Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One Where Kip Sits Like a Lady

FINALLY all of those etiquette classes are paying off!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend Wrap-up

Friday night: home from work late; Mexican pizza (seasoned ground beef, fat-free refried beans, mexican-blend shredded cheese, lettuce, homemade salsa, fat-free sour cream) for dinner; and an old favorite movie on TV

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

Guiltless Goodies - Edited

Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

I found the recipe in this week's People magazine article about this website.

It calls for simple ingredients and at only 65 calories per serving (1.5" square), I wanted to give it a try.

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 (Not So) Deadliest Catch

BD decided to hit the ponds in our neighborhood to see if the bluegill were biting today.

First, he rooted around in the backyard for bait.

While bait hunting, he also found a bright orange baby salamander (not used for bait).

Looks like the bluegill fell for the ol' earthworm-on-a-hook trick.

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.

Ready, Set, Grow!

BD and I have planted our first-ever veggie container garden. Our original plans were for a 3'x5' raised bed garden, but we decided that was a little ambitious for a first try so we scaled back a bit. Hopefully things will go well this year, and next year we can expand.

They are planted in a mixture of potting soil and organic matter in 16" containers.

We planted regular tomatoes,
cherry tomatoes,
and cucumbers.

The plants are inside our fenced in back yard, so we are not concerned about rabbits or deer disturbing anything. But we do have one curious four-legged creature that we'll have to keep an eye on.

Kip says, "Sure...go on inside and leave me out here unsupervised. Of course I won't mess with these delicious plants."

Tales of the Tail: The One Where Kip Uses His Bed as a Pillow

I think he must get hot lying on his bed. He will stay there for a while but then gets up and very deliberately positions himself so that only his head is touching.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Stitches: A Series (Part 10 of X)

(Part 9 of the series is here.)

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.


I was searching for something non-desserty to bake and came across a recipe for soft pretzels. It only required ingredients that I already had on hand, so it seemed like the perfect idea for a Sunday afternoon. I also got to use the dough hook on my stand mixer - always a plus in my book!

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.

Flower Fairy

The flower fairy visited our house last night!

This is what the flowerbed looked like yesterday:

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

Signs of Spring

It's finally getting warmer around here, and we're starting to see some spring flowers! This weekend we are hoping to work in the flowerbeds and get some summer annuals planted.

Here's what has popped up in the yard so far this spring:

~ light pink, blue, and white hyacinths ~

~ watermelon tulips ~

~ light yellow daffodil ~

~ white daffodils ~

~ bright yellow daffodils ~


Hey look - it turns out that I haven't actually fallen off the face of the earth! We just haven't been doing much lately that is blog-worthy. Or doing much of anything, really.
Even Kip is bored with us.