Currently…

This is a good way to slide a blog in on ya’ll!

ENJOYING – How quiet the office gets when it’s Friday and everyone has gone to lunch.

LOVING – the new lip glosses that I just ordered. (Thanks @3kids1036!)

FEELING – like I don’t want to do any work for the rest of the afternoon since I’m going to be mad busy all next week.

THINKING ABOUT – the couples dinner that we’re going to tomorrow evening at this place – Mockingbird Bistro. Can’t wait!

LISTENING TO: My Dirty South-Midwest Rap playlist on Spotify. I got over 200 songs, yo!

WATC HING – 24:Live Another Day..I’m behind on my episodes but I’m going to binge and catch up this weekend. Jack Bauer is back, baby!

MAKING ME HAPPY – My husband, who puts up with my shenanigans!

Have a good weekend!!!

 

 

 

Currently….

Currently: Discussing why I owe out my ass to the IRS on Twitter and getting some guidance.

Watching: This Excel spreadsheet on my computer screen that I’m supposed to be working on. I have been on this particular project for some months now and I am OVER. IT.

Listening To: “Feels Good” from the album The Revival – Tony! Toni! Tone!

Planning: How to revitalize my job search. I need to take a new approach to targeting companies I want to work for so I’ve been doing some reading and some research.

Thinking About: How I need to make doctor’s appointments for a mammogram and with a dentist.

Looking forward to: My bestie’s happy hour  for her birthday TONIGHT at this place.

Reading: Payback In Panama by Noel Hyde. I’ve read all the books in this series. The first 3 are the Russian Trilogy. Last 3 are the Cuban Trilogy.

Making Me Happy: emailing with my husband and his silly jokes that make smile. Helps to get through the work day.

Odds And Ends: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Hey ya’ll, what’s up? How was your holiday weekend? Of course it’s always too damn short. But hubs and I made the best of it anyway.

Saturday, we lazed around and had a very late and delicious brunch. Myron broke our very nice waffle iron and we had waffles, sausage and hash brown potatoes topped with cheese and sour cream. So that big meal deserved another epic nap and so an epic nap was taken!

We then got up and got dressed to head out to hang with a friend at a day party she was hosting, then left there to go to another friend’s crawfish boil. We stayed there for the rest of the evening, good eats (and drinks) were had by all.

Sunday, seems a slight hangover was acquired by yours truly so I slept a bit longer and then we got up to check out Hangover 3. It was funny, but underwhelming. Wait for the Redbox or Netflix for that one.

After the movie, we ran by the store so I could pick up the ingridients for the evening’s snack: Hot Crab Dip with Crostini. A very “savvy” Twitter friend shared the recipe with me.

Nap time again commenced. I woke up to 2 frantic messages from my mom and aunt, imploring me to come meet some relatives who were in from California, whom I barely knew and wanted to see me. Reluctantly and petulantly, I threw on some clothes and went to my parents house, where I was ooohed and aaahed over like I was an infant. It was annoying to say the least. I hadn’t seen some of these folks since I was a child and probably won’t see them again anytime soon but dutiful child duty called so there we are. I ate a burger, had some of my dad’s awesome sprinkle cake and chit chatted. I made my escape after an about an hour and went back home.

Upon arriving home, I straightened up the kitchen and made the hot crap dip, which was excellent and so luxuriously rich. It’s definitely a holiday or special occasion treat as it’s not cheap to make!

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Monday, I laid upon my arse almost the entire day, with the exception of a bit of kitchen duty and some vaccuuming. Hubs did some fajitas on the grill, I made myself a margarita in the blender and called this weekend a wrap.

What did you do this past weekend?

I’m Still Here

My life hasn’t had too many words as of late but perhaps the pictures can speak for me.

We had a very good Easter:

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My mom and my niece in their Easter dresses.

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Miss Chandler is missing some front teeth!

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Happy Easter from the Macks!

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Daddy’s little girl.

It’s spring time in Houston (FINALLY) and Lent is over so it’s time for crawfish!! We went to the Pearland Crawfish Festival this weekend.

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Corn, potatoes and bugs..10 pounds worth!

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Lots of ducks to win a prize.

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The brothers Mack: middle, oldest, youngest.

And of course, everyone loves a Carnival!

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Hopefully it’s warming up where you are!

Odds And Ends: The Call of Nature Edition

How was your weekend? Mine was great!

  •  Friday night, hubs and I went to hang out with Beautifully Complex, her fiance’ and his brother at Fedora Lounge. Little did we know that it turns into the club after 10pm complete with valet parking. In a strip shopping center.  Doing too much you say? We thought so too but a good time was had by all.
  • Saturday, we lounged around and had a hearty breakfast, then took a nap and then dragged oourselves from the couch to head to a baby shower for some friends of ours. We went, ate (really good baby shower food), cooed, oohed and ahhed and then made a break for it to go to the main event of the evening: Serious Cigars Customer Appreciation Event. Beautifully Complex’s fiancé is a diehard cigar buff and he invited us to come to this party that his cigar shop has every year. Free food, free open bar with top shelf likka and prize giveaways?? What’s NOT to love!! Here are a couple of pics from the party.
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  • Sunday, I was lying in the bed resting quietly when Myron came in our bedroom and mentioned that he wanted to check out this restaurant that he’d saw on TV that morning. The place is called Lucille’s and we hit up their brunch. Here are some Instagram shots I took.
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  • We’re family right? So we can share things with each other right? Good. Because I want to rap a taste about the middle of the night pee. Yes, THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT PEE. The MOTNP is when you are deep in the REM sleep and dreaming about the things you would do to Idris Elba (if you weren’t married) and the urge comes on so STRONG. Yet, you try to suppress the call of nature because you are in that good ass sleep and it’s Idris, yanno?? But the URGE defeats you and you stumble out of bed to the bathroom, in the dark but luckily since you are a girl, you just need to sit (provided that dude you live with has put the seat down) and you don’t need to cut on the light to harm your delicate eyes. So you do your business, stumble back to bed, poke your husband in the butt so he can move back over, lie down and get comfortable. And you can’t get back to sleep. MOTNP – I hate you.
  • That’s all I got! What’s going on with you?????

Food Friday: TIH’s Chicken Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

I originally wanted to try the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for chicken with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes but when I realized I was going to have to layer the cheese and tomatoes under the skin before I baked it I decided not to because I have texture issues.

So I decided to do a quick search for a similar type recipe and then I remembered that I like the Chicken Bryan at Carrabba’s which is essentially the same thing. So here is the recipe I used from food.com.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 4, but cut them in half to make 8 pieces because they were so thick.)

kosher salt, to taste

fresh ground pepper, to taste

olive oil

4 ounces goat cheese (I used about 6 oz. for 8 pieces)

6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

2 -4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

4 teaspoons onions, minced

4 teaspoons garlic, minced

8 tablespoons butter, divided

6 tablespoons white wine (I used pinot grigio.)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon’s worth)

Directions:

1)  Brush chicken on both sides with olive oil, season to taste with Kosher salt and cracked pepper.

2)  Grill chicken until done (internal temp of 165F) – prepare lemon butter sauce while chicken is grilling.

3)  Sautee onion and garlic in 2 Tbps butter until soft and fragrant.

4)  Add white wine and lemon juice, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes to reduce.

5)  Add remaining 6 Tbsp butter, a little at a time, until it melts and mixture is emulsified.

6)  Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and basil, heat until hot (but do not overheat or sauce may break).

7)  Top nearly-done chicken breasts with 2 oz each of the goat cheese until cheese warms and softens.

8) To serve, spoon lemon butter sauce over chicken breasts.

Probably the only change I would make is slicing the chicken breasts length wise to make them thinner cause mine were so thick and actually grilling them (like on the grill or in a grill pan). I sauteed them and they turned out fine but they didn’t have the grill marks on them. The picture below is how they turned out for me.

Enjoy!

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Odds And Ends: The Monday Edition

What’s happening?? *in my TI voice*

How was ya’ll’s weekend? Mine was very busy and I am tired so I am happy to be at work, where it is slow and quiet so that I can rest up from it. LOL!

Let’s see, Friday morning I took a few hours off to go an interview for a perm gig. I ended up in the wrong building, hauled ass across the street to the right building, was late to the interview and then got in there and talked for 3 straight hours to 3 different people. That interview was painful and I’m sure I didn’t get that job but I will survive.

Friday evening started off a lot better. Hubs and I went on date to have dinner, see my baby daddy Daniel Craig in Skyfall and to have drinks at Dave and Buster’s with our favorite bartender, my BIL, Tony.

Saturday morning, we got up to run to the bank, run by the store and had lunch at our favorite Indian buffet then came back home to watch nap a little college footbal before our evening activities. As usual, we double booked ourselves for two birthday parties at the opposite ends of Houston. The first one was a 30th birthday party for Myron’s cousin. It was really fun, she had a craps and a blackjack dealer at her house and plenty of food and libations. We also got to see some cousins and their new baby. A time was being had by me but alas, it was time to make a move to the west side (yeyah yeah!) to the other party we’d be invited to. This party was for the birthday of the ghey guy who works at our neighborhood Kroger’s who we have struck up a friendship with. He’s actually a really a cool guy so we had to show our faces or else we’d never live it down. So we stopped by, had some drinks and were entertained by a 49 year old ghey dude in heels getting his boogie on to Whitney Houston. LOL! There’s never a dull moment when you roll with the Macks!

Sunday morning, we were up early (well 10 AM is early for me on Sundays), to get ready to go watch the hometown team, Houston Texans play the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon. We met my BIL at a sports bar and proceeded to see the Texans pull out a squeaker of a win. It shouldn’t have even been that close. After that, we had a fabulous ribeye dinner and got ready for the short work week.

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And I still haven’t gotten my ingredients for my dish that I’m bring to my mom’s for Thanksgiving: my dear MIL’s sweet potato crunch. I suck, but I’m going to the store tonight, I promise!

So that was my weekend, how was yours? Big plans for the holiday??

What’s Been Cooking – Part 2

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More cooking has been going on the Mack household. This particular pic got quite a few likes and in boxes on Facebook so here’s a quick recipe:

Okra & Tomatoes with Shrimp and Sausage over Cheesy Grits

2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 pound of large shrimp
1 pound of sausage, sliced into pieces (we used a garlic sausage, like Eckrich)
1 white onion chopped up
1.5 pound of okra, sliced up into pieces (across)

Saute sausage in olive oil over medium heat till done in large pot. Then saute shrimp in separate skillet (season to your taste) and olive oil. Don’t overcook the shrimp as it should only take 1-2 minutes to cook.

Drain shrimp and set aside. Clean out pan, then saute onion and 2 tsp of olive oil till onions are transparent. Add the okra and saute with onions for a minute or two. Add 1 tablespoon of garlic, and then saute for 2-3 minutes. Add onions, okra and garlic into large pot with sausage. Add in 2 cans of tomatoes, stir and simmer on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Stir and taste periodically and seasoning to taste. After 15 minutes turn down heat to low and add in the shrimp and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve over rice or grits and serve plain.

Cheesy grits:

1 cup water
1 cup milk or heavy cream
3/4 cup of grits

Bring water and milk/cream to a boil, add dash of salt, then add grits. Stir constantly until grits are thick but not stiff. Add 3 large pats of butter and 1/2 to 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Stir everything together. Serve okra and tomatoes on top of grits if you like.

What’s Been Cooking

So I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree as of late..and that makes my husband very happy.

I was inspired by Babs, who made a crustless quiche this past weekend to try my hand at my own. My hodgepodge recipe is as follows:

1/2 medium onion diced

1 medium red bell pepper diced

minced garlic to taste

1 package of Jimmy Dean sausage

1 cup (or more) of shredded cheese of your choice

8 large eggs

salt/pepper/other seasoning.

I sauteed up my bell pepper and onion and added the garlic at the last minute because it will burn. Set to the side to cool.

Pan fry the sausage in a skillet and make sure you break it up fairly fine. No large chunks. Make sure to drain all of the grease off.

Whisk up your eggs, salt and pepper and any other seasoning you like. I added a dash of creole seasoning. I also added some heavy cream cause it makes your eggs fluffy.

Butter or grease your glass baking dish well as you don’t want the eggs to stick to the pan. I used an olive oil cooking spray.

Layer your sausage and veggies, then your cheese, then pour the eggs all over the top and make sure everything is even.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The eggs should be firm but springy to the touch.

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This what it looks like before you put it in the oven.

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This is the quiche fresh out the oven.

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This how it looks on my plate! I put a little sour cream on top too.

In addition to my quiche, I stumbled upon a great low carb recipe website and made a couple of the recipes from there. They were super easy!

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Balsamic Cream Chicken with Mushrooms:

http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/01/pan-seared-chicken-with-balsamic-cream.html

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Creamy Chicken Scampi: http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/10/creamy-chicken-scampi.html

My at home chef was very impressed and for him that’s a compliment, cause he is VERY picky about food.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!

(Food) Hoarders

I was reading this blog today titled Newlyweds on a Budget. Its a personal finance blog written by a young wife who lives in California and I’ve been following it for a few years now. Today’s post was about how she wishes she was single again…because her husband eats up all their food.

I quote:

This week, I’ve been making black bean and egg white burritos. I ran out of tortillas and cheese on Tuesday so I asked him to pick some up since he had the day off. He purchased tortillas (10 count) and cheese (8 oz) Tuesday EVENING, not DAY, but EVENING. On Wednesday morning, I made my black bean and egg white burrito and measured out one ounce of shredded cheese.

This morning, I went to make my burrito and there were only three tortillas left and when I went to add my cheese, the bag was gone–I ended up finding the empty bag in the trash can!

In ONE day you ate SIX tortillas and SEVEN ounces of cheese? It was enough to make me march upstairs and wake him up and proclaim loudly: “From now on, we buy our own cheese and put our names on it! I am not sharing cheese with you anymore!”

I know it was a childish move, but it was the last straw of a long line of expecting food to be there only to find out that Eric ate it. It’s like he just has no regard for whether someone else (ie, ME) would like some, he eats it ALL.

Now I know that men tend to eat more than women, cause they are just larger and have bigger appetites but it will never get to the point where I am labeling food with my name on it. WDDDA??? I have my fave things to eat and so does Myron and we try not to mess with that too much but hiding food from him?? Say what now?? It’s not THAT bad. If anything we are trying to pawn off the extra food on each other!!! And if either one brings home leftovers from a restaurant, we know that it for the person whose plate it came off of, unless we offer to share.

I think that A) her husband is either clueless or inconsiderate and B) she needs to up the grocery budget. Married folks should not be in the house scrapping behind vittles!!!! A conversation seems to be in order here.

Granted I don’t think it’s anything she’s going to dump her husband over, but it seems to be a MAJOR annoyance for her.

At any rate for my folks who are married/live together or have had a relationship where many groceries were being consumed, has it ever got this bad behind some food????