- Okay, I admit it…on my DVR, I still have 40 minutes of Hallmark’s A Happy and Friends Yule Log. Gotta say, it’s nice to watch cavorting puppies and kittens to break from the daily chaos and mayhem…and I’m just talking about my latest forays in the kitchen. Such as…
Recipe at bottom of post
2. Could someone please tell me where the TV remote is? I know, I know, one of you out there is going to snark that I’d track it better if I didn’t mindlessly pop it in my pocket and drop it off, say, in the garage.
3. I know, I know…snark is a noun. Language snobs notwithstanding, it works just as well as a verb.
4. Shouldn’t there be holsters for TV remotes?
5. And finally, here’s a very useful and interesting language website that answers the age-old teacher question of, ‘How is that word used in a sentence?’.
Sunshine Squash Pie
I picked up this recipe from denisonfarms.com, our CSA supplier.
Sunshine squash makes excellent “pumpkin” pie. This recipe comes from the 1975 edition Joy of Cooking:
1. Line a pie pan with pie dough.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. Mix until well blended:
- 2 cups cooked, mashed squash (see newsletter week 20 for instructions to bake squash)
- 1 1/2 cups undiluted evaporated milk or rich cream (or coconut milk for dairy-free)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar & 1/2 cup white sugar (I usually reduce the sugar, since squash is sweeter than pumpkin)
- 1/2 tsp. salt,
- 1 tsp cinnamon,
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger (or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger),
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg,
- 1/8 tsp cloves,
- 2 slightly beaten eggs
4. Pour mixture into pie shell.
5. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 45 min. longer.
[Notes from TH: Blind baking the crust worked out pretty well for me. I also add lots more spice than recipe calls for.]
1. Leaf blowers…the scourge of Western civilization.
2. On a similar note…I hear these bubbleheads/celebrities/semi-celebrities with the cash to buy radio time to spout their views of the world order [or disorder—take your pick]. Lately, I’ve caught myself telling them to just shut up…and it doesn’t even seem to matter whether I agree with them or disagree with them. Huh…go figure. I think I’m just tired of all the noise. [Unless, of course, it’s legit noise from cranky pantses vilifying leaf blowers.]
3. Why don’t presenters armed with PowerPoints and expert knowledge take a couple of minutes to learn how to zoom their projector’s image so the audience can actually see what the laser pointer is aimed at?
The New Yorker has some fun suggestions to make you more of a ‘power-producer’ in the coming year/decade/millennium.
Wishing you the best of these special days.
Passing this along from my other blog, retirerenew.com…
After completing a five-day ‘showing up’ challenge, I’m focusing these next four days just on my Incomplete Book of Retirement Wisdom**.
More on the challenge later…
**The book doubles as a collection of eCards.
— Save/download the image above and send it to a retired/soon-to-retire friend.
— Better yet…
call it up in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]
slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment
export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.
Writers: Looking to suck some valuable time from your already busy day? Launch an all-out investigation into whether or not you should add an apostrophe between the ‘y’ and the ‘s’ in ‘guys weekend’. I skipped that annoying grammatical gnat–I figured ‘guys’ answers the question ‘what kind of weekend?’, which makes it an adjective, not a possessive. I’ve also been sticking to the ‘better done than perfect’ guideline. Now I can sleep peacefully…until the dog digs his shoulder into my solar plexus. [A writer’s day isn’t complete until he shoehorns ‘solar plexus’ somewhere into his digital blather.]
Greeting card makers…since when did your product need that glued-down third ‘page’? The minute I pull a card from the case and feel that extra heft, I know that baby’s going to cost an extra buck.
A curious question from a snail mail donation plea…”How are you enjoying our 2020 calendar?” It’s September of 2019! Why would I have a calendar out three months ahead of time? And really, enjoying a calendar?
Cable companies forcing you into ‘bundles’. All I want is fast Internet access! No, I do not want Keeping Up with the Kardashians, meaningless statistics spewed by sports networks, or some poor mosquito-bitten shlub relying on a palm frond [if we’re lucky] for warmth.
However, if you prefer someone who’s a bit more locked in…
Take a look at this post from daily writing tips.com
Or…be your own writing coach.
Here’s an interesting look at this approach.