Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday Musings

First and foremost...I read the new Maisie Dobbs, An Incomplete Revenge, over the week-end and it was wonderful. Jaqueline Winspear has a great gift for time and place in her writing. The mood in this novel was as dark as can be expected from a depression era tale. Now I must read Steve Womack.

We had our movie night Saturday. After I finished Maisie and cleaned my fridge, I made Orange Cappuccino Cookies. I used a basic chocolate chip recipe and used cappuccino chips and added orange zest. The next time I try to do this, I will use half chocolate chips and half cappuccino. And maybe up the Orange zest just a little.

I also made Ina Garten's Pan Fried Onion dip and it was divine. I could have put my face into the bowl and eaten it all. I stopped at Kroger and picked up a bag of Munchos to go with.

And it's a good thing, because we might have starved to death without it! I mean there we were, 6 of us, and all we had to eat was:

Hoppin' John soup
Slow Roasted Pork with Tuscan White Beans
Hot dogs with an abundance of toppings
1 foot long meatball sub
1 foot long club
Veggies and dip
Nacho chips with queso dip and salsa
Prunes wrapped in bacon
Onion dip and chips
Lemon cake
bread pudding
Cadbury Eggs and Lindor chocolates
Plus a wide variety of beverages

We watched The Red Shoes and Whiskey Galore between stuffing our faces and gossiping (just a little). It had been years since I had seen The Red Shoes and it was lovely. Whiskey Galore was a British comedy and quite charming.

I didn't get home until the wee hours Sunday so I slept in, and then tried to catch up on my sleep all day Sunday. I did not succeed. I've been up since 1:30 this morning and I am currently dead on my feet.

At 1:30, I tried fruitlessly to find something interesting to watch on tv and couldn't. However, at 2:00 DaVinci's Inquest came on and it was dark, and scary and very good. Unfortunately it was to be continued and I must (truly, deeply) hope that I am not awake for part two. After DaVinci's Inquest, I played Text Twist online for a while, then watch an episode of Roseanne. And at 5 I began getting ready for work.

So, what do you do when you can't sleep?


IL Social Worker said...

What do I do when I can't sleep is quite ironic, as I cannot sleep tonight! Your blog came in on a Google alert I have set up for Ina Garten, so I came to visit. I've been plagued with insomnia quite frequently lately, am really not sure what the problem is. When I can't sleep, I usually get out of bed so I don't disturb the hubby, and just surf for awhile in the office. I've found some very interesting places in the middle of the night.

Was the pan fried onion dip difficult to make? I made her PB&J bars today and they are delicious. Hope the insomnia doesn't bother you too often. Have a good night.

webbie said...

The dip was very easy. I used the food processor instead of the mixer (which is what the recipe calls for) and it made it extreme easy.

The hardest part was smelling the onions cooking in butter. I was starved by the time I took them out of the pan

I hope we both get some sleep tonight.