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10:55 AM - 03/20/2011
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The topic: Ponderance


My previous entry got me to thinking.  Why, when someone says something is “spicy”, do I immediately think of food with a bite to it?  A little pizzazz and wow?  I considered that maybe there’s a difference between a spice and an herb, but from what I can find online, there isn’t one.

But even though spagetti or lasagna have oregano and basil and garlic in them, I don’t consider them “spicy” like I would a salsa that has jalapeno or cayenne pepper in it.



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10:37 AM - 03/20/2011

The topic: Just got back from Sprout’s


A small healthy food type of store.  A lot of the fruit and veggies come from local growers, the prices are lower than the big grocery stores. 

I’m making lasagna tonight (even if Brian’s not home when it’s cooked, lasagnas keep well….great for leftovers) and I thought it would be nice to have garlic bread with it. Yesterday, I hit Alberton’s and got ricotta and mozarella cheese.  CostCo carries mozarella, but it’s this big assed block; I’ve tried the splitting and freezing, but I forget it’s there and end up tossing the frozen cheese out years later. I thought it might be fun to make my own sourdough bread and my own garlic spread and do my own toast.  I’ve been in one of those kinds of moods lately.  To make the bread, I use a recipe that was in my very first breadmaker manual.  I needed some plain yogurt, which is why I went to the store.

While I was there, I bought some fresh broccoli, carrots, celery, dried split peas (I’ve not made pea soup in ages), cornmeal (yay! I’ve never had plain cornmeal, usually use the mixes, but the boxes are all so small and spendy, I think I’ll make my own cornbread), sunflower seeds and some Santa Fe trail mix (spicy…yum!).  I also picked up some shredded romano cheese and sliced turkey. 

I was very proud of myself for passing by the bulk candy. I looked, but the past couple of weeks, sweets really upset my tummy (and that sucks), so that made it easier to keep going.

Oh, I got a refurbed Cuisinart Soft Serve ice cream machine on deals.woot.com a couple of weeks ago, it got here yesterday.  I think I’ll be making lime sorbet this week, we’ve for sure got the fresh limes.  More yummy!

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07:50 AM - 03/20/2011

The topic: Brian spent the night at Ranchita


So, I had the bed to myself. I slept really good.  Not because he wasn’t here, but because the cats had more room and I wasn’t crowded.

Anyway, early this morning, but after I’d gotten up around four to open the sliding door off the living room (since cats are nocturnal by nature, I like them to get a little dark time outside… biggrin ), I heard growling. Like “you wanna make something of it?” growling. One of the cats came running into the bedroom and up into the window.  The growling was coming from outfront. Odd. I’ve not seen enough cats out there to get into a fight in a long time.

So, I got up, threw on my robe, grabbed a flashlight and went outside.  A cat who, in the dark anyway, looked like Bobby, went running from under the cars and trucks. But there was not another cat in sight.  I went back inside, went into the family room and noticed that the cats in there were looking towards the garage.  Okay, now it makes sense.

There’s a vent to the outside at one of the far walls.  It’s got a big screen in front of it, it’s built into the wall, so it’s not like it can be pulled out. And then there’s the actual vent, with slats too small for a cat to squeeze through. I’ve noticed some mornings the cats all sniffing around the area and when I went outside to see what they were smelling, there was cat spray around it and probably on it.

So, I think we had a little aggression from a free range cat smelling a caged cat (yeah, it’s a big cage, a yard sized cage, but it’s still a cage) and they started posturing. 

No harm, no foul. Back to bed.

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