It's been 60 days since I started my new job. It's gone by so fast and it feels so comfortable... that I've been there many years. We had another birthday potluck/treat day last week to celebrate the February birthdays. I tried out a new recipe. Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. Work starts at 8am. By 8:15, there were only 3 left. By 10am, they were all gone! Since I had lots of frosting left over, I made more cupcakes over the weekend.
A tidbit of infomation: Walmart sells Wilton decorating supplies. JoAnn Fabric sells Wilton decorating supplies. Walmart sells the large decorating tips, but not the couplers to go with them. JoAnn Fabrics sells the large coupler, but not the tips. Go figure! I imagine the JoAnn Fabrics Superstores probably have the tips, but the smaller stores do not.
Last week, Valerie at FogCity Dweller mentioned on her blog that she made Curried Shrimp Chowder. Like Valerie, I felt that some changes were needed. I added a little over 2 times more curry, extra basil, canned roasted tomatoes, extra garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch as a thickener. I also used a 12oz package of shrimp. I also left out the celery because I didn't feel like buying an entire bunch of celery and use one stalk for the soup. I added celery seed as a substitute. If I were to make this again, I think I'd leave out the coconut milk and use cream of chicken soup instead and would add more bacon - maybe just another strip. All that aside, it tasted pretty good and made a huge batch.
Remember at the end of December, I was privvy to that huge snowstorm? I had someone with a plow truck come and clean my driveway. He pushed the snow onto part of the sidewalk. Then, I was sick for 3 weeks and didn't get the snow cleaned off. I came home from work one day with a notice taped to my front door saying that I could pay the $20 fine or appear in court for violation of the snow ordinance. I paid the fine. The court date was 2/14.
When I went to the post office last Saturday, there was a notice for a fine of $75 for a "failure to appear" in city court! Argh!!! So, now I'm going to have call and chew some butt and get that thing revoked. Can you say one hand not talking to the other? (i.e. City Finance Dept vs. City Attorney... who's a putz to begin with)
Once again, I've been procrastinating over working on Japanese Garden. I don't know why I do this because once I get started, I enjoy working on it. Last week, I started a new project called Stars Over Pines. I finished it last night -- my third finish of this year. Since I stitched it over-one, it ended up being about 2 1/2 x 3" in size.
Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs
Fabric: 28ct Silkweaver Opalescent Lugana - Ivory Shimmer
Fibers: GAST, WDW, DMC
Until next time,