“I love to-do lists.”

Last night was cold. This morning isn’t much better despite the sun. The furnace is blasting so I’m comfy. That’s all that counts.

My Red Sox are going to the World Series. They beat the Astros and Verlander last night 4-1 which is also how the series went. The Sox lost the first game but won the next four, three of them in Houston. David Price pitched a gem of a game. I was excited and jumped up to cheer. It woke Henry.

When I was a kid, boys played baseball and girls played softball. My brother was on a farm team, and I’d sometimes go to his practices with him. I remember we were at the East School field when my brother’s coach asked me if I wanted to play as he was down a couple of players. I was thrilled. I don’t remember what base I played, but I do remember hitting. I hit a double, a single and a triple, one short of the cycle. The coach was amazed that a girl could hit so well. I wasn’t offended. Those were the days of girls doing girly things and boys doing what boys do and never the twain shall meet.

My cleaning couple came yesterday. They loved my Halloween creatures all of which are now in the living room including the one which scared Henry. My favorite creature is the ghoulish one. His eyes flash and his head moves back and forth, but the best part is creepy music plays, and he moans in the eeriest way. Vibration triggers all of the sounds and the head movements. I wish I could explain that to Henry. He runs and all of a sudden the music starts and the creature moans. Henry barks until the moaning stops.

My laundry is done, the bird feeders are filled, my house is clean, the plants are watered and the trash is in the car. I have no lists. I am at sea.

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10 Comments on ““I love to-do lists.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    I bought a little edible pumpkin today. I don’t know why and what to do with it but it looks nice. (Does KTCC influence my life?) It may end up as soup.
    We are going to see British folk music legends Fairport Convention tomorrow! πŸ™‚ Looks like a good lineup including old heroes, I’m glad they are still touring.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m thinking the pumpkin was a great buy. I have a few recipes and I’ll put one here for you. The fresh cooked pumpkin is delicious.

      I’m jealous about your seeing Fairport Convention. They are a favorite of mine.

      Mac & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin
      Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Total time: 2 hours

      Yield: 4 servings

      INGREDIENTS:
      1 sugar pumpkin, or other sweet variety (not a carving pumpkin), about 5 pounds
      Sea salt
      Freshly ground black pepper
      1 tablespoon olive oil
      1/4 pound mild Italian pork sausage
      4 ounces elbow macaroni
      5 ounces Fontina, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
      2 ounces Gruyère, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
      3 scallions, diced
      1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
      1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
      1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
      1 cup heavy cream

      DIRECTIONS:
      Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Cut a circle from the top of the pumpkin at a 45-degree angle, the way you would cut open a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern, and set aside. Scoop out the seeds and strings as best you can. Generously salt and pepper the inside of the pumpkin, pop the top back on it, place it on a rimmed baking dish (since the pumpkin may leak or weep a bit), and bake for 45 minutes.

      Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. If the sausages are in their casings, remove the meat and discard the casings. Crumble the sausage meat into small chunks and cook until lightly browned. Remove the sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Discard the drippings, or save for gravy or what have you.

      Also while the pumpkin bakes, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain through a colander and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process.
      In a bowl, toss together the Fontina, Gruyère, sausage, pasta, scallions and herbs. Once the pumpkin is done baking, take it out of the oven and fill it with the macaroni and cheese. Pour the cream over the filling. Place the top back on the pumpkin and bake for 1 hour, taking the top off for the last 15 minutes so the cheese on top of the filling can properly brown. If the top cream still seems a bit too wobbly and liquid, give it another 10 minutes in the oven. The cream may bubble over a bit, which is fine. If the pumpkin splits while baking, as occasionally happens, be thankful you set it in a rimmed baking dish and continue to bake as normal.

      Allow the pumpkin to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Be careful moving the dish, as the pumpkin may be fragile. You can serve this dish two ways: Cut it into sections and serve them, or just scoop out the insides with scrapings of the pumpkin flesh for each serving. Either way is just dandy. Salt and pepper to taste.

      • Birgit Says:

        Looks great, I love cheese and will try it. Thanks!
        Rosemary, sage and thyme, – maybe I should listen to Simon and Garfunkel while cooking πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        I chuckled at the S&G reference. You’re right about it being great cooking music with all those spices.

        The cooked pumpkin is delicious.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Terrific news that the Bosox are in the World Series. Now thay are waiting for the winner of the Dodgers and Brewers series. I’m sure MLB is rooting for the Dodgers so that they get better TV revenues from two big cities. There’s nothing wrong with Milwaukee, but their TV draw is limited to cheese heads in Wisconsin. πŸ™‚ I was not an athletic kid and played right field in little league which is like playing left out. πŸ™‚ In honor of the World Series you should post Peter Stucky, of Peter,Paul and Mary singing Right Field.

    Today it rained most of the day and the end is predicted for the morning with sunshine in the afternoon. The next round of rain is forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was a terrific series. My only complaint is how late it was before some of the games ended. It was 1:30 for one game and 1 for the other.

      I watched most of the Dodgers and Brewers series which is now going to game 7 tomorrow. The Brewers pitching was excellent in tonight’s game.

      It was warm most of the day today, and it will be in the 50’s most of the next few days. It might rain Tuesday but during the day so the game should be dry.

      I’ll put the PP&M on my list for Tuesday.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It was a cold and sunny morning here yesterday and a chilly but cloudy morning here right now. Albin is pestering me because he wants to take a walk but I am trying to explain that it still is a bit too dark πŸ™‚

    I haven’t seen a single pumpkin in the stores this year but there’s still time left and I guess they’ll start selling them this week. Halloween was growing as a part day here until last year when they suddenly sold less things. Doesn’t mean it is less popular but that people keep things for a while instead πŸ™‚

    I know I wouldn’t be able to have a moving and sounding thing close to Albin :-):-) πŸ™‚ He goes crazy every time he see anything move and if it would sound as well he would never get back to normal πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I am glad for the dog door, but my yard is fenced so I don’t worry. Henry still jumps on and off the couch when he needs to go out. I have to encourage him.

      I’m going get my carving pumpkin this weekend. All the garden stores are filled with them and mums. Halloween has grown to be huge here, second by a slight margin to Christmas. Do they not grow pumpkins?

      Henry doesn’t even care about the moving moaning. feature. Albin would definitely be scared.

      Have a great day!

      • olof1 Says:

        The climate up here normal years makes it more or less impossible to grow pumpkins in a grand scale. They would have to start growing them indoors in greenhouses to be sure they would be ready before autumn arrives and with it frost. Lots of people grow a plant or two in their gardens though.

      • katry Says:

        I never thought about the climate making it difficult to grow pumpkins.They do ripen in September and October so the weather has to stay frost free. I did some shopping today and one store had all sorts of pumpkins and squashes out front, Some were really huge.


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