Sleeeeeeeeeeeepy! I'm sleeeeepy, and I really need to be focusing more on what I need to do to get the hell out of Dodge, twice. It's fairly obvious that I function best when I'm under pressure, so I think I'll just put the packing off until the very last minute, which'll probably work for trip #1, but considering I have to celebrate GOL-DARN CHRISTMAS with the family only moments after we get back from said trip #1 (leaving zero time to do laundry), *and* having a wee bit o surgery the next day (with a lovely sea weed wrap beforehand...so don't pity me), and then leaving for 4 days of (work) camp the following day... when O when will I get time to pack for trip #2? If it weren't for this stinkin holiday that I feel obligated to "celebrate" (as if eating fattening foods and seeing family members in an identical fashion to every holiday or birthday that comes around constitutes "celebration"... how about setting something on fire, a 'la "Burning Man", or blowing something up for a change? What about setting off fireworks, or for the love of mike just singing drunken showtunes... *anything* has to be better than standing around paying homage to the Season 'o the Flabby Ass we're *really* celebrating....) I'd have plenty of time for household unpleasantries. Anyhoo, I'm sickly and crabby and need another nap. In the meantime, enjoy this public service announcement:
3 Ways My Life Might Just Suck More Than Yours Right Now:
1) We're going to an $$ waterpark for Christmas this weekend, and my period is scheduled to arrive any day now. And I have a cold. Boo. 2) I just found out today that not only am I going to have surgery next week (the day before I head to camp), but a root canal the following week (and have a cavity that needs filling), and am likely due for an MRI and arthroscopic knee procedure. The last 2, of course, could only be scheduled after the first of the year, AFTER I already paid my premiums for 2007. Argh!
3) Both the cat AND the puppy have tapeworms (uh, because the puppy likes to eat "kitty snacks"). I found this out after finding the nasty evidence all over my BED. Ack!
Santa done brought us them new stairs for the trailer this year. Ain't they nice? An' lookit how big Daisy is gettin! Gracy weren't in the picture 'cause she's workin' a double at the WalMart an' Jacob's doin another run in juvie, but his p.o. sez if he stops settin them fires he'll be out real soon. We're as proud as can be! Marry Christmas, ya'll!
Now, I am by no means a political person; I gave that a whirl waaaaay back in my pre-voting days, and I failed miserably (I even had the misfortune of campaigning for an appalling dink of a candidate whoshallremainnameless...). But this political ad shows chutzpah, huevos if you will. And it made me laugh, which is just the opposite of the "I'd rather stab myself in the eye than watch more of this crap" sort of sensation I usually feel when I make the mistake of turning on the telly in an election year:
Don't get me wrong, tho. I can't imagine this is enough to convince me to actually VOTE for the guy.... but still, *anybody* but Hillary. That woman frightens me.
Ask, and you shall receive (all things in life should be so gratifying!)
4 cups mashed sweet potatoes (if using a canned variety with syrup, make sure to drain them and use less sugar. I use fresh, bake them until squashy, and mash them in the mixer) 1/4 cup white sugar (+ or minus to taste) 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 tsp finely chopped ginger (or 1/2 tsp powdered) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp nutmeg(all spices to taste) 4 eggs, beaten 1 cup heavy cream (or the milk of your choice) Topping:1/2 stick (real) butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch slices 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chopped pecans DIRECTIONS Butter one 2 quart casserole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs and cream. Blend well, and spread evenly in casserole dish. Prepare the topping by using a pastry cutter or 2 knives to mix the butter, brown sugar and flour into a crumble. Mix in pecans, and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake for 30 minutes to an hour in the preheated oven (depending on the size of your dish-- mine was small and packed full, so it took longer).
1 cup flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbs packed light brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup mashed sweet potato (one small) 3 tbs melted butter 1/4 cup milk 2 tbs finely chopped crystallized ginger 2 tbs chopped pecans
Grease 9 muffin tins of a 12 cup tin. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients, stir well. In another bowl, blend egg, sweet potato, butter, and milk. Blend well. Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing gently. Stir in ginger and pecans. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Fill the 3 empty cups half full with water. Bake muffins 18 minutes or until golden. Cool muffins in tin on rack 5 minutes. Remove, and cool completely.
June 24: white asters (fleabane), delphiniums, astilbes, campanula blue clips, more echinaceas, rudbeckias starting in prairie, TONS of asclepias in prairie (where did it come from?!?) Harvested 3 gallon bags of salad greens, a pan fill of small to medium sized beets (chopped the greens for salad), sno peas. Sprinkled datura and zinnia seeds throughout gardens-- planted a blueberry bush in strawberry patch (strawberries almost done! We got about 15 # total of strawberries!)
June 16: Alaskan daisies, Jackmanii Clematis, sweet peas. Planted 3 lupines, 3 yarrow, 3 columbine, and a columbine today.
June 7: coreopsis, gaillardia, chicory, oenothera, crown vetch, one echinacea in prairie opened, tritoma (knifofia?) opening, peas are forming, rose campion starting, calla lilies fully open
June 4: pea blossoms bloomed a few days ago, peonies about done (thanks to the rain), lupines bloomed a week ago, bell flowers opened, day lilies (stella d'oro) opened
May 31: penstemon opened sometime last week, peonies opened fully today, filipendula opening, all flowers from 5/29 still blooming; seedlings planted 5/24 all sprouted
May 23: Nepeta just opening, dicendra, new anemones, lilacs are done, irises opened yesterday, yarrow, veronica (ugly!), chives. Some clematis, dianthus, heucheria (last week), thrift, geranium, flax(last week) columbine. Salad greens/baby spinach ready to harvest
May 11: Crabtrees! Dicendra, lilacs just starting, strawberries!
April 24: tulips, muscari,pulmonaria, anemones
April 15: Daffodils are coming back, and the later blooming varities are getting started Tulips are coming up, but I hope they're at least a couple weeks away Anemones are blooming (blanda bulbs and multifida Anabella plants) Scilla, arabis Alpina Snocap