16 July 2008


Is how much I paid to fill up my car with gas this morning.

08 July 2008

I believe I mentioned recipes . . .

Cheese Ball:

Cream together in a mixer 16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature, and 8 oz. sharp cheddar, finely shredded, also at room temp.  When well amalgamated, add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon lemon juice (I used the juice of an entire half lemon), and a few dashes cayenne pepper.  Once it was all mixed up I globbed it onto a piece of waxed paper, wrapped it up, and put it into a roundish bowl in the fridge overnight.  After it stiffened up, I formed it into a more ball-like shape and rolled it in chopped toasted pecans.  

We always eat it with Wheat Thins.  My mother makes tons of this every Christmas.

4th and 5th of July

I took a trip to Cville for the Fourth and, for the first time ever, found myself rather chilly in July.  Global warming!  Hah!  (Seriously, it was not much below 70, but rather damp and in the country.  I could have used some sleeves is all.)

The next day I drove down to spend time with the tidewater family and have a lovely late lunch of cheese ball (my contribution) and sangria, fruited chicken, broccoli salad, corn on the cob, potato salad, and brownies (also my contribution).  It was nice to see all of the extended family (who I haven't seen since New Year!) and most especially spend time with my grandmother.  Our last two visits have been short on account of (1) the half marathon in March, which gobbled up a lot of my visit, and (2) the stupidity of whatever airline I was flying back in May, which resulted in my arriving ten solid hours behind schedule.

I've got a busy week . . . Charlotte is visiting Friday night and then I'll be consumed with cruise prep next week, so I'm taking the opportunity of a quiet night in to get some serious cleaning done.