Wednesday, May 1, 2013

El Pollo Loco

So, tonight, as I sat pondering my day, I realized that I really wanted to share every moment of my day with everyone I have ever met. More importantly, I need to share with everyone that is now about 815 miles away from me in my hometown. Right now my move is new and interesting so people love to get my texts and facebook updates. I expect the newness will wear off eventually and people will get tired of my crazy antics. I decided to return to you my beloved blog. And, funny enough, this entry will end with cooking!

Something I may never learn is to not trust technology. Because we have lived in this state for approximately 3 days, I have to use my navigation app on my phone to get me everywhere, including home. I always believe it… ALWAYS. But for all the faith I put into it, it seems to fail me constantly. First thing this morning I had an interview at a temp agency. My navigation said it would take 10 minutes. Thank goodness I didn’t trust THAT feature. (OK, you got me, I did. But, I left early so I could call the insurance company and get our car insurance transferred.)  After driving to the same building 3 times and each time realizing that there was no way this could be the right building, I realized I was supposed to be directly across the street! The interview went well though! I think I made a good impression. Other than, perhaps, I shouldn’t have mentioned that I can chit-chat all day but I refuse to work in customer service and that I also could not accept a position with windows looking out to sea. I can’t really afford to be fired AND have that on my resume right now so I have to avoid distractions!
Another thing that may hinder my job search, I had to fill out tax information and I am sure they thought I was crazy when I took a picture of the form. How else was I going to show my husband how a W-4 needs to be filled out! Seriously, almost everyone there were women so I feel confident that, had they asked, this explanation would be easily understood. But, no one asked, so after I left, I am sure they were discussing why there were camera flashes in the conference room when I was filling out tax information! Tonight I applied for a few positions in the temp agency and sent a nice little thank you/ follow up email to my recruiter. Soon maybe I won’t feel the need to share every aspect of my day because I will be busy with a job!

My interview took almost half the time they told me to expect,so I decided to drop by my new college to drop off some paperwork. Note to self- nothing will ever be quick in downtown. I drove around the block 5 times, took 15 minutes to get out of the parking garage, almost had the SWAT team called because I ran by the security desk to get to the bathroom, and then took 20 minutes to find my way back to my car. The weirdest thing ever, the parking garage had elevators on either side of the building and one side went to 2, 4, 6, 8 and the other went to 3, 5, 7 and 9. Uhhh… what? Aside from the other craziness of downtown and the college, this was the nuttiest thing I had ever seen.

My day started out with a lot of activity and $9 in parking fees. It was fun. I only got a little homesick once while I was lost on the way to the interview. There was an off track betting place that I had to pass each time I circled the block looking for the building, on the wrong side of the road. It had a big mural of horse racing. The Kentucky Derby is this weekend. I don’t actually miss the horse race itself, but I miss the chow wagon and the parade :(

After the eventful morning I picked up my husband, scolded him for dragging me across the country and having to endure this craziness and went to lunch. Where, yet again, the navigation app got me lost. I SAW the restaurant, but the navigation said it was still .5 miles away and I listened. That’s right, I believed a phone over my own eyes.

When we got home I took a nap while the man-child put furniture together. Then I emptied about 4 boxes got irritated, swore that I would never leave this house for anything (including building condemnation and birth of my own sextuplets), made a dinner of cheese, pepperoni and strawberries and retired to the semi put together living room for a night of updating my address. This task is getting almost as infuriating as changing my last name.

I am hoping to find a job soon and return to school in the fall and I have had a dream of being a homemaker since I was young. Apparently this dream will never die. So, I got a Costco membership and researched freezer meals. This evening I went through all my information and groceries and decided what I needed to do to get dinner ready for the next month. Now, all my attempts and good intentions of being a good homemaker have died a slow painful death, but I do love cooking so maybe this will work out! First task, cook my chickens in my slow cooker so I can have the chicken for recipes and then use the rest to make chicken stock. That’s right… I am on the ball! (For now) I rummaged through drawers and boxes to find the few ingredients I needed for tonight's endeavor and started to work. As I was pulling up the skin from the breast of the chicken and rubbing the seasoning paste in I made myself laugh at my ability to massage breasts. I thought that would be the night’s low for watching my homemaker award being stripped from me. Alas, no… soon, I took this photo:

That’s right folks; I shoved my hand up my chicken’s hooha as I was trying to season it and turned it into a puppet. More importantly, I then took a picture of myself doing this so that I might share my comedy with you fine people.

Oh what a night! I should receive some kind of medal for keeping myself so busy that I only had to unpack 4 boxes. At this rate, I may get to my Christmas dishes by Christmas 2020! Go Me!

FYI, here is the info on my whole chicken in the crockpot!

From: Busy Mommy

1 broiler/fryer chicken (3.5-4 lbs)
2 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional!)
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder or 3 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

I will lose some of you here, but when I removed the "extras" from inside the chicken I put them in a baggies to add to the bones I have when the chicken is done to use for chicken stock. Place all of your ingredients in a small bowl and stir in water by the teaspoon until a paste forms. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and place the chicken in, breast side up.
Work your hand carefully under the skin of the breast to create an opening to put some of your paste. Coat the chicken inside and out with the paste. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3.5-4.5 hours. Make sure the thickest part of the thigh registers at 180 degrees.

1 comment:

  1. Never trust your gps! Also- ur chicken was quite the entertainment!


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