When Mother-in-Law called for me to bring my camera, what to my wondering eyes did appear? It was three puzzled cats, one at a time, with a hat and a beard! Next time, I think I'll give them catnip before we try something like this, but they didn't protest much; they didn't howl or try to scratch, they just made it clear that they wanted the hats off as soon as possible or sooner. I printed a few copies of the picture to distribute as our holiday greeting. It's a silly form of creativity, I suppose, but it's all our own!
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Glue, Cannister and Tree|
Celebrate A Different Kind of Christmas Story
I've had good luck with "Gorilla Glue"; it seems to have most of the virtues of old-school Superglue and few of the disadvantages. But gluing works better when the pieces are clamped together for the glue to cure; how the heck do you clamp a cred to the base?
The solution was to insert the tree into a cardboard oatmeal cylinder. The tips of the tree dug likely into the cardboard to hold its position. I stacked a couple of cans of soup on top, and that proved the force to hold the piece together while the cylinder kept things aligned.
I then let it all sit for a day and cure. The process worked, and the ornament now looks almost new.
I had resisted the impulse to through it away because:
- It was shiny
- It moved
- It played music
- It was a gift from my mom.
But through this I Learned A Valuable Lesson: a little glue and a little ingenuity can reduce waste and conserve resources. I don't know if that's a traditional Christmas message, but saving an ornament (and a little cash) it may be something to balance against the Gospel Of Consumption.
|Only a little soup left ... want some?|
Sunday at Big Al Brewing we had a little soup contest. The mandatory ingrediant was "beef" and there were four entries, ALL of them very tasty! The winner was Kris' Beef Stroganoff soup, and here's the recipe:
Let a handful of dried mushrooms go swimming in a cup of sherry for a day
- 1 pound chunk of beef with a bone in it and heavily marbled (noticable fat)
- 4 medium sized parsnips
- 1 large sweet Walla Walla onion
Put all the above into cast iron Dutch oven or casserole if you aren't lucky enough to have one.
Cook 4 hours at 300F
Remove from oven
Dredge out bones and gristle
Transfer carmelized veggies and meat to 2nd pot
- half cup sherry
- half tablespoon of marjoram
- half tablespoon of salt (or to taste)
- 2 and a half cups water
- 1 cup sour cream. We used a Mexican style sour cream from the Savon store in White Center; it has extra flavor!
Simmer for 45 minutes on medium high
You can add a quarter cup of chopped pickles, if you like that in your Stroganoff. We didn't do that this time.
Serve and stand back!
Sunday, December 16, 2012