Jun. 12th, 2009

kjpepper: (movie reel)
Most of them last night were bad (involving banquet tables of visibly spoiling food... ugh, I hate mold dreams) but there was one cool one about a restored antique train taking a trip across the country and one of the conductors hoped to meet up with his long lost sweetheart at some whistle stop station in the middle. He spent a good portion of the dream telling me about it while showing me how the train worked.

My alarm went off, I woke up enough to turn it off, then fell back asleep... and back to the same dream, or rather a sequel where I got a postcard in the mail from the conductor telling me that he'd indeed found his sweetie and they'd eloped. I woke up literally saying out loud "d'awwwwwww."

"That punk is either in love with his daughter or he's got a new found respect for life." I'm streaming Grosse Pointe Blank off of Netflix while I work this morning. How the hell is this movie 13 years old already? This movie is the soundtrack to my sophomore and junior years of college, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jaicat... and this is the first time I'm seeing it in widescreen. And it still makes me giggle, even though I know most of the dialog by heart. I almost want to know if Debbie and Martin made it back for their 20th.

Car is reserved for 22 - 28th. Probably not the cherry whore, but I'm hoping for one of her little sisters, like a Nissan Versa...

I've got a gold dragon finally. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] karnythia!

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kjpepper: (moonbeam (lazy))
Dear Dad's cat,

Staring at me hatefully at me first thing in the morning is not going to make different tastier food appear in your bowl. I'm sorry you feel your diet kibble isn't acceptable nutrition, but unfortunately that's what you're stuck with until at least the bag is empty.

Also, it's probably not a good idea to twine yourself between my feet when I'm in the hallway trying to work out. This is likely to get you booted across the room rather than petted and snuggled.

Lastly, I've got a pretty major craft project to finish before next weekend. I would appreciate it if you wouldn't take swipes at it whenever I happen to make it move. Also stop staring at it like prey. It makes me nervous.

All that said, you're pretty damn cute when you're not being a total asshole.

Much Love,

Andee
kjpepper: (paint the town red)
being back in Flatbush always makes me regret having never learned to actually sew. There's a place around the corner from me that's currently selling bridal satin and chinese brocade at $1.99/yd. It's usually at least three times that at JoAnn's. At those prices, I'm starting to see why Mom made damn near 3/4s of my wardrobe growing up. Not to mention two of my three sisters' wedding gowns.

I suppose it's never too late to learn. Aeris does need a new outfit or five.
kjpepper: (om nom nom)
So I have definitively put paid to Dad's conviction that I can't cook. Yes, he's been under this misconception for a while now. Granted I've been kind of too lazy to disprove him, plus I knew once I started up, he'd start expecting 5 course meals every night, and well, no.

Anyway, early this week he was all "Andee... I'm in the mood for pork chops. Can you make those?"

Granted I'd never tried before, but I was willing to give it a go. A girl's got to expand her dead thing repertoire.
3-5 medium-large pork chops (bone optional)
3 cloves garlic
black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
1 cup apple juice
1 large cooking apple (I used a golden delicious - seems like the sweeter the better)

Core and dice the apple. put the pieces aside.
Mince the garlic. Mix 1/2 of it up with the apple and divide into as many portions as you have chops. Rub the other half into chops.
Coat skillet with oil/butter. drop in as much apples and garlic as you can fit chops into skillet. Add black pepper. Sauté over high heat until apples are evenly brown.
Turn down heat slightly. add apple juice. Push apples to one side and add chops. Pile cooked apples on top of chops. Brown for two minutes, scrape off apples, flip chops over, pile apples back on, brown for two more minutes. Turn down heat to medium low and cover. Cook chops for five minutes. scrape cooked apples off, flip chops, put apples back, cook for five more minutes. Remove from heat and move chops and apples to plates.

Serve with rice and veggies. Pan juices are very nice over basmati rice.

I think next time I will take [livejournal.com profile] captainlove's suggestion and add some light wine to the mix as well. If anyone does this before I do, feel free to tell me how it comes out.

Dad is now going to be complaining to everyone that will listen that I'd been holding out on him, lol. My sisters are all going to be like "*rolleyes* We TOLD you, Dad." Well, he'd been telling/complaining to everyone that I couldn't cook. It finally needled me in the pride, and we all know what fabulous things I will achieve out of sheer spite. Anyway, the above was quite delicious, and because I haven't yet adjusted down from cooking for 4+ to cooking for two, there are plenty of leftovers. :P

Once again, like everything else, I need to cook more. I actually had a good time this evening in the kitchen with iPod+iTrip playing through the kitchen radio singing like a bird and forcing the stove to do my bidding. And now back to punching pinholes into paper....

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