Here We Are Again

I see that everyone has covered everything I wanted to talk about again, but wow that NRA shit is EXPLOSIVE and EARLY in the campaign, showing there was collusion for damned near an entire year. At any rate, I have just been working and cooking and cleaning all day.

I found a chuck roast for about six bucks at the grocery, so I picked up a couple turnips and parsnips, threw in some carrots and onions and celery and some baby portabella mushrooms in my fridge that were going to go sketchy, and am making a pot roast that I can eat for a couple days. It’s just me, so I added some beef broth/tomato paste, along with some other seasonings, but I threw in some hot sauce and cognac just to see what happens.

Also picked up a cheap bag of potatoes so I peeled a few and am going to make garlic mashed to go with it. Going to boil them, then sightly roast them to dry them out, then add some roasted garlic, milk, salt, pepper, and butter and see what happens.

Also found an entire ten bag of gala apples that were going suspect for $1.99, so I made some applesauce for dessert. I’m tired of peeling. Again, since it is just me, I experimented a little bit and left some of the skins on, kept it slightly lumpy, and added a little 100& tart cranberry juice to give it a little color and kick.

Total meal cost is going to be about 18 bucks, and I figure I can get about 4 meals out of it, so that is not bad. It’s hard learning to cook for just yourself after years of feeding a few people whenever you cook. Plus, I’ve always been a cheap cook in the sense that I always buy bargains and buy in bulk, but I am really trying to learn how to live cheap because I honestly think we are going to have another great depression sooner rather than later.

Other than that, Lily sums up the activity level:

How about you all?



Another Antique Find!

I found an item I liked on cragislist that was super cheap and really close, but man was it an odyssey getting it even though it was only 40 minutes away. For starters, the address was XXXX Brush Run Road in Washington, PA, but I programmed XXX Brush Run Road in Avella into my Waze, so when I got to the house, in the middle of absolute nowhere and got out of my car, it looked like a flop house. This was on the door:

There was a dog barking, Bowie was cranking from the inside, and it looked like something out of a horror movie, but I knocked anyway, not knowing I was at the wrong address. I gave up after a minute, went back to my car, looked at Waze, and realized my error, and tried to program the new address into the phone.

No cell service. Rather than just backtracking and going home and saying to hell with it, I visualized where I was in conjunction to Washington, PA, and just drove my car in that direction figuring I would get cell service soon enough. It was ten miles, and to set the tone I was listening to Tom Waits because why the fuck not if you are going to die you are going to die.

Finally got Waze programmed, and got about 3 miles from my destination after a half hour of back roads, and was heading down a road called Potato Run Road, which had the most beautiful old barns and rundown brick farmhouse and… the bridge was out. Like completely out, big barricades, road closed, etc. Tried to reroute but all waze wanted me to do was keep trying to take different backroads that led me back to the bridge, so I just said to hell with it and took every side road I could leading in the right general direction. Another twenty minutes later, and I got my piece:

It’s really beautiful. I’m researching how to polish the marble, and man is it heavy. I bet it is at least 50 lbs. And the nice thing is is that it is not attached, so I can put it on the counter for making bread/pasta, whatever. It was only 60 bucks, too.

At any rate, got back on the road, and I was getting thirsty so I stopped at a little backwoods diner/deli, a little rundown place, but all I wanted was a drink, so I went in. There was no one there! I went into the kitchen and out back and downstairs into the basement to make sure an old timer who ran the place hadn’t fallen/been robbed/died, and it was just completely empty. In the cooler they had some frozen containers of stuffed pepper soup, but I didn’t have the right change, so I just wrote a note on a napkin- “no one was here- here’s two bucks for the coke I took.”

As I was walking out, the owner returned (he’d run down the holler to borrow some tools from his neighbor), and I told him I just left him a note and some money but I really wanted some stuffed pepper soup to take home, too, and he was super nice and gave me two containers for the price of one for being honest and having to wait. SCORE!

At any rate, Tammy and Brian and their two dogs left, and I had Carlo and Christion come over and pick up a boatload of leftovers because I am sick of everything, so the house feels super quiet and the fridge looks back to normal and I can actually find things in it now and don’t have to worry about stuff toppling out every time I open it. I feel like there is a sense of normalcy, but it is really quiet.

On the upside, I can not stress how nice it is to be walking around in boxer shorts, an old t-shirt, and slippers again. Think I am going to finish this series “Godless” on Netflix and maybe go to bed early. You?



And Everything Was Delicious

That’s only half the food- Tammy fell asleep before sending me the pictures (I took that one then realized my photography sucks so she should take them), so you are stuck with my shitty picture.

We had:

-turkey
-stuffing/dressing
-mashed potatoes
-sweet potatoes with bourbon and topped with pecans
-cranberry relish with orange
-brussel sprouts
-green bean casserole (the old school one with Campbell’s cream of mushroom and those crunchy onion things on top)
-sauerkraut
-applesauce
-lentil salad
-broccoli and cheese tort
-tomato and olive tort
-succotash
-creamed turnips and parsnips
-apple pie
-pumpkin pie
-banana bread
-amish bread

The last thing I don’t know what to call but I will go with “deconstructed cobbler.” I cut up a pineapple, a bunch of apples and pears, then make a sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, cranberries, and granola, and pour it all over and bake it. Then top it with fresh whipped cream.

Tammy and Brian slaved all day- she threw me out of the kitchen on several occasions, so even though I was technically the host, all I did was brine the turkey, peel potatoes and sweet potatoes and make the sweet potatoes, the sauerkraut, the green bean casserole, and the deconstructed cobber. Brian cooked the turkey and mashed potatoes, dad brought the two torts the succotash, the turnips and parsnips and amish and banana bread, and Tammy did her world class cauliflower gratin, the sprouts, the stuffing, a lentil salad and basically made everything happen in a timely and orderly fashion and made sure that everything was taken care of, which is really the hardest thing of all.

At any rate, it was nice for my mom and dad to not have to cook and clean (although dad cooked anyway and did the honors carving) and hosting my aunt and uncle, brother and one sister, and a bunch of other people. I hope you all had a good thanksgiving.

I’m just going to sit here with Lily and Steve until I nod off.



My Favorite Holiday

The national dog show.

That turkey related thing is ok, too. I have a dozen people coming over- Tammy is stressed as hell but everything will be fine. Her husband and I are much more relaxed, but she is a perfectionist.

Also, this annual tradition.



Fat Cat

My nightly ritual, shortly after feeding Steve, he informs me his meal was not enough:

He’s amazing.



Breakfast for Dinner, The Punisher, and These Dorks

Had a great dinner- I made Gordon Ramsey’s scrambled eggs and sausage (from a farmer down the road from me), and Tammy made avocado toast, which I had never had before:

It’s very good!

I am upstairs watching the Punisher in the office with Samantha, and Tams is downstairs with Lily texting me pictures:

Clowns.

The Punisher is very good! The new detective in the show, Amber Rose Revah, is going to be a star and we are going to see her in a bunch of stuff. Mark my words!



Yay, Food

My bff Tammy is up for a couple of days and we are planning Thanksgiving, which will be at my house. It’s going to be me, my mom and dad, Devon and her husband, my brother Seth, Tammy and her husband Brian, my aunt and uncle, and my neighbor Mrs. Wilson. At any rate, we’ve been cooking up a storm. Last night I made blackened catfish and new potatoes, and she made roasted cauliflower and her tomato pepper salad.

Tonight I fried up some cod and onion rings:

It’s nice having someone around to eat with. At any rate, tomorrow we are having Holly over for a big dinner and maybe to watch Atomic Blonde.

BTW- I highly recommend Pinch Spice Market’s blackening seasoning, which I purchased because it has no salt. I am too lazy to make my own and hate all the salt that comes in most blackening and just kills the taste of the fish, and this was really, really good.

*** Update ***

Here’s a picture of my dogs begging for treats from Tammy. Samantha was over visiting my parents and Ginny and Guesly.

There will be lots of pics tomorrow because we will be grooming all four dogs and Steve.