Man, I’ve been away for a while…gotta catch up! Nothing much more than the usual lately, though.
T’s going to hear an astronaut speak today…hope he understands enough to enjoy the time. I still don’t understand the Spanish mentality…I know the astronaut knew he was coming here more than 24 hours in advance, but that’s all the notice anyone on T’s level or several steps higher got…for a Saturday even! Good grief! And it’s always like this…makes planning anything in advance tough.
We got our persianas fixed this week. I had a pretty good cleaning up day Tuesday, I guess, and then went to Sanchez (local store) and talked to a guy about coming to look at/fix our bedroom and bathroom persianas. He came out that night to get the measurements and got crap all over taking the wall panel out. I was surprised that he came at all, though. But isn’t that the way it goes? I get off my butt and clean up and then we have work done at the house. Then he showed up last night to put in the new persianas while Jay/Carm were here…ever heard of calling ahead???
Been thinking about a pro/con list of Spain. Persianas are definitely on the pro side. Wonderful light blocking built in screens. And this guy replaced a small and medium one for 90 euros; that’s not a bad price. I love being able to completely shut up the house when we’re gone. Lovely things.
We invited J/C over to try out our presents from T’s students…a small leg of ham, fresh salchichon and cecina ahumado. It was all very good…I’m beginning to like the curado cheese more than the semicurado. We ate the last of Teresa’s wonderful cake. Yummm….
Horseback riding is going ok…Tuesday I was really frustrated and fed up with Bonny and Cindy. I was having a hard time making Bonny do what I wanted, and so asked Cindy for some pointers. The funny thing about Cindy is that she doesn’t mind showing the horses who’s boss, but she doesn’t necessarily want us to. When I asked her for some help she just said ‘give her some heel and she may straighten up, but that’s just Bonny’. Now I know she wouldn’t take that off of Bonny…oh well. Can’t wait till I can really ride. Pretty much got the saddle/bridle thing down. Thursday I had to totally brush Bonny off…she’d been really rolling around in the mud the night before. The lesson went well that day…did more trotting without any reins…Cindy says I’m looking good. :-) Mom emailed me that she’d been thrown/fallen off horses twice when she was a kid…gonna have to get the whole story there one day.
I’ve made a couple of recipes lately…but the best by far is White Chicken Chili (I love crockpot recipes!).
6 each chicken breast; 1 1/2 lb
1 large onion; chopped ;1 cup
2 clove garlic; finely chopped
14 1/2 oz chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon tabasco
30 oz northern beans; from can, rinsed and drained (I only had 1 can of northerns, so I also used a can of pintos)
15 oz corn; drained (not a big fan of corn so I left it out)
3 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon cilantro
Mix onion, garlic, broth, cumin, oregano, salt and tabasco in 3 1/2 – 6 quart crockpot. Add chicken.
Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
Use 2 forks to shred chicken.
Stir in beans, corn, lime juice and cilantro.
Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes or until beans and corn are hot.
Serve plain, or with crushed tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Yield: 8 servings
I made a batch of this yesterday and think I’m gonna freeze some.
Let’s see, what else…I’ve been working on this site…still improving, but wish I knew more about stylesheets. T’s given me a couple of websites on css and movable type, but I need more. If anyone has any tips, websites, book suggestions, etc. I’d appreciate them (no matter how long from now you read this). I like the background/title, but wish I knew how to frame my actual blog, and make it and the links more unified.
Been working on Steve’s site lately…checking links, etc. Hope to get it looking better soon.
Guess that’s it for so far. Might update later when we get back…going out this afternoon with Fran/Teresa for a bite.