A Very Happy 236th

Well, I think we’ve finally recovered from the 4th. My parents, sister, and brother-in-law were at our house for the festivities, and I cooked way too much food, including seven-layer salad, a dish that I WORE SLAP OUT when D and I were first married but was just as tasty as I remembered. After we polished off our lunch with some homemade ice cream, we all pretty much backed away from the table and threw down a white napkin of surrender.

This is riveting, isn’t it?

Anyway, there was all sorts of fireworks fun and etc., but the thing I’m most excited about telling you is that Wednesday morning I stepped way outside my comfort zone and tried something that some of you have been encouraging me to do for years.

I BAKED BACON.

I did! I baked it! I normally fry it on the stove because, in my opinion, that makes it far more delicious than microwaved bacon, but for whatever reason, I decided to give baked bacon a try yesterday. So, I covered a cookie sheet with foil, laid about six strips of bacon across the cookie sheet, put it in a cold oven, turned the oven to 400, then baked it for 20 minutes.

IT WAS PERFECT. And delicious. And wonderful. And all the things that bacon should be.

I’m pretty sure that it’s going to completely change my morning routine once school starts. What with the not getting popped by grease splatters at 6 AM and all.

Today Sister and I didn’t bake any bacon, but we did do some other fun things: pedicures, Home Goods, fabric store, Steinmart(s), etc. I found some fabric for my living room pillows, and I was so oddly decisive that I wondered if I hadn’t been secretly medicated. Not that I’m aware of a medication that makes a person more decisive, mind you, but it was an odd change of pace for someone who has been known to stand in the cereal aisle and just AGONIZE over what would be the best purchase.

Completely normal. I am completely normal.

By the way, Sister and I ran across this little fella when we were in Home Goods this afternoon, and we feel that it bodes very, very well for Mississippi State’s 2012 football season.

(IT’S A SIGN.)

(Before you make too much fun of me, please remember The Symbolic TJ Maxx Trip of 2010.)

My only hesitation is that I’m not really aware of any point in the college football regular season when a team is crowned as king, but I will not let that pesky detail interfere with my unbridled (blind) optimism.

BECAUSE THE BULLDOG IS TOTALLY WEARING A CROWN.

Anyway, I hope y’all had a great 4th – and I hope you get to bake some bacon very soon. While picking out fabric. And getting a pedicure.

Just as the good Lord intended.

Happy Weekend, y’all!

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Comments

  1. Baking the bacon will indeed change your life!

    And my MU TIGERS have entered your SEC so I’m afraid there can be ‘no crown for you’ (Said soup nazi style!) :)

    Happy Weekend!

  2. You had me at I BAKED BACON! I’m not gonna lie. I’ve gotta go back and read the rest of the post. But I had to interject on the baked bacon.

    My MIL bakes bacon and ultimately convinced me to try it. HEAVEN! NO mess on your stove top or microwave {because, YES, we resorted to the microwave before the oven. Layers and layers of paper toweling with bacon and GREASE!} But in the oven, the bacon is lined on tinfoil which can be tented to drain the grease down the garbage disposal. Unless, of course, you want to pour that grease in a mason jar to use for all manner of deliciousness.

    But the baked bacon ends up as crispy as you want it which in my case is Crispy with a capital “C”. So, YES, I second the baked bacon.

    Moving on to finishing your post.

  3. Baking bacon aside, that Bulldog is amazing. Best thing I’ve seen in a long time! Ha! I think it’s perfect!

    PS – Did you see that the new Miss MS wants to be an ophthalmologist? Pretty intelligent if you ask me. You should check out her profile.

    Here’s sampling.
    What makes you laugh?
    I love a good play on words. Perhaps it is the language-lover in me.

    Describe yourself in one word.
    Refulgent.

    The core philosophy of my platform is reflected in the words of French writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry, “Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le cœur.” But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.

  4. well, I am glad to read that you have discovered the wonder that is baked bacon. Now, we slice the bacon in half, and weave three slices [ it would be six half-slices] together before the baking – that way, your bacon perfectly covers your bread, and there are TWO wonderful bites of bacon in each bite. I feel so classy with that new development in my life!

  5. Hi there Boomama! Just dropping by to remind you that today is National Fried Chicken Day! I hope you have time to celebrate, what with all the baking of the bacon you’re doing and all… I raise a drumstick in celebration to you! :)
    Amy in Austin, TX
    BTW: Did you ever get to ask your Mama who that friend of hers was(is) in the picture? The one that looks eerily like me? Do you remember that? Just wondering… :)

  6. I love the little bulldog! I might just have to stop by our Home Goods to see if they have one of those.

    Baked bacon is #1, and it does stay flatter.

  7. I can waste so much time trying to make up my mind about something. Seriously, if there is a medication that will alleviate the wishy-washiness, I need it. I think. Maybe not. Maybe?

    Haven’t tried the baking bacon yet, but plan to. I love crisp bacon. Whenever I order bacon (which is quite often now that I think about it), I go into a detailed explanation to the wait person.CRISPY. REALLY CRISPY. In fact, burn it. It will not be too crispy. I promise.

    Now there’s something I am actually decisive about…cripsy bacon. Who’da thunk it!

    P.S. No new fabric pic? What!? I suppose I’ll have to wait for the finished product.

  8. I am so glad to know I’m not the only one who is indecisive about insignificant things. I remember one time my mama and I wasting who knows how long trying to pick out Christmas wrapping paper, when hello, it’s only going to get torn off and thrown in the garbage!

  9. I baked bacon Wednesday morning for the first time as well! I am a new woman. My instructions said to put the bacon in a cold oven set to 400 degrees for 17 minutes, and mine turned out perfectly. I seriously couldn’t believe how TASTY it was. I expected it to not be as good as skillet bacon, but it totally was!! I didn’t use foil, and I cut my strips in half per the instructions. Something about stretching the whole piece messes with the distribution of – oh! Who cares! It was delicious, and the only thing more delicious than half a piece of bacon is an entire piece of bacon! I might try it your way next time, because I can promise you there will be a next time!

  10. Cindy Mc says:

    I LOVE THE BULLDOG!!!! It definitely bodes well for us this fall. I have never baked bacon but apparently I must. Off to Alaska for a mission trip tomorrow but when I get home, I will bake bacon!

  11. I have never heard of baking bacon, but being that I have been craving a bacon egg and cheese sandwich all day long I believe that I will be baking bacon around 6:45 AM tomorrow morning. I wish that I would be going to get a mani pedi tomorrow, but I believe that I will have to continue cleaning up our yard, since God called our two Bradford Pear trees home. Have a great weekend!

  12. Marnie says:

    When baking the bacon, I put a couple of small wire cooling racks on a cookie sheet (per Rachel Ray’s advice) then place the bacon on those to cook. Drains some of the grease off (but leaves enough to still taste good) and bacon is still crispy and delicious! All goes very easily in dishwasher for easy clean up.

  13. I’ve been baking my bacon for several years! I buy a 3 lb pkg from Sam’s Club, cut them puppies in half, and just keep baking (I know the whole cold oven thing, but I just keep on throwing in cookie sheets full of deliciousness and they come out perfect every time! Then I pop the leftovers into a freezer bag so we can warm up a few slices whenever we want. And honestly it tastes just as good from the freezer! And, actually I can’t wait for leftovers, I have to scoop some up pretty quickly. Four kids…need I say more?

  14. The more time goes on and the more I read your blog, the more I am convinced we are related. LOVE THE BULLDOG!

  15. Adore you Sophie! You make my day even brighter. And yes, baking bacon is the only way to do.

  16. Seriously, every time I stop in here, I laugh and smile. And yes, we’ll just keep going with the “Completely Normal” theory :)