What A Week

Boy, it’s been one of those weeks. No one word to explain it, so just grab your trusty thesaurus that hasn’t been used since high school/college and look up all the synonyms for ‘busy’. Hopefully today will be a little better…is it Friday yet??
Saturday we’re heading up to Alabama Blue Water and do a little diving. Yes..diving. This will be our first winter dive. The water there is usually in the lower 60’s year round, and we’ve been there before…in JULY. Hopefully Saturday will warm up into the 60s (above water) so the wait time between dives won’t be so bad. Now if its windy and cold….thats another story.
Ok..just noticed that it’s already 7am, and I should be getting ready for work. More later…maybe even a Thursday 13! 🙂

Feeling a little better

This week was quite the experience. Even though Monday was a holiday, I felt awful! So Tuesday I went to the doctor for the dreaded shot and antibiotics. Sure enough, just like last year, I had bronchitis again. It’s amazing how much just one shot can hurt, but by Wednesday I was feeling much better. Still a little cough on occasion, but well enough to go back to work. Today (Saturday) I’m feeling even better. It doesn’t help that its cold and raining outside. What I need is some warm sunshine, but a hot shower will have to suffice.
Whats on the schedule for today? I’m not really sure at the moment. The basement floor needs some touching up with stain in a few areas, then a couple clear coats to finish up. Then there’s always plenty of laundry to do…. oh well, it’s just another Saturday, but at least I’m not working! hehe
PS..contest ends at midnight tonight!

Soap GiveAway: English Rose

UPDATE: The winner is Leigh!! Thanks to everyone for playing!!
Who wants to throw their hat in for a chance to win this lovely soap from Organic Suds?
If you would like a chance, just post a comment telling me what you would do if you won a million dollars.

Handmade Goat Milk Soap with Shea Butter
Bar Size: 4oz
Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Goat Milk, Sodium Hydroxide, Water, Shea butter, Fragrance, and Rose Petals. Cold Process Soap.

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*Winner will be determined by random drawing.

Contest ends January 26, 2008 (midnight central time). Open to US residents only.

Snowing in Dixie

Guess what we had yesterday. For a few short hours we had a little of the white stuff, but by afternoon most of it had melted away.

It’s still cold. I still have a cold too. Last night was awful. No matter what I tried the coughing just wouldn’t go away. Maybe “night time cold medicine” just isn’t enough. I bet a big old hot toddy added to the mix might work. 🙂 Its a good thing tomorrow is a holiday.

Hmmm… where’s my honey and lemon…

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New Recipe – Osso Buco Chops with Cheese Risotto

New recipe for crock pot owners.
I found this recipe online and decided to change it around just a bit to suit our tastes and pocket book.

Pam’s Osso Buco Chops with Cheese Risotto (slow cooker style)

  • 2 lb thick cut pork chops
  • 1 – 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 – 12 oz jar chicken gravy
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low salt version)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 large carrots cut into strips

Pre-heat slow cooker on high. Salt and pepper chops, then coat with flour. On the stove, using low/medium heat, brown chops in olive oil, remove from pan. Add tomatoes, carrots, wine, onion, chicken gravy, rosemary, garlic, bay leaves, Worcestershire Sauce, and soy sauce to pan and bring to a boil. Place chops in bottom of the crockpot. Pour tomato mixture over chops. Cover and let cook on low for 8 hours. Before serving remove bones, rosemary sprig and bay leaves.

Before serving cook 1 cup risotto per package directions. Substitute chicken broth for the water called for when cooking the risotto. One minute before risotto is done, add two heaping tablespoons of grated Parmesan and Romano cheese. Stir.

Risotto can be a side dish, or served under the Osso Buco mixture.