Friday, September 23, 2005

Bacon, what else?

We got in late last night. By the time we talked, toured the house and talked some more, we ended up going to bed around 3:45 AM.

This morning, we had rhe old standby "bacon & eggs" for breakfast. I don't think there's any doubt why bacon gets top billing in that marquee. Bacon is so tasty!

I learned that our host Paul loves pork. He eats it almost everyday! I don't eat pork everyday, but I do love meat. The saying in our house is "Everything tastes better with bacon!" The bacon-love is universal with carnivores, I think.

I going to try to post a picture of the newly washed pup here!

Isn't he cute?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

On the road

We are on the road! I am using my Treo to send this
posting. We are heading up the 99 and I have to say,
that with the menagerie of smells Ive smelled, I may
have to rethink this whole living on a farm idea!

I think what I would enjoy is the open space and
private feeling I imagine one would feel living on
acres of land. Maybe one day Ill experience that.

Emailing posts!

I am testing out this whole emailing posts feature.  If this works, I can post updates from the road!

Sacramento, here we come

I'm going to Sacramento this weekend with Jason (my husband) to visit his friend Paul, and Paul's partner, Jim. Jason knew Paul at a previous job probably about 15 years ago. I've met Paul and Jim a couple times early in our marriage, but we haven't seen them in years!

I'm excited about visiting them and I'm looking forward to relaxing. Road trips are fun! I can't wait to eat my first piece of beef jerky. The ultimate road trip food!!

I always try to scope out the restaurant scene before I get to my destination to see if there is anything that I know I have to have. So far, I have a sushi place called Mikuni's on the list. We'll see how it is! I don't know if Paul & Jim are planning on cooking for us all weekend. That would be great too! I love it when people cook for me!

On a crafty note: I finished with the knitting on a scarf for my husband. It was supposed to be his Christmas present last year, but I didn't get it finished in time and then it just lagged in my knitting bag. I just need to weave the ends into the scarf. I will post a picture once I finish it up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pictures are worth a thousand words

My sister, Dawn, introduced me to
FarmGirl's Blog and she features a "picture a day" from her farm. They are the best! Dawn and I were talking about trying to post our own pictures a day. I suggested that since she's planning on moving to Colorado because of her growing dislike for California, she could post her "Another reason to leave California" every day. Pictures of trash, smog, traffic, etc. I think that could be hilarious!!

What could I take a daily picture of? My cats? Something new around the house? I think I'll start chronicling my crafts. They are not up to the snuff as compared to NotMartha, but hey, I have to start somewhere! OR, I could be the yang to Dawn's yin and find beautiful things about Los Angeles/So Cal.

Truth be told, I love the idea of moving to a farmhouse on some land and not having to rush into work everyday. Although, ideally, I'd love to buy a small diner or cafe and learn how to cook and have fun with that in a small town somewhere. Along that vein, I've been browsing (just for fun) the businesses for sale on

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Not a food nerd... just plain old nerd

Steph and Alton Brown
Originally uploaded by Bunny Steph.
This is a picture of Alton and me at the Orange County Fair. This was shortly after our love affair began. I leaned WAY into the picture and he said, "Make yourself comfortable!" in a somewhat sarcastic tone, but I just leaned further in as if it was an invitation. Man, I should've kissed him! That would have been REALLY fun.

Although I'm no foodie (like my sister), I love cooking and I love food. I don't know all the jargon, but I do know that one of the reasons I love Alton Brown is the total dorkiness he brings to cooking. His skits are funny and his show is immensely entertaining and educational!

In fact, the first chicken I cut up was following his instructions on Fry Harder. I can't wait to try his beef jerky recipe now.

This was going to just be a test post, but now I've made it longer. More on the AB love later.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

First post on Blogspot

Well, my sister started a blog on BlogSpot to post her food and crafty trials, so I figured I've give it a try too!

Currently, my life is very busy! I'm happy that fall is arriving because cooking is so much more enjoyable during the cooler weather! I love cooking and baking. I also like football, so the start of the NFL season is the first sign that cooler weather is in our near future. I celebrated the first game of the NFL season by making, what else?... Chicken wings! :-) I made spicy, sweet wings and they were tasty and fun to make. It was the first opportunity I had to use one of my new knives! I bought a Henckel's Pro "S" boning knife. It worked like a charm!

Yes, I finally broke down and purchased an awesome knife set! I bought a 9 piece Henckel's Pro S knife set. The set consisted of the following knives/pieces:
  • 3" paring
  • 5" serrated
  • 6" utility
  • 8" chef
  • 8" bread
  • 7" (?) slicing (not sure of the exact length of that one)
  • kitchen shears
  • sharpening steel
  • knife block

I also purchased the boning knife and a set of 4 steak knives. I watched an episode of Good Eats, during which, Alton Brown uses a boning knife to cut up a whole chicken to later fry it. I had to have one after I saw that episode!

AND, I finally got to use the boning knife to cut up a whole chicken last night. Alton's directions were so easy to follow! It worked like a charm. Alton's the best!!

This is a lot of knife detail, but I've been wanting to buy a set for years and thanks to winning a game show with my sister, I bought them in anticipation of receiving the check. Hopefully, it gets here soon!!! More general info to be posted later.