Lake Travis

Oops!  I ended up posting some pictures without text earlier today, and hit publish on my phone before I was ready!  So some of you just saw this:  xoaosusof as text – ha!  So the pictures in this post are in no particular order!

We rented a boat on Lake Travis yesterday.  Normally on vacations, the boat rental day ends up being one of our favorite days.  I was happy that it was overcast, but just in case I wore SPF 50 – no burns for me – yippee!

We quickly discovered that May is early for Lake Travis – we literally saw only four boats in 4 hours!  We ended up getting our pontoon boat at Just for Fun rentals.  I picked that place because on Tuesdays, they have buy one, get one free hour, so our 4 hour boat rental was only $129.

I normally don’t like bodies of water where I can’t see what’s under the water.  So I shocked the shit out of Tony when I just jumped in feet first!  Holy shit though, it was cold!!!  I did manage to float for about 20 minutes.

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My brother works at a Japanese gaming company, and tonight is a code deadline, so he’s been working nearly around the clock for days.  I was happy that my being at his house, sleeping over last night, gave him “permission” to come home early – he was home by 7!  Here he is photo bombing my dinner. 😀  My SIL made pork tenderloin, oven potatoes, corn and cantaloupe – thanks Laura!

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Our boat rental was from 10 to 2, so I brought stuff to make Italian beef sandwiches on the boat.  My daughter in law Lizz loves spicy shit like me, so we thought she would love it.  Um, turns out she doesn’t like peppers, so she just poured the spicy oil and her sammie and loved it.  Josh, I wanted you to know that you giardiniera made it all the way to Texas!

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Here is Lizz enjoying a coffee before beer later! 😀

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Joe is the bar manager at iPic theaters, and was proud of his alcohol selection at his house.  Most of it was stuff that didn’t sell, but it was super tasty.  We’ve had a nice bottle of cabernet, and he brought out a bottle of Proseco one night – thanks Joe!

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Here is Joe bringing up anchor – just as we pulled in the sun was blaring so it was perfect timing!

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After dinner Charlie and I had to go on a beer run.  The two beers he had in his fridge expired in 2012, and it was Miller Ultra Light.  Enough said.  We bought a four pack of Boddington’s and sat around watching t.v., watching youtube videos and generally just laughing the night away.  Tony doesn’t get it, but we have so much fun together.

We also kept sending pictures to my twin sister saying stuff like “we are having so much fun without you!”   And then Charlie would text her on the side saying “do you know when Biz is getting the hell out of here?!”  Ha ha ha – that’s the unseen humor Tony doesn’t get.  Well, pretty much no one else would get it either, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am lucky that I get to call my brother a great friend!

Alright, hopefully this post sticks – I just lost the last one somehow.  I think it was because I was toggling between my iPhone app and a laptop – I am so not computer saavy!

Other than the boat ride, Tony and I didn’t plan a single minute of this vacation, and so far we’ve had a great time!

Question of the Day:  Do you plan every detail of your vacation, or do you just go with the flow?

I hope to post again Friday – hope you are all having a great week!

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When Tony and I got in Saturday night, my step-son and daughter-in-law weren’t home so they left a key for us. Only one problem. They have a pug dog and they were not sure how the dog was going to react to strangers coming in the house. So we walked in the house, and just stayed in the foyer for a few minutes.

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The dog was absolutely fine with us.  I really love this dog.  He is so friendly and affectionate.  While Ed liked to be near us, he wasn’t an affectionate dog at all.  I told Joe and Lizz that if the dog goes missing when we leave, I have no idea what happened!  And the dogs name is Cinnamon Bun, how cute is that??

So we bought a lap top so I could blog during vacation.  Only one slight problem.  It uses Windows 8 which is a piece of shit in my opinion.  I downloaded my pictures from my camera.  I went to enter my first picture into this blog post, and its pulled every.single.picture off my blog into my media library.  WTF?!  In case you were wondering, that’s 22,000 pictures in nearly five years.  Ugh.  So I had to upload the few pictures I had on my camera phone using my WordPress app on my phone, then can type the post out on the lap tap.  Ugh.  Here are a few quick pics – me and my daughter in law:

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We met my brother and his family for lunch.  He just makes me laugh so hard when we are together!

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Charlie is working on a big project at work, so I was glad he was able to meet up with us.  We drove around town, stopped at Joe’s work to say hi and have a beer.  I have always wanted to try Shock Top and it was delicious.  We just started getting it in Illinois.

Tony and I have seen shows on Salt Lick on Food Network.  Tony said he just wanted to lay beneath all the meat as it was dripping down!  Sadly, the amazing pictures I have are on my camera, but this was really good.  Hands down the best sausage I’ve ever had.  The brisket came in second, and the ribs came in third, but all good.  However, many blog readers say that Rudy’s has the best BBQ, so we are going to go there tonight.

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I’ll try to blog again on Wednesday.  We are going boating on Lake Travis tomorrow, should be fun!  I have plenty of sunscreen so I should be good!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Hugs!

Antique malls, adult book stores and armadillos

Afternoon! Just checking in from the road. After my meatball sub lunch at work yesterday I was all caught up with my work and was able to leave work early which made all the difference, we didn’t have hardly any traffic and we made it to St. Louis last night.

I ate lunch around 12:15, the subs were a big hit, but who doesn’t love a sub sandwich? Oh, that would be Tony! Italian and he doesn’t like balls!

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We pretty much drove straight through, so by the time we settled into our hotel and went to eat, it was nearly 8:30! We were hangry!

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We started with beer, I got Summer Shandy on tap. So good but I can usually only drink one because its very lemony.

I got a grilled chicken sandwich with pepperoncini, really hit the spot!

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We got up early. Our hotel had free breakfast so we each had a small bagel and coffee. Since Tony drove the whole time last night I offered to start the driving today.

Only one tiny problem with that. Tony hates how I drive. I drive too slow, make the wrong lane changes, etc. Lets face it, men and women are completely different drivers!

We stopped after I drove for four hours and got lunch. This place was half KFC and half Long John Silvers. I picked the obvious best choice:

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If given the choice, which would you choose? We just entered Oklahoma, a state I have never been to before!

So I will do what I did yesterday when Tony was driving, pin shit on Pinterest!

Are you wondering what the blog post title is about? We are on I-44 and all we see are signs for antique malls, adult book stores, and we have seen a dozen dead armadillos on the road. Crazy!

This is the first time I have posted from my phone, so that’s why the pictures are marginal at best. I will post from my laptop on Monday, but wanted to wish you all a happy weekend. Hugs!!

Asparagus & Potato Quiche

Well operation clean out the fridge/freezer was pretty much a success.  I had some wimpy looking asparagus, but after chopping off the tops, the rest of it was fine.  This is probably the easiest quiche I have ever made!

Asparagus & Potato Quiche

  • 4 servings: 181 calories, 9.6 fat, 250 sodium (without added salt), 9.43 carbs, 1 fiber and 13 protein

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cooked potato (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.25 cups skim milk
  • 2 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Slice the cooked potato and lay on the bottom layer of your pie plate, which is sprayed with Pam.  Mix the eggs, milk, cheese, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and asparagus together.  Pour over the potato crust and bake for 35 minutes at 350, or until the eggs are set.

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My boss gave this one two thumbs up! Open-mouthed smile  It was tasty, but a bit bland for me, so I added hot sauce to mine.  You may want to bump up the crushed red pepper, and next time I might add a tablespoon of Italian seasoning.

I had errands to run at lunch, so again, no workout.  I do plan on moving while on vacation though.  My step-daughter-in-law has some workout videos she wants me to try.  Open-mouthed smile  (Hi Lizz!).

Lunch was more leftovers – pizza!  Heated up in the toaster oven so it tasted like it just came out of the oven.

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For dinner? I cheated.  I did a Sam’s Club and grocery store run to stock up the office while I am gone.  I ended up picking up a steak and some corn on the cob for dinner, so I ended up spending $8 on groceries this week – I’ll take it!

I enjoyed a beer while we sat out and grilled.  I love that I got Tony’s pyrex dish ashtray in the background. #classy

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The corn was delicious!  Even better with buffalo Tabasco.

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There was a chance of rain today, so I decided to make meatball subs for lunch.  I bought roma tomatoes last weekend and never used them, so made a quick marinara sauce and right now my balls are getting seared on the stove as we speak.  It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my balls. Open-mouthed smile

Not sure what my blogging schedule will be like, but I’ll “see” you on the road!  Make it a great day!

I made it!

Sourdough bread that is.  I’ve been working with my starter from Mel’s instructions.   I fed it every day, made sure it was still bubbling along.  Then Monday night I declared it time to make bread!

While it wasn’t as sour as I thought it was going to be (I am still feeding the starter) it was pretty delicious.  But it was dark out and we cut it nearly as soon as it came out of the oven, so I have no pics!  But, I am hoping to put the starter in my fridge while we are on vacation and hope for the best.

I ended up using this kind of container, open just enough to let the carbon dioxide release.  The bubbles mean its fermenting!  This was I think day 2 or 3.

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I’ll be sure to do a proper write up the next time I make it!

So we are getting close to leaving for vacation, its been interesting coming up with meal plans.  We still had leftover beef roast from Sunday, so I chopped some of that up and made an egg white breakfast sammie – I could actually taste the smokiness from the grill.  #awesome

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I worked straight through lunch – super busy, but I actually like it that way so the day goes by fast.  The next two days should be much calmer.  When I was going through the fridge, I realized I had my leftovers from that Thai restaurant (Kung Pao Chicken)that Hannah and my Mom went to.  I ended up heating that up, and then adding 3/4 cup chopped cucumber for some crunch and to help tone down the heat – this was supa spicy!  And there wasn’t much chicken left, so I added a few slices of the roast to this dish too.

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Later in the afternoon I was wondering what to make for dinner, when I realized I still had the second half of the sauerdough bread sitting on my counter.  I texted Tony and said “how does sausage and green olive pizza sound?”  I was shocked when I got a quick reply that said “sounds great!” 

While I could have pizza every day and never get sick of it, Tony isn’t on the pizza bandwagon like me, so when he gives me the thumbs up I go for it.

Now this dough has been sitting on my counter since Monday night, with just a lid on top, but not completely covered.  My camera battery was dead, so my iPhone had to step in. Open-mouthed smile

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See all those bubbles?  This dough is super wet and sticky.  I probably ended up adding about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour in order to get it the right consistency to roll out.  I love that I’ve left the unopened container of yeast on my counter for three days.  I am klassy like that. Open-mouthed smile

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Speaking of yeast, that was a two pack container that I bought from Sam’s Club for only $5 for both.  Once opened it just can hang out in your fridge until you are ready to use it – they say that 1/4 teaspoon is a serving, and there are like 576 servings in each package – 2 1/4 teaspoons is the equivalent to a packet of yeast you get in the three pack at the store – so this is a great deal.

I found we had mushrooms, green olives, pepperoni and sausage as our toppings.

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I use a baking stone (that my MIL gave me – thanks Bonnie!) and heat the stove to 450 with the stone in there.  Once the oven comes to temp, I bake the dough blind for about 5-7 minutes.  Make sure you poke a fork in your dough so it doesn’t bubble up on you.

Exactly 12 minutes later – bam:

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I topped my pizza with hot giardiniera, I am getting addicted to that stuff!

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The crust was a bit crunchy, and doughy at the same time – kind of like a pan pizza.  Tony isn’t a fan of super thin crust like me – I love a cracker crust.  And kudos to me, no after dinner snacks or wine last night! Open-mouthed smile

I ended up finding some asparagus in my crisper (that was for you Roz!) and while the ends were kind of iffy, the rest of it was fine.  I ended up making an asparagus quiche for my breakfast this morning, using up the last of the milk too.  If it turns out I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

Off to fold some laundry before getting ready for work.  Question of the Day:  Could you have pizza every day?  Make it a great day!