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[livejournal.com profile] askingxalice was asking~ (hurr) for the recipe for that Mexican Chicken Stew I made that was really good. It's in a book called The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slow Cooker Cooking, and it's delicious:

Mexican Chicken Stew

Prep time: >15 minutes
Minimum cooking time: 4 hours
Makes 4 servings


1 TB vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 large onion, peeled and diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup refridgerated commercial tomato salsa
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salt and black pepper to taste
cooked white or brown rice

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and green bell pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes for until onion is transclucent. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Scrape the mixture into the slow cooker. Add chicken (uncooked), salsa, tomato sauce, and kidney beans. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours. Season with salt and pepper, and serve over rice.
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Whoo, four hours of sleep. I was up until after one, mostly because I thought maybe, just maybe, [livejournal.com profile] lilenth could be reasoned with. Nope! I saw I had another comment from her this morning, but deleted it without reading. I have more important shit to do than talk in circles because some dipshit has communication/comprehension problems and is too arrogant and obtuse to realise/admit they're wrong. Some people are just persecuted by the masses, u guiz
(Though like I told Kelly, I was having fun bonding with her and [livejournal.com profile] kiptripsyc over the massive fail we were collectively witnessing. It's terribly frustrating to spell a notion out to the exact letter and watch someone repeatedly Not Get It, but it was also hilarious. <3 you guys)

Emmy's watching Wonderpets for the first time in...weeks, at least. I was thinking she didn't like them anymore, which would have truly been sad--they have awesome songs, okay. It's also not terribly hot today, same yesterday, so I'm thinking tomorrow it'll probably be a billion degrees with a hundred and forty seven percent humidity. Having to be at work an extra half-hour because of our new mandatory unpaid meal breaks sucks, though today I started listening to It, and the huge huge long almost teal deer intros to each of the main characters passed most of the time. I was really pissed for about two hours because I had to move to someone else's station so someone else could use mine, as clients were visiting, and the one I had to sit at had an entirely different keyboard, which I loathed. The screen was also lower, which meant I had to crane my neck all around, and my neck and back really started to hurt after like ten minutes. And, of course, it took me a week and a half to log into the fucking system, and because we only have that half-hour break, the time it took for the system to accept my passwords and such counted against my productivity. Argh.

I'm still so far behind on reading...I've skimmed most of the stuff I've seen posted, but I haven't had time (even before my exercise in futility last night) to read thoroughly and comment yet, so I'll save it for when I can give something other than "I RED DIS". I've written a few things, but they're not ready to be posted yet. I'd really like to get this one piece I started months ago finished, but it seems like every time I open it, the characters involved go "BRB READING WAR AND PEACE. IN BRAILLE~" or something. TRUST ME YOU GUYS, YOU WANT TO FINISH THIS SCENE. (Of course, they have no trouble whatsoever going through it in my head while I'm a work and can't write anything down, jerks)

Here are some other thoughts:

~ ...the Wonderpets are putting oil on a dinosaur.
~ Mmm, cashews
~ Quizno's > Subway. Not in nutrition/weight loss capabilities, but definitely in taste.
~ I was going to buy moar tea vodka, but then I didn't. THIS WEEKEND, THOUGH
~ No more bird sightings in the house (SO FAR THIS WEEK). I figure two in twenty minutes is about the limit I can deal with for another five years. Yes, yes, at least they weren't bats...
~ I tried to clip Welly's claws last night, but some of them are like...splintering? Peeling? Idk :\ She didn't seem like they were bothering her, but I don't speak cat.
~ I almost seriously want to get a bb gun for the guys across the street that come rolling up with the bass in their speakers rattling my monitor on my desk. REALLY, YOU GUYS??
~ AND SEMAGIC ISN'T WORKING FOR POSTING arrr I hate using the "post entry" box.

Imma go put on a pizza for me and Emmy's dinner--last night I forgot to eat dinner and have only eaten a small frozen meal (turkey/cornbread stuffing/apples), so...idc, I'm eating pizza. And, um, broccoli. Yes.
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So I just made the best foods ever. OM FUCKING NOM.

Mission Wraps sun-dried tomato basil corn tortillas
Sweet corn
Black beans
Chopped black olives
Chicken (I used MorningStar Chick'n patties, but would have preferred canned chicken IF THAT BAG OF GROCERIES WASN'T MISSING)
Peach Pineapple Chipotle salsa (I got it from Wal-Mart, store brand)
Light/fat free sour cream
Cheddar/Fiesta cheese
*EVERYTHING open to substitution, also ADD whatever you've got around to make it more interesting!

Preheat oven to 400, lay a tortilla on a pizza pan (I used one with holes in the bottom for extra crispiness). In a bowl, add corn, beans, black olives, and salsa, and mixed. Scoop some (however much you want) onto the tortilla you laid out, spreading evenly. Layer with cheese, then other tortilla. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want it. (How much salsa you used might affect how long the bottom tortilla needs to bake, since the liquid will sort of soak into it a little.) When it's done to your taste, allow to cool, slice with a pizza cutter, top with sour cream and more cheese if you want, then eeeeeatt ohmygod


Apr. 12th, 2010 09:40 pm
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What kinds of cereal (cold and hot) do you have access to? If none because of your current location, which ones do you think are at home?



Emmy's: Captain Crunch OOPS ALL BERRIES, some kind of fruit loops I think (she wanted Cinnamon Toast Crunch but I said "nooooooo")
Dustin's: Instant oatmeal--brown sugar & maple variety
Mine: Special K, Corn Chex, Bran Flakes

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AUGH so my car wouldn't start when I got out of work. Good thing Dustin put that travel power-pack dealy in my front passenger seat, so I could jump the battery myself instead of having to call someone or go back inside and ask for someone. (With the way I was parked, it would've been incredibly hard anyway.) He said he thinks there might be a loose fuel line or something, but since it cranks a little, then stops, and roars to life when I got the jumper cables on, I'm wondering if it's the battery. I just got a new one a little bit ago, so hopefully it's still under warranty. IDK IDK.

More overtime for the rest of the week. THERE HAD BETTER NOT BE SATURDAY. It's already just about Emmy's bedtime when we get home, and with trying to do NaNo and other shit, I just don't have time for anything. I barely have time to shower, and the dishes haven't been done in...well, I'm eating with a plastic fork. Maybe I can get my mom to come clean up for me ): At least I'm still trying to eat healthy--had Carnation Instant Bitch Breakfast this morning, since I couldn't find my oatmeal bowl (it slid under the front seat in the car, have it now), a thing of Soup To Go or whatever it's called for lunch, and yoghurt for a snack. Steamed broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and a bit of canned white meat chicken for dinner. I was all pissed off about the car and almost stopped for cheeseburgers on the way home, but remembered I only had a little bit of veggies left, and they were gonna go bad. Mmm, basil. Now I need more cauli. And broccoli and carrots. Will try to stop at the store on the way home tomorrow...or I'll just make brown rice in my cooker and like...I don't know, mash up some beans. Beans are pretty good, yeah? I tore some more recipes out of a magazine, mostly for soup. SOUP IS GOOD FOOD.

Emmy is watching Fern Gully and I've got to turn it off and get her into jammies. Maybe today will be a backwards NaNo day, where I go over what I've done so far and edit it, before adding more. There's no way I could post it now--it's so rough and fast and...bleh. Suppose I should just pound out the story first, then go back and edit, but it's bugging me. I kept remembering shit today at work that I need to go back and add in, or fix.

If I can get going and finish the word count for today, I'll drudge up some music. I'm thinking of starting to do a Song Of The Day sort of deal. (And I haven't forgotten about doing the 50 Top Artists thing either, that just takes more time because it requires more thought, explaining why I love my favourite bands and which songs I think are the best, versus just popping out one song link.) OKAY NOW TO GET EMMY SQUARED AWAY AND OPEN UP WORD.


7919 / 50000 words. 16% done!

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6006 / 50000 words. 12% done!

Time to stop for the night. OH GOD THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY. 12 hours of work tomorrow too. It's just about Emmy's bedtime when we get home on those days ):

Tomorrow I need to eat my broccoli, gdi.
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2257 / 50000 words. 5% done!

I reached a good stopping place, and am very pleased! I was just hoping for 1700, and for the longest time it looked like it was going to be under 900, but then I...I had some tea and it started flowing? No seriously. Man do I love me some strawberry and raspberry tea. I put some water in the coffeemaker so I can take tea to work with me tomorrow. I even ordered some on adaigo.com that someone recommended to me forever ago. YAY TEA.


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I have some recipes collected that I've torn out of magazines and newspapers and whatever. I'll probably end up losing them, so I'm going to type up and post them, and anyone else can try them too.

Salmon, Red Pepper, and Green Bean Salad
Adobo-Glazed Mini Turkey Loaves
Sweet Potato Shepard's Pie
Pink Lemonade Cookie Pops
And something my brother makes I made him write me the recipe for. It has like oats and peanut butter and flax seed and stuff.

i'm not adopted )

Today I finally finished a scene for my story that's kind of important, so I hope anyone interested will check that out. Dustin and I went on a drive to look at the changing leaves, and I got some pictures I might post tomorrow. We were worried we might have to take Emmy to the doctor tomorrow since her cough is still pretty bad, but she didn't have a fever the whole night. Tomorrow I get to be off work in time to come home before Dustin has to leave, so we don't have to worry about sending her to daycare or to my mom's, so that's good. Hopefully she'll be getting over it by the time I get home. Fingers crossed no overtime announced tomorrow for the rest of the week, but I expect it will be. Still, a seven-hour day tomorrow is quite nice after working five hours more than that for the past several weeks. I won't have to go to bed at 10:30 tonight, or get up at 5:15 tomorrow, and that's something.


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