Friday, March 16, 2012

7 Quick Takes Fourth Friday in Lent


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Check out the rolls!  I missed her glorious chub during the winter months. 



--- 2 ---

The weather?  It rocks.  Our rink?  It's the single largest mosquito breeding ground in the village.  But it is slowly being pumped out to the sewer.  No, not my toast sewer.  I'm not from here, remember?  Seriously, I got three bites tonight.  I think I love mosquitoes right now.  But check back in June or July.

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I was reading Waltzing Matilda and was delighted to learn about Elizabeth Gaskell.  Never heard of her, but Charlotte says, and I quote, "If you liked DowntonAbbey, you will love these!"  You had me at, "If you liked Downtown Abbey."

I found Cranford and North and South on Netflix streaming, so now you know what I'll be watching while folding laundry for the next several weeks. 

--- 4 ---


It's almost too hot to make Irish Soda Bread, but I already bought the quart of buttermilk and the pound of raisins.  Plus, this recipe will knock your socks off.  I said it all before.  I'll say it again:


I'm not that Irish, so I never even heard of Irish soda bread until college. What I experienced then was dry, dusty, and conducive to cotton mouth. In fact, this is what "traditional Irish soda bread" is supposed to be. Let's face it, Ireland: not known for fabulous cuisine. Then I met Aunt Deb, another Kraut married into this Mick family, and she gave me the World's Best But Least Irish Soda Bread Recipe. All of Aunt Deb's recipes are World's Best, such as her Cranberry Salsa, her Margarita, but I'm getting off track. What makes her soda bread so amazing is TWO, count them, that's TWO WHOLE CUPS of Sugar and ONE ENTIRE QUART of Buttermilk. I think that if you add 2 cups of Sugar and 1 qt. of buttermilk to any baked good, it would be better. This recipe yields 3 9x5 loaves of the most cake like raisin studded deliciousness. Tastes great toasted, and buttered. Yes, butter that goodness!

--- 5 ---

I'm not sure if it's because it's the fourth week of Lent, or if it's because of Daylight Savings Time, but everything kind of fell apart this week.  It takes me about a month to recover from this bi-annual time change.  I don't even want to know how many tardies my kids got this week because we I can't get out of bed on time.  And dinner?  What dinner?

But this blog post, gave me one tip that I can implement today.  Leila wrote, "my friend hadn't yet told me I just had to know what was for dinner by 10 am."

I love friends like that.  I usually try to know what's for dinner the night before, so I can throw a hunk of frozen meat on the counter and defrost it the old fashioned way.  I'm a risk taker, what can I say.  But 10 am,  I can do that!  Even this week. 

Tonight...ummm...potato soup and a salad.  Done.  Nothing to thaw either.

--- 6 ---



The Hunger Games is coming to theaters next Friday.  I wrote a brief review of the book here.

--- 7 ---

My dad is suing the Department of Health and Human Resources.  The news media showed up at his office yesterday, but he had already left.  I had to tell my parents to stop reading nasty comments on news sites.  Prayers for them would be most appreciated.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

14 comments:

  1. Your daughters legs are GORGEOUS! My life is also falling apart. I blamed daylight savings though. Kudas to your dad for his action aganist HHS. My hubby is a college professor and he is leading a faculty forum on the HHS mandate today. Despite what anyone's birth control views are, it is a clear violation of church and state.

    I, like you, am not political and I am exhausted by just writing my views here. To much smart thinking for this early. I need more caffine.

    Glad I found your blog. It brightened my day. Hope I can find it again!

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    1. Thanks! I hope my pretty buttons above work for following. I hope to figure out how to add the email one today.

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  2. You're the second or third blogger who's mentioned the time change. And that's not counting me, who doesn't "mention" it so much as "wail and moan and gnash my teeth" about it.

    I'm super mature like that.

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    1. I think the time change is kind of like shark week. It's scary to think about if there's nothing worse going on.

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  3. You must be very proud of your father! Please let him know we are grateful for his courage to stand up for our religious freedom. We will be praying for him.

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  4. I really enjoyed North and South, so I'm thinking I should probably put on Downton Abbey while I'M folding laundry some time...
    Good for your dad. We'll definitely keep him in our prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  5. (Accidentally left this comment on the wrong post!)

    You must be so proud of your papa! We will keep him and his cause in our prayers. If you are going to indulge in Elizabeth Gaskell you simply must watch Wives and Daughters! It battles for my favorite status with North and South depending on my mood. And from a fellow Kraut who married a Mick (well, he's Welsh, but close enough) before you go dissing authentic Irish Soda bread, try this White Soda Bread recipe. Knead it very lightly, just a couple of tosses around and bake it in a cake pan with another cake pan covering it on top. It is tender and moist and delish! It also toasts up really nice the next day... if you have any leftovers.

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  6. Is this really the fourth week in lent? what happened to the third week? did i skip it? Love your blog!

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    1. Yes, it is! I think I missed Laudete Sunday, either that or our pastor didn't wear rose. Too bad, cause it's totally his color.

      Delete
    2. The Chef just informed me that it's Laetare Sunday and it's this Sunday. Didn't miss it in the time change after all.
      http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08737c.htm

      Delete
  7. Add in Wives and Daughters on Netflix. Fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am lovin' my kids in shorts right now. The laundry pile has decreased by 1/2 at least. Joy!

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  9. Downtown Abbey, I LOVED THAT! We all could learn something there! Like manners...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

7 Quick Takes Fourth Friday in Lent


--- 1 ---

Check out the rolls!  I missed her glorious chub during the winter months. 



--- 2 ---

The weather?  It rocks.  Our rink?  It's the single largest mosquito breeding ground in the village.  But it is slowly being pumped out to the sewer.  No, not my toast sewer.  I'm not from here, remember?  Seriously, I got three bites tonight.  I think I love mosquitoes right now.  But check back in June or July.

--- 3 ---


I was reading Waltzing Matilda and was delighted to learn about Elizabeth Gaskell.  Never heard of her, but Charlotte says, and I quote, "If you liked DowntonAbbey, you will love these!"  You had me at, "If you liked Downtown Abbey."

I found Cranford and North and South on Netflix streaming, so now you know what I'll be watching while folding laundry for the next several weeks. 

--- 4 ---


It's almost too hot to make Irish Soda Bread, but I already bought the quart of buttermilk and the pound of raisins.  Plus, this recipe will knock your socks off.  I said it all before.  I'll say it again:


I'm not that Irish, so I never even heard of Irish soda bread until college. What I experienced then was dry, dusty, and conducive to cotton mouth. In fact, this is what "traditional Irish soda bread" is supposed to be. Let's face it, Ireland: not known for fabulous cuisine. Then I met Aunt Deb, another Kraut married into this Mick family, and she gave me the World's Best But Least Irish Soda Bread Recipe. All of Aunt Deb's recipes are World's Best, such as her Cranberry Salsa, her Margarita, but I'm getting off track. What makes her soda bread so amazing is TWO, count them, that's TWO WHOLE CUPS of Sugar and ONE ENTIRE QUART of Buttermilk. I think that if you add 2 cups of Sugar and 1 qt. of buttermilk to any baked good, it would be better. This recipe yields 3 9x5 loaves of the most cake like raisin studded deliciousness. Tastes great toasted, and buttered. Yes, butter that goodness!

--- 5 ---

I'm not sure if it's because it's the fourth week of Lent, or if it's because of Daylight Savings Time, but everything kind of fell apart this week.  It takes me about a month to recover from this bi-annual time change.  I don't even want to know how many tardies my kids got this week because we I can't get out of bed on time.  And dinner?  What dinner?

But this blog post, gave me one tip that I can implement today.  Leila wrote, "my friend hadn't yet told me I just had to know what was for dinner by 10 am."

I love friends like that.  I usually try to know what's for dinner the night before, so I can throw a hunk of frozen meat on the counter and defrost it the old fashioned way.  I'm a risk taker, what can I say.  But 10 am,  I can do that!  Even this week. 

Tonight...ummm...potato soup and a salad.  Done.  Nothing to thaw either.

--- 6 ---



The Hunger Games is coming to theaters next Friday.  I wrote a brief review of the book here.

--- 7 ---

My dad is suing the Department of Health and Human Resources.  The news media showed up at his office yesterday, but he had already left.  I had to tell my parents to stop reading nasty comments on news sites.  Prayers for them would be most appreciated.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

14 comments:

  1. Your daughters legs are GORGEOUS! My life is also falling apart. I blamed daylight savings though. Kudas to your dad for his action aganist HHS. My hubby is a college professor and he is leading a faculty forum on the HHS mandate today. Despite what anyone's birth control views are, it is a clear violation of church and state.

    I, like you, am not political and I am exhausted by just writing my views here. To much smart thinking for this early. I need more caffine.

    Glad I found your blog. It brightened my day. Hope I can find it again!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I hope my pretty buttons above work for following. I hope to figure out how to add the email one today.

      Delete
  2. You're the second or third blogger who's mentioned the time change. And that's not counting me, who doesn't "mention" it so much as "wail and moan and gnash my teeth" about it.

    I'm super mature like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the time change is kind of like shark week. It's scary to think about if there's nothing worse going on.

      Delete
  3. You must be very proud of your father! Please let him know we are grateful for his courage to stand up for our religious freedom. We will be praying for him.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I really enjoyed North and South, so I'm thinking I should probably put on Downton Abbey while I'M folding laundry some time...
    Good for your dad. We'll definitely keep him in our prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  5. (Accidentally left this comment on the wrong post!)

    You must be so proud of your papa! We will keep him and his cause in our prayers. If you are going to indulge in Elizabeth Gaskell you simply must watch Wives and Daughters! It battles for my favorite status with North and South depending on my mood. And from a fellow Kraut who married a Mick (well, he's Welsh, but close enough) before you go dissing authentic Irish Soda bread, try this White Soda Bread recipe. Knead it very lightly, just a couple of tosses around and bake it in a cake pan with another cake pan covering it on top. It is tender and moist and delish! It also toasts up really nice the next day... if you have any leftovers.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Is this really the fourth week in lent? what happened to the third week? did i skip it? Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is! I think I missed Laudete Sunday, either that or our pastor didn't wear rose. Too bad, cause it's totally his color.

      Delete
    2. The Chef just informed me that it's Laetare Sunday and it's this Sunday. Didn't miss it in the time change after all.
      http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08737c.htm

      Delete
  7. Add in Wives and Daughters on Netflix. Fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am lovin' my kids in shorts right now. The laundry pile has decreased by 1/2 at least. Joy!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Downtown Abbey, I LOVED THAT! We all could learn something there! Like manners...

    ReplyDelete