I call this “The Stove Saga”.

If you were around last deployment, you may remember “The A/C Saga” which is oddly similar to this one.

Okay, so I have one working burner on my stove. Is it called a burner when it’s a gas stove? I have no idea. But only one of them works.

And this happened because way back in March, my stove started ticking.

(Let it be known that at this time, I had 3 working burners.)

A really nice guy came to fix it and I was grateful that he didn’t judge me based on the amount of dust and dog hair that was behind the oven.

Buuut, by the time he was done “fixing it”, the one burner that hadn’t previously worked was the only one working.

So I’ve had one burner since then. Which isn’t TOO bad but it gets annoying. Like, I can’t boil noodles and cook sauce at the same time. What was once a 20 minute meal now takes an hour. So yeah, it’s annoying.

But I stuck it out because I always feel like the maintenance guys have better things to do. There’s probably someone on post experiencing a leak in their roof or something equally horrible and I don’t want to take the maintenance guys away from stuff like that.

I realize this is most likely some deep-rooted self-esteem issue that I should probably be discussing with a therapist and not my food blog. But whatever.

Every few weeks, I get really fed up and I call the office and tell them the story and they say they’ll call me back. And they never do.

Actually, one time they did and the women told me to call her back but the number she left wasn’t in service which just made me angrier than if she hadn’t called at all.

Well, I’m officially at my end with it. And this is pretty typical of me. I wait and wait and put up with stuff and deal with it. And then I’m done all at once. And I’m fighting back tears in a housing office filled with soldiers while my kids quack loudly because they’re amused by the echo.

Uggghhhh, Army housing.

So I’m waiting for a phonecall. Again. I’ll keep you updated.

Until it’s fixed, I’ll be using my slow cooker a lot. I made this earlier in the week and my kids gobbled it up. They said it tasted like the sweet & sour chicken they always get from our favorite Chinese place.

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It’s not often I blog about chocolate cookies. Especially chocolate cookies with more chocolate inside.

I like chocolate, I really do. But for some reason, I’d choose a shortbread cookie or a sugar cookie or even a chocolate chip cookie over a full-out chocolate cookie.

This cookie though? It’s more like a brownie.

Like, you know the crackly top of a brownie that’s pretty much the best thing ever? These are like that all the way around and with the soft brownie part inside.

I realize that made absolutely no sense but trust me, it’s like a brownie!

I’m kind of obsessed with them.

They’re gluten-free so they are the perfect treat for someone following a gluten-free diet. They’re also really simple and really delicious so you should probably make some soon even if you aren’t gluten-free.

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I don’t know if I’ve ever told you guys but I really don’t like rice. I don’t dislike rice but it’s not something I’d choose to eat. The exception being Mexican restaurant rice and even then, I mix it into the refried beans because… that’s just the way it should be done.

Oh, and any kind of casserole that includes rice, cream of- soup, and tons of cheese.

But, like, plain rice? Nope. I don’t even like the cilantro-lime rice at those burrito joints (that this recipe is based on) unless it’s absolutely covered in salsa (and queso if we’re at Qdoba).

Weirdly enough, I really dig cauliflower rice. It’s the perfect substitute for those of use that either don’t like rice or maybe we’re trying to cut back on calories. But yeah, I eat cauliflower rice with everything. At one point, before my husband deployed, he had to tell me to cool it with the cauliflower rice because he was sick of it.

So naturally I switched to mashed cauliflower and he was not amused.

Since I’m currently going through one of my Mexican food phases, this Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice has become a staple in my diet. It’s really good and the perfect side dish for all the stuff I’m currently coating in cumin, dousing in lime juice, and covering in jalapenos.

Quick warning: if you don’t like cauliflower, you won’t like this. No amount of lime zest and cilantro can hide the taste (and smell) of cauliflower. If you do like cauliflower, you will looove it!

 

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Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and your week is off to a great start!

We’ve been having crazy storms recently that have made us cancel most of our outdoor plans. So when our local frugal blog posted about free military admission to the county fair on Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house.

It was free! We had to go!

And then we spent $80 to ride the rides. You got me, El Paso County Fair.

You got me good.

Buuuuuut, it was totally worth it to watch my 7 year old almost poo his pants on his first upside-down ride after insisting that he wouldn’t be scared at all.

But anyway, yesterday we had homemade popsicles while we (they) played in the mud that all these storms have created.

I finally broke down and bought popsicle molds after seeing so many great recipes this summer. And the first one was Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles because I have been obsessed with all things watermelon this summer. Except actual fresh watermelon. Bleh.

These popsicles are just watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, and a tiny bit of sugar. My kids loved them and I liked knowing where all the ingredients came from. Win all around!

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I’m in the midst of a panic.

So.

My two oldest boys are going to school this year. One in 2nd grade and the other in pre-k. Number 1 annoying thing is that they’re going to different elementary schools on post. Because the Army is all about efficiency.

And then, number 2. Neither school has school supply lists on their website yet! Kid #1′s school is… not my favorite. I don’t want to say that the vice-principal and I have had words but, it may have happened. More than once. (FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD, LADY, TURN THE PAGE OF THE SHOT RECORDS SO I DON’T HAVE TO COME UP HERE EVERY QUARTER AND TELL YOU THAT YOU’RE AN IDIOT.) So I’m not really expecting them to have their supply lists posted anytime before November.

But then Kid #2′s school has every grade BUT pre-k listed on their supply list.

Geez people, c’mon.

I am obsessed with school supplies even though I am old and have no real use for them. I just love them. The highlight of my middle school years was getting a big paper bag of school supplies at the start of each year (because we all had to have the EXACT same supplies and the EXACT same color binder for each class) and obsessively sorting them out on my bedroom floor. Once a day I would unpack that bag and try to decide how many pencils I would put in the math pile and how many would go in German.

I still use a Lisa Frank notebook to make my grocery lists.

But anyway, I’m having a crisis because WHAT IF TARGET RUNS OUT OF EVERYTHING AND MY KIDS HAVE TO HAVE PUKE GREEN FOLDERS?!

Margaritas have come in handy during my obsessive website refresh sessions. These are peach margaritas and they’re my fave. The white peaches are extra good this year and I’m really enjoying eating them fresh or chopping them up for smoothies. And yeah, maybe a margarita every once in a while.

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