Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

Here is my 10 on Tuesday! And thank God my Tuesday is done. I had 8 hours of home-health clinicals followed by a test. I hate home health. And yes, Hate is very very strong word!!

1. Are you usually late, early, or right on time?
-This totally depends on what I am attending. First time going to a new clinical, new class, interview -- I always try to be 10 minutes early. But now that I feel acclimated with class -- I show up right on the dot of when it starts. Actually, our teachers are always unorganized and running late -- so I have gave up on trying to be on time. They waste my time like that -- I will not make it my priority to be on time either.

2. What is your middle name?
Lea. I love it. It's spelled different than most "Lee's, Leigh's, Lei's"; so the uniqueness makes me happy!

3. What are the last 4 digits of your cell phone number?
5007. I am so lame that when I have had to give it out I actually say "Five double-oh-seven". No, I don't like James Bond. I'm just lame! :)

4. How big is your bed?
King size, and super comfortable. But I could sleep on anything. Seriously.

5. What are you allergic to?
Mold, cheese molds, pollen, Cephzil (a cephalosporin antibiotic), pine needles, and "Snuggle" fabric softener! I say I'm allergic to dogs. I'm not really. But it's my way of getting dogs to stay the heck away from me.

Today, I was doing a home visit. They're ugly little dog kept jumping up and sniffing me, I kept pushing him off of me -- with my knees and legs (kind of kicking it). Finally I was like "I'm reallllly allergic to dogs"

6. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
-Drink water, stretch, and put on my contacts!

7. What was your favorite TV show growing up?
-Hmmm....all I remember watching as a child was the shows my older siblings watched. 90210, Party of Five, Saved By the Bell. I also liked Full House.

8. Will you, or did you, go to your High School reunion?
-H-E-L-L- no! I would have to be crazy. I hated high school. When I was home for Christmas, I saw a former classmate of mine. I turned my head and burried my head behind Ryan to hide from this guy, all to avoid just saying "Hi, Merry Christmas! Heard you got married this summer. Me too. Still living in small-town ND, doing nothing with your life, huh? Neat. Well...have a nice life!"

9. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it; does it make a sound?
-Of course!

10. What, in your opinion, is the great invention? (You know, since sliced bread)
-Hmm..there's a lot of basics that are obvious. But today I'm going to say refridgerators. How did people eat and not get sick before the day of fridges? Didn't their meat rot? Did people just like, vomit incessantly during life due to various salmonellas, ecolis, etc? Ew.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Hobby

After spending a few weeks at the cabin with family, we got a look of good cooking and amazing food in; as I mentioned in my Christmas Recap post!

One of the days with my brother, Kevin and his wife Julie; the day was spent smoking ribs. As many of you know, my brothers are incredible cooks and specialize in the area of smoking/BBQ. Therefore, Kevin was kind enough to show Ryan "the ropes" of BBQ!

So we delved into a new cooking adventure this week....twice! This week Ryan went out and purchased a Weber charcoal grill, wood chips, a rib rack, and the whole works. He also recieved a Beer Can Chicken cooker for Christmas -- which is actually one made specially by one of my brother Chad's friends.

So Saturday, after Ryan returned home from guard; we started with our first barbeque experience: Beer Can Chicken!

About an hour worth of prep went into it; just measuring out, and grinding up our herbs & spices! After completing the rubs. The BBQ began! Below is a picture of the chicken ready to go on the grill for a few hours!






Unfortunately, we were so excited to cut into this bird by the time it came off the grill; that we forgot to take pictures! But the flavor was incredible. I will be bold to say this is the best way to do chicken!

Since this was a success, and we knew this is a weekend that we still have lives (Ryan starts classes up this weekend--so "life" will be coming to a mild halt again). We decided to go ahead and do ribs! This time, I spent the afternoon while Ryan was a work preparing the rubs and marinade.

In fact, I was so engrained in doing the marinade, some if it ended up in my hair (I'm not sure how). And I definitely made a trip to the grocery store, not knowing I had rib marinade in my hair. Lovely.

In addition to the ribs, I made a healthy version of baked beans. No bacon in these beans! Just pinto, red, kidney, & garbanzo beans; with some tomato juices, brown sugar, onions, peppers, and habenero. Tasted delicious. And, of course, we had a side of spinach salad. Leafy greens are mandatory with every meal!

After about 6 hours of different varieties of cooking, smoking, baking, grilling -- the ribs were done and our mouths were definitely watering. They tasted incredible!! And, I remembered to snap a photo of the finished product this time!


This has definitely become a new hobby. Ryan is skilled the grilling/cooking department of the meat. And I take care of the rub-mixing and the side dishes :) We are now ready to cook for others -- so family is more than welcome to escape your winter temps to visit and we promise delicious food!!!