Saturday, October 11, 2008

For Sale

Well, the house is for sale and our lives have been turned upside down. We're constantly cleaning the house to make it spotless for people coming in to see it and with people in and out of the house at various times, it's made cooking and blogging happen sporadically. Sorry, I'll try to be better about it, but for now, just keep your fingers crossed that we'll sell the house soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You Learn Something New Everyday...

I was so excited to buy a sugar pumpkin and make pumpkin puree. I actually made it and took some photos. I put it all into a mason jar, got out my immersion blender and whipped it all up into a puree and let it sit and cool off. Then I put it into the freezer because I wouldn't be using it until this weekend. Well, I looked in the freezer when I went to get something else out. It turns out that I must not have let it cool down enough. The glass broke. I had to throw out the puree so I never got to try it. I will make it again, but not until things are more settled at home. I will also post a picture or two of the puree that I made, but it may be a few days before I get the chance.
Regardless, here's how I made the puree.

1 sugar pumpkin, cut in half, stem, seeds and pulp removed

Place the pumpkin on a cookie sheet and cover each half with aluminum foil. Roast in an oven preheated to 325 degrees F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It will be ready when it is tender enough to easily poke with a fork. While still hot, scoop out the flesh and put into a blender or into a jar and use an immersion blender. Blend until you form a puree.
Then, as I learned, allow to fully cool before refrigerating or freezing.

As promised, here are the photos.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Lazy Catnap Kind of Day

It was a busy week for us all, including Riley and Nutmeg so we were all happy to see the weekend arrive. Riley was happy to relax in the office while I did a few things on the computer and Nutmeg, who is always with me when I'm home, was there too. She hadn't seen me for most of the week, so she insisted on being as close to me as possible. This is one of the few photos I managed to take that didn't show her as a blur while she tried to climb into my lap.

Riley was missing his dad since his dad was out during the day. This is Riley's "When is Papa coming home?" look.

Riley and Nutmeg haven't always gotten along and sometimes, they still have a few spats, but Nutmeg still adores her big brother. She knows that she's not allowed to get too close to him otherwise he'll get mad. This is her getting as close to him as she can without annoying him. The expression on her face just tells you how much she wants to turn around and climb on top of Riley and give him a good ol' snuggle.

There's a first time for everything!
Yesterday was actually the first time that Riley has ever let Nutmeg sleep so close to him. Look how happy she is!

He looks pretty happy too, but shhhh, don't tell him!

Every day should be spent like this!