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I made bread today. It just came out of the oven about twenty minutes ago. Made one large braided loaf and two smaller roundish loaves. Nothing fancy, just...bread.
Alex smelled it baking and came upstairs, nose first, wondering when he could have a slice - "still warm, so the butter melts." I promised him a slice soon and went back to leaning on my kitchen work table and staring at the blogs on my Google reader, sort of catching up.
Actually, there's not a lot left to do - one side of her closet door (the out side), and the baseboard all around one side of the room and the window frame, which I hadn't done last summer because we had the air conditioner in it. So now the time is right.
I can hear you all going "HUH???" out there (or worse) (and yes, I'm talking to you, Susan) so I want to explain why I came up with this dessert.
My dad's birthday was last Friday, and he'd requested the main item for dinner, but left dessert entirely up to me. So I was thinking about all the things my father likes for dessert. Part of the list included things like squash pie, grapenut pudding, and, most recently, the eggnog flan I made around Christmas and New Year's. Hmmmm. The wheels began to turn.
Yesterday I wrote briefly about how my oven suddenly wasn't working RIGHT as I was getting ready to cook and bake for my Dad's 85th birthday. I kind of figured out (after consulting the internet and the owner's manual and calling the Sears Blue Crew) that the igniter wasn't working and needed to be replaced. That was all on Thursday. I set up an appointment for someone to come out and handle the repair between 8 and 12 Friday morning.
I spent Thursday doing the chopping for the pasties and whatever other prepwork could be done a day ahead of time.
We got together for brunch at my cousin and his wife's house this past Sunday. Normally they are with us for Christmas, but this year my cousin, Steve, went home to his native England for a visit, so things worked out a bit differently.
Anyway, brunch at their house is ALWAYS something you want to get to, because Colleen (Steve's wife) is an awesome cook and she makes enough for the whole town to eat. And she makes this egg dish, with chourizo and tater tots and cheese (and onions? don't remember), all baked in the oven - it's VERY good.
Alex's room is DONE. Dee, Oh, En, Eee, DONE! Earlier this evening I had Alex sorting toys so we could put them back in their proper bins (at least for the time being), and while he was doing that, I was removing blue tape from Julia's closet. Yay!
Yes, I'm blaming French food for ruining my shirt. I suppose another way you could look at it is that my sloppy eating ruined the shirt, but I don't choose to look at it that way, and I suggest you refrain as well.
So yes, yesterday I donned ski boots for the first time, locked those into skiis, also for the first time, and checked off one more thing on the great list of "things i wish i'd done as a child because it's so much harder to start as an adult."
Earlier today, sitting around the table with some family - my cousin, his wife, my parents...Bill is home with a migraine...the kids are talking about playing Wii and Alex boasts about beating Daddy at Wii tennis and Wii boxing (now that we have two remotes)...and Alex mentions that when that happens, Daddy says a lot of bad words and screams....
And Julia added, "Sometimes Daddy says shit!"
Mental note: Have a little talk with Daddy about appropriate word choices.
Busy day so far. I didn't sleep well, either - Julia showed up in our room around 2 something in the morning...I couldn't sleep with her crowding me, but was too lazy to move HER back to her own bed, so I moved into her room instead and slept fitfully until around five, at which point I went back to my own bed so I could be in there when the alarm went off. I have a little headache around one eye, and I know it's because I'm overdue for an eye exam, my prescription needs to be updated, and so on. Ah well.
I haven't baked along with the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie since...November, I think. I bowed out for the month of December because I knew I wouldn't have time to do everything, and so participation in TWD would have to wait.
I didn't even think about it last week, but yesterday it occurred to me that hey, it's almost Tuesday again, and I wondered what people were baking this week. I clicked on the TWD site and saw the P & Q for Mrs. Vogel's Scherben.
At the beginning of December I said I was going to cut back on processed white stuff and other unhealthy food, and try to get myself in shape, since we're going skiing in February and I would like to at least give the illusion that I'm all healthy and athletic.
Hahahahahaha. Anyway, I tried, but certainly wasn't perfect about it. I did, however, pay more attention to what I was eating, and I think, for the most part, I ate less of the bad stuff.
Half a year or more ago - definitely more, actually - we began our big, crazy, re-do the whole upstairs project, wherein we divided our bedroom into two smaller rooms so that the kids could each have their own room.