Saturday, May 06, 2017

Cat's Prey

Kes cornered this non-venomous Mexican Garter Snake (Thamnophis eques), in the backyard.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Four Twenty, Twenty Seventeen

How I celebrated.

Garlic fries and brown ale at The Spotted Dog Brewery.

A reading.
  • Past: Ten cups (hearts).
  • Present: Four pentacles (diamonds).
  • Future: Four wands (clubs).

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Zucchini Joes

Top a toasted Glutino English Muffin with sliced cheese, zucchini filling*, and more cheese. Heat until gooey. Serve with plain goat yogurt.

* Zucchini Filling
Saute the following in small sauce pan:
  • 1/2 Medium Purple Onion
  • 1/2 Medium Jalapeno
  • 1 Small Zucchini
  • 1/3 Can Muir Glen Pizza Sauce

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Two Cats In The Yard

Chica's cat Kes has a boyFriend -- we're calling him orangeBoy.

The title of this post is a reference to the song Our House by Graham Nash.
I'll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me.

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good.
Such a cozy room,
The windows are illuminated by the evening sunshine through them,
Fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy 'cause of you and our—

La, la, la

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy 'cause of you and our—

I'll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

(# - tag) + Brownie

Infused Gluten-Free Caffeinated Gingerbread Brownies
A packaged-mix hack for the complicated palate.

Whisk 4 eggs in a large mixing bowl. (2 will do.)

Heat the following in a small saucepan, while constantly stirring:
  • 1/2 cup, peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons, Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk
  • 1 tablespoon, dried cannabis flowers (needs more!)
  • 1 teaspoon, crushed red pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon, Cafe Bustelo Instant Espresso
  • 2 teaspoons, St Dalfour Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon, fresh grated ginger (needs more?)
Remove from heat when bubbly around the edge.

Cover saucepan; allow oil mixture to cool.

Add cooled oil mixture to eggs, and mix well.

Stir in one package, King Arthur Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. (no XanthanGum, yay! btw, ~$2 less at Walmart.)

Stir in 1/2 cup, semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Stir in Bob's Coconut Flour until a thick batter consistency.

Pour batter into greased 9x9 glass baking dish.

Bake at 325° for 50 minutes.

Serve hot or chilled, topped with Organic Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Making 'kay sawzzz' in the breakfast nook:
  • For one quesa, use 2 corn tortillas. Spread each with bean paste (I used hummus on these) and slices of chipotle cheddar.
  • For filling, cook diced onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, fan leaves, and spinach in hot oil in a small sauce pan. Add scrambled egg. Cook together until egg is set.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry one tortilla with bean paste and cheese, until cheese starts to melt. Set aside. Fry the second prepared tortilla, spoon on filling mixture, top with first fried tortilla.

Serve hot, with plain goat yogurt.

[See also Wikipedia's entry: Quesadilla.]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The End of Trim

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Best-Textured Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Yet!

  • 4 Eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 Cup, Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Can, Organic Coconut Milk
  • 16 Ounces, Pumpkin Puree
Whisk until smooth.
Fold in the following dry ingredients, and beat for 2 minutes on medium with mixer.
  • 1 Bag, Pamela's Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 Teaspoon, Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon, Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon, Baking Soda
  • 3 Teaspoons, Guar Gum
  • 1/3 Cup, Coconut Flour
Mixture should be stiff. Pour batter into greased baking dishes. (Makes 1 and 1/2 loaves.) Bake ~35-40 minutes in oven preheated to 350°.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lunar Libration

worthThe eyes0n. [seeAlso Libration.]


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Savory Smoothie

In 1-quart pan, sauté and sweat the following:
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Oil
  • 1/2 Medium-sized Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Parsely, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, Shaved with Peeler

Add the following, and purée all the ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Potato Broth (seasoned liquid reserved from steaming potatoes)
  • 1 Cup Biotta Beet Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk

Add 4 teaspoons of cornstarch.
Bring to boil while stirring.
Serve warm with salt and pepper.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Spicy Dal with London Rocket

Wild London Rocket is popping up all over locally, and the spicy, radish-y flavor of tender young leaves is perfect in salads and soups.

Part I
  • 1 cup, rinsed brown lentils
  • 3 cups, water
  • 1 Tablespoon, peanut oil
  • 1 Teaspoon, salt
  • 1 Teaspoon, ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon, ground turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon, dried cilantro leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon, crushed dried red pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon, ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon, fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon, fresh ground coriander
Bring all ingredients above to a boil in a 3-quart sauce pan. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Part II
  • 2 Teaspoons, peanut oil
  • 1 cup, finely chopped fresh baby London Rocket leaves
  • 1 can, Hot Rotel, drained (reserve liquid for ‘quilaMarys!)
  • 1 Tablespoon, Muir Glen Tomato Paste
In a 2-quart sauce pan, sauté London Rocket in oil. Stir in drained Rotel and Tomato Paste. Continue to cook on low, until the greens are wilted. Fold hot mixture into cooked lentils.

Serve hot or chilled.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Spotted Dog

Dining outside in shirtsleeves!

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Improvised Table

Cantilevered glass tabletop for an impromptu breakfast nook.

This improvisation is working so well as a desk-height table next to a platform bed, that I'm thinking of it as a "sketch of a prototype".

Image from laptop camera on improvised BreakfastNook table.

(A still from upcoming vlog series Topper, episode "madamePiranha's Bruschetta", we hope. ;>) [See Vimeo-to-HBO TV series High Maintenance, S1.] )

Set of TheBreakfastNook.

Please share a bowl with us.... let'sSesh!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Watermelon Salad

I planted Black Diamond heirloom seeds from Ferry-Morse this spring. The tiny crop in my raised-bed garden didn't fare well -- most of the vines and fruit withered with powdery mildew. I only harvested two melons. They were heavy with dense rinds that were difficult to cut, but the fruit was flavorful with a nice texture.

Drench fresh watermelon with the following, in order:
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Himalayan Pink Salt

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Friday, September 30, 2016


It rained a lot last night and this morning. Early this morning I was jolted by a crash on the patio; I thought a truck had run into the house. Instead, a soaked and rotted log had broken where it was supported on a large beam of the arbor over the patio. The most surprising thing was no other damage and no one hurt.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Potato Fries From Shorty's

Great potato fries for $1.49!
The kitchen is open 7am - 2pm, Monday - Saturday.
While the store is open Sunday, the kitchen is closed.
Shorty's Food Mart & Gas Station is at Avenida de Mesilla and University Avenue, on the southwest corner, next to Spotted Dog Brewery.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday's Walk

This morning was cool enough for Chica and me to walk to Family Dollar for some essentials. Home to Fam$ to home is about 2 miles. After shopping, we sat in the shade and snacked. Altogether, the excursion took less than 2 hours.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Reading BD62

Past: Page of Swords
Present: Knight of Wands
Future: Seven of Wands



b0y.aRe.dEEs sLaCkErOhS!
{sueMe ;>) }

Makes 2 servings.
  • 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Small-Medium Yellow Squashes
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Coriander
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 0.5 Can Muir Glen Pizza Sauce*
  • 0.25 Cup Sweet Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt**
  1. Spiralize squash, one at a time onto cutting board or plate.
  2. Chop spiralized squash into 1"-2" segments.†
  3. Dump segments onto oil in a 5-quart cooking pot.
  4. Sprinkle on salt, crushed red pepper, freshly ground coriander and black pepper to each layer.
  5. Heat covered pot on high 5-10 minutes, or until squash is tender and soupy.
  6. Add pizza sauce.
  7. Simmer for ~10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and stir in fresh chopped sweet basil.
  9. Serve hot or cold, with a dollop of plain yogurt.

* Muir Glen Pizza Sauce

** Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt

One small-medium yellow squash, spiralized and chopped:

Below: The squash in my raised-bed garden, looking toward The Hobbit House. (Squash recipes are much appreciated, btw!)

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Where is She-Ra?

Thirty-five years ago today, my prayers were manifest. I spent the day believing I was going to die in gut-splitting agony. But no... the agony continues.

Next year on this day, my daughter will be 36; I’ll be 63. If we’re still using the Gregorian calendar in 2017, our birthdays will hit on Monday and Friday again — as it was in 2006 (25/52), and 1995 (14/41), and will be in 2028 (47/74), if we both live to see it.

So you see... I think about her birthday, but I can’t celebrate it. She’s going to have to contact me first. She can start with this note, and what has been done and said to her to keep her from talking to me about it before. In the meantime, stop trying to hurt me, Jolie.

2050 (69/96) Su-Th
2039 (58/85) Su-Th
2028 (47/74) M-F
2017 (36/63) M-F
2006 (25/52) M-F
1995 (14/41) M-F
1984 (03/30) Tu-Sa


Friday, August 05, 2016

The Racy Corgi

  • 0.5 oz Kalamata Olive Brine
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 6 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 7.5 oz Pepper-Spiced Tea

Cheers to risqué dwarf dogs!

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Four Tomato Varieties

  • Yellow Pear
  • Black Prince
  • Black Cherry
  • Patio: The Container Tomato
Today's harvest.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

La Fogata Mezcal

QUESTION: Has the bottle and label changed, or did I buy a counterfeit?
1 August 2016

Hello Renice,

Thank you for your email, we looked at your picture of La Fogata Mezcal and that is correct, this is a new package design for the brand.

It is not a counterfeit so not to worry!

If you need anything else please let me know.

Thank you,
Jose C. Villanueva


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Cat In The Garden

The short story.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stuck EBID Truck

Kes's Arch

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

3 Tomato Varieties

Gardening in Las Cruces is a challenge, compared to gardening in Champaign. This is a day's tomato harvest from my container garden.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Mermaids' Brunch

Celebrating my first harvest of "Black Prince", a Russian Heirloom tomato.
  • 15 Pecan Nut Thins
  • Basil, chopped
  • Kalamata Olives, quartered lengthwise
  • Pepperjack Cheese, sliced.
  • Tomato, sliced
1. Ingredients Stack
2. Broil on Medium, in Family Dollar's '2-Bulb Easy Bake Oven'.
3. Top with slivered fresh tomato. Dip & Devour.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday's Goal

1. 7:04am

2. 7:15am

3. 7:39am


| 1. 7:04am || 2. 7:15am || 3. 7:39am |

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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Orlando Tango

The unlabeled bottle, in this poorly directed photo session, should be on the left of frame. The important ingredient is Pepper-Spiced Tea, a perfect complement to apricot-mango juice.

For the record, I like to watch men dancing together. [Pearl Street Warehouse, Austin TX, 1971. I wasn't het then either.]

Here's to the end of Survivor Syndrome.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

90° and Climbing

Swamp cooler switch out. It's scary.

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Chica & Kes

Chica moves to a chair when...

her cat Kes likes to cuddle.

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