Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Time!

So, because I have so much time on my hands, I was able to kind of go hog wild on the pumpkin carving stuff. I usually do two pumpkins and always have fun picking out the patterns or deciding what to carve. This year was no different. Well, except for the fact that I had three pumpkins on my hands (Grandma chickened out at the last minute) and a lot of pent-up artistic obsessiveness apparently... So, these are pictures of the three pumpkins. Pumpkins #1 and #2 are more or less from a pattern (I don't have a printer, so it was looking them up on the web and then freehanding them with a sharpie). Pumpkin #3 was inspired by a pattern, but is mostly my own. Needless to say, the last one is my favorite.

I call him Bob.

I believe this one is called "Good Bite Moon". Hehehe...

First Scene of Pumpkin #3 (Is supposed to be a continuous landscape, but had to break up with trees for structural issues).

Next Scene: Moonlight over Pumpkins :)

And lastly, my favorite. The Haunted House.

I love pumpkin carving.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sour Cream Apple Pie - For Sarah

Here's my recipe for Sour Cream Apple Pie. Found it in an ancient (okay, not ancient, only about 40-50 years old) Martha Dixon cookbook and fell in love at first bite. I'm not a huge fan of traditional apple pies, with the cloying sweetness some get. This one is still pretty sweet, but I like the filling better.

Sour Cream Apple Pie (Martha Dixon)
1 c. sour cream
2 T. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
1 pie crust (homemade or frozen, doesn't matter)
3 cups tart Michigan apples, diced (I used Macintosh)

Beat together cream, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, and egg. Add apples. Pour into 9-inch unbaked pie shell and bake at 400F for 25 minutes. Top with crumb (see recipe below).

Crumb topping (This is as is in the cookbook, but I find that it doesn't work. It turns into a sort of sugar crust. So, if you have a good recipe for crumb, go ahead and use that)

Mix 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/3 c. flour, and 1/4 c. butter. Sprinkle on top of pie and bake 20 minutes more.

Let cool before serving. If you cut into it too soon, the filling will be soupy as it needs to set.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Wednesday in Autumn

Well, sitting here doing a little writing after cleaning up the kitchen. Cooked a lovely sour cream apple pie for Grandma to take to her potluck. Mmm... I love sour cream apple pie. Granted, it probably wasn't such a wise decision to make concerning the fact that I'm trying to cut down on the sweets.... Yeah, not the wisest choice...

Watched Biggest Loser for the first time last night and found it on Hulu today. :) I think I may be the newest fan for Biggest Loser. So cool. If slightly incredible.

I raked the whole backyard yesterday, picking up leaves and acorns by the shovelful (really!). It is my least favorite job right now. I think I really like Autumn when no yardwork is involved... It took me three solid hours of hard work to get that all pulled in and bagged (almost 12 BAGS of leaves and acorns!!!). I think that may be my least favorite job ever... Perhaps even surpassing shoveling snow...

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Design

So, I got this lovely new template at Aqua Poppy, where a number of ya'll have gotten your templates. I like it and I think it's cute, but I'm not sure if it's 'me'. So, we're giving it a trial run. :) Let me know what you think.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Conundrum / Psychosis / It's Been Awhile

(So, apparently, I took an unintended mini-sabbatical from blogging... Huh. I didn't even realize I hadn't been writing. Anyway, I'm back and here's my latest disjointed post).

Now, on to the real stuff that provoked my posting this evening (er, morning...). As most of my ramblings are, this one is inspired by music, but also by some very real musings rolling around in my head. A couple months ago, Imogen Heap released her album Ellipse. Needless to say, I love the album, but there were a couple songs in particular that really struck me (Half Life and Bad Body Double). They both speak to the conundrum (hence the title!) of self-worth and how we connect our value directly to how we appear to ourselves and others.

I am constantly perplexed by people I know (mostly women, but men, too) who bend over backwards for the approval or even just the disdainful attention of one person or another. Waiting breathlessly for one word text messages and the slightest acknowledgment of their existence - doesn't this get frustrating? Why do they do this? Why do you persist in this self-inflicted torture even when they come out to your face and say that they don't care and that you should move on? This just does not make sense to me...

Tied to this is something that has been plaguing me (probably more due to the fact that apparently I have some kind of built-in male-repellent micro chip...): The whole image/appearance thing. I have posted on this before, but really I'm so confused with myself (this is probably where the psychosis bit could come in). I really am not making sense. Here's my problem:

On one hand, I am one of the most vain people I know and on the other... I beat myself up day after day for the way I look (some things I have control over and some I don't). I really don't understand how I can be both vain and disgusted, but somehow I am. Is this some kind of psychological marvel? Is it solely my problem or is this a problem perpetuated by a society that tells us we're all beautiful and all 'the best', but perpetuates images that 98% of the population cannot even attempt to fill?

I just wish I could be 'over' the whole beauty thing. I really wish I could say that it doesn't matter to me, but I can't. It's kind of like the whole being single thing. Often times when I tell people I'm happy being single, I have to wonder if I'm half-lying. I truly (really!) do not see where a boyfriend would be a good addition to my life now (or ever), but sometimes I wonder if it's more of a subconscious resignation to the fact that no one would want to date me -whether it be because of my looks or some other issue.