Daily Archives: 7/15/2008

Ceiling Fans

I got my ceiling fans installed today! I am already loving them and working on getting used to the way they work. Some have remotes, some have switches, some are always on and you just use the pull strings. I’m sure I’ll have it down in a day or two. I’ve already been able to cut my air conditioning bill as it has barely been running since they got installed. I’m going to try sleeping tonight without the A/C for the first time and with just the fan and the windows open. I figure at worst if I can’t sleep, I’ll get up, close the windows and turn on the a/c.

Speaking of windows, I’ve been a bit leery of leaving the windows open downstairs at night. I’ve always slept downstairs with the windows open for the most part, it just seems strange to do it when no one is downstairs. I’m sure the neighborhood is safe, especially with neighbors only a few feet away, it just seems strange. I’m thinking if I get the alarm installed, I can activate the downstairs motion at night allowing me to leave the windows open. I’ll just have to remember to deactivate it in the morning!

I spent most of the day at the house playing, helping with the fans and reading. I finally made it to the office about 4:30 for a staff meeting and to do payroll. Batch came over for dinner, and we were going to watch a movie. I had moved a bunch of the TV stuff around when we ran the coax to the new spot, so we had to take some time and reassemble some of the stuff. I decided to pull out the evid’s and start using them as well, so by the time we got ready to watch something it was after 9. We ended up watching the first episode of 24, season three. I hadn’t remembered most of the episode, so clearly I need a refresher course and he doesn’t think he has seen it, so we may be starting a marathon.

I think that’s about all I’ve got for tonight.

Chicken A La Orange

Batch and I made this tonight for dinner. It was actually quite good, although I must admit we were worried about it. I’m used to eating breaded orange chicken, which this wasn’t. I’m sure it was much healthier this way since it wasn’t deep fried. I think next time I would try some brown sugar in the mix to give it a bit more of a sweet taste and maybe some pineapple chunks in the sauce and served in the final product.

Chicken A La Orange – Allrecipes
INGREDIENTS

* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 1/2 cups orange juice
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/2 cup hot water
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

DIRECTIONS

1. In a skillet, brown chicken breasts in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook till juices run clear.
2. Add orange juice to the pan. When juice just begins to bubble around the edges of the pan, add corn starch dissolved in hot water. Mix ginger and honey together in a cup, and add to orange juice. Cook until sauce is thick and slightly browned. Serve.

*edit: We also cut the chicken into strips to make it easier to cook. I think the sauce would have taken forever to thicken if it was just the whole breasts in the pan.