November 4th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 11.4.10

Everybody always wants to talk about the weather. I realize that I bring it up quite a bit as well. But, in all honesty, I don’t give a crap about the weather because I don’t have any control over it. Even though I desperately want it to be 80 degrees and sunny all the time doesn’t mean that someone at World Bureau of Weather is going to flip a switch and make the rain go away. Things don’t work that way. First and foremost, no one is supposed to know about the World Bureau of Weather’s existence and I’ll probably be murdered just for writing about it. There are so many things that we can discuss instead that we actually have control over. I don’t really know what those things are, but I’m sure they are out there. Just stop talking about the weather, because I don’t care. That is all – The Commish (you’ll understand later)

Dinner and a Movie
Gone are the days when a woman would spend all day at the stove slaving to prepare a perfect home-cooked meal that was ready the minute her man walked in the door. While this may or may not be a good thing, it is what it is. I personally try to cook as little as possible, but, every so often, I try to be nice and prepare dinner so my woman doesn’t have to (and so I don’t have to sleep on the couch). When I cook, I try to use as few instruments and effort as possible. That’s why I love my crock pot. Talk about easy, you just throw everything in there and 8 hours later, dinner pops out. It’s almost as easy as having a baby. Unfortunately, crock pot meals are usually heartier fare, so they don’t work so well in the heat. Now that it’s rainy and miserable, it’s perfect. So I’ve decided to provide ya’ll with my recipe for Chicken and Dumplings in a crock pot. Keep in mind, I cut as many corners as possible.

What You Will Need:

1 Crock Pot
2 Chicken Breasts
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can of Chicken Broth
1 Package of Refrigerated Biscuit Dough
1 Package of Frozen Mixed Vegetables

How You Will Cook It:

Cut the chicken breasts into pieces – I like to sprikle the pieces with seasoned salt or garlic salt to give them a little flavor. Dump everything into the crock pot and pour in enough chicken broth to cover everything. Cook on low heat for 6 hours. An hour or two before you want to eat, tear the biscuit dough into small pieces and throw them into the mix. It’s as simple as that. The hardest part is actually controlling your hunger as you smell it cooking all day.

If you’re looking for a good movie after dinner, the final installment of the Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, is playing at the River Oaks Theater. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this final installment, but because my Loop Scoop paycheck was late last week, I could not make it out for it’s opening weekend. I’m hoping to make up for that by seeing it this weekend. All in all, a comforting meal and a good movie sound like my idea of a good Friday night in this cool Fall weather.

Out of the Darkness Walk
I usually try to keep the Procrastinator’s Plan frivolous and light-hearted, but life doesn’t always play along. This weekend, the Out of the Darkness walk is being held at Stude Park to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s a good cause and something that is near and dear to my heart. If you’re out and about and want to get some exercise, the on-site registration will be at 9:00 in the morning and will go till 10:00. The walk will kick off directly right after the registration closes. If you’ve got a broken foot or are too lazy to walk, consider donating. I’ll be walking for Kelsey’s team in memory of Kelsey Buzzanco.

Tailgatin’ with the Commish
One of the greatest freedoms that life in America affords us is the opportunity to make up jobs and lay claim to them. That’s what Joe Cahn did when he named himself the Commissioner of Tailgating, and guess what, it worked. Taking a lesson from his lead, I’ve named myself the Commissioner of Procrastination. Everyone in the world who procrastinates must pay me 5 cents for every instance of procrastination. I am also available for procrastination consultations at a nominal fee. Joe Cahn and Microsoft’s Bing (The “decision engine, because search engines are sooooo Web 2.0) will be in Houston on Sunday for the first stop on the road to the National Tailgating Championship. The winner of this and five other regional competitions will move on to the championship which will be held on February 3rd in Dallas. I’ve always said that Tailgating should be an Olympic sport, I guess people are finally starting to come around.

Chili Cook-off in the Chilly Shade of a Tavern
Marc says that the hearty fare is great for the cool weather. I couldn’t agree more. If you’ve polished off those Chicken and Dumplings leftovers by Saturday afternoon – if you eat like me, you didn’t even leave a leftover to be left – head up or over to Shady Tavern in the Heights (depending on your geography). As Jim informed us earlier this week in a comment on the Regular Scoop, there’s to be a chili competition of magnificent proportions. The doors open at 12:00 p.m., after that it’s all-you-can-eat chili, cheap beer and the most beautiful weather you’re likely to see here for another thousand years… At least that’s what the World Bureau of Weather told Marc, but don’t tell anyone else. He’s already got laser scopes darting around his house looking for paint.

— Marc


Pauline — Friday, November 5, 2010 12:56 pm


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