Archive for November, 2009

Bowling at Lariat Lanes

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Bowling is one of our favorite activities to do together.  When we lived in our apartment, we were only a few blocks away from a really cheap bowling alley.  It wasn’t a particularly fancy bowling alley like some are these days, but it was close and cheap. We went so often, we invested in shoes.

Since we bought our house last summer, we haven’t been bowling nearly as often.  We have a bowling alley fairly close to our place, but the house and our other various activities keep us pretty busy.

Since it’s the night before Thanksgiving and we had nothing better to do (and we don’t have to get up early tomorrow), we decided to head to the bowling alley.  We had a lot of fun, despite the fact that our bowling balls kept getting jammed in the return machine.  Since I don’t have my own ball, I was only able to bowl a few games. The alley bowling balls start hurting my hand after a while because they aren’t made to fit my hand. Someday I would like to get my own bowling ball, like Andrew, but it’s not a high priority right now.  Maybe when I do, I’ll finally be able to bowl that 200 I want. :)

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Operation Organization: Part 2

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The office closet once housed a little bit of everything: office supplies, blankets, beach towels, camera equipment, my extensive collection of X-files memorabilia, various craft supplies and all of the other junk we didn’t know where else to put.

Well, after this weekend, I can proudly state the office closet has been completely cleaned out and only office-related items were put back in.

Voila! That is one clean and orderly closet!

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8th Street Grill

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

We stopped here for breakfast this morning by default.  We wanted to go to Keys Cafe but, since the Vikings were playing at home, the line was out the door with hungry fans.  We then decided to try to go to Hell’s Kitchen, but there was also a ridiculous wait.  As we were walking back to the car, we passed by 8th Street Grill, which was offering a breakfast buffet.  SInce we were both hungry and were craving breakfast food, we decided to stop.

The food was okay. Nothing special, really.  It reminded us both of the food we used to get in The Caf at St. Olaf.  Guess we’ve learned our lesson – no going down town on a Sunday morning before a Vikings game!

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

When I was little, I was convinced I didn’t like tuna.  Whenever my parents made Tuna Helper, they would tell me they made it with “water chicken” and I would happily eat it, not realizing I was actually eating tuna. Oh, to be young and stupid.

I made homemade tuna casserole tonight. It was good, but it just wasn’t the same as store-bought Tuna Helper. There is another variation of this made with cream of celery soup, so maybe I will give that a try sometime.

Campbell’s Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp chopped pimiento (optional)
1 cup cooked peas
2 cans (about 6 oz. each) tuna, drained and flaked
2 cups hot cooked medium egg noodles
2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp margarine, melted

1. Mix soup, milk, pimiento, peas, tuna and noodles in 1 1/2-qt. casserole. Bake at 400 F. for 20 min. or until hot. Stir.

2. Mix bread crumbs with margarine and sprinkle on top. Bake 5 min.

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Chicken Stuffed Shells

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

“It tastes like Thanksgiving.” – My husband, the food critic.

This recipe was quick, easy, and very tasty.  While you might think it sounds weird to combine pasta and stuffing, the combination worked well.  I made the chicken in the crockpot yesterday with the chicken I used for my barbecue chicken sandwiches, so the recipe was even easier.  I will definitely be revisiting this recipe in the near future.

Chicken Stuffed Shells
(Source: But Mama I’m Hungry!)

1/2 package giant pasta shells, cooked & drained
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
1 (6 ounce) box chicken flavored stuffing mix, prepared according to box
2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
1/2  soup can milk (use an empty cream of chicken can)
1 tsp dried parsley (I omitted, because we didn’t have it at home)

1. Cook and drain pasta, set aside.

2. Prepare the stuffing mix and place in a big bowl. Combine chicken, prepared stuffing, one can of cream of chicken soup, mix well.

3. Stuff shells with chicken mixture and place in a 9×13 inch baking pan that has been greased. Once all of the shells are filled, mix the remaining can of cream of chicken soup and ½ can of milk together along with the dried parsley. Pour the soup mixture over the shells.

4. Cover pan with foil and bake in a 350° F oven for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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Blarney’s Pub & Grill

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

We tried to go to Al’s Breakfast this morning but, since we didn’t get there as the doors were opening, the line was out the door.  It was disappointing, but we headed across the street to Blarney’s Pub & Grill, which also serves breakfast.  My dad has told us he’d been there before, many many years ago, so we thought we’d give it a try.

I had the “Classic Breakfast” (scrambled eggs, hash-browns, toast, and sausage) and Andrew had the “Hungry Irishman’s Breakfast” (Irish bangers sausage and rashers, two over easy eggs served on top of mashed potatoes with toast).   I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t have the pancakes I was craving and the hash-browns were not good at all, but the rest of the food was.  While I don’t think we’ll go there frequently, it was nice to try a new breakfast place.

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Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

November 14, 2009 Leave a comment

We make barbecue beef brisket fairly frequently and it always hits the spot, but this week I thought barbecue chicken sounded tasty.  I cooked the chicken in my crockpot for a couple hours on high, and then a couple more hours on low.  When it was fully cooked, I took the chicken out and emptied all the juice from the crockpot.  I mixed up all of the sauce ingredients and added the chicken, and then, since we were in the middle of  fun house projects, I allowed the chicken to cook in the sauce for a little over an hour.  The chicken was moist and the sauce was quite yummy.

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
(Source: Recipezaar)

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 cups ketchup
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1.  Place chicken breast in the crockpot and cook on high about 3 hours.

2.  Stir together all the sauce ingredients.

3.  Add the shredded chicken and heat.

4.  Serve on buns.

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