Monday, March 3, 2014

All the Single Mittens



I get a little depressed seeing all the lonely single gloves left behind on sidewalks, on stair rails, on top of mailboxes. I wrote this to cheer myself up. (It was going to be a full length video, but because we fell short of the predicted 17 feet of sn*w, I have to go to work. Here are the lyrics, if you want to sing along... 


ALL THE SINGLE MITTENS
Parody by Sarah Gowan with apologies to Beyoncé
All the single mittens, all the single mittens,
All the single mittens, all the single mittens
All the single mittens, all the single mittens
All the single mittens
Now put your hands up

Up in the snow, we just broke up,
I'm doing my own little thing.
Decided to sled and now you wanna trip
'Cause another Frosty noticed me

I got gloss on my lips, wearing the Chapstick
Got me tighter in my flannel lined jeans
Acting up, cocoa in my cup,
I can care less what you think

'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a string on it
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a string on it
Don't be mad once you see that you lost it
'Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a string on it
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Don't treat me to the things of the world, I'm not that kind of girl
Your gloves are what I prefer, what I deserve
Here's a glove that makes me, then takes me
And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
Pull me into your sleeves, say I'm the one you want
If you don't, you'll be alone, and like a flake, I'll be gone

All the single mittens, all the single mittens
All the single mittens, all the single mittens
All the single mittens, all the single mittens
All the single mittens

Now put your hands up Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a string on it
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a string on it
Don't be mad once you see that you lost it
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a string on it
Oh, oh, oh.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Banjo Snow Gauge

Our new snow gauge. We currently have one bridge of snow in the backyard. Predictions are for half a pot to three frets over the next few days. Stay tuned!

8am Wednesday 2/12/14
8am Thursday 2/13/14

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Easy Catbox Sifter

Keeping catboxes clean got much easier this year with my homemade catbox sifter!

You will need:
A plastic colander 
A bucket
A sharp utility knife


Take an ordinary cheap plastic colander (I got mine at the dollar store).  



The holes are too small for the litter to sift through so you will need to enlarge the holes with the utility knife. Use a new blade and go slowly. The plastic will cut more easily than you think, but you have to use a little pressure so there is potential for injury if you aren't careful.



You will end up with giant nail clippings on the floor. They are not good for kitties, so clean them up right away.



Put the sifter in the bucket


Pour the dirty litter into the sifter. The clean litter will fall in the bucket, leaving the clumps behind.



Dump the yucky stuff into  a bag



Pour the clean litter into the pan and you're good to go!









Monday, December 2, 2013

Continuing Adventures with the Lady Business

Me: Ow, ow, ow, my back hurts. It's weird, it feels just like PMS except I haven't got any PMSing hormones or ladyparts.

BBE: Well, maybe you have an Imaginary Friend.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pomegranate Spoon-Whackin

In which we test for ourselves the Spoon Whackin' Method of de-seeding a pomegranate....


Pomegranate Spoon-Whackin - YouTube

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sarah's Oven Caramelized Onions

So I screwed up at the grocery store and bought too many onions and since these are the expensive organic onions I didn't want any to go to waste. I love caramelized onions, but don't usually have time to make them. This is an oven method that takes a couple of hours, but you can do other things while they're cooking and cook a whole lot at once.

I used:
3 lbs organic onions
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
some salt

You also need:
Deep lidded oven proof pan
Some kind of timer


Preheat the oven to 425˚


Cut up your onions like this:

I have a kitchen exhaust fan that sounds like a 747 and sucks the dust bunnies from the attic, so onion tears aren't an issue for me. If you don't have a kitchen fan, you might want to consider a pair of extremely practical and oh so fashionable Onion Goggles.


Heat up the oil and butter in a deep oven-proof pan with a lid (I use a cast iron dutch oven) then throw in the chopped onions and stir to coat with the oil. Sprinkle in some salt - I used about 1/2  teaspoon, but you can use more or none at all.


Put the lidded pan into the preheated oven. Yes mine looks like this. So much for getting the self-cleaning model.


Set the timer for 15 minutes.
You are going to stir the onions every 15 minutes for about 2 hours, so it's a good time to get stuff done around the house. Or watch movies on netflix.

They will go from looking like this:



To looking like this:



All done!


I put them into an ice cube tray to freeze in small portions for using in recipes, but I don't recommend you do this. They were really hard to get out after they froze. Next time I will probably just freeze  separate little mounds on a sheet of freezer paper


 Also a word of warning - this method will make your house smell like onions for days after. Best done on a nice day when you can open windows and when you aren't expecting company!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Got the Big Eye: Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom

 This children's book from 1922 melds horrifying vegetable crafts, dismal puns, creepy drawing and blatant racism into one nightmare-inducing page turner.



Got the Big Eye: Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom

Monday, September 30, 2013

I Already Won, Thank You.

I'm always joking that we need to win the lottery, but tonight I come out of the grocery pushing an absolutely bountiful cart full of my favorite foods to a car that is paid for so I can drive to a sweet house with 3 kitties, all the instruments I could hope to play, all the books I could hope to read, and a BBE (Best Boyfriend Ever) to share it with and I have to ask just how much more winning does it get? Also the sky looked like this.