Archive | December 2011

How I became inspired to read again

Yesterday I took a look at the freshly pressed blogs and came across one asking the question, “What Should Come First, the Movie or the Book?” As I began to write my answer to that question I immediately became inspired to write again! It’s been over two weeks since I’ve written anything because I had stress induced writer’s block, but I’M BACK!!! So I decided to blog my story of how I became inspired to read novels again.

I got married at the very young age of 20 in March of 2002. Less than a year later I was pregnant with my first child. I had always been the type of person to work two or three jobs depending on how great my bills were, and after my son was born I worked my little butt off to help my husband keep the bills in check. Unfortunately my greatest hobby had to be put on the baImageckburner, reading. I started reading novels when I was 8 years old. My cousins were visiting my grandmother’s house and they wanted to stay up late and watch a movie called “It”. I had no clue what it was but they told me it was a scary movie and I was immediately interested. My grandmother is a Jehovah’s Witness, which means those types of movies weren’t allowed in her household. Being kids that were determined to watch what we wanted to watch, we snuck out into the living room late at night and watched it anyway…or at least we tried to. Not very long into the movie at all (right after the first child was killed) my grandmother woke up and turned the television off yelling at us the whole time. I thought I would never get to see that movie after that.

Well, not too long after that I was with my other grandmother at garage sales and I came across a book (a very thick book) for $.25 called “It”. I picked it up and read the back of it, and it sounded like it was scary. I asked the person running the garage sale if that book was the same as a scary movie that I had previously attempted to watch, and she said it was. I excited ran over to my grandmother and begged her for a quarter so I could get this book and read it. If I couldn’t watch it on tv, I would at least get to read about it. She gave me my quarter and I almost died from the excitement. I don’t remember how long it took me to read the book, but I immediately started to read it (with a dictionary next to me) and loved every single minute of it. Every weekend after that I began to go to all the garage sales with my grandmother and look for this Stephen King person that wrote the book I was currently reading. Almost every weekend I came home with at least one more book I could read by Stephen King. Carrie, Cujo, The Stand, Dolores Claiborne and so many others. That is how I began my love affair with novels and reading.

A love affair that abruptly ended the day I decided to get married and have babies. From 2002 to 2008 I barely read any new novels. I never stopped buying them, but the ones I had just sat and collected dust on my bookshelf because I had no time to read them. Well, I always thought I had no time to read them. I was not married to the greatest man and he spent a lot of time ignoring me for video games, or being rude to me, or calling me names. I took my cousin to Borders one day because she wanted to buy the last book to some series by a new Author called Stephenie Meyer. It turned out that I had the authors first three books on my shelf collecting dust so I figured I could buy the last one and read them all when I had the time. Then she told me she heard they were being made into movies. I have always been the type of person to read the book before I watched the movie. Movies are never able to capture the details that are put into books, so I like to read the book first and get a picture in my head of how I think the story should be acted out. So I said I would try my best to at least read the first book before it was turned into a movie, and then I would eventually read the rest.

I went home and pulled all my books off my bookshelf so that I could search for Twilight, which she told me was the first book. Hours later I found myself back at my bookshelf desperate searching for New Moon and Eclipse. As soon as I picked up Twilight and started reading it I was unable to put it down until I was finished with it. Three days later I was done with the series and feeling very lost without something to read. I look at my bookshelf and didn’t want to read anything on it. I found myself back at Borders roaming around the Young Adult section looking for authors similar to Stephenie Meyer. I came across another woman that had just finished the Twilight books and wanted to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She saw me standing there looking confused and asked me what was wrong. I told her I had just finished the Twilight series and was desperately searching for something else to read to fill the void. She suggested Harry Potter to me. That was a series I had never been interested in at all, but she guaranteed me that I would love it. So I bought the Sorcerer’s Stone and went home to read it. She was right, I loved it. So there began my love affair again, one that I have no walked away from since the day I picked up Twilight.

I guess my question is, do you often find yourself not doing the one thing you love to do because you think you have no time? If so, what is it and do you think you could try to make more time for it?

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Stressed

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Since I seem to have writer’s block due to extreme stress, the only thing I can think to write about is the stress. My life has recently taken an unexpected turn and the stress feels like it is just killing me. If I eat I get sick, I do not sleep for more than two hours at a time (even with sleep aids), I cannot go more than 30-45 minutes without crying, I’m having headaches, etc, etc, etc. About six months ago I moved to an area that is brand new to me, so there isn’t even anybody to talk to. The only place I can turn to is my blog. So, anybody have any suggestions on how I can better deal with my stress?

I scream, you scream. We all scream for…wine??

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I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point during the past couple of years my part of the world went wine crazy. Of course, I didn’t notice until I, in fact, had already gone wine crazy. I’ve never been much of a drinker…as a supertaster liquor has always been way too strong for me. I did discover that certain drinks were mixed so well that you could barely taste the liquor, and just as quickly I learned that those are most definitely the drinks to stay far away from. So on the occasions that I did treat myself to a drink I decided one day to see what wine tasted like. I had no idea what to buy so I went by price. White Zinfindel by Sutter Home was cheap enough so that was what I bought.

Well that was some very tasty wine! I loved it! I couldn’t believe that I had been ruining and wasting my tastebuds with regular liquor the three times per year I did drink! (New Years, 4th of July, and my birthday) Before you knew it I found myself buying Sutter Home at least once per month. It was so good that I didn’t want to wait for a holiday to treat myself to it. I wasn’t sure if once a month was too much or not, but as I look back the little 2 or maybe 4oz plastic bottles that I bought (and only drank one of them) was not much at all. Then I started to notice that everytime I went to visit someone, or went to a party there were bottles of White Zinfindel going around! Was this something new? Did I just not notice before? What was going on?

As time went on I went back to maybe 3-4 times per year of drinking wine. Eventually, I believe it was for a birthday party, I switched what I purchased one day to something called Barefoot Moscato. Once again I had never heard of it, but thought I could try it at least once. I had no clue what I was getting myself into! It tasted even better than the Zinfindel! I couldn’t believe what my taste buds were telling me. The only reason I bought it is because I started noticing everyone around me buying it when they went out and wondered what all the fuss was about. Well now I know…the light sweet taste of Barefoot Moscato will have almost anyone dying for more! It falls under the category of Muscat Blanc and has a light, crisp sweet taste that just about anybody could love. I love it so much that I just had to blog about it.

So, do you drink wine? Red or White? Do you like Moscato?

Tasty mac…

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So I guess by now you have all figured out that this post is going to be about good ole macaroni and cheese. My mouth is watering as I’m typing right now. Macaroni and cheese always has and always will be my absolute favorite dish. Until I made it myself I always thought that I could eat macaroni and cheese no matter how it was made. In my opinion, you just couldn’t really do much to screw up a dish like mac n cheese. I mean, how could you? The ingredients are simple…pasta and cheese. Well this year I hosted a potluck at work for Thanksgiving and volunteered to make the baked mac n cheese for everyone. I had only made one attempt to make it before and that was about five years ago. I was a bit nervous, so I looked up a recipe online. As a supertaster I was sure to search for “Simple macaroni and cheese recipes.” I will say that other people’s idea of simple is not at all the same as my idea of simple.

When I found the one that I thought was the most simple I printed it out and went to buy my ingredients. The recipe called for 1 box of elbow macaroni, 8-10 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, a cup of flour, 2 cups of milk, 6 tablespoons of butter and of course whatever you are going to put the macaroni in. With all my ingredients my BF and I set off in the direction of the kitchen at home to being our masterpiece. When I got there my cousin was laughing at me because I printed out a recipe for mac n cheese. I tried to explain that I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything right and I like having a guide sometimes. She laughed, shook her head and continued watching tv. Me and the BF looked at each other, shrugged and walked into the kitchen. When my cousin saw me pulling ingredients out of the shopping bags she asked what the heck I needed all that stuff for and how was I going to pull this off in just an hour. I told her that the recipe said it only needed to stay in the stove for 30 minutes so I should be fine. Then she asked to see the recipe from the internet. She read it over and then asked if I even knew how to make a…_____ I don’t even know how to pronounce the word she used (she’s a professional baker) and had no clue what she was talking about. When I gave her a puzzled look she said that is the name of the cheese sauce I was being directed to make with my instructions. I looked it over again and decided I had no time to change my mind and I had to make it anyway.

Well, being the person I am, of course I wound up throwing the recipe and instructions in the trash. I started boiling my noodles and asked my BF to melt the butter. Then I started looking at my ingredients and wondering what my next move would be. Well I did away with the flour and pepper because I really didn’t want those in my mac n cheese anyway. Also, while I was at the store I got way more cheese than the recipe called for (I love cheese and knew I would need more than just one package). We made the macaroni and cheese and threw it in the oven. Then I ran upstairs to shower while it cooked so I could be ready for work by the time it was done. It came out so very good that I decided to share my little macaroni and cheese recipe with the world! (and my new friend riatarded, lol) So here goes:

Kera’s Simple Macaroni and Cheese recipe

1 very sweet and helpful boyfriend (lol)

1 box elbow macaroni

6 tablespoons margerine

1 3/4 cups of milk

2 pinches of salt

1 pack of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 pack of shredded mozzarella cheese

1 pack of shredded 4 cheese Italian mix

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Start to boil the noodles. Then melt the margerine in a decent sized sauce pan. When the margerine is almost completely melted add the milk. Then add a pinch of salt. Then add the pack of mozzarella cheese. When it melts stir everything in the pan and add the second pinch of salt. Then slowly add the pack of cheddar cheese to the mix. Stir and add the cheese at the same time until it’s completely melted. Open the pack of 4 cheese mix and begin to add it to the cheese sauce. I was not actually able to use the whole pack, I used between 1/2-2/3 of the pack and put the rest in the fridge. Slowly add the cheese and stir at the same time until that is also completely melted. The noodles should either be done or almost done by now. Drain the noodles and mix them with the cheese sauce until the cheese and pasta are evenly mixed. Then pour the macaroni and cheese into an aluminum pan. Get the 4 cheese mix and sprinkle a little on top of the mac and cheese. Put the dish in the oven covered for ten minutes and uncovered for 15 minutes.

Well, that is my recipe and I hope there is someone out there that will make it and let me know if it came out just as tasty for you! And to my friend Riatarded, I know you will probably eventually try it out so I hope it comes out well!

What simple recipes would you like to share?