Friday, September 28, 2012

Voting In My First Presidential Election

One week ago we received our absentee ballots.  Being a military family we don't currently reside in the state where we have permanent residency/consider our domicile/where we would like to retire to.  Because of the work I did with the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, MSRRA (I am now able to declare a single state of residency without losing that residency because we moved/PCSed), I felt like I earned the right to vote.

Yesterday I put in the outgoing mail our absentee ballots.  I have now officially voted in my first Presidential Election :)  Yes, I was excited by this!

I did learn some interesting things though.

  1. I took voting very seriously; researching every person and issue. Side note: it required a dictionary and I really could have used a lawyer to assist with some of the language.
  2. It took me 5 days to do the required research and mark my circles.
  3. I felt so proud but that quickly wore off yesterday morning when I realized th
    e outcome of this vote will probably not match my ballot AND there is a chance my ballot may not be counted.
I also had some random thoughts throughout my 5 day exerience.
  1. Are ballots usually 4 pages long?
  2. I think lawyers should be available for free during elections to assist people with understanding any state amendments that you will vote on.
  3. Do people arrive at polling booths with a sample printed ballot already filled out?  I took 5 days and don't know how people vote in a couple of minutes.
I guess now I do what typical military families do and hurry up and wait.  It is another six weeks (+/-) until we all know the official results.

Happy voting!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Death of The Bread Machine Pan

meant buying bread in the store this weekend.  OOOHHH how I did not like that!  It has been 4 years since I bought bread in the store.  I am going to point out that I intentionally bought the cheap 89cent bread too.

I remember now all the reasons why I started making our bread.

  1. I know what my bread is made of.
  2. Homemade bread is not light weight and small in size, like the bread you buy in the store.
  3. It is also cheaper than the higher quality store bread.
  4. AND homemade bread actually fills you up.
I did order a new bread machine pan last week.  It should come in this week.  My one concern is that since the model I have is no longer made, the replacement pan that I bought might not use the same paddle I have.  If I need to buy a new paddle it will mean that I will have to buy more bread at the store next weekend.  I am trying to stay optimistic.

I think that once my bread machine pan comes in I am going to be a bread making fool.  I have no bagels, no bread or rolls in the freezer.  This catastrophe also has meant no homemade pizza night this last week - BOOOOOO!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Feeling Pretty Impressive

as a cook that is.

Yesterday instead of making my weekly loaf of bread I made bread dough in my machine.  For the first time I made rolls.  It required me to cut the dough into pieces and then shape them.  I did try to shape them so they would end up like an oval but that didn't work.  I "glazed" the rolls before I cooked them and they came out of the oven nice and golden.  They were finished just in time for dinner so hubby and I were able to have a warm one for supper.  I was impressed.  Hopefully this will change up lunch a little but over sliced bread.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE homemade bread.  Actually I haven't purchased a loaf of bread from the store in 4 years.  But having nothing but sliced bread for the last 4 years is getting old.  Every once in a while I want a roll for lunch and now I know I can cook them myself without burning them :)

Today I was feeling a little adventurous and made bagels.  The bread machine made dough for me.  I cut the dough into pieces, shaped them and then cut out the holes.  When I finished the 8 bagel shapes I covered them and filled a pot with water.  I let it come to a boil.  Once the water boiled the bagels cooked for 3 minutes.  I put the bagels on a pan and glazed them.  Half of the bagels were poppy seed and the other half were onion.  I removed them from the oven when they were golden.

I cooked the poppy seed bagels first so I had one of those for lunch.  Even though it was still warm I toasted it.  I wanted to test the "crunchiness" factor and make sure they could hold up to a toasting.  Oh My GOODNESS!!  I was really impressed and it was really good.

I sliced all the bagels and put them in a tupperware container.  I then put them in the freezer.  I did this to the rolls I cooked yesterday too.

Hubby got home late from work and had a bagel for supper.  I teased him a little too much in the e-mail I sent him earlier today.  "These are the best bagels I have every had!"  I was shocked, "really?"  "Yes they are nice and crunchy."  Well that is all I needed to hear.  Bagels were a hit and if hubby is happy then they are approved.

Just a little side note to toot my own horn, I was impressed with their shape!