September 5, 2008

Sarah Palin

You know, I just can’t avoid the topic.  I’m not huge into politics, but admittedly this year’s presidential race is historical on more than one account and so, I’m kind of drug in despite my overall reluctance.

When John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his pick for VP, I was excited.  Not because i was intending to vote the McCain/Palin ticket, but because if my first choice lost, I could still be pretty stoked at a WOMAN as VP!  But, as more and more information came out about Sarah Palin, my excitement has been officially tempered and I’m just not that jazzed anymore.

In fact, I’m a bit concerned about Palin not only being second command, but the fact that i if something happens to number 1, she’s president.

I’m going to ignore the secession party issues, the support and then revoked support for the “bridge to nowhere” and the book banning incident.  I’m going to ignore the negative reports of how she turned a friendly, local mayors race into Washington politics as usual (complete with an abortion platform because, you know, that’s so relevant to local politics).

I do wonder if, with the birth of her fifth child Trig, her first son Track heading off to war and 17 year old Bristol pregnant if this is really the best thing for the Palin family, but I’m beginning to wonder if that’s not just sexism on my part and if I would feel the same if Obama, McCain or Biden were facing such a full plate of family issues.

Big Daddy wanted me to watch her speech with him last night. I declined.  Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth were brand new on Sci-Fi and a girl has to have priorities, but I did read the transcript of her speech this and I am wholly unimpressed.   I needed some substance, Sarah.  I needed to know more about you than your kids played hockey and that you were on the PTA.  God, talk about stereotyping us.

I’m hoping it’s just jitters or nerves and immaturity that led to some of the issues that have been reported with Palin up to now, but I’m not confident. 

But, I mean, overall, would I turn down being Vice President because I had a special needs baby and a pregnant teen?  I’m not sure of that.  Well, actually, I am sure.  Family comes first, but I can’t fault another woman for living her dream, even if her speech lacked substance.  Give us more, Sarah.  Give us something better. 

What’s For Dinner
 
You know, just to make sure I segue from bitching about Sarah Palin being a stereotype to offering a hockey-mom worthy dinner recipe, here’s fare from our house this week.

 Stroganoff Toss


serves 6 (we got four full servings at dinner, plus Littlebit’s little serving and lunch for the Princess and Big Daddy out of our batch).

8 oz to a 1 lb of precooked steak (use your grilling leftovers)
1 regular sized bag of whole wheat egg noodles
2 medium bell peppers, cut into small pieces
1 medium onion cut into small pieces
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of flour
1 c of milk
2/3c of sour cream
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp garlic powder OR 1 to 2 cloves of pressed garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Put your noodles on to boil. I used whole wheat egg noddles, but they’d be good with regular pasta if that’s what you have.  While the water is boiling, chop up your steak and slice your veggies.  This is another recipe that will take whatever your family likes or that you have on hand. I could totally see it with carrots and broccoli, just remember that carrots will take longer to cook until soft, so you’ll have to adjust your cooking time.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter (or add 2tbsp of oil/fat of your choice) to a large skillet and melt.  Toss in your veggies and cook them until they’re soft.  Add the steak and stir it around until it’s heated and then toss in 2 tbsp of flour and the rest of your butter.  Stir it up it’s it’s well mixed and gooey and then add milk.  Stir it well and let it boil until think.  Add your spices.  I love the touch of nutmeg and garlic, but you can add whatever your family likes.  Once things are nice and thick, stir in your sour cream.

This, too, is to taste as your family may prefer a more tangy dish than I made.

Drain your noodles and stir it all together.  I served mine along side a green salad and garlic bread and it was delish.

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    […] Big Daddy is lucky, not only to work for a company that offers a week of “comp time” for one to take as paternity leave, but to have the vacation time to allow us another week and a half off. A lot of fathers aren’t so lucky. The European Union (EU) is a lot more progressive in regards to paternity leave with Spain offering two days of state mandated paternity leave and Norway offering a family friendly progressive four weeks. As an aside, a lot of lip service is given in our country to “family values” and in fact one of our political parties really puts a lot of emphasis on it and yet no one in this country seems to give as much time to actually promoting families as the more progressive EU countries do (and I’m not going to get into the fact that when people do push for more people friendly policies, they’ll labeled “socialist” or even better “communist” complete with nose wrinkling, but that’s a serious digression and this isn’t really a political blog despite my need to blog about Sarah Palin almost a year ago.). […]

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