Wednesday, March 14, 2012

take my word for it wednesday.. be aware of your surroundings...

this has been a very stressful and crazy past few days.. i woke up on thursday not feeling my best, knowing a cold was coming on.. so pete said let's order pizza and go to bed early.. so i took 2 nyquil cold tablets and went to bed around 8:30.. around 9:15 pete got a call and you could tell by the sound of his voice and the questions he was asking something was wrong.. so i woke myself out of my medicated sleep and asked what was going on.. a sentence i never thought i would ever in my life hear was said next.. jake has been robbed at gun point by three thugs.. i froze.. what did you say huh? is he alright. all the while praying he has to be alright or he would have started the conversation differently.. yes he is alright but one of the robbers said shoot him and so jake took off running.. my head swirling and brain trying to process what had just occurred i asked what happened.. pete proceeded to tell me a story that was scary but when jake got home and we heard it from his mouth, with his expressions and with the adrenaline still coursing through his viens from the evening it was downright terrifying.. now let me start off jake is fine and was not hurt.. and we are so proud of him.. was he in danger.. yes.. did he do all the right things i believe so yes.. jake unfortunately put himself in a dangerous situation.. he has late night classes at the university and rather than park on campus he, for the past three years, has parked behind a bar by the school.. but thursday night he couldn't park behind the bar, because it was full due to a basketball tournament..he then went a block over and parked in apartment complex.. one he was not familiar with..  after class he proceeds to his car.. he notices three younger guys, about 17-19 years old walking towards him, he puts his keys through his fingers, wolverwine style in one hand and a pen in the other.. then he sees them walk away so he assumes he had it wrong.. puts his keys in his pocket.. then next thing you know one of the guys is in front of him.. black hoodie with the hoodie up.. he pulls a gun on jake and says "where is my dog.." jake is thoroughly confused and says what are you talking about.. the kid repeats where the f&*( is my dog! jake again says i don't know what your talking about what are you saying.. he cocks the gun and says i want your money homie!! jake then pulls out his wallet and he has jake open it and throw the cash down.. he then asks jake for his cell phone and backpack which had his computer in it.. then he says to jake following me.. jake says i am not going with you.. he said follow me and appeared to be getting agitated with jake ..jake says again i am not going anywhere with you, you got everything i have but i am not going with you..he then told jake to get between to cars and get down on the ground.. jake crouched down and he said get under the van.. jake said i am not getting under the van.. then one of the other guys says he isn't listening to you you gotta shoot him.. jake hearing this stood up and ran into the apartment complex.. zig zagging coming out on the other side of he sees a bar and runs into the bar.. calls pete then call 911.. very scary to the say the least.. but he kept his cool.. he did however stand his ground and refuse to leave where he was was which was smart and when he heard the other kid say shoot him he thought if he was running away he would be harder to hit.. not something a mother wants to hear but all the same very very proud of his instincts and his common sense.. now you ask will he parking off campus again.. UMMM NO.. parking pass purchased.. i know people say tell your loved ones that  you love them everyday because no one is guaranteed tomorrow, but it really is true...

now on to a different subject.. and one that i love.. FOOD!!!!the feeling under the weather i refer to above went into down right sick as a dog on sunday.. so since i wasn't feeling any where near well enough to make a typical sunday dinner i enlisted the help of my crockpot.. now i have said before i dislike the crockpot and mostly everything cooked in it.. hahaha with 2 exceptions, pulled pork and french dip sandwiches.. so i made the later.. I took one onion sliced it up and laid it in the bottom of the crock pot. i took 3 garlic cloves and smashed them and put them in the bottom too.. I took my roast fat side up and put it in the crock pot on the onions and garlic.. I took 1/2 can of Fosters Beer (but 1 can of regular beer would be ok too) and poured it all over.. then I took a table spoon of garlic powder and 1 of onion powder and covered the fat cap of the roast then sprinkled with salt and pepper and cooked for about 8-9 hours on low.. i removed the roast and sliced on my cutting board.. using a slotted spoon i removed the onions and garlic and discarded..i then took about 3 ladles of the remaining juice and put in a pot and put on the stove and turned it one to medium heat i added 1/2 cup of beef broth and brought to a boil then reduced to a simmer.. i served the meat on sourdough deli rolls with swiss cheese, sauteed onions and mushrooms and then had the au jus on the side.. i have to say one of the best french dip sandwiches and so easy!!

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