Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reflection Bus


As the year quickly winds down
and the view outside is rather brown
I take a look at this bustling town
and my smile starts to form a frown

A little frown mind you me
don't go getting all crazy
for time it flies, you can agree
like one would on a shopping spee

Day by day it seems so slow
dealing with the to and fro
as our anticipation seems to grow
for certain hours to go, go, go

When we look back to times of old
it's ourselves that we must scold
we don't live in the moment truth be told
but should treat each like it were gold

As this New Year approaches us
we should consider it a plus
that we're still here, don't make a fuss
or next time around you may miss the bus
©MDO








Jenny Matlock

Today we will be writing anything to do with the coming New Year! Recipes, stories, poems, pictures, resolutions, words to dedicate the New Year to. Please feel free to be as creative as you wish

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sleepless Nights Before Christmas



Twas 4 days before Christmas when all through the house
all the creatures were stirring and I was hot in my blouse.
No stockings were hung by the chimney with care
for there is no chimney, sometimes life just ain't fair.

No one was quite nestled or snug in their bed
but there were zombified sugar plum fairies at play in my head.
At certain points in the night they’d break out in rap
and I was just grateful they weren’t grinding on my lap!

Then I thought to myself “I wonder who’s fatter?”
When one just can’t sleep their thoughts are in scatter.
The next thing I knew my thoughts went to cash
and my serious lack of it, where does Santa get his stash?

Then I’m reminded that he’s got elves lined up in a row
cranking out presents like they’re all hopped up on blow.
It’s a good thing they’re in the workshop, not with us here
cause it’s always intervention time after the New Year.

Their addiction is seasonal so it they can lick
but until they do the after party is quite sick.
Santa is their pusher so he has no one else to blame
and compared to most pornos their antics are quite tame.

Wow, I’m not sure how I got there…. geez what a Vixen!
Please hold on a minute while my dirty mind I’m a fixing.
It seems like I’ve wandered beyond the barrier wall
that separates my mind from clean and dirty, what gall!

Ok I think I’m back on track with a twinkle in my eye.
Just the remnants of a tear from laughing hard enough to cry.
I often think I’m crazy, I’m sure the others do too.
Well they do speak in my head so I guess that’s my clue.

So back to my thoughts, Santa stops on the roof
which means that the dogs will go crazy and woof!
Can’t he use the door?  I know it’s closer to the ground
but again there is no chimney so he’d end up a frozen mound.

He can’t get in the windows that crazy old coot,
I live in the ghetto so they’re locked to save my loot!
Come to think of it though there is an old chimney in the back
but it’s no longer functional and an opening it lacks.

My thoughts now return to the zombified fairies
and their bloodshot eyes that resemble rotted cherries.
It’s kind of a gross thought I really do know
but I do like gross… hey, I just realized there’ll be no snow!

No snow for Christmas, in Minnesota?  Good grief!
I know that most of you are in agreement with disbelief.
For our winter weather makes you feel like lime green jelly
as in jealous with envy not sick with a giggly belly.

It’s true I tell you, I couldn’t believe it myself,
even though the thought of snow makes me want tequila, top shelf!
In a margarita of course, yep margarita I said
make me one quick or it’s off with your head!

Sorry, got carried away. I’m a lack of sleep jerk
and I have to wake up early to get myself to work!
It’s crazy that we work so the money stream flows
but no matter what that debt damn just grows!

I think sleep has found me so it’s time for dismissal
so I can wake in the morning with eyes feeling like thistle
but before I do I wish you all happy holidays and a peaceful night
and hope that 2012 is the year all your dreams do take flight!
©MDO


Jenny Matlock
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 - HOLIDAY LINK - Anything related to the holiday - recipes, decorations, stories, poems, pictures

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fantabulous Fudge and Fruit

Jenny Matlock
 

My computer likes to annoy me lately so hopefully it's done being temperamental and it will allow me to post this fun, fantabulous F blog!!

Today my friends F is for Fudge and Fruit Salsa.... YEA!  That's peppermint fudge to be exact:-)  Now I'm not a big chocolate fan, which may be against all rules of being a woman or something from the looks I get when I say that but it's true!  I will eat it, I prefer it when there's caramel involved though.  This fudge however has pumpkin in it.  Yeah, you heard me.... PUMPKIN!  Ok, here goes the recipes!

Peppermint Bark Fudge courtesy Hungry Girl.com, it's very simple.  You can click on the name to see all the details but all you need is a box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix, 2 cans of Libby Pumpkin, 3 tablespoons of white chocolate chips and a candy cane (or 5 mini candy canes).  That's it!  You mix the brownie mix and pumpkin and stick it in the oven to bake.  While that's baking you crush the candy canes and chop the white chocolate chips.  Once the brownies are done you take them out of the oven and sprinkle the crushed cane and chopped chocolate on top.  Press it a little into the brownies and as it cools the crushed canes will settle in and the chocolate will melt to also hold the cane on to the brownies.  Then you can cover it with foil and put it in the fridge to cool overnight so the peppermint flavor settles in.  That's that.  I don't think I cooked mine long enough cause the center was a little too soft, the edges weren't too bad.  Here's the finished product:


Only 67 calories a piece.  Now I must say that this doesn't taste like fudge to me, I totally taste the pumpkin.... but it is good.  I think maybe a little less pumpkin might help curb that flavor a little and maybe a little longer baking time than the recipe lists so that middle is more solid.  I was also thinking I could use caramel flavored chips that I saw at the grocery store.... love caramel!  This may be a good recipe to experiment with in the future:-)

Next is Fruit Salsa.  I found this one on SparkRecipes and afterwards found several others there that used different fruits but I went with this one first.  Now the recipe includes cinnamon chips that you make also but I left those out and just used cinnamon sugar pita chips with mine cause they were on sale:-)  This recipe just calls for a pound of strawberries, 2 kiwi, 2 apples and 1/4 cup of orange juice.  Chop all that fruit, put it in a bowl and add in the orange juice and mix.  You can eat it right away or put it in the fridge so it can chill, meld flavors and allow the orange juice to draw out the fruit's juices.  Here's some pics:


The first is the freshly chopped and mixed product.  The 2nd is the next day and me getting ready to give it a try.  It was delish!  I used gala apples and they sort of overpowered the flavors of everything else.  My thought is that this is another one to experiment with in the future!  Maybe some pomegranate, pineapple, peaches... the possibilities are endless and it's awesome for anytime of year!  I may even make some for Christmas to snack on during the day while everyone waits for the ham dinner to be done:-)  Now I would have to say that the chips in the recipe may be a better idea for the future also because they'd be thinner than pita chips, since they are made with flour tortillas.  You bake them so the calories are kept down of course so that's a bonus:-)

So here are 2 recipes to play around with if I get in the mad scientist sorta mood, or if you do.... go ahead, give em a try!  Heck... maybe I can even mix the 2 somehow and go a little crazy!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eggplant Reprise... Surprise... Prize Potential

Jenny Matlock
 

Plugging right along in the weekly alphabet blog, we are at E and today ladies and gentlemen E is for Eggplant... reprise!

Yes, I've written about eggplant in the past but that was totally different than now:-)  I mean, back then I was making fun of it.... in a fun kinda way, see E is for Eggplant if you want to check that out.  This time I figured I would cook some up for eating purposes so that's what I'll share with ya today.

I am still however puzzled by the fact that it's called an eggplant cause to me it really doesn't look like an egg at all.


The color, the look, the feel, the outside, the inside, the taste, the texture... I could go on and on... nothing about it reminds me of an egg.  Ok, there are some types that may resemble an egg but not that one.  Did you know that it's actually considered to be a berry?  Surprise, tis true I tell ya, you can read about eggplants on Wikipedia, here's a link to check out!  Anyways, I didn't cook that one there cause when I cut it open it didn't look so healthy.  Sort of brown and suspicious, which is always annoying I must say!  Luckily I had another that looked ok so that I could make Stuffed Eggplant!

I'll have to find the link to the recipe again.  I got it off the internet but I can't remember where it came from.  Here are some pictures:



There we've got the before cooking, after cooking, and getting ready to dive in pictures:-)  Now I've not eaten eggplant a lot, I could probably count the number of times on 1 hand.  Usually it's been fried or in a ratatouille that my friend's Turkish mother made (which was delish!).  Whether I did things right or not I'm not sure but I must say that the filling could have used less bread crumbs, or none at all because that made for a weird, mushy consistency that I really didn't enjoy.  Other than that it was good and I may try it again just to see if I can make it better next time... or use a different recipe to change it up some.

Since I don't have the recipe link for ya right now, or the recipe on me, I'll give ya a little info on what I remember putting in it:-) 

1 large eggplant or 2 small
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup onion
1/2 pound Italian sausage
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 pound mushrooms
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Geez, I remembered better than I thought I would... LOL! 

Ok, so it said to cut the eggplant in half (lengthwise) and then put into boiling water (covering about 3/4 of the eggplant) until tender, about 15 minutes or so. 

While that's cooking you cook up the Italian sausage with the onion, garlic & oil.  Now the recipe never said where the Italian seasoning came in so I added that in the meat mix as I cooked it up.  Of course I put the onion & garlic in the food processor to make it more of a puree rather than chunky:-) 

Once the meat is browned you add in the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and the recipe didn't say where the mushroom came in so I added them at this point also.  You cook that on low as you wait for the eggplant. 

Once the eggplant is done you hollow out the center & chop that up & add it to the meat mixture along with 1/2 a cup of the marinara.  Cook that meat mixture for a couple minutes & then spoon it into the eggplant. 

Once that's done you top it with the rest of the marinara and mozzarella cheese. Then you bake it at 350 for about 35 minutes.

That's pretty much that and this one wasn't a prize but has potential.  I can't help but wonder if the recipe was missing some ingredients or directions, well other than those I noticed were missing that is.... LOL!  It wasn't bad but it could use some improvement.  The ingredients were tasty though so maybe I'll keep it and work with it to get it to where my picky self likes it:-) 

Now to try eggplant in other ways I guess.... incorporate it more.  It is purple and I love me some purple!

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