Monday, November 24, 2014

This Week I'm Thankful for Paid Time Off (PTO) and Paid Holidays (among many other things)

I'm on PTO Monday-Wednesday this week.  Thursday and Friday are paid holidays.

{Happy dance!}

A trip to the grocery store is on the agenda today.

Laundry is on the agenda.

Cleaning out 2 dresser drawers is on the agenda also.

What's on your agenda for today?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Text to My Work Group This Morning

"Believe it or not...

The door to our detached garage will not open all the way.  Steve crawled in to disconnect the opener. See his feet?  

But he still can't get it open.

I'll be in as soon as this problem is solved :-)



Now the door won't open at all.  My car and my husband are trapped.  Oh, nooooooooo! Stupid detached garage!


He's out!


He phoned Tulsa Overhead Door and they said they would send someone out.

I Uber'ed to work. 

Text from The Husband at 12:49pm:

"Cars are out. I'll keep you updated.


New springs and new rollers. $300.  Works like new.


Of course it does!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pour versus Pore #2

I first wrote about this issue here.

I was reading a well written paper (I thought) 

on Generation Y in the workplace 

and came across a passage where it stated:

"we poured over the information..." 

instead of 

"we pored over the information..."

Little things like this bug me.

Do they bug you?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Life and Stuff

Life and stuff just happens. You know that is true, correct? Posts here at Cindy's Clipboard are now very random.  I'm trying to do better. We'll see how that works!

The Husband and I participated in the second "Dwell in the IDL" tour on Sunday, 11/09/2014.

We have worked the majority of our corporate careers in downtown Tulsa.  We are thrilled classic, Art Deco (and other) buildings in Tulsa are being converted to living spaces.  

We will probably end up in an apartment in one of these buildings when we decide to downsize and sell our 100 year old home...which is just one mile away from many of these places.

We are going to host a great "living estate sale" one day!   :-) 

How about you? Are you thinking about downsizing sometime in the near (3-5 years) future?

Where would you end up?  

An urban environment?

A retirement community?

In your home state? Or, a retirement state (Florida or Arizona)?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Smothered Steak

I made my sister-in-law's Smothered Steak tonight.

I served it to The Husband with mashed potatoes (real butter, sour cream, salt & pepper).

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Claudia's Smothered Steak
  • 2 1/2 pounds of boneless round steak, cut in serving pieces 
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Dredge in flour
  • Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a large skillet
  • Brown meat on both sides
Combine and whisk until smooth:
  • 3 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Dash of Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water
After the above mixture is smooth, add 2 cups of water and whisk until well blended.

Pour mixture over steak.  

Cover and cook over medium heat 50-60 minutes or until tender.

Serve with mashed potatoes. (Or, egg noodles!)

I'm planning to take the leftovers to Mom to see how they taste re-heated.

What are you cooking?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meat and Potato Pie

I made this recipe recently.

If you look at the detail of the url, you see it was published in 2009.

Yes, it only took me FIVE years to try it.

Let me just say, this is an awesome, comfort food recipe.

I loved it.

Mom loved it.

No one else in our family has tried it, but they are not important.

The only important opinions are from Mom and me!

I'm looking for recipes like this that I can prepare for Mom and that are easy to portion out and freeze for later consumption.

I'll report back on the success of freezing a cooked slice of this pie, thawing it and re-heating it in the microwave.

Do you have any dishes that you cook, portion out, freeze and then thaw/reheat it later?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago for my Mom.

Did I tell you she had her second knee replacement on Monday, 9/22/2014?


Well, she did.

Surgery went great.

Rehab was going great, until a blood clot developed in her leg.

Blood thinners began dissolving the clot, reducing the pain and swelling.

During this healing time, she tore her right rotator cuff using the walker.

Why, yes!  It IS the rotator cuff she had repaired last year!

Now, she is in pain trying to lift her arm or move her shoulder.

The Sister and I are alternating days to take care of her.

I'm planning to make this recipe again, putting the pot pies into cupcake liners.

We will see how they taste after they are mixed, baked, frozen, thawed, and re-heated.

More stories to come.