Friday, February 29, 2008
Then Jac got home and started immediately on replacing the kitchen sink and faucet. He removed the old sink. (Wow, my husband can do that?) Then he tried the new sink. Yeah, I'm an idiot. Well, not so much, but I did buy an XL sink accidentally which was in no way going to fit into our kitchen. The box was completely unmarked, it had no indication of the size or style of the contents. It was in the bin of the product I'd been looking for. I did think it was about $90 more than I had anticipated but there'd been no price next to the sink I was seeking. So, we made a list of the rest of the things he needed from the store and headed out together.
The Home Depot tends to be a popular place on weekends. So natually we had to face a Thunderdome match to find an orange-smocked helper. We finally did find a guy with an orange mohawk and he got our correct sink down from the rafters. We headed home and Andy resumed work on the sink project. The sink fit, the faucet looked great, now he had to actually secure the thing, re-do a whole bunch of plumbing to accommodate the deeper basin, and somehow manage to retain his sanity. There were plastic pipes that had to be cut to size then secured through a hole between floors. There were screws that had to be placed and tightened in a tiny recess in the back of the dark cabinet. There was the adventure of removing the dishwasher to get at some of the sink securing screws. Then there was the fun of re-installing the disposal. Jac's come through it with a remarkable persistence and possibly even one or two bad words left unsaid.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jac and I failed in our effort to be complete hermits this weekend. We headed out this morning to hit the spice shop again and the used book store. I, apparently, am incapable of reading a website because I thought Penzey's opened at 10, but they open at 11 on Sunday. Jac was headed for trusty old Hole in the Wall Books. But a note on the door warned us they'd be late. After a momentary flirtation with actually attending mass to kill 45 minutes, we found ourselves in the endless strip mall. Jac eyed a doughnut shop and I hesitated silently for a moment at the thought of unknown baked goods. The fact that the small shop was mobbed was a clue that we'd found a little gem.
Falls Church Donuts
1112 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Jac showed up last weekend with a little bin of organically grown green beans and presented them to me like a caveman would have brought his wife a wild boar, "Got this. Make."
Friday, February 22, 2008
Today wasn't a full-fledged snow day, it was a beggar's snow day, a.k.a. liberal leave. I've already ranted plenty on the plight of workers afflicted with liberal leave, so I'll just say we embraced the day. I did have a meeting scheduled, but it got bumped. The worst of the weather they anticipated never materialized and Jac and I seized the opportunity to go to the yuppie grocery store while it was nearly empty.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The weather actually made me want to move to Canada today. I'm not speaking metaphorically, I mean geez, it'd be nice to live in Canada. It should not be 70 degrees in February in Washington. I am so jonesing for an actual freaking winter. The spring-like days are certainly nice, but the whole reason spring has a rejuvenating quality is that it comes after winter.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
There was no such trouble over in the land of creamy potatoey goodness. As much as I adore, enjoy, worship potatoes, I stay away from all things potato and pasta salad at picnics. Not because I fear a foodborne illness. (Bring on the salmonella! Got any trichonosis? How about botulism?) But because all those funky salads use crumbled up hard boiled eggs. (Egg-haters unite!!)
So I was beyond delight when I found MizzNezz's recipe for New Red Potato Salad over at Recipezaar. No eggs! I laughed when I read some of the commenters' notes that they had added egg. I squirmed a little when I read the ingredients, could it be five stars good? Oh yes, yes it could. Look out soup night, potato salad month might be right around the corner.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
It's a little too simple to even require an actual recipe so I'll give you an annotated list. Cook a pound of elbow macaroni, drain and rinse under cold water until cool to the touch. Mix in enough mayonnaise to coat (about a cup) and sweet pickle relish. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix in 1 large can chicken breast or one to two shredded poached chicken breasts. Adjust seasonings to taste. Chill for one or more hours. Stir, adjust mayonnaise and seasonings to taste. Hide.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
3 squares unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9 inch layer pans.
Cream the melted, cooled chocolate with the butter. Add the sugar until fluffy and well blended. Add the eggs, a bit at a time until mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients to blend. Add dry ingredients, along with sour cream to the batter, alternating dry ingredients and sour cream until batter is smooth, mixing on low speed of mixer, scraping bowl often. Add boiling water. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake 30 minutes until cake springs back when gently pressed with fingertips. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto cake rack.