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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!
Nov. 20, 2013 5:39 pm
More and more people are expressing their displeasure at the early Christmas hooha! Four Afghans at once? You will have your hands full for sure. Your cats are more laid back than mine. The girls do not tolerate dogs anywhere near them. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and your friends.
Nov. 21, 2013 12:59 am
BigShotsMom, as the cats have been raised with big dogs, the cats RULE, lol! btw, one of our dogs is a greyhound, so it will be a party of 3 and 1. Grey's were bred from afghan hounds, however, so they are similar in personality. Be well!
Nov. 21, 2013 3:30 am
I hear ya on the sweat pants & long sleeves-I'm the same way. We have a pellet stove installed now, so we will have a comfy winter & no more "frosted" breath on those super cold mornings-Yayy! Have been using the oven more now that it's cooler.
Nov. 21, 2013 4:12 am
hello Stevie, wow for babies at one sounds like you have been busy and staying out of too have decided to NOT stress this year..if we cook it they will be well friend Judy
Nov. 21, 2013 12:47 pm
Hi Stevie, you have been busy with food, dogs, and cats. I have 1 dog and 1 cat and that s quite enough. We now have snow, so our wood stove is burning nicely. My sister is going to her home in Queens Creek for a couple of weeks. I'm tempted to join her, I do hate snow, and like you I do not like the early Christmas stuff. They could wait till after Veterans Day. You have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 21, 2013 5:55 pm
goodeats, My aunt/uncle had a wood burning "Ben Franklin" in their living room for years until house ins. made them remove it! My best is an outside chiminea... I'd love a fire place!
Nov. 21, 2013 5:58 pm
Judy, what's the diff between 2 and 4? Just a little more food, and opening doors more often! Love your line, "If we cook, they will come!" Boy are you right on that one, lol!!! Have a happy holiday!
Nov. 21, 2013 6:07 pm
Manella, I guess I'd thought that your sis lived here (Queens Creek) year round... Let me know if you make it out this way to visit her! Enjoy your wood stove - I'm jealous!
Nov. 22, 2013 7:49 am
Hello Stevie! My backyard is still dirt-we need to landscape it. So , this time of the year the dirt and the mud is tracked in by my family. My dog recently passed away, and I do miss her even her muddy dog feet. Have a Great Thanksgiving. I will be thinking of you when I am cleaning like a crazy woman this weekend getting ready for Thanksgiving.
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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