Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.........

I can’t cook a turkey. Well, what I mean is, I don’t like cooking a turkey.

I try very hard to end up at someone’s house for Thanksgiving. 

Trouble is, when we get back, the very next weekend, Mr. Downeastdoingstuff suggests we cook a turkey so that we have his favorite thing.....leftovers! He gets bummed out when we don’t have left over turkey for turkey sandwiches because we’ve managed to go to someone elses house for Thanksgiving.

 So guess who cooks a turkey the next weekend so that Mr. Downeastdoingstuff is happy? I like Mr. Downeastdoingstuff when he’s happy.

BUT.....To me, handling a turkey is like fondling a corpse. It’s too dang big to be food. (see above photo) (Right?)

I know, I know.....I eat beef and cows are, in fact, much bigger than turkeys. But I don’t put a cow’s lifeless, cold carcass, sans fur, into my sink. And then stick my hand into it’s innards to pull out more innards. How disgusting would that be?

Well, a turkey is the same. Whole chickens I can handle, barely, but I can.  A hamburger is no problem. Even hotdogs don’t gross me out. And they probably should......

So we’re going to my cousin’s for turkey. Driving over 350 miles so that I don’t have to touch someone’s dead skin. It’ll be worth it.

But who am I kidding? You know what I’ll be doing next weekend. Sigh.

Unless.........someone invites us over to their house to eat next weekend.

Right, Donna?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lobsta !

Lobster is a treat for most folks. But do you ever wonder about the first person ever to eat a lobster?? If you were the first person that came across that thing pictured above, would you think...."yummm! dinner!" 

Not me.

That thing is as close to a monster as anything I've ever seen.

That being said, I DO eat lobster. 

We mostly cook it at home. I've documented the event for you.

Only one minute left! 

Frank......use sunscreen next time.

Add some corn to the menu.....

Melt some butter.....healthy butter.....if there is such a thing.

Yummmmmmmmmmmmm! Another monster conquered.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What the?????????????????

Call the authorities!
Up the terror alert.....
What, what, WHAT is this white stuff on my rhododenrons this morning??????

Say it ain't so............

Monday, November 2, 2009

Delicious Chocolate Chip Pumpkin cookies....

I'd  like to share this healthy, yummy recipe. Pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable or something isn't it? And they're lower fat than the original recipe! (see note in recipe...)


4 Cups All-Purpose can make part of it whole wheat flour.

2 Cups quick or old fashioned Oatmeal

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 Cups butter or margarine, softened....I use  3/4 Cup butter

and 3/4 Cup applesauce....... cutting the FAT !!   Click on it, I dare ya.

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup granulated sugar

1 16 oz. canned pumpkin

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract


3/4 C chopped walnuts, more or less, whatever you want.....I don’t chop them. I like them chunky.

1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips

Preheat 350 degrees. (how the HECK do you do the ‘degree’ symbol on a computer!!??)

Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon and salt.

Cream butter.


Gradually add sugars, beating butter and sugars til light and fluffy.

Add egg and vanilla.

Add applesauce IF using to replace part of butter.

Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each

addition. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

.....If you need to make the dough thicker, add more flour to compensate for the liquidy applesauce, if you used it. It's a pretty sturdy dough.

For each cookie, drop 1/4 C of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Makes about a million cookies.

(I make mine much smaller....using 1/4 C of dough makes a pretty big cookie. I like mine smaller. Eating 5 or 6 smaller ones instead of 2 large ones must...I say, calories.)