Hi blog friends! It's like breathing a huge sigh of relief to be back on here again. As you may recall from my last post (which you can read here), I put this blog on a hiatus until my husband came home. Well, I am happy to report that Rex has moved home for good, and I can finally resume my housewifery. I must confess I'd grown quite complacent. Cooking for one is anticlimactic, so I got used to sandwiches and eating out. But then when the Qdoba lady knew my name since I was there so often, I got kind of scared that I was losing my silks forever so I started cooking again, ha ha. Cleaning took a back seat too. I would stay pretty picked up, but who was going to notice if there was dust in my corners or if I hadn't scrubbed my shower head? No one, that's who. Elvis certainly wasn't going to tell on me. So I just kind of let it go. But now my husband's back, so I can feel good about cleaning again!
Come to think of it, I'm quite sure he wouldn't notice dust in the corners or a grimy shower head either, but somehow I feel better when I'm actually cleaning for someone instead of just for myself.
So anyway, this past weekend I went into total housewife overdrive. In the past few days I completed the following recipes (all from scratch, obviously):
- Chipotle-crusted chicken with mashed potatoes and spiced green beans
- Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce based on the Olive Garden recipe and accompanied by homemade garlic bread (that bagged stuff from the frozen section is SO last year)
- Homemade burritos including guacamole from scratch, sautéed Mexi-spiced chicken, cilantro-lime rice made from scratch, and various other burrito accoutrements
- Cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread (PS that recipe took literally TEN DAYS to make because I had to "grow" the yeast starter. So yeah, be really proud of me on that one.)
- Chocolate Mint Trifle (a dessert which accompanied a frozen pizza... I felt bad about cheating on that dinner so at least I made a cool dessert).
- Chicken Tortilla Soup (homemade, obviously. What is this "canned" nonsense?)
Since all of that cooking happened over the course of a weekend, you can see that Rex and I have been eating pretty well. I'm trying to convince him to never leave again, ha ha. But really, I was just bored because I was on Christmas Break from school and had nothing better to do. I was actually looking forward to going back to school, but alas. It wasn't meant to be. Due to a raging, record-breaking blizzard that has hit Southwest Michigan, I'm now on Day 1 of a (at least) two day snow day spread. Well, I'm obviously super bored now. I've already exhausted all of my recipes, and Rex is away at work. I don't have any grading or lesson planning to do because I'm technically on an extended break.
Basically, I was really bored. I had nothing to do; no one to serve. I can't even leave the house because snow drifts are keeping my car from going anywhere (Rex took our Suburban... it's the only vehicle that has a chance in this weather). I was trying to figure out what to do when I looked down at our dog Elvis and came up with a brilliant idea:
I would make DOG TREATS!
What's more domestic than home-making your dog's food?? Plus, I remembered that I had a really sketchy looking dog treat mix that I got from some guy who lived near the dog park last year. I bought it for $1. Looking back, that was actually really dumb. I got the bag out of my cupboard and looked at it skeptically - it was a bag full of who-knows-what, with no instructions on how to turn this floury mess into edible dog snacks. It could have been a bag of arsenic and crack, for all I knew. Alas, boredom makes people do weird things. I got online and googled "what to add to dog treat mix." Some recipes were really elaborate. People are getting weird about what to feed to their pets, like "Add GMO-free wheat that was grown in a sunny location and organic eggs from chickens who only ate organic feed and took occasional classes in philosophy..." Okay, I'm exaggerating, but only a little. Finally I figured, "He's a DOG. He'll eat anything." So I just added water to the powdery mixture until it made a pasty dough. Then I cut the dough into dog bone shapes and slapped it in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes (because it seems like that's the directions for every run-of-the-mill baking recipe). When I took them out, they actually looked like dog treats! What's more, Elvis LOVED them! He hasn't even died or anything, which I find very promising. I need to cook for Elvis more often - he's my least picky critic.
I'm on a cooking ROLL. I need to bake something for Elsie. Or reorganize another closet. The Vintage Housewife is BACK, y'all. Stay tuned for fabulous.