Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'll trade you two complaints for two recipes. First, the complaints...

I will be without a laptop starting tonight through 1-2 weeks. And there's really no reason for it. My laptop keeps me alive, much like Diet Pepsi and chocolate.

Crafty Papa contacted Dell a few weeks ago about replacing some cracked parts on the computer. All exterior, cosmetic stuff (ok, maybe more than that, it was a new screen and the top that goes around the keyboard). Anyway, the guy showed up on Friday night to replace everything and after he left, our monitor was no longer working. I've suddenly realized how much time I waste on the internet, and that's as much of a bummer as the broken computer. We still have the desktop but marching all the way (like ten steps) into the office to use it is so much less comfortable than being on the laptop at the kitchen counter, watching the kids play and pretending like I don't have laundry to fold.

Next complaint. I burned almost all of my fingertips last night. That's what I get for cooking every night. In a bold move, I grabbed a 450 degree glass dish with my bare hands. It did not feel good. And still doesn't. I have blisters on some of my fingers and purple spots on others. I'm using the very tips of my fingers, up by my nails to type. Good times. Anyway, I picked the wrong bag to sew this afternoon. The strap required turning a sleeve for cording and that didn't work out well for my burned skin so it'll have to wait.

If you wasted 5 minutes reading that, I'll reward you with two recipes.

First, I made this granola today. Delicious. I eat just a little bit with yogurt because as you probably know, granola is full of fat and calories. On the up side though, I used ingredients that I regularly keep around so I didn't have to buy anything special. I estimate my cost at bout $1 for the batch compared to $3 that I would pay for a box if I could find it on sale. I feel like I've made Michelle Duggar proud.
















And right now, I have this tortilla soup on the stove. Again, delicious. And cheap. I bought low fat and low sodium chicken broth for $2, tomatoes for $2 (crushed them myself instead of buying the cans), and an onion for $.50. I already had peppers in the freezer and left over chicken. I'm adding corn and then will sprinkle with a little bit of cheese and baked tortillas. I think I'm well on my way to being able to call Crafty Papa "Steve Bob" when he gets home. (If you don't watch The Duggar's tv show, you really should so you can get the Steve Bob reference.)

9 comments:

tscrapper said...

OMG, your fingers sound really painful! I hope they heal quickly and that you get your laptop back soon.

Shanna (aka sjl202) said...

OOhh yummy, forgot all the first part of your post when I got to the recipes! Yum . . .

Marie said...

Ouch, your finger pains sound so painful! Thanks for the recipe though! I'm bummed to say I had no idea granola was full of fat and calories. We always eat the organice kind with organic vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit thinking that it was healthy, but now I guess it's not. Now I have to find something else to get addicted to. I'll try the recipes anyways, thanks for sharing!

heather_elaine27 said...

I've found a great substitute for granola in yogurt - I use the Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal. It's just like little granola clusters (with some extra crunch), and it's got a ton of protein and vitamins, yet not the fat of granola.

Kelci said...

How fun, I opened a whole granola can of worms! Marie, I count weight watchers points and most granolas are 4-5 points for just a half cup! I get 24 points a day so that's a really big chunk of my points. Heather, I tried the Kashi stuff and really wanted to like it but the flavor was off for me. I like to mix it with fruit flavored yogurt and the taste of the cereal was too strong. Maybe I should try it again.

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Tonya said...

LOL on the steve bob.... we love that show at our house, especially my girls. The Duggars make me feel like I have a small family lol

BTW, love your new hair : ) And so sorry about your fingertips, I hate burns.

Kristi said...

ummm...the whole thing about your fingers sucks. Hope they are healing quickly.

jona said...

Steve Bob!! I love it! You just need 16 more kids (better get busy) and forget that nifty new hair. LOL! I'm with Tonya, the Duggars make my family feel so small (they have more than 3 times the number of kids I do, ack)!
I hope you're fingers are doing better. I'm intrigued by the soup recipe. I need to try some new things so that might be a good place to start. Thanks!