Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Yesterday was DH's birthday. He had the day off for Veteran's Day Observed, so that was nice. What wasn't nice was the eleventy billion calls that he got regarding a fuel leak in a pipeline. Then he eventually had to go in to the office anyway. What also wasn't nice was the power going out yesterday afternoon for 3 or so hours, just as we were going to start making his birthday dinner. Double thanks, CUC (our utility company)!!
Back in the States, I never really thought about the power going out. Except during thunderstorms. It was always back on in just a short time. Living here has changed my thinking. I wonder about it every day. As in..."Should I put the bread in the oven now? I wonder if the power is going to go out while it is baking." Our oven is electric. Or else..."I should go get in the shower now, don't want the power to go out and be all soapy." Our water pump is electric. We do have a generator, but we haven't used it yet. I don't even know how to start it up if I had to. It has a lawn mower cord that you pull...that's all I know. *sigh* Our power went out 3 times last week for a few hours at a time. They have stopped the "scheduled blackouts" for now, but there is still a problem. Guess that is island life.
This week I am working on ornaments. I have a ton to do and finish up.
"Garlic Cheddar Chicken"
1/2 c. butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. shredded parmesan
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar
1/4 t. parsley
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. pepper
1/8 t. salt
8 chicken breasts ( I think I used 6)
*Preheat oven to 350 F
*Saute garlic in butter, set pan aside
*Mix remaining ingredients in a shallow dish
*Coat chicken in garlic butter, then dredge in bread crumb mixture. Pat mixture on firmly
*Place chicken pieces in glass baking dish
*Press excess bread crumb mixture on top of chicken pieces once they are all dredged
*Pour garlic butter (if any leftover) over the top of the chicken pieces
*Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked and topping has browned.
Today I am roasting a turkey, making green bean casserole and stuffing. We will also have the Banana Pumpkin Mousse Tart for dessert since I didn't have electricity yesterday to finish making it in time for dinner. It will be like an early Thanksgiving dinner for us!
Saturday we went to "Casino Night" at one of the hotels. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club. They had a decent turnout. We didn't win any of the raffle prizes (the cash would have been nice), but DH did win some $ at the poker table. Not sure if we would go again next year though.