Mimi's Kitchen

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Quiet, finally

Well, the kids have gone to play Scrabble. The day went by without too much hassel at work. Still trying to put together a Substance Abuse curriculum for the inmates in the Drug Block. Takes allot out of me, since putting all those little pieces together is certainly not my forte. Well, today was a good day for Becca. She had an interview with a bank president who referred her on to a financial president. She's interested in learning how to put together portfolios. Now that girl loves micro anything!!! She's good at, also. Jason had a good day as well. He has an appointment tomorrow about the graphic design world in Tidewater. He's good. The two of them have so much talent, it just might blow the lid off the City!!

Jason and Becca had supper duty tonight. I finished my therapy job around seven o'clock and came home to such a nice dinner. They fixed "fancy tacos" with black beans and rice. You know it's great to have "simple" every now and again. It was delicious and filling. Couldn't begin to tell you the recipe for his beans and rice!!

Well, it's bedtime. I know I keep promising these recipes and all, but I just have been too tired in the evenings. So, on the week-end I will get some together and post them for all to try!!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A confusing Sunday

Well, the day began with a wonderful breakfast at Mary's Restaurant, a real "Beachy" landmark. The kids love to go there to see "old surfers" and their friends. The restaurant attracts all manner of people, homeless, elite, surfers, touristas( that's the word the kids all use). We had country ham, biscuits, sausage with white sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, coffee and orange juice. Five of us went and squeezed into a rather small booth. Everyone was a bit cranky until they discovered the free coffee out on the patio while waiting for our table. So, once we finished breakfast, we motored home to see Ren and Autumn off. They both have to get back to their jobs on Monday.( They are such little capitalists now. It's cute.)

Once we packed the girls off, Jason decided to make business cards, and a trip to Kinko's was in order. We waited for him to perfect his graphics and headed off to the Hilltop area. Once at Kinko's, we were able to get an intelligent salesman who put Jas's stuff on a CD and we were done!! Then I insisted we go to the Office Max to acquire some office supplies for my job at the City. Once again we headed home to peace and quiet.

It wasn't long before we found some new things to catch our interest. Jason slept while Becca researched the local banking institutions and I cut out patterns to make Becca a skirt. Now that she's a college grad, the child needs "big girl" clothes. I love to sew and she's here to try things on, so we will make her some skirts to wear.

Soon, we were surprised with a visit from Thayer and his son, Canyon. What a cute kid. So smart and so extroverted. The boys chatted a bit and I continued to cut out patterns. Then they left, and we chilled the remainder of the afternoon. Jason was starving. We quickly grilled up some grilled cheese sandwiches and sweet iced tea with lemon. That held us until dinner.

Dinner was another story. We defrosted some chicken and I put together a rub for it. Remember, I don't have my ovens working yet. Ever since the power surge, I have been waiting for VA. Power to come assess the damage and put in a claim so I can have my ovens back!! Outdoor grills are great, but it does get old after a while. I also lost my telephone, my microwave works on half power and my computer almost blew itself into oblivion. I was lucky to have had the computer on two cheap surge protectors. Now I know the value of having a decent surge protector. Oh, did I mention that it also blew out both of the cable boxes. Thank God they replaced those the next day and didn't charge me. So, now I have to wait for the assessor to get here.

I'm tired tonight, but I will get the delicious rub recipe on here tomorrow that we put on our chicken we grilled for dinner. Becca cooked some veggies, and we all had a late dinner. Now everyone is watching "Crash" on video. Great movie, by the way. Well, I'm done for now and quite tired. I have to be in training all day tomorrow, so I have to gear up for a boring day.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

This is the family that stays in the kitchen! However, there are many more members of my kitchen.


Quiet Saturday at the Beach

You know having kids keeps your life full. This week-end I have my babies (all grown) here hanging out together for the week-end. Rennie and Autumn came for the Cold Play concert and to see her brother, Jason, and his significant other, Becca. Ren came from Wilmington and Autumn from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason and Becca have recently moved here from New York City and are about to embark on new careers. Becca is looking in the financial world and Jason into the art world. They are with me for a while until their finances get stronger.

Well, I know this is MIMI'S KITCHEN, so I guess I should say something about that. Since Virginia Power had a power surge through my kitchen two week-ends ago, I have really felt a tremendous loss!! I cannot use my ovens, so I am relegated to the outdoor grill and stove. That takes some creativity. The meat part is easy enough, but coming up with the rest will take some doing. I defrosted some steaks, so I'm thinking of marinating them in some soy sauce, grated ginger, honey and, of course, garlic. Sound good? I think I'll slice some red potatoes and onions, add some butter and olive oil with some garlic pepper and rosemary,(that I grow in my garden. Fresh is always better.), then wrap them in foil to bake on the grill. Of course, a nice fresh salad goes well with some blush wine dressing. Dessert may have to be Dove Bars or maybe I can run down to the store and find some fruits to chop up and serve with plain old vanilla ice cream. For now, that's dinner.