Monday, November 29, 2010

How you doin'?



Mighty fine now that I have a belly full of brownies!


My favorite brownies:

1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
4 eggs
1 cup flour
16 ounces of Hershey's syrup

Mix everything together and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes in a 9x13 pan.

The frosting!

6 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp milk
1-1/2 cups sugar
6 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bring butter, milk, sugar to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Beat until ready to spread on warm brownies.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

run on and all together


soihavetotellyouthatmypecanpieactuallyturnedoutreallyreallygooditlookedhardandnastybutitwasperfectionthemostexcitingpartofmydaytodaywasanadventuretothedollarstorewhereidiscoveredthattheynowhaveafrozenfoodssectioniboughtlotsoffrozendollarlovelinessialsostoppedatstarbucksandhelpedmyselftomynewfavoritedrinkpepperminthotchocolatethenicamehomeexercisedandstartedputtingupchristmasdecorationsthekidisgoingtomarinebootcamptomorrowwhichistotallyweirdwhenithinkaboutitsowewenttoourlastfamilydinnerforawhileofchinesefoodihadgeneraltaoschickenwithwontonsoupokillseeyoulaterhopeyouhaveagoodnight

Thursday, November 25, 2010

From Scratch, Love Danielle

If you've followed my previous Chauncelot Fine Dining Menus (Part Un, Part Deux), read any of my crockpot posts (Uno, Dos ), or saw what we eat when the cupboards are empty (Eins, Zwei) then you know that, for the most part, I'm all about canned, boxed, or suppppeeerrrr easy meals.

Well, not for Thanksgiving!

Even though Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday, I love my family so much that I go all out and make everything from scratch.

Do they appreciate my love?

Of course not, but that's OK with me ... I can hold a grudge like nobody and you betta believe I'll use this against them for the next, oh, year or so :)

So, here's the Chauncelot Thanksgiving 2010 Menu:


Ok, well the turkey isn't from scratch. I bought it from the store, hormone-filled and all. I hate turkey so I didn't partake, but everyone said it was good.


Homemade Stuffing: AWESOME.

There's ham in the background! Yeah, we had ham too, but I didn't take a picture ... It was fab! And, not from scratch. And, not organic ... it was cured with a "solution."


Garlic and Romano Cheese Mashed Potatos: Simply amazing.


My homemade rolls turned out purrrfect!


Don't playa hate on my green bean casserole, OK? I love this stuff!


Dutch Apple Pie with homemade crust: Yummmmmmmmmmm.


Pumpkin Pie with homemade crust: Da bomb (or so I was told ... I don't do anything pumpkin.)


Pecan Pie with homemade crust: Massive failure. I don't know what happened, but it doesn't look normal. And, it's rock hard. Oops.


Cheap Red Wine: Always good.

An empty sink: Rock on.


Food Coma: Yes, please!

Now, I'm off to scour the Black Friday Ads and see what tomorrow (early) morning brings!

Happy Thanksgiving :)))

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Real. Life. Stories. 2. By - My Brother

My plea to all future airline passengers - Just go through the friggin' full body scanner and save my brother from having to pat down your nasty ass.

"I wAs advising this guy that I would be patting him down and he replied "as long as your not a homosexual, and I know your not a homosexual so its ok." Then I was patting his legs down and he said "I have to fart!" He proceeds to run five steps forward and jumps in to a semi squat saying" I have to fart. I knew your face was down there and so I didn t want to fart." This is what kinda people I see all the time."

(You can read my brother's first email here.)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oopsies.

Um, crap ... today was not a good day for the Lord to be watching me with those creeper eyes. I probably won't get anything for Christmas now. Or, wait, is that Santa? I always get confused about who I'm supposed to be good for ...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Hours

Grab your BFF and head to Starbucks between 2pm and 5pm for their buy one, get one dealio. It ends Sunday, so you best be gettin' your heinies there tomorrow and then again on Sunday!

Can you decipher the barista's scribbles and tell me what hot beverage I enjoyed this afternoon?????? You'll win something really cool if you get it right.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mmmmmm, Mmmmmm, Gooooood.

I don't care what anyone says ... Hominy is da bombiny.

(And, yes, I did eat it straight out of the can.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Real. Life. Stories. By - My Brother.

My brother is awesome!

I've decided to start publishing his emails to me, because they're not normal emails like "Hi, how are you? I'm fine, blah, blah." They're AWESOME emails about random stuff that happens to him everyday. Here's the most recent one:

"Tina and i were riding up this long escalator this morning heading to work. This Guy turns around in front of us ands tells us "...I just want you to know I have to fart. I have to fart." We didn't acknowledge him or react in anyway. I think he wanted us to talk to him. Then he said " I guess I don't have to fart." He turned and that was it. Weirdo"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

That which follows Friday and precedes Sunday.

A 70-freakin-degree Saturday!

I spent most of my day hiking ...

Yeah, I was only planning on hiking for an hour or so and then I took the wrong trail, got super freakin' lost, and ended up in the woods for about 4 hours until I found my way out - just before dark. Was a killer workout! No, really. I thought I was gonna die several times ...

Thankfully, though, my BFF Steph motivated me to find my way outta the woods by texting me with promises of beer and pizza should I ever return. I ran like hell when I heard those beautiful words!

And, beer and pizza we most certainly had! Although, the beer-drinkin' dog we partied with tonight drank most of my last one. I can't blame him though ... Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale is da bomb!

Now, I'm ending my night eating soybeans, drinking Life Water, and seriously considering beginning a marathon of my DVR'd 16 and Pregnant episodes.

Goodnight, my friends.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I.


am. in. love.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm Coco-nuts!


I simply can't help it.

My inner-hippie loves coconut oil!

I first heard about the health benefits of coconut oil on the news, but I read more about it here (and some other places I can't recall anymore). I haven't actually tried cooking with it yet, but I have been using it for about three weeks now as a ...

FACIAL MOISTURIZER!

I really love it. And, it won't make you break out ... supposedly it helps eliminate acne blemishes and is great for anyone suffering from eczema or dermititis. So far, it's working better than any moisturizer I've used before! It's also fairly inexpensive. I paid $10 for the jar above and it will last me months I'm sure.

Coconut oil comes in a solid form, so if you decide to try it out as a moisturizer you will need to heat it up so that it melts a bit. What I did was put a couple spoonfuls of it in a small glass jar to store in my bathroom. Every night before I put it on, I let hot water run against the jar to melt some of the oil. Works perfect! One of the cons about using coconut oil versus a regular moisturizer, though, is that your skin will look and be greasy after you put it on ... it takes a bit for it to absorb. For me, it works out OK, because I always watch TV for a while before going to sleep anyway, so once my head hits the pillow the oil is absorbed!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Podunk Carry-Out


I is super excited about the chocolates!

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Reasons Why ...


I hate wearing winter coats:
  1. They are bulky.
  2. They are uncomfortable.
  3. They suffocate me.
  4. My armpits get super sweaty wearing them, no matter how cold it might be.
  5. Most of the time, they are unnecessary. No one has gotten hypothermia walking from their car into Walmart.
  6. They do not accentuate my large breasts.
  7. They constrict movement.
  8. My purse never stays on my shoulder when wearing one.
  9. They make me feel fat.
  10. The collar itches my neck.
  11. They make driving difficult.
  12. I always have trouble finding my chapstick when wearing a jacket. I don't know why.
  13. They make me crabby.
  14. My wool one collects dog hair.
  15. I hate the velcro wrist thingys on my Columbia one.
  16. My down jacket makes me feel like I'm in sauna. (I really freakin' hate that one.)
  17. They are expensive.
  18. I always end up zipping up a strand of my hair or part of whatever sweater I'm wearing.
  19. I think jackets are oppressive.
  20. There is nothing sociological about them.
  21. They don't impress me much.
  22. The movie Full Metal Jacket wasn't really about a jacket.
  23. Waste of fabric.
  24. I truly believe Winter jackets have been at the root cause of many wars.
  25. Jesus never wore one. 
  26. But, I bet Hitler did and who'd wanna be like him?
  27. They make my eyes water.
  28. I hate them.
  29. They make me feel bad about myself.
  30. I enjoy being cold.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SOS


Did I tell you I gave up coffee? Yeah ... Sadly, I did. I love coffee with all my heart, but I think it makes me crazy. And, it upsets my stomach. So, here I am ... coffee-less.

Even without coffee, I'm still crazy, but life without a tummy ache is pretty dang nice. The problem is, though, I cannot for the life of me find a hot beverage that equals the wonderfulness of coffee. And, with cold weather approaching this has become quite a problem.

Sure, I like ginger tea, but not enough to drink it everyday. And, every other kind of tea that I've tried is just ... blah. Bottom line: Hot tea doesn't get me hot (and bothered).

I wouldn't mind drinking iced tea everyday. I do love it unsweetened, especially Tazo's passion tea. (Yummmmmmmmmmm.) But, iced tea in icy weather certainly won't help to warm my innards.

So, I am in search of a hot beverage that rivals coffee in it's smell, taste, and ability to soothe one's soul.

Help me. Please.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Last Outlaw Family


This is a great documentary.

The bonus? It's produced by one of my main men, Johnny Knoxville!

The double bonus? It's on Netflix Instant Play!!

FYI - there's nudity, drug use, hillbillies, and a bunch of foul language, so don't watch it if your panties are all in a bunch ...