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Monday Musings: 09.27.2010 Edition September 27, 2010

Posted by Toy Lady in Musings, random stuff.


Wow, it’s the end of September already!

We saw the official first day of autumn last week, and sure enough, there are signs that the trees are starting to turn, and the garden is starting to die off.

My fennel is starting to seriously go to seed, too.  Now I’ve never grown fennel before, but doesn’t it seem like those fennel bulbs should be starting to, you know, become bulbs soon?

I guess, though, if nothing else, we’ve got plenty of fresh fennel seed for sausage, though, huh?


You may recall that we’ve enrolled the Big Lug in a double-blind drug study.

After two weeks, we’re pretty sure he is, in fact, getting the real McCoy – he’s running and jumping and, in general, acting like a goofy puppy – look:

It really is amazing to see our boy not in pain for a change!



This was a market weekend, and, as always, I find it hard to resist the really good deals on the great, local, in-season produce – including the very end of the nectarines, the beginning of the kale, and of course, some beautiful fresh concord grapes!

Oh, and the Greek olive oil – while that may not be local, it was cheap, and it’s some darned good oil!


Now lest anyone think we don’t love our Kitty as much as we used to, we’ve been working very hard to encourage her to come back upstairs and join the family.

I saw this video the other day, and it occurred to me – maybe we’ve been a little stingy with the catnip?


So Saturday afternoon, the dog was upstairs resting in front of the bedroom fan, and we enticed the kitty to join us for a bag of catnip. . .

Then that night, she raved the upstairs during the night for a little kitty-lovin’. . . I think it’s safe to say that I’ve accomplished my Thing #7 – she’s as much “out” of the basement as, I think, she’s ever going to be.  At this point, she’s not scared of the dog so much as punishing us.  And that’s on her.  I’m just sayin’ – she knows where the real world is if she wants to rejoin it.


Last week saw a local manslaughter trial start – and end.  And the reason I even mention it is this.

The woman was accused (and convicted) of poisoning her boyfriend by spiking his jug o’ margarita mix with antifreeze.

Just . . . wow.

I mean . . . who DOES that in real life?



We found ourselves with far too many vegetable scraps in the freezer (partly due to my fondness for leek season!), so we pulled them all out, grabbed a pound or so of chicken legs, and boned a few breasts – and now we’ve got what may be one of our best batches of stock ever just simmering gently. . .

Boy, it’s a good thing soup season is upon us – we’re going to be needing a lot of chicken stock in the next few months!



And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  Fall is, I’m afraid, well and truly here, notwithstanding one nearly-90-degree day last week.


It’s time to break out the slow-cooked, in the house, warm and cozy food!

Monday – We picked up a great deal on some boneless beef short ribs last week – and while braised short ribs is still a somewhat “spendy” meal for the two of us, Surly Boy is still home for a few days, and he’ll enjoy it – plus there should be plenty for leftovers.  Along with some mashed potatoes and either carrots or butternut squash, we’ll have a full-fledged autumn dinner!

Tuesday – Chicken breasts were on sale this week, so we’ll be enjoying an oven-roasted chicken breast with, I think, a sage-vermouth pan sauce, some barley to soak the sauce up and maybe a bit of steamed broccoli – it should be fantastic!

Wednesday – Now that kale is in season, I’ve been so looking forward to our kale soup – some homemade bread, and everyone goes to bed early with warm soup belly. . .

Thursday – Call it Revenge of the Tomatoes – I’m trying (yet another) fresh tomato sauce – tomato season is almost over, and I kind of feel obligated to make the best of them!

Friday – And once more, it’s pizza night – the perfect way to unwind after a long, busy week.

Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.





1. Miz Helen - September 27, 2010

Just stopping by from Org. Junkie. Your week looks great. We often times have Pizza Night at our Cottage, our family just loves it.
Thank You…

Miz Helen, thanks so much for stopping by! Pizza night at our house is a huge deal – Peeps makes the amazing crust, and we each top our own pies, then we just relax and enjoy. . .

2. judy - September 28, 2010

Well, this issue is a keeper! Catnip rules and doesn’t she look cute! I am thinking she will be “seen” more and more. AND Jarly does look peppy for a puppie. Loved the video! Your temps are coming down faster than ours! Soup will be good! hugs and pats to all.

Yes, kitty’s feeling awfully brave lately – though it does seem like every time she starts to relax, something happens and HE gets sight of her and sets her back a bit.

As for the video of the dog, well, there isn’t any of his former self pitifully dragging himself up each step – it was painful to watch, I’m telling you!

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