Can it Be?
Nov. 20, 2013 12:48 pm
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 7:49 am
TEN DAYS since my last post? Whatever have I been up to, keeping me away...? Well, I'm not sure I have the answer to that question, as I certainly have not been cleaning up Casa de Crazy for the upcoming gathering! The floors are littered with yard
debris and dirt, along with puppy footprints leading away from the water bowls.
Monday, our friend Audie brought over her younger Afghan hound, while his daddy went to the vet for an accupuncture treatment. Afterwards, the house was ravaged by the 4 large dogs, three of which have the hugest feet I've ever seen on a dog. Off the top
of my head I'd guess that the boys weigh a total of about 300lbs, to give a little perspective. This was sort of a practice run, as 4 days between Christmas and NY Eve, I/we will be dog sitting Audie's two boys, which shouldn't be much of a difference, except
that I'll have to cook for the 4 of them daily, and feed our boys a different kibble - Bablu has food allergies, and can't eat chicken anything... Audie will, of course, provide beef and her brand of kibble, and ours will get used to eating twice daily, rather
than one large noontime meal... Feh! No problem whatsoever! The kitties weren't too pleased, but they will soon get used to Bablu and Devin, as dogs do not intimidate the cats!
Meanwhile, I've been preparing we humans some comfort food, despite it being only in the low 70's by day... for me, that's borderline "chilly" and requires sweat pants and long sleeves most of the day... It began one afternoon with a sky of gray clouds, and
a bit of a breeze, when I decided to make a pot of beef stew. Rather than drag out the slow cooker, I opted to try a dutch oven on stove-top, as the added heat wouldn't be an issue, for a change! I also did something I've not done for 20 years - I followed
a recipe! Had to omit celery, however, as the frige was bare. Did I enjoy it? I've eaten the whole batch, with the exception of one serving! A few days later, I put together a chicken pot pie, made with thigh meat which I'd simmered all afternoon, peas
and potatoes with a gravy (that refused to thicken as I'd wanted...) made from the cooking broth. Still, it was just as good second time around as the first... two more servings left, I believe.
Yesterday, I learned an important lesson, or should I say was "reminded" that one must
carefully read directions... I'd swear that the recipe called for 1/4 cup water, but the "dough" turned out like cornmeal, rather than a dough! With the magnifying glass this morning I could barely make out a "3" rather than a "1" - LOL! As mum
used to say, "blind in one eye, and can't see out of the other!" I'm guessing the missing 1/2 cup water made a "bit" of a difference! Perhaps this afternoon, when I add the missing water, the dough will turn out, and we might just have deep dish pizza tonight...
If not, there's always a plan B, just don't have that sorted out at this point in time!
So, the bad weather missed us yesterday... it was sunny but coolish. Today a little cooler and overcast - another comfort food day... I do so hope that the inclement weather in the midwest has been little more than an incovenience! I'm terrified of tornadoes,
which coupled with my hatred of snow, are the reasons I became a desert rat so many years ago!
I am looking forward to the holidays this year, despite the last minute request to host Thanksgiving, but at least I'm off the hook for Christmas. I am refusing to stress this year! As long as the floors are swept and all of the junk is piled on the "spare"
table in the dining room, so be it! Well, I might put the sewing machine away, along with all of it's paraphanalia - I think I've got room in the one closet for it to go "home." I sure wish "Christmas" would be put on hold at least until AFTER Thanksgiving!
I'm already tired of tv commercials, and movies! I was not consulted on this though, so guess I'll just have to ignore as best I can.
As the holidays approach, I hope that all of your crazy kitchens hummm along without a hitch! Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!