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Sleepy Potato Latke's in a Snowbank

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Okay ... so I have a fair few updates to give you, which is why I'm actually writing a full post. As my regular followers know, my schedule does not follow the 1960's model of Monday-Friday, 9-5. I am, in fact, working Wednesday - Sunday 11pm-7am, and even that changes from time to time. So ... armed with that knowledge ... on with the adventures in driving story.

On Wednesday night, I was heading into work, through the snow and the muck. Hmm ... for those of you who don't know ... here in Omaha NE we got around a foot of snow Tuesday night. So I'm tooling down the road, I hit the on ramp for the expressway and halfway down the ramp I spun out. Now, mind you, I have a 4x4; it's a baby 4x4 ... but still. However ... when I landed front wheels into an embankment of snow, I was unable to push, pull or prod my little Suki truck out. I was thinking to myself ... 'hell's bells, I'm gonna need to call my dad and have him come out in the cold'.

Alas and luckily some VERY excellent sameritans stopped to help. One of these fine fine people had a truck with a winch and pulled my little Suki truck right out!!! Oh good times. Adventures abound. Needless to say I was tense and on the verge of an anxiety attack the entire rest of the way to work. I did get there, without further incident.

I have been pretty blessed and have avoided being sick this fall and winter flu season. *knocks wood* However, this evening (after my evening nap before work) I woke up achy from head to foot. I'm hoping it subsides after a good and fair amount of sleep.

Speaking of sleep, mah doggies do not let me sleep more than 4 hours at a time. (Which has likely contributed to my illness here folks!) Saturday morning when I get home ... I'm playing with them for an hour, locking them back in the kitchen and closing my bedroom door to sleep for at LEAST 6 hours straight. I must do this, sorry pooches!!!

Another note on the Pooches ... Kadee is a loverly doggy ... Sookie can now be renamed 'destructo'. Oh yeah ... if there's a scrap of paper or plastic somewhere ... ANYWHERE ... she'll find it ... and rip it to shreds. My vacuum is getting a workout.

On a final note, I do believe I'm going to take some photography classes at the local community college this coming spring. Hopefully, you'll be seeing more original photos from yours truly. I'll keep you up to date on all that.

Now, I'm going to crawl under my desk and take a nap, do not disturb.

ஜ~§Quote Of The Day§~ஜ

It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.
Mark Twain

ஜ~§The Question Of The Day§~ஜ

What’s your favorite movie quote of all time?

My favorite? It's still, "Yipee ki ay, Mother F*&$er" Gotta love Die Hard.

ஜ~§The Word Of The Day§~ஜ



adjective: Covered with freckles.

From Latin lentiginosus (freckled), from lentigo (freckle), from lens (lentil).

"I realised that my freckly Celtic complexion wasn't a curse I had to endure for life, and my offensively lentiginous skin could be smoothed into picture-perfect ivory."

ஜ~§Poem Of The Day§~ஜ

Archaic Torso of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders
and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur:

would not, from all the borders of itself,
burst like a star: for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

Rainer Maria Rilke

ஜ~§Recipe Of The Day§~ஜ

Tasty Potato Latkes

Typically served for Hanukkah, latkes are a traditional side dish beloved by people inside and outside the Jewish culture. Grated potatoes are held together with an egg liason and fried for a crispy potato cake made silky from the olive oil. Non-dairy sour cream keeps this dish kosher, but if that's not part of your tradition, try this cake topped with real sour cream or with plain yogurt. Latkes are a crowd-pleasing side dish, but they also make a delicious base for appetizer dips and spreads.


4 medium potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cloves garlic (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Non-dairy sour cream


Peel and finely shred potatoes. In a mixing bowl combine potatoes with olive oil, eggs,garlic (if desired), and salt. Using 1/3 cup mixture for each latke, press mixture into patties about the size of the palm of your hand, squeezing out excess liquid.
In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Carefully slide patties into hot oil.
Cook over medium-high heat about 2 minutes or until latkes are golden brown, turning once.
Repeat with remaining batter. Add cooking additional oil during cooking, as needed.
If necessary, reduce heat to medium to prevent overbrowning. Drain on paper towels and keep warm. Serve with non-dairy sour cream, if desired. Makes about 10 latkes. (Nutrition information is given per latke plus 1 teaspoon non-dairy sour cream.)

Brightest Blessings,

6 Things people say ...:

♥ Kathy said...

I'm so glad you didn't get hurt crashing into the snowbank!!

I lol'd @ destructo. We've kind of adopted our nephews dog bc he lives down here (but thankfully outside) so we've been the ones to take care of him and he's a destructo dog too. Last night I went out to feed him and couldn't find his bowl. I finally found pieces under the truck. I guess he gave up on me and decided to eat the dish instead :)

Gah, I have soooo many fav movie quotes..the only one that comes to mind at this moment is from Steel Magnolias "Very good Annelle, spoken like a true smartass" :p

Pam said...

With all this going on, how do you still manage to post.

SweetPeaSurry said...

Kathy, thanks so much. I'm happy I didn't get hurt, however, I've been driving in Ne winters since I first learned how to drive. I took my drivers test in freezing rain. I aced it!

Pam, since I work overnights, I actually have quite a bit of time on my hands. As of late, I've been pretty addicted to FB games though, which is why I haven't been posting regularly, that will change after the first of the year though.

JennyMac said...

Great post even though you have MUCH going on...those latkes look OH so good.

And love your favorite movie quote. Love it.

Captain Dumbass said...

Glad you didn't get hurt in your spin out. Mmmm, latkes...

Paul B. said...

Ooooooo, those latkes look good!!