Thursday, October 15, 2009

Trivia Thursday

Did you know there is such a thing as Gresham's Law?

Yeah, me either. But there is. I found it in the dictionary this week while I was looking something else.

If you're interested, Gresham's Law, according to the dictionary, is an observation in economics that states when two coins are equal in debt-paying value but unequal in intrinsic value, the one having the lesser intrinsic value tends to remain in circulation and the other to be hoarded or exported as bullion. Broadly, it is any process by which inferior products or practices drive out superior ones.

Since this discovery was so enlightening and exciting, I've decided I may undertake reading Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary cover to cover. I'll let you know how that project goes...ha!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mexican feast and an experiment

As I think I've mentioned here before, I am enjoying trying new recipes for dinner every night. Cole loves variety, and I like not being in a rut. Cooking in Tuscaloosa often wasn't fun because I made the same things over and over. Instead of being excited about dinner, I just grumbled while I made the same ol' thing and threw it on the table. I've been trying lately to take more pleasure in making a nice meal for us each and every night. And it's been working.

I find new recipes mostly from internet searches, but sometimes I'll dig through one of my cookbooks for a new idea. Many times I'll stumble upon a good cooking blog that has several ideas to choose from. Cole is always up for whatever I want to make, so I find something that sounds good to me, get the ingredients, and get cooking. Sometimes I even combine several similar recipes based on my tastes.

My most recent successes were the Mexican feast we had last night and the chicken we had tonight. Last night I made homemade guacamole to snack on while dinner cooked. It was VERY easy. Chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice were for dinner. I used Knorr Mexican rice, but it wasn't my favorite. Next time I'll probably just use yellow rice. I used this recipe for the enchiladas, but added Mexicorn and sliced olives to Cole's enchiladas. They were very tasty, and really easy too.

Tonight I made chicken with Laughing Cow cheese (kinda tastes like swiss, but it has the consistency of cream cheese) and pesto. You pound out the chicken breasts, spread on the cheese and pesto, roll them up, dip them in a little light mayo (thinned with water), and bread them in panko breadcrumbs (regular will work too). I added a touch of garlic powder to the mayo and to the breadcrumbs. Then stick them in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Delish. I served it with homemade macaroni and cheese and a baby romaine salad.

We will definitely make all of these recipes again. The chicken may even be company-worthy.

Stay tuned for more tales of my culinary endeavors!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Memories...

Five years ago today, Cole asked me to marry him. It's really hard to believe that it was so long ago because I remember everything as if it just happened.

I had been expecting a proposal for over a month, and every time we went on a date I knew he was going to do it. But it never came. He kept telling me he didn't even have the ring and would have to get a ring over Thanksgiving, then he would propose. I didn't believe him at first, but after so much time went by I started to believe him. I accepted that we wouldn't get engaged until after Thanksgiving, and I was trying to be ok with that.

The whole week before he proposed, he had been acting funny and was distant. He blamed it on being preoccupied with school, and I was dumb and believed him. We went out with friends on Friday night, and he took me back to my apartment. We were sitting there talking, and his parents called. He was cryptic on the phone and hung up quickly. I asked him what they were doing, and he said something like driving home from dinner. Shortly after the call, he said he wasn't feeling well and needed to go home. I told him to call me when he got to his apartment. He didn't want to lie to me, so he went to his apartment, called me, and then left to go downtown to his parents' hotel. They had come to Greenville to bring my ring to Cole.

The next day (Saturday, October 9, 2004) we had plans to go downtown for Fall for Greenville (a big event downtown where they close streets, have food, bands, etc.). Cole picked me up for lunch, but he smelled like food. He played it off and said he had gotten the shirt out of the dirty clothes pile (not too unbelievable). Little did I know, he had gone to breakfast with his parents just an hour before picking me up. We went out to lunch, and Cole barely touched his food which, if you know anything about Cole, is quite odd. He claimed he still wasn't feeling great. We went downtown and walked to the bridge over the river. I was looking over the edge of the bridge down onto the river and talking about something silly. I turned around and saw Cole on one knee. He said something like, "Will you marry me?" And I just couldn't believe it. I didn't say yes. Instead I was saying, "Is this for real?" over and over. Finally I realized that I needed to say yes, and I did.

We decided to walk up Main Street while we were calling friends and family. I should've noticed that Cole didn't call his parents, but I wasn't really thinking clearly at this point. As we're walking up the street, suddenly I feel an arm around me. I turn around and see Cole's dad. He and Marcia were there and hugged and congratulated us.

That night we went out to eat, and Marcia put together a small engagement party for us after dinner at the Hambys' house. It was a great day.

And here we are, five years later. Still very happy and very much in love.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Whoa!

Newsflash: Is is October!

When in the world did this happen? This summer flew past and now fall is passing quickly. It's almost time to start thinking about Christmas presents! Yikes!

I thought by now our lives would have settled down a bit by now, but apparently I was wrong.