FC: Family Ties That Bind | Alex Ochs
1: About Me Poem | I am Cats, Dogs, and Staircases I like when people step on the backs of my shoes A sense of humor and the survival abilities are important to me I don't like when people can't look me in the eye But that's okay because then I go to their house Peace, battle, and chill are all important to me In my spare time I birdwatch in lighthouses I am
2: Dedicated to Muddy Paws and the rest of my family | My family has always been there for me, ever since I was born (especially then). They have helped me through thick and thin, harsh and calm. Thanks guys.
3: The Effects of Work On Family & Vice Versa | Work has always been important to me, because without it nothing ever seems to get done (odd I know). Now, if I never worked on my family, then I wouldn't get dinner! Imagine that! So therefore I have to work if I want to live in the household, literally. So we've determined that work is required on a family. Now, the other way around, family affects my work by bothering me when I'm doing important things. And so ends my journal entry. | See what I have to deal with?
4: Oh RayJ | Since a lot of the time, nobody in my family was home, it was just my brother RayJ and I. Sadly neither of us could cook (I hadn't taken cooking class yet!) So we got to know each other very well making grilled cheese sandwiches. One time, he tried cooking them with a salad, but he left the salad on the stove too long and it burned! We learned a valuable lesson from that event.
5: Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Ingredients: 4 slices whole grain bread 3 tablespoons butter, divided 2 slices Cheddar cheese | Directions: Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.
6: Anton and I | 3 years ago, to this very day, my brother and I can still remember. It was a sunny day with a chance of rain. The sun smiled on Anton, just Anton. However, Anton is the focial point of this story. We were walking along a 8-lane highway, as chill as chill can possible chill. We had just met the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and we were ecstatic. We were walking along the highway, trying to go back to our house before the gods punished us. All of a sudden, Anton stopped. He just gave me a look and the expression on his face told me that he wanted to play Frogger. Not a moment after, he yelled "Come and get me bro!" and ran across the highway, dodging cars as he went. As I watched him run, the old maxim that I've known since a kid came into my head: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a car." Obviously, Anton had the skills to do both. He ran across, with nobody getting hurt besides 3 drivers, but that doesn't matter. My brother was safe, even from himself. I tried to follow him, but it took 20 minutes to do what he did in a matter of seconds. I will never be able to compete with Anton in this skill. Afterwards we ate a homemade recipe of chicken faijas.
7: Chicken Faijas | Ingredients: 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 clove garlic, minced 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (strips) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, sliced 1/2 lemon, juiced | Directions: In a medium bowl, combine Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, chili powder, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Place chicken in sauce, and turn once to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for several hours. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken strips to the pan, and saute for 5 minutes. Add the onion and green pepper, and saute another 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with lemon juice.
8: Once upon a time, I was a happy man. I was literally king of the world, and I had a girlfriend. Her name Beatrix and she was the jewel of my eyes. She was just a small-time girl, living in a lonely world. Anyway my girlfriend and I were having some rocky times when she came over to my house one day. A simple comment turned our tense conversation into a battleground. She ran out of my house and told me to never come back, even though it was my house. I called her the next day and gave her a chocolate cake recipe, but she hung up without saying a word. Next time I saw her, she had red eyes from crying and chocolate icing on the corner of her mouth. This chocolate cake recipe reminds me of her every time I cook it.
9: Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Supreme | This is my only picture left of her. | (recipe on next pg)
10: Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Supreme | Ingredients: 1 pkg. chocolate pudding (cooked type) 1 box dry chocolate cake mix 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 c. chopped nuts 1/2 c. coconut, optional Yellow cake mix can also be used | Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 35 Minutes
11: Directions: Prepare chocolate pudding as directed. Blend any kind of dry chocolate cake mix into hot pudding. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, nuts and coconut. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream.
12: I remember it like it were yesterday. My mother and I were in the middle of a crisis. We were in the middle of a water park adventure with our family, and we were hungry. There was so much water around us, but none to drink. We searched the park for a decent stand, but of course there was none. This is an amusement park we're talking about. But then we found it! It was a lemonade stand! We had some and asked the guy for the recipe. He wasn't allowed to tell us.. but we googled it when we got home. Now it's a family recipe. | My Mom and I
13: Majestic Lemonade | Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups white sugar 8 cups water 1 1/2 cups lemon juice Directions In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water. | Prep Time: 30 Minutes "Cook" Time: 5 Minutes
14: Dad's Cookies | My dad has been making cookies since I can ever remember. They are very good, chewy and so soft that it reminds me of bird feathers. Anyway, since it's the only thing that I can remember that my dad and I have done together solid for a while, I feel that it's the best possible thing to do to keep in touch with my dad. Lots of memories are cooked into every batch. Really.
15: Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 cup chopped nuts | Directions: PREHEAT oven to 375 F. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.