Tuesday, November 11, 2008

leftovers

so...i've been meaning to blog for literally several days now. but i just can't decide what to blog about. since my life is so exciting these days (not really), and i have too many thoughts and things to choose from...

last week, i became so frustrated at the "flood of national doomsday prophecies," as matt put it. i witnessed so many extreme and negative reactions to obama's presidential win last week that it just made me crazy with sick. i understand how one can disagree with his proposed policies, but how does one get from disagreement to a this-country's-in-trouble-i'm-scared-and-buying-guns-because-obama-is-evil-and-will-ruin-this-country mindset? are you people actually listening to yourselves? it's ridiculous to think that a man 52% of the country voted for is somehow bad enough of a person and candidate to make his win send us all into a state of frightened panic, and that mccain was
obviously the right answer. notice i said right answer, like there was a wrong answer. do you people realize that we live in a democracy, where leaders are elected, and a beautiful system of checks and balances is set up for the sake of this country's continued freedom? do you really think that 52% of us were duped into believing that obama might actually make a fantastic president? that he might actually be a good change for this country? just because i voted for him does not mean that i thought mccain was the wrong answer or that he was going to ruin this government because of his vileness. i voted for who i thought was the better candidate, and either way, i knew that who won the election would have made a fine president and lead this country well. i just thought one man was a better fit for the job. that's a democracy people. so get out of your bomb shelters, return all of those guns you bought, and stop this pedantic, inane, and extreme wave of negativity towards the man who was chosen to become our next president. 

also last week, i thought about blogging about matt & i's journey to perfect a chicago deep-dish pizza. we've made a few recipes and are still using trial and error to perfect this wonderful pizza. one thing we've figured out is that, even though the recipe says it makes one pizza, there's definitely too much dough, and after it rises in the oven, it becomes super crusty. seriously. like there's a good few inches of horizontal crush on this pizza. but what we did like about this last try was the addition of parmesan and black pepper in the dough! it was zesty and delicious! if anyone out there has a great chicago deep-dish dough recipe/story, let me know. this is definitely a work in process.

this weekend, i though about blogging about my first family ward relief society super saturday experience. i felt so...uncrafty. and all did was sit at the magnetic-making table, and make christmas magnets, including one that said "it's a festivus miracle!" needless to say, matt was impressed.

i also tried a fabulous recipe i got from
real simple for sunday dinner and thought about sharing it. so...i'm sharing it.


not-so-sloppy joes

ingredients

1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil (for frying)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced (seriously,1 small onion...i only used half of a good medium sized one.)
1 clove garlic, minced (if you do not know the beauty of mincing garlic, go the nearest ikea now and buy their garlic mincer. it's beautiful. no substitute will do.)
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 pound ground beef (we commonly use ground turkey in our home, because it's cheaper and healthier and tastes just like beef. who's the victim?)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (what? cinnamon in sloppy joes?! you heard me right, and you won't regret it.)
1 teaspoon salt
hamburger buns (depending on the size of your buns and how generous your servings are, anywhere from 4 to 6 buns.)
grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese (this will be a topping, so however much you want to load your delicious sandwich with cheese. i liked cheddar the best, and matt liked the mozz.)
sour cream (again, this will be a topping. i don't care for sour cream, but matt does. so, your choice and however much you want.)

directions
  1. heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. saute until fragrant. if you're wondering what that means (i was), trust me, you'll know when your eyes are burning and tearing up from the strong aroma of these items cooking together. (about 3 minutes)
  2. brown the meat. now, you can either do this in the same pan with the vegetables OR you can brown it in a second frying pan so that it's easier to drain the fat. i personally wanted the fat drained out of my meat, because...that's just gross to think about the sauce thickening from...fat. ew! the trick is, though, that once the beef and vegetables are combined, you still want some of that olive oil kicking around. so, you're choice. just...make sure you brown the meat.
  3. once the meat is browned and it's all combined with the onions, garlic, and red pepper, add the tomato paste and all the spices. (don't make me list them all.) let's that simmer for about 10 minutes, and be sure to mix it well so that it thickens. i kept stirring it so that it wouldn't burn, either. 
  4. while the simmering is going on, toast your hamburger buns. then, spoon this lovely mixture onto your bun, sprinkle with the cheese and top with sour cream. (this dish is perfect with french fries, by the way.)
so...all the blogs in my head in one. oh, and one last note. while i'm happy it's fall here and not snowing like my old friend utah, i wish these trees would change colors already! everything looks the same as it did 3 months ago when we moved here! i want some fall colorage. now. 

9 comments:

  1. Feel better?

    I totally agree on the fall colorage need in Houston!! I feel like I'm stuck in August or September.

    SUPER Saturday was fun. I, myself, felt rather crafty (mostly because someone was telling me what to do). Your magnets were pretty awesome, especially the one that said "Merry Christma" :)

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  2. Amanda, Do What Me and Mom Do, Buy Spray Paint and Do the Trees Yourself... Look Instant Fall Colors, Cool... Dad

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  3. I totally agree that either man would have worked as president, and that for the current situation we got the right one. If you want something to funny to offset the annoying people there watch the South Park episode "About Last Night..." Episode 1212. They made it in 24 hours to air the day after the election. It has a few parts that are gross (it is South Park), but it is totally awesome.

    p.s. It is a spoof of a sweet movie.

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  4. I very much agree with your assessment of the current attitude some have about our president elect. It's probably because they have been wrongly informed that Obama is a Muslim without a birth certificate who pals around with terrorists and wants to make America a socialist country. That is why politics never interested me so much before Obama came along, because it all seemed to be about demonizing the other guy. I think the Obama campaign very artfully restrained from spreading false rumors, which is something I really respect him for.

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  5. I was just surfing blogs and I noticed the sloppy joes on yours. Now I want some!! Sloppy joes are the best EVER!!

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  6. She who calls herself uncrafty is uncrafty. She who calls herself a wannabe crafter, ends up quilting. It's all about mind power baby.
    I think I might spray paint the palm trees in front of my house. Go fall!

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  7. Eh... you live in Texas, what do you expect? I love that you are so domesticated! BTW... I tagged you on my blog, you're it!

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  8. "Crazy with Sick" is my new favorite phrase. Plus, I tried your pumpkin muffins and they were YUMMY!

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  9. Uh, yay, we elected a president legally! And, dude, if you want Chicago pizza, save yourself some trouble and have it FedExed from http://www.giordanos.com/shop/home.php. It's the only way!

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