Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Start by slicing up a green bell pepper.
This made enough for supper plus lunch for both of us the next day.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Yes, that is a pineapple in the background. No, it did not go into the cookies.
This batter does not have much flour in it, so it was really gooey.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Things were going well at first. The dough was easy enough to mix up, and it was rising as expected.
I mixed up the filling - brown sugar, cinnamon, and (lots of) butter.
This is where things started to go downhill. The dough was really sticky, so it kept sticking to the countertop as I tried to roll it up. I had rolled it out pretty thin, so the dough was tearing and filling was spilling out everywhere.
By the time I finally got it rolled up and cut out, I was so frustrated that I totally forgot that I was supposed to let the dough rise again!! I, of course, did not realize this until they had baked for 15 minutes. I turned on the oven light to check the progress, and they were not puffy at all. I just stared at them for a second trying to figure out what was the problem, and it suddenly dawned on me that I skipped the second rising completely. UGH.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The drain tube was removed this morning by our local vet. It was a very easy, quick procedure, and the vet said Kip is healing well. He seems much more comfortable now that the tube is out, but we're still making him wear an old t-shirt to keep him from licking or scratching the wound. He is still taking the antibiotics and a little bit of pain meds. We'll go back next week to have the stitches removed.
Friday, September 10, 2010
BD wanted to make a traditional Tar Heel sign, so he created a large-scale template.
He traced and cut out the shape using Carolina blue foam board.
My original plan was to make something that spelled out "ABC" since the game was being broadcast on that channel, but I wasn't creative enough to come up with the right words. So instead I acknowledged our ties to both teams.
We never got on TV or even the Jumbotron, but we had fun making and showing off our signs!
The game was held in the Georgia Dome. We rode the Marta and got there early so we could catch all of the pre-game activities.
Since the game was sponsored by Chick Fil A, we saw all kinds of CFA marketing. This blimp flew around the Dome and dropped little stuffed cows with parachutes into the crowd.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
When we picked him up from the kennel on Monday, they told us they had noticed a little blood on his shoulder but couldn't see where the blood was coming from and had cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide. That has historically been one of his "hot spot" areas, so we assumed he had been nervous and scratched a sore. We got home and clipped the hair back a bit and realized there was a HOLE in his skin. The area around the wound was swollen, and he was pretty lethargic during the evening and restless during the night. (The fact that the kennel staff didn't notice it was more than "a little blood" or know how it happened is a story for another post.)
We called our local vet's office first thing on Tuesday morning, only to discover that the vet was on vacation. So we ended up at the emergency clinic in Durham. They shaved and cleaned the area and confirmed that it was definitely not something he did to himself by scratching and it was infected. Kip stayed during the day for them to sedate him and stitch up the wound and insert a drain to eliminate the absess.
He was pretty loopy when we got him home yesterday evening, but he's more like himself today. The drain tube should be ready to come out on Saturday; our regular vet will do that procedure.
In the meantime, he's on oral antibiotics and pain meds, and our carpet is covered with every towel and bedsheet we own to keep the fluid off our floor.
Poor guy...here's a picture of the damage. You can see the bigger wound is stitched up then the drain (surgical tubing) is held in place beside it with two additional stitches. The tube runs under his skin and comes out lower on his side. It works by gravity wicking out the fluid around the tube. And, yes...it is as disgusting as it sounds.
A lava lamp for my desk at work.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Soaking the skewers in water so they won't burn on the grill:
I intended these to be a little spicy by but I forgot to add garlic, red pepper, and black pepper to the marinade. So out of 6 ingredients, I forgot 3 of them -- what a ditz. It's really a miracle that I have not managed to somehow burn this house down. It's probably a very good thing BD does most of the cooking.
I added baby portabella mushrooms to the marinade later, and we also had pineapple and cherry tomatoes.