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Categories : family, life
My Jetta TDI is going to die. Its death is not immanent. I’m lucky, I have sometime to plan. I figure I have about 2 years max, 1 year more likely before I’ll have to dish out a significant amount of cash to replace it. Unfortunately, what I’m supposed to replace it with has me at loss. I think I’m being realistic is asking for a vehicle that seats 5 comfortably, has enough trunk space to pack up food and ski / kayak gear for a family, isn’t massive, super expensive or a gas guzzler and enable AWD / 4WD. Ideally I would like optional 3rd row seating so that I can actually take monkey and his friends places. Don’t bother suggesting a mini-Van, despite the fact that I’m willing to consider a station wagon, Mr.SM will. Not. Buy. A mini-Van.
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Categories : life, random thoughts, recipes, vacations
I just made the most delicious kiwi chicken. You can never go wrong cooking chicken with citrus fruits but it can be tricky trying to find a way to enhance the flavors, especially when you’re cooking at a ski cabin with limited spices. Last night I googled kiwi chicken and didn’t find any recipes that were (1) quick and (2) I had all the ingredient or viable substitutions. So I went tried and true; one can not go wrong marinading chicken in sliced onion, sliced garlic, paprika, cayenne, and crushed coriander. This evening, I warmed a bit of oil in a large cooking pan, threw in some whole coriander let it sizzle for abit before adding some chopped onion and garlic. I let that cook for a bit (less than 5 min) before adding the chicken. My plan was to make an Indian curry as best I could without cumin, garam Masala, or tumeric. But as the chicken was browning, I realized I needed someway of adding some weight to the curry that would compliment the kiwi -> tomatoe paste was not an option nor do I have any chicken broth or white wine here. So I poured in some orange juice. Once the chicken was browned, I transferred it to a casserole and reduced the orange juice sauce (I added some 4 sugar cubes at this time to) . In hindsight I think I could’ve reduced the sauce some more or added the kiwi at this point. I poured the reduced orange juice sauce over the chicken and covered with chopped up kiwi. The chicken baked in the oven for 30 minutes. I made basmati rice in the same pan that I had browned the chicken in. Damn it tasted good.
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Categories : family, life, luck, random thoughts
Who stole my stroller from my carport. You didn’t just steal a stroller. You stole my memories, my ability to walk my dog while taking my children out. Which mean the dog doesn’t get to go out very often, until you either return my stroller or I can find a replacement.
More importantly you’ve stolen my neighborhood from me. Everytime I’m out I’m looking for my stroller. Every person who walks by my house, I look at and wonder if they were the one that stole from me.
My sense of safety and community has been shattered because of you. For what? Because you either are too cheap to buy your own or you need to sell it to get cash for drugs.