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After a $500 PG & E bill we decided eating out was on the back burner for awhile. Honestly, our biggest energy bill up till this summer was about $150 (ever). I know you can hate me later. Only we opened our bill this month to find a big surprise. I swore I heard evil laughter from the envelope as I tore that puppy open. The bill should have included a letter that read "heard you had another baby, congrats, thought we'd just add to the reality of your bills".

This leads to tonight's dinner. I refuse to go to the store till I have someone to help me (aka Mom) so I stood in front of my pantry tonight trying to conceive of something to make. hmmm...can canned corn and pinto beans count as a meal? Answer: in any other country but America. This left me with the anxiety of having to be kitchen creative.

I LOVE cooking but I don't love thinking of something to cook off the top of my head. My mom was always good with stuff like that but not me. I'm too structured. So knowing a run to the store was out of the question and still hearing the laughter coming from my PG & E bill I dove into my freezer.

The findings were frightful...really. ground beef from 2007, UM (Unidentifiable Meat), shrimp I don't remember buying, frost bitten popsicles, and orange juice concentrate. I managed to throw together a personal favorite we call Sunday Chicken along with a decent salad. I was impressed with myself to say the least.

How about you? What have you been able to throw together on a whim? What have you succumbed to consuming unexpectedly?

Some of my best meals have come from having to use anything in the kitchen I can find. Actually it is usually everything in the kitchen I can find, because at that point you are usually down to nothing. So, last time I was in Fresno at Dad's I used everything in his kitchen I could find. He loved it. I pulled out his handy dandy roaster/crock pot. Through in a whole Chicken, Leeks, Carrots and Apples. Poured in some chicken broth. Seasoned the Chicken with garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and sage. Then dusted the apples with a little pumpkin pie spice. I think that is it? Never made it before, but I would make it again.

Oh, before I put the pumkin pie spice on the apples I squeezed an orange over them.

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I talk WAY too much about absolutely nothing, but it's my own way of getting to what actually matters. Too analytical but at times it comes in handy. Enjoy hearing peoples stories. Get bugged by stereo-type people. Bad speller. Secretly lazy. Quasi OCD. Carry a constant frustration for the marginalization within America. Sarcastic. Suffer from (UL) aka uncontrollable laughter...never know when it's going to hit.

On my night stand

  • Foster's: Celebration of Discipline
  • Gawande's : Better
  • Macarthur's: New Testiment Commentary
  • Orman: Women & Money
  • Pausch's: The Last Lecture
  • Rowling's: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Safran's: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Young's: The Shack

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