jennythereader: (Time for Dessert)
This is what I made:

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops

CHOPS
4 pork chops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

GLAZE
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dry mustard (this was my own addition)

Grilling Directions:
1) Heat grill. Rub both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper. In small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Set aside.

2) When ready to grill, place pork chops on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4-6 inches from medium coals. Cook 15 minutes, turning once.

3) Brush pork chops with glaze. Cook an additional 10 minutes or until pork chops are no longer pink in center, turning once and brushing frequently with glaze. Bring any remaining glaze to a boil; serve with pork chops.

From SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS COAST TO COAST

We also had baked butternut squash brushed with the same glaze and a cherry wine that Dad and Nancy brought from Michigan on their visit last summer.

The only change I think I'm going to make next time is to increase the amount of mustard.
jennythereader: (Time for Dessert)
This is what I made:

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops

CHOPS
4 pork chops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

GLAZE
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dry mustard (this was my own addition)

Grilling Directions:
1) Heat grill. Rub both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper. In small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Set aside.

2) When ready to grill, place pork chops on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4-6 inches from medium coals. Cook 15 minutes, turning once.

3) Brush pork chops with glaze. Cook an additional 10 minutes or until pork chops are no longer pink in center, turning once and brushing frequently with glaze. Bring any remaining glaze to a boil; serve with pork chops.

From SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS COAST TO COAST

We also had baked butternut squash brushed with the same glaze and a cherry wine that Dad and Nancy brought from Michigan on their visit last summer.

The only change I think I'm going to make next time is to increase the amount of mustard.
jennythereader: (* Who Can Tell What A Day Might Bring)
There's a lot of awful stuff going on in the world right now. I'm fighting really hard to not get cynical about it.

This particular recording of Pete Seeger's song "Well May The World Go" is being especially helpful. Lyrically any version of the song makes pretty good mental medicine, but this version also includes Pete himself talking about some of the wonderful things that have happened in his lifetime that no one ever expected. To me, that's magic.

If you can I strongly recommend buying it. If you really can't buy it right now let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.
jennythereader: (* Who Can Tell What A Day Might Bring)
There's a lot of awful stuff going on in the world right now. I'm fighting really hard to not get cynical about it.

This particular recording of Pete Seeger's song "Well May The World Go" is being especially helpful. Lyrically any version of the song makes pretty good mental medicine, but this version also includes Pete himself talking about some of the wonderful things that have happened in his lifetime that no one ever expected. To me, that's magic.

If you can I strongly recommend buying it. If you really can't buy it right now let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.

My weekend

Mar. 19th, 2012 02:56 pm
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
My friend Katie & I shared a room for Lunacon this weekend.

The con was good, and hanging out was a lot of fun. I drove down to her place on Friday night, we rode over to the con together Saturday morning, and stayed till mid-afternoon Sunday. Once we got back to her place my plan was to stay for dinner or maybe a little later, but time got away from me and I ended up staying there Sunday night and driving straight in to work this morning.

I didn't make it to as many panels as I usually like to at a con, but the ones I did go to were pretty good. There was a Tamara Pierce reading, a panel about the legal aspect of fan-creations, one on trends in alternate history, and... I'm forgetting the others. I got a lot of knitting done during the panels and actually finished my little sister's (very late) Christmas present. Now I just have to get it to her.

I think this was the first time I've arrived in the middle of a con rather than very early or even just before it started. I have to say I didn't like it as much. I'm able to have more fun if I can settle into my room before I start going to panels and other activities. Something to keep in mind for the future.

I picked up a couple of books from the dealer's room: The Colman's Mustard Cookbook and The Big Book of the Dolls' House. I should be able to have fun with both of them.

My weekend

Mar. 19th, 2012 02:56 pm
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
My friend Katie & I shared a room for Lunacon this weekend.

The con was good, and hanging out was a lot of fun. I drove down to her place on Friday night, we rode over to the con together Saturday morning, and stayed till mid-afternoon Sunday. Once we got back to her place my plan was to stay for dinner or maybe a little later, but time got away from me and I ended up staying there Sunday night and driving straight in to work this morning.

I didn't make it to as many panels as I usually like to at a con, but the ones I did go to were pretty good. There was a Tamara Pierce reading, a panel about the legal aspect of fan-creations, one on trends in alternate history, and... I'm forgetting the others. I got a lot of knitting done during the panels and actually finished my little sister's (very late) Christmas present. Now I just have to get it to her.

I think this was the first time I've arrived in the middle of a con rather than very early or even just before it started. I have to say I didn't like it as much. I'm able to have more fun if I can settle into my room before I start going to panels and other activities. Something to keep in mind for the future.

I picked up a couple of books from the dealer's room: The Colman's Mustard Cookbook and The Big Book of the Dolls' House. I should be able to have fun with both of them.

New Dish!

Nov. 14th, 2011 08:35 pm
jennythereader: (Default)
I tried a new dish for dinner tonight: Beef and Cabbage Wraps. I'll put the recipe behind a cut at the end of the post.

They were good, but not perfect. Definitely in need of tweaking. Tom & I both agree they need a little more seasoning, but we can't decide what, beyond some garlic. Maybe curry, maybe pepper, maybe just a more spicy barbecue sauce.

We also coined a new phrase. An Alton Brown step is one that improves what ever you're working on by 5%, but requires 10% more effort on your part. For example, warming tortillas in the oven when they are already adequately soft.

The recipe: Beef and Cabbage Wraps )

New Dish!

Nov. 14th, 2011 08:35 pm
jennythereader: (Default)
I tried a new dish for dinner tonight: Beef and Cabbage Wraps. I'll put the recipe behind a cut at the end of the post.

They were good, but not perfect. Definitely in need of tweaking. Tom & I both agree they need a little more seasoning, but we can't decide what, beyond some garlic. Maybe curry, maybe pepper, maybe just a more spicy barbecue sauce.

We also coined a new phrase. An Alton Brown step is one that improves what ever you're working on by 5%, but requires 10% more effort on your part. For example, warming tortillas in the oven when they are already adequately soft.

The recipe: Beef and Cabbage Wraps )
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
Is it sad that one of the highest priority things on my Amazon wish list is this compost bin? The 5-tray version would also be great, but this is the one I'm more likely to buy for myself.
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
Is it sad that one of the highest priority things on my Amazon wish list is this compost bin? The 5-tray version would also be great, but this is the one I'm more likely to buy for myself.
jennythereader: (* Kitten: Applause)
The first season of Shadow Unit is available as ebooks on Amazon!

Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three

I bought all three volumes, without doing my usual "get the free sample and make up my mind later" trick.

I think they're also available for the Nook, but since I don't have one of them I haven't looked. :)

Tell me if those links don't work, and I'll switch them out for different ones. Links fixed!
jennythereader: (* Kitten: Applause)
The first season of Shadow Unit is available as ebooks on Amazon!

Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three

I bought all three volumes, without doing my usual "get the free sample and make up my mind later" trick.

I think they're also available for the Nook, but since I don't have one of them I haven't looked. :)

Tell me if those links don't work, and I'll switch them out for different ones. Links fixed!
jennythereader: (Clef Note)
The Story of Reuben Clamzo
& His Strange Daughter in the Key of A
, from Arlo Guthrie's album One Night.

I just have one question: how stoned was Guthrie when he came up with this? It's hysterical, but a sober person would never have created it.
jennythereader: (Clef Note)
The Story of Reuben Clamzo
& His Strange Daughter in the Key of A
, from Arlo Guthrie's album One Night.

I just have one question: how stoned was Guthrie when he came up with this? It's hysterical, but a sober person would never have created it.
jennythereader: (Clef Note)
If I ever actually get around to making the playlist of music that expresses my personal philosophy that I've been pondering for a long time the song "Anyway" by Suzzy & Maggie Roche will feature prominently in it.

It's a sung version of the Paradoxical Commandments. Not all the commandments are the same, and I like the ones that the Roches sing better than Keith's originals.
jennythereader: (Clef Note)
If I ever actually get around to making the playlist of music that expresses my personal philosophy that I've been pondering for a long time the song "Anyway" by Suzzy & Maggie Roche will feature prominently in it.

It's a sung version of the Paradoxical Commandments. Not all the commandments are the same, and I like the ones that the Roches sing better than Keith's originals.
jennythereader: (Default)
I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.
jennythereader: (Default)
I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: A little stuffed up, but nothing seems to hurt too much.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: Work: a Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott

Hearing: My usual random mix of music.

Etsy Find: A make-up mystery bag. Seems like a fun idea.

Tonight's Project: Just the gym.

Randomness: Friday night I drove south to see The Carolina Chocolate Drops with my friend Katie. Their music is hard to describe, but wonderful. If you get a chance to see them I highly recommend taking it.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: A little stuffed up, but nothing seems to hurt too much.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: Work: a Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott

Hearing: My usual random mix of music.

Etsy Find: A make-up mystery bag. Seems like a fun idea.

Tonight's Project: Just the gym.

Randomness: Friday night I drove south to see The Carolina Chocolate Drops with my friend Katie. Their music is hard to describe, but wonderful. If you get a chance to see them I highly recommend taking it.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr

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