Thursday, October 22, 2009

the military-industrial-entertainment complex

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hey there, hi there, ho there -- I just realized that I have been HORRIBLY lax about updating this, so here's the short version.

The store moved.
Kelly broke some bones by falling off a ladder.
I had a terrible case of poison ivy.
I broke a toe.
There was one day where Finnegan would not stop barfing. The solution, according to a vet, was to feed him some cough medicine. This led to Finnegan not stopping barfing, and now barfing in a vivid, Technicolor red. We are still working on getting the carpets back to normal.
My sister had a baby. It is a girl. Her name is Emerson.
I am going to enter the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
I got the flu. I think it was H1N1, but that may just be wishful thinking, because it seems more daring.
I recovered from the flu.
I made apple butter, pumpkin butter, elderberry tincture, and Danish. (These were not all part of the same recipe.)
People were apparently tortured during the Bush Administration by being forced to listen to music including Metallica, Britney Spears and the BeeGees. In short -- the Bush Administration would have apparently saved money and time by locking their detainees at my house. There would have been no waterboarding, and I could have tried out my Pillsbury BakeOff recipes on them.
I continue to be mystified by pretty much everything.


tracy said...

I want to be a bake-off recipe tester, please!

Anonymous said...

thanks you share..................................................

Sorcha said...

Emerson! I love that name but it did immediately elicit a "but oh, poor kid, will she call herself Emers or something?". Sorry to hear about the poison ivy. Wow. I am sure the detainees would have helped matters immensely. There is still hope. H1N1 no less. (chuckle chuckle). I am relieved to know you have not gone and joined some Avatar cult or anything of that nature. Elderberry tincture....tell us more??? All will undoubtedly feel at least momentarily resolved with the possibility of a Pilsbury award. What do you get? A doughboy ceramic or a rolling pin etc? Photos please. And good tidings to Kelly and Finnegan, what a year. I LOVE THIS BLOG!

tacitly complicit said...

Elderberry tincture is allegedly good for warding off flu. I made some last year because we have elderberry bushes like some people have cats. Anyway, you freeze the branches with their big umbrellas of dark, dark purple berries still on them and then whang the frozen branches against the inside of a garbage can. The stems and such are poisonous, so you have to be careful to just get the berries. So you do this, and then you steep the berries for a couple of months in Everclear grain alcohol or very high-proof vodka. I did this in big Mason jars, which I put in the closet. You shake the jars every couple of days. Then after about 60 days you strain off the now-dark purple alcohol and set that aside. You take about a quarter of the Mason jar of liquid and mix it with vegetable glycerine. It's still pretty in, don't slug a bunch of this down and then go driving. But it's good for boosting your immunity and it helped me get over the flu in three days rather than 10.
and...if you win the Pillsbury BakeOff, you win a million dollars. I still have not come up with the right recipe. I think that it's going to involve raspberry jam. Still working on how to make puff pastry out of things made by Pillsbury. :-)

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