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Monday, March 2, 2015

mugshot Monday: when cute goes heavy metal!


(new mugs by Gary Rith...bunny and bear wearing pink skull tee shirts winter does some weird sh!t to the creative mind, doesn't it? :)
I LOVE the idea of cute and NOT cute together, which makes it cute and...ironic? Or just cute and HIP?
They are so cheerful.
I am weary of winter.
The wife and I discussed it:
"well, at least we havn't had any of those 1-3 foot of snow storms this winter, knock on wood"
she "there is 3 feet of snow on the ground now!"
"yeah, but it all has come down a few inches at a time...like today, a few more...."

Small consolation, but they say it is gonna warm up for fourth of July....

Sunday, March 1, 2015

time MARCHes on....



There is a birthday around here this week and the wife adores pumpkin pie......
you will recall this is my THRILLINGLY tasty pumpkin pie made with coconut milk and maple syrup with a GF rice flour crust....you also see my grubby old crock pot simmering away....talk about THRILLING! Lentil-sweet potato-curry soup, DANG!****
Have a great Sunday :)


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lentil-sweet potato curry soup for slow cooker (based on this link, click here if you don't trust me)

Turn the crock pot to high.
Toss in a little olive oil, 6 cups broth, 15-16 oz. either canned tomato or diced tomato, a diced onion, 2 cubed sweet potatoes, one cup rinsed and sorted lentils and a ton of spice like curry powder, salt, pepper, paprika, hot sauce etc.  Later add 3-4 cups fresh spinach or about a cup frozen spinach.
Run the crock pot on high until it is bubbling a lot, then low for the rest of the day, 8-10 hours.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

12 below: let's give February its marching orders....



(new vases by Gary Rith)
Yes.  12 below.  ENOUGH of the cold.  Snow and 20s are predicted for the rest of the weekend.  It occurs to me that my southern friends may not know the expression "warm enough to snow".  It means that often temps below 10 degrees f are too cold and dry to snow, but when temps go up to 20, watch out....which is very typical March for us.  Some people have flowers growing, we get snow....

I was dreaming just now, horrible dreams.  In one somebody I knew died of scarlet fever and I had to bury them in snow, knowing full well I might catch it and die next. This was followed by visiting friends at a hospital in Thailand surrounded by jungle...and snakes.  I saw an enormous python slither past, and a small 3 legged piglet started following me around.  When I went to enter the hospital grounds, there were 2 small snakes slithering around the entry and I was terrified and called out for help, waking to the laughter of the people in the hospital accustomed to snakes.  I guess I don't mind the cold and snow so much, in comparison, hmm?  Although in summer we have a wide variety of garden snakes hanging around.....

OK, dig these new vases, good stuff, right????

Friday, February 27, 2015

the wrapup....



(new vases by Gary Rith)

February has had some challenges. We are told Ithaca has had its coldest February on record BUT, even worse, it has been the coldest month on record. EVER! And today and Saturday: still below zero.

As a matter of fact, NO temps have been above freezing all month.  Sunday 3/1 looks better, 30s and snow!  As a professional dog walker I have been frozen like peas since October.

Yesterday we had a terrible shock:  no water.  The well was not getting anything into the house at all.  That is a real "OH SH!T" situation: broken pump, deep down there?  Full of ice??? BURST PIPES????
I spent the morning digging around in the filth, ice, mud of our well head and found it was OK, but the clever heated and insulated box protecting our pipes had been breached.  7 times.  There were 7 little mouse holes into what would be a warm space for them to spend the winter, but which allowed the below zero temps to blow on our pipes.

It was all pretty terrifying and frustrating.    I didn't know what to do to get water, which is scary, but I had to do something, so filled the mouse holes. Apparently this allowed the warm air in the pipe box to work, and suddenly there was water. No problems at all... you hear that mice can eat your wires and cause a fire, but they can do other destructive things too, right?

The wife sent the first quote.
I thought about it for a second and wrote the reply.  Have a great weekend!
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

looking back....throw back Thursday!



1988!  I was 22 and a grad student in special education at University of Illinois-Chicago.  I didn't learn ANYTHING (until I graduated and started teaching blind students...THEN I learned something) but I did meet my wife.  In the open ceramics studio.  Which had nothing to do with my program, but is a whole lot more important, hmmm?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

homegrown!




I have early stage glaucoma and I s'pose I could apply for a medical maryjane card...but that is not how I chill out, even if it is a proven treatment for my eyes. Not interested in THAT sort of homegrown.... plus everybody knows I kill most every plant I grow.
Well, imagine MY SURPRISE that last summer's porch basil is still growing.  I am slowly killing the oregano, per usual, but the basil is not too bad...

SO when Lori posted a recipe Monday for pesto noodles with tomato and broccoli...which I had just gotten at the store....I made it right away and it is thrillingly tasty.  Simple too, just boil noodles, toss in broccoli, etc...that is about IT. And so summery!  It was the coldest ickiest day of the winter, around 20 below, in the coldest ickiest February ....



Lemon pesto noodles with broccoli and tomato
Ingredients:

8 ounces whole wheat penne
2 cups broccoli cut into florets
1 cup oven roasted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup pesto
¼ cup feta cheese
juice of ½ lemon
fresh basil, cut into ribbons 

Directions:

Cook the penne according to package directions. Add the broccoli to the pot of boiling water for the last 2 minutes of cooking. It will turn bright green. Drain and return to the pan over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic to the pan with the pasta and broccoli; sauté 1-2 minutes. Add the pesto, half of the feta, and the lemon juice. Toss in the pan until well combined. Remove from heat and add the basil. Sprinkle with remaining feta before serving. 

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I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.