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NBC’s The Blacklist – Are you watching?


NBC has a new drama that is surprisingly watchable. The fact that it stars the wonderful James Spader is a draw, of course, and the writing and excellent casting have kept me coming back for weeks. Episode 8 is next week and they haven’t jumped the shark, which bodes well for continuing quality. I don’t often gush over TV shows, but seriously, this one is worth an hour every Monday.

Winter Warmers – Chicken Roast

This delicious, easy chicken dish is made on the stovetop, similar to the traditional pot roast. You have control over quantity, so you can feed two or a holiday crowd.

Boneless Chicken Breasts (3-6 or even more. I use tenders)
Minced Garlic
Chicken Broth (bouillon OK)
Potatoes (chopped into pieces)
Onions (minced or fresh, chopped)
Carrots (peeled and cut. I use packaged baby carrots)
Vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper
Bay leaf (optional)

Heat a couple of tablespoons vegetable oil in a dutch oven on medium. (I use a nonstick spray first)
Brown thawed breasts.
Add garlic and onion, salt and pepper to taste
Add carrots

Fill pot 1/2 way with chicken broth, add water if needed until carrots are just covered. Cook on high to boiling and then reduce heat to slow simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins or until carrots are about halfway done.

Add potatoes and cook until all vegetables are tender and ready to eat, adding broth or water as needed.

I didn’t provide measurements because the amount needed is subjective. If you’re cooking two breasts, obviously the pot you use and the amount of vegetables will be much smaller than if you’re feeding a large group. That’s the great thing about this dish. I’ve cooked it in everything from a sauce pan to a huge stock pot, as needed. It can be dressed up when serving or dumped into one bowl.

However you treat it, this meal will stick to your ribs!

The Noobs have Pwned our insults!

thCAJEMANLOver dinner the other day my husband and I were telling our teenage son about old insult sayings, to see if he could figure out what they meant. We were saddened to learn that phrases we’ve known since childhood were no longer common knowledge. Are they dying out completely? Some of the more colorful ones we asked about were:

Can You Explain This?

psychicI’m a hard-headed realist who tends to strongly doubt the supernatural. Psychic mediums, ghosts, alien abductions, are all beyond belief. But…there have been occasions that have caused cracks in my idea of reality. In the past I’ve had an extremely scary seance with a Ouija Board that still scares the pants off me when I think about it. I had a puppy that was throwing herself at the front door in the middle of the night trying to get out, and when I opened the door she slipped past me and chased a thing off my front porch that was thigh height and made a noise like nothing I’ve ever heard – and it ran on two legs. A long time passed and then I was walking that same dog in the early morning hours when a silent craft flew over, just a few stories above my head, which I later saw on TV as a child’s drawing of an alien ship in another country.

These and other incidents have always made me wonder, and recently I added a new experience to that list. Continue reading

Charter Schools

afterhoursA charter school recently saved my sanity. I have a brilliant daughter who experiences anxiety when she attends regular public high school. Something about the huge crowds of children, or the chaos during class changes, pushes her panic button. Because of this problem we spent the better part of the school year dealing with truancy, constant illnesses, falling grades, therapy, and medication. I finally withdrew her from public school and enrolled her in a local charter school. What a relief. Continue reading