Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Random Rambles

I just felt like writing something today, but I don't have any one specific thing to talk about. So here are a few random, unrelated things.

Isn't the weather beautiful? Here in Ontario it has been sunny, warm(ish) (around 9 or 10C) and the snow is melting!! God I could live outside right now. This weather makes me feel so upbeat and positive. Only I'm not outside right now, which is sad. But I will take the kids back outside soon. It still involves much dressing, but, oh well it's worth it for some fresh air. This weather also makes me want to go out shopping and spend money for some reason. Which leads to my next random thought...

I am low on kids this week. Which doesn't do anything good for my paycheque. Sigh.

My sister is maybe coming over today. I don't want to get too excited, in case things don't go her way this morning with baby A, my new niece. I fully remember the planning and undertaking trying to get out the door to go somewhere for the day with a newborn! So I won't hold my breath, but I really really hope she can make it!

Despite my good mood about the weather, I am sooooooo tired today! Ok, I hate listening to people who complain a lot about how tired they are, so I consciously try not to do it too often, especially now that I really have no more excuses to be tired! I no longer have kids that get me up in the night (unless they have a bad dream or are sick), and I am a mature adult who knows what time I need to go to bed to be well rested for my 6:00 a.m. alarm. So I really have no idea why I am feeling this lethargic and sleepy. It could be because my Aunt is here, or perhaps it's the crappy diet I've been consuming lately...

Last night I attempted to make homemade fish fry (you know, like fish&chips). I used frozen tilapia, which I've never tried before, and Bisquick mix with some beer added. I floured the fish first, then dipped it into the (pancake, basically) batter and fried it in about a half inch of oil. And then, because I'm totally paranoid all the time about undercooked meat, I put it in the oven for a few minutes with the totally disgusting homemade sweet potato fries, as well as some store-bought french fries. This was topped off with some frozen corn.
Well, the fish was just ok. The kids didn't like it too much, and L is usually good with fish & chips. I think it was the fish mostly. I won't use tilapia again. They had the regular french fries, and I had some of the sweet potato ones, trying to be more health conscious even though I really don't care for sweet potatoes. They weren't very good. And corn is just corn. The only one that enjoyed the meal was DH, so the boys and I ate some, and then topped ourselves up with ice cream bars. I know, real healthy!


  1. Ahhhh...isn't the sunshine WONDERFUL!!! It's amazing what 40 months of no sun will do to someone to make them appreciate it when it finally reappears.

    I used to totally despise sweet potatoes, but I've forced myself to like them, and I actually do. How did you make them? I mix mine with some olive oil, salt, and garlic powder. Sometimes I add cumin and/or chili powder too. They don't get crispy like regular potatoes do, but they're still do-able. I also saw a recipe where you dip the fries in a seasoned egg white mixture. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good. I've got a really yummy (and easy) salmon recipe that my kids LOVE. Let me know if you want it and I'll give it to you.

  2. Ok, the salmon recipe. It's a teriyaki salmon, and REALLY easy. You need a few filets of salmon (I guess 4 for your family) and place them in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet. I suggest lining with foil because it's not an easy clean up if you don't. Mix together 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp honey, and 2 tsp mustard (sounds gross, but trust me, it's not). Pour that mixture over your salmon, turn to coat if you like and then sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top. Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes. It may be more or less depending on the size and thickness of the salmon, but for me it's usually pretty much 12 minutes. To toast the sesame seeds, just throw some in a dry frying pan and cook on the stovetop until they are toasty. Bascially when they start to smell toasty they are good.

    My kids love this. Not sure if it's the sesame seeds, or the sauce, or what. I suppose you could use a store bought sauce, but by making it homemade you can control the sugar and salt and lack of preservatives etc. You can add more honey if you like it sweeter, or less if you find it too sweet. Let me know how you like it.

  3. I SO know what it's like to make a meal and have everyone sort of turn their nose up at it. Actually, A and R do that pretty much every night ... though they enjoyed the pizza I made last night. Well, A ate only crust, as usual.

    I find it so disheartening when I put so much effort into a meal. Even if it doesn't end up being that great, I still don't want to hear the complaints from my older two.

    This evening I copied something from Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals show (even though I couldn't get the recipe online). Have your chicken pre-cooked and stuff it with cheese & ham (that's what I did, but she had cheese and a type of jam ... weird, I know). Then she wrapped it in pie crust! Flip 'em over seam-side down on the cookie sheet and brush an egg yolk and 1 tbsp water wash on them. Bake it in the oven for whatever the box of Crisco says (I make my own crusts) for an empty pie shell plus some extra time, and they look and taste great!

    A and R turned their noses up, but DH, K and I liked them :)

  4. I have a great recipe for 'oven-fried' fish and chips. I love sweet potato fries. Yummy. Should have come to your house last night.


    PS-Pls pass on my congrats to S