Interstellar Adventures

October 23, 2006

Cold Front Blew Through…

Filed under: Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 8:56 am

Texas “Winters” are a never-ending series of cold fronts and warm-ups. The weather is practically schizophrenic. 70’s one day, 40’s the next. And then it’ll change again. It makes a ‘winter wardrobe’ almost impossible. You’ve always got to keep out a pair of shorts and a couple of t-shirts just in case.

This weekend was pretty chilly. A cold front blew through on Thursday, and again on Saturday & Sunday. The wind was chilly, and yesterday’s high was 62. Today’s high is 71. And we’ll be stuck there until the next ‘cool front’.

All the weekend chill did was bring out the cooking bug in me. I clipped coupons, looked up recipes, and planned my ‘menu’ for the week. We eat out a lot. More than I’d like to. Enough that I’m sick of all the restaurants around here. But now, we have to be a lot more careful about our budget, so home-cooked meals are plentiful on our horizon.

Yesterday I cooked a chili, spaghettic sauce and meatballs, and boiled and de-boned a whole chicken for an enchilada casserole. I also made a bread! I’ve never baked bread before, so it was an all-new experience for me. My first dance with activated yeast. It turned out well I think.

It’s getting closer and closer to the Holidays and I’m itching for some time off. I’m looking forward to a weekend with my girlfriends coming up here soon. And then Nick and I are heading to KC for a get-away before my birthday. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is Christmas Shopping Season. Has anyone heard about these malls that are thinking about opening at midnight on Thanksgiving Night? I mean Holy Hell! Give it a rest! I think the whole ‘Day after Thanksgiving Shopping Extravaganza’ is insane as it is. But to open at Midnight and be open almost 24 hours for shopping??? It’s not necessary and I think it’s just sick. I avoid malls like the plague around this time anyway, so if any of you participate in the madness, you won’t have to fight me for the parking spot.


  1. You are a cooking fiend! Way to go. I’m not much of a cook, but I’m trying to get better.

    Comment by Gypsy — October 23, 2006 @ 1:28 pm |Reply

  2. Aww can’t believe the holidays are almost here again! I was in Dallas for Thanksgiving last year…my first ever Thanksgiving done true Texan stylee!! Loved it!

    Might have to do one here, not that any Americans I know are in England and my family will think I’ve gone insane but who cares?!

    I can also understand why you guys eat out all the time, not only do you have fantastic restaurants everywhere but they’re all so cheap!! It’s great!

    The enchilada casserole you cooked sounds good though, and I love baking bread…I’m terrible at it but love doing it!

    Comment by Claire — October 23, 2006 @ 1:28 pm |Reply

  3. shoot, i’m coming over to your place for dinner…yum.
    I worked the malls during the holidays now and then for extra always sucks. They dont think about your families…ah well, commerce right?

    Comment by KaraMia — October 23, 2006 @ 1:32 pm |Reply

  4. Yeah, too bad the holidays have turned into being about how much stuff gets bought. You won’t find me at the malls or any of those “doorbuster” events either!

    And happy cooking. Bread even! I’ve managed a few bricks… er.. loaves from my oven on occassion.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — October 23, 2006 @ 3:41 pm |Reply

  5. I love shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I have a couple of bad experiences, but for the most part I like getting up early and figuring out what I want, grabbing a coffee and waiting in line for one thing. I know it’s so stupid but now it’s a little tradition. I can’t help it. Oh yes and there’s breakfast afterwards.

    Comment by Jolynn — October 23, 2006 @ 3:51 pm |Reply

  6. Congrats on the new mortgage! You’ve come to the dark side i see, 🙂

    Comment by shannon — October 23, 2006 @ 3:54 pm |Reply

  7. lol, I just wrote about the weather, too. You know you’re living in a super hot state when a cold front is BIG NEWS.
    I might start cooking again when it hits. right now, I’m not in the mood.

    Comment by Laura — October 23, 2006 @ 7:12 pm |Reply

  8. i haven’t baked bread for years. i went through that whole yeast phase, i made everything i could possibly think of. it’s amazing to think that little package can do so much in a bowl of flour.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — October 23, 2006 @ 8:10 pm |Reply

  9. Congratulations homeowners!!

    Christmas is coming before Halloween and Bonfire night it seems this year. Christmas seeps into shops earlier and earlier each year. Hot cross buns are always on sale in M&S New Years Day!!

    Well done you on baking bread- yet to do that but I know friends who’ve done it atleast once but haven’t heard much on their repeat experiences!!

    Comment by wisbo — October 24, 2006 @ 2:52 am |Reply

  10. We heard recently that most families eat out at least 4 nights a week and they think it is cheaper to eat out than at home. We eat out too much and sometimes there are weeks when we hit the 3 or 4 nights out. Mostly, we eat at home. Our family of five eating out here can be 100.00. Way more than groceries.
    I made Shepards Pie and Pot Roast, this weekend. Would love to see your recipe for chicken enchilada casserole. Hope it’s not spicy. I live in the North and like things mild. LOL!

    Comment by nancy — October 24, 2006 @ 11:32 am |Reply

  11. Mmmm. Good eats! I’m there.

    Online shopping is where it’s at… Mall Schmall!

    Comment by Marie — October 24, 2006 @ 12:01 pm |Reply

  12. I enjoy Christmas shopping. The decorations. The lights. The Hickory Farms stand… mmm!

    But I agree with you about the day after Thanksgiving. It’s crazy. I don’t venture out much that weekend.

    Comment by Bone — October 24, 2006 @ 7:53 pm |Reply

  13. Are you kidding? Opening Thanksgiving night- that’s just crazy.

    Comment by creative-type dad — October 25, 2006 @ 11:51 pm |Reply

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