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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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14th-Oct-2011 08:48 am
Happy birthday to dalious!

Happy early birthday to brithistorian, envoy, and sealgair, who advance a year over the weekend!

State of the 'Song
Wow, I am in a ridiculous amount amount of pain right now. Mostly shoulders/upper back/neck, which kept waking me up last night, but radiating down to lower back, because that got aggravated too.

Note to self: Not dicing a raw butternut squash ever again.
Note to others: Seriously, I know there are things you think I should be able to do because I Don't Look Sick. Deal with it when I say no.

(I already knew my back was screwed by the time I was halfway through the squash.)

Two Robaxin so far this morning. We'll see if I need more.

So Anyway
Through even more comedy of errors, I managed to score some baking powder last night. There are rosemary polenta muffins and they are amazing. Also nommy chocolate chip muffins. And I did start to feel better almost as soon as I started baking, and was back to being generally chipper by the end of it. I know what works for me! I just need to make sure I keep the pantry stocked for future foul moods.

And the crockpot-roasted root veggies were fantastic. The olive oil did get through to everything, and the amount of salt and pepper was just perfect. Success! Though next time I'm just going to randomly chop root veggies (and let one of the guys handle the squash) until it looks like the right amount, because we have a ridiculous amount of leftovers.

Why do people not eat beets or parsnips, in general? Parsnips are like carrots with a kick! Beets are deliciously earthy - and beautiful! Don't worry, haters, plenty of squash, potato, onion, carrot, et cetera in there too. And whole cloves of garlic.

Biggest success, foodwise, was the apple cider bacon chicken, because my incredibly picky daughter ate the whole thing.

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Friday Memeage
Wearing: Pajamas with teacups on them.
Reading: Just finished the new Pratchett; next up is Stephenson's REAMDE.
Writing: I have a thing darting around the edges of my writerbrain and am patiently waiting for it to alight.
Knitting: Still between. A lot of between here.
Planning: I need to walk to the store to get stuff I need for tonight's dinner. My inbox overfloweth, so I need to deal with that. Then it's butt-in-chair time for a while. We have no outside-the-house plans for tonight, which is just fine.
Tomorrow we're picking up thesilentpoet's old dresser and delivering it to gwynraven, with whom we will then see Lady Hamlet. And then we shall attend a party that night.
Sunday looks to be a trip to Russell Orchards.

14th-Oct-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
I love beets, but I'm always so glad I have a glass chopping board when I cut them up. Messy things. They go great with cream cheese-based sauces, though. And as borscht, mmmm.
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14th-Oct-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, the English.

These were fresh out of the ground, still dirty (til I scrubbed them), roughly chopped and roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Fresh and perfect.
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14th-Oct-2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
I cleaned house, did laundry and cooked dinner last night. I am out of Robaxin. Pity me :(

Please to be sharing the recipes (or sources) for the crockpot veggies (EDIT found that one from your dinner link) and OMG BACON APPLE CIDER CHICKEN? While I am not convinced to try beets I like parsnips and overcoming my dislike of squash. Taking a clue from you and making the BF peel them!

Edited at 2011-10-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I never really have liked beets, but every time I have parsnips I remember how much I think they're awesome.

(Reminds me, I have a stew I need to make.)

Celeri rave is like that, too.
14th-Oct-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
You and hammercock can have my beets and parsnips.
14th-Oct-2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
And you can have my oranges! :)
14th-Oct-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, *yum*!

Would you be willing to share the rosemary polenta muffin recipe and the cider bacon chicken one--or tell me where you got them because they sound *amazing* and are Favorite Flavors of Our House.

ETA: Found the polenta recipe from your last entry, but pretty please...bacon chicken?

Edited at 2011-10-14 02:30 pm (UTC)
15th-Oct-2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Seconding the apple bacon chicken recipe request!
14th-Oct-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
I am mildly cautious of beets because they have a flavor I sometimes can't quite cope with (like near my period) and also because I'm one of the people who doesn't process the dye, so peeing can be quite a little adrenaline rush a few hours after eating them. :) But I have to say that the recipe my wife has for beet tzatziki is DELICIOUS. And colorful!
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15th-Oct-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, hey. Next time I can have Sindrian use a saw!
14th-Oct-2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Note to self: Not dicing a raw butternut squash ever again.

I use the "coarse shred" disk on my processor. You DO have a processer, don't you? You just pucker up and go to the Goodwill. And you have a GREAT Goodwill in Boston.
14th-Oct-2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I love beets and parsnips. Alas, I am no allergic to beets. :(

I would love the recipe, though!
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14th-Oct-2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
We pretty much *just* discovered beets, and I am in love. Also beet greens, hurrah. Before this I'd only ever had pickled beets which are too weirdly sour/sweet and I can't deal with them. Parsnips are on the list of things to try soon.
14th-Oct-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Come to England, where people do eat parsnips. :)
14th-Oct-2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I loathe beets. Which is too bad, because they look pretty. But they taste like beets.

Parsnips, on the other hand, are all good.
14th-Oct-2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I dislike pickled beets intensely, but roasted beets? I clutch them to my bosom in a haze of tiny hearts and do the Dance of Nom.

Parsnips are awesome mixed in with other roots. Mm.
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