Saturday, September 27, 2008

Zany Weekend Ramblings

I felt like I obtained official "old lady" status last night when I cozied up on my couch to watch the debate with a hot pot of tea and some long overdue hand-sewing.
I ordered this precious kit from paper and string at some point during the summer. I can't even remember, it was that long ago. How do-able is this?

And how cute is he?

He was complete at the exact time the debate ended. Perfect timing. This was so easy and fun to make, too. Brilliant. I will definitely make some holiday-themed owl Christmas ornaments, for sure!
Today, back at the market, I asked Cub to pick out a head of broccoli. She promptly told me she wanted Broccoli soup for lunch. I should rename this blog, "The Soup Chick," because I seem to post a lot about soup.

And being the ever-so-accomodating Mama...Voila!
Super easy...Saute chopped onion and broccoli in soup pot with a combo of butter and olive oil until onions begin to soften. Cover it all with warm water, enough to cover veggies. Simmer covered, until all of it is tender. I added a roux to thicken it up. (1 Tbl. flour to 1 Tbl. butter, whisked in a pan until well blended, then added to the soup.) After about 20 minutes it was done. I let it cool a minute or two and then let my handy-dandy stick blender work its magic.
We both loved it and once again, the veggies in the form of soup are a huge hit with my child who has basically refused vegetables for the past year.

Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain did not look too appealing to us when we woke-up this am and saw the rain. Luckily, it's happening every weekend through the third week of October. So we'll
have an apple-picking trip and Oktoberfest, too. Yay for reasons to road trip!

In the middle of the day, I decided on a whim, to download itunes and my computer practically crashed and I couldn't do anything to fix it, so Cub and I took an impromptu trip to visit my Grandparents in Long Island.

Just look at this vision of loveliness...Doesn't our mighty Verrazano look so impressive from this angle? Hee, hee...

We decided at 9pm we'd stay over. After we were all snug in bed and almost asleep, I had the feeling we should go home. Strange, I know. I asked Cub if she wanted to leave and she said, "Mama, I was just thinking that. I want to sleep in my bed." So, we got up and left, and the antics that followed were enough to make me cry. I had to turn back half way to the highway because I left my cell phone behind. Then, I realized I had no cash in my wallet to pay the 10 dollar toll for the bridge. I spent the last of it at the market. Verrazano, you are definitely not a cheap date!

We had to get off the last exit before the bridge and try to navigate through pea soup fog and darkness to find a bank machine somewhere. We got lost around three times. Finally, we got out to use the bank machine in our pajamas and made a shop-keeper who was locking up, smile.
We got lost again (twice) trying to find our way back to the bridge.
Truly and utterly ridiculous.

And on a completely unrelated note, but on my mind this evening...
When I was a little girl, first falling in love with movies, (I was indoctrinated by my grandparents), two of my early favorites were The Sting and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. So, I'll say a little prayer for Paul Newman this evening. I was sad to hear that he passed away. Thanks, Paul for infusing your creative pursuits with a sense of dignity, honesty, and humanity.
Peaceful rest, Handsome.

1 comment:

MySweetThree said...

I am on love with your writing! You make what could be a mundane trip to the atm, full of whimsy and poetry...although this particular trip to the atm was anything but ordinary. If you ever had the desire to write a book, then what are you waiting for? Do Tell. Or are you a published author already? I would not be surprised, but I would also rush out and buy your books...I am serious.

(to answer your move date as of yet...will keep you posted...possibly December?)

Your soup looks like it was so of my favorites. If I am hurting for time and am really in the mood for some, I will jazz up that Campbells soup at hand soup? Nothing like homemade, but still..
"Peacefull rest, Handsome" had me sad.