Tuesday, November 3, 2009

thank goodness I got that education so I wouldn't have to do all the work that I do anyway

In the past few days I have swept and mopped the kitchen, cleaned out the garden and laid cardboard over the melon patch, mucked out the chicken coop, and dumped the poop onto the cardboard. I am accomplishing the CRAP out of my jobs.

My new chickens are all hyper dingbats. This is not a value judgment, merely a statement.

It was a lucrative day dumpster diving for cardboard at my dad's work.

I think I managed to offend our City Recorder/Clerk after voting this morning.

Lately I make Dutch Baby (new official name of German pancakes at our house) with half oatmeal and half flour. It makes a thicker and slightly stodgier, but better, product. Says I.

I've volunteered to help with making pie(s) for a church cooking class, and I can't decide which kind to do. Squash, obviously, but what about my mother-in-law's lemon pie? It isn't right to make those fake neon blobs when this is so much better, and everyone must know! But then both of the pies would be single crust, and I must say, I make lovely top crusts. And what is church for, if not upstaging your sisters in the gospel?

This weekend we're going out to dinner and I will be wearing my cheetah leggings. One of my requirements was that we go to a place where cheetah leggings are appropriate, because all too soon it will be too cold to wear them, and that will make me sad. Viva las leggings! Y los platform heels!


Jenny said...

Can't wait to see those leggings! And you guys, of course.

Matt and Emily said...

That's pretty great about using half oatmeal in your 'dutch baby' (puff pancakes at our house). Do you grind it up at all to make it more of a flour or just go for it? Also, I think you should do a top crust- so pretty.

Layne said...

Emily--the first time I ground the oats up first to make flour, but now I just throw double the amount of oats as I need in the end (recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, I put in 1 C of oats and 1/2 C of flour) and blend it all together with the eggs. It's smoother if you blend the dry oats into flour first, though. I also put in a little bit more milk--maybe a couple of tablespoons.

Jill said...

I was hoping you could get John a set of matching leggins so you could be a cute couple. Mike is totally wearing his skinny jeans and a cute blouse.

Can't wait to dine and laugh and vist again. :-)

All8 said...

Seeing as it's fall an all, maybe a apple and cranberry double crust pie. You probably already know this but, before baking, brush the crust with some heavy cream. I don't know the science, but it's lovely. Serve it wearing you leopard leggings and a sassy apron. I'm pretty sure you'll blow them away.

Wish I was there to eat the trial runs for you. Sigh, I love pie.

Amy said...

Ahhh . . . the life of shoveling crap. I miss reading your witty posts now that I don't have a life other than child rearing. But, I think I may be back to having a life again soon. But, I don't think I'll be posting about composting.