“I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.”

Today is sunny, but I don’t care. It does me no good. The day is still cold, and outside is uninviting. My mood now reflects the cold. I yelled at Gracie this morning because she was driving me crazy sitting beside me and staring. That’s not new. She does that most days when she wants something, and I usually ask her what she wants, and when her ears perk, I accede to her wishes but I didn’t today. The cold has undermined my good humor. All I ask is one warm winter’s day.

The house is cozy but staying inside day after day has made me far too productive. I can’t walk into a room without doing something. I’ve vacuumed, changed my bed, put things away, done laundry and swept the kitchen. I even watered the plants and did some polishing. I’m thinking possession, an evil spirit bent on making me clean the house, a cruel and hideous spirit. While I work, while I’m in a frenzy, the dog and cat ignore me. The dog sleeps on the couch and Fern sleeps curled in a ball. The dog snores. Fern sort of whistles, a cat’s version of a snore. I envy the both of them.

I do have a reprieve. My friends have invited me to watch the Pats play the Ravens. I can put my dust rag away for just a while and silence the madness.

A few of my Christmas presents are decorative, and I’ve been walking around trying to find just the right spots. A couple are hanging, but a couple more still wait. The hall upstairs has a new rug. The table in the living room is where the new pottery from Ghana, a gift from my sister, has found a home. The woven lamb, from my other sister, is still waiting. I have tried several spots but none were right. There I was walking from room to room holding up the weaving and then shaking my head and moving on. There is a cascade effect here. I find a spot and what was there needs to be moved so I look for another spot and on and on. I have become the Diogenes of interior decorating.

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21 Comments on ““I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.””

  1. Morpfy Says:

    Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe
    • Prep time: 15 minutes
    • Cook time: 15 minutes
    • Yield: Serves 4-6
    Note that the color of your roasting pan may make a difference in your results. A dark roasting pan (as pictured) may impart more heat and may brown the bottom of the chicken more.
    Ingredients
    • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)
    • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup or 1/4 pound), melted
    • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or 2/3 cup if you are using a Microplane zester)
    • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (can sub regular salt)
    • A large pinch of Italian seasoning (herb mix)
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 lbs of skinless, boneless, chicken meat, cut into 1-inch to 2-inch wide pieces
    Method

    1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels. Patting the chicken pieces dry will help the chicken pieces have crispy breading when baked.
    2 In a small bowl, stir the minced garlic into the melted butter. In another bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Piece by piece, dip the chicken pieces into the garlic melted butter, and then dredge into the Parmesan breadcrumb mixture to coat.
    Note that if your chicken pieces are cold, they may cause the melted butter to thicken, leaving too much butter sticking the chicken pieces. If you see this happening, just reheat the butter.
    3 Place coated chicken pieces on to a 9×13 (or larger) roasting dish. Try to leave a little room between each piece. (You may need to use more than one roasting pan.) Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Note that the chicken will get much more browned on the bottom side than on the to

    • katry Says:

      Morpfy,
      I’ve copied this. I love chicken and am always happy to have a different recipe. This would work as an appetizer as well as dinner.

      Thanks

  2. Morpfy Says:

    Artichoke Leek Frittata Recipe
    • Prep time: 20 minutes
    • Cook time: 35 minutes
    • Yield: Serves 4.
    Ingredients
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 2 cups sliced, cleaned leeks, white and light green parts only (sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced crosswise, about 1/4-inch thick slices) (see How to Clean Leeks)
    • 4 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (can sub 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh tarragon, or dried herbes de Provence or dried thyme)
    • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 5 eggs
    • 8 ounces (1 cup) small curd cottage cheese (can use ricotta if you prefer)
    • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour (omit for gluten-free version)
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • Fresh chopped chives or parsley for garnish
    Method

    1 In an 8 to 9-inch oven-proof stick-free pan (like hard anodized aluminum with stainless handle) or well seasoned cast-iron pan, melt butter on medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and gently cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Once the leeks are cooked through and softened, add the artichoke hearts, tarragon, and salt. Cook until the artichoke hearts are warmed through, then remove from pan to a bowl and set aside.

    2 In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and the cottage cheese. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, Parmesan, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk. Stir the artichokes and leeks into the egg mixture. Note that the color of the mixture may change, don’t worry if this happens, it will go back to normal when cooked.

    3 Wipe out the pan with a paper towel. Then melt another tablespoon of butter into the pan on medium heat, and swirl along the bottom and sides to coat well. Pour the egg mixture into the pan, swirling to make sure the artichokes and leeks are evenly distributed. Lower the heat. Cover the pan, slowly cook on the stove top for 12 to 15 minutes, until all but the center has set. You’ll need to check every few minutes. The heat should be high enough to set the mixture, but low enough so that the edges don’t brown. This frittata benefits from slow, gentle cooking.

    4 Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat the broiler. When the frittata is mostly set, except for the center which is still wiggly, place the pan in the oven. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the top is lightly browned and the center has set.
    5 Remove pan from oven. (Be careful about the hot handle! Use a pot holder. I like to run an ice cube over the handle to to be extra safe.) Use a blunt knife or a metal spatula to loosen the edges of the frittata from the pan. Gently insert the spatula under the frittata to loosen it from the bottom of the pan. Then gently slide the frittata onto a serving plate.
    Garnish with chives or parsley to serve.

    • katry Says:

      Morpfy,
      I am not an artichoke fan because I think they are far too much work, but this is perfect. All I have to do is buy the hearts. I don’t think I have ever seen them frozen. I’ll have to do some hunting.

      Thanks.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It started out calm and nice here with lots of snow falling and then the storms came, with rain. In Norway they have winds up to 102 mph and here they estimate that it will reach something around 63 mph. I can hear the wind roaring and every now and again a strong gust hits my cottage so it cringes and trembles and we’re not even close to those winds yet 🙂 Thankfully my neighbors cottage and his garage take almost all wind here so it’s just the gusts that reach my home every now and again.

    Not even the dogs wants to go outside but are so bored that they just sit there demanding me to scratch their bellies all the time 🙂 All my christmas presents were either edible or drinkable and I’ve done my best to eat and drink it all 🙂

    I can’t say I feel the need to do anything here at home, I guess I can blame going to work all week for that 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I know those winds. We had them the other night. Ours were as high as 60 or 65 MPH. It was like a hurricane. The pines were bending over. I swore they could nearly bend the ground. It is lucky you have buffers.

      Gracie is not big on going outside either. I make her go out and she just stands looking at me and hoping I’ll let her inside. I do.

      Today wasn’t as busy for me. I spent most of my energy trying to stay warm.

      Tomorrow is the dump and emptying the cat litter boxes. I also want to take clothes from the closet I don’t wear. The are the dressier clothes I wore to work. I need to put my casual clothes in that closet. I bought two bins.

      Enjoy your evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    If the Cowboys can defeat the cheese heads in the cold tomorrow in Greenbay, and the Pats defete the Ravens, there could possibly be a Cowboy vs. Pats Super Bowl. Naw, the Cowboys will figure out a way to lose tomorrow or next week.:-( They did crush the Lions last week so anything is possible.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The Pats have trouble with the Ravens so nothing is a slam dunk. At least the Cowboys made it to the post season. A lot of teams can’t say that.

      • Bob Says:

        The last time the Cowboys played a post season game in Greenbay was the ice bowl in 1967 which was won by the Packers and Vince Lombardy. Had the Cowboys won that game the Lombardy trophy might be called the Landry trophy. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It must be time for the Cowboys to take the big one. The Pats game tonight was unbelievable!!!!

  5. im6 Says:

    Texas is gray and chilly and wrapped in mist and fog and made the day seem completely hopeless. Then I played this and things improved immensely. Hope it does the same for you. Think sun.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      This is so beautiful. I can feel it under my skin which is my best way of explaining it.

      Thanks!!!!!

    • GnuFool Says:

      • katry Says:

        Gnu,
        Back in the day I liked Herb Alpert, but I didn’t remember this one at all until he started playing. It’s a good one!

      • im6 Says:

        Yep, that’s a good one, Gnu. I could probably trade off songs all day, but that would use up Kat’s bandwidth, so I’ll refrain. I’ll just suggest a little Mark Isham to go along with your Herb (although I must confess I’m not exactly thrilled with Alpert’s latest, “In The Mood.”

      • dogma Says:

        Back in the day I liked Herb Alpert too, and then I discovered the voice of his wife, Lani Hall. I love this video! They’re so young and good-looking and full of music and love. Makes me nostalgic . . . Thanks for posting this!

      • katry Says:

        Dogma,
        I don’t know Lani Hall, but I’ll try and hunt her down.

        Like you, I was struck by how young they all looked and how great the music.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You must be suffering from confinement syndrome, if there is such a thing. Wandering around the house, cleaning and organizing sounds like displacement activity. I hope watching the game with your friends cures it. Too much cleaning and organizing is bad for the soul. 🙂

    My dogs are suffering from confinement, too. We have been out several times a day during this cold snap. We just haven’t done anything fun out there. As a result they have an excess of energy and they are expending it by doing annoying things. So far Rocky has shredded several envelopes and one paper plate. Piki Dog has eviscerated yet another skein of yarn. Their toys are scattered over the house in places where they have never been scattered before. When they aren’t barreling around the house, they are glued to my side and vying with each other for my attention.
    Tomorrow they are going to doggie day care. They need to play off some steam.

    Today is sunny and not too horribly cold. The cold snow was bothering the dogs’ paws, though, so we couldn’t stay out very long. The porch is nice and warm from the sun so I can open the inside door and let the light and heat in. Yay!

    Enjoy the game! Go Pats!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree with you, and that sounds like the syndrome from which I am suffering. I want to move around the house with my eyes closed. Sitting here in the den, I noticed how dusty the shelves are. I know if I were here watching the game I’d be cleaning.

      Gracie too has been driving me crazy. I had to move poor Fern from the end cushion on the couch so Gracie could get on it for a nap. If I hadn’t, she’d be standing beside me with her head on my arm. We have been playing fetch up and down the hall.

      We had sun hidden by clouds so it is a pseudo sun. I had to shut my back door as the wind was blowing through the dog door.

      I will see people soon with whom I can interact. I’m wondering if I remember how.

      Have a nice evening. Go Pats!

  7. Birgit Says:

    Anyone for warm rain? We have more than enough to share.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Sorry but I’m turning you down. We had days of rain a couple of weeks back and the sky is gray and cloudy every day. I want sun!


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