Showing posts from October, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie

I guess the Internet is where we share minor disappointments.  I have one!  I wanted to do something nice for my fine son​, so I started making hand-held pies from scratch.  Wouldn't it be nice, if you're a hardworking student, to be able tor each into the freezer and grab a chicken pie?

So I located a recipe, boldly, from Martha Stewart.  Because me and Martha.  

And I bought a chicken, and and bought new flour, because mine was stale, and greek yogurt because I had none.  And I made crust from scratch, and chilled it, and made the whole chicken from scratch too.  First, the live chicken probably did it's own scratching. And then me, threw it in a pot.  And I didn't eat the whole damn thing, the way Those Darlin's did.

And I rolled out the pie crust and cut it into circles, and even measured.  With an engineer scale.  And blah blah blah, smooshed them together kind of neatly, and made little "R"s on the top as a vent, and so on.  And it was going swimmingly…

Microscopes, Horoscopes, and All The Rest

Pisces (2/19 – 3/20):  Go watch this documentary, Pisces.  (Or, listen to the podcast.) It's about a guy who, after a head injury, creates a whole miniature WWII town in his backyard, and makes complicated stories out of barbies and his alter-ego doll.  It's like Lars and the Real Girl, but sadder, sweeter, more heartbreaking.  At first I was amused because it seems a bit crazy drag barbies around in a toy jeep to scuff up the tires.  But by the end, I felt different, maybe a bit teary.  It was so poignant -- a man creating friends and an engaged life out of plastic barbies to alleviate his loneliness.  I think we all do that a little bit, don't we?  

Aries (3/21 - 4/19):  I've been feeling the need to make miniature fire pits that I can carry with me and give away.  I'm not sure why but I'm fairly obsessed with it at the moment.  

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  What if you got dolphins, instead of endorphins from exercise.  Right?  Now that, my friends, would eliminate …

Thoughts for today: A list

Why was the radio on in the post office at 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday?  Was someone there, or is there a pet that needed soothing, or a squatter?What happens at a flag retirement ceremony?  There are posters all over town advertising it, bring your tired old flags and we'll put them to rest appropriately.  I'm so curious about who will go, what it will be like, and so on.  Lullabies?  Deep six? Someone go and tell me, please.Do Epsom Salts really soothe your aching muscles, and if so, how?  This, I believe, can be answered by the internet, but ugh, climbing all the way up to the internets again.  How many times a day can I do that?Why do I have so much trouble with froth and brushing my teeth all of the sudden?  It used to be, brush teeth, no big deal.  Now, each time I brush, I later notice a white frothy mustache around my mouth, as if I have rabies.  Is it something with my saliva?  Or my technique?  The toothpaste?  Or, as I suspect, is it a new property in the world…

Horoscopes and Peaches

Pisces (2/19 – 3/20):  I listened to a podcast recently about how to increase your level of curiosity.  Lack of curiosity isn't one of my (many) problems, so you may wonder why I was listening.  Isn't that what we do?  Once in a while, listen to something that let's us feel the tiniest bit smug.  You don't see the guy who hasn't been off the couch in 3 years reading Runners Magazine.  But anyway, he said the secret to a great life is being curious (citation needed), and the way to increase curiosity is to go new places, read new things, create more.  Do it, Pisces!

Aries (3/21 - 4/19):  I very much love this book.  If the book were a person, I'd want to hang out with it.  This is the book I wish I'd written, and when I read it I alternately want to crawl back to bed and give up, and get up and try harder.  Sometimes, luckily, trying harder wins.  I especially like that it doesn't have a plot, and it's hilarious in a low key way.  Aries, hang out with…