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Unemployment and Burritos

Well this (pardon my French) shit storm of economy finally caught up with me in the form of being laid off last week. At first I could really see the silver lining to the whole situation because I loved my job and Im one of those weirdos that actually enjoys working. But as the days have gone on Ive started to be okay with this whole unemployment thing. Ok of course Id prefer to be gainfully employed, but my former company gave me a nice severance which allows me the time to take a look at my career and take my time finding new employment. Its also giving me some time to get back to doing some things that I love and havent had much time for lately…like exercise, photography and of course, cooking.

Right after I got laid off I saw an interesting article on Divine Caroline called Can Unemployment Be the Healthiest Time of Your Life? all about another professional woman who was laid off and found time to cook and enjoy life more. Now I do cook almost every day, unless my boyfriend and I are going out, I make dinner every night. Breakfast and lunch, however, were always grabbed on the go or at the office. But now Im realizing “hey theres two more meals I can make in a day!”

So here I am embarking on a journey of unemployment..of course this wont last forever…as much as I enjoy having some free time financial woes will begin to bear down. But for now Im going to take my former boss’ advice and take a few weeks of personal vacation. I really want to use this time to explore new money saving ideas around the house that I can continue to use when I find a new job. Thankfully my fellow domestic geek Katie is a pro at maximizing home cooked meals so I got a good guide to go off of. In fact, yesterday I used one of her ideas to make a tasty money saving breakfast/snack!

A few days before my boyfriend and I had some friends over to our house and we had some salsa and bean dip. The bean dip was made simply by mashing some chili beans (not canned premade chili, but spiced chili beans) with some garlic, dried onion and cumin. So I decided instead of tossing out the leftovers, I would make mini breakfast burritos!

Mini Breakfast Burritos
Ingredients
Bean dip or black beans or re-fried beans
8 eggs
1 red or yellow pepper
1/2 yellow onion
salsa
soy milk or regular milk
corn tortillas
cheese

Crack 4 eggs open on a bowl and add 4 egg whites to the mixture and beat with a fork. Add a splash of either soy milk or regular milk, dont add too much though, you dont want the eggs to become runny. Add a bit of salt and pepper and set aside. Preheat a skillet or cast iron pan and add a bit of oil and add the egg mixture. Dice the onions and pepper and add them to the eggs and slowly cook the whole mixture so as not to burn the eggs. Once the eggs are nice and fluffy remove from heat and set them aside.

Next take the corn tortillas and lightly wet them and throw them on an oiled skillet for a few seconds to soften them up. This is a little trick my boyfriend’s mother taught me for making nice soft corn tortillas that are easy to fold. Dont cook them too long or they will get crispy!

To assemble the burritos take a spoonful of the bean dip or whatever canned bean you have on hand (pinto or black, make sure to drain them!) and spread it in a line on the tortilla. Add a spoonful of eggs, salsa and a bit of whatever leftover cheese you have available. Now these tortillas are small so you wont be able to roll them like normal burritos but rater like a taquito. It might take a try to two to figure out the ratio of the ingredients…you dont want too much or you wont be able to roll the burritos.

After you roll each burrito wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer. Now you should have a nice little fleet of breakfast burritos ready for a quick breakfast or snack! Just pop them in the microwave for about a minute and a half and youre good to go!

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Update

Sorry the blog has been a bit sparse lately. Katie has been doing an amazing job updating it while Ive been more or less MIA the past week or so. I just wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know why Ive been a ghost, first work has been super slammed but thankfully thats more or less lightening up. Also I went on a brief vacation last week and was totally unwired the whole time. Finally Ive been preoccupied with extra stuff at work thanks to some wonderful news. As many of you know, I work for Current TV and current.com. Almost 5 months ago two of my coworkers Laura Ling and Euna Lee were taken captive by North Korea and later sentenced to 12 years hard labor. Well as Im sure youve heard, last week with the help of Bill Clinton, Al Gore (our boss) and many many other people they were granted amnesty and came home. Our office has been overwhelmed with joy and relief as out colleagues and friends are finally back with their loved ones. So, we’ve been busy welcoming them back and setting up tributes to them so my department as well has been slammed. But hey, when its something so wonderful you dont mind working extra!

So thats it, just wanted to give an update and say that I’ll be back in full swing with my posting AND I got a new camera so I can finally start uploading pictures of all my dishes and crafts! Hurray!

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On food and family

Im sure some of you noticed that its been quiet around these parts the past week or so. Well I wanted to update on whats going on. This a bit difficult to write, but Ive always felt that talking through what Im feeling is amazing therapy but right now I cant really bring myself to say a lot of these words out loud….so this is something I just need to write about for now. Almost a year ago my father was diagnosed with a malignant schwannoma that had spread to his brain. He had surgery last spring and it was a success and radiation seemed to have eradicated all traces of cancer. However during the holiday season we discovered that the cancer came back and had spread to his spine. The cancer spread very rapidly and the doctors decided that there was nothing that could be done. My father’s cancer was terminal and he would die very soon.

Since Christmas Ive been driving to visit him and the rest of my family in Bakersfield every weekend. Its been hard emotionally to see my father who was such a strong man slowly deteriorate…but I needed to be there for him and my family. Sunday February 8th was to be my Dad’s 57th birthday and even though he wasnt eating solid foods and wasnt speaking, I had planned on making my grandmother’s Italian crepes for him. It was his mothers recipe and after she died almost 7 years ago from Alzheimers, he has not smelled or tasted his mothers crepes since no one in my family had been able to master the recipe.

Unfortunately Saturday night just 1 hour before his 57th birthday my father passed away quietly and surrounded by loved ones. I cant even begin to explain the heartache Im going through, its a loss unlike any loss I have experienced before. I always knew that one day I would loose my father, I just had no idea it would come so soon.

Part of me is devastated and almost angry for all the things I will miss out on. I wont have the opportunity to have my father walk me down the isle, come to my house for Christmas dinner or hold my future child. Im heartbroken that my mother…his wife of over 30 years, will have to retire alone. But at the same time I know that I am fortunate to have had such an amazing father for 24 years…many people I know never knew their fathers or had horrible dads, so Im thankful for my dad even if the time was short. Im also thankful for the lives he touched. As a teacher for 30 years lower income children and adults he had an amazing impact on their lives, Ive been reading the online guest books for him and am overwhelmed with the sheer number of people writing about how much they loved my dad. His memorial service had over 300 people! We were all lucky to have my dad even though our time with him was cut short.

The day after my dad passed away I decided to go ahead and make his mothers crepes as I had originally planned. Even though my grandmother’s recipe is very vague (uses words like scoop and pinch and was more of an ingredient list than anything) I was able to make 2 batches of crepes and some sweet and spicy sausages. When we sat down to dinner my family toasted my Dad and wished him a happy birthday with tears in our eyes. To my surprise and delight the crepes tasted exactly like my grandma’s! I overstuffed them a bit because I didnt take into account the filling expanding when I cooked, but otherwise they were perfect. My mom said that Dad would be proud.

I would share the recipe with you all, but its my grandma’s secret recipe so I cant go about putting it up online for the world to see ;) However I am devising some of my own crepe recipes and I’ll share them with you later. I promise I’ll catch up on all the blogs Ive been meaning to write, Ive got about a dozen floating around in my head right now and I just need the time to write them all out.

I love you Dad and I miss you so much, you always encouraged me to write and read my blogs…I like to think that somewhere out there your spirit is still reading them. This is for you Dad, I love you so much.

Robert Anthony Mickols February 8th 1952- February 7th 2009

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