Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dear Mr. Officer

Dear Mr. Officer,

I understand that most everyone in our building is military and we are all up early. However, need I remind you of the set up of our building. While you may have one of the two first floor apartments, the rest of us live on the second floor, and all of the parking is directly under our units. So when you decide to start and rev up your motorcycle at 2:55 A.M., and then race around the block only to come back in and park two minutes later.  It is rather annoying.  I think I jumped two feet out of bed with all the racket, not to mention I was unable to return to sleep. To top it off it was my day off, and even if it wasn't my day off I would still be annoyed to be woken ten minutes before my alarm was set to go off.  0300 comes sooner then most people would think.

Further more, I just heard more noise outside and it appears you are moving.  While I see TMO is moving you, they are blocking the drive.  No one in the building can get in or out.  Seeing that it took them ten minutes to park the UHaul because the drive is so narrow and on a hill, I do not think they are going to be very pleasant about moving it later.  Not to mention there is a giant sign saying "DO NOT BLOCK THE DRIVE" and "NO PARKING".  I understand this is not your fault, but due to my heart stopping, rather abrupt wake up from this morning, this is kind of like the icing on a nonexistent cake.

No disrespect intended. You have always seemed pleasant in the past so the last six hours have thrown me for a loop. I am also a little anxious today.  My monthly visit from my favorite aunt is late but the stick is still negative, and I would REALLY like it to not be negative for once.   

Anyways, I digress.  Good luck at your next duty station.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Featured Friday!

Okay so it has been a couple of weeks since I featured a shop, but I am aboslutely sure you will love this weeks Zibbet shop!

Sky Jewelry

They specialize in beautiful, handmade, jewelry from beads, sterling silver, and gold. They have something beautiful for everyone, and all of the jewelry is very reasonable priced, which is always a plus. They also offer free shipping to the US and Canada! Everyone should stop by and take a look at this fabulous shop. Here are some more of their items....

Go take a look!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Grilled Shrimp!

Well its not Monday, but Tuesday is a pretty close alternative. If only in the respect of it being still early in the week. I was looking through some of my favorite recipes and this one came across, probably because we have had this a lot recently with my husbands mouth being sore from his wisdom teeth removal.  So for this weeks recipe we have Grilled Shrimp. . . I use a table top George Foreman grill.

So for starters gather the following ingredients, feel free to make substitutions for what ever you have or don't have on hand.

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1-1/2 cloves garlic, minced (I cheat and use garlic powder)
1-1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached (I sometimes cheat here too and remove the tails for ease of eating later)

Now that you have all of your ingredients, mix them in a large mixing bowl. Next add the shrimp in, mix, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and place bowl in the fridge for 2 hours.

After this time has passed, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and start placing the shrimp on the skewers, running the skewer from the head area and the area above the tail. Next place the skewers on the grill. While they are on the grill feel free to brush the remaining maranade on them.

After they have been on the grill for 2-3 minutes turn the skewers over. The shrimp should no longer be the grayish white color, but should be a nice pink color.

After another 2-3 minutes remove from grill and enjoy!

***Warning*** Shrimp is easy to over cook, which makes it tough and chewy. Watch your shrimp carefully. If the grill is very hot or the shrimp are small they will be done in less time.  Shrimp is done when they are pink.

Happy Eating!

Next week homemade soft pretzels... I think this recipe gives Auntie Anns a run for her money.

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