Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Gideon was not too sure about all those birds. The pigeons kept taking flight all together, which startled my poor boy.
He loved the water, though. It was tough to keep him at the top of the disgusting bank, and not in the disgusting pond. There were at least six differently-marked ducks, along with three different types of geese, all mingling with pigeons on the shore. So cool!
I said I've been making a lot of cream soups, lately, and I'll share with you my base recipe.
It starts, like most wonderful things, with a roux. Equal parts (by volume) of butter and flour. Melt the butter, add the flour, and stir to combine. Cook for no more than a few minutes, just til everything gets puffy and bubbly. To that, add 2 cups of milk. If you want a richer soup, substitute up to a cup of cream for the milk. Stir, on medium to medium-low, until thick. It'll get all the way to paste if you let it.
In another pot, start your water+bouillon or chicken broth. Once it's boiling, add your star. Usually, this is potatoes (3 cups, diced), sometimes, it's broccoli. But this is the part where you can do anything you please. Diced onions? Don't mind if I do. Celery? Only if Daniel's away. Red peppers? Yes, please!
Once your potatoes (/broccoli/onions/celery/peppers) are soft, stir in the roux, add cheese (if it's a cheese soup) and any other finishing flavors you'd like. I'm fond of bacon crumbles, ham chunks, fresh herbs, and, occasionally, kale or spinach.
Basic Cream Soup
5 T butter
5 T flour
2 c milk
3 c chicken broth or 1 T bouillon in water
For Potato Soup
Add 3 c diced potatoes and 1 c diced ham. Pepper to taste.
For Broccoli Cheese Soup
Add 1-2 c broccoli to broth and 1 c grated cheddar cheese when you mix in the roux.
For my version of Zuppa Toscana Soup
Replace butter with 1 lb of pork sausage (Olive Garden uses Italian; I prefer hot breakfast (because I hate the taste of fennel)). Reduce flour by 1 T. Add 2-3 c thin-sliced or diced potatoes and 2-3 c chopped kale to the broth. Serve with crusty bread and a tangy green salad.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Contents of the crevice behind the couch:
3 manual toothbrushes
1 electric toothbrush
1 1/3-cup measure
1 baby spoon
2 grownup spoons
2 measuring spoons
1 giant rubber band
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I have been told by this person that JC Penney is a "ghetto" store. Now, I'm not low class (socio-economically speaking), but I'm okay with second hand clothes and I shop at JC Penney (sometimes. I actually don't really match them in style.) But I'm okay with Penney's on a philosophical level. And when I hear this person say things like how low class JCP is, I think, Gosh, what must you think of me? Because I own shoes like are pictured in that other post. Because I'm excited about $30 shoes.
I have a hard time feeling like a person from that perspective would truly respect me without pity, that they would be looking at me like some sort of "noble savage". Which is a problem, because I interact with this person with some regularity.
I know, caring what other people think is for sissies. I'll freely admit that I'm a sissy, then.
Just take this post as a disclaimer on my previous post: I am aware that my clothing choices are inexpensive, and I have chosen that freely. Someday, when we're rich, I will shop only at Banana Republic. Until then, I am SO PUMPED about my newest purchase.
Now, I can throw out my high school running shoes. These things have run all over Gold Beach, OR, Folsom, CA, Provo, UT, and my current city. Now, they can visit the dump and stay. There's no nostalgia on my part!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Is that creepy?
Everyone "ooh-ed" and "ahh-ed" at them, but the guest insisted they were only cool because of the fancy shot glasses. Truth be told, they were stupid easy to make. The first (and the star of the first shot) is a brownie-based treat, for which she bought a few brownies from the bakery and crumbled them into the glass with alternating layers of whipped cream and caramel sauce. Not pictured (because this was a surreptitious shooting) is a shorter, more traditional shot, filled with vanilla pudding and coconut shavings, then topped with graham cracker crumbs. My favorite is the beautiful strawberry confection: one slice of store-bought cheesecake crumbled along with diced strawberries and topped with whipped cream.
She picked a good bakery, because I am pretty picky about my brownies and cheesecake. I usually tell people that I don't really like brownies because they're so hard to do right. These were done right. Oh, were these don
Monday, February 4, 2013
We're working on weaning Gideon, who adores nursing, and it's a little bit rough. Tonight, after putting him down for the night, I remarked to Daniel, "Sometimes, parenting is fun..." And, after a brief pause, "But sometimes, it makes you want to stab your eyes out."
"Why would you want to stab your eyes out?" He replied, "Then you would just be blind. Wouldn't it be better to stab something else, instead? He is cute to look at."
Yes, I suppose he has a point.