Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer Hiatus

Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Summer is upon us. Even though I'm not quite ready for it, my kiddos are all geared up for the summer activities that we have planned. In the meantime, I'll be taking a little hiatus from blogging. Hope to visit your blogs after that, until then have a wonderful and safe summer!

Friday, May 13, 2016

watching: not much anymore and The Big Bang Theory

The Blacklist
What?! I'm in shock! Is Elizabeth Keen really dead? Tell me that was just a dream like the Bobby Ewing thing in Dallas. I immediately googled the show to get the scoop on what's up, and I still have no clue. There's talk of a spin-off with the Tom Keen character. I have to admit that Tom Keen is definitely easy on the eyes, but is there enough material for a show on just Tom and his baby? I'm not sure what to think. It does look to me that Lizzie is gone, but my husband's theory is that the lady taking care of Liz's body faked her death to get her away from Red. It actually sounds plausible, but I don't know.

As of this writing, one more episode to go, and the Susan Hargrave character sure was interesting, but I'm still not convinced if there's enough material for a spin-off, but we'll see.

As for Castle, for a moment there, I thought maybe it jumped the shark. Then the past couple of episodes had me and my husband laughing and laughing out loud at that. I was really excited when I heard that they signed Nathan Fillion for one more year, and then they went and announced that they canceled the show. Really?! Just when it was starting to get its mojo back.

Then there's Elementary. John Noble's character as Morland, Sherlock's father, was mysterious and complex. It also doesn't hurt that I'm a fan of Noble from his Fringe days. I'm sad to hear that he's not back for next season. The show felt like it was dragging a little bit before, but the storylines involving Morland really brought it back. I guess we'll see what happens next season. I hope they include more interesting characters because there's only so many cases they can solve before it becomes redundant. 


It seems like a lot of my favorite shows are fading away, but at least I still have The Big Bang Theory. This is a hilarious show, and what's not to like with the occasional guest appearances by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Elon Musk of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors fame, Richard Feynman's van, etc. Let's not forget Chuck Lorre's vanity cards or whatever it's called at the end of each episode; some of them are a hoot! They managed to make a sitcom about a couple of physicists that's actually funny. I wish there are more shows like it.

What have you been watching?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

what's cooking: lately and a bread maker cinnamon roll recipe

Tex-Mex Casserole

It looks like nachos except it's not. It might as well be nachos because it tastes about the same but less crispy. My kids are going through a phase of complaining about this or that being "too crispy". They said this about chips the other day, and my husband and I just looked at each other said simultaneously, "but it's chips". Insert the emoji where I'm rolling my eyes and shrugging my shoulders; kids are funny like that sometimes. Thankfully, as I type this, this phase is slowly fading. I don't know what the next phase will be, but I have no doubt that it'll be interesting.

Peanut Chicken
It's more or less Cashew Chicken except with peanuts instead. I ran out of cashews. 

frittata with a salad

The frittata is my favorite way to use up leftovers that's not enough for a full meal. Add a little cheese and eggs, it totally transforms the leftovers.

peanut butter blossoms

I've mentioned before that my kids are not that fond of peanut butter blossoms. They still don't like it that much, but I love this stuff. I've gotten them involved with the baking hoping they might like it more, and yet, they continue to just pick out the chocolate kisses. Oh well, more for me :)

This is not much of a recipe as the bread maker did all the heavy lifting for me. (My bread maker didn't do a good job baking bread, but it makes great dough. I'm determined to get my money's worth out of that bread maker.)

Bread Maker Cinnamon Rolls

dough (from bread maker)
1/2 cup of butter softened
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup of raisins (you can cut down on the raisins as desired)

  1. My bread maker makes 1 loaf of bread, so with that in mind, I divided the dough into 2 equal pieces. This will yield about 2 square pans of cinnamon rolls
  2. Roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is approx. half an inch thick. It can be thinner or thicker depending on how you like your cinnamon rolls.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup of butter evenly on the rolled out dough. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of brown sugar next, followed by 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of raisins. 
  4. Roll up the dough tightly into a cylinder and cut it into 1" thick pieces.
  5. Grease the pan with non-stick baking spray or with butter. Place the pieces with 1/2 inch spacing next to each other into a pan. Cover it with a damp tea cloth or loosely with Saran wrap. Let the dough rise for at least an hour.
  6. After an hour, the dough should double in size and fill in the spaces between the rolls. Bake in oven for 350 degrees F for about 25-30 min.

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