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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
11:46 pm - Shrimp Chickpea Salad
The house i am living in here at Berkeley had its house Christmas dinner tonight. There are six of us, and we each made one element of the dinner. I picked to do "side dish" (I got a little carried away, as usual, and made three things, but it actually turned out that it was a pretty good amount of food for all of us!). Since it's the Christmas Fast, I made food that was fasting of course (and made enough that it wasn't weird to only eat what I made!), and i came up with this recipe that was great (kind of by accident, I mostly added what I had!).  (If you keep kosher, sorry about the non-kosher recipe, but I think it would be good without the shrimp!) Anyway, I thought some of you might like it, and look, it's making me post again! Sorry everyone, I do read all the time, I'll try to comment more.

Shrimp Chickpea SaladCollapse )
I also made these potatoes; I can recommend them!

How is everyone doing? If you fast--any new fasting ideas?? I don't have enough ideas these days, or maybe just not enough time to cook!

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Monday, September 13th, 2010
11:18 pm - О слове "умилитися"
 Мне всегда казалось, что чувство умиления... это что-то как-то радостно, нежно, ну слово связано с словом "милость". А кажется, это может быть не совсем верно. Читаю из пророчества Исаиина... 6:5.
На церковно-славянском: "И рекох: о, окаянный аз, яко умилихся, яко человек сый и нечисты устней имый..."
На русском (Синодальный перевод) "И сказал я: горе мне! погиб я! ибо я человек с нечистыми устами..."

Честно говоря, я была немножко в щоке. Пока читала только на славянском, все как-то душой понимала. А по-русски, это уже другое дело вообще! Смотрела в славянском словаре, там нет слова "умилитися", есть "умилятися", там написано "умилосердиться, утихнуть от гнева, быть тронутым".  Смотрю слово "умиление". "Сокрушение сердечное, смирение, сожаление." Это более понятно (и вообще, это, прочитав славянский текст, было мое понятие).

Смотрю по-гречески. Слово там "κατανενυγμαι". В словаре "κατανυσσομαι": "be pierced, stabbed". Ну я могу понять, что это и умилитися. Просто как-то более строго, а может быть и то же самое. По-английски, в King James Version, "умилихся" переводится как "I am undone". Это по-моему что-то другое, чувство просто другое. А все-такие понятно. А по-русски "погиб я" совсем непонятно! От этого я бы поняла, что уже совсем погиб, нет надежды ни на что. Может быть я просто слишком литерально чувствую это по-русски.

Есть то же самое слово в Деяниях. 
На церковно-славянском: "Слышавше же умилишася сердцем..."
На русском: "Услышав это, они умилились серцем..." 

Значит, это слово и употребляли в русском переводе.

Дорогие мои русскоговорящие читатели (если у меня еще кто-то остается!), что вы думаете об этом? У вас наверное понятие более интуитивно чем у меня!

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Monday, February 8th, 2010
12:27 pm - Dessert recipes

I’ve been asked to make a dessert for a church thing for Friday. It’s going to be served with blini (Russian pancake things, I need to make a bunch of these to bring too, and I’m not sure what recipe I’ll use for those either). So it should be light. Something with mousse/lemon/berries was suggested. Lemon would really be awesome. I’d like to make something that can be served in slices—this would be a lot easier than something that needs to be spooned up.


There are some people on my friends list with amazing recipe knowledge—any suggestions?? There are a couple things I’m thinking of but I don’t know how they turn out/they look like they might take some learning, and I don’t REALLY have time to make something several times this week…

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
12:57 pm

Как видно, очень редко здесь пишу. Часто хочется что-то писать, а если так долго ничего не было, думаю, что надо все сразу обьяснить, что-нибудь особое написать. А это же обычно не получается. Сейчас хочу по-русски писать, хотя и не знаю сколько здесь русскоговорящих читают. Может, получится общаться здесь больше по-русски (а надо тоже по-английски писать!!).


Я сегодня стала удивляться, что Рождество будет уже на следующую неделю. Через неделю сочельник! В этом году я попросила меня отпустить от работы и в сочельник, очень люблю литургию (с царскими часами и вечерней) в этот день.


Решилась подать заявления на аспирантуру (на следующий учебный год). На один универ уже подала (надо было в декабре подать!), еще одно-два сейчас подам. Хочу поступить на славянский факултет, учить лингвистику/филологию. Конкретно, хочу заниматься славянскими средневековыми рукописями и развитием языка в этих рукописях… немного сложно найти в Америке университет, где это будет возможно. Придумала в России учиться... А это может быть сложно по некоторым причинам... если здесь примут, наверное так начинаю, и уж потом в Россию на год или что.


О чем еще писать... не знаю. Время летает, Рождественский пост уже заканчивается, скоро начинается Великий. А кажется что не постилась на пользу, у меня на душе безпорядок. Всегда занята, а ничего не успеваю... Сейчас зима, не очень холодно (у нас пока снега нет, и правда, часто вообще не бывает в городе), а темно... В обществе, Рождество уже прошло, и для родственников тоже (они не православные). А мы еще ждем. Мы с родителями праздновали, а не чувствую, что было Рождество, это еще в переди.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009
10:44 pm
Tonight I cooked:

Red lentil dahl
Cabbage and mushrooms with dill

I ate all of this together. With cherry tomatoes. Does this sound weird? It does to me. However, it was pretty good.

The dahl turned out pretty nice. I kind of read a recipe online and then just made it. Sauteed onions and garlic. Added spices (ginger, turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper, red chili flakes, dried cilantro--didn't have fresh), 3 cups water, 1 cup red lentils, and then one diced potato because it seemed like a good idea. Cooked till potato was done and the lentils fell apart and got all creamy.

Ummm. Lent has flown by. It's almost over. Friday ends the 40 days and then we start Holy Week. I can say I am very glad to be Orthodox because I don't think I could deal with Holy Week this week. :)

My Lent has been very odd.  Good, bad, I'm not sure! Good probably mostly, though I feel I have not done what I should have.  The food part of Lent has been pretty easy.  Not that I have been so great with it, even, but keeping the basic rules has gone fine. I don't really want meat or dairy. But everything else...

Today was a beautiful day. It made me feel so much better. And happy. I opened all the windows, and scrubbed the kitchen, and sorted a bunch of papers. I didn't get done everything I wanted to, but I got lots of things under control, and I went for a walk with my roommate and cooked.

And I talked to people at church. I have been feeling like no one would talk to me at church at all, but 1) I think I've been going there long enough that people recognize me (even if not everyone is sure if I am Russian or American) and 2) I started making more of an effort to talk to people, and apparently mostly they do not hate me! (I have started going to a very Russian ROCOR parish. I used to go to an OCA parish. I like the new parish and the priest is very good, and I am pleased I am able to go here.)

Even if I go to church all this week, I should have time after, etc, to do what I need to do to have things organized for Holy Week.

Tuesday is (Old Calendar) Annunciation. I can go to Vigil tomorrow night, but not Liturgy, work is too busy. Oh, work has gotten crazy, but in a good way. I have some new duties and it is good, and interesting, and I am pleased. But, it's harder to take more time off. I have Friday and Monday next week, and that's about as much as I think I can manage. But that's good, it's a lot really, I'm glad for that. I wish I didn't have to miss Thursday morning, but I think I will have to.

Hmmm what else. I'm not sure.

There are cherry blossoms outside my house, on my street.

I need to think about what vegetables I want to plant this year and how to make this work. I need to know what veggies will grow without much light. I have an abundance of shade. Actual planting will happen after Pascha.

I need to actually make my icon corner. I have icons, a couple of them hanging, in my bedroom, and a bunch of stuff set up on a bookshelf under the ones that are hung up. But I have a Plan for what I want to do. I would sort of like to do it before Pascha, but I don't know if I have time.

Random babbling, this. But hey, I posted something.

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Monday, March 16th, 2009
8:40 pm
I made buckwheat kasha for dinner. and I stirred mushrooms and dill into it--it tastes so Russian now!

It's good, but can anyone tell me how  to do the thing with the grains being more separate and fluffy, without egg? Or is it just mushier this way?

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
11:11 am

Is it weird to *start* posting on livejournal during Lent? I do need to spend less time on the internet, but I think that writing something occasionally may actually be helpful for me, rather than just wasting time.

 So let’s see. Nothing much has happened for the past couple of months. I worked. Work is fine. I had inner spiritual turmoil. That’s doing fine too. :) I didn’t do a whole lot else. Well, I took two trips. I went to San Francisco over MLK weekend, and spent a lot of time going to church, among other things. If you’re on my facebook, you probably saw those pictures. On President’s Day weekend, in February, I went to St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, to visit. It’s about a three and a half hour drive from Seattle, and I’d never been there before, despite having heard about it practically since its inception (I don’t remember if it was founded before or after I became Orthodox). Anyway, it’s grown quite a bit since I last heard of it much! It was very nice. There was lots of snow, and I went to church a bunch, and got to talk to the abbess and… hmmmm. If anyone is curious, ask, I could talk about it more. Oh, I met someone from Annunciation, Portland people!

I think I’ve told most of you who care, but I made a chocolate cake roll with whipped cream filling that was 1) completely successful and 2) gluten free. Yum. I need to have a jelly roll party I think.

 After typing that I started thinking about having a post-Pascha party (Thomas Sunday? Later?). Kind of like the Christmas party. Did I ever post that I had a post-Christmas party that was awesome? Well, at least I thought it was awesome. We sang carols and I made lots of food. Anyway, I started thinking of what food to make for a Pascha parrty. Possibly not the best idea, this, for the first week of Lent!

 Great Lent always takes over my *life*… Especially the first week I guess. I am going to the Canon every night this week. Last night it was so nice and didn’t feel long at all (well 1 hr 45 min for the Canon plus Great Compline isn’t really that long I guess). I was looking at tonight’s chunk online (thanks, aftondays for the link!) and it’s the one that’s really heavy on the Old Testament stories.

 I want to post about Lenten food, and menus, and planning, but I think I’ll do that in another post. I’m not really cooking much for the next couple of days anyway.

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Friday, December 5th, 2008
10:26 am - Вечная память!
The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Alexei, has fallen asleep in the Lord today, December 5 (I think sometime in the morning, Russian time).

Give rest O Lord to the soul of Thy newly departed servant, Patriarch Alexei, and may his memory be eternal!

I was sad to hear this news this morning. God preserve the Russian Church and give her such wise leaders...

Душа его во благих водворится, память его в род и род.

current mood: sad

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
5:35 pm

На сайте храма знакомого у меня батюшки в Пскове, есть страница «Вопросы священнику». Там есть разные вопросы и ответы. Сегодня читала этот вопрос с ответом:

В: Много читала и слушала (аудио-записи) Осипова и поняла, что исповедь-это покаяние от СЕРДЦА, со СЛЕЗАМИ. Лично в моем опыте исповедь бывает больше от ума (сознаю, понимаю, что нужно покаяться, но слез на самом таинстве нет, иногда бывают дома). Значит-ли это, что раскаяние не настоящее?

О:Раскаяние будет не настоящим, если человек любит свой грех даже во время исповеди, если он обманывает Господа и священника и говорит, каюсь, а сам горит желанием совершить грех опять. Если же мы и знаем, что многие грехи повторим, но хотим от них освободиться, и даже если только умом понимаем необходимость этого - Таинство совершится. Всем нам необходимо страдать от своих грехов, осознавать свое несчастье от того, что пленились ими и ненавидеть их как рабство дьяволу. Предела покаянию нет, и поэтому надо постоянно работать над собой и оттачивать совесть. Помоги нам всем Господи!

 Хочу помнить... это меня как-то утешило—раскаяние, конечно, нам очень нужно, а бывает, кажется, разные степени покаяния...

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
8:04 pm
I am back from a wonderful weekend. (I got back Sunday evening, but between being tired and working, I am just posting now. Driving from Portland to Seattle the Sunday after Thanksgiving is not recommended!) I had Thanksgiving here with my family (parents, brother, dad's stepfather, uncle), and left for Portland on Friday afternoon. I managed to fit in seeing 4 distinct groups of people, and it was only slightly crazy! I wish I'd gotten to spend more time with people, but I'll be there again, I'm sure.  It was awesome to see zaika_krasivaia , and meet nanny_akhmatova , starfish82 , and idletalking . I was happy to get to have dinner with [info]wondersheep before she went off gallivanting on trips. I also got to see bakedinapie , but  I don't think she ever reads here!

Obviously one of the important things to do in Portland is go to Powell's. I had fun wandering around, and I bought:

-a veggie crockpot cookbook that looks really good (the recipes are healthy and mostly vegan and sound tasty!)
-the 1975 edition of Joy of Cooking (I now have information on how to cook a raccoon among other things--but really, it's a good basic cookbook, and it seems to me, both from looking at the new version vs this one myself, and the advice of friends, that the 1975 edition will be more what I want).
-two books by Elizabeth Goudge, ostensibly for ceiling_taffi (and I promise, I will give them to you, I just might read them first!)
-Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, which I already read, and which was pretty good, though a little *too* inconclusive for me at the end, even if that's the point
-Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones, which I am reading now, and finding enjoyable, and less dark, at least so far, than some of the Crestomanci books are

I wanted to buy a Russian etymological dictionary, a French Bible, and a Greek analytical New Testament, but I had already selected too many books, and books are expensive.

On Saturday night and Sunday morning I went to church with my friends, and while at the church, I bought two more books (because I didn't buy enough already): Orthodox Spirituality by Met. Hierotheos Vlachos, and Soul Mending by Deacon John Chryssavgis (which had been recommended to me--actually they both had). I've read some of the Chryssavgis one and it seems to be really good.

We had brunch after church, and then I left for Seattle. It took me about 4.5 hours to drive (it should take a little under 3), which I guess could be worse, given the whole Sunday after Thanksgiving thing.

It was a good trip, though I was rather exhausted by the end of it.

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Friday, November 21st, 2008
7:55 pm - My dinner!
Wow, how did it get to be Friday already?

Since posting about food is the easiest, and since I'm convinced you all want to hear about the dinner I just made, I present:

Fasting Tuna Patties!

I would post on whatwecook , but I really don't know what I did exactly. Maybe I should anyway?

(Explanation of the the fasting thing: usually during Orthodox fasts, we cannot eat meat, dairy, eggs, or fish, and on stricter days, wine or oil. On feast days that fall within fasting periods, or on Wednesday or Friday, which are usually fast days, wine and oil are allowed, and sometimes fish. Today is a feast day (on the new calendar, the Entrance of the Mother of God in the Temple... if you don't already know, you probably don't want to), but also a fast day, being 1) on a Friday, and 2) part of the Advent fast.  It is one of the Twelve Great Feasts, which means that fish is allowed. But not dairy or eggs, hence the quest for fasting tuna patties).

Anyone still with me?

So... these were really good. I recommend them apart from their Orthodox fasting attributes.

I took a can of tuna, and mixed it with hummus (mine was roasted garlic). I added some (a spoonful to start? another spoonful later?) vital wheat gluten. And some breadcrumbs. And more hummus to make it less dry. I ended up using several large spoonfuls of hummus for the can of tuna. And then added dried seasonings, chopped green onion, and chopped fresh dill. And more gluten... and just kind of kept putting those things in till they made patties that held together reasonably well. I heated canola oil in a pan, and fried them.

Yay! They held together well, and taste.good. I was going to put potato in them, but I was lazy.

I made them with something I'd been meaning to try for awhile--mushroom veggie orzo (yes I'm eating too many refined carbs recently). Basically, it was cabbage, cooked till soft, mushrooms, and grated carrots, with orzo mixed in. It's also very good.

And I'm eating broccoli, because steamed broccoli is the Best Thing Ever, and I had some leftover.

So there you have it: my dinner! I am pretty happy with it.

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Monday, November 17th, 2008
8:59 pm
On a mundane note.... I have been kind of out of the cooking swing for a few days, it feels like. I made clam-red pepper-mushroom pasta over the weekend though, and today I made soup. It is very good soup. Mushroom broth, plus water with some veggie bouillon, and greens, black eyed peas, zucchini/yellow squash, and orzo. Plus onions and carrots. And some... seasonings of some sort. Yeah. I'm happy with it, it's fasting, and it's satisfying whatever food craving I was having. It would be better with parmesan cheese, but hey, I can live with this.

The soup making started out excitingly though. I set things on fire! I never do that! I started the pot heating, and then dumped some olive oil in it. Well, apparently when I turned the burner on, I thought I was boiling water, because I set it to high. If you dump olive oil in a pan heated to high, it catches on fire. I picked the pot up, and it kept burning. 

I said "Oops".
My roommate M, from the other room, said "What happened?"
Me: "I set something on fire."
M: "Really what?"
Me: "Ummm oil."
M: "Hey, I can see flames, what's going on?"
Me: "Just a sec, let me remember what to do.... right, baking soda, where is it? Oh here...."

And I dumped baking soda on it, and the fire went out. Then the smoke detector went off. See, I told you, exciting! I hope my pot survives the trauma, but I'm not so sure. But I was standing there holding a pan full of fire! No, I don't have a picture.

I feel like there were other things I had to say.... That's what I always say.

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Friday, November 7th, 2008
4:18 pm - Dumb questions
Can someone tell me in what circumstances it makes a difference whether I used dutch-processed or regular processed cocoa powder? I can also never remember which is which, but that I can look up. If I'm going to buy one for general use, do I want one or the other specifically?

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
9:22 pm - Orthodox experience
I like it when my hair smells like incense.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
9:06 pm
Sigh. I am not good at telling when chickens are done roasting without a thermometer. I can't find my meat thermometer. I have a candy thermometer, but I am skeptical about its usefulness. I am pretty sure it will be done here. At some point. And maybe I won't kill it dead.

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8:20 pm
Greetings, everyone. I think I shall update this evening. But what to say? I am not sure. Life. What is going on? Not a whole lot, really. I need to start researching grad school stuff more. Even if I'm probably not going to do it.

I didn't do much over the weekend. I went to church on Saturday night and then went to some friends' house and played games (Settlers of Catan, Boggle, and Scattergories. And then Settlers again) till way too late, thus negating possible benefits of extra sleep from the return to standard time. And then on Sunday I went to church, and went to lunch with my parents.

Then Sunday night I baked cocoa fudge cake (half the batter as cupcakes, the other half as a single layer round cake). And made this cream cheese-orange-pumpkin frosting for it from a recipe I got from my friend. It's really good! I should put it on whatwecook. The cupcakes are now gone, because I took them to work, and we will probably eat far too much of the cake (that is, all of it!). All you cooking friends, seriously, you want to try this frosting. Actually, I made it with butternut squash, because I had one, and if I opened a can of pumpkin, I would have to do things like make pumpkin bread and cupcakes and possibly scones, cheesecake, or pancakes. Which would would all be good, but was kind of a lot of pressure. Yes, I could have frozen it. Yes, instead I decided that roasting a squash would be less work. No, that does not make sense. Except, you see, I wouldn't have frozen it. I would have kept baking. Anyway, it doesn't seem to matter for the recipe, it was good with the squash, you don't really taste that, you taste orange. My friend made it with mashed carrot, and it tasted very like mine.

I make cocoa fudge cake with butter, not shortening. Is that why it falls apart so much? Actually it's not that bad. it just is... crumb-y (but definitely not crummy!).

I've been sneezing and feeling stuffed up. I think I'm getting sick. I bought satsumas though ($4 a 5 lb box!!! First of the year!). This should help, yes? Also getting sleep might theoretically help, I need to do more of that.

I am roasting a chicken tonight. I was going to make applesauce, but I didn't. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe not though, because I'm having dinner with my family and voting tomorrow. I should make potatoes and broccoli too. But I think I'll just make broccoli, and eat it with left over rice. Or bread. I need to make beet salad (vinagret, yay!) and butternut squash soup (I have a roasted butternut squash, minus a quarter of a cup of mashed squash--see above discussion of frosting). And make sure and do something with the extra rice and eggplant soup, which really needs to be eaten. Mixed with chicken for lunch, maybe.

Really, I need more people to cook for.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
5:29 pm - Искушения

Покупать книги, а не прочитать.
Читать, а душеполезный смысл не осознать.

Думаю, что у многих из нас есть такие искушения. Знаю, что у меня есть. :)

И вот даже если мне просто хочется знания приобрести, от рассеянности... от ленности... может тоже от занятости, не успеваю. В настоящее время, как написала по-английски, я недавно придумала учиться в аспирантуре, и сразу приходят мысли, хочу ли я это, в силах ли я это делать? Надеюсь, что все станет ясным!

По поводу чтение—расскажите, пожалуйста, много ли вы читаете? И какие книги?

Я сама постоянно читаю (обычно по-английски). Романы, литературу, иногда историю и лингвистику. А духовную литературу уже 4-5 лет вообще не читаю, хотя и до этого, ее много читала. Можеть быть, скоро еще раз начну, а с чем не известно.

Простите за ощибки, пожалуйста, я чуть в словаре не смотрела.

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Monday, October 20th, 2008
10:18 pm - Well the *food* turned out well....
I was having friends over for dinner tonight. Except they couldn't come because their child was sick. And I didn't know this until dinner was ready. So I made lots of food. (Don't worry, you guys, if you're reading, I'm not upset! But I do want to see you. And you can just see what you missed from this post). And it was all really good. My roommate and I ate quite a bit of it, and actually got to chat, so it turned out okay.

But, I made:

Butternut squash soup
Rice with mushrooms and herbs
Kale with onions and balsamic vinegar to go with sauteed boneless chicken thighs, cut up in pieces, with garlic
(I was going to serve salad too, but there weren't lots of people)

Coffee cake from this recipe posted almost two years ago by mrs_piglit .

I was looking for how I made the butternut squash soup two years ago (I've made it since, but I could have sworn I posted a recipe then--I didn't find it, but the soup turned out good anyway). Anyway, I found that recipe, and decided it would be a good thing to make. I didn't have nuts, and I kind of put too much of the batter in the bottom and covered it the first time, so the top was all a bit messy and sugary, but it's very very good.

The soup, yes. It turned out quite good, though I'm not sure what I did--I was doing other things at the time. Roasted a butternut squash yesterday. Scooped it out today and dumped it in a pan with water and veggie boullion paste. Cooked it for awhile. Added spices (salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin, coriander (maybe), ginger, garlic... uh, probably some other things). I like it, and according to the roommate, it is good. Pureed it with a stick blender. That was it. Very very easy. And it's vegan. The one I remember writing a recipe for had dairy in it. This one was totally fasting. No oil. Oh. I didn't put onions in it. Well it turned out okay anyway. I should figure out what to add to it to put protein in it, it would be a good meal then.

The other stuff doesn't even really have a recipe to it, I think I've posted about how to cook kale this way, before, but I can post again if anyone is curious.

Last night I baked butternut squash (for the soup) and potatoes, some of which I had for lunch, and bacon some of which I also had for lunch, with the potatoes. And ate turkey sausage from Trader Joes, with rice. And some of the bacon. Bacon is very dangerous. It is very easy to eat large quantities of it. I bought it, and made a bacon, green onion, and mushroom omelette, on Saturday, entirely due to ceiling_taffi 's pernicious influence. :P

And now it is after 11 o'clock, and I think I should finish the last few dishes and go to bed.

And I need to have people over for dinner more often. Anyone want to come? Actually, there are several of you who must come over soon!

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Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:20 pm - Baking
On Friday night I made the pumpkin cheesecake from http://www.joyofbaking.com. Wow.  Yum!! I was going to bring it to our church bazaar, which was this weekend, but it didn't turn out pretty enough to be sold for $2 a slice. I thought I'd bring it to work, but between my roommate and I, there's about a quarter of it left. Maybe I'll take the rest Wednesday if there's still some.

I spent the whole weekend, pretty much, at the bazaar. I worked in the bookstore. We sold a lot of books. I had interesting semi-theological conversations with the other people working there. I thought of lots of ideas for what to do with the bookstore--I may help out with it this year. I may not. We'll see. I showed lots of people the pocket Psalter I bought, but I refused to sell it to anyone. We need to get stuff like that in the bookstore, and get rid of.... some other things. Maybe sometime I'll post about Books That Do Not Belong In Our Bookstore.

Yesterday evening I did nothing, except be exhausted after getting home after 7 pm.

Tonight, I stopped by and saw the partial installation of cabinets in my parents' kitchen (my parents are remodelling their kitchen! after almost 30 years of living in the house! The kitchen was far from new when they moved in). I think it's going to look nice. And then stopped by mrs_piglit 's house to pick up things for ceiling_taffi , whom I am going to visit (leaving Wed night!). 

And I got home after 8 and am now doing laundry and baking pumpkin bread. The loaves are almost done, and I baked the extra btter I had in a muffin tin, and am eating one of the muffins. Very good. I used the rest of the can of pumpkin I opened for the cheesecake. No waste! Yay! I used the recipe from the 1970's Betty Crocker Cookbook (the orange one...), but I added ginger and nutmeg--the recipe only called for cinnamon and cloves. Otherwise I think I followed the recipe mostly--butter instead of shortening, just used the pumpkin I had left since it was about right, I thought.

I think my clothes are probably done drying. I am SO not ready to leave the day after tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll get there. Today I found the shoe repair place at Southcenter--do all shoe repair places look sort of dark and dingy and sketchy? I don't think I've met one that didn't. I think I should probably bring cash tomorrow--I just left my shoe there for pick up tomorrow. Hope it works out well, the buckle came off my pretty Dansko Mary Jane shoe and I want to wear them on the trip.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
8:04 pm
Has anyone on my friendslist seen/used this website? http://www.joyofbaking.com/ I spent way too long reading it--it looks like it might have good recipes. The descriptions certainly sound good. I've got a bunch of thing I want to try now.

I think I'm coming down  with a cold. So much for baking and the to do list--I'm going to take a bath and go to bed. I've gotten 5-6 hours of sleep every night since Sunday night--that's really not working so well for me.

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