Monthly Archives: November 2007

i’m no susie homemaker

My cooking “abilities” are limited.  Mostly I’m just really good at warming stuff up.   Fortunately,  Teh Smitten’s  family has invited us to come to them for Thanksgiving dinner so the bulk of the cooking is someone else’s responsibility.  And I am damn-sure grateful.

We are bringing dinner rolls, wine, a dessert (my family’s five layer bar – we call them Hello Dollies) and a side dish – sweet potato casserole (recipe is from Cooking Light – yes, its kind of like having a diet Coke with your Snickers bar, but whatever).  I am a decent baker, probably since my natural milieu is carbs.

Part of me hates to share my Hello Dollies recipe since it is the one thing I do well.  Well, it is nearly impossible to fuck up.

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Melt a stick of butter in a 9 by 11 pyrex dish.

Spread a cup of graham cracker crumbs evenly over the melted butter.

Spread a cup of flaked coconut over crumbs.

Spread a cup of chopped pecans over the coconut.

Spread nearly two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of coconut.

Pour a warmed-up can (run under hot water for a few minutes) of sweetened condensed milk over the whole shebang.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Bask in the resulting admiration of those you feed.

We are also taking along some chocolates from Vosges to Teh Smitten’s Family Thanksgiving.  They make a BACON CHOCOLATE BAR.  It is worth shouting about.   I can also report that the Barcelona Bar (grey sea salt and almonds), the Black Pearl (ginger, wasabi, black sesame seeds, dark chocolate), and the Red Fire (mexican ancho and chipotle peppers, ceylon cinnamon and dark chocolate) were all excellent.  I am curious about the white chocolate and kalamata olives bar…  I am also beginning to need larger pants.

Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends!  May your pants be loose and the gravy plentiful!


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shakespeare meme

William Shakespeare

O! for an Allez Oop of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get yours here.

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pray for teh smitten

Please send all your unused good karma and direct your prayer circles towards Teh Smitten.  He has consented to come home with me for Christmas.  We bought the airline tickets last Thursday.  I have no fear that my family will love him, it’s just… will they love him so much that he won’t be able to stand it?

Teh Smit and I live a nice and quiet existence where we get to do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it.  We like netflix, burlesque, and listening to NPR on the weekends.  We will get none of those things while in MO.  We will get two very noisy and energetic (hyper) children, people with holiday expectations (except for my sister – she has long since learned that having expectations just leads to disappointment), my sister’s in-laws and neighbors (actually, if you could point those prayer circles at my sister too, that would be great), and the cultural desolation that is suburban MO.

On the plus side, there’s Guitar Hero II and III waiting for us.  And booze.   My family is very booze-friendly.

I’m way ahead on my Christmas shopping – only need to shop for my sister, mom, and Teh Smitten now.  Most gifts have been bought (thanks to Amazon!) and are being shipped to MO.  My goal is to be completely done before Thanksgiving.  The older I get, the greater my dislike for crowds (and, perhaps, most people in general) and the insanity of Black Friday.  The way I see it, there’s no bargain sweet enough to get me out of bed to go shopping at 4:30 am, and I really like shopping.

It appears that my job is going to change again – much greater responsibility and stress for the same amount of money.  The benefit is that I may get more opportunity and visibility – it could lead to bigger things.  The downside is that I’ll probably be working more and possibly on weekends.  I shouldn’t bitch about it as so many people I know work long hours, but I have gotten accustomed to my evenings and weekends with my boyfriend, and hate the idea of letting work get in the way of life.  I’ve just gotten to a point where life is so nice!


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