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Friday, January 9, 2009

Stuffing Bread: The Second Batch

is currently rattling and writhing in the bread machine... More seasoning, more celery, chopped onion instead of powdered, chicken broth instead of water. We'll see... Next time my plan is to add some corn meal. And maybe a few cranberries. My son's favorite stuffing recipe is made with corn bread and sausage. I wonder how sausage would do in the bread machine? Probably the way to do that would be to pre-cook it, getting rid of most of the grease. And use less oil in the bread recipe. Does the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Experiment: A Success!

The Stuffing Bread is just darned tasty! But next time it will be even better--more herbs, and more celery, and real onion, instead of onion powder. Maybe I will try it with some corn meal mixed in, too... I will try that this weekend. Meanwhile, i think another little turkey sandwich is in order... Sign in to see full entry.

Experiment in Progress...

Hungry? Not yet... read on if you dare...! A couple of years ago I inherited my daughter's bread machine, when she went to live in a place with different outlets. Sunday, I had a delicious and inspiring, but carb-heavy treat: turkey and sweet potato hash, that was also made with a lot of stuffing. I've also enjoyed several of 'Grandma's Turkey Sandwiches ' at Starbuck's over the past several weeks: turkey, cranberries, a slab of congealed stuffing with two slices of whole grain bread. Those are... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Beethoven's Ninth

is playing even now as I write... But not the way we heard it Sunday afternoon in Benaroya Hall, played by the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwartz conducting. He looked like he was having a grand, grand time! The concert began with Beethoven's First Symphony, which is always a pleasure--I like all of his symphonies very much! Then, after an intermission, the Ninth. Our seats were in the center of the main floor but towards the back. (Next time, I will spring for the seats closer in where the music... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Who's a soup nerd?!

Charlie says I am--not only because I spend all day making a soup, but then I enjoy it so much, and do things like bliss out over the results of adding a big dollop of sour cream (light sour cream, but never altogether non-fat). The thing is, nothing beats a good soup--but when he hears 'soup' he is just anti-impressed, and wants nothing to do with it. Just the way I was, until, in college, I started making my own soups from scratch. It was beef soup, that first one, root vegies and onions, with... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The show is over for now...

Today, rather than yesterday, I took down my photo show at the New Moon Cafe, to make room for the next artist. But I am on the list to be on the walls again in a couple of months or so--too laid back today, we all were, to write anything down! I didn't sell any but did get a lot of good comments, and a few people requested contact information. Some of my cards sold. Charlie took the bus over the mountains to visit his sweetie and spend New Year's with her. I will drive most of the way to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Last Day of the Year

The bleakness and chill of today is expected to provide a contrast to the rumoured lovely day tomorrow, with blue skies and sunshine to start the new year. The snow is nearly gone--there is plenty of mud to go around, and it does. My mood is in synch with conditions, with much slush between the ears and in all processes. I must stir myself up to go out. Today I take down my photo show at the New Moon Cafe, and also stop by a place with a totally different tone a half-block away with a few... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

It wouldn't be Christmas without...

...the baked potato ornament in the tree! Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The icicles are streaming with water,

vanishing as they came, a drop at a time... The snow is looking old and worn on the ground under the trees, and the trees have been shedding large gobs of wet snow all day. It looks like our glacial interlude is over. Of course, if the temps drop, the ice on the roads will be horrendous! And if they rise, the flooding will be significant. But today it's Christmas in this house, and all's well. I hope it is so for everyone here, too! I made orange biscuits for breakfast openers, with some nice... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It is pouring snow outside...

Or it is raining slush. Icicles are no longer hanging on the front edge of the house, and neither are the gutters. The trees are bent to the ground in places. Significant limbs have dropped out of the trees, but none on the one car we sorta wish they would maybe kinda total... I just got home with a fine roast beast and other goodies, some yarns for a couple or three more hats which will be done tonight... and don't expect to go out again until Saturday at the earliest. If we haven't got it now,... Sign in to see full entry.

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