Thursday, April 10, 2014

No, we are not dead

Okay so it is slightly embarrassing how long it has been since I updated everyone on my mission:  If you've not been on here before, I am attempting to empty our two freezers and walk-in pantry before I shop for anything more substantial than milk and bread.  But all embarrasments aside, I have no excuse, or at least not a good one.

I have just been really busy. And it is spring break.

Anyhow, do you have any idea how much happens in two weeks?  A lot.  And this is just an overview of the stuff I actually remember so there was actually more I just can't remember it!  First off, I worked about 22 hours at my new job and I love it!  LOVE IT!  I experienced another episode of Premature PMS ( also known as PPMS Syndrome.  I am trying to get this recognized as a real diagnosis but I am meeting a lot of resistance...), I traveled to Washington D.C. (and back) during the PPMS outbreak, I have run 28 miles, cared for three children, scrubbed the tile floors in our house (yes on hands and knees like I used to do at SNAP. I still say it the only way to get them clean) and washed more loads of laundry than I like to admit.  All this and I haven't even touched on the topic of food preparation or consumption. And I was trying to keep this short so no one falls asleep while reading it! 

This is a serious FAILURE!

Oh and I was spoiled rotten in the food department by my sister during the D.C. trip.  Much like Vegas, what happens in D.C. stays in D.C., just kidding I am going to tell you all about it! In D.C. there was no mission to get rid of old stuff, so we ate like kings. Yes I was completely spoiled by my sister who is basically a culinary genius. Seriously, she could teach classes at those fancy culinary institutes and make the "head chefs" look like idiots.  I swear she could cook up an old sneaker and make it taste equisite.  All my life I thought scallops were disgusting...turns out they are just disgusting if they are not cooked properly.  When my sister cooks them, they are AWESOME!  Oh the things you learn when you leave Nunica!  Check it out!

The seafood feast: 
Scallops and Shrimp and Mussels Oh My!

 Lincoln Memorial.  Enough said.

Lincoln did a ton of cool stuff,
but I bet he never had to try to empty a chest freezer!

Anyhow going into the vacation, I thought my vacation was about having a break from mothering responsibilities like wiping my kid's butts, attempting to be patient and helpful at all times and helping to clean up the kid's messes with a smile on my face.  At the end of the trip, I realized it was actually a vacation from eating expired, or otherwise disgusting, food items and eating really amazing food for four days.  I am pretty sure I gained at least five pounds during my vacation and I even ran 11 miles of hills in my sister's neighborhood.

A few days before the vacation departure in an attempt to get rid of leftovers, I introduced our kids to a dish my mother used to feed us kids when we were kids.  Back in the day, my mom called it "stir fry" and we all hated it.  Fast forward a couple decades and you will find me giving "stir fry" a makeover and renaming it -Breakfast Bonanza Scramble.  Whatever you call it, you can't dress it up...

This dish requires that you combine all leftovers from your refrigerator into a frying pan, cook them up and add scrambled eggs over the top.  FYI my mom once added jellied cranberries to this dish.  It was epic. A legend.  We still talk about this at family gatherings.  The Constantine's maiden voyage on the Breakfast Bonanza Scramble Ship consisted of leftover roast, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and onions and for added flare I put some shredded cheese on top.  I could be wrong, but I don't think my mom ever did that!  This addition was made based on a theory that I am testing out The Cheese (or Chocolate) Addition Theory.  I  believe that if you add chocolate or cheese to the top of an otherwise undesireable food item, people will eat it; it is kind of like the theory that beer has been helping ugly people get laid.  Well cheese is helping gross food to be eaten.

Well everyone liked it (at least with the cheese added) which is great because we have a lot of eggs these days.  The chickens must have come to an agreement with the Union.  I think the settlement had something to do with the glorious spring like weather we have had the past few days!

Vern Out

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