January 31, 2011

5 things I'm thankful for today:

1. Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee (are you surprised?)
2. A safe flight!
3. This is my 101st Blog post
4. SNOW! (We're getting 15-25 inches today - what a hearty welcome, New England)
5. English speaking TV channels and Radio stations :)
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January 25, 2011

Tasty Tuesday! Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

TJ thinks I'm wicked funny for bringing the camera into the kitchen ... but I keep telling him that one day Martha or Rachel may be calling me for an assistant chef position, and I'll definitely be needing a portfolio of my work.

Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
400 grams boneless chicken chunks
desired amount of fresh pineapple chunks
skewers


Directions:
1. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic powder and black pepper in a bowl.
2. Add chicken and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours
3. Preheat broiler to 250C
4. Alternately thread chicken and pineapple chunks onto skewers
5. Place skewers on top rack, broil for 4 minutes
6. Flip skewers and broil for another 4 minutes
7. Serve immediately (over rice and broccoli is my favorite!), and enjoy :)

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January 22, 2011

The Tastiest and Easiest Chicken & Dumpling Soup

Teej and I weren't feeling too well a couple of weeks back and I was determined to make some chicken soup from scratch. Homemade chicken soup instantly reminds me of my Meme who always seems to have it whipped up at the first sign of a winters sniffle.

Chicken & Dumpling Soup

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet instant yeast
3/4 cup cold water
Chicken seasoning
400 grams chicken
6 cups of water
5 teaspoons of chicken stock
4 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Start by preparing the chicken and letting it marinate in a bowl with the chicken seasoning.
Brathähnchen Gewürzsalz = chicken seasoning
Continue by making your dumpling dough. Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast and slowly add in your cold water. 
Hefe = Yeast
Knead the dough for five minutes, form into a ball and let rest.
Dice up your carrots, celery, onion and mince fresh garlic.
In a large pot combine the water, chicken stock, chicken, diced carrots, diced celery, minced garlic, basil, oregano and garlic salt. Heat uncovered on medium for 45 minutes. 
Hühner Kraftbouillon = chicken boullion. I don't know how the Imports Wives functioned here before the internet and Google Translate
After the 45 minutes are through drop the heat to low and roll out your dumpling dough. Cut the dough into bite size pieces and drop the pieces into the broth. As the pieces finish cooking they will rise to the top.
I actually surprised myself with how delicious and easy the chicken and dumpling soup was - it will definitely be my "go-to" recipe for years to come. Let me know if you give it a try this week!
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January 20, 2011

Just another day in the life...

Dear Neighbor,

This shouldn't come as a surprise to you since we only moved here five months ago, but I don't speak Deutsch. I unfortunately didn't have the option to take Intro to German language class in high school. I am beginning to understand very little - Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. See I'm trying to learn it, I really am - but I haven't yet developed those special back tongue muscles to pronounce some of the German words that are completely opposite of the English language. 


Furthermore, raising your voice and yelling at me in a language I don't understand every time I see you isn't going to help me learn - it just pisses me off and forces me to wish secret hexes against you. When I yell back " YOU KNOW I DON'T SPEAK GERMAN!" don't correct me with "Ich spreche kein Deutsch" - Trust me when I say that I have that phrase down - I am speaking English back to you because you are the meanest lady I have ever met and I don't want to converse with you. 
And honestly, what the hell are you yelling at me for all of the time anyway? Do you not like my dog? Do you not like my hair color? I don't understand what the problem is - we keep to ourselves up here. If anything, I should be yelling at you for referring to us as Indians on the dumb cleaning board you posted in the stairwell. We have a last name. It's on our mailbox, it's on the door buzzer outside of the apartment complex, and it's on our personal door buzzer which I know you see when you mop the entire stairwell and leave a distinctive line NOT cleaning outside of our door. Really lady? You messed with the wrong person - when it's "Indians" day to clean the stairwell next week I am stomping muddy footprints outside of your door in the design of a smiley face.
And one last thing - STOP mopping the floor at 12 in the afternoon. I personally choose to do it after dinner time because I take other people into consideration and I am not selfish enough to think that I am the only person who lives here. Other people are obviously going to be walking in and out of the complex throughout the day. When my dog is crying by the door because he has to release himself, I'm not waiting for the dumb stairs to dry. Now that we have that squared away, stop getting your panties in a tight twist - I'm pretty sure I saw fire shoot out of your ears today and I'm concerned  for your well being.

Sincerely,
The girl upstairs who will say a prayer tonight that next season we are replaced with a 20 year old who turns this apartment into a rip-roaring bachelor pad and keeps you up all night long so you really have something to complain about -- and who also wishes she could teach Brutus how to poop on command so that we could leave you a little present on your ugly brown Willkommen door mat the day we finally leave this place.

PS - TJ once referred to you as the bitchy old man downstairs. This caused a little argument going back and forth between the two of us regarding your gender. I just thought you should know. 
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January 16, 2011

Lost in Translation

I had a Facebook* status up the other day proclaiming to my little world "I just learned what a female Fox is called and I can't wait to marry TJ so that I'll be a certified VIXEN!"
Someone had too much time on her hands today....
Not ten minutes after posting the status do I get a call from one of my girlfriends here asking if I knew what vixen sounds like in German.  Ummm no, I can get through the day on basics and when all else fails, "Ich spreche kein Deutche" comes to my rescue.

So, what does vixen mean in my lovely new habitat? Bare with me here, it gets confusing -- Literally, it translates to "Erotische Frau," but the German verb that sounds closest to the English term vixen (v's are pronounced as English w's here) is "wichsen", and wichsen here means to masterbate. Sweet! So with my terrible attempt at a German accent, I would be proclaiming to everyone here that I can't wait to be a certified masterbater. Oh, Language.

Do you have any funny language stories you'd like to share?

My Google Chrome automatically translates.....HA!
Teej had a game tonight and they won. WOOOHOOO. Everyone say a little prayer that the teams streak keeps going. For real, we need it - when these games controls your life, career and future in the palm of it's stinky glove, signings have begun for next year and the season is coming to an end, you begin to sweat.
TJ during the shoot out - they livestreamed his game tonight for free! woo!

*Do any of you have a Facebook dedicated strictly to your blog? How about a Twitter? I've been considering making the jump (I actually signed up on both but have no idea what the hell I'm doing) to increase exposure and do some additional networking...but is it worth it? Is it time consuming? How do you Twitter? I'm usually on top of my internet game, but I feel like I'm lost in the Ice Age or something.
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January 15, 2011

Don't read this if you're easily offended!

Since so many of you kindly wrote to me the other day with nice things to put a smile on my face, I decided that I would return the favor with something that would put a smile on YOUR faces, but KY style ;) 

And for those of you who are wondering what exactly I was Googling for to find this, I was actually looking for different raw recipes at the beginning of the month when I completed my body cleanse and I stumbled onto the website - ya dirty birds!


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Wee Weenie Carrot
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You say potato, I say...
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Strawberry DooDah
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Interestingly enough, I actually learned something new by looking at that soft-veggie-porn article. There is a European-wide ban over here on misshapen fruits and veggies over concern that they would go to waste. Ohhhh so that is why I don't see any Potato Penis' over here in the REWE

Have you ever seen a smutty strawberry or a titillating tomato in the grocery aisle? And more importantly, would you let it go to waste?  Because I know for sure that the little suckers would be coming home with me!

Hey - Get ya minds outtah the guttah again!! (insert Boston accent)
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January 12, 2011

Hockey Season-al Depression

It's hit me, and it's hit me hard. A little somethin' somethin' I like to call Hockey Season-al Depression.

This is my fourth year in this crazy hockey world, and every year it creeps in around January.  Its dark, its cold, its gloomy and I could be a walking billboard for SAD
I've been toggling between moody, angry and homesick for the past few days, so I sincerely apologize for not returning comments, commenting on your blogs, or returning emails and facebook messages - I simply haven't had the energy.

I miss my family and friends and I miss every day not being controlled by a game, a practice, a bus trip, or a team meeting. I can't stay motivated and I can't stay positive. Without going into too much public detail that could get me or Teej in trouble, I flat out cannot wait for this season to be over. I've had enough of this place. If it weren't for my two great friends here and my two bloggy friends HW & Texa, I would have booked a flight home weeks ago. Its impossible to keep happy and positive when there are so much unfair going on. I wish I could just rant and let it all out, but I can't - so this will have to do for now. 

I'm a true believer that how you feel inside is directly reflected to what your house looks like. Example - I felt like a mess so the house was a mess.
Just kidding, it wasn't this bad
I woke up this morning and had had enough of being the only one at my Pity Party. I cleaned this place spic and span, threw away random stuff that was taking up space and feel very accomplished that we could literally have the entire apartment packed up and ready to move home in under 2 hours. 

I've never shared photos of our little German Abode, and I figure now might be a good time because who knows how clean it will stay.

Kitchen
Bruttys Space
Spare junk room
High tech dryer and storage space
 Bathroom
Bedroom - please note the two side by side single beds.
Only closet in the whole place
I'm not sure how I'm gonna get all these shoes and jackets home...
Living room, Brutty taking a snooze
Living room take 2
Living room take 3 and Bruttys hockey jersey :)
Anyways, can anyone relate to how I'm feeling? It certainly can't all be attributed to hockey, I think it has a lot to do with the post holiday blues. Everything was so happy, festive and joyous and then BAM, it's over for another year. 

Cleaning out the clutter and disarray was a good start for me. Tomorrow my plan is to make a road map and timeline for 2011 - it's time to get back on track and get my life in order.

How do you stay positive, happy and focused when you simply don't want to??

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January 4, 2011

Tiergarten Hannover

Today TJ and I took a little stroll to the Tiergarten (German for Animal Garden) up the street. We've wanted to do this since we got here, but finally got around to it today...you know how things like that go. 

The Tiergarten began construction in 1678 for a Duke in Hannover who constructed it for his own personal deer hunting grounds. He died the year before it was finished. Ohh the irony.

There were not many animals to be seen since I'm sure they were off hibernating somewhere, but it was still really neat to be able to get so close to the ones that we did see. 

Wild Pig


Nice jibs!!


Free range deer

Teej and I are currently watching Slumdog Millionaire as I write this. (Yeah yeah, another one of those things that took us forever and a day to get around to!) Holy hot hell is this movie making me incredibly appreciative of the blessings in my life....and much more aware of the social and economical issues in India.

Has anyone else watched the movie before? What were your initial reactions?
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January 1, 2011

HAPPY New Year to ME! (oh and you, too)

In past years, I have always resolved to give up something to start off the new year. Last year it was soda - I lasted until March. The year before it was cussing - I don't think I made it through the 1st.

This year I have decided that instead of giving up anything, I am starting off the year with a complete inner and outer body detox to rejuvenate and provide myself with mental and physical energy, and to hopefully kick-start a lifestyle change that will result in a happier and healthier me.

For the next three days I am consuming only water, 100% apple juice, and herbal tea, followed by four days of consuming only raw foods. I'm planning on hitting up the team sauna every day to help aid in the detox process and if I'm feeling up to it, light cardio. I know it sounds super drastic, but I am looking forward to starting off the new year by cleansing my blood and riding myself of harmful toxins. After the 7 days I plan on slowly re-introducing soft foods, whole grains and chicken and embracing a cleaner diet in 2011.

Mentally, I look forward to making it a daily effort to start focusing on the positives and laugh off the negatives this year. Obviously I am not in control of what life throws at me, but I am in control of my thoughts and how I react to certain situations. I am also in control of who I allow into my personal life, and this year I am taking a vow to choose my battles and avoid unnecessary drama. This week I am cleaning up my facebook 'friends' list, cutting ties with 'frenemies', and letting the true people in my life know how much I appreciate their love, friendship and support.

With the past few weeks being crazy from November on, I also need to sit down in a quiet space and map out a daily, weekly and monthly plan of action for 2011. I fell out of a routine with my day to day during the fast paced holiday season, and I need some structure back in my life to stay balanced.

I am still a work in progress...I think I will forever be a work in progress...but I believe that with the mental preparation to step into the new year on a healthier, happier, positive and more organized foot, I can fully appreciate the change in perspective that comes with the hanging up of the new year calendar.

Cheers to a happy new year :)
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