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Happy New Year!

Well here it is already 2009!

I’m running crazy as usual, so don’t have a stunning and interesting blog for you today, so I thought I’d point you over to someone who does 🙂

Like hot guys with guns?  Then head on over to see some of my fellow Sapphire Blue authors at the Sapphire Blue Bombshell blog to check out the hotties from the TV show Supernatural.

And if you enjoy, and leave them a comment, let them know I sent you over 🙂

Tina

Talk about some hot biscuits!

Well, it’s no surprise to those of you who know me that I’ve just lived through another blog moment.  Oh, Duh!

I have a very sweet friend back in Tennessee who occasionally sends me things – just for no reason at all.  (Best kind of friend to have, huh?)  Well, the latest gift was a package of sweet cream butter and a jar of pickled beets.  YUM!  I love both items and the fact that they came from an Amish market makes them fabulous!!!  (Hear this last word with the Joanne Worley warble, will ya?)

Anyway, as some of you may know, I’m not exactly your basic domestic goddess…goddess, yes…domestic, no.  LOL  (My story…I get to tell it my way.)

Well, as I was saying…I received this fabulous sweet cream butter in the mail and was dying to taste it, but I didn’t have any bread.  So I made a mental note to stop at the store on my way home from the drugstore Monday evening.  Then I promptly forgot.  So Tuesday morning came and I was all set to try out my new butter…and no bread.  Crap!  Time to get creative…a little out of the box thinking and I’d be rolling that yummy, warm, melted butter on my tongue.  Hmmmm

After slamming through every cupboard in the kitchen, I finally homed in on a small (old) box of Bisquick in the refrigerator door.  Bisquick can’t go bad, can it?  Nah…my mouth begins to water.  So I get out a small bowl and the milk carton and I mix up enough batter for 2 biscuits.  The batter is just a bit odd looking once mixed up but, what the hell, no bugs.  All systems “Go”!  I’m going to couple the biscuits with some fried eggs…one of my very few specialties.  Mouth still watering.

This is where things started to go horribly wrong.  I had pre-heated the oven to 450 degrees (well, pretty close).  But the problem was, the handle is missing off the front of my oven door.  So I have to use a potholder (for traction) and a big ‘ol screwdriver to open the door.  I know…I know…two screws and the handle goes back in place…and I will whenever I find the damn handle.  Anyway, in the meantime, the potholder and screwdriver work just fine for the small amount of cooking I do (none, actually).

Well, I digress…anyway, after all the work it takes to pry the door open, I’m not gonna put myself through that again and risk breaking my stunning new nails.  So I search through the drawer for something long and sturdy enough to stick in the opening and keep the oven door propped open just a bit…not much, an inch or two at the most.  After all, it’s not like it’s rocket science.  Voile…I come up with a nice, sturdy wooden spoon.  Purrrrrfect!

So the door’s propped open, the biscuits are in the oven, and I’ve fried up two of the most perfect over medium eggs you’ve ever seen…yolk is runny, no snot in the whites, no lacy brown edges…sheer perfection.  So I put ‘em on a plate and turn a bowl upside down over the top to keep ‘em warm for the 1 or 2 minutes I have left on the biscuit clock.  Ten minutes later, the biscuits seem like they’re done in the middle, but they haven’t risen a whole lot and they’re still white on the outside and starting to form a crust.  Not good.  Okay, time for more out of the box thinking.  I crank the dial to broil and leave the door propped open with the wooden spoon.  Then I promptly forget all about the biscuits.  (Yes, old age is a curse…forget everything you’ve ever heard about growing old gracefully and plan to cut your birthday cake with a chainsaw…old age is NOT for sissies!)

So when I finally smell that sickly half-burnt smell coming from my oven, I panic.  I rush over to the oven, grab the handle of the wooden spoon and crank the door open, catching it in the oven mit.  Crap!  The damned wooden spoon is on fire!  How did that happen?  I’ve got a two inch flame leaping off the end of the spoon and all I can do is stand there and stare at it supidly.  I can’t get the wood to light on a campfire without gasoline to save my stinkin’ life, but prop the door to the stove open with a wooden spoon and poof…I’ve got fire.  How is that fair?

So I shake the spoon to extinguish the fire and throw it across the room into the sink.  I grab the pan with the oven mit and pull out 2 perfectly acceptable looking biscuits…not bad.  Obviously the smoke filling the kitchen is from the flaming spoon and not my precious biscuits.  Woo hoo…my mouth is watering again, albeit a little bit tainted by the smell/odor of burnt wood.

Now, I pry the biscuits out of the pan and drop them on a plate (with a bit more “thunk” than I like to hear).  I saw them in half and slather a good portion of sweet cream butter over the top of each of the halves.  Yum….  I add the eggs to the plate (a tiny bit cold by now) and head for the dining room table, anticipation running rampant!  I sit, I cut the eggs, I take a bite of the eggs and follow it up with a much anticipated bite of biscuit/butter.  Yum………….no, yuck!!!  I guess Bisquick can go bad, after all.  Who knew that a year or two in the fridge was too long for it?  Well, I didn’t.

So in the end, I wound up eating the cold eggs and scraping the melted butter off the top of the biscuits which, by the way, tasted much like the burnt spoon smelled…go figure!  Anyway, let’s just say it’s a good thing my friend sent me that butter because without it, I might have to starve.  My cousin advised me to stop saying “I can’t cook” (because the eggs turned out perfectly) and start saying “I can’t bake”.  Well, I think that’s a very fine line to draw.  After all, two perfect eggs and canned soup does not a cook make…and, clearly, good butter does not a baker make.  So what I really need is for someone to come to my house and cook for me…working on my next gift.  I’ll let ya know how it turns out.  🙂

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  Hang on tight now, cuz’ we’re gonna go real, real fast!

Love ya,

Kayce  

My back and other issues this week…

It’s been one of those weeks. I was sick earlier in the week, and by sick, I mean I felt horrible and my head seemed to weigh about ten million pounds. A sinus infection, which is never ever fun. By yesterday, I was feeling much better even though my voice is still a little scratchy here and there.

So, it should’ve been smooth sailing, right?

Yeah. Then comes laundry.

What the heck do I mean by that?

Well, I was signing at the Tempe Arts Festival all weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to do laundry, which I usually do on the weekends when the electricity rates go down. So, since most everything in the house was dirty, I waited until after 9pm last night and got to work on the laundry.

I was on the last load I was going to do before heading off to bed. It was about 1am and I was pretty excited that I had made good progress. I leaned over to grab a pile of shirts and put them in the washer when my foot slipped on some coat hangers that were under the pile of laundry I was standing on, and OUCH!

A pretty sharp pain shot from the back of my hip straight up and down my body until it made me nearly dizzy. I stood up and twisted a little, and although it was sore, I figured I tweaked it, but no harm done. So, I came out into the living room, folded my towels and sorted some socks and the headed off to bed.

Laying down was a little uncomfortable, but it wasn’t horrible, so I put my cold feet on my husband (that’s what husbands are for, right?) and went to sleep.

About 2am, I rolled over and was wide awake by the time I had recovered from the sharp pain my wrenching move caused. OUCH! I got up and took a hot bath with epsom salts, and my hubby massaged me and put icy hot on me and got me some Ibuprofen. And to make a long story short – I finally got to sleep around 4am, and woke up about 10:30 this morning.

After only a few hours of waking up today I knew I’d really done something to my hip, so I called the doctor who can’t get me in until tomorrow, and even then, not with my normal doctor. So, I’ve spent the rest of the day limping around, sitting on a heating pad and trying not to wrench my hip any more than I’ve already done. I even had to cancel a Pampered Chef show I was doing tomorrow and Saturday.

You would think that would’ve given me plenty of time to write, but I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done today since I can’t sit in one position too long without having to shift around to a more comfortable one. Sigh! Triangle of Seduction really needs to be finished by the end of the month, and I’ve got tons more to write on it. Oh well, I’ll keep plugging.

Here’s hoping that when I go to the doctor tomorrow that I haven’t done anything serious to my hip, that he gives me some good pain meds and it heals super fast!! AND that my writing kicks into high gear.

So, there’s my fun week. How about anyone else? Hopefully much more fun stuff than I’ve been doing…LOL

Tina/Cassie

Zoofari

Tonight was the Phoenix Zoo, Zoofari fundraiser. Black tie event, lots of really great local restaurants, beer, wine, liquor, and terrific bands.

My friend Kathy suggested it to Isabella and I a few months ago. So, what to do? Well, the date sort of crept up on me, so earlier today I was doing a frantic dig though my closets to find some formal clothes that fit. Luckily, I attend enough writing conferences that I had some things that didn’t even have to be dry cleaned.

So, at 7pm sharp, we all met on the bridge outside the Phoenix zoo and stood close to the front of a huge line of people dressed to the nines. There was a brisk breeze that pretty much negated anything we had done to our hair before leaving, but the weather was beautiful.

We walked in through the front gates and were immediately handed glasses of champagne and a lanyard full of wine tickets. (Beer, wine samples and etc came with the price of admission, but mixed drinks were cash bar.) They also had silent auctions, pictures with some of the animals and some other events to raise money for the zoo.

Literally dozens of restaurants had set up and were giving samples and let me just say I’ve never had so much orgasmic food in one night!! There were spareribs with chocolate sauce that were so tender they melted in your mouth, lobster macaroni and cheese, braised rabbit on French bread slices, decadent wine and chocolate combinations, great wine samples, Drambui, Flavored Vodkas, Surf & Turn in a glass, paella and tons more that are just a blur of wonderful tastes.

We didn’t drop thousands of dollars at the silent auction, but there were quite a few people who did, and there were some amazing things up for auction. We did, however, get our picture taken with a gorgeous yellow bird – not that I remember exactly what it was called…LOL!

Anyway, it was really fun other than my feet hurting from my shoes (heels are not my favorite thing!). There is another event in the spring at the Zoo called Brew Zoo which sounds like it will be fun too!

Tina/Cassie

A few more weeks and i will be diving in ;-)

We have been fixing up an older house we bought in a small mining town in arizona. The house is seventy years old and over the years there have been a few additions to it.

Our lastest project is the backyard. We are getting a pool and I can’t wait for it to be all done 😉

Pool in Progress
Tomorrow they start on the fence for around the pool and then in about a week I am told it should be all done and we will be filling the sucker up! 😉

We finally finished the last touches on the entertainment room. It’s todd dream room. He’s hooked up a xbox with a projector so he can project movies and games on a full wall. And the crazy dude even went out and found theater type seating complete with cup holders. The final touch surround sound and we have ourselves a theater like experience every time we watch a movie. Pass over the popcorn 😉
Todd's dream room
watching movies on the wall

So thats how we are spending our summer working away on the house and the backyard. Hopefully by the end of the summer we will have the backyard all set up so we can invite over some friends for a bbq party!

Hope everyone summer is going well,

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