Saturday, November 25, 2006

Diner Gang

Every other Friday or so I go to the swing dance that happens in Whippany. It's a lot of fun because it attracts probably around 80 - 100 people each time, and the space is nice and large. Plus there are always goodies to munch on, like cheese and crackers, cookies, celery sticks, snap peas, carrots and little grape tomatoes. This time there was even a nice big pumpkin pie! The music is DJ'd and the dancers come in all varieties - all ages from teens to retired folks, and ability levels from beginners to advanced.

The dance lasts for about three and a half hours, ending at midnight. Afterwards, a bunch of us go to a nearby diner for more eats and just to hang out and get to know each other off the dance floor a little. Usually there are around ten or so of us, but this week we had an especially large group of nineteen. Our table nearly stretched from one side of the diner all the way to the other. :)

Old Cape Cod Potato Chips

I just made a new playlist for my iPod. I had to chuckle when I sorted the list by song title, and saw Pattie Page's "Old Cape Cod" and Slim Gaillard's "Potato Chips" fell one right after the other alphabetically. Tee-hee!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today Kenji and I had practice Thanksgiving. That means we cooked a whole turkey by ourselves and ate it ourselves, just to make sure we don't embarrass ourselves in the future if we ever host Thanksgiving for other people at our house.

We had an 11.x pound turkey, stuffing with celery, carrots, raisins, walnuts, herbs and sausage in it, homemade cranberry sauce made with maple syrup and sweet potatoes and apples. It was yummy. Oh, we had snap peas too.

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving too!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Handsome Kitty

I am hiding my other foot. And don't you think my busted tail looks pretty good now?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bye-Bye Leaves; Hello Pie!

We've been so involved with repainting our bathroom that this year we didn't get around to raking any leaves until today! The good thing about that though is that we will only have to rake once, as the leaves on the tall oak tree in our back yard have finally fallen. It seems those leaves like to hang on as long as leafily possible, but I think the high winds we had late last week finally got the best of them. I also like it that our town lets us pile our leaves up out on the street for them to come and pick up, instead of having to pack them into neat little bags, like some other nearby towns require.

We are nearly finished with our bathroom. We finally were able to paint it on Friday and Saturday. Now all we need to do is install the new sink. We thought we'd let the paint dry for another day before doing that. Sorry, no more bathroom pictures till it's all put back together again.

Right now I'm baking a pie. It's almost ready. Probably about five more minutes. I had a timer running that I brought upstairs with me to keep track of time while I blogged, but then Musubi came along and stepped on the timer and turned it off without me knowing till just now.

It looks like a pumpkin pie, but really it's a butternut squash pie. I made it using the recipe on this page. Well, I'm using it for the most part. I don't happen to have any unrefined sugar hanging around so I just used regular sugar. I used one of the pie crusts I got from work. It's a Wholly Wholesome graham cracker crust. For the last pie I made, I used the chocolate crust, like they did in the recipe page. That pie came out ok for a dairy free pie. I think, like pumpkin pies, a squash pie tastes better after a day or two rather than same day out of the oven. But I also think pumpkin and squash-type pies taste better with cream in them. Dairy-free-schmairy-free! (Now watch, I'll become lactose-intolerant for making remarks like that!)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Wabbit Season? No. Duck Season? No. Deer Season? Apparently.

Last night I went to the bi-weekly swing dance in Whippany, New Jersey, with my friend, Tiffany. On our way home at around 2:30 a.m., traveling through Livingston on Northfield Avenue, between the circle and JFK Parkway, we must have encountered nearly 20 deer! First I spotted a single deer with antlers walking around the other side of the road from us, so I slowed way down. Then, moments later, we passed by a couple clumps of deer that were hovering around the edge of the road on both sides. Many residents in this thickly settled stretch of road seemed to have these large lawn ornaments that turned out to be even more deer! I don't think I've ever before seen so many deer hanging out in the same half-mile. And then to top it all off, we nearly ran over a big fat raccoon running across the road! Fortunately, we didn't physically encounter any of these critters. I hope no one else did, either.