piplover: (Sherlock love)
Still alive!  I had to leave work 3 hours early yesterday, but that was due to the fact I was back on phones, my stress level was through the roof, and I had a migraine and a stomach ache that wouldn't go away. I'm doing much, much better today.  They have us back on chats, and I've been able to finish most of the Christmas baking.

Usually my best friend and I bake a few days before Christmas and arrange goody baskets, but this year she's dealing the drama, drama, drama and didn't have time, so I'm on my own.  I managed to make the chocolate dipped pretzels last night, and I baked the pumpkin spice bread earlier today.  Now I'm baking cookies between work, and will probably get the stuffing all prepared for tomorrow, when I can just throw it in the oven. 

That means all I'll have to do tomorrow is make the chocolate mint truffles, which hopefully shouldn't take more than a few hours. 

Because I have to work on Christmas (Bastards!!) my family is celebrating tomorrow, so I'm in the home stretch now.  So long as I can get the majority of the baskets made up and the truffles done and the stuffing prepared, I'll be really happy.  Sheesh.  

Can it be 2011 now?  I mean, I know we all said 2010 had to be better than 2009, and it turned out to be the year from hell, but really, I have high hopes for 2011.  

Also, if I have to take calls on Christmas, I will seriously cry.  I've already promised myself I won't let it make me sick, so if it starts to become too unbearable, I'll just leave early as sick.  That's the most they can expect of me,  I think.  

Anyway, I hope the rest of you are having a good week and for those who celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! 

Bwahahah!

Oct. 5th, 2010 09:20 pm
piplover: (salt)
Ohhh, this is why I love cooking!  I made a loaf of pumpkin spice bread, and it's been cooling the past hour.  Well, I turned it upside down, it came out of the pan, and then it was like the insides were vomited up!  The whole middle of it was still mushy, lol!  Oh, goodness, I have never seen anything like that!  The toothpicks both came out clean, and the rest of the bread was perfect.  But for some reason it just didn't cook through all the way, I'm putting it back in.  Hahah, my bread's insides just plopped out.  Seriously, it was a sight to behold, it just broke pretty much in two!  
piplover: (Happy fan!)
Hello, all! I hope everyone is having a lovely day.  For my fellow Americans, I hope your Labor Day is a nice day off.  If you have it off. And if you don't, I hope you get paid loads for working today.

I - in a fit of boredom and wanting something to do, dyed my hair red.  Which didn't go exactly as planned.  I'm not sure what happened, since I'm pretty sure I completely saturated my hair with the color.  But there are long streaks of my regular color, so I think I may have to go back and buy another box and just completely soak my head in it.  It doesn't look bad, and I like the color.  But - I feel a bit like a zebra.  

Also, making my very first roast in the crockpot today.  Not sure how it's going to turn out, since the crockpot is smaller than I remembered, and i in order to get the potatoes, onions and carrots in the pot, I had to put the roast in first and then fill it with water.  So now the roast is totally submerged.  Hrrrrmmm.  I'm thinking it may be more like a soup than a roast.  Oops.  

Anyway, not much going on.  I'm going to try and work some more on my story.  I'm at 47000 words now, and it is by far the longest story I have ever written.  Only the boys have been rather silent lately, and I'm not sure why.  Have to try and pry the story out of my head.  Chocolate should be an appropriate bribe to the muse.  

And speaking of which, kind of, I'm going to check out eliptical machines today.  I have trouble getting to the gym because of my schedule, and an eliptical is one of the things I can use for hours and not have it aggravate my knee or back.  Hopefully my stomach will get with the program, too.    But for now I'm just looking at prices and sizes and such.  I have the perfect place for it, and honestly, I know that if I spend money on it, I will work my butt off, literally.  So, yeah.  The goal is to lose 30 pounds by March.  We'll see if I can get there.  I'm already trying to eat right and cutting out a lot of junk and stuff. But the exercise is the one thing I really have to work on. Wish me luck!

Have a great day, everyone!

Cooking

Apr. 17th, 2010 05:46 pm
piplover: (salt)
I have been a cooking fiend today!  I made a crab potato chowder, for lunches at work, and I currently have a meatloaf in the oven.  It is my very first attempt at a meatloaf, which I know is like the easiest thing in the world to make, but I was nervous.  My mom makes the absolute best meatloaf, so I followed her recipe, though I think I left the pepper out, damn.  

Oh, well.  It is currently cooking and smells good, so I'm not worried.  That will be dinner tonight and for when I get home from work.  I will make mashed potatoes probably tomorrow when I get home, as I will cheat and use the instant kind.  But ohhh, meatloaf!!!!

Also, I am making some raspberry crumble bars.  Hmmmmmmm.  Never made them before, but they seem to be coming along nicely.  Here's to hoping I don't poison myself with anything tonight!

I've found that I really like cooking, though for the longest time I was hopelessly useless at it and terrified of messing up.  Looking back, I have no idea why.  I mean, if it turned out horrible, then you just start over and know better next time.  I have no fear of changing a recipe now, and have found myself substituting things and adding seasoning.  I make a wicked chili and shepherd's pie!

I usually make a big pot of something during the weekend, since I'm at work 11 hours and don't really have the energy or time when I get home to make something.  I don't usually get home until 7:20pm, so by the time I heat something up it's pretty late.  Also, I have to be at work by 8, and honestly, I am so slow in the mornings I get up at 5:45 and am still sometimes late.  I like having a meal I can just throw in my lunchbox and then head out the door.  

Anyway, this boring post brought to you by the fact that it was 75F today, sunny, and my tummy didn't hurt!!!  I feel really good today, and I'm hoping that I can actually work the whole week without having to leave early or go home during the day to lay down for a few hours.  I worked an overtime shift on Thursday, and will do so again this Thursday, so hopefully that will be some extra money for me.  Yay!  How is everyone else doing?

My computer is still being a little bastard, so if I haven't commented, I'm sorry.  I'm still around and love you all.

Take care, and enjoy the rest of your weekends! 

((((HUGS Flist)))

Mmmmm...

Jan. 28th, 2010 07:16 pm
piplover: (salt)
Made potatoes with onions and sausage tonight.  Not the best thing to eat when you're trying to lose weight, but every now and then my Polish side breaks through and I have to eat something like that.  Hmmm, it was yummy.  Very bland, which was good because my tummy is still not great, but filling.  I had half a bowl and I'm stuffed.  

Don't know if I mentioned this, but my mom bought me several pieces of furniture at an estate sale.  I now have a coffee table, a dining room table, a dresser for the living room, and a desk for the hallway.  I have table cloths and place mats for the dining table and a runner for the desk. My apartment is really starting to look like some place an adult would live! 

Except for the Star Wars posters on the wall and my action figures dotted all about.  :P 


P.S.  Icon courtesy of Copperbadge.  

Yay!

May. 22nd, 2004 10:42 am
piplover: (hope)
Yay! In my ongoing struggle of cooking mastery I have accomplished another victory. I made muffins this morning, and none of them were burned or underdone. Yippy!
At this rate, I may be able to tackled waffles one day!

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