Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's Thursday so I say F*ck Shoes..

So this has nothing to do with shoes but that's how I roll.

So let's see I haven't talked about the neighbors in awhile so there has been a new edition to the never ending labyrinth of fences they put up.  The front corner of their yard is now fenced in with a blue fence so that's an upgrade to the normal chain link.   Not sure wth they are keeping in or out of that area or if they just like fences.

The in laws are as crazy as all get out.  It really is impossible to imagine how crazy these people are.  If it isn't enough they are all lying, cheating, stealing, and using drugs.  They have now decided they are going to collect stuff for a booth at the local flea market and that is how they will be making their money!  I don't even know how that morphs into your dream but wtf ever.  There was a classic incident yesterday.   Of course their car is impounded because they stole the plates off of my camper and when the cops pulled them over they didn't like that much so they impounded the car.  So they now need rides to the store (it's either that or let them borrow your car in which case it never comes back).  Well I needed to pick up a few things so we ended up a Kmart and she "tried" some items on in the dressing room one being a Reds baseball bikini top well she was wearing a button down shirt so she didn't notice that when she was trying to steal it one of the straps were hanging out the front.  Well my 10 year old daughter noticed it and called her out right there at the check out.  "Grandma you forgot to take that bathing suit back off in the changing room, are you going to pay for it?"  so then I watch my MIL struggle to get it off with out anyone noticing it and claim oh it was just an accident as she slid it into her purse and walked out with it.  Who does that!!  I mean really not only are you stealing but right in front of your granddaughter.  That is some trashy stuff!!

Well off to study for finals and then the weekend off!  New classes start back up Tuesday but I'm going to enjoy the freedom of no assignments or tests lingering over my head for a couple of days.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Private Selection Dinner

Through BzzAgent I had the opportunity to try Kroger's Private Selection Burgers, Chips, and Apple Pie.  The Angus burgers were delicious I believe the best ones I've ever grilled myself!!  It truly is quality products for a cheaper price this is not your mamma's generic food.  I have been impressed over and over again by the private selections brand. 

Try this recipe:

Private Selection Moroccan Burger with Mint-Pepper Glaze
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
  • Mint – Pepper Glaze1/2 cup apricot fruit spread
    1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 Tbsp Private Selection Organic Fresh Mint, chopped
    Zest of 1 lemon + 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Burgers
    1 tsp Private Selection ground coriander
    1 tsp Private Selection ground cumin
    1 tsp Private Selection fancy paprika
    1 tsp Private Selection California garlic powder
    1/2 tsp Private Selection ground red pepper
    1 tsp Private Selection sea salt
    1/2 tsp Private Selection freshly ground black pepper
    11/2 lb Private Selection Angus ground beef *
    Cooking spray
    6 grilled or toasted Private Selection jumbo whole wheat sandwich buns
    6 Slices Private Selection Havarti cheese
    *For a more authentic taste, use 1 lb. of Private Selection ground lamb and 1/2 pound of Private Selection ground beef.
  • For mint-pepper glaze:
    1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill.
  • For burger:
    1. Combine first 7 ingredients in small bowl; mix thoroughly. In a large bowl combine ground beef and seasoning blend . Mix gently with fingertips or fork just until incorporated. Form into 6 (4 inch-wide) patties.
  • 2. Place burgers on platter. Burgers can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
  • 3. Preheat grill (medium-high heat). Lightly coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Grill buns, cut side down, just until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  • 4. To assemble the burgers, spread the mint-pepper glaze on the cut sides of the buns. On each roll bottom, place a cooked burger and Havarti cheese. Add the roll tops and enjoy. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Enjoy and don't forget to check Bzzagent out!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Hangman's Daughter

My new Bzzagent Campaign that I am so excited about!

So I have a new Bzzagent campaign that is in the form of two free books via my Kindle Fire in exchange for my opinion,  well of course I took this challange and I'm so glad I did,

Ok, So far I LOVE this book.  I'm on chapter 11 of the Hangman's Daughter and it's getting really good.  It has been very interesting to learn about the culture of executioners in the 1600's.  The book is actually written by a descendant of a hangman so you can tell this is near and dear to his heart. 
The book starts off with the town Hangman in a small Bavarian town and explaining how a executioner is treated in these towns.  They are shunned and it's bad luck to even look at them.  After making you familiar with the time period we jump to a murdered child with the witch's tattoo, to a midwife being thrown in jail for witchcraft,  and more murders of children to follow.  We follow the journey of Jacob the hangman and the town's physician as they try to solve these murders. 
At the moment the physician and the hangman's daughter are falling in love but they know it's forbidden love because a hangman's daughter is only allowed to marry other hangman's sons from far away towns. 

Love, murder, witchcraft, and a big burly executioner with a heart of gold what more can you want from a book.

More to come once I finish some more of this book!  (and move on to the Dark Monk)

I've finished the first book and loved it!  Can't wait to start Dark Monk this weekend.

Check out the book at Amazon here: