Category Archives: What The Heck?

Let Me Catch Y’all Up, AGAIN!

Gosh, I can’t believe that I did it again! 

I went MIA for FOUR MONTHS!

So real quick like, let me catch y’all up with what I’ve been up to.

Never have I ever … made Focaccia, no really!
Meh, it was okay I guess. I think we’ll need a re-do on that one though.

Never have I ever … made Chocolate Dipped fresh Strawberries!
Y’know, those real big ones that you can get every so often? Well, I took the plunge and bought a pint and did `em all pretty and tasty like 

I did some crafting over the past four months and this is one that I’m super proud of.

I had seen this idea on Pinterest and had been watching for a pair of inexpensive kids Rain Boots.

I finally bit the bullet and purchased an Air Fryer!
So far, I’m liking it, kinda. I haven’t been using for everything as other folks do, just a few items to start out.

Something else that I’ve been looking at for the longest time … a stand up Freezer!

YAY!!!

Now, that’s just a small snippet of what I’ve been up to; there’s so much more that I’ll post in the future, as well continuing my Hawaii 2019 trip, oops …

Stay tuned!!

Thanksgiving 2020 With Social Distancing

THIS, has been a very odd year that is going down in the books,

FOR SURE!

DH and I were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends and friends-of-friends at one of our local country clubs, but with the World in the state that it is, we’re just going to stay at home.

So, really it won’t be much different than most other years, just that it’ll only be us two.

My Mother, who now lives in California, is basically in lock-down at her Senior Living Community. The admin gals there asked us not to come out to visit from Arizona, mostly because you just don’t know what kind of bugs you’d be bringing along for the ride.

In years past, I’ve made an entire Turkey, even if it was only for two, and then freeze the leftovers. Well, I went freezer diving out in the garage the other day, and came up with half of a Turkey breast …

I ditched that!

This year I’m going to make a Turkey Tenderloin, along with the usual side dishes.

What I look forward to the most is leftover Stuffing!

And of course …

PIE!

Apple Crostata for DH and Pumpkin for Moi 

Cook for your family and stay safe everyone!

Kitchen Fail ~ Part 4

Okay, so you have this great idea for a dish.
You gather all of your ingredients, you think that this will be fabulous and everyone will love it.


AND DANG IT!

Stuff happens, right? I know this has happened to you at least once? 

I kept seeing this idea on Pinterest for Mini Corn Dogs. Sounds outstanding.
I was invited to another gathering of the Neighborhood Gal Pal’s, all the time being mindful of our Social Distancing and meeting on the patio, for cards and cocktails. MMM!  This would should be a home run.

Here we go …

Assembly, check

Mix, bake, cool, check …

OOPS!

I used a Mini Cupcake pan with JUMBO Hot Dog pieces,
not good! I couldn’t get more than 5 of the dozen and a half Mini Corn Dogs out of the pan without them falling apart!

Plan B, ALWAYS  have a plan B!

Fortunately I had a bag of frozen Pigs In Blankets; some lovely dipping sauces of Ketchup, Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard as well as their Cranberry Mustard. This is already a Tried & True hit with the Gals, so there ya go …

The WORST Bottle Of Wine I’ve Ever Bought!

When I go grocery shopping, sometimes things catch my eye.

I saw this Wine and thought I’d give it a whirl. I do enjoy a good Sangria from time to time, even though I’m a White Wine enthusiast.

This Wine was bar none, the WORST Wine I have ever had, EVER!!

I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the fact that this Wine was given 95 points by the Los Angeles Wine Competition and a Gold Medal?

Seriously, that stuff is so gross, I threw out the entire bottle, minus a small sip. Now, I’m not one to waste anything, but that was not fit for Man nor Beast! There was no way, no how that I’d be able to morph that Wine into anything that would be consumable, period. Down the drain it went. 

Another Kitchen Fail, S#|! Happens Sometimes

No really, stuff happens in the kitchen sometimes, you just can’t help it!  Ya gotta just roll with it and go with Plan B, always have a back plan.

The other morning I needed to get myself out the door to meet some gal-pals and wanted to put together an easy Brunch for DH.  I went with Costco Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches, simple enough.  I asked DH if he would like to have the Croissants toasted, “Sure”.

 

 

DANG IT!

I set them ON FIRE!

 

 

I’m still not use to this Gas Range and the Broiler, OH WELL.  DH did finally get something to eat.

Sorry Suitcases …

 

… but it’s lookin’ like we aren’t going anywhere any time SOON! 

I guess we’ll just have to wait this out, but the World as we knew it a few months ago may never be the same 

Here’s hoping! 

Look What I Found!

 

Say what?!

16 ounces of Commercially made Soup for $4.99 + local taxes, I think anyways, is pretty dawg-gone steep!  That’s about 2 servings of Soup – a cup a piece.

 

 

I make my own broth …

 

 

… and then I make my own pot of Soup for pennies per serving.  Also, when you cook from scratch, you know exactly what’s in your dish.  Store bought or prepared foods, have SOOOOOO much sodium in it that’s not  good for you!  Whatever is leftover, I freeze for later in portion sizes.

Cook for your family!

 

 

Don’t ever, ever, I MEAN EVER buy this yeast!!

 

I went on the hunt yesterday at our local markets,
to find yeast so that I could make Pizza.
I found Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast,
sounded okay, it’s for Pizza, right?
I bought 2 three packs.

After a long day of cleaning out the garage,
I had really thought of driving 40 minutes
up the road to get Pizza/Calzone take-away,
but in the end I thought that was foolish and
made homemade Pizza instead.

I followed the recipe on the envelope to the letter,
baked it as described for 12 minutes at 425°,
until the Cheese bubbled and the crust was browned.

 

 

It came out like a biscuit, NOT PIZZA!

 

 

I made two and we only ate about a 1/4
of one of them. We gave it the old college try,
but that was TERRIBLE!

I NEVER throw out food, but this is not fit for Man nor Beast.

I looked it up online to search for reviews on this Yeast,
and found one put out my Cook’s Illustrated :

“According to the package, Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast allows you to mix, stretch, top, and bake pizza all in one go, with just a few minutes of kneading and no rising time at all. In addition to active dry yeast, the product contains a cocktail of chemicals and enzymes designed to relax the dough. Dough relaxers partially inhibit the formation of strong gluten networks, keeping the dough pliable and easy to stretch and making it quick to rise in the oven.

Given that the structure and flavor of a top-notch pizza crust come from ample fermentation, we were skeptical that dough made in so little time would be any good. When we mixed up a batch, our suspicions were confirmed. Although the dough was incredibly well behaved, stretching without snapping back and rising quickly during baking, its texture and flavor were unimpressive. The crust was leathery, not crisp, on the exterior and spongy and soft on the interior. What’s more, it was bland and devoid of the aromatic complexity that is produced in fermented dough. So we’ll pass on this turbo-charged yeast, preferring to take our time and make pizza dough the old-fashioned way.”

I couldn’t agree more with ATK/CI! I only wish that I had
seen this prior to investing $3

Oh well, I’ll put it into the Food Bank Donation box,
maybe someone else will enjoy it.

In the meantime, I’m still hunger, I suppose I could
scratch up a sandwich later,
that’s if I get the gumption up 

I’d Love To Chat, But …

… we gotta get this fixed!

Poor Dear Husband was removing our carry-on bag from the overhead bin on our return trip from Hawaii and THIS happened … a detached Bicep tendon, OUCH !!!

His entire arm, from the tendon tear down, turned an unbelievable shade of black and blue!

OYE! 😥

We were very very  fortunate to be able to get in with a surgeon quickly enough to have this re-attached, in a cast and to begin Physical Therapy all within less than a month from the injury!

Lesson learned: DON’T DO THAT!  😡

SO, I’ll be with you all again, soon, we need to get DH on the mend …

I Have No More Aloha Brand Shoyu In The House?

YUP!

This is the very last of my Aloha Brand Shoyu, or as some folks call it, Soy Sauce.  😮

What to do, what to do?

Now you may be asking yourself, yeah so what Auntie?  Why the big tears?

WELL!

Aloha Shoyu is made in Pearl City Hawaii and I just plain can’t find it any old place here ‘In The Middle Of The Desert’ aka Cowboyville.   😦

It’s mainly found at Oriental Markets in the Big City.  In comes DH at this point, who offered to take us on a field trip … there’s other Hawaii Items that I need too, so we’ll head down South for an afternoon in town.

YAY!!