Best Marinade: Liquid Gold

I love Mexican and in the past few year I have spent most weekends using the slow cooker, grill, or oven to roast something that fills our house with some amazing aroma thanks to Rick Bayless. One of my favorites though is something I found by watching one of his TV show episodes (Mexico – One Plate at a Time With Rick Bayless) a few years ago. The recipe: Slow Roasted Garlic Mojo – aka liquid gold.

The recipe is easy to follow and your entire house will smell like roasted garlic for at least a day or two (which for me – is fantastic). I enjoy this for a fantastic chicken marinade and let’s face it – it is amazing on pretty much anything (even some fresh bread).

If you love garlic and want to make your next meal special – give this recipe a shot!

One of the Best Finds in 2012

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I never would have thought about touching this stuff until this past fall when everyone I was with at a party was appalled that I had never tried it. One bite and I was instantly transformed into a fan. If you are ever in Chicago and get an Italian beef sandwich – make sure to ask for it!

Super C

Still love this game…and so does my son. Beating it is still as intense as it was over 20 years ago.

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Out of Order: The Amish

I have to admit – I got sucked into watching the show “Out of Order: The Amish“. I will also admit I have always been fascinated by the Amish. Until watching this show – I had nothing but the utmost respect for them. Hardworking, community oriented, etc. While I still appreciate and respect them – I have to say this show has really highlighted some things I have not thought too much about (what it actually means to be shunned, the consequences of being shunned, their religious beliefs/teachings).

While I am trying to keep everything in perspective – it just goes to show that there are two sides of every story. I look forward to going to NY this summer to talk to a family friend that has close Amish friends more about some of my new found questions.

Madonna – See You in September

I have been a Madonna fan for as long as I can remember. I finally saw her in concert last time she came around and it was amazing. I am super excited to say yesterday I got really good tickets for her September show here in Chicago. She is truly amazing and I look forward to another great show! Anyone else going to be there?

Just Finished Uncharted 3

I have been a big fan of the Uncharted series since my friend Doug gave me his copy of Uncharted 2 to test out back in October. Since then I have finished Uncharted 2 three times (am almost through on Crushing), finished Uncharted 1 once (difficult), and now – just finished Uncharted 3 (normal). I plan to start it all over again tonight on difficult. Overall – Uncharted 3 was awesome. The game play had variety, challenging logic, and a great story. While I still think Uncharted 2 is my favorite – another time through Uncharted 3 might change all that. If you have not played this game yet – give it a shot!

Trick or Treating for All

Yesterday we took the kids trick or treating on our block and the next block. Although I am not a huge fan of Halloween – it was a nice time. The kids had fun and we actually had fun as well.

We got to meet some of the neighbors and walked around with some friends. Some of our neighbors really get into it with crazy decorations, music, dressing up, etc. One house we went to handed out candy to kids, then he had a margarita machine, jelly shots, and beer for adults.

Hopefully next year will be as fun!

Stop Overwhelming Yourself

I don’t know what it is but the last few months I have felt completely overwhelmed. My TiVos are filled with shows piling up that I “need” to watch, I have a pile of mail to go through, posts to write, RSS feeds to read, magazines to read, things to do, etc. Regardless – I could not seem to make a dent in any of it.

This past week I decided enough was enough. I know the one way to take care of something like this is to just keep chipping away at it one piece at a time. I started by first with all my computer related overwhelming tasks. I did a full backup (offsite to Amazon), then re-organized. All media is now on one computer specifically for media and all my Apple devices are set up to properly sync with this computer as well. I then went through and archived email from a year ago to cut the clutter from my mailboxes. I also went through my iPhoto library and trashed any junk photos (blurry, mis-takes, etc). Less photos – easier to go through and truly appreciate. I also went through my RSS subscriptions and deleted a good 40%. I probably spend a good hour+ a day going through RSS feeds and hopefully this will give me more time to actually read only about what I truly care about.

After that, I started in with the mail – and have designated a day of the week specifically to go through everything so that I know (and do not have to worry) that this will not build up anymore. After the mail – I decided to take on the TiVos (which may sound silly – but this was causing a lot of overwhelming feelings of not being able to get caught up). I ended up tossing a lot of things I know I will never watch and also decided to cut down on the number of series I watch. There is only so much one can watch – and I just need to pick this more carefully. I am still at 60% full with TiVo – but I can easily knock that down to 40% by next week.

I also went through my magazines – threw away what I had read or “just about finished” but still had laying around (like my October 2010 Astronomy magazine which highlighted Astronomy events in October of last year).

I know I have a little more to go through, but all in all sometimes you just need to clean out the junk and start fresh or simply plan some time each week to go through certain things so you know you definitely will get to it. We are all busy – but a little goes a long way and even with the things I did this week – I am definitely feeling a little less overwhelmed.

Lesson learned: Get rid of the junk so you can focus on what’s important (applicable to just about everything).