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July 21st, 2010

10:30 pm - retroactive meal planning :)
+ Dinner Sunday: Skillet Pastitsio from Cooking for Two 2010, peas, and Parmesan herb bread.

- Dinner Monday: Grilled salmon, grilled corn on the cob from the farmers market, and garlic bread. Sounds good, right? This meal was a total bust. The corn was either too old (I bought it Saturday), or not sweet to begin with, or we overcooked it, or...something. The salmon wasn't getting done on the grill, so Bear put it in the oven for a few minutes, and then it was about a minute overcooked. The garlic bread was good. It was storebought. :p

+ Dinner Tuesday: Burgers and fries at Earth Fare before going to Target for a baby gate, which won't fit at the bottom of our stairs because of the stupid baseboard. And if I move it above the baseboard, it hits the banister. Sigh.

- (Oh, if you're not friends with me on Facebook, you missed that yesterday, I couldn't hear Rowan [always a bad sign], so I went to look for her, and I couldn't find her. She was upstairs! By herself! Aaah!)

+ Dinner today (Wednesday): Corn chowder and Parmesan herb bread. The corn was a heckuva lot better in chowder than it was on the cob. I pulled out the recipe I used in high school, but I tried not to make enough to feed eight. :) It's really easy: onions from the farmers market, celery, carrots, half of a red bell pepper from the farmers market, olive oil, chicken broth and water, leftover corn (we had three ears), a pound of small red potatoes, and once the potatoes were soft, I added some heavy cream. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, Old Bay, and thyme.

Dinner tomorrow: The plan is to get chicken sandwiches and milkshakes from Chic-fil-A. I know, not healthy or kind to animals, nor will it use up anything in the fridge. But it sure sounds good.

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July 18th, 2010

11:07 pm - baking
At Lowes Foods Bear saw some lemon cupcakes on sale. I told him I didn't want to buy them, but I'd make him some cupcakes if he really needed them. :p I found a recipe for Lemon Cream Cupcakes at Allrecipes, and they're in the oven now. I made the whole batch (30 cupcakes!) but I can freeze some, or feed some to playgroup on Thursday, or both.

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July 17th, 2010

08:22 pm - ranty rant
Time-Warner cable sucks. I know that this is not news. However.

We canceled our cable and were going to pay for networks only (about $10/month), but of course T-W wanted us back as customers, so we're getting cable again, but we'll be saving about $40/month over what we were paying before.

Bear made an appointment for the tech to come out today (Saturday) between 5 and 7 p.m. Rowan took a nap, and then we were going to go out for an early dinner and be home by 5 p.m. But at 4:30 I got a call from a woman at T-W saying that the tech was running very VERY late and wouldn't be at our house till after 7 p.m. So we decided to go to the grocery store while we were out.

You know where this is going, right?

At 5:18 p.m. I got a phone call from a different woman at T-W saying that the tech was at our house, and were we home? Um. No.

The woman on the phone this time was reasonably intelligent and apologetic. Basically, she couldn't figure out why we'd been told the tech was running so SO late, because the techs all get off work at 7 p.m. Sigh. So since we were in the middle of the store, and 20 minutes from home at that, we had to reschedule for tomorrow. I said, "So if I get a phone call saying the tech is running late, I don't believe it, right?"

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June 21st, 2010

09:17 pm - blueberry coffee cake
Blueberry-Cardamom Coffeecake from Entertaining for a Veggie Planet

*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
*Make the topping: Combine in a small bowl 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix well. Set aside.
*Cream together in a large bowl 1 1/2 sticks/3/4 cup/6 ounces softened unsalted butter with 1 cup granulated sugar. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Set aside.
*In another bowl, whisk together 2 cups unbleached white flour and 1 teaspoon EACH baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cardamom.
*Measure 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour mixture into another bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries and toss to combine. Set aside.
*Measure out 1 cup sour cream. (I used Trader Joe's organic plain whole milk yogurt.)
*Add one-third of the blueberry-free flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix, followed by half of the sour cream, another third of the flour, the other half of the sour cream, and the final third of the flour. Fold in the blueberries.
*Spread the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle the topping evenly over the top.
*Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. (In my oven, it only took 30 minutes.) Serve warm or at room temperature.

This is the Best. Coffeecake. Ever. You must try it. :)

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June 15th, 2010

02:20 pm
I know I have several people on my friends list who have spouses or children with ADD/ADHD. bubblesbrnaid linked a great article, and I wanted to pass it on.

Also, I wanted to say that living with bipolar disorder can feel very similar to the "affected brain" diagram in the article: Being unable to filter any of many sensory inputs can be overwhelming.

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May 30th, 2010

10:34 pm - so true
This Baby Blues strip made Bear and me both laugh out loud.
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May 11th, 2010

03:50 pm - baby food
Today for lunch, Rowan ate some hot dog (nitrate-free, made from grass-fed beef--and yes, I cut it in un-choke-able pieces!), some corn bread (homemade), and some cottage cheese (organic).

Why yes, we are low on groceries. :p
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May 8th, 2010

06:07 pm
Mother of the year here. Rowan was playing on the floor of our bedroom and chewed the button off one of my slippers. I caught it just as the button was going in her mouth. And then I found a quarter on the floor, too. Geez.

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May 6th, 2010

01:19 pm - disaster movie
I think the news footage from 2010 so far could be used as the opening scenes of a disaster movie: Earthquakes in Haiti! Oil spill in the Gulf! Flooding in Tennessee!

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May 4th, 2010

02:08 pm - flooding
Bear's mom had e-mailed him a photo of Millington, Tennessee, where he grew up; it was almost completely underwater. It was just a picture, to me; I didn't grow up there and couldn't even make sense of what landmarks were visible in the photo. But looking at the flooding in Nashville? That's hard. There are a couple of slideshows at The Tennessean's website, but I could only get them to work in Internet Explorer.

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