Just Another Tricky Day

Did you stay home today?  Of course I did, it was nine degrees out.

What local business or charity did you support?   Blake Hill Preserves. I’m on a roll!

What’s for dinner? Wonderful black bean soup, one of my favorite things to do in the instapot. But I ate too many tortilla chips.

Also, today I was raised & bonused! Normally we celebrate this yearly event by running right out to Trattoria D’elia and ordering an entire bottle of wine. Can’t really do anything comparable this year that would feel special. We already have plenty of bottles of wine in the house and get takeout seemingly all the time.

Giving a Rat’s Ass

Did you stay home today?  100%. Tuesday is normally a takeout day, but X opted for frozen lasagna because it’s so frozen outside.

What local business or charity did you support?   Now I’m getting into the spirit and seeing little things that might make X smile. I got a spruce-tip infused maple syrup from a Vermont producer of course.

What’s for dinner? Frozen lasagna.

Here’s the progress on the Warm Color project. The one on the far right is the blend of the four shown top to bottom.

And here’s the Rat’s Ass – OK, Rat’s Head:

High Five

Did you stay home today?  Was in town but strictly outdoors

What local business or charity did you support?   Ariel’s Honey Infusions – bought a jar of Lavender & Vanilla honey to make a little gift for X; I think he will like it.

What’s for dinner? It was a steak & cabbage stir-fry, from NYT – OK, that’s two recipes per week over two weeks I’ve been giving the NYT column a try. Recipes were pedestrian when not disastrous. I satisfied my curiosity; I can do better.


Did you stay home today?  No, Sunday is danger day

What local business or charity did you support?   I just bought some sauces from Angry Goat Hot Sauce partly because I like the name.

What’s for dinner? A chicken and bok choy dish baked on a sheet pan; from NYT’s 5 Dishes to Cook This Week. Will be ready shortly. Note I am always a week behind, so I am really cooking 5 Dishes to Cook Last Week.

Postscript: Well THAT freaking didn’t work! My bok choy turned to cinders! What is wrong with you, NYT!? I always regret straying from the Best Recipe people.

Good thing I started early. Time to improvise another vegetable.


Still working on the Warm Color project.

I signed up to talk to a teletherapist. And I decided to do ancestry.com. Both of these decisions out of boredom.


Did you stay home today?  100%.

What local business or charity did you support?   Really dropping the ball.

What’s for dinner?  Leftover Chinese

Crash on the Levee

I’ve been in top form, but this afternoon I just crashed.

Here’s a picture; it’s a corner of my office. I was aiming for a pic of that little Xmas cactus bud. Yeah I know all my friends with Xmas cactuses have big behemoth amounts of blooms as soon as advent starts. My guys just give me these little buds, just as Xmas approaches and, I LOVE them, they are MINE.


Did you stay home today?  Yes, sent X to pick up the Chinese.

What local business or charity did you support?   Oriental Wok

What’s for dinner?  Oriental Wok


Did you stay home today?  Yes, popped over to the library but it was curbside.

What local business or charity did you support?   Supported a New Mexico charity instead to satisfy a friend’s birthday wish.

What’s for dinner?  I improvised a kind of turkey chili over grits.

Gingerbread, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Rock (Hopefully Not Hard as a Rock)

Proud of myself here. I took the Best Recipe for gingerbread, and quartered it to fit in a tiny loaf pan. Now, gingerbread for two. Smelled amazing coming out of the oven.

Potentially proud of myself here too. My next yarn will be warm colors.

Did you stay home today?  Nope, it’s Sunday, where I brave the cooties to provision my household

What local business or charity did you support?   Several, let’s name Cheese Traders, from which we bought a few gifts to ship to Mom

What’s for dinner? White Beans au Vin, a NYT recipe. It wasn’t anything special. White beans and mushrooms in some broth. Ever since You Know What, NYT has printed a section called “At Home”; one thing it always includes is five recipes under the heading “What to Cook This Week.” They always look so scrumptious. And I just like the title. “What to Cook This Week.” Cause that’s what we are all wondering, isn’t it? Question answered, problem solved, they figured it out for you, now you just put the pieces together and you get five fairly healthful, yummy, and varied meals for your week. So I finally decided to try a couple… tomorrow is a pasta with sausage & broccoli. I’m just doing two, not all five.