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Monday Musings – 12.29.2008 Edition December 29, 2008

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Last Monday Musing of the year.  Wow!

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PhotobucketChristmas with the family was. . .well, Christmas with the family.  😀

I think the gift that was the biggest hit from us was my mother’s personal herb garden.  Last fall, I happened upon a miniature strawberry pot, and we started a variety of perennial herbs – mint, sage, thyme, and tarragon.

Now Mother will have them available all winter, and she can transplant them outside in the spring if she so desires.  😀

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PhotobucketMeanwhile, young Jarly was thrilled with his gift from Uncle Snickers – a squeaky plush football!

Great, another squeaky toy.  🙄

(Seriously, though, it’s not as annoying as the squeaky toy we brought for their dog!)

And he, surprisingly, hasn’t demolished the plush toy yet.  😯

We may be able to get the squeaky quacky stuffed duck that Peeps has had his eye on after all. . . 😆

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We really didn’t do much over the long holiday weekend – a little cooking, a little cleaning, a little shopping.  Watched a couple of movies.  Slept in a couple of days.  (By slept in, I mean me.  And I mean until about 6:30.  Sad, I know.)  We did do a lot of going to bed early, though.  Surly Boy phoned at about 9:30 the other night – I remember answering the phone – and that’s about it.  No idea what he wanted.  😯

I took a more than little grief for that!  😆

That’s OK, though.    😉

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In keeping with the lazy-hazy-crazy holiday weekend we were enjoying, though, we did our share of slacking, fear not!  😆

PhotobucketWe pulled a couple of packages of left over stuff out of the freezer – a few weeks ago, when we found chestnuts at the market, we put together Tyler Florence’s roasted chestnut dressing, which was, of course, FAR too much for two civilized people to eat.  So we did the next best thing.

We divided it up and shoved it in the freezer in foil baking pans.  😀

We also froze one of the breasts from the time we smoked a whole turkey.

Again, a whole turkey is far too much for two people to eat.  🙄

PhotobucketSo we put the two together – kind of like a Reeses peanut butter cup, huh?  Get it?  Two great tastes that taste great together.  HA!  Sometimes I just crack myself up!  😆

Covered with foil – kinda looks like Jiffy Pop there, doesn’t it?  😉

No puppy noses. . .

Popped it, tightly wrapped, into a low oven until it was hot – in this case, because it was still a bit frosty (after all, what’s the point of being lazy and slacking if you have to plan ahead?) it took a bit over an hour.

Mmmm. . . smoky turkey, sourdough chestnut sausage dressing. . . a lovely way to end the weekend, wouldn’t you say?  😀

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We did have Surly Boy and his lactose-intolerant, vegetarian girlfriend over for Christmas Eve dinner.  Surly Boy, Peeps and I enjoyed Cook’s Country’s Sunday-Best Garlic Roast Beef.  Lactose Girl had olive oil and garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes.  And roasted garlic sourdough bread which was not bad either.  😀

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I was in Wegman’s the other day, and I found the neatest thing!  I picked up a pack of single-width ice cube trays.  Now bear with me on this.  🙂

We often end up with dribs and drabs of “stuff.”  What do you do with the rest of a 6-oz. can of tomato paste when you only need 3 ounces?  Or a the other half of the ginger root when you’ve grated what you need?

Or say you just need a quarter cup of chicken broth, so you open a can and use what you need.

Yeah, I know what you do.  You stick it in the fridge until you find it, a couple of weeks later, all furry and gross, then you throw it out.

Yep.  Sucks, doesn’t it?

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Anyway, a few years ago, I found covered ice cube trays and picked up two, and they work great, for the most part.   I can fill the trays (each cube is 2 tablespoons), slap the cover on, and freeze the stuff without its picking up freezer smells/flavors – or, in the case of stuff like garlic or ginger, contributing to them.  The only problem is that they cost The Earth.  Seriously.  A single ice cube tray was something like 8 bucks.  (I think it was Good Grips or something.)  And the other only problem, as it turns out, is that sometimes, if you put two different things in the ice cube tray (say, tomato paste on one end and chicken stock on the other), sometimes they commingle.  Not cool.

These little guys come in 2-packs of half-sized trays – and they were CHEAP!  I think $2.  So I can have dedicated trays for tomato paste and chicken stock and beef stock and ginger and pesto and chopped chipotles and. . . . . .YAY!

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Fresh rosemary.  Mmmm.  So delightful, but so . . . finicky!

Sadly, the lovely Tuscan Blue rosemary bush that we’d been nursing since spring – first in the herb garden outside, then in the house, has given up.  It just never was happy in the house.  😥

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Each time we were in either Wegmans OR Tops, we were confronted with the gorgeous Rosemary Topiary.  You know what I mean – the rosemary bushes trimmed to within an inch of their lives to look like Christmas trees.  Do we want to try again?  Do we dare?  Is there any point in spending that kind of money ($25!) for something that’s going to succumb to my Black Thumb?

Well, HA!  After Christmas, Wegmans marked them down to half price, and they still looked reasonably happy, so we’re giving it another shot.  Immediately into the clay pot (they evidently like that), and in the garden window (they also like lots of sun), and I’m prepared to hear any further demands it might make.  🙄

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We’ll be taking the rest of the week off here at The Fridge.   No big New Year’s plans – we usually take the Christmas tree down on New Year’s Day, and our New Year’s Eve is traditionally celebrated by opening a bottle of good champagne, shoveling our way to the grill (when necessary), and grilling a couple of steaks, then spending the evening watching a cheesy movie.  We’re really pretty low-maintenance when it comes to entertainment, aren’t we?

Anyway, we’d like to take a moment to thank you for reading, to invite you to share 2009 with us, and, of course, to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year – in all the ways that matter most to you!

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Comments

1. judy - January 3, 2009

Being a little slow on the uptake lately I just realized I had missed your Monday Show until today! Rats. Finally, a Christmas recap that didn’t sound like a frenzy all week long. After reading some others I was a worn out wreck but I could just relax with your recount…even with the “girlfriend.”

Thanks as usual for sharing! I loved the gifts to your mom. Sounds like something my daughter would do. She did find my favorite perfume from 20+ years ago and I have smelled like heaven all week which everyone has appreciated. Especially the cats.

Happy New Year Kris to you and your important people. I enjoy your blog so much.

judy

2. Toy Lady - January 4, 2009

Hey, Jude. 😀

We’re not going anywhere any time soon, so no harm done. 😉

The whole holiday frenzy is just so . . . crazy. It’s so easy to get into that, isn’t it? Life’s just too short. I guess I figured out that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone – if you want crazy, well, you’ll just have to look somewhere else. 🙂

You know, finding your 20-year-old perfume probably meant as much to your daughter as to you – she found a piece of her childhood! Your smelling extra sweet is a bonus for everyone – even the kitties! 😉


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