Thursday, May 17, 2018
Slugs on the Ceiling, Oil on Doorknobs and a Sink Full of Chicken
Oh what a morning it has already been and it is just a little after 8 a.m.! I got up, turned on the coffee maker and went to let Caesar out into the backyard. It had rained last night and we had a small thunderstorm so everything smelled nice and fresh, just the way I like it. :) However, that thunderstorm seemed to have caused something I have never experienced before...slugs on the metal roof and inside ceiling of our screened in porch. This was not a sight I really wanted to see first thing in the morning before I even had coffee in me. I got the offenders down before the cats flipped out and went after them. Somehow the thought of them eating slugs makes me want to gag. 😝
Next on the agenda was to get my computer out of the front bedroom so that I could check on the weather forecast for the day. My sinuses and head were telling me it might be a doozy of a day and I wanted to check and see. I went to grab to doorknob and found it covered with motor oil. All I can figure is that my husband decided to change the oil in one of the cars when he got home early this morning and while I was still asleep. Either that or we have a bad oil leak in one of the the cars and he was checking on that...I sure hope not. That is the last thing we need right now. Either way, it was gross and I was not happy at all about it.
Now, for the sink full of frozen chicken. I need to get enough chicken cooked for our family reunion next week. I am making shoyu chicken, which I will precook and then freeze so I can safely take it over with me. We will then thaw it out and throw it on the grill to caramelize. It is amazing stuff! I found the chicken thighs on sale awhile back and bought 8 packages of them. Each package has 6 large thighs in it. I am cooking up 7 of those packages later today. That should give me 42 pieces of chicken to feed 18 people (well 19 if you count Steven, but he is not eating that kind of food yet). I figured on 2 pieces of chicken each with a few extras. One of the 18 does not eat meat so he will just have the side dishes and one of my nephews will just eat one piece, while the other, who is a teenager will most likely have 2 or 3 pieces. I never know with my older two grandsons how much they will eat but I do know they love chicken fixed this way so I am thinking 2 for each of them. I'll cook the chicken in batches reusing the same sauce for all the batches. It takes a lot of soy sauce to make this dish since you have to boil the chicken in equal parts sugar, soy sauce and water with some garlic and ginger added in also. Luckily, I stocked up on soy sauce when it was on sale awhile back also. I'll serve brown rice, salad and corn as the side dishes and will figure out a dessert also. This is typical Hawaiian style comfort food. My youngest brother's wife, Christie, was also raised in Hawaii and their kids eat lots of local style foods so I figured this was a safe bet since their youngest son is a very picky eater. I also know it is a winner with everyone else in the family.
So that is the start to my day. I'm now sitting out on the porch with my coffee, listening to the dog next door bark because he is not happy about being told he has to go potty before being let in the house. Poor Ollie, he is a cutie and I love him. ;) Meanwhile, my Caesar is just laying out there in the yard enjoying the cooler weather with that super thick coat of fur of his. What a life!