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17th day of bloggin’ — Saturday Recipe Club

November 17th, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tell us about the best meal you ever cooked.

Probably this one.

day 16: hot blogging!

November 16th, 2012

Last of the season

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Friday, November 16, 2012
Would you buy your dream house if the price was right BUT you also were told it was inhabited by ghosts?

Well, that would depend. Are they friendly ghosts?

blogging, day 15: payday

November 15th, 2012

I love payday, that’s right. Especially since I’ve been off work for a year and a damn half. Sweetness of finally getting paid… and buying groceries! and sweets for Diwali!

Diwali sweets

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Here’s a question:

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tell us about your favourite pet.

I’m pretty fond of the cats. They’re extra snuggly now that the weather has turned.

day 14, blog-o-riffic

November 14th, 2012

Breached beaver dam

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Did you know that i missed a day? I did. So i’m pre-dating this. Also, new Glee! on tonight, Grease is the word…

Tired. Gotta go, Spocky, and pay bills do laundry fix dinner pay attention to kids husband cats and… think about this. Tough, tough times. Peace, everyone.



day 13, november blogging

November 13th, 2012

hi, snakey…

Snake on fall leaf litter

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

from NaBloPoMo:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Told snakes to go away and made it happen.

day 12: november blogging

November 12th, 2012

Purple days

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

day 11 of november blogging: books on my wish list

November 11th, 2012

Fibonacci forest tunnel

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

i swiped all of these from Oprah’s magazine. usually when i find a “must read!” book list, one or maybe two titles appeal to me. but everything on this list sounds good… holiday reading, coming up…



Saturday Book Review: Wacky Boy & Wacky Mommy review “Zephyr Takes Flight,” “Press Here” & “The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists”

November 10th, 2012

Rough Skinned Newt

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Do you think that newt likes to read? Perhaps… Also, doesn’t it look like he’s on a bed of caviar? What a trip.

When I say we are backlogged on book reviews, what I mean is: I can’t find my desk. Cuz it’s buried under a load of books, that’s why. Also, I’m back to teaching, after a long break spent writing and avoiding responsibility. My new students and I have been reading some old and new favorites. I’d like to give “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” a shout-out here because Dr. Seuss, you’ve never let us down. Thank you.

“This one has a little star/this one has a little car. Say! What a lot of fish there are.”

We’re kind of enamored of “Press Here,” by Herve Tullet (ChronicleKids, 2011, unpaged, $15.99). It’s a picture book, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a game, a work of art, and would be a really fun read-aloud for a class. Blue, red and yellow dots dance across the page. Press here. Tap on the blue. Tilt the page and see what happens. Love. This. Book.

“Zephyr Takes Flight” was written and illustrated by Steve Light (Candlewick Press, 2012, unpaged, $16.99.) Oh, Zephyr, you have a great imagination, little girl. She likes her airplanes and flying machines — making them, building them, and flying off, like Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace in “Peanuts.” The book is beautifully drawn in pen and ink, with added pastels and colored pencil.

Wacky Boy says: “This is a good one for ages 5-10. It’s a really creative book. I liked all of the different kinds of flying machines they had.” (And wait for the surprise, once Zephyr discovers the inhabitants of the wild blue yonder.)

“The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun” is by Ken Denmead, a husband and father from the Bay area who also works as a civil engineer. (Gotham Books, 2011, 231 pages, $18.00.) He wrote “Geek Dad” and “The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun,” too. He lost us at the first chapter: “Extracting Your Own DNA.” Sorry, but I guess I’m just not geeky enough. Wacky Boy is 10 now (5th grade) and is Junior Science geek, but this book was a little beyond us. (Middle school/high school level, perhaps?)

Have a great weekend, y’all.

Wacky Family

november blogging: day 10

November 10th, 2012

Day 10:
Where is your favourite place to blog?

In my head.

day 9 bloggy bloggin’: Friday Recipe Club… Thai Coconut Soup

November 9th, 2012

from my girl Liz:

My Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Ka Gha) turned out amazing! (Thanks Election Stress!) Started with this recipe.

But this is how I make it: Start w/ veg stock (homemade or 2 cans veg or chicken broth in water). Begin heating in a large stock pot on stove less than half full of liquid. Add 1 onion/chopped, 8-10 cloves garlic/chopped, 4-6″ ginger in thin slices and 2 stalks lemongrass (pounded w/ knife handle and sliced into 2 in” pcs). Cook a little on med heat. Add 1-3 jalipenos/sliced, 3 bell peppers cut into chunks, 4 zucchini in 1/2″ slices. Let that cook a little. Add 2 chicken breasts (or tofu) cut into 1+” chunks. Add 1-2 pkgs button mushrooms. Add 1-2 tbsp green curry paste and turmeric sprinkled in. Cook until chicken is done. Add 2 cans coconut milk, 1-2 bunches cilantro/chopped & 1-2 bunches thai basil or reg basil/chopped. Then add squeezed lime juice (1-2 limes). Add salt to taste. Serve right out of the pot or over brown jasmine rice. Yum!

Thank you, Liz! Miss you!

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