Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tell Me Thursday #12

Crooks and Crazies


Well, it looks like another week bites the dust. Glad we made it. Just so that you guys will know, I'm having trouble leaving comments on the blogs that have the little ID drop down boxes. For whatever reason blogger won't let me comment on them. The ones that pop up seem to be working. So I'm not neglecting you!

Secondly... I don't have my cell phone today, so the only way to get me today is email or here on my blog.

1. If you won the lottery (a big one... I'm talking stupid muchos cash) what would you do with the money?
2. After winning the lottery would you work a day job? If so, what would you do?
3. Do you have any auxiliary dogs? Auxiliary dogs are dogs that are not essential to your main purpose (usually tiny, but not always). If you don't have an auxiliary dog what might you choose?
4. Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe (or other recipe) you can share?

Stopping at four today since #4 might be tricksie. :)

Here are my answers:

1. If you won the lottery (a big one... I'm talking stupid muchos cash) what would you do with the money?

I would so buy a new mattress and box springs. This is #1 on my list. Some people would buy a new car. Me? A mattress that won't make my back hurt. Every. Morning. Beyond that I'd pay off my house and rent it out - and find myself a lovely decent sized farm to buy. I'd get an RV - one of the smaller ones that the truck and sleeping areas are all the same vehicles. The last thing we want me doing is trying to pull a trailer. I'd get myself a little beater car hatchback that gets good gas mileage for driving around. I'd have a ton ass of sheep.

And of course I'd donate some money. But I'm not going to act all righteous and say "all I'd do is give it away". Not. Happening. I'm not even going to pretend otherwise. One thing I'd like to do is give a hefty donation to Ovarian Cancer Research in honor of Joan Knight. I'd also like to fund a scholarship to the first college I went to (Southern Wesleyan University).

But yeah. A new mattress.

2. After winning the lottery would you work a day job? If so, what would you do?

This is a toss up for me. I might would just farm. The idea of living as sustainably as possible appeals to me. Or... I might go teach gymnastics again, but I have so many memories tied up in that (many of them quite negative) that I doubt I'd do it. I might would farm for my "living" and just teach a few Zumba classes a week. There's no way I could just NOT do something for work. I also think it would be fun to work at a dog food store. I'm a nerd like that.

3. Do you have any auxiliary dogs? Auxiliary dogs are dogs that are not essential to your main purpose (usually tiny, but not always). If you don't have an auxiliary dog what might you choose?

Why yes, indeed I do! Zippy, aka Small Dog, is my main Auxiliary dog. He's almost 18 years old (will be in January) and I adopted him when he was 11. He's been great fun, though I think his time with me is now limited. He's given so many of us such joy and amusement, and I'd like to think that I've given him a great life in his golden years.

His early years suxxored bad - he was in and out of rescue I think they said seven times by the age of 11. He was half starved at one point, and then given lunch meats to fatten him up. He was tied out. He was kennelled (who kennels a ten pound dog??). Who knows. I think he had some love in there too, and I'm glad we found each other.

He used to bite my ex-husband on occasion. I came eventually to agree with him on that one.



4. Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe (or other recipe) you can share?

This is one I just tried from www.weightwatchers.com. I did some adaptations and I'm including them here:

1 pound(s) lean leg of lamb, stew meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
15 oz canned beans or chickpeas drained and rinsed
14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes w/green chilis, undrained
1/2 cup(s) canned beef broth or water
1/2 large onion(s), chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 clove(s) (large) garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger root, freshly grated (I used 1/2 tsp dried)
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp dried cranberries
1 tsp sugar or splenda or to taste
2 tsp balsamic vinegar or 1 TBsp fresh lemon juice

Put everything but the vinegar in your crockpot. Cook it 6-8 hours on low. 7 was about enough. Last five to ten minutes stir in balsamic vinegar or lemon.

It did NOT call for searing the meat, and surprisingly it turned out GREAT. Very little fat on top, so little I didn't even bother. Very tasty - but you do need the sweetener to bring out the cinnamon and ginger.

Serving size 1 cup, and about 7 points plus WW values. I served over 1oz of pasta, but would be tasty over couscous or rice, or even alone!

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17 comments:

Kelly said...

You see my Thursdays revolve around TMT....I'm on a conference call and am totally not listening to whatever everyone is cackling about so that I can complete this task :)

Laura Carson said...

LOL! You're so funny. :)

@ Joan - yes I would LOVE to see the recipes. I can't comment on your blog - I keep getting a stupid error. But I had to LOL at the whole Poodle ate this and didn't have the decency to die. Bwaahahaha

Jaenne' said...

Laura - I've been looking for more crock pot recipes!

Laura Carson said...

Good deal. Maybe you'll score some out of these posts then!

Mara said...

Great idea for recipes! I love Crock Pot cooking and having a meal all set to go wen I get home from school or work!

Steffi said...

Great crock pot question - apparently we have one (or so the husband tells me) so I'll have to pass along all of the tasty recipes!

- Steffi

Doniene said...

Hey Laura, another great session!!! Good questions, as always, and thanks for not taxing the brain cells too much! Recipes - great idea!!

Blessings

Jaenne' said...

Crockpot Lasagna recipe is up! Enjoy!

Robin said...

I do love a good crockpot recipe. And the lottery question! Perfect!

Catalina said...

Fun as always! I have 2 crock pots and my Mom keeps stealing them!! Oh I mean borrowing them....forever

Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

Thanks for the good questions! I would like to know your fans' thoughts on cats and dogs together. Also, what are your fans' favorite games.

Laura Carson said...

You all are welcome. Glad you like the questions! I'm always up for a recipe question. Maybe I'll sprinkle some more in there here and there.

Good questions Pippin - I'll have to use them!

Thanks everyone for playing!

Joan said...

I love the questions Laura. I like blogging, but hate thinking of something to talk about. You have made it easy for me.
I haven't had trouble posting comments, but I have never been able to get the comments to show up on my blog page. Seems all these programs like to "improve" things that make it more difficult.

Joan said...

Oh, and I did get your comment on my page!

yeehaneeha said...

A day late, but got it done!

Ann said...

Done!

K-Koira said...

A little late to it, but I just had to do this week's one!