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Monday Musings: 10.25.2010 Edition October 25, 2010

Posted by Toy Lady in Big Lug, Family, Garden, Information, Musings, random stuff, Stupor Kitty.
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So when Peeps mentioned his birthday last week, what he forgot to mention was the absolutely fabulous chocolate fudge cake I brought home from Jackson’s Bakery.   Surly Boy worked there when he was in high school, so we had plenty of chances to try plenty of their offerings!

Although it’s a tiny shop, there is nothing in that store that I wouldn’t eat again (and again and again and again!) – which is one of the reasons I try to avoid it, except on special occasions!


Kitty’s been feeling mighty brave lately.


The other evening, she was just hanging around upstairs, even though she knew full well the dog was around.  She just didn’t care!



See here’s the thing about the public market.

When produce comes into season, it’s so abundant, and so gorgeous, and so cheap, that, really, it would be a crime to pass it by!

I mean, pie pumpkins were 99 cents each – or 2 for $1!  What would you do?

Acorn squash – 3 for $1, giant head of cauliflower for $2, 2 pounds of dried red beans for $1.50, an entire collard green plant (bush?) for $2, and similar deals on sweet potatoes, spinach, onions. . .



Well, the garden has (mostly) finished for the season.

I never got the fennel to form bulbs (I think I should have NOT let it go to seed. . . next time!), and although we still haven’t had a frost (I KNOW, right?), it’s coming, and the tomatoes were just . . . sad.

We pulled just about everything up, though I did leave the Swiss chard (that’ll be fine for a while yet – probably until December), and we weeded, composted, and raked in preparation for next spring.



Our boy is now officially finished with his drug study, and he’s done very well on the study medication.  (He’s been tearing around like a puppy, that’s what he’s been doing!)

Part of the incentive for his participation was that he’d receive a bottle of the drug in its original form, and the vet would write a prescription for him for more.

That’s all well and good, and the drug was fine and all, but.  BUT.  While I’m sure it’s available in larger bottles, the bottle we received retails for about $42.  Which would still be not so bad, if it lasted more than TEN DAYS.

Yup, big dogs take more medicine, which gets expensive.  We spoke to the vet, and she was willing to prescribe people medicine for him – and the generic equivalent, at that.

So basically, rather than the animal grade liquid, at a cost of $120+ a month, I give him half of a people-grade tablet,at a cost of less than $6 every three months.

I’m pretty sure this is what they call a “win-win,” isn’t it?



One of the last things we did in the garden this weekend was pull up the remainder of the beets.  I’ll be honest – that seed tape we used this year, while very easy, well, I’m not sure if it was worth the extra cost.

But it was really pretty cool.  And easy!

PhotobucketReally, about the only downside to pulling the remainder of two rows of beets was my unwillingness to waste the greens – after all, beet greens aren’t easily available after the snow flies – or at all, really, until late next spring.

So even though we’ve got collard greens and spinach (almost) literally coming out of our ears this week, I cooked up the mess of beet greens, too.  We’ll do something with them!



Every time we believe fall is well and truly upon us (and why wouldn’t we at this point?) we’re surprised with a burst of warm weather – and believe me, temperatures in the 60s, with rain, not snow – it’s positively balmy!



But if we know anything here in upstate New York, we know this nice weather can’t be depended upon, and our menu for the week reflects the calendar as much as, or more than, the forecast.

Monday –  We’ve got a mess of chicken tenders in the freezer from the last time I boned chicken breasts, and it’s about time we started using them!  Since grilling them really isn’t an option, Peeps is going to bread them in bread crumbs and/or cornflake crumbs, and we’ll bake them.  And since I scored some more sweet potatoes, those are going on the menu, along with some the last of the garden beets.  Mmmm. . . healthy!

Tuesday – Since I also indulged in lots of spinach this week, I wanted to do something a little different with it – there was still plenty to saute, but we’re also going to try Cook’s Illustrated’s Lentil Soup with Spinach – it should be good with some freshly baked bread.

Wednesday – Normally, Wednesday is soup night, but this week, it’s chili night!  I came across this Pumpkin Chili recipe which I’ve kind of tweeked a bit – it’s looking mighty good, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

Thursday – Again with the soup!  We’ve been putting off my Asian-style pork and noodle soup for a few weeks now – homemade Chinese stock, with Chinese BBQ’ed pork from the freezer, lots of scallions, and, of course, noodles.  It is SO SIMPLE and SO DELICIOUS!

Friday – And pizza night comes around again!  We so love winding down at the end of the week, us with our pizza and the dog with his Kong toy!  I’d recommend it to anyone.

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





1. mazco34 - October 25, 2010

So what did Peeps get his Mom for her birthday?

I’ll have to let him answer that . . . 😉

2. judy - October 25, 2010

Great, great stuff this morning! Kitty always gets a smile out of me and cheap medication that works is the BEST. The veggies are beautiful as usual. You guys have a good week, eating and otherwise.

Thanks, Judy! I’m trying to convince Peeps that I NEED a bigger wheelie cart, but he’s not buying it! Those greens, though, they take up a LOT of room!

3. The Saved Quarter - October 25, 2010

I’d love to hear how you tweak the chili! I’m a recipe tweaker, too. 🙂

Have a great, balmy week!

No problem – check back next week – it looks like I’ll be posting all about it! 😀

4. sjbraun - October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Peeps!!!
So happy that puppy (I know he’s not a puppy, but I tend to call all dogs that …) can continue the meds at a price that won’t break the bank!
I want a report on the pumpkin chili. Sounds very interesting 🙂
Oh, and thanks for the ideas on my failed apple jelly! I’m still thinking on it …

Thanks, Susan! I was so glad the vet was willing to do that! The little bit of the pumpkin chili I tasted while I was making it was really good – I’ll definitely be blogging about it next week! And about the apple jelly – it’s so frustrating when these things don’t work out the way they’re supposed to, isn’t it?

5. Ask Ms Recipe - October 25, 2010

Looking for some good meal ideas. Happy Menu planning. Have a great week.

Nina (Author)

Thanks, Nina, and thank you for stopping by!

6. Flowers for Algernon « Dark Side of the Fridge - November 3, 2010

[…] drug itself has been in existence, not just for dogs, but for people too.  So the vet ultimately prescribed the drug in the same form people use it – little, tiny tablets.  Little, tiny, affordable […]

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