Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

There's A Reason

The blog has been dark for a few weeks now for a reason.  I've got lots of posts halfway done in my head but have been unable to write them without starting to cry.  My ex-boyfriend died.  He was my most loyal reader and the thought of coming here to write was very confusing for me.  I didn't write the blog for him and there were things on here that he didn't like along with many other things that he loved.  We still talked occasionally and I know that he checked daily to see if there was a new post up.  There are a lot of things that happened in the past few weeks that I want to write about these past few weeks but I'm not prepared to so instead, I will share with you something that he loved. 


1 nice sized brisket that will fit into your Dutch Oven
1 bag of onions
1 jar Heinz Chili Sauce
1 can of beer

Peel the onions and slice them into half moons until you can't stand peeling onions any more.  Walk away from them and then go back and peel and slice more of them.

Pack half the onions into the bottom of your Dutch Oven, nestle the brisket on top of it and then pack the rest of the onions on top.  Your brisket should be completely buried in onions.

Pour the bottle of chili sauce over the top.  Open the beer and swish a little around in the chili sauce bottle to get all the goodness out and then add the beer to the pot. 

You will want to stir it but don't even try.  Just leave it alone.  Put it over a high flame, bring it up to a boil and then turn it down as low as it will go, pop a lid on and simmer it for at least 3 hours until the brisket is done to your liking.  I like it a little bit shreddy but still sliceable.

Serve it over egg noodles or on a buttered kaiser roll with a bowl of the gravy for dipping.

I made it this weekend for the first time for Brian and he loved it.  I didn't get into the whole dead-ex-boyfriend's-favorite-meal thing with him although I know he would understand (the man is a rock).  I just wanted this meal to continue to be something special for someone other than me. 

P.S.  I may have blogged this recipe before but I don't really care about being redundant right now. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dear 2012

Hello 2012 and welcome.  It's very nice to meet you.

First of all, let me thank you for kicking the year off with a rainy night.  I'm not sure if 2011 gave you some notes before you started but I really love a rainy night.  2012, if this is how you're going to roll, we'll get along just fine.

Now, here are some things that you need to know before we get too involved.

1.  I know that I already have enough yarn but if you could find it in your heart to have some really special things  in the marketplace at Vogue Knitting, it would be nice.

2.  In the beginning of 2011, I had to tell someone that "this is totally fucked and your job is to unfuck it!"  I would rather not have to use that sentence, as charming as it is, again.

3.  You may not have noticed yet because you are just a day old, but there's enough misery in the world already.  It would be great if you could do your best not to contribute more.  I'll help.  We all will.

4.  Could you please remind me to carry my camera more often.  And to keep it charged.  Regarding number three, there is is far more beauty in the world than misery and I would appreciate you doing your best to make even more (see number 1--you're already doing a great job--there's nothing prettier to me than a rainy night).  If you can help me out with the camera thing, I promise I will share everything beautiful that you give me.

5.  I wouldn't mind being given the opportunity to foster some more kitties.  We really enjoyed the two that we had in the house this year.  Bring 'em on!

I'm sure that this has already been a really long day for you, my new friend 2012, so I won't burden you with any more requests.  Lets just agree to do this whole thing together; I think we'll make a really good team.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you.


P.S.  Dear 2011--Thank you so much. You were a pleasure.  If you happen to run into 2004, please let it know that I've forgiven it for sucking ass.  xo