Change is never easy. Except when you mess up and are forced to change or look absolutely ridiculouser. Yep, made up a word for it. Now, I know you’ll be a little disappointed, however I must break the news to you that General Burnside is no longer on my face (no homo). I won’t give you the long of it, but the short version is that I’ve now got a handsome new look. Having thought through this long and hard, I’ve come up with the natural evolution of the General Burnside… jumping forward about a hundred years and rocking out the horseshoe.
Yep, I’m handsome like Hogan.
Well, except that I still have the sideburns. Hogan would do it if he could, but he can’t. That’s it.
I recently came up with a new way to cook an egg. Well maybe not a new-new one, but until someone challenges me… ladies and gentlemen, I PROUDLY introduce to you:
EGGS, OVER CHEESY.
You may be saying to yourself: Over-cheesy? who would ever be over cheese? No one, that’s who. Over-cheesy? That sounds like over-easy.
You’re right, on all accounts. An over-cheesy egg is one that’s cooked in an over-easy but on a layer of fried grated cheese. To cook: First, pick your cheese (you’ll want one that’s a little bit oily and/or a good non-stick pan, since you’re not going to be using any butter). Next, sprinkle the grated cheese over a medium heat non-stick pan, wait about 15 seconds and crack egg over and cook as you would a normal over-easy egg (flip it so it cooks on the other side then serve). I would just recommend that you try to get some of the whites of the egg to cover all the cheese.
If you want to get crazy, there are a couple of other variations: double over-cheesy (where you put cheese on the top side of the egg after you start cooking it over the first cheese, then flip it so you’ve got this kind of egg fried-cheese sandwich)… then there’s also cheesy side down (or under-cheesy) which is basically a sunny side up egg so you follow all the steps above without flipping over the egg.
On today’s adventure we’ve got making waffles & cooking by crock pot. Now, before you go all, what kinda craziness is this madness, it’s not together. Was just making breakfast and decided to start on dinner at the same time.
Breakfast: Yeasted Waffles. I had a box of mix someone had given me as a gift, a waffle maker, and a day off. Mix those together and you get waffles… and patience (because, although I should have remembered – yeasted waffles need to sit for an hour and a half before you even mix in the eggs). The time didn’t go to waste as we made bacon (and ate it) and also started on the crock pot (and ate some of that too). We got wacky too with blueberries and bananas in the batter. Not a bad move taste-wise, but it didn’t make the waffle maker clean up much easier.
As for the crock pot part of the adventure… in the beginning we thought we were being innovative with amazing ingredients like whole wheat pasta, ground beef, green peppers, onion, garlic, two types of cheese and, of course, bacon… turns out hamburger helper had already made a similar recipe. That said, it was still pretty delicious. The only thing I would maybe change is the fact that i wasted perfectly good penne pasta where i could have used something else, or i wouldn’t have included it in the crock pot… I figured that the meat and sauce would go into the pasta chutes and it would be fantastically creamy and saucy, not quite. Turns out that if you leave pasta in a crock pot and you have to turn it, it turns into a sort of mush (or maybe it was the spoon stirring it that turned it more mushy. Lesson learned.
I’ve recently became more dedicated to one of my hobbies… not shaving. I partnered up with my face and after a couple weeks we came up with the idea of dressing it up with fun mustaches. We decided first to start with a variation of the beard/mustache combo a la General Burnside. For those of you uninitiated or unfamiliar, this is what the handsome gentleman’s beard/mustache looks like:
Now, you might be wondering, is that a beard or a mustache? Well, it’s a combo of both… apparently, Burnside enjoyed his facial hair (with the clean shaven beard) and the mustache (sold separately).
So, I’ve embarked on this great journey where I will be able enjoying my face on a new level, more accessorized (for at least a couple weeks). Now other than looking awesome, what can this new style do for me? Well, glad you asked, other providing an inspiring conversation piece for all those friends that have a less than highly developed brain to mouth filter, it’s good for: a goldmine of hair to twirl with your finger, an inspiring vision of a chin that would otherwise be hidden under a beard while providing your cheeks warmth during the heat of battle and on those cold, lonely Miami summer nights. Lonely Miami summer nights? Yeah, that’ll most likely happen because the ladies will be jealous of your chops… the dreaded side effect. Maybe we’ll try some variations of facial hair later. In the meantime, enjoy a good laugh (and inspiration) at my expense:
Half-oween. It sounds like half as fun as Halloween, but it’s not, it’s double! This goes along with the idea of fun events I’ve gotten together with friends. Why not celebrate a random day by pretending it’s a holiday? Every day should be a day you celebrate in some way, not just because someone else says it’s a special day.
This will be the third year that I’m doing this. The first felt like a bit of a failure… I tried to host it at my place and about 7 or 8 people showed up. Low volume music (TV wouldn’t go much louder), lack of fun activities, and just general awkwardness. I appreciate the friends that came and that they came in costume, but for year 2, things had to change.
Turning it into a bar hop definitely helped in all respects. I think we got about 18 people that came, it was fun bar hopping in costume. Good evening, really. This year, it’s going to be a bar hop again, but a little more organized. We’ve got the bars decided ahead of time and facebook invites sent out… based on the number of people that have accepted the invite on facebook + those that haven’t and the assumed wash of people, i think there might be about 40 people. I’m very excited. I’ll have to aim for double again next year!
In case a stranger reads this and wants to come: Coconut Grove tomorrow night, come in your costume! Pictures may come later.
dear baby’s daddy’s,
momma’s almost ex-husband’s,
girlfriend… yeah, no thanks.
i’ll tanning lotion your ass,
but damn. dump his ass.
i’m charming and sweet,
my conversation will beat
his shit down to peat.
the corners messy,
with all the angles askew.
it’s a confidence problem,
it’s time in my head.
they say it’s contempt,
i think i agree.