It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

Tasty Tuesday: Who Doesn’t Love French’s Onions? November 16, 2010

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I swear, I could eat a whole can of French’s Onions.  And not the small can either.

Probably not a great idea, but they are just so good.  I use them on salads instead of croutons and they’re great.  They’re even better for me because raw onions give me fierce heartburn but I can have the fried variety, go figure.  And yes, that also means I’m a sucker for the Bloomin’ Onion (mmm, nom nom, bloomin onion, nom nom).

I also love green bean casserole.  For as long as I can remember, that has always been my contribution to Thanksgiving.  Even as a kid, my mom and I would make it together.  Next week, I am spending my first Thanksgiving without my family and am a little sad about it.  However, I will still be making the green bean casserole.

I did learn, recently, that French’s Onions are good for recipes other than Green Bean Casserole.  The hunny’s mom made us the other recipe that is on the back of the French’s Onions can.  It’s sort of like an oven fried chicken.  I made a couple of tweaks though (because that’s what I like to do with recipes).  I’ve made it a couple of times, and it’s awesome each time.  But then again, I said I could eat an entire can of these things, if they are involved, I’ll most likely eat it.  I might even eat mushrooms (eeeep) if they were coated in these things. Anyways, here’s the recipe for the oven fried goodness.

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups French’s Onions
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1 Egg

Yup, that’s it.  Well, for the original recipe.  Here’s what I like to add.

  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Mush up (not the words on the can, but it sounds fun) the pepper, garlic, flour, and onions.  Coat the chicken in the egg and then dip in the onion mixture, pressing the onion bits so that they stick.  Place in ungreased pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Ok, I’ll be honest, I bake it for 30 minutes because I have an unnatural fear of undercooked chicken.  Because that’s gross.

But that’s it, super easy, super quick, and super delicious.  This would probably make even the pickiest eater happy.  Add some mashed potatoes, peas, and you’ve got an awesome meal.  Hmm, guess what I’ll be having for dinner tonight 🙂



Weekend Recap (just what you want to read on Monday) November 15, 2010

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Ok, so I would rather be snoozing on the couch with my puppies right now.  But alas, got to work on earning the Benjamins.

Yesterday was sort of exciting.  So, I work in social media.  I’m still relatively new at it, but so is the given career options.  And yes, I get to play on Facebook, Twitter, and blog for my career.  Not where I started out (considering it was in statistics and market research) but you work with what you have.  Anyways, I had my first consultation yesterday, with my very own client.  It was kinda cool.  Instead of having these massive restrictions on how I do things, I got to tell other people what I think would be best for them.  Consultation in my future? Maybe.  I’m still working on that sleep lingerie thing though.

The puppies are still doing well.  I still have to work on learning Little Girl’s schedule.  I took the kids to doggie daycare (don’t judge) this morning and although she is housetrained, she had an accident in her run.  I tried taking her out, stubborn girl.  Eh, like mother like furkid, right?

I also went baby clothes shopping with a friend.  It almost makes me want one.  Almost.  Almost.  Maybe in a few years.  I’ll stick to the furry kids that crap outside for the time being.

But now, I really wish I were in my pjs, under a blanket with the furkids (I know I already said this).  But the weekends are just not long enough!


She’s Here! November 14, 2010

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Little Girl (I think that’s what I’ll refer to the new pup as on my blog) made it back here safely yesterday.  She did great in the car and actually slept most of the way.  When she wasn’t sleeping and I was petting her, she was pushing her head into my hand.  She’s unbelievably sweet!

She’s doing great with Little D, they have new friends, but friends with boundaries.  Both of them have grumbled a little when the other has done something they don’t like, so I’m glad to see that she stands up for herself.  Little D is pretty dominant and she’s not taking it.  She might not be top dog, but she’s not a walkover either.

They played in the yard and just hung around the house last night.  She’s already learning her new name and some of the rules (like you must sit before you go outside or come back in).  She hasn’t chased Little C (the cat) and seems to be ignoring him for the most part.    He doesn’t seem to mind her either.  The best part, they let me sleep in until 7:15!  That doesn’t sound like much, but when we fostered a dog earlier this year, she had us up before 6 am, everyday!  No matter what time we went to bed, we felt like we had a baby in the house.

As I write this, both pups are lying at my feet nicely.  I’ll post more pictures later, but wanted to let you know that she is settling nicely into her new home and we’re thrilled to have her here!

Here they are playing.  Little D is on the left and Little Girl is on the right.  This was after they just hopped out of the pool.


EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! November 12, 2010

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Ok, the title was obnoxious, I know.  But I am so excited, that’s just how I feel. In about 10 hours, I will be leaving to pick up the Little Girl.  Everyone at the shelter is really excited that she is being adopted.  They told me when I visited last week that she doesn’t belong there.  I thought they meant it was because she was depressed or weird, or something.  But they said it’s because she’s so sweet they just don’t understand how someone could give up such a sweet dog.  I got an e-mail from them today and they are happy I’m coming for her.

I can’t wait until Little D and her play.  He loves to play and I’m hoping she will too.  I’ll definitely post some pictures of them.  I keep telling myself that Little D is excited about getting a little sister, especially since I ask him if he’s excited and his tail goes nuts.  Since tonight is his last night as an only dog-child, we’re letting him sleep on the big bed.  Although, it may be a little hard to go to bed, he’s lying next to me on the couch with his head in my lap.  I love my snuggle bug, he makes life so much better.  Hopefully tomorrow night I’ll have two fuzzy heads in my lap.  The hunny will have to look elsewhere to lay his head 🙂


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #21

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If you get the chance, hope on over to Wife of a Sailor and join in her weekly Friday Fill-In

1. Were you named after anyone?
Nope.  I am the only girl in my family and my mom had to think hard about what they could name me.  I almost was Rose Marie (yuck!) and Colette.  I think Colette is beautiful (I actually used it as my fake name that’d I’d give to guys at the bar). However, my dad didn’t like it since it’s a French name and our last name in English.  My mom chose my name because it looked very pretty when it was written out.  Now, I have to agree with her.  That’s why I’m keeping all of my names when we get married and just adding the hunny’s on the end.  Yay for two middle names!

2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
Red.  I love to wear it, but it chips so easily on my fingers.  Plus, not everyone sees it and it gives me that sexy feeling even if no one else knows it’s there.

3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
It depends.  If it’s a fancy restaurant hand, but if it’s like a truck stop, totally foot.  I’m a little anal about germs.  At work, I actually use a paper towel to turn off the water.  People turned them on with dirty hands.  I also am one of those people who opens the bathroom door to go out with towels.  It explains why I only get one cold a year (knock on wood).

4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
I had a major crush on Kevin from The Wonder Years.  Yes, it was on reruns, but I just really liked him.

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell).  Which one would you choose? Why?
Probably smell, as long as I could still taste.  I love food so I’d want to still taste.  Plus, sight is so important as is hearing.  But I could probably do without smell.  Especially after chili night in our household…


What the Heck, It’s a Tuxedo!?! November 10, 2010

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Ok, mini rant.  So I called a well-known mens store today to talk to them about tuxedo rental for the upcoming wedding.  The hunny  had picked out the tuxes he wants online and I was going to call and say how many in what style.  We even have the vests, shoes, and cufflinks picked out.  Isn’t that why they have a website, to coordinate this stuff to make it easier?

Apparently, we have to make an appointment and go into the store to actually select them.  Why?  If it’s on your website and doesn’t say limited availability, what’s the problem?  Besides, the hunny is going to be wearing his blues, it’s not like he needs to get measured or anything.

Ok, I get that they want you to come in to look at everything, but really, he already picked out probably one of the most expensive tuxes, with one of higher end vests.  I totally don’t see the point.  Especially when the one I need to go talk to is an hour away.  Yup folks, I get to drive an hour to give them my list, tell them what the hunny wants (since I’m supposed to meet a friend for dinner next week around there anyway).  Sorta dumb if you ask me.

Ok, done with rant, I just hate when a company has a website to make it easy for you, but you can’t call or do an online order, you have to go to the store.  Grrrrr…


Tasty Tuesday: My Favorite Spice November 9, 2010

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Cumin – a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to East India. Its seeds, in ground form, are used in the cuisines of many different cultures. (thanks to Wikipedia)

I adore cumin.  I use it in everything I think needs a little Mediterranean flavor.  Mostly, I put it in couscous.  The hunny wasn’t home for dinner tonight and sometimes, I miss him when I’m cooking, but I actually savored his absence this evening.  It meant I could have couscous as my meal.  The hunny isn’t big into vegetarian food, but I love it. I make couscous and add several types of veggies and it’s one of my favorite things to eat when he isn’t home for dinner.

I also put it in my tacos, it makes a really great smokey flavor.  It goes well on chicken, rice, and a ton of other food.  I love earthy flavors (not stuff that tastes like dirt of course) but cumin has this wonderful, warm, rich flavor, if you haven’t had it.  Plus, it goes well with red and white wine (in my opinion).

Sorry for the short post, it’s been sort of a rough day, work wasn’t kind to me.  You can also tell that by my post from earlier today on why Tuesday is the worst day of the week.


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