As I mentioned in yesterday’s comments my phone interview went fairly well. The next step is for me to perform a coding exercise so that they can see my work. It’s only Thursday, but think that my weekend will consist of coding and football watching.
Oh The Weather Outside Was Delightful
After my interview I was charged up and needed an outlet for getting exercise. A quick look at the weather convinced me that I should head outside and ride in the real world instead of on the trainer in the basement.
As I rode from East Atlanta toward Kirkwood I once again stumbled upon hash trial, this time from the last Wheelhopper, which I quickly deemed since the marks were far apart and lead me a long way from where I saw my first mark. The trail even used that small single-track path that I had stumbled upon a while ago when out riding.
“Scenic View” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
I followed trail for awhile, losing and then miraculously finding it again out of nowhere about three times, before deciding that I should head home.
On a jag I took to add mileage and time I rode past the location where I took this photo back in November (geez, it doesn’t seem as if I took this shot nearly two months ago):
and saw the sign outside that the houses to be built there will be priced FROM THE 450s; for houses in southeast Atlanta that abut I-20? Doesn’t anyone else remember the housing crisis of 2008?
Crocking In The Kitchen
When I returned home from cycling I was greeted with the lovely aroma being released by the food in the crockpot. I was headed to Betsy’s house for some Top Chef viewing and she was a willing guinea pig for my attempt at this simple recipe for Garlic Herb Chicken and “Dumplings”.
Hot damn it as tasty! I will certainly make it again at some time.
Here are a few tips if you decide to try this recipe:
– A 4-quart crockpot is not large enough. You will think that it is, but then forget you are going to cook biscuits in it as well, which will swell and force some of the liquid over the sides.
– If you use Pillsbury Grands biscuits, you will only need one tube.
– I used thawed, plain chicken tenderloins instead of frozen, “garlic herb chicken” as described in the recipe; there was no loss in flavor.
– I didn’t want to buy a canister of grated parmesan and I happened to have leftover shredded parmesan from last week’s crockpot soup night at Dean’s, so I used that instead.
– I don’t know what “garlic pepper” is, so I used 0.5 teaspoon of black pepper and 0.5 teaspoon of garlic powder instead.
– I omitted the addition of sharp cheddar cheese, to me the dish already had enough flavor and didn’t need the addition of a second type of cheese.
With the crockpot of chicken and dumplings I brought over a bag of frozen broccoli florets that we steamed. Let’s be honest, this dish needs some sort of vegetable counterpart.
Happy “Last Day of Presidential Sanity”. I keep waiting for someone to come out and tell us that we’ve been Punk’d and it’s all been one big joke since November. Obviously I’m still nervous about letting Trump, with a Republican Congress, run this country.
Congrats on the interview and hopefully your coding exercise goes well too.
Yes, that was the Wheelhopper trail and the best scenic view ever! I rode in to that abandoned building and started exploring, as I was trying to find my way out I happened across a photo shoot. Not just any photo shoot but a naked photo shoot! All parties involved were quite surprised to see me wander in to that room, good times 🙂
Recipe looks good, maybe I’ve never heard of garlic pepper either, I’d do exactly what you did. And – throwing extra cheese on the top of the biscuits probably isn’t needed, but I bet it would be tasty.
What exactly is that senic view?
Tonight, if we can get ourselves to actually go the Y, we are going to spin class.
I thought about going last night, but it was a nice evening, so I decided a walk around the neighborhood before it got dark sounded better. I had seen a house on Zillow that looked interesting. I went to that website once & have no idea how I did it, but I get emails when houses are for sale in my ‘hood. Anyway – we joke with Leslie & Jon that they need to move near us (hello, a wine rep with leftovers from tastings nearby??), and this house seemed perfect for them, a finished basement for Jon’s slot car racing & a nice garage, something they don’t have now. I sent her the info, but I bet this house sells fast, so it will probably be gone.
Too funny Bob.
It’s the (ancient) Pullman Yard. Here’s an Atlanta Magazine article about it. I’ll include another shot I took yesterday in tomorrow’s blog.
The entire lot has been a haven for filming during the past handful of years, but is now up for sale from the State of Georgia (I believe). I assume the buyer will deem the building needs too much work to restore and knock it down for a new mixed-use development. Sound familiar?
The cheddar cheese could have added more flavor, but in addition to not needing the extra flavor and calories, I had no room left in the crockpot. As is I had to open the lid and ladle out about a cup of liquid to stop it from continuing to go over the side.
Looks like a cook place, I hope they make it into a park like the article was saying.
Speaking of park spaces – Franklin Rd has the new Atlanta United practice complex, I actually saw people practicing there a couple days ago. That is a huge complex.
And – “they” tore down some of the nasty apartments & are putting in a Cobb county park right near there – it looks like it will be a very nice park with soccor fields, ball fields, etc. Franklin Rd isn’t the scary place it used to be anymore.
I hope whatever it becomes that it’s beneficial for the neighborhood.
I remember the first time I drove past that Atlanta United complex on Franklin Road and thought “Whoa!”.
Barb that scenic view is Pullman Yard in Kirkwood, back in the 1800’s they serviced train cars there. Now apparently a bunch of movies and music videos have been shot there and the graffiti is really cool.
now I’m reading recipes from that link…….. great way to waste the morning
Glad I could help. 😉
Tonight I will be cooking up a pork loin using my sous vide cooker. I’m trying to decide what side I will make with it.
I have to say that being unemployed has returned the joy of cooking at home again to me. I’m still not a fan of cleaning up afterward however.
JoAnna just joined Blue Apron, and it seems I know a few people that suscribe to that service. They supply all the ingredients & give you the recipe – you just have to make it.
She is enjoying it a lot so far, said they have plenty of choices for menu items. She hates to grocery shop, but likes to cook.
I’ve heard of them through advertising on podcasts. I always thought that they were fairly expensive, not that JoAnna seems to have to worry about money.
she said its about $10 a meal – and its basically 2 servings. (she said the only bad thing is no leftovers)
So – cheaper than a restaurant, and you get to pick the 3 dishes from a list, and don’t have to go find all the ingredients.
Allan likes leftovers, so not sure it would really work for us.
That Pullman Yard space is so valuable- a huge tract like that intown so rarely comes available.
We went out for sushi last night and it was as good as always. Debbie reminded me we need to go more often to keep our mercury levels up!!
I think Zelda spent much of the night on the sofa (the old one we moved into the bedroom). Our goal is to have her sleep there instead of the middle of the bed. Good luck.
Debbie has a meeting tonight, so there will be suffering!
And I’m with you- Trump and a Republican congress can lead to no good. I’m trying to keep an open mind though…
It is valuable indeed. I just read that the Atlanta Humane Society is putting their building on the west side up for sale, they have been there for over 80 years, and they expect to get quite a bit of money for their land. Can’t blame them.
so – the Hooligans were talking about getting rained out tonith on FB, and I was looking outside thinking, its gorgeous out??? Then – I looked at the radar. We’ve got some rain coming……..
so – the Hooligans were talking about getting rained out tonith on FB, and I was looking outside thinking, its gorgeous out??? Then – I looked at the radar. We’ve got some rain coming……..go outside & do stuff right now!
I thought the same thing Barb. I am trying to motivate myself to go outside and exercise, but with nothing on the agenda tonight I might just ride the trainer later. This weekend looks horrible too, both days we are supposed to get thunderstorms.
I have no idea how that posted twice.
Not sure about going downtown to tailgate in the rain, I’m a very fair weathered tailgater. And – Blacksheep 700 is Sunday, out in Conyers, but not sure I’d want to do that either in the rain.
I am trying to figure out where I am going to watch the game. I considered Park Tavern because they are having a Packers pep rally. I doubt that I will however, though I do want to watch with a crowd.
Snuck in an hour ride on my mountain bike again.
Pep rally isn’t the day of game, its tomorrow or saturday.
Sunday would just be a football watching day – probably more geared to the Falcons fans.