Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election thoughts.

Staring at an election in which my knee-jerk party of choice has just been very extremely clearly been given a mandate to fix things I can only wonder at what the next few years will bring.

My worries are that despite the extremely positive message for my party that this election has brought that the party will not remedy the economy and will be so focused on "keeping Obama to one term" that they do nothing good for the nation.

I'm all for gamesmanship and "winning" but if you do nothing with your victory but crow about it then you don't deserve to win. Republicans need to sit down and get their asses to work. They need to ignore the political games and work on fixing things. If they don't then I imagine that before my kids are able to vote there will be a new party that will.....

At long last the promised recipes.

All recipes I'm about to tell you about are from the "Daffodil Festival Cookbook", printed by Jumbo Jack's Cookbooks. If for some reason you want their info, just let me know and I'll get it for you.

My famous pumpkin bread, reworked and made fantastic.

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees F)
3 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (note: in different climates I've had to use different amounts of baking soda, so use what works for your area)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Big dash of cinnamon (I don't measure, I go by how I feel that day)
Medium dash of nutmeg
Small dashes of pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and allspice
1/2 cup sugar (You can increase this to 3/4 cup as 1/2 cup makes a good but very unsweet loaf)
1 scoop protein powder
******* Yadda yadda, mix dry ingredients together before adding wet ingredients.
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup brewed pumpkin spice coffee (this is what makes my bread fantastic)
1 can pumpkin (I use Libby's, other brands taste weird to me)
******* Mix together, pour into greased bread pans (I use ... oh bother ... haha I don't know the dimensions)
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, depending on your oven.
(Entire batch, assuming 1/2 cup sugar: est. 2815 calories; 2 loaves, 24 slices total: 117 calories/slice)


Another recipe that I just tried today and am going to make for Christmas gifts is a variation on Chocolate Chip Cookies (I can't help myself, I always have to tweak). Same book.

(Preheat oven to 375 degrees F)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 T. hot water
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (the recipe actually calls for 1 Tbs. baking soda, but that has to be a misprint.)

Mix dry, mix wet, combine, make it look fluffy, add 1 cup mint chocolate baking chips. Arrange by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

Notes: I think I could make them larger and they would still look adorable. Next time I'm going to sprinkle them with green sprinkles to make them look festive. And I don't know how many calories these cookies contain. Not sure I want to know.

And there you go. These two recipes will be my staple holiday fare this year since they're easy and fun to do. Enjoy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Song, Cadence, Chant, whatever.

When I was in the army...
they gave me lots of food...
When I was in the army...
they told me sleep was good...
but my dear old sergeant...
was having non of that.
Food will make you sleepy...
Sleep will make you fat.

When I was in the army...
they told me get some gear...
When I was in the army...
they told me have no fear...
but my dear old sergeant...
issued me nothing...
and said I'd better tremble...
when I hear his name...

When I was in the army...
they told me I was smart...
When I was in the army...
they said I'd learn a lot...
but my dear old sergeant...
call-ed me stu-pid...
said I'd never learn...
only end up dead.

So I can thank the army....
for a dollar a day...
but I thank my sergeant...
for making me this way...


To me this is sung to the tune of that really addictive song from the animated version of "The Hobbit". The one that they sing every time they do a travel sequence. Anyways it all rhymes if you say the words the way I do.