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I got back out to pick up pears, so we cleaned half a bucket of them, and I put the bits in a crockpot to cook into pie filling.  :D
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Today is warm, partly cloudy, and muggy.  We went out to the orchard and removed many many field weeds from under the pear tree.  It is a bumper year for pears, they are all over the ground already, with plenty left overhead.  If I have the energy, I'll go back out later and pick up a bucket of them to make pie filling. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Wolves and Dogs
Review: Skyr
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Downtime"
Poem: "For Whose Sake"
Thursday Yardening
Good News


This week there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 25 new verses.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations and is now complete.  Read about family in adverse conditions.

Weather has been mild and mostly sunny.  It rained yesterday!  :D  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.
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Today has been warm and muggy.  We finally got some rain!  \o/  There will be more chances later in the week, too.

I had to go out and reposition flowerpots that fell over.  Again.  I moved some around and maybe that'll help hold them up. 
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Last time we went to Harvest Market, we picked up a carton of skyr, which is Viking-style cultured milk.  It is similar to yogurt, but not quite the same thing.  It doesn't smooth out when stirred, but tends to stay chunky, not my favorite thing.  It is the sourest yogurt relative I have tasted.  :P  There are notes strongly similar to sour cream and cream cheese.  I do not like it at all for eating by itself.  However, it could make an excellent ingredient, for example in cream cheese or pastries.  For people who dislike sweet things and find regular yogurt too insipid, try this.
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Today is cool and mostly sunny.  I trimmed some weeds around the forest garden and Doug helped me set up the new birdfeeder.  Then I filled that one, the hopper feeder, and the fly-through feeder. 
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Today was mild and mostly sunny.  I went out and watered plants.  We got a little rain but it hasn't helped much. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Gifts That Move"
Decoding the Voynich Manuscript
Poem: "The Choices That Make Families"
Poem: "Even for an Old Soul"
Art Imitates Life: Skin Color in Video Game
Emotional Trauma Care in Houston
Poem: "Accommodating Celebrations"
Poem: "Eddies"
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things
Poem: "Revontulet"


Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well.  I am still posting some of the poems sponsored by my parents.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 30 new verses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations.

Weather has been mild and mostly sunny.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum. 
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Today is partly cloudy, breezy, and cool.  I went outside and watered plants. 
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Doug cooks on fishbowl nights.  Usually it's something simple like lox, eggs, and onions.

Tonight he is making the chicken makhani.  He asked me to help find the cornstarch.  I went into the kitchen and aaaaaa it smells so good!  I just want to stand there and smell it but then I would be in the way and not get any work done.

But it smells soooooooo yummmmmy. :P''''''

And now I am starving

EDIT 9/5/17: It tasted as good as it smelled.  :D

Chorizo

Sep. 4th, 2017 06:05 pm
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So we bought this chorizo at the Mexican meat market recently.  This stuff is like tear gas, it gives off a miasma, it has so much red pepper in it that Doug had a hard time telling when it was cooked because the browning was invisible.  Some people like this sort of thing.

This evening I opened up the jalapenos and made stuffing, which included some of the chorizo.  As I was scooping that into a bowl, the fairies grabbed the spoon and dumped some on the floor.

Then I heard "Hot! Hot! Hot!"

And then "AAAAAAA!  EEEEEEE!  AAAAAAA!" as they ran screaming from the room.

ROTFLMAO.  I bet my drop rate in the kitchen goes down to nothing for months.
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Today is mostly cloudy, breezy, and rather warm.  I picked up sticks along the south side of the driveway and dumped the trolley in the firepit. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Ladiesbingo Card 9-3-17
New Crowdfunding Project: "Mine"
Poem: "The Sum of Her Parts"
Poem: "Pebbles in the Path"
Today's Adventures
Graffiti from Pompeii
Pirate Fest Bingo Card 9-1-17
Musical Hat Draw: "Stars"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 15, 2017
Unsold Poetry for the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Dal Makhani
Cuddle Party


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 5 with a theme of "families of choice."  Mark your calendars and come give me prompts tomorrow!

Currently we have four poems in microfunding, so there's no slot open for the Tuesday fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie is intrigued and a little embarrassed by Ron's caregiving skills.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations.

Weather has been cool and sunny.  We're getting some yardwork done.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, echinacea, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.  I need to set up my new birdfeeder and start filling the old ones.
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We went to the Cheese Festival in Arthur today. Didn't look like much of a shopping fair at first, but we found some great stuff later on. My corn dog was meh, but the funnel cake was quite good, and so were the shakeups. The weather was gorgeous too, mostly sunny and cool. Show is still on Sunday if anyone wants to go.

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Today was warm and partly sunny.

I went out and took pictures.   Sawtooth sunflowers, some new asters in the prairie garden, the purple and the pink sedum are blooming.  :D  Also there are pears all over the pear tree.  I saw a preying mantis feeding on a butterfly, and a couple of grasshoppers humping.  Sometimes it's all about perspective -- I didn't see the mantis or grasshoppers until I crouched down to photograph the colorful wing of the butterfly.

Later I went back out and watered plants.  It's dry here.  Someone mentioned online that the wetland at our local nature center is all dried up.  :(
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Doug finished making the dal makhani today.  It's a little wetter than ideal -- beans can be tricky to cook -- but quite tasty.  Also it's kind of a pink color, rather than the darker reddish-brown I've often seen in restaurants.  This may be due to using fresh tomato puree or who knows what other reason.  We got one large container, four medium ones, and the bowl that Doug bailed out to eat immediately, which is a pretty good quantity.  \o/  Success!

Later this week we plan to shop for the chicken makhani ingredients and test that. 
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Today we did Doug's kitchen projects with the tomatoes.  

1) We figured out how many tomatoes would be needed for the pico de gallo, then set those aside.

2) I looked up recipes for other types of makhani besides dal makhani.  It also comes in chicken, lamb, pork, and paneer (a type of Indian cheese) flavors.  Most of those use 1 cup of tomato puree, while the pork uses 1 1/2 cups.

3) We scalded, chopped, and pureed the remaining tomatoes.  We poured off 18 oz. for a double batch of dal makhani, which we stashed in the fridge to make the dal makhani tomorrow.  (It takes a long time to cook in a crockpot.)  Then we potted up another 18 oz carton, three 1-cup cartons, and an extra 1/2 cup carton for the freezer.  That will let us make another batch of dal makhani later, as well as testing three different flavors of new makhani recipes -- including the pork, which will use up that extra 1/2 cup.  This method of puree is very efficient and much less work than the other recipes, so if it proves to work well in recipes, we will probably keep it in mind for future opportunities to obtain mass quantities of tomatoes.

We have now processed 25 pounds of fresh tomatoes with two people in less than one week.  \o/   This was a ton of work, right at the edge of our ability, so it got kind of hairy in places.  I'm not sure I'd want to do it again.  However, if the puree pans out, that's a lot less work and would give us more flexibility.

Tomorrow is slated for making dal makhani.  We have also written down ingredients to purchase for the chicken makhani, so that we can test that next week.  :D

Yay.  Yay.  *goflopnow*
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Artists Selling Direct
Cooking Day
Today's Adventures
Saturday Yardening
Recipe: "Cutie Joes"
Cherry Tomatoes
Today's Adventures
Wednesday Yardening
Good News


It's been a super busy week here. We saw the eclipse in Chester, Illinois. We bought a 25-pound box of tomatoes and have been cooking up the produce. :D

Next Tuesday there will be a Poetry Fishbowl on "Families of Choice."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 14 new verses.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 11 new verses.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 11 new verses.  Kenzie is intrigued and a little embarrassed by Ron's caregiving skills.

Weather has been warm to hot here.  We got a little rain last night.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, thistle, sawtooth sunflowers.  
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Today is a cooking day.  We are making Italian sausage spaghetti sauce in two related but not identical batches.  The larger one will have cherry tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes, and two pounds of mild Italian sausage.  The smaller one will have all beefsteak tomatoes and one pound of hot Italian sausage.  This is a lot more complicated than buying one smaller batch of stuff for one specific recipe, because we've bought bunches of different stuff in different places.  So for instance I didn't initially plan on using cherry tomatoes (the goal of spaghetti sauce was to use up the giant box of beefsteaks) but when Doug pointed them out at the farmer's market we bought 2 pints because the last batch was so yummy.  Then we bought more Italian sausage, but realized later it wasn't the exact same flavor.  We'll figure it out, though.  We spent the early afternoon chopping all the veggies to put them into two crockpots.

The house is starting to smell yummy.
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We went to the farmer's market.  It was a beautiful day to be out and about.  :D  Sadly they did not have either of the meats we went looking for.  We did get another onion and a couple pints of mixed cherry tomatoes.  

At Common Ground we found cilantro, an acorn squash, heavy cream, and some other stuff we need for various recipes.  

We went to World Harvest for spices, urad dal (a kind of tiny black bean), and so forth.  They had their tasting board out, which turned us  on to a very nice smoked gouda cheese and their bulk truffle-infused olive oil.  \o/  To me, truffle has a very loud smell and taste, and I love the stuff.  So I bought a bottle.  They're selling it by the pound; I got a little over $10 worth, which should last a long time.

We dropped by Dallas & Company, chatted with our friend Andy, and bought some magic supplies.  

There are still loads of tomatoes left.  Doug is planning to make pico de gallo and dal makhani.  I still have the spaghetti sauce planned.  We went to Wal-Mart and bought 2 more pounds of Italian sausage, and had a talk about adding peppercorns and crushed red pepper to zip it up a bit more.  I also went looking for more small freezer containers, but I don't really like the ones currently available.  However, I found some very nice freezer-safe sandwich holders which are small and flat.  If these work well, I will probably go back and stock up on those while I can.

Tomorrow is planned as a cooking day again.

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