Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 22: Why are You Surprised?

This has nothing to do with food or family, but I'm somewhat bemused by the uproar over Facebook sharing data.

I keep my profile to a minimum, don't allow my name to be searched for, and don't link to any other social media with my facebook account. Why? Because I've read the terms and policies for those things. They can search your friends and all sorts of stuff, and I don't do that to my friends.

That's just from what I can pick up from their front page warnings, and I'm not super tech savvy. So any kind of data breach or uncomfortable data sharing doesn't surprise me. That's why I delete old Facebook posts and even old blog posts: we all need to think about what kind of person people would take us for if they saw just our internet presence.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 21: A Week with Solemnities

Lent is usually a pretty somber time, filled with giving up things, doing extra sacrifices, and trying to "clean up our hearts" to be ready for Easter. However, this week is the exception.

March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Solemnities are days that outrank most Sundays, and they are celebrated like another Sunday. So no sacrifices! Feast!

March 21, for those of us that went to Benedictine College or are Oblates, is the Solemnity of the Passing of St. Benedict. Even though his "normal day" in the church calendar is July 11, Benedictines remember the day of his death as well.

March 25 is the Annunciation, when Mary said "yes" to being the Mother of Jesus.  All three days are for celebrating, not being somber.

Some years that changes. This year, March 25 falls on Palm Sunday which does outrank the Annunciation, so it will be moved to April 10. In any case, there's still lots of chocolate to be eaten this week.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 18: Foodie Sunday

Today was rather a feast, celebrating a Sunday of Lent and the end of Robotics season: Beef Stroganoff and New York Cheesecake. We enjoyed our heavy meal and then took naps. The stroganoff was quite good, and the cheesecake was the first I've made that wasn't overbaked: the edges were nice and cakey but not dry, and the middle was so smooth.

Yesterday was Boston Market after we finished the finals of the Robotics Regionals. It was the best of both worlds: we were happy we had done so well (even though we lost in finals) and also happy we didn't need to continue having 3 hour meetings after school for the boy.

Friday was also Robotics, but the boys brought home fish sandwiches from Sonic and I made a Madagascar Date-Nut Salad. The salad was surprisingly good, even as leftovers with lunch today. I think my mom will like it when she comes up on Tuesday.

Thursday we continued trying Burnt Ends from around Kansas City; this time we had Zarda's, from Lenexa. They were okay, but the fat was not quite rendered, the didn't have the crispy sides I like, and no smoke flavor. I made a Banana Nut Tossed Salad to go with them that was nicer than it sounded, but the dressing was a little too watery and ran off the lettuce. The combo of banana, seasoned walnut, and blue cheese was good, though.

Wednesday Big C made yeasted waffles from batter I made the day before as Teen C and I drove back from exploring Route 66 in Kansas. They had a really interesting (good) taste and smell, but were not very fluffy.

Tuesday was Meatless Mexican Lasagna that was good but needed some salsa to perk it up.

Hopefully next week I can aim for Friday!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 16: Spring Break relaxation

The best part about Spring Break at our house is not getting up at 5:45 a.m. to get ready to take Teen C to a 0 hour class (7:00 to 8:00 every morning).

That means the teen rolls out of bed around 10, and I get up around 8.

Don't worry, it's only for 3 days. Yesterday we got up early to take a trip to Kansas Route 66, and both weekends we have Robotics competitions across town.

Three days of sleeping in, though, are lovely.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trip Talk Tuesday: Some Random Stops on the way to Burwell

I found some interesting things that we might want to pause and see on the way to Burwell. All of us coming will probably come to Grand Island and head north from there; here's a few interesting things I see:

*St. Paul is the home of the Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball, usually open 10 to 4 each day. They are also home to a Subway, a Runza, and a place called the Sweet Shoppe that sells a little bit of everything, including homemade pie.

*Grand Island has many restaurants that have closed or burned down, but the Coney Island Cafe is still open! There since 1933, you won't find gourmet food, but you will find chili dogs, malts, and diner food. The Author of my Off the Beaten Path: Nebraska book also recommends stopping by the Prairie Winds Art Center to see Midwest Art, but that might not be our cup of tea. or Coke. or coffee. We have also been to the Sturh Museum several times, but they do have 300 Nebraska-made quilts in their collection, KZL...

*Scotia is also on the way to Burwell from Grand Island and is the location of Happy Jack Chalk Mine and Peak with tours, hikes, and a nice picnic area. DO NOT try to go to the main website (not this link); it seems to be infected.

*Finally, right by us in Burwell is a fish hatchery! I know everyone loved visiting the one by Omaha, so let's compare it to the Calamus State Fish Hatchery. They have an interpretive display and pathology lab. Maybe it will smell better than Schramm?

Have a great March, everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12: A delayed Foodie Friday

Last Friday, I was all set to write my blog, after I exercised, after I baked a coffee cake and a birthday cake, after I cleaned...not all of that got done before my sister's family arrived. That's okay.

Today will be something called Bean 'n' Burger Pockets. They're a little bit like Italian chili in a pita bread.

Yesterday was Day 2 of the Robotics regionals, so it was Arby's for lunch and leftover bratwurst skillet for supper.

Saturday was Day 1 of the Robotics regionals, so it was Fritz's for lunch (train restaurant) and Spaghetti Alfredo for supper with garlic bread and peas.

Friday I made bucatini with red sauce for a quick supper, but I also made a cheese and sour cream yeasted coffee cake and a mayonnaise chocolate cake with a quick pour frosting. The cake came out of a cookbook, and the frosting was copied from an unknown church cookbook. The cake really ends up moist and not mayo-ey at all. Two 9 inch pans of batter will fit in a jelly roll pan nicely, so that way I end up with lots of cake.

Thursday was chili from Cook's Illustrated. It's not my favorite recipe, but it has a nice basic flavor with a tiny kick. It's also very thick and holds up well in the slow cooker.

Wednesday...I'm not sure anymore what Wednesday was...

Tuesday was Bratwurst Skillet, unless Wednesday was. This time I used cherry brats from Hermann, but they started oozing out of their casing when I tried to cut it was more like brat meatballs that I browned before adding to the skilled (they were uncooked). I really love this recipe and make it at least once a year.

Monday was Zucchini Tacos which tastes much better than it sounds. I nibbled on the avocado salsa all week.

Sunday we went to the St. Joseph Table fundraiser at a local parish; they use it to raise money to buy grocery cards for needy families throughout the year.

Then for supper Big C made Cheddar Garlic Biscuits (like the Red Lobster ones) and Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwiches. They were yummy, particularly with a little jam to cut through the bacon and cheese fattiness.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 8: St. John of God and those 5 meals

Poor St. John of God, he is almost always during Lent, he lived a long time ago, almost no one has a devotion to him. I love that he loved the sick, and since I am often sick during Lent, I try to offer up some love to him.

Every week, as I make the grocery list, I ask my husband what he wants to eat for the coming week. Every week, I either get silence or some variation on the following list:

Chicken Enchiladas
King Ranch Chicken
Stirfry (chicken or pork)
Tacos or Chili, depending on the season.

I realized today I don't even need to ask anymore...