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Monday....

Aug. 2nd, 2016 10:50 am
ianuk: (confused)
Work was work and I could only get a few things done in the 6 hours I was there. Got out on time to head to the school for the meeting. The meeting was good but not quite what we had hoped it would be but it was good. (more on a different post).

Got home and the kiddos were good and [livejournal.com profile] bewilde was watercolor painting. I got changed and then made dinner for all of us and then we cleaned house. Having kiddos help was good and we were ready for scribble. I have a few more calligs to get done in the next week for things and we are still waiting for some events to get filled out through the end of the reign but we are making sure that nothing is due for us before D*C that isn't done now. All good.

Got Poe hooked on Post Modern Jukebox and then it was bed. I was exhausted but felt good about the day.

This morning since I didn't need to bake anything, btw, the Alton Brown's Blueberry Buckle is faboo and you need to make some. Just sayin; I sat and drank my coffee and had breakfast (buckle) and started my day slow. I think tomorrow I will do a bit of spinning.

Anyhoo, the morning after that has been busy with work stuff, school faxes and issues on my old program I'm making commentary on.

Tonight will be working on the Lolita. I need to futz with the sleeves, add more flounces and cut and bind trims. Plus work out the under chemise. We shall see how productive I am. I'm tired but every little bit helps.
ianuk: (evil)
This was inspired by a fanfic from Wanda (scarlet witch's) POV. She makes this a lot and the author likes this recipe.

Yugoslavian Holiday Poticn
YUGOSLAVIAN HOLIDAY POTICN
1 cake yeast
1 1/4 c. scalded milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
4 egg yolks, beaten
6 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Grated orange rind
Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm milk. Cream sugar and butter; add egg yolks and mix well. Add flour and salt alternately with one cup lukewarm milk. Beat until bubbly. Add yeast mixture, vanilla and orange rind. Beat until smooth and dough is not sticky. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Roll out on a floured cloth; brush with melted butter.
Filling:
1 c. honey
1 lb. ground walnuts
1/4 lb. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 c. sweet cream
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 stiffly beaten egg whites
2/3 c. raisins
Heat honey, add nuts, butter, sweet cream, and mix until butter is melted. Add cinnamon, vanilla, and egg whites. Spread filling over dough and roll tightly with hands. Place in a large baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until nicely browned.
ianuk: (crafts)
The impetus for purging continues, especially after Michigan and now with us having to replace the dishwasher.  That was a cluster on Friday AM.  The fix that 6 or so years ago on the cabinets that [livejournal.com profile] richarddbrewer did was pushing on the counter top due to a brace.  So, I had to unloade the entire glass cabinet, helf the installers get the countertop lifted up off of the old crappy dishwasher and then they could see if it would fit.  it didn't since the counter top had sagged over 12 years and they left and mel came home to fix it. He ended up driving a wedge up and got the countertop to be level and set and then the guys came back to install it.  Its shiny, pretty and so quiet it has a red light to tell you its on!

Yay!

But this meant that the contents of the glass cabinet needed to be gone through and the cabinet fixed but that was for later.  I got to work and worked my butt off on paperwork.  Got home late and mel and I did a marathon of house cleaning.  Benton got sent to his room cause his daily report wasn't good and we had to set up a meeting his teacher and the director.  He screamed for a bit but did okay after that.  We got the house settled and I even got the front carpet cleaned really well before folks arrived. I made hamburgers and hotdogs since it was so hot.  Had a nice time playing Shadow over Camelot> and enjoyed some G&T's.  We failed the game but it was good.  We had a brief visit by [livejournal.com profile] public_shaylan and Richard and that was nice.

Saturday we got up early pulled weeds and got the kitchen cleaned up, sorted glassware into donate and keep.  We got rid of enough that our travel coffee cups/shaker cups all have cabinet space.  We also got rid of kidware cause Ben is now old enough to use all of the adult stuff.  The new dishwasher is awesome and it cleans uber well.  Just still working out how to load it. Its very different.  Mel fixed the two cabinets in situ since they just needed bracer blocks put in and screwed back into the wall. He put clamps in to hold things while things dried and I was able to reset everthing in the cabinets.  Got that done, worked on a few other things and then Ari arrived with the kiddos to work on clothes.  She needed help getting a viking hangerock patterned up and we got that patterned settled, fed everyone and then got into sewing.  I finished the two project bags I still had lingering and then started in on the little boy clothes.  Back a month or so ago, Wander and I had cut out a lot of clothing for me to make and then I didn't do anything with it. So I know that Ben wanted a new outfit(s) for crown so I got to work on that.  I made him a red Tunic with dinosaur trim, dinosaur bag trousers and a starwars tunic.  With that I also made a new neckline pattern for him and figured out how to put together the pattern for his tunic that Eithni and others had made him but I'd never actually sewed one together.  Weird I know.  But this happens when you get a bunch of awesome kiddo handmedowns and reign as K&Q...so, now that he's getting bigger we need more clothes and I'm going against my Commander of the Pilgrim to make him happy and have fun prints etc.  Cause every lil' Viking boy needs dinosaurs, star wars, jake and bugs.  More cute clothes in a few weeks.  By the end of Saturday I got the red tunic done minus the trim attachment and the star wars tunic put partially together. I was smart enough to not cut the neckline until the next morning. (good thing I did, my pattern was too small.)  Shanda and Richard stopped by for a good talk and we watched Rocky Mountain Vets which is a pretty cool show.  Got to also hear about the winery tours they had done all over Southern AZ.

Sunday AM we all got up early and mel worked in the shop. I got going on sewing and realized my issue with the neckline pattern, got it fixed, updated and started sewing it before we headed to joe's breakfast with Shanda/Richard.  Had a great time there and then back to the house for sewing. Ben got outside time before it got heinously hot.  Saturday broke the record at 110°F and it got to 106°F Sunday.  I got work done in the kitchen on putting dinner in the crock pot, cleaned the stove/counters, made radish quick pickles and handwashed the silverware.

Stacy/Brian stopped by to get more photos of the backyard for the wall/roof plans.  All good. Stacy and I chatted while I sewed.  Unlike the dino tunic, I worked the entire neckline etc flat. I fidgeted with the binding but it looks really cool with the black.  I used some bias tape tricks from Pinterest for the corners and how to start and stop the trim which worked really really well.  I got everthing finished on both tunics just before dinner.  By this point Ben was "done" for the day. He'd had some tv but was tired and cranky and hot.  Poor kiddo. I got dinner finished with grilled curry squash and we delighted we had Wander over for it. The pulled pork turned out great.

Crockpot Awesome Pulled Pork
1 red onion chopped
1 large pork loin
1 can of beer (I used fat tire)
1 can of green enchilada sauce
Ground pepper
Garlic powder
Ground Cinnamon

Place onion in bottom of crockpot, arrange porkloin in crop pot (I cut mine into 4 chunks), sprinkle liberally with spices, pour liquid over, put on lid and cook on low for 8-9 hours.  Shred pork with forks. Serve over buns.

After dinner and getting Ben to bed I got the kitchen cleaned up and started work on my crown dress. I have the trim all pinned on it and now its hand sewing.  I sat for a while and then got really, really dizzy and hot. Mel was watching Mindcraft videos and they were making me sea sick. I went to bed a bit early and finished reading the Improbable Sherlock Holmes Anthology.  I swear I've read more than two books but its really only been that. so I guess that is the second or third book for the year.

Lots of progress and not in a lot of ways.  I guess, a lot for the house and the kiddo but not for me. I hope to get my dress finalized this week so I can work on getting the fancy trim on and figureing out what I'm wearing with it.

So, all of the projects finished laid out.
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Ben in his pants (beware the cute!) Contrasting buttflap, cuffs.
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The dress in progress:
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Benton's progress at school after a week, writing his name without prompting.
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We had a meeting this AM with his teacher and it went really well. He does great by himself but working in groups is completely new/odd to him. So we need to work on family projects at home more.  Plus work on expressing ourselves verbally. We will be getting a report home everyday as we transition but all in all it was a really good talk.  We are doing the right things and we know what we as a family need to work on.
ianuk: (p-chan)
Work was a lot of work and seriously...being sloppy needs to be punished with impunity when it makes it so I can't ship hardware out the door cause you erased something that you shouldn't have off the hardware. Sighs.

Got home after a quick trip to the store cause I was reminded that St. Felix is once again doing auction baskets and I used to make cheesecakes for them and well...yeah. So I had to dig out the recipe....and its Becca's Black Forest Cheese Cake. I made a small change and put in a half sleeve of thin mints for the crust and I omitted the cheeries/chocolate sauce. It will be decadent enough. I also made Benton's cupcakes for his Bday using this recipe: Bakery Quality White Cake. Last time I made it I did not sift/fluff the flour and that was a big mistake. I did that this time using the food processor and it was way better. I also fixed the Kitchenaid to have it sit taller in the bowl and it stopped the awful grinding...I'm sure its been tweaked by Mel and the bread making.

I had the lovely help of Willa and Ashley. They helped keep me company, chat and make the gift bags for the kiddos for the party. I still need to frost the cupcakes but I will do that tomorrow AM when I'm awake. It was 945pm by the time I got the cheesecakes in the oven and well, I was pooped. I knew that the buttercream recipe on the cake page was not right. So I'm using the one from Bakingdom Perfect Vanilla Buttercream.

I also, again, didn't eat dinner and ended up having beer and cupcakes. Sighs. We had to taste test and well....I'm weak. I've still got the remnants of the migraine and sugar just sounded good. The cake came out really good compared to last time where it was too dense. Its gonna stick to the cupcake liners a bit but meh.

So afterwork and hopefully after a quick hard workout I'm going to check out a used van. I feel like a soccer mom looking at minivans but for us the practicality of it out weighs the stigma. Its a 2014 Dodge Caravan with low mileage and I just need to see if it has the options I wanted. I'll be sad to get rid of the Xterra but I've had her almost 14 years...
ianuk: (here's looking at you)
I made this for our household yule yesterday and it was AWESOME!!!!

Polish Punch
Take 1 jug of Simply Limeade, 1 32 bottle of Pomegranate Juice (I used Open Nature's), 3 cups of Blysk Vodka. Mix and refrigerate.

To serve: Pour 1/3-1/2 a bottle of Reed's extra ginger ale into glass, fill rest of glass with mix and drink.


Favorite around the house in general.
Moscow Mule
2-3 oz Parts Russian Standard Vodka
6 oz Reeds Extra Ginger, Ginger Beer
Large splash of Nellie and Joe's Lime Juice

Mix over ice in copper mugs.
ianuk: (Default)

I've been making these to much acclaim.

Quick Pickles:
A cucumber or 2 partially skinned and sliced thin
Dill weed
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Olive Oil
Cider Vinegar

Place cucumbers in a bowl with a tight fitting lid.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Put in a bit of oil and a bit more vinegar than oil.
Sprinkle with dill until the top of the cucumbers are covered in a blanket of it.
Put lid on container and shake to incorporate.
Open lid and check that everything is coated with the ingredients. If not add more vinegar.
Put lid on and shake again and place in fridge.
Shake container every couple of hours and then let sit overnight for maximum flavor.

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ianuk: (here's looking at you)
Guinness Cupcakes:
made per the recipe with the following alterations
1) Sub greek yogurt for the sour cream
2) Used half hershey's special dark cocoa powder/ half regular cocoa powder

Find the link for the Guinness Cake here.

Salted Caramel Buttercream:
Find the recipe for the Frosting here.
ianuk: (bear)
Having a holiday in the middle of the week just makes things weird. Seriously, weird.

I kept thinking monday thoughts this AM like 1) Make sure Ben has his water shoes for splash day, 2) grab gym bag, 3)clean up house for scribble and well, its Thursday. Go figure.

Since Monday I've been spinning and working on getting my studio back in shape but I've also been doing some experiments with cooking.

On Tuesday night, even though I got home with Benton late, I made Healthy Chicken Nuggets*. Which turned out awesome. Benton and Mel loved them. Next time I will make up way more breading but all in all a good meal. We had edamame with it.

I managed to stay up late and finish up spinning the polwarth I had been working on and it spun up nicely. Here is all of it in its prettiness.... I think I will call it strawberry shortcake.
All of the Polwarth

On Wednesday morning I started in on some Falkland wool and it was spinning up thinner than the polwarth which was a change. The polwarth was a lot "stickier" than the falkland and it got more sticky the more humid it got in the house. Interesting but true.

On Wednesday I again cooked something new. I made the goal for the year to learn to make from scratch mac n' cheese. I had found a recipe for Revolutionary Mac n Cheese which I wanted to try. The concept of cooking was interesting to me and I had to try it.
It was AWESOME!!! OMG SO RICH! Now I used whole milk cause that is what we have in house and I used tillamook sharp cheddar which is also uber rich. My next try at it will use a bit more milk to make it creamier and also a blend of cheeses to cut down on the richness a bit. I will also be adding fresh cracked pepper and probably garlic and paprika to the spice mix.

Also during the day I managed to get my studio to almost useable condition. I need to wipe down my table and set up my sewing machines before I start in the "repair/minor things to finish" pile of clothing before I start my made sewing for Pennsic/Middle East Feast.

After dinner and benton's bath which he desperately needed after mel let him plain on the carport in the rain a bit mel and I sat down for some quiet time. I knit and he played Tomb Raider. We got up and went on the roof and watched the DM fireworks show. [livejournal.com profile] public_shaylan and team did a nice job on it this year like they do every year.

I got to bed way too late since I decided that I needed to paint my toes and get to a specific line in my knitting instructions and reading a good book....yeah I can't go to bed on time. Oh, well.

I've got lots to do for work today and people are just being weird...not bad weird but the holiday is making us all off...having a second monday in the week is trying at the best of times but this just feels weird. Oh, well.

*Recipes for posterity behind cut )
ianuk: (caw!)
I worked a pretty full day yesterday and then headed out to take Benton to the Doctor. He was crazy cute while at the office. He crawled all over the reception area and then tore apart the exam room by taking out all of the toys and books from the corner bin. Dr. McMahon was happy to see him being spunky. His lungs were clear and he had gone from 19 lbs 12 oz on Dec 27th to 21 lbs 6 oz yesterday. That is a lot of growth in a few weeks. (2 lbs 10 oz). No wonder he's been tired! Basically he is sick and we've been instructed to "keep an eye on it". She was happy that we did bring him in since mel is so sick. Speaking of the Mel, he is doing better...not great but better. The cough syrup is working well.

When I got home last night from the doc appointment Benton had fallen asleep. He snuggled up with mel on the couch while I got going on dinner. I got out some london broil and started in on an experiment with my Deep Covered Baker from Pampered Chef. I needed dinner quick and in less than 30 mins I had a pot full of beef tips with sweet potato gravy.

Recipe for Quick Beef Roast )

Got dinner on the table and was eating when folks started arriving for scribble. Couple of folks brought food and it was a family kind of dinner for everyone. Then it was clean up and get to scribing.

I managed to talk fabric, sewing, jewelry, calligraphy and scribing last night. By the end my brain was shot. I was tired and just weary. Mel's cough was back so he took a bit more cough syrup and he quieted down pretty well after that.

This morning my brain is still reeling from all of the arts stuff..I'm inspired and realize my timeline on things coming up is tight. Oof. Lots to do before crown and Estrella.
ianuk: (crafts)
Crafting and sickness...that kinda sums my weekend up.

On Thursday afternoon I finished Shanda's shawl. I can't wait for her and Santiago to get their gifties. I'm sure they will love them but until they have them I wonder and freak out that they won't like them. Ah, the weird brain of a crafter. Thursday night I got dinner going with making tacos and we had a nice meal. Benton was a bit tired but went to bed at a good time. Mel wasn't feeling great but manageable with drugs I was worried about him.

Friday morning mel was awesome and didn't get me up to get the boy to daycare and I enjoyed sleeping in. I got a good breakfast in me and then headed to the mall to get "purdi-fied". It had been a really long time since I had my toes done and then I also got my hair cut and colored before I picked up Benton for his appointment for his helmet.

before and after pictures )

His last growth spurt over the last few weeks had made it so he was outside of the helmet range. So we are off with the helmet for 3 weeks and then they will re-eval if his growth spurt will take care of the rest or we get a new helmet. So from October 10-January 20th was his helmet therapy. So 3 months, 10 days of wear. He went from a funny looking kid to a perfectly normal little blonde boy. I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm looking for a little blonde kid versus a blue helmet. We spent the weekend having adventures of the head banging sort. More on that later.

Mel was going down hill on Friday and the discussions happened about taking him to urgent care. He told me he would go in the morning....and well, read on. Saturday morning I got up early and got Benton fed and started working on cleaning the house. Mel slept in well and Benton and I went out to get the shopping done and had a good time. Got home and we got mel up and moving and then I really got in on the cleaning of the house. I had done some the night before but I really got to town on the dishes and the front room and I got the house in good shape for folks to cut out fabric etc. Mel was awesome and even in his sick state (though he told me he felt better...) he moved baby containment fields and basically only put up shields to block off the spinning wheel and the looms. We set up the pack n play to contain him for when we will be out of site but he basically has the run of the family room/front room/kitchen when we are watching. He was a very happy kid playing in a big open area. Though it was a lot of work moving things and keeping an eye on him. Once the "shiney" of the new area wore off he was happy to look out the window and play with things and use his walker.

I got lunch on for a big (well, I thought it was big) pot of curry. Hrafn folks started arriving and we got the pants pattern copied out for people and then discussed lots of things with clothing. No one cut out fabric but there was good discussions and I think a lot of inspiration. Mel had people in the shop cutting out boss holes for shields. Folks started leaving about 4pm and we had just Simon and Mariyah for dinner and discussion. When everyone left I worked on Storvarr's mitts and had a beer. Mel looked miserable on the couch. The misery didn't stop there. I was blissfully asleep and didn't know he was up most of the night coughing. I feel bad but I also got to sleep. He was pretty bad all day but was kind enough to just corral the boy from the futon while I cut out fabric.

I managed to cut out 2 pairs of flannel jammie pants, 2 pair of Rus pants for myself, 2 tunics for myself and my new hangerrock for crown. I was tired and some of it involved me doing tetris of fabric to cut out all of the pieces. I only had to piece one of the tunics with an alternating color to make things neat but it was a rack on my brain power. I'm not sick but I'm tired and stuffy enough to make things icky. Mel says I've been snoring which means my sinuses are junk right now. I finished that stuff up and Mariyah was over working on lamellar armor. Both mel and Benton were tired. I found them both asleep while I was finishing cooking dinner. I made a weird cast iron cooking thingy.

Southwestern Rancher's Pie )

We all ate dinner and then got Benton bathed and we then hit Urgent care for mel. We hit the one at El Dorado and they were very quick. The longest we waited was for the final process sheets and scrips. We were in an out 1.25 hours. Benton was not happy about being corralled on a lap but he coped being up past his bed time. I was grateful for a great older lady doc who basically told mel what he needed to do in a very matter of fact manner and really took her time with us. He got a secondary infection, now in his sinuses and lungs and they gave him a z-pack and some cough syrup. I got the boys home and then got mel's scrips. Thank god I had his prescription card in my wallet since he hasn't had one filled in 8 years. Got home and had him take his meds and then I sat and worked on a hat for Benton. Its the Tricera Tops Hat. The cool thing is I'm again knitting with something I've spun. Which is cool. I think it will be cute.

So, mel is home today. I hope he gets better. The cough is just wearing him out physically and that is no good. Hopefully soon the antibiotics will kick the crud's butt and I'll have my normal hubby back. Sick hubby is no fun. I am gonna call the pediatrician about Benton today since he's had the same stuffy nose and mild cough for a while now. Its not getting worse and not really bothering him but its annoying. Need to see if they want to see him or not.
ianuk: (lazycat)
Wow, this week is flying by. Seriously. Work has been crazy in the paperwork department. I've done so much writing that I'm having trouble talking in large words by the end of the day. Course we had another "My vocab level is too high" with the phrase "in situ". Which is you aren't familiar is ": in the natural or original position or place" which is more precise and sounded better than saying in place. But my boss thought it was a typo. LOL. This wasn't as bad as the "sans" debacle of 2008 or 2009 or as funny as the "nubbin" debate of 2010. I've gotten a bit more spinning done and a bit more knitting but nothing finished yet.

At knit night I did cast on a Mini Alien and I hope to finish it today and then make lots more. Course I didn't spin yesterday so I need to at least ply yarn tonight and start some more. We shall see what Benton lets me do.

My workouts hit the end of this stage of workouts and you go back through and do the same excercises at the beginning weight and then do as many reps as possible and record it. I did that for workout A last night and then did HIIT on the stair stepper for 12 mins. I was shaking and loopy when I was done so by the time I got home from knit night I was tired. I fed the boy and put him to bed, washed bottles and then got myself into a shower and when I went to lay down mel was snoring a storm and Ben kept causing the bed alarm to ping. I checked on him and he was breathing every 22 seconds so the 20 sec timer was getting tripped. He never hit the full alarm but it was triggering every few minutes which made it so I couldn't get to sleep cause I kept hearing the beep. Sighs. Kemp men sleep soundly.

Its been requested that I post the famous Cherry Coke Salad recipe. I got it from the 1st Presbyterian Cookbook from Jamestown, ND. I got it when I was on internship and its been my summer favorite. I made [livejournal.com profile] mairegirl's day when I brought it to a BBQ at [livejournal.com profile] norfacoflandro's place.

Cherry Coke Jello Salad )
ianuk: (crafts)
I make really good rhubarb pie.

Just rhubarb...no abomination that adds other fruit to "offset the rhubarb's tartness". I grew up without aberrations like strawberries...they have their own pie. Rhubarb has its own pie. 'Nuff said.

I redacted my mom's recipe...here you go.

Cynthia's Rhubarb Pie )
ianuk: (Default)
Double Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours
Serves: 16

Ingredients

* 1 cup cocoa
* 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
* 3/4 cup boiling water
* 1 3/4 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 10 tablespoons butter (1 1/4 sticks)
* 2 cups brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 5 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups Daisy Brand Sour Cream
* 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1 heavy pinch powdered sugar *as needed

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Mix the cocoa and chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over the chocolates and stir to melt. Let the mixture stand to cool (about 2 to 3 minutes). Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Cream the butter, brown sugar, vanilla until creamy in a large bowl. Add the eggs to the butter mixture and blend well. Fold the sour cream into the cooled chocolate mixture until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream chocolate mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips to the batter and stir to incorporate. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cake slightly before removing from the pan. Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and serve. *Optional – may serve with whipped cream or chocolate ganache.
ianuk: (bear)
Well, yesterday was a lot of meetings and then the work webpage (where I do a lot of work through) was down and that slowed things a bit. I'm now catching back up and life is good.

I was supposed to do the dishes last night (this no dishwasher things sucks) and I didn't manage. I'll do that when I get back from the gym today. But I did get a load of laundry done and I worked on my market bag and watched TV. Buttefly was all about being on my lap but by the end she was too hot for me to deal with so I kept chucking her off.

Mel went to college practice and got home late due to a dye meeting with [livejournal.com profile] weavedancer and [livejournal.com profile] dvering but he seems much better this morning with his cold. I'm pretty sore today in the shoulders from my work out on Wednesday. Luckily today is a leg day with pushups and running. That should help things out though. I guess I pushed a bit hard wednesday though I think I really didn't 3 weeks off while pregnant is a lot to make up it seems. Oh, well.

In other baby news I think I've finally gained a tiny bit of weight. I shouldn't be surprised but I'll keep track of it. I think its mostly boob weight at this point since my bras and fitting weirdly. The belly is more pronounced and its kinda cute but all of the maternity pants just kinda slip down my butt so I have to wear the belly band to keep them in place. Sighs.

Well, today is gonna be a short day since I have to travel for work early sunday AM and I'll work a half day and then head out to go to the gym and then clean the house up. I'm feeling pretty motivated for that.

Got into a discussion on fruit cake on the SCA wide Laurel's list and I got give this recipe for Applesauce Cake. I'm betting the flavor is similar to Grandma Doodles Apple Stack Cake but I don't have that recipe.

AppleSauce Cake from Kiri )
ianuk: (thoughts)
Recipe From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens 1984, Good Books PA Page 308
1 cup flour sifted (half white, half whole wheat)
1/4 oatmeal, uncooked (I used quick oats)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 tblsp cornstarch
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups rhubarb, diced

1) stir together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until crumbly. Set aside half of crumbs. Pat remaining crumbs in bottom of 9" square baking pan. (I used a glass pan).

2) Combine sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Add rhubarb and cook until mixture becomes thick and clear. (its kinda clear...not see through)

3) Pour rhubarb sauce over crumbs. Crumble remaining crumbs over top of sauce. (I used my hands to give a good converage.

4) Bake in a 400 Deg F oven for about 30 minutes or until GB&D. (Golden Brown and Delicious).

Mel is all about eating this still warm. It reheats really well.
ianuk: (don't wanna)
Well, my hopes for last night was to get all of mom's gifts done. Yeah, not so much. Now, I can either stay home from knit night and work on them or just send her two packages...with the second not getting there till after the holiday. I think the easy way out would be good for me. Less stressful. I hope to get home tonight, get the gift number 1 unpinned from blocking...take a photo of me wearing it and then mail it off. We shall see though if its dry. The blocking is really helping it though. (I'll post a friend's locked post to show it off btw, don't worry). So, I think I've made my decision.

I did manage to make dinner last night though with some pretty good pantry kung fu. I took london broil and chopped it up and added it to the dutch over where I had sweated garlic and onions. I cooked the meat with cinnamon, fresh ground cumin, dried diced jalapenos, pepper and kosher salt. Once that was cooked I added a can of corn and a can of crushed tomatoes and let it simmer until it thickened up. I added a bit of cornstarch to thicken it a bit more and it was nummy.

Pour mel found out when he went to get his cavity fixed that he needs a root canal/crown. That is scheduled for monday am. Poor guy. Course he's lucky. He's never felt a problem at all in the tooth and I guess that is a blessing.

In the rash of weird...I got one of the speeding tickets in Phx when [livejournal.com profile] american_knight and I came back from Kingman. That is a bill I wasn't expecting. It was right where the speed limit drops on I-17 to 55..I was going 71. le sigh. Oh, well.

And more in the random file. The commercials from Sunmaid about "fruit and sunshine!" being the only thing in them are LIES! Seriously. they should say "fruit and sulfur dioxide and sunshine!" Asshats. All this means is that I will be heading to trader joes for my fruit cake supplies, like I expected but I was kinda hopeful I could have knocked that off my list last night too. Oh, well.

Time to crunch down and get things done at work.
ianuk: (p-chan)
This is a great quick and super easy recipe I've kinda developed over the years...its pretty free form but here ya go:

Cous Cous Salad
Make 2 cups of cous cous per package directions, add pepper and garlic to the boiling water.
Drain one can of garbonzo beans
Drain one small can of diced jalapenos
Drain one can of diced tomatoes

Toss cous cous with a fork and add in the canned stuff. Season with lots of pepper. Mix to combine. Stir in 1/4 of Nellie and Joe's Key Lime juice.

This salad is great hot or cold. Goes great with Chicken, turkey, pork chops, steak etc.

Other add ins can include:
Feta cheese
Olives
Kidney beans
Cilantro
diced carrots
ianuk: (crafts)
These were a favorite thing that my Great Aunt Alma made...so good!
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's Special K cereal
1 (6 oz.) pkg. Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 (6 oz.) pkg. Butterscotch morsels

Place sugar & corn syrup in pan, stir to combine.
Cook over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter, mix well. Add Special K cereal & stir well.
Press mixture evenly & firmly into buttered 9 x 13 inch pan.

Melt chocolate & butterscotch morsels together in the
microwave & stir well. Spread evenly over cereal mixture.
Let stand to cool until firm.
Cut into bars: 1 x 2 inches
ianuk: (Default)
So, I've been cooking and working on war stuff and I realized that I really need to write out the recipe a bit better...plus I have some tips and tricks that need to be listed that make things helpful.

Some history...I started making chili for one of our first wars in Atenveldt. I grew up with a very hearty northern style chili, no real chile flavor...just home cooked stew food. So I made some changes to how my mom made it when I was growing up and added some South Western flair.

Ianuk's Chili )
ianuk: (evil)
From the a Presbyterian Cookbook from Jamestown, ND.

"Best Banana Bread"
3/4 cup butter (softened works best)
1.5 cups sugar
2-4 ripe bananas
2 eggs (room temp works best)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
.5 cup of butter milk (get the SAYCO buttermilk powder and it keeps for ever in the fridge, just add water per the container for the amount needed).
Additions*

Cream together butter, sugar and bananas. Mix together eggs, vanilla, flour soda and salt. Add to fist mixture alternately with the buttermilk (I just use the kitchenaid and do it all at once, I notice no difference in the final product). Pout into greased pan and bake at 350º for 1.5 hours.

*chocolate chips, raisins, nuts (yuck) or anything else you think of...the batter is very forgiving.

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