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Dinner

That was my dinner last night:  chicken pot pie, a many-berry pie, and a salad from my garden:  lettuces, a roma tomato, a carrot, and a store bought celery.

For rebel gal, vtgal, brillig, bumbi, commonmass and others living in the northeast where the snow storm/blizzard is coming in, y'all take care.  Keep in touch, if you can, and if there's anything we can do for you, let us know.  We're hoping it will all be an easy snow.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:23:07 PM PST

  •  G'morning MOTer insomniacs (11+ / 0-)

    I have to get some bills ready for the mail tomorrow and so am still up.  I wish I could somehow make bills as much fun to pay as they are to make but OTOH granddaughter #2 now has a 48" model of the Titanic on the way

  •  And good night! (9+ / 0-)

    It's 10:30 Pacific, and I"m making it an early night tonight.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:34:00 PM PST

  •  I would love to have the recipes! That looks (10+ / 0-)

    wonderful. And yes, may the weather forecasters be wrong!

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:00:52 PM PST

    •  Thehy are cheater pies (8+ / 0-)

      I bought the pie crusts - Pillsbury brand, but I suppose any brand will do.  The rolled up refrigerator style crusts - they make 8 pies.  You have to re-roll the dough a couple of time to get the final 2 sets of crusts.

      For the many berry pies, it takes 2 tablespoons of pie filling - either canned store bought pie filling or home made.  Wilderness makes the best canned pie fillings in my opinion.  Oooh - looking for a linky, I found Wilderness now makes a berry medley that looks almost as good as my homemade many-berry pie filling!

      For the chicken pot pie, I made a cream of chicken soup.  Again, 2 tablespoons fills the pies I made.  These should really be large enough to hold 1/2 - 3/4 cups of soup, but I don't have pie tins that size.

      Cream of chicken soup:

      4 pound chicken
      1 leek
      2 whole cloves
      6 ribs of celery with tops
      4  large carrots with tops
      1 small yellow onion with top (add 2 scallions if no onion top)
      3 sprigs fresh thyme
      3 bay leaves
      2 tbs butter
      6 egg yolks
      2 cups heavy cream
      1 cup English peas
      1 1/2 gallons cold water or chicken stock

      Press the cloves into the well scrubbed leek and place it and the chicken in the stewpot.  Place the veggie tops,  thyme, and bay leaves in with the chicken and leek.  Add 1 1/2 gallons of cold water or stock. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

      Remove the chicken and discard the tops and herbs.  Keep the stock simmering as you prepare the rest of the soup.

      Peel and dice the onion, carrots, and celery.  Saute them in butter until the onion and celery are transparent - about 5 minutes.

      Debone the chicken and save the bones for more stock-making. Mince the chicken

      Place half the chicken and some stock into a food processor or blender and puree.  Stir this and the rest of the minced chicken into the simmering stock along with the vegetables. Bring back to a simmer and cook until the carrots are tender.

      Scoop out some of the stock and use that to temper the egg yolks.  Beat the yolks in the stock, then stir into the simmering soup.  Turn off the heat.  Stir in the cream.

      OR

      You could cheat and use 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of chicken pieces (liquid and chicken stirred into the soup) and 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots.  Heat this together until the peas and carrots thaw, then scoop into the pie crusts.

      Bake the pies at 400ºF for about 10 minutes (if the pies are 3" mini pies - longer if you have larger pie tins) or until the top crust is well browned. On larger pies, you may need to place a crust shield on the pies to prevent the edges from burning.

      I do have an electric pot pie maker, and use it extensively in the summer, but in the winter, when I want the oven on for warmth, I use my mini pie tin., except mine are 3" pies, not these 5" pies.

      The 3" pies, you need 2 pot pies for a single serving, but a 5" pot pie would be a single serving.  I may have to save up and invest in the 5" tin - mine doesn't have the pop out bottom, and that could be very useful.  Of course, I have the nifty pie lifter...

      And if you really like mini pies, these books are excellent ones.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:26:24 AM PST

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      •  Yummy! We used to love pot pies as a go to (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bigjacbigjacbigjac

        christ al mighty - I don't wanna cook tonight. But the prepared ones are sooo salt heavy. Something we could bake ourselves and freeze for those I don't wanna cook tonight evenings is great! Thank you for sharing and skritches for itzl.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:54:35 PM PST

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  •  I have a recipe, for mac and cheese from scratch: (10+ / 0-)

    put about one half gallon of water
    in a five quart pot,
    turn up the heat,
    add about three heaping tablespoons of chicken bullion,
    the Knorr brand,
    and one pound of macaroni.

    When it has boiled long enough
    to make the pasta al dente or softer,
    do not drain your water,
    (it has the bullion!)
    turn off the heat,
    add one stick of real butter,
    and sixteen slices of pasteurized process cheese slices.

    Stir and stir,
    and it will all melt.

    Eat it while it's hot.

    I posted this recipe before,
    but maybe someone will read it this time,
    who missed it before.

  •  We're hunkering down for the blizzard here in (24+ / 0-)

    New England. We'll probably spend the weekend in the hospital.

    Here's some fun images of GMB02 and Geoffrey the Cat:

    And the two of us at a Daily Kos meet-up last year:

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:45:48 AM PST

  •  Good morning! (8+ / 0-)

    went to bed early last night, was feeling worn down from all the packing and I can't afford a fibro flare right now. Was awake at five am this morning, and wasn't able to linger in bed because Sophie had to go out. Sometimes she sleeps later than me and I can be lazy a bit. Not so today.

    Today I cook for the meet up, and do what packing I can. More boxes are arriving with the Caedy tonight, so if I can get more things ready to go into boxes we can just load them up later. Tomorrow is our meet up, so that's my day of rest so I don't end up in the hospital by the end of this move. Sunday's going to be a busy packing day, with Caedy  home. Monday and Tuesday are going to be packing the last minute things days, the kitchen, the bath room, the clothes.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:14:04 AM PST

    •  I know how horrible moving is (7+ / 0-)

      but you're on your way to a much better home, I think.  Just take your time and listen to your body.  Oh, and think how good you'll feel when it's all over.  :-)

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:23:23 AM PST

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      •  Last time we moved in the winter (7+ / 0-)

        I wore myself down so much I ended up with double pneumonia a few days after the move. But that move was just me and Caedy doing the bulk of the work. We'll have more help this time. I'm trying to take it slowly with the packing and I'll do the same with the unpacking. Plus the kids are older and more helpful.

        I have the cat carrier propped open and her cat food in it. I'm hoping I can get her used to going in and out so I don't have to fight her so much on moving day. She's only gone on short car trips in the past and we held her for those. This is going to be a 2, 2.5 hour drive. She's not going to be a happy cat when we get there, and even less so when she finds herself shut in the bathroom until all the furniture is moved in!

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:45:59 AM PST

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        •  Oh yes, the trials (7+ / 0-)

          and tribulations of moving a cat.  If you can, you might speak to a vet about tranquilizing her for the move, it really is kinder for pooties.  She may even remain groggy enough that staying crated may be a good idea.

          And if you have some feliway to use in the new house, that can help, too.  

          Don't do laundry before you move - the dirty laundry smell will help her and the dogs adjust to the new place faster.

          All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

          by Noddy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:45:27 AM PST

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          •  My daughter (6+ / 0-)

            is sleeping with the 'baby blanket' we're putting in the crate with her, which I'm hoping will help. Unfortunately I don't have money for a vet as well before we go, not with all the deposits and having to budget for Caedy missing a paycheck or two as well. Can cats take benedryl like dogs can?

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:49:33 AM PST

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            •  Xanax, prozac, benadryl (7+ / 0-)

              should all work for cats.  A vet could tell you the right quantities.  Benadryl (diphenhydramine)would be about 1 mg per pound of cat, because I've used it before. The cat gets mellow and groggy.  

              But I've never used xanax or prozac.

              If you know someone with a car, you might take the cat on a longish drive, with treats, and see how she reacts.  She might be quite calm about  it.  Many cats are. It's just a few that freak out. My daughter's cat, Keegan, was a freaker.  The first time in a car, he creeled at the top of his lungs, and had diarrhea, puked, and shed most of his hair off (that was just a 10 minute drive to the vet).  The second time, we sedated him, and he was still stressed, but mostly he moaned, and didn't get diarrhea or puke or shed.  So he was always sedated for car drives.

              All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

              by Noddy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:39:18 AM PST

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              •  Yikes, both ends of the cat! Good info about (7+ / 0-)

                traveling with cats with 7, myself, sometimes I get the
                vet to come to me.
                I bought one of your books! Can't wait to get it and
                get to work getting my affairs in order.
                Am battening down the hatches here, thank God for a
                new generator, easy to use and strong enough to
                power everything. Will stay in touch, it is just snowing
                already.

                "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

                by bumbi on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:47:38 AM PST

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              •  I don't have anyone who can do a long ride (4+ / 0-)

                before next Wednesday, when we move. Also, I don't want her to know at this point that I'm intending on shutting her into the crate. She's never been in one. I don't want to have to hunt her down on moving day. I know I'm going to have one angry and vindictive cat on my hands once this is done. But I don't want her to trip people carrying furniture, or get stepped on, or get a dresser dropped on her head. We're moving into a 2 bathroom place, so she'll have a bathroom to herself until things are moved inside. My daughter's job is going to be keeping the dogs occupied outside on leash while things are being moved around since she's too young for heavy lifting anyway. Probably she and I since my lungs aren't up for it either.

                "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

                by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:08:38 AM PST

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                •  Move her with the last load if you can, (6+ / 0-)

                  also, some cats will wail for a long time and tire themselves out when traveling. Then they start panting and you feel like you should give them a drink. The wailing and panting may upset the kids.

                   Do not let anyone unstopper that bottle for any reason, the "genie" will be very difficult to get back in the bottle, and may interfere with the driver or scratch the passengers due to panic. Plan ahead to give kitty some ice or bring a little dish and a bottle of water that can be squirted inside.

                  When I moved swampyankee's Smudge from CT to NY, I started with a carrier, but put it into a dog crate with the carrier's door open.  There was a little crying but when she found she could go out of the carrier and back in she settled right down and was a good girl for nearly 8 hours. If you have a cat harness, you might want to put it on her, too.

                  I once had a cat climb up under the dashboard of a van.  It took three hours and tuna to get her to come out far enough so we could re-capture her.  We didn't dare start the van; too many wires and we could have had a damaged van and a damaged kitty.  

                  Have fun at the meet-up tomorrow! The group looks like a fun one!

                  If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

                  by weck on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:30:05 AM PST

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                  •  That is a great idea, how much bigger (4+ / 0-)

                    was the dog crate? (than the cat carrier)

                    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

                    by bumbi on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:35:53 AM PST

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                    •  It was a big crate, just barely fit in the car, (3+ / 0-)

                      but I would do it again for any cat that needed to take a long trip, the cat didn't feel trapped and settled down pretty quickly.  Two of mine wail all the way to the vet (15 mins) and I'm afraid they will damage themselves trying to escape the carrier.  I can handle 15 minutes each way.

                      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

                      by weck on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:03:31 AM PST

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                  •  Actually we're planning (5+ / 0-)

                    on me, Dad, Dad's mom and Bit to go up in the morning with the animals, because the three of us will be no help in loading the truck anyway. We have to go up, get the lease signed, get the keys and go to the water utility and get that paperwork filled out because you can't do it online. If we don't get the water stuff done before noon we won't have water until the next day. Draco and Caedy are going to stay here with Dad's dad and some cousins as well as Caedy's one friend to load the truck and bring it up later. And no, no one is opening that carrier until we get there. I don't have a harness for her, and she's never been on leash. I've done that before with my aunt's cats (from PA to FL) wasn't fun at all!
                    I plan on getting her up there in the carrier, setting up food and water and the litter box in the bathroom where she'll be confined, opening the carrier door and getting out of the bathroom without her sneaking out. Then we'll put a sign on the door so no one goes in.

                    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

                    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:55:13 AM PST

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        •  Sounds like you have things (4+ / 0-)

          under control, at least as much as you can do.  Wish I lived closer.  I'm not in much better shape than you are, but many hands (even crippled, weak ones) make light work.  :-)

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:01:56 AM PST

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          •  Right now we do yes. (5+ / 0-)

            I get more nervous as things get closer, getting everything coordinated and turned on with deadlines always makes me nervous. I always manage to do it, but it's very stressful (in part because I have no sense of time or date, so I double and triple check myself constantly). So Noddy, make sure you have the day of the week right until Wednesday please!! Otherwise I'll think I'm on the wrong day all day!

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:11:06 AM PST

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  •  Two down, four to go. (6+ / 0-)

    Made it through another morning of practice with the kids for solo festival.  This year's group is mostly great.  The kids know their solos, and they count and everything!  

    There are a couple, though, who are, um, not good.  One is playing the Happy Hippo.  As you might guess from the title, this is not a a fast ditty.  There are only whole, half, and quarter notes.  There is nothing above the register key (clarinet), but the child still can't even remember fingerings.  This is the third year that someone has had this song and I'm still not sure how it's supposed to sound.  It's the default song for those who can't play to save themselves.  There is no easier solo, period.

    Anyway, the time on the bench is excruciating, but I seem to be recovering well and quickly from each session.  And the money comes in handy....  :-)

    Best wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts for those who will be affect by the terrible storm.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:30:48 AM PST

    •  Can't you take a cushion (6+ / 0-)

      for the bench?  Like the "forever comfy" cushion they advertise on tv? I know it's smaller than a piano bench, but couldn't you put it where you need to sit? Sorry, I never made it past third year piano, so not sure if it would work for you, but there has to be something out there that would help.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:55:29 AM PST

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      •  The biggest problem (5+ / 0-)

        is that it's an electronic piano on wheels.  The dolly isn't properly designed to make the piano sit close to the floor.  The pedals are just enough higher than normal to make the sitting off-balance, no matter how much cushion I have.  If I put my foot at a comfortable angle, the keyboard is so far way I can barely reach it.

        I'll survive it all, but I do feel like I've been "drug through a knothole" by the time I get home.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:06:29 AM PST

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  •  Good morning everyone! (6+ / 0-)

    Beautiful weather down here. Hope all of you stay safe up north.

    Going out with friends this afternoon.

    Have a great time tomorrow FloridaSNMOM. Hopefully I'll be able to join you next year.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:06:55 AM PST

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