Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
His Royal Highness tried to convince Pawpa that his morning constitutional should be deferred. Ultimately, he was unsuccessful due to the fact that he weighs 18 pounds and Pawpa .. um .. somewhat more. When he was .. ahem .. lovingly persuaded to venture farther than the doorway, he consented to proceed. Upon his return from a very abbreviated visit to the great outdoors, King Gizmo returned to his favorite position in the living room ... sleeping on the weekly circular for Home Depot.
Before he completely zoned out, however, he asked me to say "Welcome" to Mistaya's M.O.M. and twinkietinydog who came over to visit from Jack's blog. We are going to stop over to see you two too!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Hopefully, he will accept a red pillow, that formerly graced the couch, as a replacement. (It and it's companion red pillow were replaced by the striped ones.) He liked it fine when it was there and would pull it into a position that was perfect for a sleeping dog. Wish us luck!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Meteorologist John J. Bagioni of Burlington calls the snow drought a "snow hole."
"It's an oddity that happens every winter somewhere," he said. "A location of below-normal snowfall is surrounded by areas of above-normal snowfall around it. So far this year it's been the Northwest Corner."
Bagioni said that normal snowfall totals, which can average 100 inches in places like Winsted, are down by as much as 75 percent in some areas. In contrast, coastal Connecticut and eastern parts of the state are above normal, he said.
One can hardly dispute this theory by looking at our yard.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I ended up doing it "the old way" like my ex-mother-in-law taught me. She just spooned the filling onto the bottom sheet of dough, covered the filling with a top sheet of dough, cut out the ravioli "freehand", and crimped the ravioli edges with a fork. They don't look uniform or attractive but they taste just fine.
Once they were filled and crimped, she'd throw them into a pot of boiling water to cook until done.
For those of you who feel you want to attempt this, this is the recipe for homemade Spinach & Sausage Ravioli.
1 Large can of spinach - drained
2-1/2 sleeves of cracker crumbs (I use Townhouse and smash them)
1 pound Sweet Sausage (if you use links, remove the casings)
5 pound bag of flour
12 eggs (you may not need that many but its best to have them)
Put the spinach in a colander and drain it. If it is very wet, you need to wring it out a little until it’s not so wet.
In a LARGE bowl, put sausage, crumbs, 1 egg, and drained spinach. With your hands, work the ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed. If it feels too dry, add another egg. (It will almost feel like meatball consistency) Put it aside.
2 pounds flour
1 Cup WARM water
Make a well with 3/4 of the flour; add eggs to the well and mix together slowly, adding water as necessary. Knead about 10 minutes; cover it and let dough rest for 10 minutes, then knead again until very smooth. This dough is now ready to use. (If you have a mixer with a dough hook, you can mix it that way. I did but wished I hadn't.) Cut the ball of dough into 4 to 8 pieces and roll each into a ball. Put back in the bowl and cover while you are rolling and filling other portions.
With a rolling pin, roll out a portion of the dough (maybe 1/4 of the dough) on a floured surface to the correct width. You want it thin but not so thin it will rip or tear. Cut the dough into pieces about 3 inches by 4 inches. At one end – in the center – put a blob of filling. With a little basting brush (or a clean finger), brush a little water (or egg wash) on the edges. Pull the other end over the top and seal the edges with the tines of a fork like you would a pie crust. Put it on a plate and put aside until you’re done filling ravioli. Continue rolling and filling until all the filling is gone. (I sometimes have to make another bowl of pasta dough.)
Bring a LARGE pot of salted water to a boil. Gently put in the ravioli and cook until the pasta is the consistency you want. Stir every once in a while so they don’t stick to the pan. It could be 20 minutes or more depending on the thickness of the dough. (Don’t forget; you are also cooking the sausage filling.) Keep an eye on it. When it’s done, throw sauce over them and eat.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Note from Mom: I spent last winter with no hair. One of the things I'd never realized was how cold you can feel when you have no hair on your head...even in the house...even at temps when others don't feel cold. You can buy hats and scarfs and turbans and wigs but they don't always do what you want them to do...and they often don't look they way you wish they would. Sometimes a soft, comfy hat is just what you need.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A "Paws for Politeness":
If you are fourth person in line at the checkout and the cashier at the next register shouts "I'll take the NEXT person in line", it's polite to .. you know .. actually let the next person in line be the first person in line at the newly opened register.
(CLUE: That is the second person in line. It is NOT you.)
(NOTE: If the second person in line has already put their items on the conveyor belt, and there are too many items to grab and run, that person should defer to the third person in line. Still...not you.)