Archive for September, 2009

It’s What’s For Dinner

I’m cooking a roast right now.  The recipe is from the Reynold’s Cookbook.

  1. Take an oven bag and shake 1/4 cup flour in it.
  2. Add a packet of onion soup mix, some pepper, and a can of stewed tomatoes. Squish it around so that everything gets mixed.
  3. Add a roast to the bag and squish things around to cover the roast with the “sauce.”
  4. Quarter 4 potatoes and add some baby carrots to the bag.
  5. Tie the bag closed and put six slits in the top.  The bag should be resting in a casserole dish.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

I’ll use leftovers to make empanadas with Bisquick.

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Hooray! It’s Garden Time!


Last weekend, I planted an entire box (raised square foot bed – 4 ft x 4 ft) of potatoes.  It was divided into 16 squares, so I put sweet potatoes in 4 squares and red potatoes in the rest.  They’re already starting to peek through the soil in a few squares.

This weekend, I celebrated a landmark birthday, and my lovely family and friends helped me fill my second garden box (2.5 ft x 3 ft == 9 rectangles).  It has oregano, basil, lemon verbena, rosemary, cucumber, 4 strawberry plants (in 2 rectangles), and zucchini (seeds in 2 rectangles).

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Grad school is trucking along.  I’m still here.  My nights (and early mornings) are filled with the joys of doing homework.  My goal is always to try and finish my homework the weekend before, so if I don’t, I have to miss Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

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Where Have I Been?


Hello All!

On a whim, I decided to go to Grad School at a university about 30 miles from where I live.  On a Thursday, I received an e-mail asking if I wanted to apply.  There was a grant to encourage teachers to get their Master’s degrees and also become master math teachers.  Since the grant would pay for tuition and books, I applied that day.  The next week, I was accepted into the program, and I began class exactly one week after I applied.  Talk about moving quickly!

Today (Saturday), I’ve been doing things around the house during breaks from homework.  I never thought doing dishes could be something I’d actually WANT to do.

This morning, I’ve:

  • gone for a walk/jog
  • mailed some items at the post office
  • spent two hours in an online chat room with my professor and classmates in order to clarify this week’s assignments
  • made a loaf of bread (picture below)
  • cleaned almost every dirty dish in the house
  • cooked a giant omelette and chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast
  • completed one homework assignment (several to go)
  • started work on another assignment
  • made lunch
  • started cooking chicken for some potato soup for dinner


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