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Jellied Moose Nose

1 upper jawbone of a moose
1 tsp salt
1 onion, sliced
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbs mixed pickling spice

1. Cut the upper jaw bone of the moose just below the eyes. Place in a large kettle of scalding water and boil for 45 minutes. Remove and chill in cold water.

2. Pull out all the hairs -- these will have been loosened by the boiling and should come out easily (like plucking a duck). Wash thoroughly until no hairs remain.

3. Place the nose in a kettle and cover with fresh water. Add onion, garlic, spices and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the meat is tender. Let cool overnight in the liquid.

4. When cool, take the meat out of the broth, and remove and discard the bones and the cartilage. You will have two kinds of meat, white meat from the bulb of the nose, and thin strips of dark meat from along the bones and jowls. Slice the meat thinly and alternate layers of white and dark meat in a loaf pan. Reheat the broth to boiling, then pour the broth over the meat in the loaf pan. Let cool until jelly has set. Slice and serve cold.

5. This recipe yields ?? servings.

6. Recipe Source: NORTHERN COOKBOOK edited by Eleanor A. Ellis

Servings: 1
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"NASA wants Discovery back from its 12-day mission by New Year's Eve because shuttle computers are not designed to make the change from the 365th day of the old year to the first day of the new year while in flight. Engineers have developed a fix but are reluctant to try it because it hasn't been thoroughly tested."

uhhhh yeah.
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Jake wants to "do some letters"

So for your weekend enjoyment, here it is:

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my mom wanted me to document some more kid-isms...

wiper bum bum (jake) - little drummer boy
river bum bum (riss) - same
screamings - roller coaster
bobder - bob the builder
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2006 Retrospective
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Hard Truth by Nevada Barr. Not too bad, a little gory in spots. Definitely a "book to avoid" if you're sensitive about various types of child abuse. It's about a ranger in Colorado who follows up on three missing children, two of which were found alive in her part of the park. The story's about the third missing girl, a polygamist community that's on the cult end of the spectrum, and some real wacknuts.

There were some good twists that made me think "that person did it", then I changed my mind. Then I changed it back. It doesn't all come together until the very end, unless you're better at reading mysteries than I am.

I think I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The person reading it stumbles occasionally, and there's more profanity than I think it really needs. It's a quick story (abridged, not my fave) with a good (but not GREAT) plot.

The book I'm currently listening to... "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I don't know why I never read this before - it's wonderful so far, though a little complex with all the names. I always have problems with names if the people are thrown at me too quickly before I really get to "know" them.


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holy crap - these carved crayons are beautiful!
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the kids wanted crackers... but I don't have any except goldfish, and they didn't want that.

So I whipped up some crackers for them - and they love it!!

1 c besan (chickpea) flour
1 c regular flour
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more would have been fine)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 c water
Vegetable oil for frying

Place flours, curry powder, salt, cayenne, cumin seeds, and black pepper in a food processor and steel blade.

With the processor running, pour the oil through the chute. Gradually add water to form the dough into a ball. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 to 12 times until dough is not sticky. Form into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap, let stand 10 minutes.

Pinch off a small marble-sized piece of dough and on a lightly floured surface, roll into paper-thin wafers (about 3" in diameter).

Pour oil 1/4" deep in large skillet. Heat over medium/medium-low heat until the oil bubbles when a small piece of dough is dropped in. Add wafers, in a single layer, and fry until golden brown on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Learned: It can go from light golden brown to dark burnt in seconds. Take it out of the oil a little before you think it's brown enough because it will continue to brown as it drains. But - if you don't fry them until brown, they can be a little chewy.


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today was the first time i've ever been to the Richard Nixon library. Again - oh lordy lordy lord. Nixon keychains. Nixon lapel pins. Nixon biographies and autobiographies. Official toy replicas of his car. The presidential helicopter is parked right outside. Letters he's written. Letter written to him. Pat Nixon coloring books. Presidential trivia books. Nixon cookbooks. If you ever saw the movie My Fellow Americans, it was just like that. Even the dolls.

Holy gee-whillikers. If you want anything with nixon on it, it's there. I wouldn't be surprised if they had nixon toilet paper there.

However - the train exhibit ROCKED. Floor to ceiling trains. In the middle of the room was a multi-level train platform. There were about 10 trains going round and round and round. While we were there, they took the Disneyland train replica off the tracks, and put on the Thomas the Tank Engine train. Oh my god all the little kids in the room (mine included) went NUTS! Marissa cried when we left because she wanted to stay and watch the trains.

They even had a pre-disneyland mini train that Walt Disney had in his back yard and gave friends rides on. it's like the little putt-putt train from the movie The Jerk. He hand-built every single car. And right next to that train was a little tiny scale replica of Disneyland's Main Street. Jake's response when he saw it was "look mama! Disneyland!". Smart kid, that.

I didn't even think about taking the camera with me (stupid stupid stupid). There was a cute little five year old taking pictures with her own digital camera tho. So anyway, here's a picture ganked from the Nixon website...

A not very good picture of the multi-level trains:

And here's Walt Disney's train. Again, a not very good picture - it's bigger than it looks. Adults can sit on it.

It's up through the end of December, so I'll probably go back. This time with the camera :/
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from my dad....

what happens when you mix cats and christmas trees. I immediately thought of piroshki when I saw this!

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ok, so the weatherman was wrong. it only got down to 48 last night.

oh well - we're going to have santa ana winds today (bad ones, they say, and then back up to 70 tomorrow because of it.

Let's hope for no trees down on my way home from work!
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And I found this one on cooking

Indian Spinach and Chickpeas

1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch or more cayenne pepper
1/2 c plain yogurt
2/3 c half and half (I used 2% milk)
1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and liquid retained
1 c canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook for another minutes. Add spices and cook until fragrant. Add yogurt, milk, spinach with its liquid, and chickpeas. Bring to simmer over medium heat and cook until heated through.

(chickpeas are garbanzo beans)

I'm serving it over plain steamed rice.
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1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Hmmm...
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows!!!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wraps them, especially if it's obvious (like a rake)

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope, never have, and who would I kiss now? The kids and the cats???

5. When do you put up your decorations?
Whenever. I think I may do it Monday night cuz the kids will be with Jim.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Mince meat pie with or without vanilla ice cream (Dreyer's Double Vanilla)

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
It's a toss-up... either waking up to the smell of the Pillsbury Orange Cinnamon Rolls (and we're doing that again on Christmas Eve), or being woken up with the wee am hours because my dad BLASTED the 1812 Overture and the entire house was vibrating from the cannons.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
We never really "believed"... mostly because all the gift tags had my grandmother's handwriting. What I plan on telling the kids is that there *is* a Santa Claus, but once the kids get old enough, SC gives the responsibility of gift-giving to the parents because SC only does little kids.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
All of them - we've always done Christmas on Christmas Eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
Well, it's always had lots of french horns in the past, I'll probably continue that. But I also have a lot of ornaments with memories. Oh, and some tacky ornaments too.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Snow? What's that? It tends to be warm.. sometimes in the 80's... though once in a while it'll rain.

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes, both forwards AND backwards!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My Atari 2400! Favorite games... breakout and pitfall.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Just having an excuse to get the family together to talk and eat ourselves silly.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
see #6

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
See #7. Both of them now.

17. What tops your tree?
A bunny rabbit angel, in honor of my "aunt" Bunny. She died in 1985, and I inherited it and a lot of ornaments from her.

18. Which do you prefer - giving or receiving presents?
Receiving! Actually, watching my kids open their presents now.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Vocal - Handel's Messiah. Even though I couldn't sing the 1st soprano part, I could manage almost all the 2nd suprano part.
Instrumental (playing) - Sleigh Ride, cuz the drummers could never get the whip crack at the end right, and trumpets had fun playing the "neighs" at the end, and the tuba and I snuck in a football cheer song in there every year.
Instrumental (listening) - Anything with beautiful harmonies, like Coventry Carol

20. Candy Canes Yuck or Yum?
Meh. Neither.
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woohoo!! it's WINTER!!! we'll see if this really happens...

Wednesday Night, Nov 29
Mainly clear and very cold. Winds from the ENE at 13 mph.
Low: 33 °F

Thursday Night, Nov 30
Mostly Clear
Mainly clear and cold. Winds from the ENE at 6 mph.
Low: 33 °F
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out of nowhere...

jake: "mama... say ombligos"
me: "ombligos"
jake: "good job!"

(it's spanish for "belly buttons")
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ok all, I'm off to Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving... I'll be back Saturday.

Wish me lots of "no traffic" vibes!
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gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. Unabridged (yaayyyy!), and on 7 CDs, though they were a little short. Oh how to explain this one... it's a stereotypical Southern Baptist family in Alabama. On girl gets out, moves to Chicago, and has a ::gasp:: black boyfriend. She avoids going home for 10 years, and finally is forced to go, where she confronts some major issues from her past.

It was pretty good. The language was up-front and harsh, enough so that I didn't listen to it much when the kids were in the car. Good story, nice plot twists here and there. Jumping from the past to the present (I know there's a word for that) wasn't jarring at all and it was very obvious when that happened so I didn't get confused.

I'd give it four out of five stars. I was never bored with it, and Aunt Flo absolutely cracked me up. Imagine a Southern Baptist from Alabama combined with a Rottweiler/Doberman mix. She was RUTHLESS!

next up? No clue - off to the Books on Tape Cupboard at work...
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oh, and even though i am still stuck between 179-184 pounds, i can fit most of my size 16w clothes now!

now all i have to do is get the girls measured to see what size i really am.
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