail.aspx with some tweaks.

1 egg white
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tablespoons of cinnamon (Yes, it’s a lot)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 lb almonds

Mix the cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a bowl.  In a big mixing bowl mix the egg white and vanilla.  Add the almonds and toss them to coat well and evenly.  Then add the dry ingredients and mix vigorously.  Put them into your crock pot.  Cook on the high setting for 2 hours, mixing every 20 minutes.  When they’re done, spread them on tin foil or parchment paper to dry and cool.

They’re not exactly like the almonds you get at the Renaissance festival around here, but pretty darn close.  We’re giving them as gifts to the hosts of two Halloween parties we’re going to this weekend.  I think I’ll probably give some to H’s family members as well.  You can just call me June Cleaver.

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Human Again!

Much like Lumiere and the other people/objects in Beauty and the Beast, I’m feeling human again!  This is great news, but I still have lots of homework to do.  No time for bliggity bloggity bloop.

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Southwestern Egg Rolls

We actually made these about a month ago, but things got so busy that I never blogged them.  I found these on Heather Drive who got them from Annie’s Eats.  I like linking to Annie’s page because she has printer friendly versions of her recipes.

I used a serving or two tablespoons of the taco seasoning I made in this post.  We’ve used this taco seasoning for several Mexican things and only had good experiences with it so far.

He’s the break down of the recipe proper:

2 cups frozen corn
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles, drained
4 green onions, chopped
1 package egg roll wrappers (about 24 total)

In a large bowl, mix everything together except the egg roll wrappers.  Read the directions so you’ll know how to seal your egg roll wrappers.  Then use a measuring cup to put 1/4 of a cup in the middle of the egg roll wrapper.  Wrap it up, dab water on the end to seal it all together and work on the next one.  Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Place the sealed egg rolls on the baking sheet seam side down and spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray.  Bake for about 15 minutes, turning half way through.

Nifty tips:

  • I found that the corn didn’t need to be thawed.  By the time everything is ready for the oven, it’s thawed itself as long as it is your only frozen component.
  • I got a little bowl of water (no need for egg) and used my fingertips for dipping, it was just as easy as a brush, and only required washing my hands.
  • Being liberal with the cooking spray on the egg rolls made them a better color coming out of the oven.
  • They also refrigerated really well for later eating.

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Surviving Midterms & Halloween Previews

I’ve been neglecting my blog quite extensively not of my own doing, but from outside pressures and time sucks.  I’ve had some large projects, a couple exams, and a whopping cold on top of dealing with saying goodbye to my grandmother.  I’ve survived, but October has been a hectic month already and it is only the 18th.

At the end of the month we are going to a Halloween party thrown by some of H’s work friends.  I think it will be fun to get together with them, as we haven’t seen them since a summer get together.  This party is a costume party, as they are people who like costume things.  (They threw a murder mystery party that H went to as a pirate.)  H bought a kilt at the Renaissance Festival, so I am going to be a medieval person in a lace up corset and all that jazz.  I think it will be a grand olde time for one and all. 

I do anticipate being less pouty than the model though and with more hip coverage.  I also got a wig that is technically a mermaid wig.  It’s brunette/auburn brown and wavy.  I’ll have long flowing locks down to my waist, which seems highly entertaining to me.  If I’m going to go medieval, all out it is.  I am going to go out and buy some black boots of some kind or maybe even black stylized heels so that I have a shoe that fits with the ensemble a little.  I’m going to be a glorious, glorious vision of beauty or look completely ridiculous.  As it is for a Halloween costume, I think either will work out pretty well.

I am also probably doing some HIPAA training so I can take a specific class next semester.  It’ll be an interesting experience and hopefully rewarding.  I’ll talk about it more at length if I get time in the next few days.  That’s pretty much it for highlights.  I survived midterms and now I need to get caught up on everything that was pushed aside for life after midterms.

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Saying Goodbye

My grandmother passed away last Thursday.  We went home to where my dad grew up to say goodbye.  I cried, my mom cried, my sister cried, my dad cried.  My brother didn’t cry, but he doesn’t do things like that.  It was one of the hardest weekends I have had in a long time.

We saw lots of family members and had an opportunity to remember grandma when she was healthy and happy.  She lived in an assisted living home for 9 years and had dementia before that to prompt the move.  I was barely a teenager when she stopped being well so I don’t remember all that much of her, just flashes and brief memories.

I do remember that she had a big laugh.  She loved to sing and be with friends and family.  She loved baseball.  She would wait for the local baseball season to start all winter long, just biding her time until late spring when baseball would start to pick back up.  She was a wonderful woman, surrounded by people who loved her and came to say goodbye.

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Hard Day

I’m having a hard day.  It’s days like this when you need hugs.  I’ve spent the last few days completely immersed a really difficult project, while trying to get other home work done.  I’m doing pretty well (I think), but I have a midterm coming up that is terrifying.  The project is due Friday, and although I am hopeful we’ll get everything accomplished, I’m exhausted and burnt out.

My grandmother is 88 and although she had a difficult spring, she recovered somewhat.  She’s now been put in hospice care.  After being there for about a week, she’s got depressed breathing today.  She’s only breathing every 15-30 seconds, with blue fingers and toes, along with some skin mottling.  Her sisters and her kids are with her singing (our family does lots of this) and talking and praying for her comfort.

My dad’s having a hip replacement on Monday, so he’s got a great many things to deal with, even though he’s very sad for his mom.  I’m hours away so I have to wait for things to happen before I go home.  Today is a hard day.

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