Gee, I hate November. It's so grey and blah. You have to start looking around
for new projects and adventures, because unless you're one of those individuals, who actually likes a cold, wet, barren landscape; there is nothing to do outdoors..
I have been doing some "house cleaning" of sorts. I sold off the extra bunnies and chickens. And I put the pellet stove and corner sink on craigs list. Today I am taking a huge bag of unwanted clothes and toys to the Once Again Shop. So, the closets are cleaned out.
And now what? I am thinking of starting a new painting. I got my dress dummy down from the attic to, perhaps, make a few dresses. (Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find just a regular, everyday house dress? You just can't find them anymore!) I could always re- grout the kitchen tile (I keep saying I'm going to do this....and I will...eventually) But I need a new job or project or adventure.
I can't really get a job job because of the kids. I don't want just a job anyway. I want something half way interesting. If I am going to leave my nice warm house and go out in the cold and snow there better be a darn good reason for it! So....what? What to do? What to do?
What do you do when you feel at loose ends? How do you find your next adventure? I really want to know!
In the meantime, Happy Guy Fawkes Day! Today is the day the English celebrate the failure of a plot to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I by burning one of the plotters in effigy. (Those crazy Brits!)
Our friend Karen is from England, and celebrates every year by hosting a bonfire. I've never been, so we'll bundle up and go join the festivities this evening.
"May I a small house and a large garden have; And a few friends, and many books, both thrue, both wise, and both delightful too!"
Special K Bars
Combine 1 C sugar and 1 C Karo syrup in large pan and bring to a boil. Stir in 1 1/2 C peanut butter mix well. Remove from heat. Add 6 C Special K cereal. Stire well. Press into well greased 11 x 13 cake pan. Take 1 C Chocolate Chips and 1 C Butterscotch Chips and melt together in microwave. Blend and spread over bars.
One of the planet's most versatile grasses; bamboo can be eaten, worn, used to build shelter and boats - it's an amazing product of nature.
Quotation of the month:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature." Helen Keller
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Butter, for greasing dish
12 ounces wide egg noodles
2 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta water
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (packed) grated Fontina
3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan
3/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella
4 ounces cooked ham, diced, optional
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Butter a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Drain well, but do not rinse.
Whisk the cream, milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in 1 cup Fontina, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, ham, if using, and parsley. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Toss the remaining 1 cup Fontina, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup mozzarella in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture. Bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.