Archive for March, 2009

busy busy busy…

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I just realized I hadn’t done much “blogging” in several days…  There are several reasons.  First, any computer time I’ve had over the last several days has been spent working on tier II chemical reports for the company I have worked for.  I knowknew nothing about any of this stuff before Friday… but am quickly becoming knowledgeable.  It’s harder to spend time for leisure on the laptop when you have work to do.  I am not finished… not even close, but I am taking a breather and breaking to blog. 

The next reason was that we had visitors over the weekend.  Matt’s mom Paula, aunt Jane Ellen and sister Jane Ann came for a visit.  Friday night we had pizza (tradition) and vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.  The problem was the bottle of chocolate syrup I thought was full was completely empty!  So, rather than face yet another trip to the store… I made some.  It was better than the store bought stuff… and pretty easy.  Here’s the recipe.

  • 1/2 cup packed cocoa powder 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Directions

  1. Whisk cocoa powder and water together thoroughly in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat and whisk to dissolve the cocoa. (I use medium-low heat).
  3. Add the sugar and stir/whisk to dissolve. Be sure the sugar has dissolved before continuing on, so your syrup is not grainy.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Be sure to watch this VERY carefully. Mine has a tendency to want to boil over immediately, so I have to continuously take it on and off of the burner.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla extract.
  6. Let cool completely and skim off any skin that may have formed.

Saturday Paula’s husband John came down (from Tulsa) and brought some yummy lasagna he made.  He is so sweet to make lunch  for us on Saturday!  I made garlic bread and we had salad.  They all played gin rummy & uno for what seemed like hours!  It was a good visit. 

After I trimmed and colored Jane Ann’s hair we all headed to Poblano Grill for some delicious mexican food.  She headed home to Dallas from there. 

Sunday was church, nap and church again… 

Today I went to lunch with my parents at Sante Fe.  It was pretty good!  We did a little shopping and then came home to do mom’s hair before I picked Izzy up from school.  whew!  Busy day! 

I don’t have a mpm.  Hopefully tomorrow.