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Playing catch-up [Aug. 25th, 2006|05:26 pm]

I seriously need to make note of stuff I want to blog about, because I swear I cannot remember anything for more than ten minutes. I know yesterday I had at least three different things I wanted to say, but then the news about Pluto just chased them out of my head completely. And, on a side note, I am both gratified and mystified to find that so many shared my distress at the news. I mean, who knew?

Today I had a lot on my to-do list, and didn't really do much of it. But, the kitchen is clean, the floors are all swept, the rugs vacuumed, the bathroom rugs are in the drier, a load of towels is waiting patiently to be folded, the den is picked up, the multitude of pipe cleaners that have been twisting their way around the floor have been herded back into their container, and a chicken is boiling on the stove. Not too shabby, I suppose, given that I got something of a late start.

I also got to have a nice leisurely lunch at La Madeline with one of my very few real (as opposed to virtual) friends. Tomato basil soup, seven grain bread, half a chicken cordon bleu sandwich, and a side of pesto pasta salad. And then I was really, really bad and had a caramel cream puff and hazelnut latte for dessert. But I also haven't snacked at all today, and only had a piece of bread with peanut butter for breakfast, so I figure if I eat nothing but leafy greens for the next three days it should all even out. Oh, but there's that whole chicken-on-the-stove thing, which means chicken and dumplings for dinner, so I guess I'm doomed.

I also went shopping with my mom to find fabric to make The Boy a valance for his windows. My mother suggested yesterday that we go today, and also offered to make them if we found the fabric. Translated from MomSpeak, this means, "I know you are totally incompetent and a notorious procrastinator, and unless I take charge and do this for you it will never get it done." Which is annoying, but only because it's true.

So, we traipsed off to Interior Fabrics, which is like, my favorite store ever, but much to my dismay they didn't have anything suitable. If The Boy was not The Boy but was instead Third Daughter, we could have sprained our brains trying to pick from the bazillion adorable choices. It didn't help matters that The Boy had some definite ideas about what he wanted, as well.

In the end, we went across the street to SunnyRoads and found a windowpane blue and yellow check that is not at all what I had in mind but will be cute, and certainly cuter than what he has now, which is nothing.

And now, it's make-the-dumplings-time.


From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-26 12:09 pm (UTC)
Ok, your doing the son's windows and yet...the blinds probably are still sitting in package patiently waiting to cover your windows? Can mom hang them too cause I might want to call her for you. I know...annoying..but for whatever reason that we may never understand...your unhung blinds is getting to me!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-26 12:10 pm (UTC)

that was misty (not bay) btw!

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-08-27 05:04 am (UTC)
You know, I was going to hang them today, but then got invited unexpectedly to a friend's house, which turned into an all-day thing.

At this point, I think even if I hang them I won't tell you, just because I know it's driving you crazy.
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From: misty_bay
2006-08-27 04:22 pm (UTC)


I'd appreciate that because it's really starting to annoy me as well, LOL!

Not the procrastination thing, I'm very good at that, but the nothing being on the window. It's like a big eye looking at you with not even a valance on it. Bare windows give me heeby jeebies.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-08-27 04:55 pm (UTC)

Would it make you feel better

To know there is a big bush in front of the window, and a valance? And that it's the window off to the side wall where the TV is, so no one is ever really directly in front of it?
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2006-08-26 06:27 pm (UTC)
Dumplings? Is this recipe on the website?


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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-08-27 05:03 am (UTC)
Ha! The only recipe for this is on the Bisquick box. But I do boil the chicken with lots of herbs and garlic to give it flavor. I like the Garlic & Herb stuff and use fresh rosemary if I have it. This time I didn't have rosemary (my bush died in the heat, although oddly the basil survived) so I used some Herbs du Provence and a bay leaf.

Do this, more or less: empty the cavity of a whole chiken and rinse well. Place in stockpot legs up and fill with water to cover the chicken at least 2/3 of the way. Add lots of herbs, cover and boil for at least an hour. Remove the chicken (it will probably fall apart) to a plate to cool a bit. Skim any scum off the broth and pot, pick the meat off the chicken and put it back in the pot. Add a cup or so of water back to the pot. Bring to a full boil. In a bowl, add 1 cup milk to 3 cups bisquick and mix with a fork. Drop by big glops into the broth. Boil 10 minutes uncovered, then cover, lower the heat, and simmer 10 more minutes. If your family really likes dumplings, you can divide the broth between two pots and make twice the dumplings.
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From: blissonbliss
2006-08-27 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yummy. Thank you! That would make a perfect Sunday night dinner.
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From: misty_bay
2006-08-28 01:23 am (UTC)

That sounds sooooo good!

And there is a knock-down-drag-out brawl on dumplin' night here in the Bergin home. We all LOVE them.
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