Never Switching To Decaf

Ramblings about life, family, cooking and photography.

Chicken fried rice: an experiment May 23, 2012

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I made chicken fried rice tonight for dinner and I added cherries and a little bit of cherry juice. It added a nice sweetness to the rice. It was a big hit and likely to be a new favorite around here What do you like to put into fried rice?


Winding down

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Only 3 more work days until summer break. Busy, busy, busy…


Blogathon Haiku May 21, 2012

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Oh crap, it’s eleven!
Almost forgot today’s blog.
Guess I’ll half ass it.


Sunday Storm May 20, 2012

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We just had a quick storm blow through.  While the rain was coming down fairly hard, the sun was still shining through the clouds.  I wrapped my camera in a plastic bag and tried to get a rainbow picture or two.  Went outside into the pouring rain and NO RAINBOW!  I’ve been cheated out of a frickin’ rainbow.  Bad enough we’re too far east for the solar eclipse, now I don’t get a well earned rainbow.  I will not be playing the lottery anytime soon.

Storm Clouds

Sun peeking through the storm clouds

Where’s the damn rainbow?


Angry Bird: why so angry? May 19, 2012

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15 days until the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer May 18, 2012

and I still need to raise about 800 dollars. Getting nervous.  Leave fundraising suggestions in the comment if you have any.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Carnitas Tostada – Crockpot Version May 17, 2012

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Tonight’s dinner needed to be simple because I knew I would buried under a pile of math homework, so I turned to my trusty crock pot for the assist.  I took a version of my standard pork taco recipe, which I’ve adapted from recipes I’ve gotten from friends over the years, and put it in the crockpot.  If only I had remembered to take pictures of it.



  • 3-4 lb. pork roast
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup of washed and chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Put the roast into the slower cooker, I used a boneless roast to avoid picking out bones later
  2. cover with water.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Squeeze lime juice over roast and add lime zest for extra flavor.  Salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.
  5. After cooking, move shredded pork to hot cast iron skillet. Cook in skillet until the pork becomes crispy.
  6. Serve on tostada shells with your favorite toppings.  I like homemade guacamole, sour cream and vegetables.