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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
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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.



Posted on 2016.07.13 at 18:23
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Edible. However, crumbly, as the ratio of eggs and cheese to peas and carrots was not high enough. Possibly a bit of flour should be added. And it needed more salt and dill.



Food Bank Foodie

Posted on 2016.07.13 at 17:26
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Sometimes when you get food from the food bank, you get things you don't know what to do with.

Fortunately my current local bank lets us 'shop', and has a lot of fresh (mostly) local veggies, milk, and eggs, plus frozen meat and baked goods from the groceries along with the typical varied canned foods. They also have a nice big building with varied ways to store food. So I mostly get staples and other items that I am familiar with, along with the occasional new items to try.

On the other side of the spectrum was the first food bank I went to. It served 3 very small towns, and their building' was an unheated shipping container with shelves and a couple freezers. Your choice was 'grab your one-bag-per-person or not', along with any random fruits or veggies farmers might have brought in that day that were left in boxes on the tiny porch. So I often wound up with a bag full of random cans and random unmarked plastic bags of stuff that were either beans or something truly random like chopped dates or potato starch. And sometimes fruit or potatoes. I couldn't depend on it for staples like I can now. But the random items *were* helpful - I just had to be creative in their use. And do a lot of recipe research. And buy things like a breadmaker (which sadly gave up the ghost earlier this year after 8 years of service). I also gardened like I detailed earlier in this very blog.

So now I have no garden, but a much better food bank to go to. Which gave me a couple months ago a 3 pound bag of frozen peas and carrots. Granted, this is not an actual problem item...it was just frozen pretty solid, and there was a lot of it, but thawing and refreezing it repeatedly when getting out small portions would have eventually resulted in a pea and carrot mush. So I waited until I got an idea for most or all of it.

Said idea, a large frittata, is currently in the oven. And if it works, I think I will call it 'dilly pea and carrot frittata'. The unfortunate thing is that I usually add a little dash of nutmeg to my quiches for flavor enhancement, but...there was a booboo and its got at least a teaspoon in it. That's when I decided to add garlic and about a tablespoon and a half of dill to the 8 eggs and 2+ cups of white cheddar which I hope are enough to hold it together. And sliced hotdogs on top as I like my quiches/frittatas to be as complete a meal as possible.

Hopefully it will be good. Or at least edible. Its taking quite a while to bake, even with the temp raised.



Days Like Today Are Why My Town Is Awesome

Posted on 2016.07.09 at 21:50
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And why living downtown is good.

The inaugural Downtown Market Walk was today. What does this mean? Free samples of delicious local food! And my city's businesses (except for one) give BIG samples! :D So...breakfast consisted of cookies, granola, cheeses, chai, yogurt, kefir, my first bite of kimchi, a spoonful of icecream, and a 'pork slider kit' that I ate as a salad. And a free canvas market bag! :D And a lot of walking, which I'm tolerating much better. :D

And then I went to a movie. zrath's favorite The Iron Giant, in fact, for $1! :D And a nice little discussion afterwards about the themes.

Ahh, it twas a fine day! :D


Task for Today:  make quiches.  A (fake) crab and lemongrass one, and (canned) salmon with sour cream and dill.

Got the crusts baked a little, and filled the first before the second was mixed up, so it sat for a while in the warm crust.

So I was mixing up the filling for the second, and guess what I couldn't find.  The damn dill.   The damn dill I could SWEAR I found more of a couple days ago when I was rearranging my cupboards and spice shelf.  Fuuuuck.  So I improvised and threw some sage and basil in instead.

Along with trying to substitute lemongrass for sorrel in the first...

Yeah, these could both suck.

Especially since I had them in the oven for 5 minutes before I remembered the cheese.  Yeah.

So I reached in and sprinkled a lot of parm on top.

And on the element and door.  And nearly burned my hand on the side.


Please don't suck, my - low-cheese quiches?  Fritters with crusts?  Egg and fish frisbees?


The verdicts:
  First: dull.  Either lemongrass doesn't work in baked goods, or my lemongrass was way too old.  It turned into hard little bits and all around was just a poor substitute for sorrel.  This one also kind of looked like a souffle when it came out.
  Second: Pretty good, but not a lot of spice is tasted.  Will have to get some damn dill.


Been a While

Posted on 2016.05.15 at 19:31
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Been a while since I did some cooking, but I just felt like it this weekend, so I thawed a pound of buffalo and a pound of beef overnight, then got to work today while marathoning Robotech on Crackle - yes, THE Robotech.  Harmony Gold has FINALLY allowed all three to be shown!

First recipe is from a recipe book published by my great-grandmother's (on my mother's father's side) church, called Chili Pie with Rice Crust.  I had a regular crust on hand, so I used that instead, but next time I'll give that one a try.  My great-grandmother's church was Presbyterian, but the community was German-Russian, so a lot of the recipes are derived from that.  Before now I've actually never made any recipes from it, but it was nice to go through it yesterday and see my great-grandmother's name and that of my mother's cousin's wife on many of the recipes.  Just because I'm estranged from my relatives now, that doesn't mean I don't still think of them.

Anyway, it turned out pretty good, tho I was too conservative with the chili powder and should have added salt.  And it only used up half the buffalo, so I decided to combine that with the beef and make some meatloaf.


I like making my dishes as one-dish as possible, and meatloaf isn't an exception.  Tho this idea is perhaps a bit too ambitious, as to the basic meatloaf ingredients I threw in cans of French cut string beans and mushrooms, an extra egg, fresh green onions, ketchup, garlic, and the leftover soy/cola sauce from the cola chicken I made a few weeks ago that has been basically frozen in the fridge and has a touch of chicken grease as well.  Then I divided the mix between two glass bowls and have stuck it in the oven for an hour.  So far it smells pretty good.  Cleanup will have to wait a bit, tho I already took care of the meat wrappings and dishes and garbage.

UPDATE: OM NOM NOM NOM!  The meatloaf turned out tasty!  Probably won't be replicatable, but OM NOM NOM NOM!



The Spawning of the Geeks

Posted on 2016.04.13 at 13:44
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Once there was a Generation called 'X'.

Alone at home, seeking escape,

They discovered Sci-Fi, Comics, Fantasy, and Games.

And they said "I like that."

And lo, they Became Geeks.

In time, the Geeks came of age.

And the Geeks began to create Things of Geek.

The Geek spread across the World.

And it was Good.

Then lo, the Geeks began to Spawn Geeklings.

Many, Many Geeklings.

And they looked upon their Geeklings,

And they Loved Them.

And they began to share The Geek with their wee Geeklings.

And the Geeks and their Geeklings were Happy.

And lo, in the fullness of time, the Geeklings came of age.

And Became Geeks.

And it was Awesome.

                         --Christine 'Zhora the Wolverbabe' K.


No Mo' Who? Sad Wolverbabe!

Posted on 2016.03.22 at 23:41
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They're already gone from Hulu...even Classic Who. :(

Darn you Amazon Prime. :(


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