Topher, my-daughter-that-wishes-to-remain-anonymous, and I were sitting around the dinner table the other night discussing strange and unusual things about ourselves. Well, it turns out we’re about as strange as Morticia, Gomez and Wednesday. I’m pretty certain they may revolt if I share their quirks (I know my teenager would disown me), so I am bravely going to pass along a few of my own. The shortened list is as follows:
- I almost never eat with spoons. I don’t know what it is I just don’t like them. Maybe it’s the way it contours to your mouth that feels odd, but the only thing I use a spoon for is cereal (trust me I’ve tried) — I even eat ice cream with a fork.
- I hate heights and I am claustrophobic. Sometime I will share the story of when my hubby and I, after not dating very long, went through a massive cave in Missouri. Most terrifying experience of my life. I was a little panicky, and then they decided to turn off all the lights to show us what utter darkness felt like. Good news: he didn’t go running for the hills. After that…I knew he was my guy.
- I’m picky about my candy for no reason whatsoever. I only eat green and clear colored gummy bears. With skittles it’s the red, purple and green. I’m just not a fan of orange or yellow anything.
- I love, love, love comfy jammies and robes. I have tons of them. For Christmas: jammies. My birthday: jammies. Valentine’s Day: jammies. All comfy. All super soft.
- I listen to Christmas music all day long from Thanksgiving day until after Christmas. Topher had a rental car onetime that had satellite radio, and I (and I seemed to be the only one in the group) was soooo excited to find out there was a Christmas channel all year long.
- I eat everything plain. I do not like condiments. No ketchup, no mustard, mayonnaise makes me want to throw up, sometimes (maybe) butter. My hamburgers have meat and cheese only. The only condiment I consistently use horribly offends my husband: A1 Steak Sauce. He grills amazing steaks, and every time, I “ruin it” by drenching it in A1. Weird.
- (This one isn’t for the younger kids in the audience.) I do not like anything green, except the items previously mentioned in #3. I hate lettuce (tastes like dirt to me), green beans ugh, peas make me gag, or anything else with a greenish hue. Yes, I know it’s contrary to what we’ve been led to believe about nutrition, but I take my vitamins, and I have been making smoothies with spinach in them mixed with bananas, berries, apples, and such so I can’t taste it. Actually my hubby makes them for me because I can’t even stand to look at the spinach going into the blender — and to be honest, I’m not sure if really uses any.
- I don’t like to eat any kind of meat that is served on the bone. I am a total animal lover, and if I didn’t despise vegetables I would become a vegetarian in a minute. Eating anything like ribs or buffalo wings makes me sad since I fixate on this tender morsel covered in skin and fur/feathers. Yes I know that boneless chicken breasts used to have bones in them. but if I don’t see them, I can trick myself into thinking this thing on my plate wasn’t walking around on a farm a week ago. For me, my meat is grown under the plastic wrapper in the back of the grocery store. I’ll save the trout-served-exactly-as-its-caught-only-cooked story for another day.
- I’m obsessed with my dogs. I totally understand why crazy old people bequeath all their inheritance to their dogs.
- I only eat the tips of my french fries since I only really like the crispy parts. Why waste the calories if you don’t really like it
If anyone has any bizarre things about themselves they are brave enough to share, please leave a comment below. I would love to know that I’m not alone in my weirdness.
So the other night on Pinterest, I happen to find a recipe which called for no greens, no “boned meat”, and nothing that needed a condiment. I’m still sort of a newbie when it comes to Pinterest, but I’m quickly learning that I’ve missed out on soooo much without it. I have quite a bit pinned, but the recipe below was too good not to pass along. Originally found here.
Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese
- 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 slice applewood-smoked bacon
- 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
- 1/3 cup condensed 45% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded six-cheese Italian blend (such as Sargento)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded colby-Jack cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Finely chop bacon; set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes or until done.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour evenly into pan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Combine milk and soup, stirring with a whisk; gradually add milk mixture to saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until sauce cools to 155°. Add Italian cheese blend, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, and salt, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in pasta and chicken.
Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and colby-Jack cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.