About this blog
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
- The freedoms I enjoy as an American living in America (and those in our military that fight for those freedoms)
- The health and happiness of my family and friends
- The truly incredible man I share my life with (for more reasons than I have time to list)
I hope that all of you, your families and your friends have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Bob, Janis, me and Dave at the Iron Horse Saloon
Custom sportbikes at the Rat Hole Show at Destination Daytona
Group shot at the Broken Spoke after several rounds of adult beverages. Janis, Belinda, Josh, Dave, me and Bob...say cheese!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped*
3 teaspoons minced garlic in oil*
3 lbs beef for stew or stir fry steak cut in bite size pieces
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons chili powder*
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper*
4 cups beef broth
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
2 can diced tomatoes, undrained
Heat the oil in a large pot. Stir in the onions and garlic and cook until they are soft. Add the beef and salt and cook until the meat loses its pink color. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add the beef broth, kidney beans and diced tomatoes and simmer, partially covered, for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
I like to put shredded cheddar cheese in the bottom of my bowl, then put in the chili and mix it all up. Dave just likes to add saltine crackers.
*These ingredients can be adjusted to your own taste.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Pull up your pants!"
"What is that in your hair?"
"I think you've had enough to drink."
"Do you want your mommy?"
"Why are you crying?"
"I can't understand a word you are saying!"
"Here...let me help you put your shoes on the right feet."
"Don't do that...you are going to get hurt!"
"Stop crawling around on the floor. You're old enough to walk!"
Anyone got any others you'd like to add to the list? I'd love to hear 'em!
Monday, November 16, 2009
It was much drier this trip and the trails were very dusty. What made the matter even worse was I had applied sunscreen that morning so the dust was really sticking to me. I knew I wasn't going to be able to ride like this all week, so we made a trip to Walmart so I could buy some T-shirts and bandanas.This is how I dressed for the remainder of the trip when we were riding. The bandana actually worked out really well (I could finally breathe!) because it also covered the bottom of my sunglasses and helped to keep the dirt out of my eyes. Notice the half grin on Dave's face... he called me the "masked marauder" for the rest of the trip. He did, however, give me credit for being such a trooper and finding a way to deal with the situation.
A shot of one of the trails while we were taking a break in the shade.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Swarovski crystal and copper chandelier earrings
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Grilled Garlic Chicken
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 cloves garlic, chopped
6 skinned, boneless chicken breast halves
Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well. Place chicken in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over chicken; cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Remove chicken from marinade, reserving marinade. Place marinade in small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
Place chicken on grill over medium flame and cook for at least 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting frequently with marinade (grilling time will depend on thickness of chicken breasts - the thickness of the breasts I grilled varied so I grilled for a minimum of 15 minutes and the thickest pieces for 25 minutes and the chicken was very moist).
Grilled Pineapple Slices
1 small fresh pineapple, peeled and cored* (I actually used canned rings)
3 tablespoons dark rum
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon reduced-calorie margarine, melted
Cut pineapple into 6 (3/4 inch thick) slices. Center each slice on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Combine rum, brown sugar, and margarine in a small bowl; stir well. Brush pineapple slices evenly with rum mixture. Fold upper halves of foil over pineapple slices, and seal. Place pineapple packets on grill, and grill 15 minutes.
This recipe will yield 6 servings. The chicken is approximately 143 calories per serving, and the pineapple is approximately 107 calories per serving.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
(My Wednesday Whispers posts are normally without words, but I just wanted to apologize for the quality of this video. I took it with my cell phone, but just had to share it...it's just that Goose, the mini zebu, is so darn cute!)