Quirky Jessi likes to lick feet…and cook…yeah, cook…

Child writing spelling sentences. Says "I put a lime in the coconut and shook it all up. Jessi likes to cook. Jessi likes to lick my foot. I do not have a woolen coat."

Yes, yes I do. What’s it to ya? From B’s spelling sentences last year.

Anywho, we’ll keep it short. It’s Christmas, after all, and none of you are going to see this for a few more days at least, right? So hope your Christmas was a great one and that you’re still wearing your leopard Santa hats.

Quirky Jessi wearing a leopard print Santa hat

Leopard Santa hats and rainbow belts. Aww yeah! :P

~Edit~ Also, I made a tree. I’ll post details of it another time. For now, Merry Christmas…again. :)

Christmas tree made of broccoli, cranberries, cheese

Broccoli raisin salad – Recipe or no recipe?

I was recently denied from a food blog site because I didn’t post enough recipes. So fine, here, have a recipe, pfft. :P

Broccoli Raisin Salad


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Mix together first and let set while you make the rest


  • A head of broccoli (maybe it’ll be 2 cups, maybe it’ll be 4 cups)
  • The half an onion that’s sitting in your fridge (or maybe that small red one you didn’t have plans for yet)
  • The rest of the raisins in the box (about 1/2 cup, if you really want a number)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds…or walnuts…or both….or maybe 3/4 cup if you like nuts…or maybe chop a whole cup ‘cause you’ll likely eat half of them while you’re making this

Mix together. Add dressing. Mix some more. Make more dressing if you think you need it or like it creamier….or don’t. Maybe add some salt. Maybe don’t. Maybe sneak the kids some broccoli while you’re at it ‘cause they’ll think it’s a treat at this point…not a veggie. Put in the fridge until ready to be served. The mayo/sugar dressing gets better with time and nothing in the salad can really get “soggy” with it, so don’t be afraid to let it set for several hours or even overnight. Or eat it now. Whatever.

And that’s why I don’t do many recipes. I don’t *remember* the recipes. I didn’t *follow* the recipe I found online in the first place.

As much as I hated my mother always telling me “until it looks right” (and still do! how do I know what it’s supposed to look like if I’ve never made it before??), that’s how I end up cooking a lot of times. I work with what I have in the fridge or pantry….I adjust to taste a lot….I leave out ingredients (this likely called for bacon or something….and vinegar in the dressing) or add other ingredients.

In the end, if it tastes good, we eat it, and nobody cares if it was supposed to be walnuts instead of almonds or if the recipe called for red onions instead. It just works. But it really doesn’t translate well to publishing a recipe online. :P