A wee rant

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This is a door knocker. You use it to knock on doors because it is very loud and you can hear it anywhere in the house. If you knock with your fist its very hard to hear. If you are the deliver man please use the door knocker as I am waiting for some very important documents that I need ASAP. I really don’t appreciate the attempted drop off while I was in the kitchen pouring my bowl of Cheerios without even a decent attempt at a knock.

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Ever so Productive

I did a ton of school work today. I’ve actually been studying my butt off all week, but today was doing written work that gets handed in instead of studying for tests.

I also tossed a loaf of bread in the machine. This one was 1/3 whole wheat flour 2/3 white. It will be PB&J fodder for climbing this weekend. I also tossed a couple cups of mom-made turkey soup in the freezer to thaw and heat for dinner.

On a sad note my powerbook seems to be on its last legs. I’m going to perform some surgery and see if there is anything I can do. It looks like I may be joining the world of intel macs sooner then I would have liked.

Jalapeno Poppers

I went out and picked the few jalapenos we had left yesterday and made some poppers. It took me a few tries to get some that I liked.

Issue one, how to cut the peppers. The first few I cut the top off and a slid down one side, deseed, and stuffed them. That didn’t’ really leave you anything to grab. Then I decided to cut the top half way off and cut a slit then deseed and stuff and squish it back together.

Issue two, breading. I started out with the dip in milk, dip in bread crumbs, let them sit and repeat. That was a total and utter failure; the breading would just fall off. I found some directions that said to use a mix of half flour and half liquid (beer, milk or water) and did that. It was too thick so I added more milk until I got a consistency I liked. Then I dipped in batter, let the excess drip off then dipped in bread crumbs. Much better results that way.

Issue three, frying. I filled my skillet 1/4-1/2 inch of oil for frying rather then deep frying. The oil was way too hot for the first trial of peppers (at least I was smart enough to only do two at a time until I got things right) They sort of exploded and burnt up on me. I didn’t have a thermometer so I played it by ear… listening to what happened when I dropped in some batter to make sure it wasn’t too hot.

Rough Recipe
1 piece of bacon (next time I would use two. it adds a nice smokey flavor)
6 oz of cream cheese
8 oz of cheddar cheese
Jalepenos (I have no idea how many, I didn’t use all of my filling because I only made a dozen poppers from small peppers)
1/2 cup flour
1/2-3/4 cup milk
plain breadcrumbs

1) Mix the cheeses and crumbled bacon.
2) Slice half way though the top of the pepper and slice down one side. Scrape out the seeds and stuff with cheese. Don’t be shy about the cheese.
3) Mix flour and milk adding milk until you get a thick pancake batter consistency.
4) Dip stuffed peppers into the batter then roll them in the bread crumbs
5) Fry in 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet, turning them until all sides are golden brown.

Lost

I finished my Evenstar and now I have no idea what to knit. I have been working half halfheartedly on a neck warmer from some silk hankies I spun a while ago but its really just to keep my hands busy before my classes start. I have a sweater that I should work on, but I’m just not getting into it. Maybe I’ll get the urge to knit something interesting after I stop stressing out about school.

Call of the Ocean

I have been fantasizing about living on a boat as a means of escaping my parents house. I’m being to be vague, but its not as random as it sounds. Anyway this has left me with a burning desire to be close to the water. I haven’t been spending nearly enough time on the water for the past few years, and apparently I have missed it greatly. Driving home on Monday I opted for the route that traveled along the shoreline (however, you can’t really see anything from the highway) When I got to the bit where I had to turn away from the Ocean I went on a bit of an adventure to try and find a beach/public access point so I could stick my feet in.

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It really does feed my soul.