Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It Was A Black And White Kind Of Day

I have a really big smile on my face right now.  See that white stuff?  Yup it's snowing in the desert.  

 It's beautiful white snow, although it won't stay long.  At 5:00 it was only 33 degrees and is expected to warm up again.  If it's snowing at my house, you can guarantee it coming down in buckets up at altitude.   It's extra cool since the desert needs a really good drink.

To counteract the white stuff, brown made its appearance for a short minute.  Reese's cups are my fav, so when I saw THIS on my 8:00 grocery run, I just HAD to try it.  My oh my these are good for breakfast!!  I would definitely buy it again, mostly because it's BIG.  I really didn't taste much pretzel in there however.

It was cold and wet outside, so my plan was to stay inside ... BUT ....  I was rather disappointed when I checked the website about registering my rig and jeep, only to find I had to smog the smaller of the two.  After checking THEIR website, and talking to a lady on the phone, I drove 30 minutes to find a sign on the door that said CLOSED.  The DOT office personnel were not very sympathetic saying I could just drive ANOTHER 40 minutes to the OTHER station.  

No thank you.  I had already had a BLACK encounter trying to fill the tank when the pump would not read any of my five credit cards, making me go inside with no mask.  I got the lecture of course, but said if their pumps were working correctly, I would not have had to go in.  They relented and I got fuel.

According to the DOT website I would have to fuel up again since you should have a full tank.  I'll pass.

When I finally got home, I thought it was the perfect time to try out that air fryer.  I had dumped in a little Italian salad dressing to marinate them.  That caused a problem.

Look out ... here comes the BLACK part!  Wasn't I shocked when I opened the lid after 25 minutes.  OH NO ... food for the cemetery!  Rats and DOUBLE RATS!!  

I was very reluctant to throw them out since I had spent twenty minutes trying to cut apart the frozen whole wing sections.  I had to thaw out my hands several times.  I have to say here that the wings in California are already CUT.

Somewhere I had read about them being black, but tasting okay.  I decided to give it a try.  Sure enough, they may LOOK burned, but they don't TASTE burned.  In fact, they were perfectly cooked and juicy inside.  How can that be?  I think I need to lower the heat a bit and try again.

I just stepped outside and it's really coming down now.  I may actually have some SNOW pictures tomorrow.

Next on the schedule, a little more brown.  This is something I stumbled on quite by accident.  If you have ever driven through Texas Canyon, and I know many of you have, you must stop in at the Amerind Museum.  Although small, they have some exquisite pottery and pieces well worth seeing. 

So when I saw this class on chocolate cooking for FREE, how could I resist.  Anyone can sign up, so I did.  We'll see just what it is we cook.  I've no idea if this will be old world recipes, Spanish recipes or chocolate covered strawberries for Valentines Day, but it should be fun.

Hopefully the rest of THIS day will be WHITE!!  I could use some nice bright white!!!


  1. So...do you THINK King Gavin relented to opening the state back up because: a) His recall is around 1.2 million signatures now, or, b) Biden is President, or, c) BOTH A and B??? Politics, the BLACKEST of BLACK and unfortunately, there is no "cooking cemetery" large enough to contain it. lol

    1. I certainly wish there was a cemetery big enough! I heard he was getting very nervous about the recall and is looking for votes, but I'm positive that the Biden fiasco has something to do with it too. I am encouraged by the news from the Senate and Texas!

  2. Wow. The wings do look burnt but I'm glad they were tasty. Dave Burdick...the answer is C!!! The desert is always do pretty with that little dusting of snow.

    1. They were pretty black, so I don't know HOW they didn't taste terrible!! No I haven't lost my taste .......

  3. I am glad you are enjoying the snow. The desert has been getting a drink this way with rain and I really enjoy seeing the puddles and little washes moving along. The chocolate cooking class sounds delicious. Stay safe.

    1. I knew you would appreciate the rain and clouds. Can't wait to see more of your pictures.