Saturday, October 11, 2008

And Just Like That, It's Over

There was a thin layer of frost on my car before we even went to bed last night. When I got up this morning, it was 29 degrees. A good six hours of freezing temperatures have effectively ended the garden season, but I ventured out early this morning to see what, if anything, could be salvaged. What a gorgeous morning! Yes, frost on the tomatoes, but also... frost on the pumpkins! Frost on the sunflower! Rose Hips! Spider webs. Steam rising off the compost. And a leaf seemingly suspended in mid-air. Purely by chance, I picked nearly all of the green Striped Roma tomatoes yesterday, and today has been a can-a-thon. We are a sandwiches-for-lunch family, and use plenty of sweet relish - there is no way I can make the amount that we consume, but we will savor the few jars of home-made relish when we have them. I also canned 6 pints of dilled green tomato spears. We don't really eat dill pickles, but I wanted to experiment. I'm having fun. Can you tell? Is that weird, that I'm getting all creative with produce and spices, and lots and LOTS of vinegar?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Don't Blame me, Blame My Sister-In-Law

So, my lovely SIL, Christine just sent this to me in an email: Dangerous Chocolate Cake 1 Coffee Mug 4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising) 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons baking cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended!) Small splash of vanilla Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. (high) The recipe also advises not to be alarmed if the cake rises over the top of the mug, this is normal. And that this recipe serves 2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHA! And, of course, that the "Danger" lies in the fact that those who possess a microwave "are now only 5 minutes away from a chocolate cake any time of the day or night." But if you are worried that you might just go crazy and eat a mug-o-cake every day, ask yourself this: Would I sit down and eat 1/4 cup of sugar ( the amount in one of these cakes), spoonful by lovin' spoonful? That's how I'm getting around this one, folks.