Sunday, March 29, 2009

No Penguins!

Sonic Motel

I took this photo after a family dinner in Wisconsin on the ride back to Winona. I made the van load of Weispfennings and Wittenbergs pull into the improbably steep driveway just so I could collect this sign. Stuff like this makes me warm and fuzzy inside, its just too bad the rocket and its tail were burnt out.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Whats for dinner tonight?

Ok I seriously hate this question, but it gets asked every night and unless Josh gets a flash of inspiration before I get home from work I get to puzzle it out. What should I make, or more accurately what should I make that I haven't made in the last week or weeks if I am feeling adventurous. The truth is I know maybe a handful of recipes, and most of the good ones take over and hour of prep and baking/cooking time. Josh gets sick of having the same thing all the time but I have almost no ambition to make something else and no inspiration when it comes to grocery shopping so I have to make do with what I've got. Tonight we are having meatloaf. Not too special but warm and good and ketchup is involved so thats a plus for me. (note to self: out of Ketchup) Here is the recipe for your enjoyment:

Mom's Meatloaf

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 diced onion give or take
1/2 tsp sage
1 egg
1 cup crumbs
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
Milk -enough to make it the right consistency for stirring

mix and put it all in a loaf pan

for topping if desired (we often use straight up Hunts Ketchup but I love the sweetness of this stuff:)
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp dry mustard

top and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

I admit I am not a great cook but give me a recipe and I can make delicious food. Especially if I get to bake it. Brownies and cookies and bread are definitely my specialties.

Welcome to my rant.

Dear Internet,

Welcome to "Cake is good, but Bread is better" home of my musings on such topics as interior, exterior, graphic and furniture design, art, music, movies, shopping, photography, animals, food, travel, mass transit, television, toyota, books and baking. I am going to try and jump around a bit theme wise because it keeps me from talking too much about work and I won't complain about the same thing all the time.

I am a furniture maker and designer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I live on the East Side in the Sunray neighborhood. Our big news here is the impending Aldi going in down the street (7 blocks from my house) and the Peace Center which is almost finished and still a mystery. I moved here almost two years ago with my husband of almost 5 years. We moved from Saint Cloud in 2005 when I demanded that we move because I didn't want to work at a factory the rest of my life making the same 12 things. Before that we went to Saint Cloud State where I majored in unemployment (Sculpture): luckily I found a good job here in St Paul, whew. Even before all that we both went to Winona Senior High School in beautiful Winona, Minnesota which is better with nostalgia than in reality. I have a cat named Shatner Chiba, who like his namesakes is hilarious and breaks a lot of shit. Thats enough for now, lets get to some topics!