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.)