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COOKING: In throwing in the ingredients for Carrot Butternut Squash Soup in the crockpot, I made a huge mistake - I added the milk at the beginning.   I also used bison broth and a little curry instead of the paprika because I apparently keep forgetting to buy more.  No money outlay this time, as the squash came from the food bank and the rest I already had.

Only 4 hours to wait and see if I'm blending Carrot Cheese Butternut Soup, or its inedible.

ART: In other news, I have more products up, 'cause I did something which I think is kinda awesome a couple days ago:

Cool Rainbow Gator on Zazzle and the same on RedBubble.  Its actually an old sketch that I was never paid for (client pulled the 'that's not what I'm looking for' bit after giving me only a vague description and absolutely insisting I do it), so when I came across it again in my computer a couple days ago, I putzed around with it and came up with this.

UPDATE: the soup turned out perfect, tho it tastes a tiny bit carroty, as carroty soups do.



Goddammit, Supermoon

Posted on 2016.11.21 at 13:15
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
What I'm Listening To:: Narada's Christmas Collection II
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I've been going and walking in one particular city park in the morning, and when it rains, the mall, for the last month.  This park is down on the bay, where wharfs and one of the two train tracks used to be. Part of the southern part sits on some actual rock, but the northern part doesn't, and in fact the northwest section of the walkway is an old wharf with a dock that half-sunk a few years ago which is awaiting repair and rebuild into an over the water walkway to another prospective park a mile north.

About three years ago, the city used half a million from a tax levy specifically for improving the parks (what can I say, we love the hell out of our parks!), to rebuild the shoreline where it had eroded over the years back out to where it was before, complete with bigass rocks piled to hold the edge and three rock jetties, added turf, and a new 50' rock beach for the kids.  I guess they didn't take into account both global warming and a supermoon...

'Cause two thirds of that work has washed out to sea just in the last week.  The high tide I saw yesterday, that was up near the asphalt trail and licking the bottom of the wharf was apparently GOING DOWN, 'cause when I got a better look today seaweed was halfway across the lawn to the bandstand, which is about 60' from the water's edge.  Today's high water mark was just about half that, 10', but still up over that corner of the lawn.  Some of the non-grass plants were starting to die, and the one tree that fell over but has been stably growing at the edge for decades has been getting its roots undermined.  The grass I'm pretty sure is a mix meant to endure seawater, but we'll have to see how long it can hold out.   The wharf warped on the *lawn* side, which has a few sinkholes now and tilted the rectangular rock at the corner, to the point that  cyclists were yelling out warnings to eachother to keep right instead of do the usual corner cutting.

I don't think that northend overwater walkway is getting built anytime soon.

And all that rebuilding of the shoreline?  2/3rds gone, with the bay eating all the new turf behind and above the rock retaining wall.  Only half of one of the three jetties is still above the water, too.  I suppose the earthquake last year had something to do with destabilizing the rocks, but the bay is also clearly reclaiming the shoreline it carved before the rebuild.

The south end of the park is fine, aside from the new rock beach being 2/3rds gone, because that end is several feet higher than the north end.  Gotta wonder why the north end wasn't raised when they had the chance, but it probably had to do with the bandstand and the bathroom would need to be raised several feet, too, as well as that entire half of the asphalt trail buried and remade, and the trees uprooted and replanted (or replaced) if they couldn't take having several more feet of dirt around their trunks.

Goddammit, just as I was using the park more.  Gotta get my sea vibes, even if I don't swim.  This morning was just depressing, tho.


And this is one year I don't mind at all that decorations and music started way before Thanksgiving.

In fact, I'm attempting to promote my Zazzle and RedBubble wares on Pinterest and Instagram in hopes that will drive a little business, including people buying my bit of Christmas pop art above.  But its a longshot and I'm new to the platforms, so we'll see.  Not sure where else I feel comfortable going yet, tho I really do need to revive my Google+ account, too, I suppose.  And maybe see if I can post something to Amazon, but that might be trickier than uploading items I have in hand.

Found some things today, too, that I've been looking for for YEARS - my tape of my favorite Christmas LP which has never been released on CD: Wonderland of Christmas by Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra (a lot of the compositions have been on their other albums but I kind of memorized this one as a kid and like the wooden reindeer ornament it just isn't Christmas without it); San Juan Suite by Narada (which I didn't even know they made it!  They're one of my favorite publishers!  The tape was acquired decades ago at the Whale Museum, and is in honor of the Southern Resident orcas); and Electric Dreams. :D  ED turned out to be broken, but I think there's a possibility I can get directions online to do a tape surgery, at least good enough that I can make an MP3 of it like I proceeded to do to the other two. 

Come to think of it, maybe I can put the wooden reindeer on products, too, if I can get a photo I like. You guys have seen it here already in the last several years.

This will be my first holiday season entirely without family to buy presents for outside of my birthson, and it feels great.  I'm sure the parents will try to contact me again like they did on Veterans Day, but I'm still remaining no-contact.  I am in no way ready to forgive them, and they are in no way repentant or trustworthy at this point.  Things were explained to the siblings, tho, but the low-contact with them that I've had for decades now isn't going to change anyway, so *shrug*.  And really, I don't have any money for gifts, even if I'd shopped garage sales like in previous years.  I am not taking drugs, but the herbals I'm doing in place of the drugs still do cost me significantly.



When Other Cooks Say 'Don't Use'...I Should Listen

Posted on 2016.10.22 at 15:38
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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Tried to save money today by making mayo under the tutelage of a few videos, one of them Gordon Ramsay's (but I didn't end up using his recipe).  And as I only keep two oils around, olive and coconut, and I needed to use up an old bottle, I elected to use olive oil.

Despite one video mentioning that you shouldn't use olive oil because it gets made bitter by blenders.

Yeah, this is where the title comes in. XD

Since I need the mayo for a macaroni salad, and the crap I made tasted like rancid motor oil colored by urine (I tried to rescue it later in hopes of using at least some of it, but then needed a Coke to clean my tongue), I ended up going to Grocery Outlet and spending a few dollars after all  (which are getting slim this time of month, which isn't helped by me apparently still having mild difficulty with impulse - hellooooo Steven Universe and Monster High blind bags!) on a bottle of safflower oil, and tried again.

And its good this time!  I'll use sour cream to make up the exta half-cup the recipe calls for.

In other news, seems Zazzle lost a bunch of my products, including one that was selling, so I have to go back and rebuild.  Which I needed to do anyway, as my tags are lacking and I'm sure that didn't help sales any.


P.S - the mac sal is delicious. :)



Posted on 2016.09.18 at 13:58
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I feel like documenting this here, complete with halfassed recipe.  Because I made it up, its weird, and might taste good (or not), and I just feel like writing a recipe, and calculating basic cost.

So I got half a pint of blueberries from the food bank this week, and eggs, and milk, and thought, hmmm, what could I do with them?  I know!  I'll get some breakfast sausages from the Dollar Store (or Tree, I forget), the kind that are more like sticks of ham, because that kind of pork goes good with fruit, and I will make a quiche.  And combined with the frozen crust and cheese I already had, voila!

Blueberry Sausage Quiche

1 frozen 9" crust ($1.99 for pack of 2; Grocery Outlet)
1 half-pint fresh local blueberries (keep the less ripe ones when you sort - adds extra dimension to the flavor because they taste like apple) ($0, food bank)
1 t salt (Real Salt - I forget how much it cost because I bought the bag years ago)
1 t organic pepper (about $2 for 3 T bulk, pre-ground fancy mix; Terra Organica)
1/2 t organic garlic powder (about $3 for 1/4th c bulk; co-op)
1 large pinch cloves (Spice Islands jar I've had for years, so I dunno)
1 large pinch nutmeg (small Durkee jar I've had for years, so ?)
6 John Morell smoked breakfast sausages ($1, Dollar Store), diced
1/2 to 3/4ths c fresh local organic milk ($0, food bank)
5 eggs ($0, food bank)
1 to 1 1/2 c local organic raw white cheddar ($13 for a 2 lb block, co-op; doesn't trigger allergy response)

1) Preheat oven to 375; set frozen crust out to thaw (takes about 10-15 minutes depending on room temp; you can also prebake it according to package directions if you want).
2) Grate cheese into large bowl.
3) Add spices to cheese.
4) Break eggs into small bowl, wisk together with fork.
5) Pour eggs and milk over the cheese and mix with fork until completely integrated; set aside.
6) Spread diced sausage evenly across the bottom of the thawed crust.
7) Place blueberries on top of the sausage.
8) Carefully pour egg mixture over the blueberries, taking care not to stir up the sausage too much.
9) Bake on 375 for 15 minutes, then lower to 350 for 30 minutes.
10) Done when browned on top and knife inserted into middle comes out clean.
11) Allow to cool before cutting.

Serves 8.

And its...
Actually pretty good! :D

Cost for this quiche:  About $1 for the crust, 20 cents for the spices (give or take), $1 for the sausage, $1.50 for the cheese, and the rest was free.  So the whole pie cost about $4.20.  Of course it would have cost a whole lot more if I'd bought all the ingredients, particularly the blueberries.


P.S. - the gc's are now tasked with reminding me, LOUDLY, that next time I want to try a pastry experiment, that fillo dough is one of the WORST things to use when you have limited counter space!!!  And even if you HAVE lots of counter space!!


Indoor Gardening

Posted on 2016.09.05 at 14:32
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A couple days ago I decided to get off my ass and finally do the things I should have at the beginning of the summer, and indeed, bought the supplies for back then.  That being the repotting of plants, fertilizing of the serviceberry, and planting of sorrel in the serviceberry pot.

I didn't actually need to buy fertilizer, I just scooped it out of the worm bucket and added it in while dumping all the dirt from the lemon balm pot into the serviceberry pot, and then scooped a little in to the lemon balm pot and the pot containing the unfortunate plants that my brother's family bought me for Christmas last year as I gave them fresh dirt.  I say 'unfortunate' because they gave me a combo pot of a fern and a pokadot plant, both of which were obviously treated with hormones that have severely limited their growth and stem strength, in a medium that contained hard sand on top, so the fact they've survived this long is almost a miracle.  They barely had any roots, either, when they should have been rootbound by now in their 6" pot.  But now that they're in REAL dirt, they hopefully will be able to get stronger.

I also scattered sorrel seeds on top of the serviceberry dirt, and despite Madeline's insistence on walking on them, they sprouted today!

And of course there are pictures! :DCollapse )


LF Jazz

Today's Cooking Tip

Posted on 2016.09.04 at 10:13
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If you make split pea soup with both bone and buffalo broth (to make up for the lack of ham), you will wind up with something that looks and tastes like vegetarian baked beans. XD

I think the extras in the premade broth prevented the peas from completely dissolving, as no matter how long they cooked, they didn't become fully liquid.  I think when I warm them up I will add molasses and ketchup to definitely make it taste just like baked beans.

This is what it looks like.  But probably not what it tastes like.  And there is no song commemorating it.


Posted on 2016.08.07 at 22:24
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Don't worry, Madeline is back to normal, and is doing fine without lots of kibble.  I think she's realized she feels better when she has her canned or Prowl, both mixed with hot water.  She even ate some canned turkey today, which is a REALLY BIG change.


Madeline had seizures this morning, and researching has led me to realize that back when she was less than one and having daily hyperesthesia episodes they were ALSO seizures, thanks to further veterinary knowledge being put online than was back then - and back then there was still quite a bit.  Enough to let me know she had hyperesthesia, which a vet more or less agreed with, and herbal knowledge enough that I figured out a way to control it.
Over the years...Collapse )

I got a spoonful of Prowl soup with Sparkle and aloe in it and a Trader Joes treat coated with CBD into her which has seemed to provide relief as she's finally gone to sleep in her carrier in the bedroom.

I don't know what I'm going to do.  Despite all the vets in this area, including farm vets, there aren't any low income or inexpensive vets, and the shelter doesn't have a low-income clinic associated with it like the shelters in Spokane did.  You'd think that a city with the highest percentage of poor and homeless people in the state (1/5th of the city's population - and no, they AREN'T college students) would have one.  And I don't even have enough for an office visit, even without the tests that would be needed.  Her chronic pancreatitis could be deteriorating into diabetes finally and she could have had a diabetic episode that caused it/exasperated the existing hyperesthesia...which would need to be proved by tests.  :/

Looks like I'll have to do the same as I did when in the Falls.  Wait until I have money while mitigating it as much as possible through what I already have and info on the internet...and possibly have to use the money to put her to sleep.  She has lived far, far longer than the three years the vet who diagnosed the chronic pancreatitis predicated thanks to me doing the former.  I no longer have family to turn to for help, as you guys know, but they have been reluctant to help with my pets in the past - my parents only helped a little with Spike when I asked for help with euthanasia expenses.  Help keeping him alive?  Noooope.  In fact my parents didn't understand why I even tried.  I'm not even sure what I'm going to do to replace her, since she did and does still wake me up when I stop breathing, but for that I guess I'll just have to trust in God. :)



Food Bank Tip

Posted on 2016.07.19 at 20:18
Current Mood: sicksick
What I'm Listening To:: TeamFourStar song parodies on YouTube
Wait and go about half an hour or so before closing time. They'll let you load up on fresh veggies, and sometimes get extra freezer and refrigerated foods. Whatever's perishable that they don't want to just throw out.

I got a shitload of veggies yesterday: enough for a couple pots of diet soup, one or more quiches, and to get sick of lettuce. And a bag full of what I think are turmeric roots - or maybe ginger. Or maybe both mixed together - it's a bunch of inch long pieces. I'll have to cook with one or two to find out. ;) I also found out that the package of what I thought was pickled plums I've had in my fridge for months is actually pickled beets with ginger and honey, and they're delicious.


UPDATE: after a bit of research, turmeric rhizomes look like giant grubs, and these look like grubs, so I'm pretty sure that's what they are. Might be a few gingers in there, tho.

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