December 7th, 2004


Photo: my first attempt at a wreath bow.

Continuing from last week's post about the wreath: I tried directions for making a loopy bow from several different websites and kept coming up all thumbs, so I made a modified version where I tacked down the final odd-numbered loop with a few stitches to lend the appearance of a tied bow, wired the bow to the wreath frame and hung it up.

I haven't gotten around to picking up paint for the sweet gum pods mentioned in last week's post, so here's a photo of the wreath with just the bow:

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Mad progress in the nerdsprout's former bedroom and the midget's demonstrative thanks. Bah.

I made progress that finally showed results in the nerdsprout's room yesterday. I filled two large garbage bags with old magazines and junk, two small kitchen garbage bags with clothing to clean and pack, and sorted out about a medium box in volume of books, photos, personal papers and other belongings of the nerdsprout's; in total, enough to finish clearing and finally be able to vacuum the floor the length of the room and just under half its width.

Laurel thanked me for those efforts by winding a reel of braided cord around the desk chair, blinds and part of the dresser (I cut it off and threw the whole mess out; if the nerdsprout want it later, I'll replace it) and opening a pot of lip gloss we hadn't found in previous sweeps through the nerdsprout's stuff and getting it on the window, computer monitor, bedding and a little bit of the carpet. (I will probably not replace the makeup she left here because what I've found is past the age where it should be tossed, plus most of it's expensive.)

After the lip gloss episode, I put her down to nap so I can finally clean without her getting into trouble while I'm trying to clean and making things worse. Also, there will be no more lip gloss in this house until she's old enough not to wipe it all over things.

Recipe: Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Bear in mind that I haven't actually tried this yet -- I made a modified version of it tonight substituting pumpkin for some of the acorn squash and powdered ginger for fresh. I thought it was okay; Laurel was totally uninterested in it and Vogon doesn't eat at night (lunch is our big meal of the day). If someone does try it per the recipe, let me know how it turns out.

Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

2 medium acorn squash, seeded and halved
4 c. chicken stock
2 green apples, peeled and diced
2/3 c. chopped onion
1 1/3 c. apple cider
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
white pepper to taste
garnish: yogurt or sour cream and chives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake squash about 45 minutes or until tender to the touch. Cool; cut in half, remove seeds and core. Combine stock, apples and onion in stockpost. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Add squash pulp, apple cider, lemon juice and ginger. Cover and simmer until ingredients are very tender, about 20 minutes. Season with pepper if desired. Puree soup. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with yogurt or sour cream and chives.