The Jucas Girls

A little bit of everything…

New Blog!! February 11, 2011

Filed under: Kerry & Tracy — thejucasgirls @ 2:03 am

Well, this is Tracy…and I have started a new blog.  I’ll still be on here some.   Who am I kidding…I am NEVER on here?!  I will be on here as much as I ever was, but John and I now have a “family” blog.  I am excited because he is better at uploading pictures and doing the “technical” stuff.  He will help more on “our” blog, so I’m hoping it will be a bit more active.  The blog address is:  http://www.theeddyfiles.blogspot.com  Yes, we have already had some creative differences!  He thinks I should have left “the” off the URL address, but I feel strongly that if the blog is The Eddy Files, the address should match.  Nothing like combining marriage and blogging into one project🙂.  Wish us luck!

 

 

 

FRIED CHICKEN March 21, 2010

Filed under: Restaurants & Recipes — thejucasgirls @ 2:04 am

Fried chicken is something we always ate and LOVED growing up…but it was Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Fried chicken was something my mother just didn’t make…it was messy and always better store bought.  I have to agree that a bucket of The Colonel’s Recipe is pretty divine.  There is a story about Mother trying to impress my dad on a picnic when they were dating.  She said she would pack homemade fried chicken.  Well, she did…but she didn’t make it.  She conned her step-sister into making it for her and hid her little secret for years.  I think that chicken won my dad’s heart (fried chicken is one of his faves), so it was a good thing she kept it to herself.  I think this is one of the reasons I have NEVER considered making it in my kitchen.  I had these visions of grease fires, burns on my hands, and flour all over the kitchen.  Well, I conquered my fear today.  I’m happy to say that I made my first batch of fried chicken and it didn’t turn out half bad.  I think I was more surprised that it was actually pretty tasty🙂.  I looked through recipes and most of them called for soaking the chicken in buttermilk overnight.  Problem for me was that I didn’t have buttermilk or overnight!  I had a hungry husband and three chicken breasts.  Kept looking for a “quick” recipe and stumbled on one from Olivia Sipes from the Food Network.  I made my own changes, and here is what I came up with..

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts/bone in

3 cups flour

3 Tbs Cayenne Pepper (adjust to taste)

3 Tbs Paprika (adjust to taste)

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 cup Crisco Solid Vegetable Oil
Directions

Toss the flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl

Rinse chicken breasts

Coat each breast with flour mixture and shake off extra flour

Place each breast in very hot grease and cover for 5-7 minutes

Turn each and salt/pepper–cover and cook other side for 5-7 minutes

Remove lid and turn–salt and pepper second side

Continue turning often until desired golden brown color

Allow to cool on a wire rack lined with a paper towel for 7 minutes

YUMMY!!

 

Night & Day

Filed under: Organization — thejucasgirls @ 1:34 am

As promised, I will be posting pictures of my little project at casa de Baldwin this past week.  Thus far, I have done three major rooms and one partial room.  Let’s just say that the results are like night and day.  I don’t want to disparage my sister, after all, she is family.  I’m just saying that she is not tidy–at all.  It doesn’t matter, she gave me total control (well, except for the stupid beanie babies) of tossing, giving away and the like.  It was awesome.  I promise I will upload a few before and after photos.  I hope they are happy and can find their belongings…at least for now.  Kerry did say that she was so excited because she found a cute dress she hadn’t “seen” all season…gee, I wonder why!

 

I’ve been thinking… March 8, 2010

Filed under: Restaurants & Recipes — thejucasgirls @ 10:50 pm

I am still open for comments and suggestions, but I’ve been doing some “food project/blog” thinking.  Since my “casserole queen” idea is clearly not gaining any momentum, let’s scrap that idea and start fresh.  How about a dining, cooking, and entertaining around the world project?  I would love to take a month and learn all about cuisine from a certain part of the country….study, learn, eat, cook.  At the end of each month, I host a small dinner party to include a full meal/entertaining ideas from that particular country.  Thoughts???  For example, say I choose Italy first.  I will read and study traditional Italian cuisine–maybe take a class and/or find a friend who knows how to cook authentic cuisine and shadow him/her.  I will practice different meals throughout the month and when I have mastered one appetizer, entrée, dessert etc, it’s time for a party!  This is a work in progress, so leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  Now…which countries to choose?

 

Kerry’s Closet…em, HOUSE

Filed under: Organization — thejucasgirls @ 3:01 pm

Yes!  I get to clean out my sister’s HOUSE…one room at a time.  I mean, really?  Who gets excited about cleaning out someone else’s house?  MEEEEEE :)  I posted a few days ago that Spring cleaning is here.  It must have spurred something inside Kerry because she asked me to start helping her clean out her house–room by room.  So, I’m planning to take a picture of before and after.  This means I have to learn how to upload photos to my blog.  This skill is long overdo, so I’m happy there is a reason that totally necessitates this skill.

Stay tuned for updates on this massive project.

 

Clean out your closets! March 6, 2010

Filed under: 1,Organization — thejucasgirls @ 5:01 pm

If there is one thing to know about me, I LOVE to clean out things…drawers, closets, cars, garages etc.  I cleaned out my sisters closets (yes, that is plural) last year and found great joy in helping her let go of the dresses, skirts, pants that were HOT 10 years ago but not so much anymore.  I hope to do it again as she still has way too much “stuff”.  Her husband wont ever let me touch his belongings because he knows that I don’t take any prisoners when I am tossing things.  I have very little emotional connections to clothes.  Ok, I do have a little but not much.  My sister remembers every time she wore said outfit and if there is ANY significance, she holds onto it.  Ugh…drives me nuts.  Anyway, Catholic High School in Little Rock is having it’s annual “Junktique Sale” at the end of the month.  You can drop off any donations March 24-25.  They will even pick up if your item(s) are too large.  So…start cleaning out your house.  Get rid of the excess that just weighs you down.  It is for a great cause, so start donating!

 

A project of my own!

Filed under: Restaurants & Recipes — thejucasgirls @ 4:52 pm

Well, I’ve finally watched Julie & Julia.  What a wonderful, feel good movie.  My dad watched it when it first came out and raved about it.  He even perfected Julia’s speech and acted out the egg scene where she flips the egg and half of it falls out.  Hilarious!  He went on to buy the cookbook for me as a Christmas present.  Love it.  As I laid in bed with my husband watching this movie, we kept laughing at the parts that probably weren’t supposed to be funny because I could see myself in her, and he could see me in her too.  I found myself relating to Julie more and more.  First of all, I love to cook!  I have no formal training, but it is a total stress reliever for me-always has been.  I love projects–rarely finish one.  I love to write and set out to write a children’s book at the urging of my mother 10 years ago.  Status–incomplete.  My sister and I started writing a cookbook devoted to my mother’s recipes and entertaining traditions.  Sataus–incomplete.  Take this blog for example.  My sister and I thought it would be so much fun to blog about whatever was on our minds.  So far, it has been going for almost one year and we have so few entries on here it is pitiful.  And, like Julie, (at least in the beginning) our comments are only by family members.  Let’s be honest, NOBODY reads this blog!!  Why don’t I update?  I forget…am lazy…or start a new project of the moment.  As I am typing this, I have a half painted picture in my kitchen that I started last week.  I “borrowed” a canvas and paints from my sister (though this will be news to her) and began working on my new hobby.  It is pretty bad, but I still stand by the fact that if I would commit to it and practice, I could be decent.  I hoped to get into biking.  I own two bikes, and I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve gone for a bike ride in the last 5 years.  Sadly, I could go on.

My point is, like Julie and maybe even Julia, I too am searching for my calling.  If money were no option, I would have a wine, cheese, and chocolate shop.  It would be sort of like Dean & Deluca without the produce and meats.  Since I don’t have the luxury of throwing money at a dream, I continue to dream and say…”one day.”

After watching the movie last night, I have since spent time going back over the Julie/Julia Project blog and can’t get enough.  Is this another one of my crazy ideas like biking, painting, and writing?  What sort of “project” could I do and blog about?  Is it too cliche to do something so similar?  I need some thoughts.  Ok–Dad/John, please give me your thoughts.  You are the only two who read, so I need some help.  Though I do love French cooking…and eating, I can’t do the exact same thing as Julie.  What can I do?  A new casserole each week?  See, this is one of my ideas to pitch to the cooking network– a series called “Casserole Queen”!!!  Is that stupid or what?  This is what I think about everyday.  Hmmm…Lithuanian cooking?  Are there any other greats out there that I can learn from?  Sure, I love Ina and Giada, but like Julia Child, you are never fully appreciated until you are OLD.  I just don’t think the Food Network stars are near old enough for this sort of project.

Thoughts?  I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Love y’all,

Tracy

 

 
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