Archive | February 2011

Fry Bread

This wonderful recipe goes quite well with last week’s Red Chili Stew, so you might want to try them together. The Native American girls I used to work with just loved it when I did the two together.

Fry Bread

 

Ingredients:

5 cups of flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup of milk

1 inch of melted shortening or lard in hot skillet

Combine all dry ingredients. Add milk until dough is soft but not sticky. Knead on a lightly floured surface for one minute. Shape dough into peach-sized balls, and then shape into patties by hand; the dough should be about ½ inch thick. Make a small hole in the center of the pattie.

Fry one at a time in the hot lard or shortening, in a heavy pan. Brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with honey, jam, powdered sugar, chili, or whatever you prefer.

By adding taco fixings, you have yourself what is called an Indian Taco. Very popular on the “rez.”

Piacere!

Vive bene, spesso l’amore, di risata molto!

(live well, love much, and laugh often)


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Red Chili Stew

I found this recipe a couple of years back when working as a Life Skills Mentor for Native American teens. My girls absolutely loved it, and especially with Fry Bread, which will be next week’s post, so get ready for some heart-stopping food!


Red Chili Stew

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. pork, cut into small pieces (save some fat)

5 dried red chilis

1 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup water

Salt to taste

Wash chilis, removing stems and seeds (the seeds are what make it spicy/hot, so leave a few if you’d like, depending on your taste level for spicy food). Place in blender with 1 cup water and blend into paste consistency. Set aside.

Place the pork fat into a deep skillet until there’s enough to cover the bottom of the skillet to prevent the meat from sticking. Discard the remaining fat. Lightly brown the pork.

Add the chili paste and mix well, adding water if the mixture is too thick. Add oregano and garlic. Cover pan and simmer for one hour. Add salt to taste.

As with most recipes I post, you may add ingredients to your taste, such as vegetables or other spices.

Piacere!

Vive bene, spesso l’amore, di risata molto!

(live well, love much, and laugh often)



RIP

Jinxie G passed away last week, February 9th, 2011, from multiple complications, one of which included her 135-lb. malamute Moon and a staircase. It appears that while Jinxie attempted to control the dog’s descent down the stairs, Moon decided it would be a good time to learn how to fly, being that she’s a “special” dog and continually placing her feet on the EDGE of the steps. Moon’s inability to take flight resulted in both of them tumbling down the stairs. So much for harness training. The dog survived and is fine after Jinxie broke her fall, but she is now stuck in the apartment. Jinxie’s lack of decent physical shape couldn’t stop them from falling, which is why she’d planned on going back to the gym. No need for that now. Save the thirty bucks a month.

Another complication was that Jinxie’s calves hurt like a mother . . . er, they hurt . . . a lot, from going up and down the stairs during the 21-hour move. She’d said that very day the stairs would kill her. Oh, how correct she was. Too bad she didn’t know her calves would be fine the next day and that she should have held onto the railing when descending the staircase.

We retrieved this photo from the day of death, which some of you may have seen.

Jinxie is survived by Umi, her mother, Akhi, her brother she’s mad at, and her older brother, Scope (he’s an air traffic controller), in Dallas, TX who probably wishes he’d never met her by now, if he’s read any part of her blog.

God rest her soul, but she’ll meet you in Hell. She hopes there’s a bar. If so, she’ll buy you a drink when you get there.

 

21 Hours of Moving

WARNING: I am going to bitch and complain in this post. If you don’t want to read that kind of crap, turn away now.

Dare I explain last Saturday to you? I’m not certain you’d want to hear about it because I’m going to bitch and swear like a sailor. Then again, maybe you’ll enjoy that and have a laugh at my expense. It’s okay. I really don’t mind. If I did, I wouldn’t put it up here for all the world to see. =)

Where, oh where, to begin? Let’s start with me waking up at 7 a.m. to a phone call. My alarm was set for 8 a.m. I fell asleep somewhere around 3 a.m.—perfectly normal for me, mind you. The reason for the call was Deni asking me if I knew my brother wasn’t coming down to Tucson with her boyfriend J and Pasha to help me move. “Excuse me?” were the words out of my mouth and likely the only words I could form after four hours of sleep aside from f-bombs. Speaking of which, the next sentence out of my mouth was, “Are you fucking kidding me?” when she proceeded to explain that she’d texted both Akhi and Pasha to let them know J was on his way, AND when she told me about the text from Akhi stating there was a change in plans, that he wasn’t going to Tucson, and that he’d meet us all at Umi’s apartment.

You want to know my issue with this? I didn’t receive a text or phone call from HIM about this. In fact, after my conversation with Deni, I called him . . . THREE times. He didn’t answer. Finally, I sent a text: You need to answer the damn phone and tell me what the hell is going on. He’s the one who gave me the date when I asked him when he could help me so I could schedule a truck. The reason he didn’t come to Tucson? His boss called him into work. Some jackass, who was supposed to be moved the day before, changed his mind and decided at the very last fucking minute to move the same day as me. Akhi asked me what he was supposed to do. I didn’t answer. That would have been bad.

So  . . . J, Pasha, and I loaded all my crap into the truck. Kitty helped too, but I didn’t want her to hurt herself again. Last year, she broke her damn knee kneeling in the bed of my truck.

*Side note: I moved on the EXACT same day as last year. Fucking weird.

This move would have gone a helluva lot faster had Akhi been there. In fact, it would have cut the time in half. J and Pasha got all the big stuff in the truck and a lot more, and then J went to lunch with a friend while Pasha and I finished up. He met up with us right before we left for Tempe, which is a two-hour drive. J went to pick up Deni while Pasha and I headed straight for the apartment. Fifteen minutes before I arrived at Umi’s, I received a text from her telling me that Akhi was there. Great. We arrived and five minutes later he told me that he’d forgotten about dinner plans his girlfriend made with a friend who was leaving town.

That’s right, he fucking bailed on me before lifting a single finger to unload my truck. My brother. Isn’t that spectacular? I told him thanks for his help, that I really appreciated it, and not to worry because I’d hire movers next time and it wouldn’t be his boss.

His anger management classes must be working because he walked away from me. Smart.

I called Kitty to vent, and then I called Big Daddy to see if he knew anyone who could help me because I knew he was at work and couldn’t help. No one was available. I texted Deni to let her know the situation. She and J immediately stopped whatever they were doing and headed over. I just tried to keep myself from having a meltdown because there was no way Pasha and I could move everything. When Deni arrived, she asked if I called G. I told her I didn’t have his number in my new phone. She called him, asked what he was doing, and then said “Jinxie needs your help.” That’s all it took, though he was in the middle of dinner. She said the same thing to Scootie, who’d just gotten home from working with his dad all day at his shop. I’ve known these two men for twenty fucking years, haven’t seen them or talked to them in a year and a half, and they both dropped whatever they were doing and came to my aid. THAT is friendship, people. And in this case and all my past experience with so-called family, water is thicker than blood.

Scootie arrived first and the remarks started flying. By the way, both men are smartasses. I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t.

When G arrived, the first thing out of his mouth was, “Do I look like a piece of meat?”

Of course, I had to reply with, “Yes, G, you do.”

“You don’t call, you don’t email,” he said.

“I’ve been busy,” I replied.

“Whatever.”

I love them both. I really do.

If it hadn’t been for these wonderful people whom I’m proud as hell to call friends, I wouldn’t have been able to get all my shit loaded into the truck, unloaded and upstairs. Especially the gigantic TV, which took four of them to carry up.

Now, I’d like to add in here that Deni and J had a dinner appointment as well (*ahem* Akhi, pay attention). I didn’t know about this until halfway through unloading the truck. I apologized to her and told her to go. She shook her head and said, “No, this comes first.” Comes first? You mean I’m more important than a dinner with friends? *gasp* Akhi, take notes. That’s right, my friend kept her promise to help me, even when shit started falling apart, regardless of her plans. This is why I love her. Akhi? Not so much right now.

When all that was left was the mattress, Deni and J left, and G and Scootie and I talked a bit. We talked about jobs and such. I told them what I’d been up to lately with Running Ink Press, Zombie Survival Crew and my editing for a publishing house. G perked right up at the latter. He’s been trying to write a book for YEARS. He and Scootie grabbed the mattress and started carrying it up.

G said, “Maybe I’ll have you look at my book. You can help me with it.”

I walked out of the truck. “Is it finished yet?”

“In my head,” he replied as Scootie backed up the stairs, laughing.

I can’t edit your brain, dumbass. No, I didn’t say it. I should have, but I only just now thought of it.

They were both interested in the ZSC stuff, and after telling them about Albuquerque (yes, they got the more personalized version I can’t talk about. Sorry), they mentioned the Phoenix Comicon, which is in May. I told them I’d be in Dallas the 21st and 22nd.

Turns out the Phoenix Comicon is the following weekend (which I just discovered is the same weekend as Spooky Empire’s Mayhem . . . crap) and G said he’d buy tickets on Friday. No clue if he did or not. He also wants to know when and where I’m traveling once that starts because he travels for work. Watch out, Comicons, if he comes with me! HA!

By the way, since I don’t have internet right now, I’m writing this the night before posting (and I was supposed to post it on Friday). Kitty just told me on Twitter that I should write about all the things I’m grateful for. Um, look up. I just talked about that. The bitch wants arrows. —> I’m ever so grateful for my friends. Happy now, Count?

Look, I know I bitch a lot. It’s what I do. Sometimes, it’s what entertains you. I do try to be funny about it, but I’m a pessimistic bitch. It’s probably why I’m single. I try to be optimistic, but it’s damn difficult. I do succeed now and then, however. For instance, I’m not looking at this craphole I live in now, but focusing on getting Umi and me into a house near g-ma this summer, which means focusing on work—all three huge projects. Those and Umi are my priorities right now. I intend to start traveling the USA this summer for the ZSC. RIP will launch with the ZSC anthology in March. I’m doing my best with the editing and just finished the first round of edits on a full MS. If I can do a good job, and they keep throwing books at me to edit, I’ll be just fine. And I’ll be in a house this summer. One thing at a time, people.

Oh, and I AM happy right now, regardless of how pissed off I am at my brother.

Also? I can control my temper. For instance, Akhi is still alive.

Moving *shudders* on . . .

Pasha rode back to Tucson with me to return the truck and pick up Moon. Kitty fed us In-and-Out Burger and helped me a little with gas for the truck. I had to leave a few things there because I had no room in my ‘lanche for them, so I still need to go back and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to do that right now.

Anyway, I dropped Pasha off at 3 a.m. and walked Moon in her double harness up the stairs at 3:20 a.m. Then I collapsed for several hours after being awake for more than 20.

This was the other day.

So yeah, I’m dead. See the next post.

A Slight Interruption…

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to drop a note in here to say that I’m moving from Tucson back up to Tempe on Saturday, February 5th. What this means is that there may be a bit of a break from posting anything on here because I won’t have internet for a few weeks at best. While I’ve attempted to prepare posts and schedule them for the coming weeks, I’ve not had the opportunity to do so due to copious amounts of packing and a very large editing project that’s also due this weekend.

I truly appreciate each and every one of you that enters into my little world and while I’m offline, I’ll be preparing posts for you and scheduling them when I can find a wi-fi spot.

This includes all of my blogs: Jinxie’s World; Gemini Rising; Jinxie’s Kitchen; Jinxie’s Movie Reviews; The ZSC (where I co-captain and write some posts); End of the World Times (where I write Michaela Blackhorse under a different name); Forever Nocturne; Running Ink Press (blog TBA later); and God knows what else because I’m too tired to think anymore. I know, it’s insane, all the crap I do. Welcome to my world. 🙂

Thanks for reading and all that.

Yours truly,

Jinxie G

(this will be me after the move)

Movie Tweet-a-thon!

Alright, I’m doing a movie tweet-a-thon on Twitter (obviously) on Thursday night, February 3rd, at 10 pm MST (because I live in AZ). Yes, I’ll be doing this from @TheZSC account. I need to pick a movie and that’s where you come in. Please only vote if you’re going to participate in the tweet-a-thon and watch it with me. Below is a list I just put out on Twitter. Choose wisely, place your vote in the comments, and I’ll tally it up before we begin.

Voting will close at 9 pm.

Your choices are:

Dead Snow

Paranormal Activity

My Name is Bruce

Werewolf Hunter

Demon Hunter

Dead and Deader

The Crazies

Dead Meat

Each movie is linked to their IMDB page so you can see what it’s about. They are ALL available on Netflix instant play. The hashtag we’ll use will be whatever movie is chosen.

Annnnnnnd……..GO!

Moving . . . AGAIN!

It’s that time of year, folks! Time for the thundersnow to hit the entire eastern half of the country for the 2011 snowmageddon. Time for you to start preparing your taxes (okay, maybe not because most of you will wait until the last minute). Time for me to teach my old dog some new tricks. Why? Because I’m fucking moving again.

This is the third time in the last year that I’ve moved, and Oh! we’re not quite finished yet because I’m moving into a second story apartment, so come summer, I’d like to get Umi and Moon into a house before I begin traipsing the country for Zombie Survival Crew business. So yeah, we’ve got at least one more move this year and then we can settle for at least a year before leaving this godforsaken desert state. Although, I have to tell you that I’m not too keen on what I’m seeing in the areas I’d like to live right now with all that snow. Hmm . . .

This time around, I actually have helpers aside from Akhi, which should make this move go much faster. We’ll begin bright and early Saturday morning. After that, I’ll be on internet silence until I can find a cafe to sit in or go over to my grandmother’s house, and that will last until I can get internet again, which will be God knows when.

SO . . . I’ll attempt to get a moving post up by Tuesday or Wednesday to let you know how it went. If you’ve followed my blog through other moves, you should know by now that moving me can be quite entertaining. =)

Wish me luck!