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My first Dog Shaming — August 20, 2015

My first Dog Shaming

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How can you resist this smile?

 

I have an English Mastiff.  His name is Hercules.  And yes, I know about the dog from “The Sandlot” !!!  If another person asks me that, I think I will take a baseball bat and shove it down their throats.  Why the hostility?  Because when we adopted him, that was his name.  I wanted to change it to Samson but my daughter wouldn’t let me.  She said he wouldn’t know his name.  Really?  I mean, is he going to be in Kindergarten and not raise his hand at roll call?  But, I decided to let her have her way.  I had no clue about this movie though.  I will admit, after the 100th comment, I finally BOUGHT the movie since there is no such thing as video stores anymore to see what the hoopla was about.  it took me three days to watch it in 30 minute intervals.  I kept falling asleep.  Apparently, the whole movie was about an English Mastiff that made his appearance during the last five minutes of the movie.  I will never get that hour and a half back.

We have had him for about two years now. He is the biggest baby. And, we have had issues with him pooping at night in the house I do admit. We have had to start tying him on his leash to our bed at night so he cannot get off and go roam. Since then we haven’t had a problem. Maybe he is mad because we didn’t change his name? I should really run that by my daughter…

Yesterday, she was home all day to let him in and out. It did rain off and on throughout the day, pretty hard at times even. I came home early and went for a run since it was cool enough (it was only 85 degrees ) since the rain had came in bringing the arctic freeze. Believe me, anything below 90 degrees in August here is considered “cool” to us Houstonians. After my run, I went on an errand making me come back home around 6:30. When I walked in the back gate, Hercules was outside and so was his collar. Uh Oh………….. what did he do?

I walked in the house and Jordan was making cake balls. I asked about Hercules and she said to not let him in because Greg said he was now an outside dog. Then I hear the carpet shampooer………….. Jordan explained that Greg had came home and let Hercules out while he did something outside. He was out for about ten minutes. Then Greg let him back in and Greg went to change clothes to go work out. He came out of the bathroom and smelled “the stench” that we have all become to know so well…….. When you have a big dog, it isn’t that easy to find the spot. The smell doesn’t stay within the small area……… it spreads through the entire house.

Apparently, Hercules had came in straight from being outside and went to poop in Jordan’s room. He obviously knows he is doing wrong because he always does it somewhere where we never go. However, this time, somehow he stepped in it and went back downstairs………. making tracks of poop all the way from her room, down the stairs, and into the living room in his spot acting all innocent.

Needless to say, Hercules and Greg had a rumble trying to get him out the door. I am sure there was yelling and some curse words in the process. Hercules has learned how to maneuver his way out of his collar when he is in trouble. LOL! I walked upstairs and saw Greg with his handy dandy carpet shampooer trying to clean all the paw prints down the stairs. Do they make portable carpet shampooers ? HHHMMM… that is a thought. We seem to use that more than the vacuum cleaner I swear.

I remembered the whole dog shaming thing and decided to take advantage of it. He does this every time it rains. I don’t know why Greg was shocked personally. Me and Jordan made our sign so we could post his dog shaming picture. The trick??? He hates pictures. He can be doing the cutest thing but if you try to take a picture he is walking away or will cover his face. That is why he isn’t looking at the camera. Jordan was holding a bone and making him sit while I was sneaking in pictures.

dog shaming

Of course, when Greg came home he said its’ a good thing he got a work out in and relieved all his stress because Hercules was going to be an outside dog (yea right). Did he forget there are three women he lives with? When he came home and took his shower, Hercules walked up to him with his sad face asking for forgiveness. Greg finally pet him and his little smile was so cute. He was happy they made up. I asked Greg how he could resist it………..

That face is adorable!!!!

Three Bachelors left = Tres Leches — July 14, 2015

Three Bachelors left = Tres Leches

Every Monday, my daughter and her friends hang out at the house and watch The Bachelorette. I have never watched any sort of these shows nor do I like them. But, when your child is 19 and the only night she is at home you take what you can get. So, every week, I make something for us all to pig out on while watching Kaitlyn slobber over all the guys.

First off, I do not like to advertise for this show but it isn’t like my four visitors in history of this blog is going to make a difference!!! Here is my opinion about the show.

1. Do they have a microphone in her nose or inside her mouth? I mean, she either kisses really loud or they turn her microphone up to 100 or something.

2. Do these guys have vaginas? They whine as much as women.

3. How did Shawn not know her and Nick did it like what…………… on the second episode or something? Wow!

4. Shawn is just different … I don’t know what and God knows I am not in the place to judge on appearances but he is just odd.

5. What happened with the guys and the bromance?

Now that I have that off my chest, I feel a little better.

I didn’t want to come home and cook a five course meal as usual last night. Jordan is going to Virginia for two weeks so I didn’t want to spend all night in the kitchen yelling, “Who is she kissing now?” while everyone else got to enjoy the show. So, I ordered pizza. And let me just say this……………… I had one piece only because ever since I started making my own pizza crust, the Chain kind is just nasty!!!! I swear I can taste the preservatives!!!! But, the girls enjoyed it so thats’ what matters…………….. that, and the fact that I didn’t have to stand in the kitchen and cook while everyone else got to hang out.

While waiting on the girls to get there, I remembered the croissants on the kitchen counter. I had bought them last week and nobody ate them. Ugh!!! I decided to look up bread pudding recipes and attempt that. I had never made one and I had about 30 minutes of boredom.

Of course on Pinterest, there are hundreds but I saw the word Tres Leches and was intrigued. I mean, hello…………. I love that cake!!! I also thought about Greg at this moment because I remember his mom making him a bread pudding years ago saying it was one of his favorites. Now, that I know her and their relationship, I don’t know if he just said that to her or if she just said that in general because most things are all about her. I promise, that isn’t meant in a bad way…….. I have never seen her make something because someone else likes it. Just Sayen!!!

I do know that Tres Leches is one of Greg’s favorite desserts and he has been in the funk lately so I figured I would be nice. Plus, Tres means three and there are three bachelors left on the show. I also happened to have everything (or so I thought) and I won’t have to throw away the croissants. Winning!!!

Here is a link to the recipe:

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

After tearing up the croissants, I realized I did not have any whole milk so I had to substitute Half and Half. I don’t know the difference between the two really anyways so what the heck.

I also used Bourbon instead of rum just because I like bourbon.

I also put some in the liquid portion at the end.

All in all, I think it was pretty good……… I have only tasted Bread Pudding once but I think it had the correct texture from what I remember. As far as tasting like Tres Leches…………. I am not too sure. Personally, I think it needed more bourbon or possibly some Kahlua.

I do have to say, it was very easy though and for some reason, I was always under the impression that Bread pudding was difficult. I am sure my MIL made it out to be when she made it but really don’t remember. Of course, nobody else ate any of it which was really annoying!!! I am sure the girls didn’t even know what Bread pudding was. They left to get ice cream as soon as Kaitlyn’s make out sessions were over. And of course, Greg didn’t get a piece.

Ugh!!! See if I am nice and thoughtful again.

Six Pizzas, One Recipe — July 8, 2015

Six Pizzas, One Recipe

I don’t know if it is that I am older now or what, but Pizza Hut just isn’t what it use to be.

I am thinking it is because I quit eating fast food (unless I am drunk or hung over).  When I made this decision, I did not consider Pizza to be in the fast food category.  I am guessing because I have never gone through a drive thru to get a pizza????  Who knows with me???  In my mind, it isn’t fast food.  My taste buds will tell you otherwise.

Another turning point that probably had something to do with my new tasting dislikes was eating a pizza at Grazia .  Their pizza is so awesome!!!  Ever since then, if I order a pizza from any chain, I am just more pissed off and craving pizza even more.

Because of this, I have been experimenting with making my own pizza dough at home.  Until this weekend, I have been using Bobby Flay’s Recipe .  I do like it and may still use it again but it calls for Bread Flour and I don’t always have that round.  To me, it has more of a bread taste to it actually.  I do want to try it with normal flour though and see if I like it then.

This past weekend, I decided we were going to have “Make your own Pizza night and  a movie”.  The girls were both going to be at home.  When they are, I try and make sure we have a good time since those evenings so rare these days.  Plus, Chelsea is moving off in August and even though she isn’t mine, I hate it when she isn’t there.  She’s always up for trying something new and / or doing something stupid.  She has no shame in her game!!!

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Of course, my plan of a fun night doesn’t go as planned…….

I got home from work and started my dough.  I used Paula Deen’s Pizza Dough Recipe .  It still took a couple of hours as Bobby’s does but it called for regular flour and that is all I had.

I did do a few things different but I like to make sure my pizza is flavored.  Here is what I did….

1. When the dough made a ball I put it straight into the bowl and just poured some olive oil on the ball then turned it upside down and rubbed the bowl with the ball.
2. While the dough was rising I made a mixture of Olive oil, Wildtree Spaghetti Blend and garlic powder. I made it just like as if you were at Carabbas. I got me a pasting brush and brushed it over the pizza dough before putting it in the oven. After cooking it, I applied some more before the toppings, paying special attention to the crust. This made the crust so yummy!!!!! I may just make pizza sticks one day it was so good.

I rolled out all the pizzas pretty thin. I had had a left over Rib-Eye steak in the fridge from the night before so the idea of a Philly Cheesesteak pizza came to mind.  while at the store, I had picked up a large can of tomato sauce, some pepperoni from the deli, and the Italian blend cheese. I had everything else that I needed.

While the dough was rising, I cut up all my veggies, made the Alfredo sauce, and put about two tablespoons of the Wildtree Spaghetti Blend in a bowl with the tomato sauce so it could merry.

Chelsea gets off work at 8:00 so the timing was perfect.

After the second rising,  I rolled out two larger pizzas and cooked them. Then I made two smaller pizzas for the girls to make their own. I was all excited thinking the girls would enjoy being silly and making their own but of course Jordan didn’t care. She told Chelsea to make hers *eye roll*. Finally, Jordan joined in on the fun after I told Chelsea to put extra onions on Jordan’s pizza 🙂

On one of the big ones, I did the Philly Cheese Steak pizza. No recipe necessary really; I just used the Alfredo Sauce that I had googled to make that. It was very easy. I had cooked the rib eye extremely rare and had sliced it very thin as well. I also had some sliced mushrooms, and thinly sliced bell pepper and onions, that I had sautéed in olive oil. I wanted to make sure they would be cooked thoroughly since they wouldn’t be in the oven too long. Then I topped it w/ some of the Italian Blend Cheese.

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For the other “Adult” pizza, I put a few spoons of the tomato sauce, the same sautéed veggies from above, some fresh

jalapenos, sliced black olives,and a few slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.

Of course the girls didn’t step out of their box. They just put the sauce, then the pepperonis and the Blended cheese mix. They may not admit it but I still think they had fun! They didn’t post it on Instagram or anything but they did snapchat it.

Its’ my story and I am sticking to it!!

I even had left over pizza dough after all these!!!!  It is some work rolling it out and I hate cleaning the counters after but in the end I think it is worth it. I had most of the stuff at home but if I had to go buy everything it would have been about $20 for all four pizzas which is great. And of course, you couldn’t have the experience and the family time making them.

Speaking of leftover dough…  check out our breakfast the next morning!!!

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I fried up some bacon but didn’t cook it all the way along with about three patties of pork sausage, crumbled. Then I made some country gravy from the grease in the pan. When the pizzas were cooked, I covered them w/ the gravy.

On one pizza, I put boudain and raw eggs on and put on the top rack in the oven. I was going for over easy eggs but I ended up with soft yolk eggs. It was still good though. On the other breakfast pizza, I put the gravy, the pan sausage, some boudain, and some scrambled eggs then topped with some cheddar cheese for the kids. I do have to admit theirs was better. I think cause I was getting low on dough so it was super thin. It almost tasted like Migas.

Of course they didn’t eat any because they were going to the beach so they wouldn’t eat so they would still have their “morning body” on the beach. LOL!!! Crazy Kids! So, I cut all the left overs up and put in a large plastic container and we have been eating them for breakfast in the mornings.

So there ya have it………….. Six smaller pizzas out of one batch ! I think that is pretty dang Good! I wonder if you can freeze it………………… something tells me no. 🙂

Here are the links below. I still don’t know how to make a recipe printable in a blog. Plus, if it is someone else’s I don’t know if that is stealing and all that legal stuff.

Paula Deen’s Pizza Dough

Bobby Flay’s Pizza dough