Let it Snow!

Well…It snowed this week.  First snow of the season.  We got about 1.5-3 inches in my area.  But I love Kansas weather…Yesterday the low was 9.  Friday, the high is 50.

Really?  Make a decision Kansas!

Strider appreciated the snow.  He thought it was a good time to chase the squirrels!

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He did not want to come in.  This is him telling me no.

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And when I finally dragged him up the the porch, he tried very hard to get back out and play.

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Too bad for him it’s all just about melted. (yay for me!)

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A Short Dog in a Tall Winter

It sucks when you’ve got stubby little legs and there’s five inches of fresh snow on the ground!  Doesn’t make it very easy to got potty.

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I don’t think Strider was too happy with me.  I shoveled the sidewalk, but not the yard.  How dare I?

IMG_2954He managed, but I got the stink-eye.

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!  Well…a little late, but hey…it’s turkey!

And since I had nowhere to be this weekend, I decided to do my own little Thanksgiving Dinner.  I did turkey for the first time!  And I didn’t dry it out!  I do have to say one thing…BRINE YOUR BIRD!!!  Ever since I saw the Good Eats episode where AB brined his turkey, I’ve wanted to try it, but I could never convince the family to do it.

Their mistake.

This is, without a doubt, the most incredible turkey I’ve ever eaten.  Juicier than any turkey I’d ever had.  And trust me, I’ve had some dry turkey!  I got a 7 pound breast, brined it overnight in a gallon of water with a cup of salt and half a cup of brown sugar dissolved in.  This morning, I pulled it out of the liquid, patted it dry, then put it in the fridge uncovered for about an hour to let the skin dry a bit.  Next, brushed it with melted butter and sherry, then baked at 350 until it reached 153 degrees.  Carryover did the rest.

Seriously…I’m taking juice running down the chin juicy.  Turkey you don’t want to stop eating juicy.  Holy crap I can’t believe that I made turkey that good my very first time juicy.

Have I mentioned that you need to BRINE YOUR TURKEY??

I also spent the morning making Green Bean Casserole (yes, I LOVE it!), Sweet Potato Casserole, Stuffing, Cream Cheese Corn, and Maple-Worcestershire Gravy.  Gravy recipe here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/roasted-brined-turkey-breast-with-maple-worcestershire-gravy-and-fruit-and-nut-rice-pilaf-recipe/index.html

Needless to say, I had no counter space left over…
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IMG_2879And because Strider was such a good helper, he got a Thanksgiving meal of his own.

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Chow down!

And before anyone reams me for the corn…it’s fresh, and that’s all he gets for the next year.

Of course, I had to have dessert…I’d call it Classic Pumpkin Pie…Crustless PieBut as you can see, there’s something missing.  That’s because the crust fell apart when I was trying to put it in the baking dish, so I tried it without the crust, and it turned out really good.

Dessert

And finally…the food coma:

Sleeping Strider

Sorry folks…no love for the Cranberry Sauce.  It’s okay, but I’ve never been a huge of it; fresh or canned.  Besides, everything else was good enough!

Happy Holidays everyone!  And brine your turkey!

Sunrise and the Lazy Dog

I love this time of year.  I love the fall, I love the rain…and I love when the sunrise starts just after my show is over at 7am.  It means I get shots like this when I look out my office window.

Silo Sunrise wide

Silo Sunrise close

Silo Sunrise tree

 

Then, when I get home to upload the pictures to the computer, I get this, from the dog who thinks I should be paying attention to him 100% of the time.

Pay attention to me!Mom, why aren’t you paying attention to me yet?

Yawn!

 

Oh, and I brought my pictures home from the LBD Photo Contest…the ones from my last post.  They are now proudly displayed on the wall!

The five enteriesAnd the winner!

The winner

 

 

What a week!

And that is an understatement!  Last week was crazy insane…it took me this long to recover enough to post about it.

It started last Monday evening when Dad called me.  Our 15 year old deaf, blind, barely-able-to-walk Rat Terrier ran away when she was let out to go potty.  It hit us pretty hard.  We’ve had Bebe for 13 years.

Itty-Bitty Itchy-Bitchy

She was adopted by us after our Greyhound died of bone cancer.  A classmate of mine in high school who worked at a local vet bought in a photo of her to show me.  I took it home, showed it to Mom and Dad, and then went to work.  Half way through my shift, they came through the drive-thru with the dog.  I found out the next day, another family had come in, wanting to adopt her about 30 min after my parents took her home.

So…Bebe ran away.  But Dad and I are both firm believers in “Everything happens for a reason.”

On Wednesday, a coworker of mine sent out an email to everyone at the station that there was a Corgi at the city shelter, needing a home FAST.  If he didn’t get adopted, he would likely be put down.

Now, EVERYBODY AT WORK KNOWS I LOVE CORGIS.  I cannot stress that enough.  There wasn’t a single person in that building that didn’t think of me when Meg sent that email.

The MugshotI mean come on!  Look at that face!!  Was there ever any doubt that he was coming home with me?

Nope.  And I had a plan!

So I called Dad, and asked him if he was interested in adopting him.  It took him about 10 seconds to say yes.  He’s wanted a Corgi for years; ever since I brought Strider home.  Cue frantic phone calls and text messages to Meg!  Thursday, Wizard (formerly Troy but dad renamed him) came home with me!

And Strider was not amused.   But I expected that.  After the initial rush of “omaigawdnewplace!!!” and “why did you bring this hyper ping-pong ball into my house?” from the dogs, they actually started getting along pretty well.  Or ignoring each other at least…

Except for this:

The Chair!

It didn’t last long.  Because Wizard discovered the sofa!

Happy Smiley

 

SleepyI think he was happy to sleep on a soft couch instead of a hot slab of concrete…

Well… Friday came along, and it was time to take Wizard to my Dad.  Went to work, worried that my house would be in shambles when I got home…yadda, yadda, yadda.

The house was fine.  Went to load up the car, and things went pear-shaped from there.  As I was taking an arm load of stuff to the car, a brown blur of fur ran out between my feet.  I thought it was Wizard.  He had no tags, and I live on a busy street.  So I took chase…and promptly stepped in a hole and rolled my right ankle.  When I was able to shake the stars from my eyes, I saw it was Strider, who had gone to wait by the car for me, like he always does when we go to Grandpa’s.  I finally get up, and manage to make it to the car and let the dog in, then load my crap in, and hobble back to the apartment to get Wizard.

It is not fun driving two and a half hours with a sprained ankle and two hyper dogs in the back seat.

We finally get to Dad’s house.  And Dad notices a message on the answering machine.

A trucker out of Ponca City called us.  He was picking up oil from one of the tank farms about 3-4 miles west of Dad’s house when he found Bebe curled up in the shadow of one of the drums.  Alive.

By this time, she had been missing for six days, four of which had heat indexes in the 100s.  A 15 yr old, blind, deaf, 16 pound Rat Terrier had somehow managed to make it that far for that long in that heat and survive.  He was able to get close enough to her to see and call our phone number on her tag.  He gave her some water and food, then let us know.  When we got there, she was still there.  Exhausted.  We got her into the car, and when she realized who it was, she just went nuts.  She was so excited to be going home.  And the strangest thing?  She’s acting like nothing happened!  Dad took her to vet on Monday with Wizard, and both dogs got a clean bill of health.  Bebe had only lost 2 pounds.

So, now…Dad and Kim have four dogs.

Add Strider to the mix, and it was a crazy weekend!

 

Waiting for DadWizard, Strider and Bebe waiting for dad to come home.

The PackThe Pack, trying to sneak out the door.  Wizard and Bebe standing by the door, Strider laying by my Dad’s feet, and Kim’s Carirn Terrier’s Toto (in pink) and Ruby (in red) to the right.

Getting alongAnd finally, Strider and Wizard getting along enough to fall asleep only a few inches away from each other.

In the end, everything worked out…almost  Bebe came home, Wizard was saved from doggie death row and is settling in to his new home nicely, and I’m nursing a swollen ankle…

It was worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

Things!

Man…I haven’t posted in ages!  And this past week has been insane.  Storms, power outrages, no sleep, and HOT.

My air conditioner has issued another challenge…”I will not work!”  My AC guy…”Challenge Accepted!”

The winner?  Well…that has yet to be determined, but the (jerry-rigged) AC is still running.  For now.

So, I was going to post last weekend, but I kinda got distracted by the tornado sirens going off in Pittsburg.  Camping out in the bathroom with the frightened fuzzy-one is not fun.  This happened the same night that Moore, OK got hit.  Just a few hours after.  Lost power for a few hours.

This damage is literally across the street and a few feet up the block from me.  It was determined to be straight line winds only, thankfully.  The storm also took out many of the trees at Schlanger Park, and the wall of a welding shop, both just a few blocks away.  It was not pleasant.  I haven’t heard winds like that since the Parsons tornado back in 2000.

Rolling InThe storm rolling in.

And I had wanted to post these recipes last week, but as I said…I was a bit distracted.  So, here they are now!

First:  Chicken Noodle Casserole  http://blogchef.net/chicken-noodle-casserole-recipe/

Chicken Noodle CasseroleThis was freaking incredible!  I didn’t use Cream of Mushroom, cause…yuck. It’s tangy, and savory, and buttery, and yum.

Then, cause I wanted something a tad healthier… Key Lime and Honey Winter Fruit Salad  http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/key-lime-honey-winter-fruit-salad-recipe.html

Fruit SaladThis one was really good too.  The only catch is that after about two days, the juice from the lime and pineapple breaks down the kiwi.  It still tasted awesome, but the texture was a little off.

Finally, I was watching this really cute video this evening… http://screen.yahoo.com/puppy-wakes-205914028.html  and Strider got REALLY interested in the cute, yelping puppy.

Strider Interested in Puppy

Go bye bye?

Strider loves his car rides.  There was severe weather in the area over the weekend, so I had to go and drive right into it, and of course, the Corgi got to come along.

Car Ride!

 

Got some lovely pictures.  I love thunderstorms.

Clouds

 

Sun and Clouds

 

Dark Clouds

 

And my favorite.  I love the contrast in colors during storms.  Especially when back-lit by the sun.

Field During the Storm

 

We’re going into my favorite time of the year.  Spring.  aka Severe Weather Season.  People think I’m nuts…going out after these storms, but, I know how to chase.  I work at a TV station, and I’m pretty sure my meteorologist friends/co-workers would smack me upside the head if I didn’t do it safely.

So expect pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures of storms.

*girn*