Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Randomness #478: Jack with suggestions on how to spend a Sunday afternoon

Take up a position of power on Sunday morning:  "What do you mean you want to play the piano?"

Avail yourself of the opportunity to move you mind with some of the available books just lying around: "Just a bit of lite afternoon reading..."

Now time for a siesta!   A soft fuzzy blanket and a plush robe on the upholstered chair should provide enough for maximum snuggle value.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Randomness #169: A Swimming PSA

A Public Service Announcement for swimming touting the health benefits of swimming.  Thank you to my local pool for posting this infographic.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Randomness #143: the remnants of a loaf of stollen

 Ingrid's Stollen.  Simply delicious.  Made some in December, still eating it in February.  Ingrid always said it stored well for months if kept in a cool, dry place.
Cherries, other fruits and nuts, and a homemade marzipan center (long since devoured-it didn't go through the whole loaf) made this one of the best batches of stollen I've ever made and eaten.  I'm so glad I got to see Ingrid make her stollen both at her home and with our old ward.  She was always so generous and gracious in sharing her cooking and baking talents.  She passed away this last winter but I'll always remember her through her recipes.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Randomness #38 Nutty Squash and Cereal Exclusivity

 Kabocha is also known as Japanese Pumpkin.
 It has a very hard rind and was tough to cut open to get out the seeds.
 We did one half with butter, pepper and salt and the other half with butter and cinnamon
 It turned out very well.  It has a nutty taste and is quite sweet on its own.  Next time we will probably use a baking dish and add some water and tent the dish while baking to help retain moisture.

Toasted Pumpkin Loops from Sprouts and Pumpkin O's from Trader Joe's.  Both claim to exclusively manufactured.  Both are made in Canada and they have the exact same nutrition information as well as ingredient list.  Trader Joe's Pumpkin O's look like they have more air holes and more glaze on the cereal but otherwise they look identical.  I bought them separately, hoping for two distinct pumpkin cereals but alas, they are like long lost twins.  So much for the exclusivity of the contract for manufacture.  I guess the very, very slight difference in air and glaze meets the terms for a possible non-compete clause.  In either case, the cereals are both good if a bit much on the sweet side with a distinct pumpkin taste along with mild spices.  We will probably look for them again next year but I don't know which brand we will buy since they are so similar.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Randomness #158 : Why are there inconsistencies in life?

Signs that Daisy is spending just a little too much time indoors:
Mom: Do you want to go to Savers?
D: No, I don't like Savers.  I don't like shopping.  I don't like the outdoors....what is the outdoors?  I don't like it.

Religion and drugs:
Once when H was sick, I found M kneeling by her bedside.  I remarked:
"Mica, you don't need to pray over Hedgehog.  She's not that sick and we don't believe in last rites."
(I got laughter from both of them.)

When Hedgehog returned from a trip I asked for her antibiotics and passport that she had packed.
Mica interrupted and said to Hedgehog: " So basically Mom wants your drugs and your ID."

Hedgehog and her relationship with the pets:
H: We tease the kitty.
Mom: We tease the kitty and we tease each other.
H: And we tease the guinea pig.  At least I do.
Mica piping in: How do you tease the guinea pig?
H: I scare her but in the kindest way.  I hold her and kiss her nose and she flinches!
Mom: She flinches because she thinks you're going to eat her! 

H: Our kitty has flurr.  Fluffy fur.

On Birthdays:
Daisy: A birthday celebration is like a satanic ritual.  Everyone gets in a circle and surrounds an object that they just set on fire.  Then they chant some things and cut into the object.  (She found it on tumblr but wanted to make sure we all knew about this pseudo-factoid.)

Hedgehog: In China a birthday is the day of a mother's suffering.

Hedgehog wanted to open the Indian Jaipur Vegetables from Trader Joes.  I pointed out there were still leftovers in the fridge.  She grumbled: "Just because you're willing the eat the same animal fodder day in and day out..."  I let her open the Indian food.  (Which was quite good-we'll be buying it again.)

I bought some energy bars for school and snacks.  Mica was perusing the selections and came upon the kale bar.  
Her response?: "A Kale Bar?!?  What kind of sadist comes up with an idea like that?!?!"