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Archive: June 2007

Hey! Guess What?

It’s raining. Last night the water was running up over the curb in front of our house. We have a creek across the street, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on it, because, you know, I’m a little worried about flooding. The news guys keep warning everybody that ALL creeks are over-running their banks, so it’s a little unnerving. It’s also weird to turn on the national news and see pictures taken not far from our house. We’ve gotten 8 inches of rain in 36 hours (5.5 inches yesterday). Lake Lewsiville went from being 14 feet below normal in January to 6 feet above today.
There is an upside, though. It’s almost July, and I have the windows open. That’s right. July in Texas, and it’s currently 75 degrees outside. I can’t ever remember a time in 32 years living here that it’s been under 90 degrees this time of year, so at least my electric bill will be lower.

Massive Undertaking

I have a confession to make. I am an addict. Cooking magazines are like meth to me. I have hundreds of them. Don’t get me wrong: I do throw them away….IF they don’t have recipes I use. The trouble is, almost every one of them has a recipe that I use. So. Since it’s raining non-stop, and because I really have nothing better to do, I have finally made the commitment to ditch them all. BUT. Not before transferring the relevant material to MacGourmet. That means that, for the next few months, I will be chained to my computer while I go totally digital in the kitchen. My goal is to get every one of my recipes out of the magazines, off of the internet (where no shit? I have a couple hundred more stored) and into my hard drive.
If you need me, I’ll be on the couch, typing.



Originally uploaded by merrindonahue.

Make it stop! We have had SO much rain, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon.


I can’t stand Katie Couric. She has no business being on “60 Minutes”. That is all.

I Am So Lame

And tired. So even though it’s only 9:40, and even though it’s a Friday night, I’m about to head to bed. I can’t stop yawning.

Another Home Run

Since Kevin’s last round of bloodwork came back a little high (not alarming, not out-of-the-ordinary, just a little high), I’m now back on the low-fat, low-cholesterol bandwagon. I gave up fast food a little over a year ago, and now if I even look at the stuff, I’m miserable for days afterward. But I have to admit, I’ve become a little lax about watching the cholesterol around the house, and I’ve slid back into making “white foods” more often than I should.
So. My point. In the last few months, I’ve incorporated more and more fish into our diets. If you know anything about me, you know that I am a beef girl. Once, maybe even twice a week. I am in NO WAY a fish girl. But….I tried out a recipe tonight for baked, breaded fish sticks. Yep. That’s what I said: fish sticks. I cut up the tilapia, breaded it with Panko, and threw it in the oven. And. It. Was. DELICIOUS. A little brown rice, some green beans fresh from the garden, a big salad (yes, with fat-free dressing), and dinner was on the table in about 20 minutes. Good and good for you!


Tonight we had grilled jerk chicken skewers, whole wheat couscous with cilantro, parsley, garlic, and lime juice, and cucumber and mango salsa. All told, the entire meal was under 300 calories, had hardly any fat, and almost no cholesterol. Also? It was high in vitamins, so that was a bonus. All in all, it was absolutely delicious, and it proves once again that you can eat well and eat healthy at the same time. I’m pretty sure this meal is going to become a summer staple in our house. And next time? I’m totally taking a picture, because it made a really pretty plate.


Kevin has to work all day and all night, so it looks like I’m on my own. Chores, anyone? I have to go to the grocery store, which I absolutely love to do, so that doesn’t really count as a chore, but I’m pretty sure the whole cleaning the house and doing laundry thing does.
We bought our tickets to Jacksonville and my ticket to D.C., so at least that stuff is off the list. I swear, if we keep traveling this much, we’ll have enough miles for three trips to China in no time.
So. For the first time in weeks, the sun is out today. I may even do some work in the yard, like weed the bed that houses my petunias. Yep. I’m pretty boring.




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