Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday: purchase supplies for and plant garden; driving tour of local Showcase of Homes; long walk with Kip; very warm in house - must turn on A/C for first time this year; BD goes fishing; dinner - Subway for me and Chinese take-out for BD; early to bed
Sunday: clean out closets - make a trip to Goodwill Donation Center; grocery store; shoe shopping; watch Nascar and more fishing for BD; try-out new dessert recipe; cross-stitching; Iron Chef America on TV; and listen to rain outside
I mixed the pumpkin and brownie mix together and then spooned the peanut butter on top - used a knife to swirl it into the batter.
It baked for approx 35 minutes at 350.
After baking you are supposed to let it cool, cover with foil, and then chill in fridge for 2 hours. The resident food critic (who is not a fan of fudge) insisted on trying it before it went into the fridge.
He declared it "good but a little pumpkin-y," so I tried a bite, too. It is a little pumpkin-y but not overwhelmingly so - maybe it would be more appropriate for a fall dessert instead of spring. But for only 65 calories, I'm not really complaining.
Edited to add: I realized this morning that I used pumpkin pie filling instead of just pure pumpkin. This is probably the reason why it tastes a little pumpkin-y.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The ponds are catch and release only and have mostly bluegill, crappie, and bass in them. There are also snakes this time of year, which is why BD had to take these pictures himself. I don't mind the bait or the fish, but I don't do snakes.
Kip says, "Sure...go on inside and leave me out here unsupervised. Of course I won't mess with these
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I am starting to see the light at the end of this project. I still have a few more puppies to add around the edges, then some polka-dots, then an outer border, and all the backstitching. WOW - when I put it like that it still sounds like a lot, but I feel like I have a chance of finishing it sometime this century.
There was enough dough for about 10 pretzels, but since this was an initial try I only made four.
They came out really well, except for the part where I cooked them on wax paper instead of parchment paper. Turns out that soft pretzels actually bake TO the wax paper instead of coming off easily. But the tops of the pretzels were delish! A few tweaks to the recipe (more flour in the dough; no wax paper) and I'll definitely make these again.
And here's what it looks like today:
~red: salvia, white: dusty miller, and purple: mexican heather~
Planters on the front steps:
~shrimp plant and creeping jenny~
Window box in the backyard:
~dracena spike and begonias~
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Here's what has popped up in the yard so far this spring:
~ light yellow daffodil ~
~ white daffodils ~