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Time we saw a miracle

Have you ever received a book in the mail, and had no idea who it came from or why it was sent to you?  ‘Cause I’m having one of those days.  Unexpected book presents are lovely, of course, and the timing is excellent.

Shoulder is still not in good shape, though liberal application of ice the past few days and my regular chiro appointment mean that I can move my fingers without making my shoulder and neck scream (it’s more of a loud cry), which means I can type.  Somewhat awkwardly and slowly, and with lots of breaks and as little movement of my arms as possible.  Who thought I’d ever find a use for playing piano ten years ago?  It’s looking like I have done something (nice and specific, no?) to the shoulder joint, and there is also a pinched nerve in my neck.

One good thing about the shoulder thing is that I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the Kindle the past few days, and I’ve caught up on my TV shows.  I love my PVR.  I did also watch a 19 Kids and Counting marathon, I’m ashamed to say, when there was nothing else on and I was too sore to hold the Kindle.  But we’ll pretend that never happened.  At least now I have a lovely new book to read!  I love ebooks for their convenience and the ability to multi-task while reading, but there is a certain something about physical books that i just love.

I also received my first item from Eden Fantasys for review yesterday, in a tragic case of bad timing.  I suppose it at least puts off the decision of whether to post sex toy reviews here or on a separate blog for a few more days.

Procrastinate, moi?

the cliffs of insanity

I’ve done something to my shoulder, and typing up a review today has just not been possible.  Not much of anything besides sitting watching tv with an ice pack has been possible.  So instead of writing I’m watching Princess Bride, and hoping to be up to typing tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, have a demotivator:

Odds are you won’t like what it is

I’ve started a new book tonight, King of the Unblessed by Michelle M. Pillow.  I think someone has watched Labyrinth a few times too many.

Just a hint – it isn’t me.

excuses

I am tired.  I’m working on (but have not quite finished) two new book reviews, and I have a chiropractor appointment and my math final in a few hours.  Also, it is snowing again.

But after that, I’m free for a while.

six of one

Yesterday was a mixed bag.  I got to play with my new kindle, which was awesome, and after a lie-in and a quiet day I took it on its first outing, waiting at the walk-in clinic with Roger.  Then we went for dinner to the seafood diner by the chiropractor – that was a surprise to me, but a good one.

Unfortunately, the meal itself wasn’t too great.  I don’t eat anything out of the sea, but the diner has really awesome chicken, so I usually get chicken.  Except today, they were out of light meat for all for the chicken dishes.  I ended up with an open hot chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries and salad, which was okay despite the dark meat.  And the stealth dairy.  The service was also terrible.

Roger did complain about everything, and we got half off the bill and a $20 gift card, which was nice, but still.  And then we got snowed on while waiting for the bus.

At least today will be quiet.  No plans except to stay indoors, away from the evil snow, and play with my kindle.

you know what I love?

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

So my Christmas present arrived early yesterday, instead of the ~two weeks Roger was given as estimated delivery.  And I got to open it!

It’s a Kindle! And a pretty leather case!  And I am so frickin’ excited and it is the best gift ever!

It also came with a gift card.  Considering my undying love for Caroline Linden after she sent me a free ARC of A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, I had to make my first Kindle purchase the other two Reece books, What a Gentleman Wants and What a Rake Desires.  Unsure what to spend the rest of it on so far, but there is no rush.  I also grabbed a few of Amazon’s free ebooks, so there are lots of potential book reviews incoming.  As well as a post about the utter fail that is Sl. L. Farrell’s A Magic of Twilight.

I took the Kindle for its first outing today, to the walk-in medical clinic with Roger, and it was awesome for reading while in the waiting room.  I will have to do a full review/squee at some point, perhaps with pictures.  But right now I am off to beat my remote into submission so I can catch up on this week’s Dancing With the Stars.

Food Pr0n: Beef Stew

Last weekend at the grocery store, I made sure to pick up the ingredients for beef stew so I could try out the crockpot that I’ve had for a while  but never actually used.  I made stew Friday, throwing everything together into the crockpot and leaving it to cook while I went about my The Day From Hell™, and everything was ready when Roger got home, which was just awesome.  It turned out pretty damn good, if I do say so myself.

Again, I forgot to take pictures.

Note: The recipe below is for a crockpot/slowcooker, but I’ll include additional notes at the end on how to adapt it to stovetop pots, since that’s what this recipe originally came from.

Ingredients:
This serves probably 4-6 people, depending on portion sizes. We got about six bowls out of ours total.
3lb stewing beef
6 medium potatoes (I used russet, but whatever you like works)
A similar quantity of carrot (to taste, really. I cut it down to about 1/2 the amount of potato since I’m not that into carrot, but YMMV)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (it’s pronounces wuss-ter-shir)
2 tins condensed beef broth
2 tins cold water (I just re-used the beef broth tins)
2 bay leaves
Table salt
Garlic salt

Instructions:
If your meat isn’t already cut into cubes about an inch around, defrost and do so (you’ll need to take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge the day before to defrost it). Really, because of the cooking time in the crockpot this works equally well with defrosted or frozen meat, so long as it’s cut to size.

Put the meat into the crockpot, cover with flour.

Wash and cut potato, carrot, any other vegetables you want to add into inch-ish chunks. Add vegetables and bay leaves to crockpot.

Add in Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and water. I tend to mix these together in a bowl first, because of the limited stirring room once the vegetables are in the crockpot.

Add garlic salt and table salt to taste – a light shake of each works well for me.

Stir everything up.

Put on High for 6 hours or Low for 10 hours.

Et voila!  I served in bowls with fresh dinner rolls, and it was just divine.

Instructions (non-crockpot):
Instead of being able to dump everything into the crockpot and let it simmer most of the day, you’ll have to start it off and then add the remaining ingredients towards the end.  It takes less time overall, but I find it easier to just leave everything in the crockpot than to keep coming back to check pots.

The vegetables still need to be washed and cut up, and the meat cubed. You will need to defrost the meat ahead of time.

Put beef broth, water, meat, carrot, and any other non-potato vegetables into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer on low for about 90 minutes.

Once the time is up, add the potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic salt, flour and bay leaves to the pot. If necessary, add just enough water to cover the ingredients.

Stir, cover again, and simmer on low for another 60 minutes. Check periodically to ensure there is enough liquid.

And serve!

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