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New Recipe: Caramel Corn

I’ve gotten a couple requests for my caramel corn recipe this week, so I just added it to the recipe book .

I’ve also been asked about my pumpkin fruit dip: a can of pumpkin, 8oz cream cheese, and sweeten (powdered sugar or your favorite sugar substitute) and spice (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg… pumpkin pie spices) to taste. The official recipe calls for a cup of powdered sugar, but it really doesn’t need that much. I have a bunch left over from the party, and I’m thinking about adding a couple eggs and baking it as a cheesecake. Should work.

Bills are finally paid!

I finally paid the last of the medical bills today! And to think it only took 5 months (well, tomorrow would be 5 months) It’s a relief to not have that hanging over our heads anymore. Now we can allocate our money toward fun things like finishing the roof and fixing the car.

Rant: bitter envelope paste

Okay, so we have stacks of medical bills piling up from my pregnancy and miscarriage. I’m finally paying a few of them today, and I have a bone to pick with the medical billing people: can’t you please purchase return envelopes with decent tasting paste? I’m not asking for anything gourmet, but paying the bills is painful enough without exacerbating the situation with nasty bitter paste. I’ve just sealed three envelopes (Southwest Health Center, Madison Radiologists and Associated Pathologists - yeah, I’m naming names!) and they all had the same foul taste, and I’m left with that charming taste in my mouth! I know there are tasty envelopes out there, so if anybody out there is in a position to supply such things, please give it a little more consideration.

New Recipe: Rhubarb Crunch

I made Rhubarb Crunch for fellowship this morning, and got some requests for the recipe. So it's in my recipe book now.
The recipe is from Joe's grandmother, Gert Tennies. Joe's not a big fan of rhubarb, but after he heard it was her recipe, he gave it a shot and liked it. That woman really knew her desserts!

Trip to Chicago etc

My shopping bounty!

I went to Woodridge, IL last Sunday for Wilton’s annual tent sale. For those of you who’ve never been there, Imagine a tent about the size of a gymnasium…. (I’m talking a full basketball court with lots of room on the ends and sidelines. Now add long rows of banquet tables going the long way, leaving aisles just wide enough for three shopping carts. Pile the tables high with Wilton, Copco, and other kitchen-y type products but save most of an aisle for picture frames. Mark everything down at least 50% off retail prices (not just clearance items) and add about three billion people, a few of whom are always going against the flow of traffic.

Anyway, Heather and I went down together, and even going through the sale fairly quickly, we were there over 2 hours. We were able to get most of what we needed, and some things we didn’t! I’m now the proud owner of a complete set of cupcake trees, which will have their debut with Adam and Allie’s wedding cupcakes in a few weeks. I also got a set of tart pans, some candy making supplies, and misc. other stuff.

We took my new car, and I was glad to have something small and maneuverable while I was navigating the parking lot down there — and I was glad to have cruise for the 6 hours on the freeway! And I finally got a chance to use the rear windshield wiper! (First car I’ve ever had that has one of those — humor me) Good weekend, though.

Beware this herbivore...

Do not attempt to apprehend yourself...

Aliases: Bugs, Buster, that %$&*(@ rabbit!

Last seen: our backyard

Cute Habits: uprooting dandelions and eating up the stem to the calyx, cartoon-style

Bad Habits: eating our hollyhocks, kohlrabi, broccoli and cauliflower plants

Deterrents: Liquid Fence (hopefully). It stinks, but if it works, I’ll make a point to mention it on here later.

After spending a Friday afternoon planting, we woke up Sunday to lots of bare stems. The hollyhock (or is the singular form also hollyhocks…) was down to stubble (and stayed that way for a week). On my way back from Madison this past Friday, I stopped at Cushman’s Greenhouse in Belmont (the place we bought the original plants) and replaced the vegetables. I was told the hollyhock would come back, but got another one anyway. So our flower garden is getting pretty full. I’ll be putting up a garden gallery on here shortly.

Pencil in a new due date...

So I went to the doctor to start my OB visits today… Supposedly 11 weeks 6 days along. They couldn’t find a heartbeat (other than mine) so the doc ordered an ultrasound. Turns out I’m 5 weeks 6 days along, with a due date of November 1.

pregnancy week by week
So this might put a crimp in the Christmas Cartoon party plans…

Quilt Design

Well, I’ve finally laid out the design for my quilt, which you can see here. I used Dia for the layout, which was pretty awkward. However, I think with some work, it could turn into a nice open source quilt design tool. I’ll have to look into that. The question is how many quilters are out there who use Linux…

A couple problems with using it as-is:

  • you can’t just enter dimensions for an object… you have to drag corners
  • no easy way to extend a pattern over a given area
  • no tool (at least not that I readily saw) to design components sheets (for basic shapes/blocks) Creating a Quilt Block sheet where you could select a particular block and easily size it (preferably with a “new project setting asking about default block size) would really help

Dia is similar to Visio, and as I recall, Visio had a way of designing components, so possibly a block designer could be a separate part of the program…

Lots of new pictures

Octopus, anyone?

Lately I’ve been in the mood to get my life organized, and it’s carrying over into my online presence.

Among other updates, I’ve added LOTS of pictures to the image galleries (mostly cakes).

Joe was laughing at me taking pictures of food (corn dog muffins, gingersnaps). So I decided to document his lunch. And honestly, after having good homemade macaroni and cheese last weekend, the box stuff just wasn’t as satisfying as it usually is. (Mom’s waited 20-some years for me to get to this point!) So I think I just might stick with the homemade variety. Don’t worry. I’ll still add octopi!

Corn Dog Muffins

Corn Dog Muffins

It sounded ingenious.

I really like corn dogs.

I like corn muffins.

I like hot dogs (well… most of the time, and as long as I don’t have them too often).

So when I stumbled across a recipe for Corn Dog Muffins, it sounded perfect! Basically, you mix up two packets of cornbread mix, a cup of milk, two eggs, and a little brown sugar. Then you add a can of drained corn and five chopped up hot dogs. Pour in muffin tins and about 15 minutes later, you pull 1.5 doz lovely corn dog muffins from your 400 degree oven. Sounds perfect, right?

Well, normally I just spray my muffin tins instead of using paper cups. With these, most of them had issues coming out of the pan, so muffin cups would’ve been the way to go. Secondly, I like condiments on my ‘dogs… I tried adding ketchup to the muffins, but I couldn’t really get the quantities balanced, so I ate them dry. They were crumbly (hello… they ARE corn muffins!) but the corn helped them from being too dry, since it just seemed a little weird to butter it.

Well… final verdict: I was pretty disappointed, so unless Joe or Patrick specifically request these, I won’t bother making them again. We polished them off, but they weren’t nearly as satisfying as I had hoped. Oh well. It was worth a try!

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