Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anger, veggies, my office and cookies

Today, i had a little realization, and here is my story. Janeen and I went to lunch, El Pollo Loco and she ordered a pollo bowl. This bowl has rice, beans, chicken, and salsa. When they gave her the bowl, we left and went back to the office, when she was just about ready to eat it, she realized that there was not any chicken in her bowl. She was so angry and decided to call El Pollo Loco and complain. She gets them on the phone and is very angry and maybe not thinking logically about the situation (which happens). The people were not really willing to help her, probably because she was very upset and was putting them down because they made what is probably a common mistake. Well this little incidence made me realize how bad anger really is. Don't get me wrong, I get angry, but I hope that this situation today can make me think more when I am in a similar situation and I chose to take the high road and keep my cool instead of letting it effect me on a larger scale. I guess, I will just have to ask myself if it is really worth it to get angry about. In the end, everything was OK, I gave Janeen some of my chicken breast and all was good! So, for my and any one's sanity, why not all just learn to keep our cool. Everyone makes mistakes and I don't want someone to barrage me for my mistakes so why should I do it to anyone? Also, I think that is similar situations, I am pretty good at not making a big deal out of it, but when it comes to my feelings, that is when I get angry... and that is what I will work on!!!

I have done some research on gardens, and I have decided that this winter I am going to try to expand the veggies in our garden. Today I am going to plant my garlic that has been sitting in the fridge for some time now. I found out that if you plant each sprouting clove that it will grow into a heart of garlic!!! I am so excited to learn this and now I know why I just knew that I should not throw out that garlic in my fridge. :) I think that I am also going to plant some potatoes, maybe in a couple of weeks. I first need to buy some and let them sprout, and then you can plant them. I also think that I will try for carrots, my mom used to grow them and I remember that I loved to watch them grow and I think they are pretty easy! Wish me luck on these new endeavors!

My office is officially complete!!! After painting more than half with a color I bought, I realized that I didn't like it and it didn't make me happy. So I repainted and I finished on Friday! It looks absolutely great and I love it! Here are the before pics:


Here are the new pics that I look today!


On the lighter wall you can see the contrast on the door and molding! It is kinda grey/light purple.On Saturday, I was hanging out at my place and I decided to make cookies!! They turned out soooo yummy. I also wanted to make sure that Greg could enjoy them with me so I made them without dairy, and used dark chocolate (70%) instead of milk chocolate chips. Here is the yummy recipe:
1 cup smart balance butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tbsp soy milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips (about 12-oz.)

Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until mixture is light in color. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the soy milk and the vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Either by hand or with the mixer on low speed, gradually beat the flour in to the sugar mixture until just incorporated.
Stir in the oats and chocolate chips by hand.
Drop 1-inch balls of dough onto the cookie sheet, placing about 1 1/2 inches apart so they have room to spread.
Bake at 350F for 10-13 minutes, until golden brown at the edges and light golden at the center.
Cool on baking sheet for at least 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

They were great!!!


1 comment:

Greg said...

The cookies were fantastic! :)

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