Happy first day of autumn. According to my sources summer officially ended yesterday at 10:55 pm MDT. Sigh. I’ve pulled out the sweaters, but have not put away the shorts. JeffW updated us on Homer yesterday. His cast has been removed. No word yet on his permanent placement…
On to dinner. This is not a very fall oriented menu, I’ll get to those in later weeks. This menu is a quick and flavorful stir-fry of no particular origin. If you can’t find the broad rice noodles, whatever you like will do just fine. I like the broad ones because they hold the sauce and lots of sesame seeds. I keep sesame seeds around like salt and pepper, so I add that at the table and it’s a nice touch to both the carrots and beef dish. The yogurt and pineapple provide a cool finish.
On the board tonight:
1. Spicy Beef & Broccoli
2. Rice Noodles (broad style)
3. Sweet & Sour Carrots
4. Crushed pineapple and vanilla yogurt
Recipes and shopping list at the link.
Béchamel for Keller’s chicken pot pie (ad Hoc) is on the stove, right now, picked up eight pounds of onions for soup this weekend. Mmmmm.
I for one welcome our pumpkin overlords.
@Cat Lady: I’m drinking pumpkin beer right now, but the local harvest is going to suck this year. The pumpkins are all still green. Not enough sunlight this summer.
Can you handle the cuteness?
Our Maine Coon, Reverend Jim, meets the new baby kitten.
The big guy has a heart of pure gold.
Discovering that Lois Lane has been mocking republicans on twitter was just the pick-me-up I needed today.
Anyone ever try to shrink down a thesis of a book to 140 characters? Just tried it, kind of fun little exercise. See if you can tell me what book this describes:
I bet I missed a few footnotes and graphs and stuff in the description, but what can you do.
Is it me, or is RJ thinking, “Mini-me! You’re here!”
@Mnemosyne: LOL! Yes, I had a hunch these two would bond in TabbyBoyNess.
@WereBear: It is a cute picture. Lovely cats.
Mmm…chicken pot pie
@MikeJ: Here in my little corner of Mass. they’ve been trying to sell pumpkins for a month. The hot dry summer put everything on hyper-ripe, but beer made out of pumpkins? Srsly? I’m all about the pumpkin shakes at the local ice cream shoppe, but beer? Who makes it?
I’ll be interested to see if RJ takes on the mommy role like Keaton did with Annie and Charlotte (and, to some extent, Boris when he was sick). Obviously, Tristan is too small now to let him and RJ interact unsupervised, but in three or four weeks … it could get interesting.
@jank_w: Guido Sarducci
@WereBear: I’m getting a Foghorn Leghorn/Lil Chicken Hawk vibe from those two.
The Five Minute University
@Mnemosyne: At first, Olwyn (1 1/2) was miffed: her attitude boiled down to: Couldn’t you get one that worked? But now she’s decided to get him into shape; this morning she demonstrated the right way to play with a toy mouse.
RJ, during Olwyn’s kittenhood, was told enough times you don’t know your own strength, so he’s being very restrained this time. I’m so proud of him.
Pumpkin beer! Sounds good. I actually like some of the funky home brews; far better than I like regular ol’ beer.
“I will hug him and squeeze him and call him George.”
@WereBear: Cuteness overload!
MikeJ – yum and yum. Love onion soup.
I’m working on a recipe for sweet potato soup. I wanted something savory, not sweet…and I think I found one that is not only savory, but spicy, too. Stay tuned….
Anyone else ever make sweet potato soup?
@stuckinred Nope. Dang moments like these where I wish I could write more like Senator Chuck Grassley. Everything would be clear.
needed some cuteness! and that fits the bill… Rev Jim looks so fatherly towards the little fuzzball
George Washington made it.
I got you beat. Dissertations in haiku.
And I’m looking forward to caramel apples.
I love apple donuts they make locally… they are melt in your mouth fabulous
Sorry Cat Lady, tried reading those haikus but I don’t understand Japanese. Is there someplace where they are written in American?
@TaMara (BHF): Squash soup is the closest I come up with. Last time, after Stephanie waved off a second bowl and went back to scraping the squash shell for remnants, I decided to stick with baked squash. Soup fail.
@ open thread: Max, the 20 year old cat is feeling pissy and attacking Chloe with no provocation whatsoever. I think it’s time for permanent baby gates. He can’t seriously hurt her as he has no teeth, but he’ll sink his claws in until she screams. My fear is that he’ll drive her into a corner until she has no choice but to retaliate. Shithead. Old man shithead.
@jeffreyw: Mmmm. Chicken Pot Pie.
@Cat Lady: This is swell.
@jank_w: Shock Doctrine?
@Rosalita: Yes, he is very serious about his kittens. He did the same thing when we got a kitten last year; solemn at first, then played with her without realizing he outweighed her so much.
So she literally squealed on him, and our senior cat, James Bond, went over and smacked him on the head. He learned :)
@debit: Max might be sick. It can make anyone cranky.
don’t look now, but the hippies have a new hero.
@debit: Unfortunately, cats (and dogs) can develop the neurological equivalent of human Alzheimers. And, as with humans, it doesn’t change their personalities — those who were, shall we say, challenging personalities don’t get any sweeter as their awareness distills down to its essence. (As they say in my tribe, “Irish Alzheimers is when you forget everything but your grudges.”) Permanent baby gates sound like a good idea for the continued health, if not happiness, of all concerned — including you!
@WereBear: There’s probably something bothering him. He’s an old guy with health issues; has to have his metamucil every day or he gets constipated and gets IV fluids a few times a week. He’s still a shithead for attacking my dog.
@Anne Laurie: It’s true. Max knows no fear; if there’s a loud scary noise that sends the other cats scurrying he runs toward it to check it out. And he’s always been a cranky “I’ll kick your ass” sort of character. So, yep, baby gates.
Homer rules!! or at least is vice ruler to the Tunchster.
@llr, yeah, that’s what I was going for. I should have just wrote it as a bad movie pitch… “It’s like Water World meets Wall Street, set in a Bangladeshi fishing village wiped out by typhoon, now being rebuilt by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”
@MikeJ: Yum! Crust! I’ll take your word for it that there is chicken under it. LOL
is this thing on?
Kitteh butt! Kitteh butt!
(And yay for RJ being all tucked in, cautious and gracious.)
That’s really a shocking level of cute.
@MikeJ: Ugh, we had nothing but sunlight, which seems all fabulous, until you look around and realize that the lawn, the flowers, the shrubs, and even some of the trees are dead.
@jeffreyw: First of all, little Homer gets more adorable every day, and we all know he’s home for good. Second, that chicken pot pie looks heavenly!
@MikeJ: House rules are that if you are gonna post food pr0n, you gotta show more than just a little leg. Don’t shoot the messenger; I’m just sayin’.
@WereBear: OK. That picture is the pinnacle of cuteness. I melted.