thanate: (bluehair)
I just updated my website! (er, to include the story that came out two months ago...) But this means that after more than a year, I finally have an FTP program that works on my computer again, so theoretically I can post pictures here as well as on twitter. (For those who are looking for Megatherium pictures & effluvia, it's here) I also rediscovered a set of notes for a thinky post I was going to post months ago, which I might even still be able to reconstruct. (This is still not that post.)

We have achieved potty trained!!! I eventually had to resort to saying that children who pooped in their underwear didn't get read books, which lasted for about three days and then once she actually used the potty I could do the positive reinforcement thing. (And then we had three days of peeing where she stood before I managed to get across that this was not ok either, but we got there, thank goodness.) She's rocking the boy underwear-- we got two day-of-the-week sets with tools on them, which are grand, fit pretty well, and are sturdy enough that she can pull them up by herself. We have our toddler-included preschool orientation night next week, and then jump on in the day after Labor Day. Other people keep expecting the Megatherium to be nervous about it for some reason, but she is quite excited. Other children!! Yay!! One of them lives right down the street from us and was born 4 days after she was, but we haven't caught them at home since we got the class list.

We weathered Pennsic-- first week mainly, as grauwulf's amazing moving work trip to Germany finally settled on the week we were supposed to be on vacation. Her Megatheriosity had a blast after she figured out about tent pegs the hard way and had her eyebrow glued back together. (Fortunately we were camped two blocks from the EMS station, & she's a very good patient-- she spent the rest of the war reminding us that "there's where the water is, and the misting tent, and that's where we went to get my boo-boo fixed." (She named it her boo-boo; the terminology was not adult imposed)) The new camp (Ravenstreet) is full of cooks, which confuses me; I am used to wandering about & buying snacky things or ice cream for lunch, and they have 3 meals a day in camp, but no firepit. Anyway, we're already planning on going for both weeks next year. Though, there was also talk about the Helsinki Worldcon, so we'll see.

We have been escaping the heat (kind of) by visiting mall playgrounds so the Megatherium has something to climb on that isn't me-- she bonded with a slightly-larger boy last week & they played self-initiated hide-and-seek and some run around & jumping games before his adults took him elsewhere; we came out of the mall & she announced that she "wants a boyfriend who lives right down the street from us." (I mentioned child-in-her-preschool-class, but we still haven't met him yet.)

Meanwhile I have been reading Greta Eagan's Wear No Evil-- in the mall, no less, for extra irony. On the whole I like the concept of eco-fashion, but like so many of these things I am not quite the target audience. About half her fashion needs just don't apply to my life, and her basic wardrobe evaluation techniques don't take into account the possibility of making one's own. So my closet is about 90% "eco-fashionable" already, since that's how much of it is either secondhand or made by me (or both, or in a few cases made for me as a gift, or made in USA by independent crafters.) My dresser is mostly split between thrifted and 100% problematic cotton things. So, I guess less buying cheap t-shirts is about where I go from here. Or investigating organic or low-impact dyestuff sewing fabrics. (tho, mostly not buying more fabric for the next year is on my goal list. Gotta sew some of it first!)

I also tore through rereading Rose Daughter the other day and am now wishing that McKinley would write something pastoral with sisters in. All this beast and ancient sorcerer's battles nonsense was getting in the way of the family gossip! (Also, did anyone else find the marriage bit kind of tacked on? I don't think it's explained why this solves anything...) And then I started reading Binti which was very much Not That. Yeah.

Green fashion leads to green beauty stuff, & I've been poking at where to find what (and what beauty products I'm actually interested in, which is mostly not a lot, but it's in the interesting kitchen chemistry sort of field, and maybe when the Megatherium & friends grow into starting to experiment we can do make & take parties?) and also fancy mocktail drinks. Toddler cocktail parties!! (I mean, this is really for me, since I don't like alcohol, but hey, excuses to dress up and stab appetizers with tiny forks! What's not to love?) I got vanilla stevia on someone's pinterest recommendation and while I like having a liquid sweetener where I can dose a whole giant mug of limeade with about 5 drops, I then go and add a teaspoon of vanilla as well. Plus usually using the chilled sun tea in the fridge instead of water. And I'm squeezing my own limes, very glamorous, and nobody else in the family is actually that interested. Whatever. I also got Republic of Tea's vanilla dandelion tea which I quite like.

So, things, as advertised.

Xposty from dreamwidth.
thanate: (bluehair)
I just updated my website! (er, to include the story that came out two months ago...) But this means that after more than a year, I finally have an FTP program that works on my computer again, so theoretically I can post pictures here as well as on twitter. (For those who are looking for Megatherium pictures & effluvia, it's here) I also rediscovered a set of notes for a thinky post I was going to post months ago, which I might even still be able to reconstruct. (This is still not that post.)

We have achieved potty trained!!! I eventually had to resort to saying that children who pooped in their underwear didn't get read books, which lasted for about three days and then once she actually used the potty I could do the positive reinforcement thing. (And then we had three days of peeing where she stood before I managed to get across that this was not ok either, but we got there, thank goodness.) She's rocking the boy underwear-- we got two day-of-the-week sets with tools on them, which are grand, fit pretty well, and are sturdy enough that she can pull them up by herself. We have our toddler-included preschool orientation night next week, and then jump on in the day after Labor Day. Other people keep expecting the Megatherium to be nervous about it for some reason, but she is quite excited. Other children!! Yay!! One of them lives right down the street from us and was born 4 days after she was, but we haven't caught them at home since we got the class list.

We weathered Pennsic-- first week mainly, as grauwulf's amazing moving work trip to Germany finally settled on the week we were supposed to be on vacation. Her Megatheriosity had a blast after she figured out about tent pegs the hard way and had her eyebrow glued back together. (Fortunately we were camped two blocks from the EMS station, & she's a very good patient-- she spent the rest of the war reminding us that "there's where the water is, and the misting tent, and that's where we went to get my boo-boo fixed." (She named it her boo-boo; the terminology was not adult imposed)) The new camp (Ravenstreet) is full of cooks, which confuses me; I am used to wandering about & buying snacky things or ice cream for lunch, and they have 3 meals a day in camp, but no firepit. Anyway, we're already planning on going for both weeks next year. Though, there was also talk about the Helsinki Worldcon, so we'll see.

We have been escaping the heat (kind of) by visiting mall playgrounds so the Megatherium has something to climb on that isn't me-- she bonded with a slightly-larger boy last week & they played self-initiated hide-and-seek and some run around & jumping games before his adults took him elsewhere; we came out of the mall & she announced that she "wants a boyfriend who lives right down the street from us." (I mentioned child-in-her-preschool-class, but we still haven't met him yet.)

Meanwhile I have been reading Greta Eagan's Wear No Evil-- in the mall, no less, for extra irony. On the whole I like the concept of eco-fashion, but like so many of these things I am not quite the target audience. About half her fashion needs just don't apply to my life, and her basic wardrobe evaluation techniques don't take into account the possibility of making one's own. So my closet is about 90% "eco-fashionable" already, since that's how much of it is either secondhand or made by me (or both, or in a few cases made for me as a gift, or made in USA by independent crafters.) My dresser is mostly split between thrifted and 100% problematic cotton things. So, I guess less buying cheap t-shirts is about where I go from here. Or investigating organic or low-impact dyestuff sewing fabrics. (tho, mostly not buying more fabric for the next year is on my goal list. Gotta sew some of it first!)

I also tore through rereading Rose Daughter the other day and am now wishing that McKinley would write something pastoral with sisters in. All this beast and ancient sorcerer's battles nonsense was getting in the way of the family gossip! (Also, did anyone else find the marriage bit kind of tacked on? I don't think it's explained why this solves anything...) And then I started reading Binti which was very much Not That. Yeah.

Green fashion leads to green beauty stuff, & I've been poking at where to find what (and what beauty products I'm actually interested in, which is mostly not a lot, but it's in the interesting kitchen chemistry sort of field, and maybe when the Megatherium & friends grow into starting to experiment we can do make & take parties?) and also fancy mocktail drinks. Toddler cocktail parties!! (I mean, this is really for me, since I don't like alcohol, but hey, excuses to dress up and stab appetizers with tiny forks! What's not to love?) I got vanilla stevia on someone's pinterest recommendation and while I like having a liquid sweetener where I can dose a whole giant mug of limeade with about 5 drops, I then go and add a teaspoon of vanilla as well. Plus usually using the chilled sun tea in the fridge instead of water. And I'm squeezing my own limes, very glamorous, and nobody else in the family is actually that interested. Whatever. I also got Republic of Tea's vanilla dandelion tea which I quite like.

So, things, as advertised.

How to food

Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:48 pm
thanate: (octopus)
One of my Adult Competency Failure Modes is food. (On the one hand, I'm cross that a species with climate control & solar panels & ridiculous conspicuous consumption items like light-up toddler shoes hasn't sorted out a workaround for having to eat yet. On the other, biology: all the so far proposed workarounds for food work far less well than the real thing. So, whatever.)

Anyway, I have good food-and-laziness systems for when I remember them: these are easy, usually take a maximum of 30 minutes input time, and don't dirty a lot of dishes. I also tend to forget most of them under stress, and Grauwulf gets all cross when I don't have a *name* for what I'm making for dinner. So this is a how-to post, but also intended as a brainstorming post: please comment with ways you food! Or spins you'd put on these that maybe I haven't thought of!

Basics )

Pasta and )

Other stovetop things )

these things take a little longer to cook )

I used to do tuna noodle casserole, which is stove (for the egg noodles) & microwave. Cream of soup, a couple cans drained tuna (carnivore pets love the water), bell peppers go well here. Add some pickle juice or olives or a splash of vinegar. Heat all the other bits in a big microwave-safe casserole dish (I know, you can just call it a casserole, but I still think that's food) & add the noodles when they're done. Cook it a little more; basically you're just going for all the way warm. I don't like tuna, but I like this.

Any curry or other meat & veggie dish that you can put over rice can also be served over pancakes. My mother does this sometimes. (Pancakes are awesome! Do people want to read about pancakes?)

Waffles or pancakes (with pecans in!) with plain yogurt and maple syrup almost feels like a meal. You can serve them with fruit, too.

Leftover rice with (rinsed) black beans and coconut milk and maybe nuts in makes a decadent breakfast/snack with shades of that sticky rice & black bean dessert I always get at Thai restaurants. This is another thing I freeze in 1 cup portions for times of comfort food. (don't freeze the nuts, just add them after you've reheated.)

Remember the adage my father used to quote about "If you like it, it goes." The important thing about feeding a household is finding the intersection of your likes, and remembering what other things to pull out when a particular person isn't joining you that day.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Favorites?

Xposty from dreamwidth.

How to food

Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:48 pm
thanate: (octopus)
One of my Adult Competency Failure Modes is food. (On the one hand, I'm cross that a species with climate control & solar panels & ridiculous conspicuous consumption items like light-up toddler shoes hasn't sorted out a workaround for having to eat yet. On the other, biology: all the so far proposed workarounds for food work far less well than the real thing. So, whatever.)

Anyway, I have good food-and-laziness systems for when I remember them: these are easy, usually take a maximum of 30 minutes input time, and don't dirty a lot of dishes. I also tend to forget most of them under stress, and Grauwulf gets all cross when I don't have a *name* for what I'm making for dinner. So this is a how-to post, but also intended as a brainstorming post: please comment with ways you food! Or spins you'd put on these that maybe I haven't thought of!

Basics )

Pasta and )

Other stovetop things )

these things take a little longer to cook )

I used to do tuna noodle casserole, which is stove (for the egg noodles) & microwave. Cream of soup, a couple cans drained tuna (carnivore pets love the water), bell peppers go well here. Add some pickle juice or olives or a splash of vinegar. Heat all the other bits in a big microwave-safe casserole dish (I know, you can just call it a casserole, but I still think that's food) & add the noodles when they're done. Cook it a little more; basically you're just going for all the way warm. I don't like tuna, but I like this.

Any curry or other meat & veggie dish that you can put over rice can also be served over pancakes. My mother does this sometimes. (Pancakes are awesome! Do people want to read about pancakes?)

Waffles or pancakes (with pecans in!) with plain yogurt and maple syrup almost feels like a meal. You can serve them with fruit, too.

Leftover rice with (rinsed) black beans and coconut milk and maybe nuts in makes a decadent breakfast/snack with shades of that sticky rice & black bean dessert I always get at Thai restaurants. This is another thing I freeze in 1 cup portions for times of comfort food. (don't freeze the nuts, just add them after you've reheated.)

Remember the adage my father used to quote about "If you like it, it goes." The important thing about feeding a household is finding the intersection of your likes, and remembering what other things to pull out when a particular person isn't joining you that day.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Favorites?
thanate: (Default)
Has anybody got experience with using one of those wooden cookie rolling pins with the carved stamp designs? My grandmother brought one back with her from a trip to Germany in 1992, and just gave it to me over thanksgiving in the hope that I'd make use of it. It's unfinished wood, & I've trimmed off the most obvious of the splintery bits, but I'm not sure a) how smooth a surface I need for it to work on nice cold shortbread dough, or b) if there's anything I ought to do with it (treat it with cutting-board oil? wet or freeze it?) before trying to use it.

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thanate: (Default)
Has anybody got experience with using one of those wooden cookie rolling pins with the carved stamp designs? My grandmother brought one back with her from a trip to Germany in 1992, and just gave it to me over thanksgiving in the hope that I'd make use of it. It's unfinished wood, & I've trimmed off the most obvious of the splintery bits, but I'm not sure a) how smooth a surface I need for it to work on nice cold shortbread dough, or b) if there's anything I ought to do with it (treat it with cutting-board oil? wet or freeze it?) before trying to use it.
thanate: (bluehair)
Ok, internet-- twitter is not helping me out on this one, so I figure I'll try here: I've got half a gallon of very sour milk to use up, but all I want to bake is cookies (which use no milk at all.) Has anyone got inspiring milk-using-up suggestions on what to bake?

I've been doing that thing where I read other people's posts and feel like I'm interacting with them, which is not helpful. So um, yeah-- hi everybody. Today my sinus is trying to stab me in the cheekbone, and it is snowing, and our house is slightly less full of other people's extravagant exercises in commerce on our behalf than it was yesterday, because I returned the baby-safe ipad play station on the grounds that we haven't got an ipad. Oh, and we have minnows, which may yet actually get hooked into to an aquaponics set-up for a winter kitchen garden.

Xposty from dreamwidth.
thanate: (bluehair)
Ok, internet-- twitter is not helping me out on this one, so I figure I'll try here: I've got half a gallon of very sour milk to use up, but all I want to bake is cookies (which use no milk at all.) Has anyone got inspiring milk-using-up suggestions on what to bake?

I've been doing that thing where I read other people's posts and feel like I'm interacting with them, which is not helpful. So um, yeah-- hi everybody. Today my sinus is trying to stab me in the cheekbone, and it is snowing, and our house is slightly less full of other people's extravagant exercises in commerce on our behalf than it was yesterday, because I returned the baby-safe ipad play station on the grounds that we haven't got an ipad. Oh, and we have minnows, which may yet actually get hooked into to an aquaponics set-up for a winter kitchen garden.

food...

Dec. 18th, 2012 05:11 pm
thanate: (bluehair)
Having to pay attention to my diet (which, on the whole, is probably good for me-- not in the weight or overall nutrition sense so much as in remembering to plan meals before "crunch time" as it were) has kicked in the winter reading of cookbooks phase a month early. This year it begins with pulling Cookwise off the shelf, and the first few pages have already solved a couple mysteries about flour & liquid interactions. I might post things about pancakes (which I may have done once already) due to a new understanding of the chemistry involved.

Anyway, I have also got questions!

*Has anyone got a pumpernickel bread recipe to recommend? All the ones in my cookbooks seem to have weird things like coffee added, and I am skeptical. (also, not a fan of coffee.)

*ditto on a recipe for orange rolls-- I want something like cinnamon rolls, only with orange icing instead of cinnamon; fairly whole-grain friendly or at least dense, with a moist & buttery texture. When I was a kid these were the Christmas morning special treat; I got them for the first Christmas with grauwulf, and we both kind of felt like the first half-roll was really good and then they rapidly became slightly less substantial & food-like than marshmallows. There has got to exist a nice filling sweet roll recipe which could be used instead. (This year's fall-back choice is these pumpkin-cinnamon rolls which also have a coincidental link to a pumpernickel recipe that might be worth trying; thank you to [livejournal.com profile] mrissa for mentioning the site.)

*Does anyone have favorite things to do with mustard greens, besides basic baked greens or chop-up-put-in-soup? I got a couple bunches at the farmers' market on sunday because they looked so green and happy, but aside from the above and then slicing up the rest to freeze for future soups, I'm not sure I know what to do with them. I am new to this cooking greens thing, so I'm sure there's stuff I haven't thought of.

Xposty from dreamwidth.

food...

Dec. 18th, 2012 05:11 pm
thanate: (bluehair)
Having to pay attention to my diet (which, on the whole, is probably good for me-- not in the weight or overall nutrition sense so much as in remembering to plan meals before "crunch time" as it were) has kicked in the winter reading of cookbooks phase a month early. This year it begins with pulling Cookwise off the shelf, and the first few pages have already solved a couple mysteries about flour & liquid interactions. I might post things about pancakes (which I may have done once already) due to a new understanding of the chemistry involved.

Anyway, I have also got questions!

*Has anyone got a pumpernickel bread recipe to recommend? All the ones in my cookbooks seem to have weird things like coffee added, and I am skeptical. (also, not a fan of coffee.)

*ditto on a recipe for orange rolls-- I want something like cinnamon rolls, only with orange icing instead of cinnamon; fairly whole-grain friendly or at least dense, with a moist & buttery texture. When I was a kid these were the Christmas morning special treat; I got them for the first Christmas with grauwulf, and we both kind of felt like the first half-roll was really good and then they rapidly became slightly less substantial & food-like than marshmallows. There has got to exist a nice filling sweet roll recipe which could be used instead. (This year's fall-back choice is these pumpkin-cinnamon rolls which also have a coincidental link to a pumpernickel recipe that might be worth trying; thank you to [livejournal.com profile] mrissa for mentioning the site.)

*Does anyone have favorite things to do with mustard greens, besides basic baked greens or chop-up-put-in-soup? I got a couple bunches at the farmers' market on sunday because they looked so green and happy, but aside from the above and then slicing up the rest to freeze for future soups, I'm not sure I know what to do with them. I am new to this cooking greens thing, so I'm sure there's stuff I haven't thought of.
thanate: (octopus)
Current food obsession seems to be chicken soup. Last night's went about like this:

Open a can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup. Put it in the pot. Then fill the can with water & put that in the pot too, about three times. (so, half strength of what they tell you to do on the can.) Turn on the heat.

While waiting for it to boil, get out a cup or so of chopped up grilled chicken from the freezer. (I am a new convert to this grilling thing! It produces better frozen chicken bits for later use, and doesn't require me to chop large amounts of raw poultry.) Microwave your container of chicken long enough that it will come out of the container when you want it to. Wash and chop 2 smallish carrots & some celery, and toss them in. Wash & chop a small handful of mushrooms (I got the baby portabello kind at the farmer's market) and sort out some of those nice beet greens that somebody at the farmer's market actually sells without any nasty beets attached. I used about half a cutting-board full (five or six large leaves?)

Around this point, the water will probably be boiling. Add about a double handful of extra noodles of your choice & set the timer as appropriate. I currently have some nice curly brown rice ones that work really well here.

Go back and wash your beet greens (or anything sturdy enough for soup) and cut them in ribbons. At about t-5 minutes, add the chicken. At t-4 minutes, add the mushrooms. At around t-2 minutes you'll want to stir in the greens, which may take some effort at this point, because your liquid to stuff ratio will have gone down tremendously.

When the timer goes off (or you finish getting the greens mixed in to your satisfaction) take it off the heat & serve. Freshly ground pepper goes nicely, if you're into that. This made enough for two large dinners plus two medium-sized lunch portions left over.

I suspect that turkey would work well instead of the chicken, and I may need to try versions with either substituting spicy sausage, or adding dropped eggs (around t-3 minutes, or more if you want the yolk completely hard) and possibly look into the growing of winter greens somewhere. I have seeds that produce awesome yellow beet greens if they bother to come up, but only one did this spring, so I've only eaten a couple leaves off it. Also, of course, if I ever made real chicken broth, that would do nicely as a starter instead of the canned soup.

Ok, back to that writing thing.

Xposty from dreamwidth, but yes, I'm still here.
thanate: (octopus)
Current food obsession seems to be chicken soup. Last night's went about like this:

Open a can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup. Put it in the pot. Then fill the can with water & put that in the pot too, about three times. (so, half strength of what they tell you to do on the can.) Turn on the heat.

While waiting for it to boil, get out a cup or so of chopped up grilled chicken from the freezer. (I am a new convert to this grilling thing! It produces better frozen chicken bits for later use, and doesn't require me to chop large amounts of raw poultry.) Microwave your container of chicken long enough that it will come out of the container when you want it to. Wash and chop 2 smallish carrots & some celery, and toss them in. Wash & chop a small handful of mushrooms (I got the baby portabello kind at the farmer's market) and sort out some of those nice beet greens that somebody at the farmer's market actually sells without any nasty beets attached. I used about half a cutting-board full (five or six large leaves?)

Around this point, the water will probably be boiling. Add about a double handful of extra noodles of your choice & set the timer as appropriate. I currently have some nice curly brown rice ones that work really well here.

Go back and wash your beet greens (or anything sturdy enough for soup) and cut them in ribbons. At about t-5 minutes, add the chicken. At t-4 minutes, add the mushrooms. At around t-2 minutes you'll want to stir in the greens, which may take some effort at this point, because your liquid to stuff ratio will have gone down tremendously.

When the timer goes off (or you finish getting the greens mixed in to your satisfaction) take it off the heat & serve. Freshly ground pepper goes nicely, if you're into that. This made enough for two large dinners plus two medium-sized lunch portions left over.

I suspect that turkey would work well instead of the chicken, and I may need to try versions with either substituting spicy sausage, or adding dropped eggs (around t-3 minutes, or more if you want the yolk completely hard) and possibly look into the growing of winter greens somewhere. I have seeds that produce awesome yellow beet greens if they bother to come up, but only one did this spring, so I've only eaten a couple leaves off it. Also, of course, if I ever made real chicken broth, that would do nicely as a starter instead of the canned soup.

Ok, back to that writing thing.
thanate: (bluehair)
Today's salad:

-farmer's market mesclum mix (and we're having dinner guests later this week, so I could justify getting a whole pound)
-half of one of the pointy red peppers that seem to be in season
-some of the cucumber that kindly didn't melt into a puddle in the fridge while I was at pennsic
-a smallish farmer's market carrot (hm... possibly I should check on mine...)
-black olives
-a baby portabello (I've forgotten the real name when they're small...), also farmer's market
-slivered almonds
-peppercorn ranch dressing

Some things:

-pennsic is nicer when one's spouse doesn't get stuck in work purgatory (still ongoing) and actually makes it out. I came back a few days early because it had stopped being much fun anymore.

-when Taog says "the neighbors here are noisy" next to the nicest tent spot, reconsider putting the tent there. (aside from talking loudly through the night, and some guy with a gratingly fake-sounding laugh, they also smoked enough I could smell it through their plastic tent and [personal profile] grauwulf's nice canvas one. I had to pull the covers over my head for better filtration.)

-being in off-fencing mode and not having anyone to visit on the battlefield means I don't see half the people I know ever. Not sure if I should make new friends, or put more effort into tracking down the old ones... probably both.

-I find myself taking more cultural classes and walking away with exciting story ideas, rather than just a million craft projects. (so, you finally toss your vampire in the bog... what happens when someone digs him up again centuries later and doesn't recognize what he is because they think vampires are pale and sparkly?)

-I like rain better when it doesn't end up in my living space. (The tent leaks, the basement still leaks... although we may have made that bit better by closing off the french drain that goes under the sidewalk (which slopes nicely *away* from the house) and clogs up somewhere unknown. Since we've had almost 4" of rain since yesterday afternoon, it's a bit hard to tell what's better at this point.)

-Something tells me they're unlikely to start digging the foundation hole at the back of the house tomorrow. This is probably ok, since the sump pumps & back gutter would drain right into it.

-The bank sent a bunch of idiots out to "clean up" the place next door, and they chopped down all the front plantings except the two trees (one of which is the clearly dying japanese maple) and they're going to have a lot of fun with the basement if they come back Monday. I spent some time before it started pouring trying to arrange our bits of cut oak branch to make a little more shelter for the birds who have been so rudely displaced. At least they didn't seem to notice the mourning dove nesting on the porch pillar.

-In redistributing oak branches, I found a garter snake, which makes three snake species thus far for the property. I hope it doesn't get scared off by the construction.

-because there weren't enough water-related problems (the clothesline just came down, too) the dishwasher has decided that soap is optional. We don't appear to have gunked-up in-flow in the washer itself, so it's either a problem with the soap door opening at the wrong time, or something that the internet doesn't know about. I have not mucked about with anything else and tried to run the darn thing a third time yet. Ugh. (Clearly I am making up for all the water I didn't flush down toilets while at pennsic.)

-I have far too much more linen (which needs pre-washed-- I even said I wasn't going to buy any more linen this year, and um, $60 later....), several patterns I've been drooling over for some time, a list of exciting pennsic-inspired projects that I even wrote down so I might get around to some of them, a ridiculous number of little fiddly things that need to be done before they start the addition, and no particular desire to move ever again. Presumably I'll get over that latter in a day or two, in time to be traumatized by people digging up the back yard.

Experimentally cross-posty from dreamwidth. Comments encouraged in either location.
thanate: (bluehair)
Today's salad:

-farmer's market mesclum mix (and we're having dinner guests later this week, so I could justify getting a whole pound)
-half of one of the pointy red peppers that seem to be in season
-some of the cucumber that kindly didn't melt into a puddle in the fridge while I was at pennsic
-a smallish farmer's market carrot (hm... possibly I should check on mine...)
-black olives
-a baby portabello (I've forgotten the real name when they're small...), also farmer's market
-slivered almonds
-peppercorn ranch dressing

Some things:

-pennsic is nicer when one's spouse doesn't get stuck in work purgatory (still ongoing) and actually makes it out. I came back a few days early because it had stopped being much fun anymore.

-when Taog says "the neighbors here are noisy" next to the nicest tent spot, reconsider putting the tent there. (aside from talking loudly through the night, and some guy with a gratingly fake-sounding laugh, they also smoked enough I could smell it through their plastic tent and [personal profile] grauwulf's nice canvas one. I had to pull the covers over my head for better filtration.)

-being in off-fencing mode and not having anyone to visit on the battlefield means I don't see half the people I know ever. Not sure if I should make new friends, or put more effort into tracking down the old ones... probably both.

-I find myself taking more cultural classes and walking away with exciting story ideas, rather than just a million craft projects. (so, you finally toss your vampire in the bog... what happens when someone digs him up again centuries later and doesn't recognize what he is because they think vampires are pale and sparkly?)

-I like rain better when it doesn't end up in my living space. (The tent leaks, the basement still leaks... although we may have made that bit better by closing off the french drain that goes under the sidewalk (which slopes nicely *away* from the house) and clogs up somewhere unknown. Since we've had almost 4" of rain since yesterday afternoon, it's a bit hard to tell what's better at this point.)

-Something tells me they're unlikely to start digging the foundation hole at the back of the house tomorrow. This is probably ok, since the sump pumps & back gutter would drain right into it.

-The bank sent a bunch of idiots out to "clean up" the place next door, and they chopped down all the front plantings except the two trees (one of which is the clearly dying japanese maple) and they're going to have a lot of fun with the basement if they come back Monday. I spent some time before it started pouring trying to arrange our bits of cut oak branch to make a little more shelter for the birds who have been so rudely displaced. At least they didn't seem to notice the mourning dove nesting on the porch pillar.

-In redistributing oak branches, I found a garter snake, which makes three snake species thus far for the property. I hope it doesn't get scared off by the construction.

-because there weren't enough water-related problems (the clothesline just came down, too) the dishwasher has decided that soap is optional. We don't appear to have gunked-up in-flow in the washer itself, so it's either a problem with the soap door opening at the wrong time, or something that the internet doesn't know about. I have not mucked about with anything else and tried to run the darn thing a third time yet. Ugh. (Clearly I am making up for all the water I didn't flush down toilets while at pennsic.)

-I have far too much more linen (which needs pre-washed-- I even said I wasn't going to buy any more linen this year, and um, $60 later....), several patterns I've been drooling over for some time, a list of exciting pennsic-inspired projects that I even wrote down so I might get around to some of them, a ridiculous number of little fiddly things that need to be done before they start the addition, and no particular desire to move ever again. Presumably I'll get over that latter in a day or two, in time to be traumatized by people digging up the back yard.
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Awesome salad lunch:

-farmers' market special crazy mixed greens assortment (with flowers!)
-farmers' market mixed mushroom assortment (so, I'm blithely assuming they're not going to put anything that's toxic when raw or anything in an unlabeled mix...)
-the end of a red pepper I used most of for hummus (more on that later)
-a tea egg, chopped up (these came out much more tea-ish when cooked overnight in the crock pot, but still don't live up to the ideal concept of tea egg that the recipe conjures in my head. Possibly I just don't like eggs enough?)
-peppercorn ranch dressing

Sadly, I keep forgetting to buy more olives.

On a related note, I have an awesome mushroom assortment, and am looking at three days of feeding myself dinner without having to worry about what [personal profile] grauwulf considers to be food. Anybody have suggestions on tasty things to do with fungus?



(also of note: thanks are due to [profile] amubleu, without whom I might still not have discovered the Jones Falls Farmers' Market.)

Experimentally cross-posty from dreamwidth. Comments encouraged in either location.
thanate: (octopus)
Awesome salad lunch:

-farmers' market special crazy mixed greens assortment (with flowers!)
-farmers' market mixed mushroom assortment (so, I'm blithely assuming they're not going to put anything that's toxic when raw or anything in an unlabeled mix...)
-the end of a red pepper I used most of for hummus (more on that later)
-a tea egg, chopped up (these came out much more tea-ish when cooked overnight in the crock pot, but still don't live up to the ideal concept of tea egg that the recipe conjures in my head. Possibly I just don't like eggs enough?)
-peppercorn ranch dressing

Sadly, I keep forgetting to buy more olives.

On a related note, I have an awesome mushroom assortment, and am looking at three days of feeding myself dinner without having to worry about what [personal profile] grauwulf considers to be food. Anybody have suggestions on tasty things to do with fungus?



(also of note: thanks are due to [profile] amubleu, without whom I might still not have discovered the Jones Falls Farmers' Market.)
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Things I have done instead of writing anything since tuesday:

*discovered that the closest sewing machine repair shop really is a 20 minute drive away,
*gotten a replacement screw to hold the needle into the old singer so I can play with cool sewing machine feet
*gotten landscape timbers (on half off, since Home Depot was convinced that it wasn't spring yet, so I had to wait for them to pull the things down with the forklift)
*spent all thursday at the Aquarium, cleaning up after birds & watching dolphins. I can now identify six of the eight dolphins if they cooperate (ie swim where I can see them), but they haven't sent out their blogging policy yet, so I don't know if there's anything else I'm allowed to tell you.
*read a couple books
*ordered exciting seeds & started to work on where I'm going to plant them all
*built up the back garden bed by another two landscape timbers in height (so the knotweed & trash infested soil won't keep falling in...)
*swept dirt back out of the house (several times...)
*strewn fertilizer/mycorrhizial components about the back lawn & (I trust) the oak trees
*knitted a few rows of sweater body
*worked out a semi-solid list of things to send in the swap package
*balanced the check book, paid bills, etc
*taken the lovely wedding cross-stitch [personal profile] grauwulf's mother made us out of the frame she'd masking taped it into, washed it, and taken it to get a proper high quality framing while the craft store still had 60% off
*gone out for an early birthday dinner for [personal profile] grauwulf (on Thursday, as there was time)
*started pulling shoes apart to put exciting electrical components in the heels.
*made several sorts of food, including particularly tasty pancakes!

Pancakes, today's version:

2 cups ordinary unbleached flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 T Food Lion double acting baking powder (roughly equivalent to 2 T normal stuff)
a scant 1 t salt
2 1/2 T sugar

mixed, then add wet:
4 T cooking oil
2 eggs
about 1 t vanilla extract (I used the fake stuff, since I'm trying to get rid of that last bottle)
2 1/4 c milk (today we had 1% instead of skim)

mix well, pour in as many pecan bits as make you happy, mix well again. Then cook however you like your pancakes-- I do roughly fist-sized ones, and this is a double batch and should make enough for 4-6 people, or breakfast for two and a bunch to freeze and have later in the week. (take from freezer & transfer directly to toaster, toast on light to medium, flip, toast again, eat.)

Today I really am going to do something useful (boot patterning &/or at least 1k words for a goal) but I wanted to write down the pancake recipe first, as the last time I tried to use the rye flour it worked out badly.

Now back to that "why is there suddenly a selkie in this story, and what does it want?" problem again.

Experimentally cross-posty from dreamwidth. Comments encouraged in either location.
thanate: (bluehair)
Things I have done instead of writing anything since tuesday:

*discovered that the closest sewing machine repair shop really is a 20 minute drive away,
*gotten a replacement screw to hold the needle into the old singer so I can play with cool sewing machine feet
*gotten landscape timbers (on half off, since Home Depot was convinced that it wasn't spring yet, so I had to wait for them to pull the things down with the forklift)
*spent all thursday at the Aquarium, cleaning up after birds & watching dolphins. I can now identify six of the eight dolphins if they cooperate (ie swim where I can see them), but they haven't sent out their blogging policy yet, so I don't know if there's anything else I'm allowed to tell you.
*read a couple books
*ordered exciting seeds & started to work on where I'm going to plant them all
*built up the back garden bed by another two landscape timbers in height (so the knotweed & trash infested soil won't keep falling in...)
*swept dirt back out of the house (several times...)
*strewn fertilizer/mycorrhizial components about the back lawn & (I trust) the oak trees
*knitted a few rows of sweater body
*worked out a semi-solid list of things to send in the swap package
*balanced the check book, paid bills, etc
*taken the lovely wedding cross-stitch [personal profile] grauwulf's mother made us out of the frame she'd masking taped it into, washed it, and taken it to get a proper high quality framing while the craft store still had 60% off
*gone out for an early birthday dinner for [personal profile] grauwulf (on Thursday, as there was time)
*started pulling shoes apart to put exciting electrical components in the heels.
*made several sorts of food, including particularly tasty pancakes!

Pancakes, today's version:

2 cups ordinary unbleached flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 T Food Lion double acting baking powder (roughly equivalent to 2 T normal stuff)
a scant 1 t salt
2 1/2 T sugar

mixed, then add wet:
4 T cooking oil
2 eggs
about 1 t vanilla extract (I used the fake stuff, since I'm trying to get rid of that last bottle)
2 1/4 c milk (today we had 1% instead of skim)

mix well, pour in as many pecan bits as make you happy, mix well again. Then cook however you like your pancakes-- I do roughly fist-sized ones, and this is a double batch and should make enough for 4-6 people, or breakfast for two and a bunch to freeze and have later in the week. (take from freezer & transfer directly to toaster, toast on light to medium, flip, toast again, eat.)

Today I really am going to do something useful (boot patterning &/or at least 1k words for a goal) but I wanted to write down the pancake recipe first, as the last time I tried to use the rye flour it worked out badly.

Now back to that "why is there suddenly a selkie in this story, and what does it want?" problem again.
thanate: (octopus)
Back in April, my aunt brought me an Amish Friendship Bread starter at the family reunion. I find the concept rather fascinating-- for those of you who haven't met the stuff before, it's a starter-based super-sweet quickbread, from which you're supposed to pull 4 starters every baking cycle and give at least three of them away again. I inherited instructions with an "if you only want one starter" modification, and haven't yet used anything else, as I haven't found anyone to pawn off share starters with.

The recipe as I obtained it goes more-or-less thus:

Recipes and baking notes, in quantity )
thanate: (octopus)
I have been experimenting with transforming oven recipes into things that can go into the crock pot and thus not involve heating up the oven on 90+ degree days at dinnertime. So far, the oven produces better results, but the crock pot options are perfectly edible.

Lasagne notes for next time:

*putting in uncooked noodles is a good thing, but remember that they will expand by perhaps 10%

*yes, I do want to add extra water-- probably to the spaghetti sauce-- to account for the noodles: try maybe 1/2 to 3/4 cup to start?

*preferred cook time on low is probably between 3 to 4 hours. If layering earlier, plan to reduce the cooking time (probably), and make sure you have enough space for the crock pot liner in the fridge before you begin.

*Alternately, an hour or two on high might be worth a try in the interests of melty cheese?
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Also, most of the pea plants have scorched & died, and the few that remain with peas on them are no longer horribly bitter. So... not sure what that was about. They almost look like someone hit them with herbicide by mistake, but I can't quite see how that would have happened.

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