I’ll get to why I chose the title of my post in a bit. I’m finally at the point today (and it’s about 8:30 CDT) where I can walk without wincing in pain, although I’m sitting cross-legged on the living room floor, and I’ve already discovered I’m a bit stiff in getting up. No matter. My plan is to be in bed in less than an hour, because unless I’m in serious pain again in the morning, I’m going running tomorrow.
I got a pleasant surprise in today’s mail, amongst all my bills:
Coupons! And all I had to do was like Eggland’s Best on Facebook. Fine by me! I need all the help I can get with my pathetic grocery budget.
I got started on dinner almost as soon as I walked in the door this evening.
I had the intention of cooking this last night, but since Jay’s dad fixed pot roast, we had leftover chicken instead. Since I made it tonight, I wasn’t planning on cooking it for the full 2 hours called for in the recipe. I figured an hour would be just fine. And I was right.
I have no idea who Berdean is, but she makes an EXCELLENT cube steak. This stuff was fork-tender, which, for any regular eater of cube steak knows, is unusual. I told Jay that I wonder if it would just disintegrate if I’d cooked it for the full time. He liked it enough that I was told I could fix it again. That is a sign of a successful recipe.
After I got my dinner mess cleaned up, I decided I’d make another mess.
Thanks to Diana’s Flood Preparations (long story), she let me borrow this evil chocolate cookbook. I gasped almost as soon as I started reading it (yes, I read cookbooks the way most people read normal books), because of all that I want to make from it. Those pie crusts I bought over the weekend are for one of the recipes in the book. But don’t these look delicious?
I can pretty much guarantee mine won’t look like that. I got to work on them…While creaming the butter, sugar, etc., my dear Cuisinart hand mixer died on me. I am now mixer-less. No stand mixer yet, and now no hand mixer. And it doubly sucks, because it was a wedding gift from Jay’s aunt & uncle. Baking isn’t happening until I can get a new one. Dammit. And thus, the title of my post.
At least I got the bars made.
I had some Sunspire chocolate and peanut butter chips, so I used those instead of the peanut butter called for in the recipe (the bambino bumped me as I was taking the picture, hence the blurriness).