Monday, November 21, 2005

Cranberry Brisket

For dinner tonight I made:

Cranberry Brisket

1 (3 pound) beef brisket
1 cup Catalina salad dressing
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

DIRECTIONS:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place brisket in 9x13 inch pan.

In a medium bowl, combine dressing, soup mix, and cranberries. Pour over brisket, and cover pan with foil.

Cook for 3 to 4 hours, or until brisket is extremely tender. Brisket will get very dark/caramelized; this adds flavor, and doesn't mean that you have overcooked it.

It came out very well, and it only needed 3 hours of cooking, not 3-4 hours. Jamie was really impressed with my cooking lately, and at first wasn't really sure if Catalina dressing would work, on brisket, but in the end, he eat every last bite on his plate. Sorry, no photos of this dish, Jamie pretty much dug into it as soon as the oven was ready to beep that time was up for cooking, as it was getting late already, and he was hungry. Compliments to the new chef! (hee hee!)

Tomorrow, I have an early day, a 9:45 am eye doctor apt, finally getting that over with, but I must stop by my dad's office beforehand and do some photocopies. I have some errands to take care of tomorrow as well, but I'm going to only do that after I babysit the new puppy for my mom, so she can go get her hair done. (Still no name for the puppy - maybe by tomorrow!) I really don't want to babysit a dog that I don't know what to call it! I am so excited to see the little guy.

I got a lot accomplished today, 4 of my 10 pages are now done for my Illustrator Project that is due on Friday. 40% is done, and it's only Monday. I am very impressed with myself. I hope to get a lot more accomplished tomorrow. I aslo finished my Quark Express assignment in class this morning, it's due at 8h00 am next Monday morning. One more project to go in that class. I can't believe the semester is almost over. I'll be a graduate before I know it! I also just finished my CREATIVITY JOURNAL! It's not due until Thurs, Dec. 1st (next Thursday) but I was able to work on the last final pages while I was watching Las Vegas & CSI: Miami this evening. Jamie had a friend over to watch some hockey game on TV, and I had peace & quiet upstairs in the den.

I discovered today that in my pantry I have:

  • 17 kleenex boxes
  • 24 paper towel rolls
  • 64 rolls of toilet paper

You think I'm okay until 2006?

I finished my scarf today, the one that I crochet (my first crochet item!) I will take pictures tomorrow and post them, I'm zonked right now (still running on 4 hours of sleep from last night, as I never got to take that nap today).

I did watch the HBO movie The Girl in the Cafe. I thought I would have liked it a lot more than I actually did. It was just okay. Cute love story, but too political for me. I also started watching My So Called Life - the only season that aired, from 1994-1995 (19 episodes). I have it on DVD, someone downloaded them and passed them on to me, and it's bringing back old memories and horrid fashion! I am going to watch all of it, and then I'm passing it onto my friend Sherrie. I got through the first three episodes today (they are 48 minute episodes each!) The quality is very pixalated, but still clear enough to watch!

I found this gorgeous baby pink yarn today, for a VERY good price (1$/ball) and I'm totally thinking of learning a new stitch and making a baby blanket. (No not pregnant yet!) But I need to get a blanket done - so I can perfect it. My first scarf came out okay, but my next one will be better. Need to do the same w/a blanket. No sense in making that afghan for my bed, until I get a smaller one 100% perfect! Right? I need to find the perfect brown yarn for my sister's scarf that she wants. I haven't found it yet. I need to match it to her coat!

I forgot to mention, I went by the Multimags on my walk from my car to school and asked the guy what time he gets in his Monday delivery for new magazines. He told me in an hour, and then asked me what magazine I was looking for.

I said "Dogs in Canada Annual"

and he said "We got it in already".

So I said, "Two copies please".

I then asked "When did you get these in?"

He replied, "Just after you left last Monday!"

I wish I had known!

I would have picked it up last week! Or all during the week. And I didn't see it in any other magazine shop this past week - mind you - I wasn't really looking. But boy am I excited. I bought one to keep and one to cut out my image and frame! I'm going to hang it up in my office. I think I'm going to colour photocopy it and start creating a portfolio. Oh, it's soooo exciting!

On another note, I feel so lost, I forgot my cell phone at home. I have a few phone calls to make today, and I feel useless without it! I need to call my eye doctor this morning and make an apointment for tomorrow morning, as I'll be in the area of his office, since mom wants me to babysit the puppy for a few hours while she goes to get her hair done.

I hope I get back my marks from my other class from my teacher this morning. I have her twice a week, and since I missed her Wednesday class last week, I hope she can give me my 2 assignments that I should have gotten back. I'm dying to know how I did, although I'm assuming that I did well, as she likes my work and Laura got a 9/10 for hers, and she lost a mark because of her marker/pen running a bit of ink, which I know mine didn't... so as long as I get my concept right, I know that I've atleast gotten a 9/10 if not 10/10. And for my quiz... I know she really liked mine, and since I did mine in inpecable timing, I even did two, which she liked both, which I know I did well on.... just need to see my actual results in writing.

Wow, I can't believe we're on week 12 of 15 weeks of this semester. Where does time go?? 4 weeks left, and SOOO much to do. Assignments here and assignments there. I have 2 more semesters to go, and I'm loving every minute of my new career path!

Off to bed. Jamie just made fruit salad, so I'm going to go enjoy!

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