Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Pumpkin Bars

Good Lord. That was the worst. I had a little hankering for some pumpkin bars....well, I was going to make bread, but then I decided on bars...I was feeling all confident, it was a pretty easy recipe, etc etc etc

The recipe said too cook them for 30 min, which, in hindsight does seem kind of short. But around 30 minutes, I check them with a toothpick and nothing comes off...so I figure I'm golden. And I need to get them out anyway so they can cool for the canned frosting....

I take them out, and the middle does look weird, I mean, it definitely looks kind of not done, but I don't actually check again and just assume, oh, maybe the top is a little soft. I mean I watch ALL those British Baking shows, I'm on season 3, I should know better!! Sheesh

Anyway, I come back from a walk with my darling dog and I start putting on the frosting and no SHIT the whole center is pumpkin pudding!!! I start scooping out the middle....which when I finished looked like this:



Upon my reflection, I'm guessing nothing came off on the toothpick because they WERE STILL COMPLETELY RAW/WET!  Anyway, I'm still going to eat the outside. It's pretty good and I hate to let it go to waste!!!

In other news, since I'm having this baby soon, look for new and exciting blog posts here! I can only expect more hilarious domestic disasters! :)

Sincerely,
Ms. Non-Sequtur

Monday, August 21, 2017

Corn Competition

Recently MD and I went camping with Wendell and her Hublet, R! We had a blast. 
and here is Heidi and I in the canoe! 

The best part of the trip was when Wendell and I decided to grill organic corn on the cob for breakfast! Oh, we were so smart! We half shucked it to pull out the hairs, then re-shucked it? I guess?to put it on the campfire grill. I will spare you all the details, but the corn did NOT taste good? Now, do we blame the grillers?? or the CORN!!! 

On the way home from camping, MD and I stopped at a farm stand. I proceeded to buy sweet corn- 6 ears for $3.00 so I could compare it with the organic corn from the co-op that cost $1.29 an EAR!!!

As shown here:


My plan was to do a taste test competition when we got home learn the truth of the crappy corn grillin' that took place while camping! 

To tell the difference, I broke the organic corn in half which was pointless because you could tell them apart from their coloring. The organic was all yellow and the farm stand sweet corn was dappled yellow and white!


Since it was Monday night, this was one of my easiest dinners ever! Basically I boiled the water, and then got some assistance from my darling as we put the corn in for like 5 minutes (because I never boiled corn before!!) I did throw together a quick tomato-cheese-basil salad. So, that was something. 


We both tried the organic first, but upon the first bite of the roadside corn, MD proclaimed, "Oh my god, this isn't even a competition!" The farm stand sweet corn was SO MUCH BETTER than the organic corn, taste-wise, that we were both blown away!!! 


Here I am holding up the clear winner! The Farmers roadside corn was WAY better than the organic corn! 


So, lesson learned. Wendell and I are NOT bad grillers, we just had bad corn. :)  (and okay okay, I've already had the discussions about how the roadside corn was fresher and blah blah, but STILL I know a winner when I eat one!) 

The end. 
Ms. Non-seqitur









Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lentil Blobs

Yesterday I attempted to make these: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015393-veggie-balls
Otherwise known as Vegetarian Meatballs, or simply, Veggie Balls.
However, as the title of this blog suggests, I would prefer to call them Lentil Blobs.

The recipe says 2 1/2 hours. F that. If I had done everything I was supposed to do, it would have taken me 4 hours. Anyway, here's some stuff about how the cooking went.

1. My first problem was that I assumed you were supposed to cook the lentils until they get a little mushy, like I do when I make Indian dahl. So they looked like this:
Later I read that it was supposed to be like 25-30 minutes and they were not supposed to be mushy.

2. I made the mirepoix like I was supposed to:
It looks pretty good. The problem now with the recipe is that you're supposed to let everything COOL for like 25 minutes before you mix it.

3. I went out to cut the fresh herbs from the garden, here is a bad picture of the garden. There were  a million mosquitos up my ass, so there was no time for pleasantries.



4. 5. and 6. I can't remember exactly, but there was another moment in the recipe where you are supposed to wait 25 minutes for cooling/refridgerating before you mix everything together (you can read it in the recipe)

I didn't let shit cool enough because all the cutting and mixing or I don't even know what took so long. BUT I had to get dinner done for 7:30 (ended up being 7:45) cause that's when I told MD to be home. He pulled in at 7:40. Hold on, I'm ahead of myself.

Back to the veggie mixture, I was smart of enough to add the cheese and eggs last because I knew the heat would affect them the most, but, I know it was still too warm and that's probably why they didn't firm up right.

Anyway, I form the floppy "balls" and put them on a baking sheet. I was supposed to cover them in olive oil or something (I'm assuming so they didn't dry out.) But I had forgotten to buy olive oil, so they dried out.

Blah blah, the result was this:


On the plate it looked like this with a side "salad" (lettuce) I also made this dipping sauce as shown, but I cut the dill too big, which wasn't THAT big of a deal. Except it got stuck in my teeth.




MD was sweet and ate all his balls and even one of mine. With the leftovers, I plan on adding a shit ton of cumin, turmeric and other indian spices and making like a stir fry to put over rice or in a tortilla or something. Worse that them not being shaped like balls, was that they were just really bland, even though I had all these herbs and nuts and parsley and extra garlic etc etc etc. and I don't think I added the proper about of salt! So, whatever. It was kind of fun to try something new...even if it was a slight tragedy :)

Here's a picture of Heidi and a buddy at the park!

Sincerely,
Ms. Non-Sequitur





Thursday, June 08, 2017

Domestic Nemesis VS The King Size Duvet Cover

We bought a new king size bed because our other bed was a queen and My Darling and I didn't to have enough room! We bought a Tuft and Needle. It comes in a box and inflates. Kind of weird- but is feeling good so far. Anyway, because of the new bed, MD wanted to paint the room, re-decorate, get new bedding and curtains. I picked out the bedding and curtains. He did basically everything else :) (although I did have to hem the curtains, and that turned out....acceptable)

Anyway, back to the duvet. I actually love it, it has these simple ruffles and I also love my new comforter, it's wool instead of down, but that has nothing to do with the current situation.

So before with duvet covers I've had a double bed and well, that means a normal sized blanket. I could get it in the corners and like shake it out and all was well. But a KING SIZE WOOL BLANKET IS REALLY HEAVY. I can't even lift it. Now the comforter isn't as heavy, but it's REALLY BIG.

So I start with my usual method and I can tell it's not going to work. I'm crawling inSIDE the duvet trying to straighten the corners, etc etc. That's dumb because I'm on top of the blanket and can't move it or lift it to shake. But, while I was exploring around in there I found these ties inside the cover- but the blanket doesn't have any loops to tie the ties too. Anyway, I'm mad and screaming so I decide to watch a youtube tutorial of this Russian Hacker :)

And well, okay roll it up like a sausage.... so I try his thing and take everything apart and lay it inside out, put the blanket on top blah blah match it up, blah blah. But again, the KING SIZE of everything makes this mission impossible. My sausage isn't rolling right because I'm trying to do it on top of the bed instead of on the floor and so the blanket is falling out the end and my sausage is exploding.

Finally I decide to take all apart one more time and I decide to try to pinning the corners with safety pins- even though I know the pins won't be big or strong enough- but I'm like whatever. I pin in all up, get MD to come in and shake it down and it kind of gets in there. But I still think the whole thing sucks and I know once we sleep tonight it's going to get all lumpy. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please put them in the comments!

Thank you for allowing me this venting time.
In good news. Today was the last day of school! Tomorrow is a work day, but that's easy! :)

Yours Truly,
The Domestic Nemesis aka Ms. Non-Sequitur

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CDs and General Musings

Hello fans, it appears it has been months since I last wrote. Luckily, I know you are all out there waiting on baited breath for my next post!

Today, I began a task that I have been dreading since the inception of CD's and computers. I am attempting to copy-all-my-CD's-onto-my-computer. It is a daunting task- an undertaking not for the faint of heart. It is my goal to complete this mission by January 1, 2018. In my estimation, that will be a miracle. I'm starting with 1 shoebox.

UPDATE: Just now I completed my first disc (JT FutureSex/LoveSounds in case you were wondering :) "We can do it fast fast slow, whichever way you want to run" Anyway... now what? I stared at the CD and set it on the table. Throw it away?? Give it away?? Donate? It has no case, so that's a problem in the donate department. I just looked up DIY art projects for art and crap. Here are some ways to recycle them.  Those look like they will take a lot of time.

In cooking news. There isn't any.

I cleaned my room kind of today, so that is something and I ate some of MD's rhubarb dessert- which was delicious.

In sewing news...I'm still making a skirt. I'm always making a skirt. I've watched hours of videos and found tons of website to find the perfect pattern. I think I'm going to use this one for a maxi skirt! My goal for this project is...1 month! June 20th. I shall post any updates!

OKAY! Tootles for now,
Ms. Non-Sequitur

Saturday, March 18, 2017

5 Minute Queso Dip

Today, I give you a recipe I made up myself!!! Follow the directions exactly as I describe them and you will be full of joy and happiness.

1. Cut up 1 jalepeno like this:
 

2. Pour yourself a Moscow Mule.


3. Shred some strong cheddar, mild cheddar, and mozzarella until your hand and fingers hurt.



4. Fry the jalepenos and the garlic you forgot to cut up earlier for two minutes. 
5. Throw in 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and a 1/2-1 teaspoon of chili power
5. Pour 2-3 seconds worth of half and half
6. Look in the fridge and decide some salsa would be a good idea and add 3 large spoonfuls.
7. Add cheese, stir, taste, add salt and pepper.
8. Get your chips and eat your dip while you are standing over the stove. 
9. Continue to eat until you feel sick!!! :) 



BONUS FOLLOW UP POST! Earlier, i described the massacre that was my yellow skirt.
I began the skirt back in October, you could read the original post here. I finished it with as much sorrow as it began. 

The panel I added at the bottom probably looks worse than this picture may show. 


On this project I learned that you need to square shit up! What a lovely diagonal!! 
FML Haha 



HAVE A GREAT DAY
Ms. NS





Monday, January 16, 2017

Homage



I depart from my usual prattling about cooking disasters and other such nonsense to speak about something else. The Packers. :)

Sport. The very word brings about this sickness to my soul. Certainly sport can mean camaraderie, teamwork, exercising...like when I was playing ultimate frisbee, etc. But the professional type of sport, like American Football, kills me. Mostly because of the money. Who profits? Who benefits? Who invests? Who loses? The money. Money that could be spent on so many other things. I'm partial to education myself... Maybe healthcare or ending poverty?  So much more seems worthy of money than a leisure sport. Yet...

The Green Bay Packers. My first memories of the team are completely intertwined with my memories of family. Every Sunday, we would be together at my grandma and grandpa's house to watch the game. Upstairs, Grandma would be in the den with Aunt S reading the Sunday paper while myself and younger cousins were squished on the couch or on the floor. We laughed and yelled and I generally had no idea what was going on. Grandma often left the room to sit in the other room because she couldn't handle the game and would always talk about how Uncle H jumped so hard he "broke the chair at the old house." Downstairs, in the basement, Grandpa, Uncle B, and often my dad and Uncle H would be watching 3 TV's.  The TV that worked was on top of the 2 broken TV's below. They would go in the back room to get beers from the case of Red, White and Blue which was my grandpa's favorite. We as kids would run down and get Little Debbie desserts from grandpa and at the end of the game there was always KFC or Hansen's chicken. The men always got the breasts and we got the legs or thighs! Family was the Packers the Packers are family and the synapses in my mind have inextricably connected the two.

Fast forward to today. Today is the day after the Packer vs. Dallas win. I sat on my phone last night for an hour and today for an hour reading tweets about the game? I mean, what gives? :) I still generally don't know what's going on and I really don't care about football (including the Badgers) but I do kind of care about the Packers. After the game yesterday, I immediately thought I needed to watch the game at Uncle J's, to be with family! And even though Aaron Rodgers is no Brett Favre, I hope they win next week!  GO PACK GO!