Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to make lobster bisque

This isn't my recipe. I got it from this link: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/12/crockpot-lobster-bisque.html and there is a couple of changes I would/did make.

3 cups chicken broth- I'd make sure it was low sodium

8 oz clam juice
14.5 oz stewed tomatoes and juice

8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 onion, diced

1 large leek, diced (just the white part!)

1 T dried parsley

2 tsp Old Bay seasoning mix
1 tsp dill
1 cup heavy cream (to add later)
Same as heavy whipping cream
2 lobster tails (to add later)

lemon slices as garnish
also need a large crock pot and an immersible mixer

How to make:

Combine broth, clam juice, tomatoes, onion, chopped mushrooms, leek, parsley, dill and Old Bay. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Use the immersible mixer to blend everything together into a broth. Add lobster tails, cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until the tail has turned pink and meat is fork-tender. Remove lobster tails from crockpot, add in heavy cream.

Take the meat out of the the lobster tails with a fork, add to the soup. Serve with a lemon slice for garnish!

My personal notes:

Use low sodium chicken broth. It could also stand for a bit more cream. Heavy cream is the same as heavy whipping cream, which confused me when I was in the store.

After the first step, you're going to look into the crockpot and say, "Wow, that's a lot of mushrooms." Don't worry, they blend up nicely.

Also, here is what a leek looks like-
I had to ask two kindly older ladies to help me find one in the grocery store (they weren't labeled). I asked two because the first didn't know what one looked like either.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Christmas list

Yes, I know that it's not yet Christmas, but Batman and I are celebrating it today. We're going to be at our parent's for actual Christmas eve/Christmas day and we wanted to have a special day for just the three of us.

Want to hear about the loot? Of course you do!

For Mo-mo
We actually said that we wouldn't buy her anything because her grandparents are going to be getting her stuff, and I would just hit up the after Christmas sales if she needed anything. Oh well. Who can stand to buy their baby nothing for their first Christmas?

Playskool Busy Tumble Top
By far her favorite present. It's pretty darn noisy.

Ugly Doll- Poe
She was unimpressed with it but I think it's cute

These flexible plastic balls I bought because the toy store didn't sell Winkels and it looked vaguely similar.
Can you tell that I already threw away the wrapping for this one?

5 pack of Baby Legs
For those of you who aren't moms, BabyLegs are like baby leg warmers. They're good for adding an extra layer of warmth in the winter, they protect baby knees when the kid starts crawling, and they're easier than pants during diaper changes. But they're stupidly expensive. I would never pay the full $12 price tag for one pair--it hurts my frugal heart to even consider it. I bought 5 pairs for $25 using www.babysteals.com.

For Batman
It was a very DVD heavy Christmas for Batman. He picked out the watch, knew he was getting some Buffy/Angel but not how many, and the other two DVDs were a surprise.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3 and 4

Angel Season 2

Family Guy Season 7

Simpsons Season 12

a watch
From Kohl's. We walked over to the watches, I picked up this one and said "This is the one I would have picked out if you weren't here." He approved.

For me!!!
I asked for/picked out:

A Painted Pony
Yup. It's covered with boots. Isn't it nifty? I can add a tallymark to that 101 goal too.

Trivial Pursuit for the Wii

A necklace
You can't really see it here but it has the words "I stole fire" very lightly carved into it. I've been wanting some of the jewelry from this website for awhile--I think it's all very creative and unique. The artist has some neat "lost" words that have been taken out of the dictionary due to to not being used anymore. I love this piece but it's not quite what I pictured--the words are very faint and difficult to read.

The 30 Day Shred
To get rid of the baby belly.

A ring
From Kohl's. I like jewelry but I don't have a lot of it--and no guady rings.

I was suprised with:

Godiva Chocolate
Mmmmmm. Good job, Batman. There's no actual Godiva store around here so it's not the lovely golden box but who cares? They're delicious.

An awesome bracelet

From Kohl's. It's amethyst and purple, not blue as it looks here. Gotta love a husband that picks out jewelry by himself!

A puzzle
2,000 pieces and meets my rigorous color specifications. I hate doing puzzles that are all practically one color, I think that they are boring and pain in the butts.

Clue: Harry Potter Edition
It was Draco Malfoy, in the Room of Necessity, with the cauldren! Hahahahaha. Anyone want to come play it with me?

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I like lists. I like creating them and crossing things off. I like organizing them by day, by subject. I go grocery shopping every other week and my lists are organized in the rough order of the layout of Walmart---toiletries first, frozen foods, snacks, canned goods, meat, fresh fruit and veggies.

Lists give me that warm and fuzzy feeling of accomplishment that most people get from, you know, actually accomplishing things. I contemplated asking for a fancy-dancy phone for Christmas just to have a new way to create and organize lists.

I'm not sure if I should be proud of this or not.

Here's my list of things to do before I leave for St. Louis next week.

1. Get eyebrows waxed. They are looking distinctly unibrowish.

2. Go to post office to stop mail.

3. Go to homeless shelter to donate canned goods and diapers.

4. Write up the minutes from the last MS Walk meeting and create a list of the larger businesses in Carbondale. It's embarassing how long I've been putting this off.

5. Transfer photos to flashdisk for my mother-in-law.

6. Pack.

7. Make cookies. I make an awesome no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie. I made a batch two days ago and they're already gone. My grandma loves them so I need to hide some of these for her.

8. Finish stepmom's last cross-stitch cat. I'm so close to being done that I can taste it (tastes like thread?). I've been working on these things for like three years. And when I'm done, not only can I cross it off my 101 list, I can also start working on Mo-mo's stocking.

9. Celebrate Christmas with Batman and Mo-mo! This will get it's own post tomorrow.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Boredom makes the blog better.

Almost done with all my finals. I'm fiddling around with the blog right now, trying to think of how I want to organize it. Presumably this will result in some eventual changes for the better.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2 down

14. Get Mo-mo's picture taken with Santa
Done and done. Not a great photo but at least she wasn't crying! And I have to admit she's darling in those Christmas PJs.

87. Inspire someone else to start a "101 in 1001" list
I'm taking credit for this one. I posted about it on the message board I frequent and she liked the idea!