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?!?!" 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Randomness #27 : A trip to the bookstore and a science experiment thrown in

Mica and I went to the BYU bookstore in Provo before her fall semester started.  Her favorite stop?  The textbook section of course!  We found books on writing and world history along with
insects and Aural Rehabilitation and Ancient Greece to
Viscous Fluid Flow and King Arthur and Leaves of Grass, 1860 by Walt Whitman.
We couldn't go without a stop at the candy shop for some sour watermelons, gummy worms, gummy raspberries, gummy grapefruit slices and an assortment of fudge including Italian cream, rocky road, German chocolate. and caramel pecan.

 Later in the fall Mica left this note for me over the pile of dishes taking up room in both sides of the kitchen sink.  It reads:"Mama Llama- I dirtied most of these dishes, so please let me do them when I get home from work.  I know you have the strength within you to leave them alone.  I believe in you."  Aaaahhhh.... proof that the little fledglings can leave the nest and come back and still take care of themselves and their dishes even after they return to the nest.

And finally we have the summer science experiment also done by Mica.  We were intrigued by the different colors of mold that all grew on the one dish of raspberry/rhubarb cobbler.  We never intended to not finish it-it just got buried and forgotten under papers on the table until it had passed the point of safe consumption.  By then Mica wanted to see what would happen so we took it out (covered) to spend some time out in the summer air on the back patio.  This was the result after a couple of weeks.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Randomness #60: The long term affects on spandex fabric and elastic when exposed to slightly elevated levels of chlorine and other chemicals in water

This is your swimsuit.

This is your swimsuit on chlorine.

Any questions?

And now, some of the top ten public service announcements thanks to TIME:,28804,1920454_1920455_1920449,00.html  The link specifically goes the egg/drugs number but the others are also worth a look.  (Yes, these suits were identical at one time but 5-6 months of swimming takes a toll on the vibrant colors and the elasticity.)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Author #142: A lovely alphabet soup with Scott Gustafson

Join Scott Gustafson in Alphabet Soup: A Feast of Letters for a lovely little romp when otter invites all his friends for a house-warming, soup-making party.  This particular book was published in 1994 and is just one of many examples of Scott's fantastic art.   He just won the Spectrum Grand Master Fantastic Art award for 2015!   See more of his work