03 July 2009

3rd of July

Ironically the city of Sidney puts on their firework show the day before the 4th. Partially due to the fact that the volunteer firefighters put the show on...the whole force is needed on the 4th because of personal firework calls. Justin's boss owns a home a mile from the site where the firefighters light off the show. They hosted a large BBQ this evening in the most awesome MAN DEN ever. It is a garage large enough to fit a full truck and trailer (the commercial kind) plus plenty of room. Stan has the whole place decked out with taxidermy, sports TV, bars, boats, indoor archery. couches, etc. It is HUGE!!! No wonder Susan's home is a hunting free zone. Stan grilled up a ton of meat on his over-large smoker. All the guests provided the side dishes and desserts. Before arriving at the BBQ I had Justin stop at a couple spots to take pictures of Amelia in her "4th of July configuration." She is such a ham!! It rained very hard just 30 minutes before we left so the ground was nice and soggy. She amused herself by playing with mud and rocks. She stayed clean but got me all smudged up. We made a stop home so I could change. After eating we enjoyed a performance of Stan and Susan singing Karaoke. A full-sized rainbow stretched across the sky, it's been a LONG time since I last saw a complete rainbow. At one point the rainbow doubled. It was amazing. Once full night fell (around 9:00 pm) the firefighters did a great job filling the sky with fireworks. A couple actually exploded on the ground. Thank goodness for the rain. Mia called the fireworks, "sparkies" because she couldn't pronounce sparklies. Fun evening!!

Tomorrow we have a ward breakfast, preceded by a triathlon (bummer I can't participate, I'd kick some bike butt). Afterwards we are thinking of attending Dalton Days. The city is celebrating their 100 year anniversary.

New Hair Cut

My pregnancy hormon-e-s finally got the better of me. I chopped off my hair when Amelia was born but thoroughly HATED the cut. This time I am in love. I even chopped off my bangs for the first time in 9 years. The whole idea was a bit scary but ultimately liberating. My hair will need a little time to get used to curling up again. Strangely, Nebraska is more humid that we thought...so my new hair cut will maximize the humid air. I look a lot like my mission days again! Maybe a new hair color is next? Who knows!!! I have not colored my hair since before Justin and I met. My self-portrait turned out nicely for being taken inside our garage! It was the only white wall with enough light.

Egyptian Koshari

I've had a hankering for Egyptian Koshari lately. I called John to get his version and my friend Mona for her version. Between them and the internet my recipe was as authentic as possible. It turned out pretty yummy...still not Egypt worthy but enough to quell the craving. Since the recipe made a ton of food we shared with the Haley family. The kids weren't so sure about the strange spices but loved the plain macaroni and lentils. Here is my version:

Cook lentils, macaroni, and rice all to tenderness with salt...and separately!!!

Spicy Tomato Sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomato
8 cloves of garlic finely diced
1-2 T cumin
1-2 T coriander
1-2 T chili powder
1/3 c white vinegar
4 T olive oil
fresh parsley and cilantro, chopped finely

fry garlic in olive oil, bloom spices in garlic oil, once garlic softens. Add remaining spices and ingredients, cook for 5 minutes

Hot Paprika Sauce
3 T olive oil
2 T hot paprika pepper (make sure the pepper is spicy)
3 T of the spicy tomato sauce

combine ingredients, cook for 5 minutes, allow to cool before serving

Garlic Lemon Sauce
3 minced cloves of garlic
1/8 c white vinegar
juice from one lemon
1 t cumin
1 t coriander

Fried Onions
slice 2 large onions thinly
fry in 3-4 T of olive oil until blackened, crispy, and fluffy
PS: this part stinks up your house...I used Alison's BBQ grill to fry the onions

To serve layer
macaroni, rice, lentils, spicy tomato sauce, onions, garbanzo beans (canned is fine), and top with lemon and or spicy sauce.

EAT UP!!!!!