Friday, November 01, 2019

Roaster Oven Woes

So I've been debating how I am going to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. My old roaster pan rack died and, well, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do; buy a new one or use my roaster oven.

I haven't used the roaster oven in awhile. This little oven is so old, it doesn't even have a rack. Yeah.

So to see how the thing worked, I went out and bought a nice 4.91 lb chicken. From everything I read, this would take about an hour and a half to 2 hours tops. One video said even less.

Can I just say NOPE!

I had that bird in the oven around 6:20 pm last night. We didn't finally eat the damn thing until well after 9 o'clock.

I think my lid must be bad.

My choices then. $29.99 for a Circulon roasting pan or the same price for a Oster roasting oven.

I opted for the pan, because I will probably start buying whole chickens, as the little SOB that refused to cook last night was fabulous.

Just an FYI

If you want a moist and beautiful chicken

Salt, Pepper, Butter and Paprika are really all you need. Lots and lots of butter.

I patted down my bird

Than took half a stick of butter, and gave that bird a butter bath..stuck some butter being the wings and legs and the remainder inside the cavity

I used Nature's Seasoning and Paprika and a little bit of Kosher Salt on the bird

The chicken wasn't a fail, as it was delicious but the roaster oven got a big ole F in my book.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Catching Up

So much has happened since the 18th when I last blogged. The wedding was lovely, but filled with a lot of tears. I wish mommy could have been around to at least hear about it.

Last Thursday was also the one year anniversary of her passing.

I took the day off and went to the park to commune with nature. And get some good coffee

I took loads of pictures







Friday, October 18, 2019

So The Wedding Is Tomorrow

My nephew is getting hitched tomorrow.

Can I just say I want it to be over.

In my 45 years...I've managed to avoid weddings at all costs. In fact the 4 weddings I did attend all happened before I graduated high school. My brother's 1st wedding when I was 2 months old, my sister's friends wedding, my sister's wedding and a wedding of a cousin. That's it. I've avoided all others.

I hate them.

I think they are a colossal waste of money and time.

My household is in an uproar and I just want to de-stress and get back to semi-normal. Also I just want 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Child Of The Water

I was thinking on things these last few days, and I realized most of my favorite places involve water. Not necessarily the beach, but a river, a creek  or a lake.

I do love the Atlantic City beach..but I've always loved Lake Erie. I've a renewed love for our Monongahela River, thanks to finding the 2 boat docks in Mon City. The Aquatorium has a beautiful view of the valley as does Tubby Hall Park


The Ohio in Wheeling is beautiful especially by my favorite suspension bridge



Lake Erie was always a favorite spot of mine from the time I was little


Look at my view from high atop the tower


Oh and there's Pymatuming and the fishies and geese!!




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Guilty Comfort Food

We made this fabulous beef and noodles this week. We being my nephew and sister, since I worked.

Its a very simple recipe of only a roast, noodles and a simple broth that's made in the last hour of cooking.

It was absolutely fabulous and something I know my mama would have adored and would have had us make over and over.

Mama was a big fan of chuck roast. but most of us didn't like the basic recipe. We all love Mississippi Roast and any variations.

This one was such a winner and I wish I had the recipe years ago, because I know it would have made her so happy, especially since EVERYONE loved it. Heck. I'm pretty sure my dad would have loved it too. Those thick egg noodles would have won him over in an instant.

If you want to try it..and really, you do, here's the link to the recipe https://www.thecountrycook.net/crock-pot-beef-noodles/

Pain...I has it

I hate having 2 nights off from job 2 in a row.

Why?

That gives my feet time to feel like they can stop hurting. Or rather my one foot that hates the concrete floors at my store.

2 days off and I'm pain free, until I step inside.

Then....

ARGH!!

And there's really no shoe that makes it feel better, especially when you are standing in one spot all dang day..or half a day or whatever.


Thursday, October 03, 2019

A Cemetery Tale

No Oct is complete without a cemetery story, right?

Well I have one and its not really a spooky one, but a strange one.

I was taking photos down at the Monongahela Aquatorium a few weeks ago, and a guy was telling me about the witch's tomb that's located there.

Poor Josephine Colvin, is the witch in question. If you look up her obituary, there's no way she's a witch, but her family does have a huge and unusual monument.

I was also at the cemetery for another reason. A friend of mine passed away in 2016. I didn't know about it for until last year, as she had severed ties with me for political reasons years before. I always thought of her and I was heartbroken to learn she had passed. We may not have always seen eye to eye, but she was a good friend and we had some great times together.

So as I was traipsing about the old section, a little blue car comes flying up the hill from the lower end of the cemetery.

OK, didn't think much of it, though the cemetery isn't a race course, as my father would say. I finished taking my pictures and went to look up the location of Mary's final resting place. I started to drive looking for Sec 26. I found it and pulled over and began to hunt down her grave.

I make a bend and there's the blue car and another SUV pulled together and two people around 55-60 I'd say, sucking face on the hillside.

I think I gave them a scare as I came swishing about through the leaves.

I can't imagine anyone finding the cemetery a romantic place to go for some stolen kisses, though from their age, I'd say they were meeting there to hide from their spouses. It wasn't very long after I walked by that they got in their cars and headed off.

Weirdness

I did find my friend's grave though, and I had a good cry over her.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Easy Eats

In the last year I've been trying to keep track of my expenses and whatnot in a notebook. My mom often did something similar.

There was always a notebook or slips of paper with what bills were being paid when..and what was needed at the store.

Mine is a kind of documentary of my life right now.

I have a page for my month's bills

I've got recipes for anything I can whip together quickly. So yeah not everything is 100% healthy.

I did concoct a pretty good meatless dinner with Knorr's teriyaki lo mein, some frozen stir fry veggies and a few cans of water chestnuts and bamboo shoot. Yum!

I also eat a lot of scrammbled eggs these days too. Anything you can whip up quickly.

One day life we be normal again right?

I miss eating normal food.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Getting Out And About

I went all around Westmoreland County on Saturday and saw a lot of things that I had never seen before and I definitely want to revisit in the future.

This was the first time I have been to St. Vincent's in Latrobe. Such a stunning church.



I lit a candle for my mama in the grotto. My church going has lapsed and I feel terrible about it, but I found some peace there and felt my mama's love.


The dorms at the college were really neat too.



We had lunch at the Original Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Oh and the cookies there are AMAZING!




Ligonier was really a beautiful place too. To think I've driven by the fort a few times, on route to Idlewild, but was never in the town. Mommy would have loved the Gazebo.

Oh and just a cute roadside attraction from Latrobe where the banana split was invent.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Place Where I Can Find Some Peace

Narrow Daylight has always been my favorite Diana Krall song.

And the line "A place where I can find some peace" comes from that song.  In the last month or so, I've discovered a few places where I find peace and they are all near the water. I guess I will always been drawn to water. All of my favorite places have either rivers, lakes or oceans nearby.

I love the Aquatorium in Monongahela and Tubby Hall Park in New Eagle as well as the boat launch at Cedar Creek.

I just love the water and the peacefulness of it all. It reminds me that there is beauty in the world, if only we look for it.