Monday, May 23, 2011
It was almost a year ago that I participated in my first recipe contest submission. Oh, I learned a lot that time around. Like, for example, it's probably a keen idea to include the product sponsoring the contest in your final recipe photograph. Right? And, maybe I should read all the contest details first to learn what kind of recipe they're looking for. In other words, don't be submitting an elaborate stew recipe when they've clearly asked for a party food, appetizer-y recipe, mmmk?
I was all excited to take my new-found common sense to action when Saucy Mama invited me to participate again. I felt so special being asked to participate; almost like when I was voted onto Homecoming Court my senior year of high school, minus the crown. (Although, I do still have that crown, and who's to say I'm not wearing it right now?) I had a fun recipe in mind to test out, and then. Then, I saw the links to all the other recipe submissions entered for this contest. Ummm.. They're fancy. And look amazing and delicious. And, dangit! Oh well. I can at least take pride in the fact that I finally learned how to follow directions and give myself a chance to at least qualify this time. We'll be happy with the improvements over last year, yes, we will.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Dear Moms and Dads Who Drive:
Please, please pay attention as you drive through intersections, especially those with crosswalks. There have been countless times that you have driven right through the crosswalk without even noticing that Rory and I are there in the street. You don't even realize that you're a few seconds away from hitting a person and her dog with your car.
Rory and I love to go running, and she actually knows to look both ways in intersections with me. We never cross a street with cars until I can make eye contact with the driver, but I need you to know that you rarely even see us there. You make a rolling stop through the crosswalk lines, all while the crosswalk guy is lit up on the light posts. You don't even pause to look for pedestrians at the corner.
Parents, I hate to single you out, but nearly every time a driver has driven right out in front of us, it's been a driver with their own kids in the car. Family cars are the ones not paying attention in the crosswalks. It really upsets me when a parent is the one not seeing us out there, because I had assumed that parents would pay more attention to crosswalk lights and runners and dogs on the sidewalks. But, I'm sad to say that no, they're actually the least aware.
Please pay attention as you drive. I'm someone's child, too.
(image courtesy of Sacramento County)
Monday, May 16, 2011
I'm sorry. It's barely Monday morning, and look what I'm doing to you. I'm posting extra large photos of an extra delicious chocolate cake. I truly didn't mean any harm by it. I just love sharing so, so much that I couldn't sit still until I got these pretty photos here for you to look at. Because nobody likes a recipe that doesn't come with photos, am I right? Yes, I thought so.
But take heart, my dears. This cake recipe is so easy and so quick that throwing it together on a weeknight is - to quote my piano teacher from years past - "completely within the realm of possibility." Actually, it's not just within the realm. It's pretty much smack in the middle of the do-ability and not somewhere hovering around the perimeters of maybe.
I would mention that it's the most delicious while still warm, but that might push over the edge into the realm of unforgiveability. So I'll just be quiet and let you mosey on over as best you can on a Monday morning.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
This is one of my favorite grilling recipes out there. It's asian-inspired, speedy-quick to make, and shoot, anything on a stick is just more fun, am I right? (You people on the fence: click here.) You can make it with various cuts of meat, just as long as you slice it across the grain. And, it's also decently portable; Marnie and I used to prep this recipe and then skewer and grill it whenever we tailgated for Chargers' games. And I must say, we were pretty popular out there in the parking lot. Even after we told our tailgating buddies that they were eating grilled venison :) Yes, you can even make it with venison.
The recipe and more photos are over at the food blog....
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
This wouldn't be a huge problem except that there have been multiple times that her distraction has caused me to trip and fall. She looks off to the side, her rump bumps into my calf while I'm midstep, and I fly forward into a full, bouncing belly flop on the concrete. It's not fun, and it hurts more than a little. Neither are twisted ankles after she's clothes-lined me with the leash. Beyond that, it's just not good for her to be scatterbrained when we're out, not paying a lick of attention to me and what we're doing.
And I'm consciously working on being a leader who approaches a run as a gift from God - something to be grateful for. Until a week ago, I've always approached running as a task on my list, a means to an end, whether that end be a marathon or weight loss. It's always been a chore. But this morning, as we set out in the gray hush of dawn, I reminded myself how incredible it is that I can run. That I have a simple, reliable way to calm my mind and work out energy and instill contentment in my soul. And I tried to keep my mind in the moment and focused only on moving forward.
I'm a work in progress. But, as usual, I'm working on it. And in the correct direction this time.