Monday, May 4, 2009

first world concerns for may 4, 2009

I was just sending the kids outside to catch the bus, and somehow I mashed my toe with the front door and detached the top of my toenail from the nail bed, which, if you have never experienced it, is a transcendently enjoyable experience. I wanted to do it all over again with the other toe, it was so nice. I have terrible luck with my toenails. I have knocked them off in multiple theme parks, which was the cause of my choice to wear Crocs when we went to Disneyland four years ago. I know they're ugly, but darnit, they're comfortable, and they have closed toes for clumsy dummkopfs like me. I have since found a compromise of style and comfort and wear Chacos instead. Open-toed, but at the end of a long day in a theme park my feet feel like they've had a massage.

When I was a little girl my mom worked during the day, so I had to go to daycare. One day a friend and I were pushing another friend across the cement patio on a wheel-less chaise-type lawn chair. I don't remember this particular detail, but I bet it made a beautiful noise. We had built up a pretty good head of steam when we came to a seam in the cement, the chair stopped short, and my friend and I both landed on our faces. Only I put my hands down to break my fall, and my fingernails all went POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP--you know that part in "A Christmas Story" where Ralphie sees the flying lugnuts silhouetted against the headlights of the oncoming traffic, and then they're gone forever? It was like that. Only a lot more painful. Then I had to go get my hands with their denuded nail beds washed off, which is in my top ten excruciating experiences.

Have you ever noticed that grapeseed oil smells like burning plastic?

None of you have made quark yet, have you? SHAME! You bring shame on the family! It's so easy and so good! Here's another recipe for it. Make it now! I had some this morning with jam in it. Yum. Which reminds me! Here is Emily's recipe for jam, which is delicious and fruity and means I don't have to do any more experimenting for a while.

Fruity Freezer Jam

recipe from Nettie Linton
2 C sugar
3 T Clear Gel, Sure Gel or Ultraset
Add 5 C of mashed/blended fruit.
Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add 1/2 C of light corn syrup (I used agave nectar instead).
Put into containers and freeze.

See how easy that is? And the jam is sweet and good and perfect on toast or biscuits. Or in quark.


Amy said...

Ouch! Sorry about your toe. Your sister just dropped off the g-diapers. Thanks! I'm excited to try them. And, I'm loving this jam recipe. It's also tasty stirred into oatmeal.