Author: Lori Forster

32 Undeniable Truths For Mature Humans

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? **** it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my *** everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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Menu Plan Monday – 2/07/11 to 2/13/11

Make a Menu

Every week I sit down and peruse several different websites, my cookbooks, and my handwritten tried and true recipes to make healthy meals for my family of five. I tend to use what I find as a base and add my own twist to each recipe, hoping to come up with my own tasty concoction to use over and over again.

Here is this weeks menu:

Monday – Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan

Wednesday – Baked Potato Soup

Thursday – Pinto Beans N Greens

Friday – Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

Saturday – Leftovers

Sunday – Smothered Pork Chops


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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Cauliflower Soup

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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup
Author: Lori Forster
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder, unlevel (a little more than TBS is better)
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C. all-purpose flour, , unlevel (a little more than C is better)
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbs. red cooking wine
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and put in a large bowl. Add oil and seasonings, and toss to coat.
  3. Place coated cauliflower on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes so as not to burn. Cook until golden and tender.
  4. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add onion. Cook until the onion is translucent in color.
  6. Add flour to onion and stir.
  7. Add the chicken broth and milk to the pan gradually stirring constantly until it thickens, then reduce heat.
  8. Add cauliflower and wine.
  9. Take half the soup, and blend in food processor, then recombine.


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Frugal Cooking: Too many potatoes – Make Gnocchi


2 pounds of starchy potatoes
1  egg, slightly beaten
1 C.  all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake potatoes until easily pierced with a fork. Let the potatoes cool slightly, then peel. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or grate them into a large bowl.  Add the egg to the potatoes. Mix well. Add the flour to potatoes a little at a time, mixing well. Add just enough flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to your hands. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a slightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball and then divide it into 5 or 6 smaller balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rope using your fingertips, about 3/4 inch thick.  Cut the dough into 1 inch pieces. Press each piece of dough against the tines of a fork to create ridges. Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a lightly floured dish.

To cook the gnocchi, place the dough into a pot of boiling water. After a few minutes the gnocchi will float to the top. Continue to cook for one minute then remove and top with your favorite sauce.

I triple this recipe and freeze a large portion. To freeze, line a cookie sheet with wax paper, and dust with flour and arrange the gnocchi in a single layer. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer to ‘flash freeze’ the gnocchi, about 30 minutes. Place in freezer bag to cook later. Cooking instructions are the same as above. No need to thaw.

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Menu Plan Monday – 1/31/11 to 2/6/11

Make a Menu

Every week I sit down and peruse several different websites, my cookbooks, and my handwritten tried and true recipes to make healthy meals for my family of five. I tend to use what I find as a base and add my own twist to each recipe, hoping to come up with my own tasty concoction to use over and over again.

Here is this weeks menu:

Monday – Leftovers

TuesdayGnocchi – Salad – Italian Bread

WednesdayCreamy Chicken and Rigatoni – Italian Bread – Birthday Cake

Thursday – Tacos

FridaySpinach QuicheRoasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

Saturday – Leftovers

Sunday – Orange-Spice Pot Roast – Superbowl Snacks

You can find all the recipes, and photos for my meals here on my blog, and you can see my full menu plan here on this calendar.

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