Saturday, February 04, 2012
Today the BW took me to the Dunedin Garden Club meeting in Weaver park, and we go the tour. I was surprised that the wood from a slash pine is so hard you need to drill a hole in order to drive a nail into it - I always thought of pines as softwoods. I also didn't know that redbuds, hickory trees, and a few others would grow here - I always thought of them as Ohio (or at least northern) natives.
We finished off by going back to walk the 700 foot pier out to where the water is deep enough for a decent sized boat to tie up - about 9 feet. Sutherland Sound has very clear water near shore - you can look down through three feet of water and look at the sea grass and ripples in the sand, but where it's deeper is gets dark (murky?).
Yesterday Jack and I expanded to four guys. Jack and Murray wanted to do controlling things - Jack wanted to add up our ages for a name for the "Club" - 331. Murray wanted to set up some goals. I think we beat both of them down - besides, every time we gained a guy or lost one the name would have to change, and we are admitting that we're OLD guys. Everyone still had a car and gets around just fine, of course, and I still think that "old" is someone 20 years older than I am.
I used up the gallon of turkey stock that has been cluttering up the freezer today - I made a quadruple batch of lentil soup, using a Spark People recipe. Unfortunately, it turned out the way the BW likes soup (broth between the solids). It's a vegetarian recipe which called for a quart of vegetable stock, so I'm not sure if it is vegetarian, but it's good.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I didn't paint anything a different color - it's white over white. When we moved in here the interior doors were dark Phillipine Mahogany, and the BW hated them. It took one coat of primer and two more coats of paint to get them white. The new white is "Ultra white" and it is quite a bit lighter than the old stuff. I have to do the edges and corners twice (two coats) to make them match the rolled sections. The real advantage is that all the scuffs and chips are gone (after spackling some places, of course.) I didn't think we really needed paint, but the three done rooms are a lot brighter.
My mother was always changing the colors in the house, so we wound up painting the whole house every two or three years, but the BW just likes white. That's still a problem because to patch an area you need the same paint - the same color and the same sheen. When we were selling our house I went around and patched marks, and I found that if I put the wrong white paint in a room, it would show up glaringly from an angle even if it looked great straight on. The same manufacturer and sheen is needed if you want to cover something. From now on I will know exactly what to use if there are any new holes in the walls.
I got two loves of half whole wheat bread today. I had whole wheat, but thought it might be a higher loaf if I used three cups of whole wheat flower and three and a half cups of unbleached flower. To make sure I added four tablespoons of gluten just in case. I got two nice loafs that are exactly like the two whole wheat loaves I got last time. I think I'll just make two loaves of white next time because they were a little higher..
I finished the old bread today and had just one slice of the new (I freeze one loaf and keep the other in the refrigerator in an old bread bag because the BW has now stopped eating wheat). As far as I can tell, the half whole wheat is just about like the whole wheat - but everything is good for making sandwiches.
Monday, January 30, 2012
We just finished putting everything back in the big bedroom. I started taking things out Saturday when I didn't know what else to do, removed the fixtures, cleaned things up with Spic and Span, and rolled all the walls. I had two gallons, which was just enough paint to do the walls and start on the ceiling with the short nap roller from the first gallon.
I thought I could do the ceiling and the edges and put things back Sunday, but I ran out of paint after the first gallon. It only took about an hour to do the ceiling, so I went out and got another couple of gallons.
Then, when I started I didn't feel like pouring out of a new gallon and getting the outside wet, so I started working out a full gallon of paint, which was great until I moved the gallon while I was sitting on the floor with my legs folded in front of me, and had the bottom hit my left foot. I spilled a spot a couple of inches across on the carpet.
As I was cleaning it up I had a visitor show up, and the BW volunteered to complete the cleanup. The visitor stayed for several hours, so that was the end of the Sunday painting.
Today I finished the painting, bought two new Kwikset latches - one Closet and one Bed and Bath, and put everything back on the walls and new door striker plates and latch hardware. The blinds and wall lights are up, the registers is back in the ceiling and the overthead fixture is back, and all the furniture is back from all over the house. Also, the BW is completely happy ( for a while).
Now I need to mix up some dough to sit overnight so I can bake bread tomorrow - I'm running out of bread.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The second batch came out fine. I put the cabbage in first, then two cups of water and two big onions, garlic, two tablespoons of curry powder, one tablespoon of dried basil, and a big handful of crushed red pepper. I put the meat on top of the pile, and simmered that for nearly two hours, checking from time to time for sticking, but it was just as if I was making bean soup - no sweat. After the meat sort of dissolved into the rest of the stuff, I put the two cans of tomato paste in, and that took care of all the extra water. The BW said it reminded her of spaghetti sauce, which is reasonable. It's basically just meat sauce over cooked cabbage, and it's a strong red. Unfortunately I forgot to leave the red pepper out until it's served because the BW doesn't like the bite, but she still said it was good. It's a little strange having so few different vegetables, but a very simple recipe.
I only had about four quarts left to store, but I'm good for a few days while I finish the bean soup and meat slop.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I had a stab at meat slop yesterday. I used two red cabbages, a package of ground turkey breast, two red onions, lots of garlic, and two cans of tomato sauce, plus curry powder, crushed red pepper, and basil. Unfortunately, I browned the meat first, then added water and the tomato sauce, and then the cabbage, onions, and garlic. It would have been great but the turkey and tomato on the bottom stuck and burned to a one eight inch thick crust Ė which messed up the taste. Then I went back and got two large (12 oz) cans of tomato paste, which thickened up the mess and made it look a lot better. It still tasted burned, but I packaged it up (about five quarts) and put it in the refrigerator.
Then I woke up this morning at about 4:30, and thought about it for a while, and decided that I didnít want to eat the burned stuff, so I ran it down the garbage disposal and went back today to get another set of ingredients. Only tomato paste this time, and I bought smaller cabbages. I put two cups of water in the bottom of my biggest pot, threw in the cabbage first, the meat last, and saved the tomato past for the finishing touch. At this point everything looks good Ė after the first hour it looks like a normal batch of soup that I would have working Ė the liquid is just visible between the solids, and there is nothing stuck to the bottom of the pot. Iím hoping that it will turn out to taste better than the first batch.
All of this comes from not reading the directions again before I started. I donít normally use either tomato paste or tomato sauce Ė just diced tomatoes if I put any in, so Iím not up on how to do this.
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