It's a rainy day. And I am sewing a little purple and yellow dress for Lucy, a doll I have yet to introduce to you. Soon...
May 27, 2009
'tis a beautiful day. Spent the afternoon baking bread ... mmm .... yum. Shortly I will be off to spend the night with my aunt, uncle, and their three children. I'm going to Annapolis with Brighton tomorrow. I think I get to ride a boat, too! Whoopee!
Rachel, if you ever read this, I wish you a wonderful birthday. So do Oliver and Abraham, and Karl and Thadeus, and all of the bluebirds and barn swallows in their little nests.
May 26, 2009
Alpha Trainer/ ANTENSE, Biofeedback Anti-Tension Device
Yesterday, Jamie and I watched a lecture by Dr. Nick Begich, a scientist involved in ethical, individual-based, voluntary mind control. You may ask, "ethical mind control?!" But I'm here to tell you that I would be the last person to promote any person who believes that we should be controlled by others. As of late, I have been disgusted by my discoveries about our "government" ... vaccines, fluoride, race-specific nerve gas ... (I promise, I'll write about those things and more when the time comes.)
Bottom line, we have been lied to for years. Mind control is a huge aspect of it. I'm only just beginning to learn about this topic. Though it happens to span into every aspect of life. You just can't say, "today I'll spend some time learning about politics, and when I get sick of it all, I can take a time-out with science." It's all linked together in an unbelievable way. When I understand the way the world works, I'll let you know. (But I'm not too sure if that will ever happen.)
Anyhow, I don't know much about Nick Begich's version of mind control, aside from a few vague descriptions of his crazy contraptions. You can read more on Earthpulse Press. The link I first gave (to the lecture I watched) is only to part one of nine. I watched the whole thing and will probably do so over and over again. This is some of the most fascinating science I have ever learned of. And it's only just begun! I really recommend the lecture. If anyone decides to watch it, please let me know your opinions.
May 23, 2009
Yesterday turned out to be absolutely wonderful. A long lost friend came and played with me We baked the featured chocolate vanilla marble cake and glazed it in a sour cream chocolate mint frosting. Jamie and Michael each returned from their designated work locations bearing gifts of yet more food! (Sorry Jamie, but Mike wins this time. I'm not sure you can beat sashimi grade salmon and tuna. ) We made mashed potatoes with fresh rosemary, thyme, borrowed butter, garlic, and onions. The zucchini was sauteed with olive oil. The salmon was seasoned with an espresso sugar rub, and baked until tender, while the tuna was sauteed in a cast iron skillet with a mystery-blend of spices. How delicious. We enjoyed a doodle party after dinner, and then headed out to the fire pit to enjoy the cake. I ate four slices. And still wanted more. I'm quite positive that this is possibly the most incredible cake ever made. I've never eaten a bite of cake and automatically laughed (simultaneously with others) in shock at how moist and delicious it was. We certainly didn't set out to make the most fabulous confection, but we somehow managed to do it.
In other news, my "fake" garden is growing well. That's the one near the shed where the groundhogs live. I hope when summer comes full swing they'll be too hot and lazy to hobble over to the "real" garden and take my "real" vegetables. My poppies and morning glories have also begun sprouting. The front porch will be encased in red this season, as I planted Scarlet O'hara morning glories.
Enjoy this cloud-free, blue-skied morning. It's not too late to start a garden, you know...
Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Mint Frosting
2 cups and 2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup organic milk
4 ounces Fondue au Chocolate Noir, 70% Cacao melted (I will say, I did not buy this. When Bun Penny closed, we reduced it from $26.99 to $1. So I took as many as I could find. I think its outrageous initial cost and the fact that it's French made our cake as amazing as it was, but please don't be tempted to spend that much money on a pot of chocolate...)
oven at 350 degress F
grease and flour one 12" pan
whisk dry ingredients together
beat butter, sugar until light and fluffy
add eggs one at a time
add flour mixture and milk in alternating rounds (it helps to have a friend)
divide batter in two bowls, one will be chocolate the other vanilla
once chocolate-y enough, alternate spoonfuls of each mixture into pan
gently swirl with a knife to marbleize
bake about 30 minutes , or until toothpick comes out clean
10 ounces of the same expensive chocolate, melted
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
a splash of soy milk
as much powdered sugar as you'd like...I used the whole bag
one handful of freshly minced mint
after cake has cooled, and icing has cooled in the fridge, apply liberally and garnish with mint sprigs
May 20, 2009
May 18, 2009
view from the upstairs window
I've been spending so much time digging up grass that I put this blog on the back burner. And it will remain there at least until I've planted everything. It's the middle of May and I am still tilling the soil. It's been the rainiest May ever, and it's hard to find time (when the soil is dry) after work to do yet more work. I need some oxen and maybe a few work horses. Anyone? My poor, scrawny arms sure are going to look like this if I don't get a break soon! Well, they might not be so green...
Have a lovely, lovely, lovely summer evening.
p.s. Here is a list of the herbs I will be
growing attempting to grow:
BASIL, SPICY BUSH GLOBE
CORIANDER / CILANTRO
ECHINACEA PURPUREA (Purple Coneflower)
JOE PYE WEED
PARSLEY, DARK GREEN ITALIAN
May 10, 2009
May 7, 2009
photo: chiptune tools found here
- yellow rubber rain boots
- polyester bellbottom pants that are just too short
- some more interesting clothing
- cassette tapes which include both Ghostbusters soundtracks and a Meatloaf album too
- green pocketbook
- and two things in the posted video, an unknown kitchen utensil and the most amazing red-striped vest ever
In other news, all of our seedlings were nearly overtaken by an ominous grey mushroom. In an effort (which paid off) to save them, we spent last week transplanting hundreds of plants into individual sand-topped pots. Again, a very monotonous process. IAYD entertained us a bit. Chiptune music is fun.
I am now gathering bamboo and sticks for supporting my beans and tomatoes. By golly, there are a lot of tomatoes. And I somehow managed to pick seventeen different indeterminate plants. Which means they will probably reach lengths (and heights when supported) of eight to ten feet! Have I got a job ahead of me... Now if only it would stop raining and wait 'till the next week to torrentially downpour and make a muddy mess of my neglected garden.