Maui Monkey

Let's see if I come up with anything interesting...

Saturday, February 19, 2005

A Storm: Scary or Romantic?

Scary, scary, scary, scary....SCARY!!! I'm scared. It's four in the morning down here in So. Cal. and I can't sleep! We're having a really nasty storm right now. I was awakened by continuous, rolling thunder...so loud, it woke me up! I sleep through ANYTHING, so you KNOW this thunder is really loud. And I always go back to sleep - no problem - but the fact that I'm still awake - 2 and 1/2 hours after initially wakened - tells you I'm scared out of my mind.

Rain is still sexy. It's the thunderous storms that freak me out.

Monday, February 14, 2005

I overdid it...again!

My tummy hurts. My tummy hurts so much. I always overdo it. Seriously, that thing in my brain that's supposed to send signals throughout my body telling me I'm full, isn't working. It's dead. I killed it. It's been dead for ages...I killed it with too much sugar.

I thought that I could do something nice for myself this Valentine's day. I picked up a pound of Creme Brulee French Toast (see previous post). It was good at first but then it started to get real heavy but it was still so good that I couldn't stop eating it. I ate it all up.

So, I have a tummy-ache this Valentine's Day. Better than a heart-ache, I guess...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Creme Brulee French Toast

"Ran out? What do you mean, you 'ran out'?!"

"I'm sorry, but we just served our last tray 5 minutes ago. "

"You've got to be kidding me! I've been waiting all night to have some. Look, there's still 8 minutes 'til you close."

"Sorry, ma'am. Come back tomorrow. We'll have some more tomorrow."

Aghhhh! Ever expected something to be there and it wasn't? I'm not talking about your keys. I'm actually talking about food. Just food. Like when you deliberately save some of your dinner as leftover so you can pack it for lunch tomorrow, only to find out the next morning that your roommate gobbled it all up last night? I hate that!

Well, there I was at the Whole Foods breakfast deli feeling sorry for myself. I've been waiting all night to pick up 16 ounces of their Creme Brulee French Toast. All morning, I kept thinking, in just a few moments from now, I'll be savoring delicious bite after delicious bite...

WRONG!!

I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself. Instead of taking out my frustrations on the polite deli attendant (it's not her fault I took too long looking for my car keys), I decided to take matters into my own hands. And...

Voila! The RECIPE.

Enjoy. Oh...and you're welcome.


CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST (WHOLE FOODS)

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
12 (1 1/2 inch) slices challah bread
6 eggs
1 cup half-and-half or whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
Strawberries and whipped cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.

In a saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and maple syrup just until the mixture begins to boil and turn brown, like caramel. Pour into the baking dish.

Trim off crusts from bread and arrange it evenly over the caramel. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, salt, orange juice and sugar. Pour over bread.

Let the bread soak up the liquid for 5 to 10 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes. Cut into squares or slices and serve with strawberries and whipped cream.

Makes one (9-by-9-inch) casserole.

Chantico

6 ounces of pure heaven. Who would've guessed that something so small would do you sooooo good...

Monday, February 07, 2005

Who Would've Thought

"Who's Line Is It Anyway" is such a great show. I admire the actors for their wit, creativity and ability to think on their feet. They are so funny. However, at the same time, I swear up and down that I will never, ever, ever take an improv class because, god forbid, I do improv. Because improv means funny and funny I am not.

I enrolled in this really amazing acting class a couple weeks ago and I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!! It really gets me outside my comfort zone. What's great about it is that it doesn't give me an opportunity to be self-conscious. The teacher just throws a scenario at me and in seconds, I'm on stage doing whatever it is I have to do...whether it's howling like a coyote, making machine gun noises (which I suck at because I'm not a boy), or improving a scene in opera.

"Did she just say improv?"
Yep, I did just say improv. In fact, almost ALL of this class IS improv. Had I known this, I would've never enrolled. And guess what? I improv'd on the first day!! Although I was embarrassed out of my MIND, I walked out of that class feeling good. Why? Because I did something I said I could never do. And I'm still alive...and well.

After just one class, I already learned something. All those limitations we put on ourselves are self-inflicted...all the "I CAN'Ts" we constantly paralyze our minds with. They have nothing to do with our ability but everything to do with the fears we teach ourselves to have.

I did it!! I conquered an "I can't." One down...a gazillion more to go. Hey, I'm optimistic...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Virtual PC SUCKS!

What did I do the last two hours? I sat in front of my monitor waiting forever for "stuff" to upload and download on Virtual PC! And it didn't even do it!!

I was trying to put pictures up on my blog. (I know, I know, I'm overly-excited about this new blog thing. But hey, it's new to me and it's fun so I don't care). I wanted to put a picture up because I think it's important for everyone to know that the reason why my blogspot is called, "Maui Monkey" is because I actually LOOK LIKE a monkey from Maui. I know monkeys aren't native to the islandi, but if they were everyone would be throwing me a banana. Anyhow, there is a strong resemblance and I'm not ashamed to say it. Also, I wanted to put up a picture of Niko. He's adorable (even if he's not photogenic).

As you can see, I failed to put the pictures up. That "Hello" site and "Picassa" site that blogspot recommends only work with PCs. AND I just discovered that you need several hours of free time and several years of computer training to get them to work on Virtual PC. Lame.

To: Me

I created a "blogspot" yesterday. But "somehow," I deleted the information needed to allow me to edit, add blogs, etc. So, the only thing I could think of doing was to delete all the information in my profile and get a new blogspot. I think my old blogspot is floating in cyberspace. I would of properly deleted it if I was able to but I wasn't. Hopefully, I don't screw this one up too.