7 Quick Takes — More of the Same

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

I need to apologize to someone. Elia of ConservaMom has been referring to the Occupy protesters as “dopes” and instead of just ignoring her site and not reading it (which is what I do when I come across sites that make me want to throw things), I left a really terse comment. She responded to all my points more gracefully than I deserved and I owe her an apology for the comment I left. Elia, I’m sorry. In the future, I’ll just skip her blog on the Quick Takes list. I also still resent her calling the Occupy protesters “dopes” but it’s something on which I’ll have to agree to disagree with her.

— 2 —

The shots of Morgan at the end of CSI this week reminds me of the way I feel like I look at the end of the day. For those who aren’t CSI addicts like I am, she had been in a helicopter that had been hijacked and shot down. There are a lot of days where I feel like I’ve had all those things happen during the day. Yes, I’m a stay-at-home mom and yes, I only have one child. However, Daniel isn’t your normal child and I feel like I’m constantly on my toes trying to reinforce what we do in therapies and also trying to keep the “terrible two’s destructiveness” to a minimum.

— 3 —

KFC has a new famous bowl which features bacon and cheese. I can’t believe people eat stuff like this. It’s mashed potatoes, chicken, cheese, and bacon in a bowl. They were talking about it on KLOVE on Wednesday with people calling in and playing “can you top this?” with worse foods. One mentioned was on the Denny’s menu and it’s a patty melt with mac n’ cheese in it. My dearly departed gallbladder is seizing in a specimen jar someplace.

— 4 —

Speaking of food, I made quinoa for the first time this week. For those not in the know, it’s a “pseudo-cereal” grain-type plant from South America that is a complete protein and has a number of nutrients like iron and calcium. It looks like birdseed and it has a nutty flavor that’s kind of like that of some wild rice components. Daniel didn’t care for the texture though I ate it quite willingly. (I had made my family’s chicken recipe and the sauce will make anything taste good.) I’m scanning all my recipe websites for other things to do with it because it’s not something that would work with pesto. (The grains are too small — it really does look like birdseed.)

— 5 —

I’m currently reading Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux by Heather King. I’ve gotten partway into the introduction and I think I’m going to have to read the chapters in their entirety like I would an essay. It’s so new that it’s not available for my e-reader so I have an actual paper copy. (I like my Nook but I also love real books.)

— 6 —

We have a new speech therapist for Daniel. His former speech therapist is having surgery so Easter Seals put us with a new one. She’s a sweetheart and just engaged Daniel in whatever he wanted to do, which was putting things into a sorter and opening/closing the doors of it. (I learned the signs for “open” and “close” today.) It was educational for me because it showed me that I need to stop flipping out about Daniel not engaging and going with the program. As my mom reminded me, these therapists get paid to do this and it’s not the first time they’ve dealt with an obstinate child. His new therapist is also just going to piggy-back on whatever we’re doing in other therapies.

— 7 —

I have had to change some of the names in my NaNo piece to protect the stupid. If I were to ever edit my piece and submit it for publication, I would have to go back in and redo all the names of the stupid people because I based them on the initials of the real life people from whom I was drawing the inspiration. (Believe me… there could be some really good slander suits if the real life people could reasonably connect themselves to what I wrote.) So… I’m having to go back into my plans and do a “find and replace” — I just wish OneNote gave me the option to replace whatever I found.

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5 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes — More of the Same

  1. We went to Denny’s a couple weeks ago and I saw that mac & cheese sandwich thing. It turned my stomach. The KFC thing seems slightly less off-the-rocker, more like if you take an unhealthy meal and make a casserole of it instead of eating the bits separately. 🙂 But I’m trying to downplay the grease in my diet this third trimester. 🙂

    As for the apology & the protesters…I’m tempted to go look, but I think I would probably get annoyed, so I’m just going to abstain. My gut reaction is to to sympathize with/support the protesters, but I will also admit that at our homecoming parade last week someone was carrying a sign that said “Abolish private property,” which I thought was carrying it too far. Obviously I don’t feel strongly enough about the whole thing either way to wade in. 🙂

  2. I’ll just leave the whole OWS thing alone, k? As for quinoa recipes, here are two we like:

    Quinoa Pilaf
    1 c. quinoa (this is a complete protein, so you don??t necessarily have to have something else)
    2 ? c. vegetable broth with a little minced garlic thrown in
    1 chopped red onion
    1 red pepper, cut into long strips
    1 yellow pepper cut into long strips
    5 cloves garlic sliced thin
    20 leaves fresh basil, julienned (the best way to do this is to stack the leaves on top of one another, roll them up like a soft taco and slice on the bias)

    Cook quinoa (pronounced kee-nwaa) in boiling broth and garlic for 12-15 minutes. It will look vaguely like cous-cous when cooked through.

    In fry pan, brown fry red onion until deep brown??use medium high heat. (You can use garlic flavored olive oil for deep flavor if you want??regardless, use about 4-5 T. oil) Remove onions when done and reserve oil in pan. Add peppers and garlic and sauté until limp??the red pepper will change color slightly when ready. Remove from pan. In serving bowl, combine cooked quinoa, onions and peppers/garlic and toss with fresh basil. For a non-fasting treat, throw in some cooked chicken and top with Parmesan cheese.

    South American Mujadurra
    1 c. uncooked quinoa (you can get it in bulk at Whole Foods, or Trader Joe??s carries it in a box)
    2 + 1 c. water
    1 ? tsp. Better than Boullion vegetable base
    1-2 cloves minced garlic
    1 large or 2 medium onions. chopped (Walla Walla sweet yellow onions are best)
    Olive oil

    In a sauce pan, add 2 c. water, boullion and garlic and bring to a boil. When boiling, add grain and 1 c. water. Turn heat to medium and cover, cooking for 12-15 minutes. (Check at 12 minutes as the grain is prone to scorching)

    While grain is cooking, liberally cover the bottom of a skillet with oil and add onions, and dribble additional oil on top (embrace the oil??it makes the dish! Besides, it??s good fat and will stay with you) Turn heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown. There is a fine line between golden brown and black, so be sure to check the onions periodically and stir with a wooden spoon, adding more oil as necessary.

    When onions have cooked, add to cooked grain and serve hot. This dish reheats well in a skillet??just coat the skillet with oil (about 2 T.)

    (I typed these out for other people, so ignore some of the commentary if not applicable…)

    I have two children in various therapies for various issues, so I hear ya. It is tough. We’re still figuring it out.

  3. At first that KFC bowl sounded so good but I think I’m just hungry. I can’t imagine all of that in one bite or even one meal. Still I’m surprised they didn’t top it with gravy.

  4. #1 Yeah, I’m not a big fan of name calling, either. We see it on all sides, but it can be hard to be charitable in our responses. Good for you making the effort today, Jen. We could all use prayers for the same.

    #3 I am not a big fan of caseroles. This sounds aweful.

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