Friday, May 9, 2008

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia otherwise known as a BRAIN Frrrrreeeeeeze

I have just diagnosed myself with Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia. Brain freeze is normally triggered within a few seconds of a cold substance coming into contact with the roof of the mouth. A stabbing or aching type of pain occurs, which usually recedes within 10–20 seconds, however the pain may occasionally last 30–60 seconds or, rarely, for up to five minutes.

In my case, A Serendipity Frrozen HOT Mint Chocolate was the culprit of my frozen brain syndrome.

A Frrrozen HOT Chocolate was created by a restaurant in NYC called Serendipity 3.
They sell their frozen mix concoction through Williams Sonoma. I received a canister the other night as a hostess gift from my Cinco party. I have had the regular frrrozen hot chocolate but never the mint. I decided to blend one up tonight.

1/2 c. mix, 1/2 c. milk and 1 1/2 c. ice cubes and whirl in a blender.
The Mint Chocolate was quite tasty.

Did you order to stop a brain freeze in its tracks you can push your tongue to the roof of your mouth to warm up and ward off the brain freeze. Try really works.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Back in Nebraska, or NebraK-sa as our 4 year old says, we attended Kindermusik. We used to sing this song about Toast. Everyone would crouch down on the floor and chant in their best library voice................

Toast....toast....we like it a lot
Toast....toast....when will it

Of course, when it was time to say "POP" would jump up from your crouching position and yell "POP". Needless to say, this has stuck with us and our whole family sings it daily.

Since toast is in the food pyramid, I felt this was a fitting story!

LOL, so instead of "when monkeys fly out of my butt" you can now say "when toast flies out of my a$$".

Monday, May 5, 2008

Feliz Cinco De Mayo or Happy May 5th To All You Non-Spanglish Speaking Chumps

I took this pic from BlueMountain Cards BUT I have a subscription so I figured I paid for it, eh

Ayyyycarrrrrummmmba....we're makin' salsa. There is no particular recipe...never make it the same way twice and I never measure. 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes, part red onion, part of a red/yellow/green pepper, 1 jalapeno (seeded), juice of lime, garlic, salt, handful of fresh cilantro, chili pwder and cumin and pulse w/the food processor until desired consistency. I got a thumb's up on this salsa from our friend's daughter who CLAIMS she doesn't like vegetables or spices.....hmmmm salsa=vegetables AND spices be a spicy vegetable dish of delight w/crunchy chips.

HOLY FRIJOLES!!These were the beans for the part-hay....dried black and pinto's. No recipe here either...never make them the same way twice. Simmer beans in 1 bottle corona and chicken stock to cover, 1 jalapeno, part of a red/green/yellow pepper, red onion, cumin, chili pwder, garlic, salt and then simmer, simmer, and simmer until you can't simmer no more. LOL, SNL flashback.....remember when Cheri Oteri had that one skit where she would say "simma down, simma down now"....I LOVED THAT. Anyway, and then mash some of the beans w/potato masher so you have thick, creamy and chunky.

The beginnings of Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips. Cut flour tortillas into wedges, spray w/butter flavored Pam, dredge in cinnamon sugar and bake.

Hotcha out of the oven and oh soooo good!

Fruit Salsa=Strawberries, Granny Smith Apples, Kiwis, Raspberries and a sprinkling of sugar and then a couple of tablespoons of blackberry jam and a squeeze of lemon.

This is so fricking yummy beotches, I can't even tell you. It even sits in the fridge well for a couple of days to munch on....minus the chips of course.

Psuedo-Churro's......puff pastry sprayed w/butter pam, dredged in cinnamon sugar and then cut into strips w/fluted pastry wheel.

Churro=A tasty treat from mexico now made all over the states, a bunch of dough dropped in to a bucket of hot oil and then sprinckled with sugar and cinnamon...

Churro also=In mexican slang means a rolled mary-jo-wana cigarette or joint. We dipped the churr's into cajeta spiked w/cayenne and cinnamon.
Cajeta=Cajeta is a Mexican confection of thickened syrup that in its most common incarnation is made of sweetened caramelized milk. (same thang as Dulce de Leche in Latin America, same time and same bat place).

That is about all I got. Forgot to take pics of the quesadillas and the chili con carne con queso through all the hub bub. Everything was a success and they all seemed to have fun. We had about 21 people total. I got some great hostess gifts and I deserved every freaken one of them!!!!

My husband and I did our own Cinco celebration today. Fish tacos, Beans and Fruit Salsa Margarita cups drizzled w/leftover fondue.

Tilapia marinated in olive oil/lime juice and then grilled, red/white cabbage w/shredded carrot, chili cream sauce on a grilled corn tortilla. This was an adaptation of an Ellie Krieger recipe.

Margarita glass filled w/leftover fruit salsa, topped w/pineapple and drizzed w/mexican caramel and mexican hot chocolate fondue and a side of cinnamon chips.

I leave you w/2 parting words. TORTILLA TOSSING
I have heard a couple of my fellow Texan Bloggers describe tortilla tossing. I balked and snickered when I read their posts. Thinking how trivial and this couldn't possibly be fun. Well, I stand corrected!!! I tossed a tortilla into the woods tonight from my deck and my husband and I proceeded to empty out the rest of the bag....aiming for the road, joggers, small critters in our backyard. HOLY FRIJOLES is it fun. I know, I know, there are people starving in Cambodia and I am tossing food around like it, Brangelina will take care of them...and they are my damn tortillas and if I want to toss them I will. They friggin fly really far and they get this really weird "air" to them....kind of like a boom-erang where they fly low and then all of a sudden they will take off up high and come back in a different direction. I dont know. It was crazy fun and we will be tortilla tossing again! Sorry I doubted you Texas Bloggers.

Holy Crap.....I have now been sitting here for an hour. My a$$ hurts BIG TIME. I am outta here.
adiós - goodbye
hasta luego - see you later
nos vemos - see you
hasta mañana - until tomorrow
chao - bye
ya me despido - it's time to say goodbye
Me dio mucho gusto conocerlo - it was nice to meet you (m)
Me dio mucho gusto conocerla - it was nice to meet you (f)
gracias por todo - thanks for everything
que te cuides - take care
nos divertimos mucho - we had a lot of fun
me la pasé bien - I had a good time
que te vaya bien - have a good one
ya me despido - I've got to say goodbye

I don't blame you if you didn't read all of this......I sure as hell wouldn't have. Skim the pictures and move on........stick a fork in me, I am done already!