Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dinner is served!

Vegetable Frittata

My mom made this for dinner on Wednesday night. Now you may think - that's no big deal "my mom" or dad or whatever cooks all the time! It was a HUGE deal - BIG! GIGANTIC!

We had a snow storm on Wednesday - dumped about 8 inches or so, so when I got home from work I had to snowblow and shovel in order to park my car in the driveway - yes, I did try to get my car in the driveway before that but got a little stuck! So, my mom has been sick - seizures every day - usually about 2-5 a day. She wanted to help me shovel but all I could imagine was that she would be pushing snow and would fall face first into a snowbank and I'd be in the back or somewhere and not hear her!

When I was getting ready to go out, she said that she would make dinner while I did the snow moving. I have to admit, my first and only thought was that I would have to make/remake dinner when I came in from snow throwing, but boy was I in for a surprise! It took me about 45 minutes to move all of the snow and when I came in, mom was doing the last step before putting the frittata in the oven, so that was all I had to do!

The picture is of when it came out of the oven! It was wonderful and I have to tell you it's a great breakfast, lunch or dinner any time! We had a lot left - mom made a larger pan than what was called for, I just cut up the rest in pie shaped slices and put them in sandwich bags - a minute or two in the microwave and it was wonderful. It was even better the next day!

Poor mom cried when it hit her that she had actually cooked! It's been a long, rough road and she is so tired and druggy that cooking is just not a thing she has been able to do. And here is an update, she is going to Buffalo Women's and Children's hospital on Monday for a 4 day EEG, epilepsy monitoring. We are praying that they will find out what exactly is happening in her head and be able to give us some viable options so that mom can live her life again. She is homebound for the most part. I take her places, but she almost always has a seizure during or after the trip. We are leaving tomorrow after church for Buffalo. Please pray for her....she is so scared and worried about what they may find that could be bad news.

On a lighter note... the recipe for the frittata.

6 eggs
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 potato halved and sliced
1 onion halved and sliced (mom used dried minced onion)
8 oz ham cut into 3/4" pieces (mom used thicker sliced lunch meat ham)
1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and cut into 1"pieces.

Preheat oven to 400F.
In bowl, beat eggs with 1/2 cup of cheese, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; reserve.
In 10" nonstick skillet with ovenproof handle, heat 1 Tbs oil over medium heat (mom used Pam). Add potato, onion and 1/4 tsp salt and cook, stirring frequently until almost tender, 10 minutes. Add egg mixture, ham and broccoli; cook until edges are set, 3 minutes.
Transfer to oven.
Bake until set, 25 minutes, sprinkling with remaining 1/2 cup cheese during last 5 minutes of cooking time. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

I do have all of nutritional information, please let me know if you want that.

Happy Eating

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Differences - how the sun can look cold and hot

I have a bad habit of taking pictures while I am driving. It's almost as bad as texting...and I have to stop! But I go to work when the sun is rising...
I could only think of how cold this sun looked. I was driving to work and thinking that I was tired of having another inch of snow that had to be shoveled - but this was so pretty - this sun was gorgeous.

This was my drive home the night before... the sun just looked so warm and made me smile. With the snow so high in front of our windows it seems dark, I'm driving an hour to a clients tomorrow and hope that the sun will shine in the windows and help lift my mood!

This tree is outside my office and just so pretty this morning. The snow was really light and fluffy last night and had actually blown off quite a few trees already, but had stayed on this one.

I do love the four seasons, please don't think that I always gripe about it, but it's been
a long winter already. And that sounds funny - but we had snow in November and pretty much it's been here since. It's hard to be up all the time when you are shoveling almost every day and you can't walk because a lot of people here don't shovel and the road isn't the place to walk.

Monday, January 19, 2009

View from my office

The snow is now so high that I can't see the parking lot unless I
stand up! We've had a lot of snow and I've had three people tell me
that spring is coming in the last 12 hours.

I can't get to my snowblower. My garage door is stuck. Combination of
frozen to the ground and the snow is heavy on the roof. I have some
snow removal to do!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


30,021 FANS at the SU DOME

Nose Bleed section - but it was a really great view of the game.

A bunch of us from the office got together to go to the SU game. Actually one of my co-workers and the boss decided it would be fun - so 4 of us decided to buy tickets - and actually the guys all brought their girlfriends/wives. So - me with 5 couples - story of my life.

The game was great - had a bit of a fear in the second period that SU was going to let their lead go away. The final score was 93 to 74 - Go Orange!!!!

It was a lot of fun - the Dome is great. The game was fantastic!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Skiing in Utica

I think that Utica is one of the few cities in America that has skiing - that is owned and 'run' by the city. Well, it used to be run by the city, but they took bids and a new company is making snow, grooming the hill and really trying to get people out to have some winter fun. There is tubing, skiing and sledding! I wish I didn't have such a fear of breaking something - I think that the tubing would be a riot!!!!!!!

The Utica OD has even had some articles on Val Bialis. Of course the most recent article was this morning about a 10 day 'sale' period. The prices don't seem so bad - but considering that kids are their major audience and $20.00 for tubing for a couple of hours - that's a lot of money for the area. So they are going to have a sale for the next ten days. I hope that it works. It's great to see the lift running and the magic carpet (that's used for the tubers) and all of the lights on and kids running down the hill.


Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
Latin frigorificus, from frigor-, frigus frost

: causing cold : chilling

Yepper - That's upstate NY for the last few days. Honestly - until today it didn't seem to be too bad, then the wind started blowing. Holy Moly - freezing snot and crunchy walking. My poor cat wants out so bad he can't stand it! In fact this morning he ran out - stopped on the porch, looked around and ran back inside like he was on fire. Poor Einstein - I say that now, but at 2 this morning I was ready to throw him out into a snowbank. I bought him some toys, my mistake, he loves them and seems to love them even more in the early morning hours. And the funny thing is that for an 8lb cat he sounds like an army of men downstairs thumping around - when he first woke me up I thought someone was breaking in.

Looking forward to tomorrow! SU v Notre Dame at 12:00. Not quite sure why I decided that I would go to an SU game, I guess I figured it would be a great way to get out of the house for a few hours. It turns out that this game is HUGE! Too funny.

Well look for that post tomorrow!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Good morning !

I woke up this morning to 4 more inches of snow! LOL the weather people aren't getting it right this year - that or I don't hear the updates! We had a good melt off last weekend - but now we are covered up again. It took me three trips outside to get it all shoveled. I was too lazy (I know it makes no sense) to get the snowblower out. Actually sometimes just shoveling allows me to just listen to what's going on outside - otherwise the snowblower is so loud that I can't think of anything!

Happy New Year!