Saturday, December 11, 2010

Big plans

Big plans to learn to cook. That's right. It's time I bite the bullet and become the housewife I always wanted to be ..... with a job. (That was never part of the grand plan) 

Mark and I need to save money. In order to do that I have big plans to meal plan. If I'm going to meal plan I actually have to cook something, I don't think : Monday - McDonald's; Tuesday - Long John Silver's .... ect. will cut it. So starting January I plan to pull out the crockpot and dust off the pans.

This will be a tricky feat. Mark and I are second shifters. We don't eat dinner together. We seldom eat lunch together since he's getting up as I'm leaving for work. SO the meals I plan must be something that warms up well. I'll be making use of that GIANT Tupperware stash I've collected. (If you want a GIANT Tupperware stash then become a consultant for a few years. Pretty soon you'll have more Tupperware than your cabinets will hold, or your dad's garage :) )

So I'm collecting recipes. Yes I have a whole cookbook collection but I need real recipes. I need  practical, easy recipes that won't cause me to go back on my ppd meds after a week of this plan. I want to use my crockpot. I want them to be semi healthy (I still have 15 pounds of baby weight to shed) and I want my picky eating self to actually eat them. So send me a recipe or a link to your favorite cooking blog.

And let the planning begin :)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Congrats! You've made it to the list ...

Steak and Shake, eastside.

That's right, add another restaurant to my 'list'. What did they do to get on it you ask? No they didn't wave about a pee stick (Subway) or over charge me for my hot dog and fries with their 'deal', THEY added ONIONS to my milkshake! That's right: peppermint, chocolate AND ONIONS!!!

The first Friday in December my mother and I like to celebrate by taking the day off work and shopping all day. We end that day with a milkshake. We wanted milkshakes from an establishment that had already closed so we decided to hit up steak and shake instead. BIG mistake.

We ordered two peppermint and chocolate chip milkshakes. So first drink...good, not bad. Second drink....that tastes odd. Third drink....definitely weird and what was that odd chocolate piece? Fourth drink...OMG that tastes like dirty arm pit. OMG is that ....... onion?????? Upon further investigation I fish out a piece of onion.

Now, peppermint, chocolate and ONION is a HORRIBLE combination in your mouth.

Mother promptly turns the car around as I hold said onion on my pointer finger.

In to steak and shake I storm.

I plop the milkshakes down onto the counter. Girl says 'Can I cash you out?' I say 'NO I want my money back. There is ONION in my milkshake.' ::shakes finger with onion on the end at counter girl::

'What !?' How did that happen?' Says counter girl. 'That's weird because the onions are over here and the milkshakes are over there.'

Over walks another girl. Counter girl tells her what happens all while calling the manager. Other girl 'Well bless your heart.' All while I hold out finger with onion and glare.

Manager comes up. 'What's wrong?'

'There is ONION in my milkshake!' ::Angrily shakes finger with onion on the end at him::

Manager: 'Do you want us to make you some more? Me: 'NO I want my money back.'

Manager goes to the back, returns and then says .....'You had a peppermint and .......chocolate?' 'AND ONION,' I add.

So I get my money back and wipe onion off my pointer finger. When I get back into the car my mother confirms I in fact have onion breath. I DON"T EVEN LIKE ONIONS!!!!

So Eastside Steak and Shake, YOU are on my list.