Archives for January 2009

Linky Interwebby Awesomeness, 01.26.09

– The winners of the Praise Baby CD giveaway are posted, so head on over and see if you’re one of the lucky ten.

– Today Barb posted some recipes for Super Bowl appetizers. And now what I want more than anything in the world is for someone to come over to my house and make all that cream cheese deliciousness for supper. Be still my cloggy heart.

– Gayle and some other bloggy friends were in Atlanta for Travis’ CD recording/DVD taping last night, and this post of hers sums up all my favorite parts of this crazy blogging world.

Updated to add: Kelly has posted an incredible update on sweet baby Harper. HUGE praise!

Information Overload. Cannot Process.

We got home a little while ago from Georgia, where we had, as our friend Todd’s daddy would say, a FAN-TAS-TIC time. We drove over for Travis Cottrell‘s live CD recording / DVD taping at First Baptist Church Woodstock, and it was about seventy four kinds of wonderful.

And by the way: FBC Woodstock? IS GIGANTOR.

I mean, I’ll bet you could get 300 people in there on Sunday mornings. Maybe even 350 if you squeezed in really tight.

Anyway, I am worn out from all the laughing and not sleeping that I did, and the sad part of that is that there were a bunch of people that I wanted to sit down with and, you know, HAVE A CONVERSATION, but our later-than-we-planned arrival combined with some bloggy bidness combined with trying to find people in a room of thousands wasn’t really conducive to that. I actually woke up this morning thinking about people I wanted to see but didn’t, but maybe I’ll do better next time. I hope so.

So now we’re home and I’m trying to catch up on a few things and then I will hopefully be able to put some words to all the stuff I’m thinking and feeling.

Until then, I can tell you that if you read Melanie’s blog today and wondered if the eggs she ordered were really that bad, I can tell you without hesitation that YES, THEY WERE HIDEOUS. Ohmyword. They have now replaced a soup made with Thanksgiving Day leftovers as The Food Item I’d Rather Not Think About When I Have A Stomach Virus. Honestly, there really aren’t adequate words to describe the foulness of those eggs, but because they made such a lasting impression on me, I will try: damp curdled milky chunks with salsa.

You’re welcome.

Now do have a delightful afternoon.

She Has The Greatest Hair. In Ze World.

Last week the husband and I went to see Celine Dion in concert thanks to a free ticket hook-up from a bloggy friend. It was SUCH a treat. And while I typically try to temper my concert expectations because you never really know how someone’s going to sound live, there’s no question that I was fully prepared to be awed and amazed by Celine’s voice.

I mean, I’ve screamed “River Deep, Mountain High” enough in the privacy of my own car to know that IT IS NOT EASY TO HIT THOSE NOTES, PEOPLE. I couldn’t wait to hear her live.

And while we were at the concert, I received an unexpected blessing.

I need to pause for a moment and compose myself so that I can share it. My heart is still very tender from the experience, you understand.

Y’all, I spent at least one full hour carefully scrutinizing Celine’s hair and stifling the urge to stand up and salute it. It is glorious. A wonder, even. Something tells me she’s probably not pulling her hair through a cap and then sitting around for 30 minutes in her pajamas while she waits for some straight-up bleach to work its magic. Girlfriend had some volume and some lowlights that would make you weep. She’s my new hair heroine.

I just wanted you to know that. Because it matters to me.

And since I’m a fan of the Tough Questions, I have to ask: who’s your hair heroine?

I do hope that’s not too personal.

Thank you and have a lovely day.

Laughter Is My Job, Tears Are My Game, Law Is My Profession

While I loved the whole idea of Michael and Dwight being responsible for some corporate recognizance work, I didn’t really get the whole is-Hilary-Swank-hot-or-not plotline. I mean, I got it, but I didn’t think it was particularly funny (except for the wall of Hilary Swank pictures, which for some reason cracked me up). I appreciated that Michael had something akin to an ethical dilemma, and when he said, “I’m not a shark” – well, I wanted to hug him.

I guess that after the culmination of the Andy/Dwight/Angela drama, this episode was bound to seem like filler, but still, there were some funny moments.

1. “I got 500 feet of red wire…twenty bucks for the whole spool.” – and Dwight climbs a pole in the background.

2. “You know how I feel about IHOP, socialist.”

3. “Michael. Get your clouds right.”

4. “That signal is lick your lips. Try it.”

5. “…as they get down to the single-cell shark.”

6. “Oooh, Vietnam. I hear it’s lovely.”

7. “I’m a genius about some things, and other things I’m very stupid.”

8. “Respect the game.”

9. “She’s hot as heck. She’s a female Boris Becker.”

10. “That’s why I don’t like bittersweet chocolate. What’s the point?” (Bless him.)

What did y’all think?

Linky Interwebby Awesomeness 01.22.09

– My friend Randy (who, for the record, loves life more than anyone I’ve ever met) has put together an incredible collection of his paintings in a book called Beauty is Calling. And tomorrow night, January 23rd, he’s having a “Book Tasting” (book signing + wine & cheese = “book tasting”) from 5-7pm at Landmark Books in downtown Franklin, TN. I know lots of y’all live in that area, so I’d thought I’d pass along the info. Randy’s book is absolutely beautiful.

Travis Cottrell is recording his live worship CD/DVD right outside of Atlanta this Sunday night, and I just wanted to remind you that you’re invited. Here are all the details. It is going to be so fun. SO fun.

– Shannon’s recap of last night’s American Idol made me giggle, especially her observation about mamas who won’t be honest with their kids about their vocal, um, “abilities.”

– Finally, please continue to pray for baby Harper (as well as her doctors and nurses). She is definitely improving!

In Which I Make My Peace With Cornbread Dressing

Some of y’all might remember that I swore off cornbread dressing after our
unfortunate stomach virus incident this past Thanksgiving. In fact, I was so deeply opposed to cornbread dressing that I made pizzas for Christmas dinner, and I’ve thought more than once that cornbread dressing and I were done forever.

FOREVER.

But 2009 brought new resolve to be faithful in the small things, and one of those small things is to plan and prepare meals for my family without wrecking our grocery budget. Since cornbread dressing is inexpensive to make, I figured it was just a matter of time before it showed up again at our dinner table.

*shudder*

So last week I bought a family pack of pork chops for cheap dollars and thrifty cents, and I decided to make pork chops and dressing. I knew a big batch would stretch for several meals, and I figured that if the dressing bothered me that much I could just load up on butterbeans and deal with it.

When it came time to make the dressing I realized that I wasn’t quite ready to deal with my mama’s recipe again. I didn’t want diced pieces of onion or celery within a five-mile radius of my person, and I double-dog dared raw eggs to enter the picture. So I improvised.

And I have to say: the dressing? IT WAS TASTY.

So I thought I’d share.

*****

Pork Chops & Dressing

6-8 pork chops (I used bone-in)
one batch of delicious tasty cornbread (I left out the creamed corn this time)
1/2 cup butter
16 oz. beef broth (chicken broth would work fine – beef broth was all I had)
1 can cream of chicken soup

Make cornbread according to directions. When it comes out of the oven, flip it into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, and break apart the cornbread until it’s well-combined with the butter. Add broth, soup, and then taste. Add salt and pepper if necessary.

Heat skillet (medium high-ish), then pour in a couple of tablespoons of your favorite oil. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, then brown on each side for 3-4 minutes.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray, and place browned pork chops along the bottom of the dish. Spread dressing mixture on top of the pork chops, then cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.

Bake (covered) on 350 for about 45 minutes. Then remove foil and bake another 15 minutes.

*****

Oh, it’s good, y’all. The pork chops stay nice and tender, the dressing doesn’t get dry, and your family will love it.

Happy dressing, everybody!