Mommy makes the hard decisions…

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.

Ephesians 5:15, 16

So, this morning started out with a fail on making eggs in a skillet. I used my Jen-Aire for making bacon and then tried to cook over easy eggs in a stainless steel frying pan. It does not have the non-stick on it – deliberately. It is the first time I’ve made (attempted to make) eggs that were not scrambled. At least, not since I was a short-order cook in Bel Air, Maryland. I used butter as the base and cracked the eggs. Everything started out just fine:

Looks good, doesn’t it? Very shortly after that picture was taken, the eggs started gluing themselves to the pan. And I am not kidding. I’m talking the Super Glue commercial where the guy is hanging from a steel beam 40 stories in the air stuck. It was awful.

Anyone have any ideas? I don’t use PAM. That stuff will kill cabinets in a heartbeat. I refuse to use it. I use butter and, very occasionally, oil. I ended up switching to my skillet… yet again…

Much better! And, they came out delicious. However, now I need to try and figure out how to cook eggs on the range, not on the skillet. Oh, and the bacon? I should have used the skillet, not the Jen-Aire. It took an hour of soaking in Dawn and then some scrubbing. I had to pull out a scrubbie to do it. I don’t like using the scrubbie! I want to use my washcloth and nothing else, as I do with everything else I make! Any ideas would be very pleasantly accepted and I might share a recipe or give away a quilting pattern to someone who solves my dilemma!

The day was a pleasant one. It’s the first of the month, so I received my Veteran’s pay. I went to the store and got some food stuffs I’ve been wanting but, more importantly, I got a spice rack I’ve been eyeing at a local restaurant supply store. It’s a beautiful set and I’ve already put all my current spices in it. Tomorrow morning, I’m looking to hang it from the cabinet closest to where I do all my cooking.

It cost me $35 and I have one section left to put any new spice I end up buying. That’s not the best part, though. The unique feature of this seemingly boring little spin-top spices rack is that you can dial it to get 1/4 teaspoon at a time out of it. Isn’t that cool? If a recipe calls for 1 tsp, Tthen turn the dial 4 times. If it calls for 1/2 tsp, dial it 2 times. I’m in love! Oh, and the little sections? They come out like a piece of pie does from a pan! So, I can grab the ones I want and bring them to the working table! All this cooking has netted me a desire for some really cool stuff in my kitchen.

I do have to be careful, however. I don’t want to start playing the “best” game with my cooking. I want to keep it simple. I will not buy every latest and greatest gadget for cooking. In fact, I still cut my own garlic into tiny pieces when I need it for a recipe. I don’t use a fancy gadget to do that. I cut up my own lettuce for a salad and even use Ranch or Italian dressing out of the bottle it came in! I need to remain humble, but I think I’m doing good, so far.

After a lunch of grilled cheese, strawberries and some raspberry jello, we kind of milled around the house until dinner. I got ex #1 to cook some frozen Albertson’s (cheap) steaks on the grill and I made a wedge salad with red bell peppers and cucumbers on the side. Since we ate all our bacon bits yesterday, I didn’t have any for the wedge salad. Tomorrow, I should have some. I’m using some thawed bacon for a recipe and hoping to have some left. If we don’t snack on all of it!

Did I mention we bought nearly 10 pounds of bacon at Albertsons a week back at 1.99 a pound? I call that a win! They were having a sale and lucked into stopping by the store as it was ending. We separated it all into individual packets to thaw a little bit at a time. It’s been working out great, especially since we like salad with bacon bits.

This evening, we went down to Aspen Grove to have a fire, some marshmallows and fire off some fireworks. However, we were there about an hour and had the baby (Brendan) spill hot chocolate on himself two times (burning himself mildly the second time), Caiden get eaten up by mosquitoes (and I mean eaten – he had nearly 25 bites in an hour) and their daddy tripped being stupid and nearly break his ankle/heel.

It wasn’t a lot of fun after those incidents. So, mommy made the hard decision and brought everyone home. No fireworks, fire had just started up and had to be put out… the works. I hate making those kinds of decisions but it is my job to do so. Especially when babies are getting miserable fast because of things going wrong.

However, on the way home, ex #1 bought them ice cream cones at Maverick and I made them a chocolate milk banana milkshake when we got here. A nice treat to end a bad evening. Of course, how can one call it bad when one is with family? Easy! Everyone is crying! The best part was, though, when we got home, mommy made the decision to make a high-sugar snack and feed it to them. They giggled and enjoyed it until it was all gone. That made it worth it all! The smiles as they slid off to bed at nearly 10:30 p.m.!

Thank you for listening,

Naia.

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Categories: Breakfast, Dinner, Family, Lunch, Trips | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Mommy makes the hard decisions…

  1. Pamela

    The answer to SS cookware stickiness is, cast iron. Once seasoned, it is better than nonstick without the drawbacks. I use it frequently and I clean it with a paper towel and a bit of oil wiped on while it is still warm. Lasts forever.

    Nicely blogged so far!

    • I love my cast iron. I’ve done away with near everything else. I’ve only once or twice used my griddle for pancakes and such in the past 2 months. I’m proud of my shift over to cast iron for everything. The only thing that remains is figuring out how to not destroy the pan when making scrambled eggs.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I look forward to any and all comments, tips, hints and suggestions.

      Thank you,

      Naia.

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