Archive for May, 2009

Fortunate Fool

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Yep, that’s me.

I’m setting my pots and pans aside to share some thoughts of mine.

A wild ride that began in early 2003 has ended victoriously with a Master’s Degree for my husband.

Or in other words a M.S.E. ES S-I-P-P-I!  A Master’s in Software Engineering!

True dedication got him to where he is today. Nothing was given to him freely or easily and I admire his persistence and success. I am continually amazed by his non-stop go get it mind-set and ideas.

drawk, I know you are going far. I can’t wait to see where you go from here…I can only imagine.

There is so much to learn from you and thank you for all you have given me.

I’m not the best at getting sentimental in words, so here is a song that describes pretty much how I’m feeling.

It’s a good listen anyhow…



Cooking Game: Penguin Diner

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

If you ever wanted to be an ice skating penguin waitress in the Antarctic wearing a do-rag today is your lucky day.

Penguin Diner switches things up a bit compared to many restaurant/diner games, placing you in a different scenario and making for a refreshing, new and cold experience.

Penny the Penguin is stuck on a mountain at Hill Cafe. The goal is to get Penny down the slope to Iceberg Cafe, which will get her home!

Seat and serve penguin customers quickly to meet the daily money goal.

Profits equal upgrades and upgrades equal profits.  Faster skates increase Penny’s speed, better TVs increase customer patience and comfier seats make for bigger tips.

If you want to see how a penguin looks in a t-shirt you’ll have to play for yourself. All three cafes offer different customer clothing and scenery.

Save the penguins today…or at least Penny.

Penguin Dinner
Penguin Dinner

* recognizes but does not take blame for the misspelling of Penguin Diner at smashingames. 8-O

Chipotle Pepper Chicken

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

When I noticed Chipotle Pepper Marinade at the store, it intrigued my  taste buds.

I know I like the flavor of chipotle peppers, and I was pretty confident that this marinade seasoning mix would not be too peppery for my family to handle.

Grill Time Chipotle Pepper Marinade Seasoning Mix is the store brand equivalent to Grill Mates Chipotle Pepper Marinade, so it was a bit cheaper.

I grab a three pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and dinner is set.

Back at home, I’m reading through the ingredients on the back of the package of marinade mix and I got a little bit bothered.

Silicon Dioxide…yum. It is one of many anti-caking agents found in many commercial salts, dried milks, sugar products and flours, in case you never looked. Reminded me more of Chemistry class than dinner. I don’t want to think of anti-caking OR silicon dioxide, while enjoying the smell of a marinade.

Get out of my marinade, you!! How come Grill Mates doesn’t need the anti-caking stuff? Huh? Huh?

I went through with the marinading which only took 30 minutes and out to the grill the chicken went.

As always, (and I think I have the backing of the household on this one) these Chipotle Pepper chicken breasts are very nicely charred, with just the right amount of crispy grilled edges.

I continue to get heart-shaped food and yes it is going to my head.  : )

I enjoyed my Chipotle Pepper chicken with some very tasty Spaghetti Salad, and some jasmine rice for the extra energy I need for Olympic Training…heh. Carbolicious night I suppose.

Grill Time Chipotle Pepper Marinade Seasoning Mix produced a gentle, chipotle pepper taste that was pleasing to the palette, but not to the brain. Anti-cake someone else Grill Time, because I liked your flavor, but I won’t be purchasing you again.

Cooking Game: Pizza Hot

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Every time I read this game title, I can’t help but think of non-English languages, Spanish specifically. You know, when a noun precedes the adjective, like; green ball is bola verde, cold water is agua fría or hot pizza is pizza caliente. But Pizza Hot??? C’mon now. It sounds like the game name got lost in translation.

Once I’m over the game’s name, I guess Pizza Hot makes a little more sense once playing, because you need to deliver pizzas…hot.

Ahem, call your game – Pizzas Hot then, eh? (grumble, grumble)

Okay, okay…I’m really over the game’s name now, so let’s talk about it this time for reals.

You are a pizza delivery driver, fully equipped with a shiny yellow scooter and if you want big tips, you better be fast!

Your boss is very boss-like and bossy. As long as you don’t make him go fully cross-eyed, I think he probably appreciates the work you did for him that day.

There are useful power ups as you avoid traffic and police officers who fine for driving on the pavement. (Okay, you can’t avoid the cops, they always know. So abide by traffic laws.) There are coins to collect as well as ramps that are fun to launch your scooter off of.

Yep, airborne pizza delivery…the best kind?!

Well, at least you got your pizza hot.

Ha! I made that name make sense after all! (Perhaps that is what the game maker had in mind)

Give it a try.

Games at - Pizza Hot
Pizza Hot

Deliver the Pizzas to the customers as quickly as possible!

Play this free game now!!

Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? How do you celebrate?

I thought to myself, “What better way to celebrate than get Mexican food take-out.”

Not just any ole take-out, though.

Burrito Express, a true family run business and as importantly, home of the Best Bean and Cheese Burrito in Chandler for it’s price.

Sorry Elmer’s Tacos. You were a childhood, high school and adulthood favorite who never did me wrong, but you are no longer the best bean and cheese burrito in Chandler. Regardless, Elmer’s…you still rock.

Where was I? Oh yes…

The Best Bean and Cheese Burrito in Chandler…

For $2.75 you surely cannot find a tastier bean and cheese burrito to fill your belly. Each bite contains exactly what it should. Hearty, homemade refried beans and cheese.

FOUR bites wide of bean and cheese burrito!

Enjoying the lovely picture of eaten food?

Oh my goodness, it was good!

I think the very best part of Burrito Express’ bean and cheese burrito is the tortilla. Its not too thick and not too thin, with a right off of the griddle taste. The little blackened parts on the tortilla add a perfect smokey flavor to this soft and chewy wrap.

This is where I get into trouble.

I should have warned you first.

I can usually only make it halfway through the burrito before I start unfolding all the extra tortilla goodness and pulling off the excess for consumption. The excess is always there for a reason, but I can’t seem to stop grabbing for just one more super chewy piece before I wrap the burrito back up. Then a few bites later, the ultimate blowout comes, but it was my fault.

For under $3, Burrito Express’ Bean and Cheese Burrito is the BEST in Chandler. It is fully satisfying, especially if you are craving Mexican food.

Lastly, what kind of Cinco de Mayo doesn’t include Selena?! Here’s a really fun tune that’s worth a listen, especially if you haven’t heard it for awhile. [youtube][/youtube]

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