Monday, March 8, 2010

I Shouldn't Be The Only One Who Is Bored

So, I'll let you all in on my quiet morning. It's currently after 8 A, and Sissy is still in bed! She is usually up anywhere from 7:30 to 8:15. Sometimes, even earlier than that. I guess she must be extra tired. These days, she stays up half the night singing to herself or whatever. We can hear her on the monitor.

As long as she isn't getting out of bed every 20 minutes, we're cool with letting her sing or chit chat for a bit.

The cable company called us last week and offered a deal of all the Showtime channels, plus Showtime on Demand for $5 a month for three months. We can cancel at any time (and plan to, when our three months is up). However, we've been taking advantage of it as much as possible. Especially Showtime on Demand. We're catching up with Season 4 of Dexter. It's the one show the Evil Twin and I both really love.

So far, we're up to episode 4. We watch 2 a night, although I could stay up ALL night watching them one right after the other! It's just a well written show and the cast is perfect. If Michael C. Hall hadn't married that skinny chick with the mosquito bite boobies who plays his sister on the show, I would totally be stalking him.

Onto crock pot Sunday. Yesterday's feature was Old Fashioned Swiss Steak. I have no idea why it's called that, but I got the recipe from my mom who got it.....somewhere. This is originally a "bake in the oven" dish, but I altered it to be a crock pot dish.

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 lb. boneless round steak (about 3/4 inch thick), cut into serving sized pieces
1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup beef broth
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/8 cup cold water

In a large plastic bag, combine 1/4 c. flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and garlic salt. Toss beef to coat. Heat oil and brown meat. Put browned meat in crock pot. Add garlic, green pepper, celery and onion. Then add tomatoes, broth, soy sauce and a bit more salt and pepper. Stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Combine water and remaining flour, stir into juices and stir constantly until thickened.

So, basically, brown the meat, dump everything else in and set it and forget it until the stuff is finished, then add the water/flour paste the last 10 minutes or so. It sounds much more complicated than it really is. I just winged it on the spices and the Evil Twin said it was perfect. In fact, he said it was better than my mother's - and that was his favorite dish she cooked for him.

I feel so honored! If you try it, let me know what you think! :-)


  1. It is sort of freaky that he married his sister, that's got to have some interesting moments ;-) As far as the mosquito bite boobies go I've always heard more than a mouthful is a waste, but then again I also believe in "The more the merrier".

  2. I've made a version of that before. I'm a crockpot freak. I have several and I have named them all. Yeah...I know. Cheers ETW!!

  3. We got the same deal with suddenlink so we caught up on Dexter first thing, then the Tudors, Weeds, which is far past it's prime, and US of Tara, which we were surprised we liked.

  4. Don't listen to anybody if they mention Dexter....ep 12 is ?????

    I think Deb is the Bomb and if you don't agree than F***** S*** Moth******** !! ;>)

  5. Did you know that Michael Hall is from Raleigh? He went to high school about 5 miles from my house. I have never seen that show (we don't get Showtime).

  6. I'll probably make that this week. Your last recipe was popular here so I bet this one will go over well, too.

  7. Dexter is our show too! We pay for Showtime just for him. But yeah, totaly creeped out about him marrying Deb. I find her so odd looking. It's something w/ her mouth. Her face is lopsided or something.

  8. I had the hardest time liking Deb in the beginning because she talks out of the side of her mouth, but that lady is really a fantastic actress. I was just telling The Nerd this weekend that I'm tempted to watch the first few seasons again on Netflix. Season two was so good with that evil Lila!

  9. I"m with Ginermagnolia on this. I hated that chick in the first season. But, she really has worked hard to become a very good actress.

    So now I just focus on the fact that Dexter married his sister. ;-)

  10. Never seen it. So a guy marrying is sister is entertaining? ...and why not?...;-)


  11. of course He didn't REALLY marry his sister. Folks, its a TV show and don't you forget it ;>)

    ps Deb IS hot.

  12. ETW!!

    I have found a great site that gives us all the good shows with French Subtitles for The Man!!!!!!!