Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sister #2 Does a Guest Post. Well I do it without her permission

Aunt Debbi here, I have been trying to convince my sisters to guest post for me. I have asked a couple of times. Well Sister #2 busted out with it in the comments and I decided it deserved to have it's own post.

What follows are the words of Becca AKA Sister#2 Enjoy.

This has nothing to do with noodles but I knew it would make you laugh.

Tonight I went for a short run in the cold, dark and decided to water the garden a little the cold dark. There was just enough light from the neighbor's christmas lights that I could make out my little rectangular patch of earth and the sugar snap peas growing up the post with the tiny, tattered, American flag attached to the top.

I was feeling quite happy and warm from my run. I had been watering about 30 seconds when I saw was a dark, black rat-sized thing crawling toward me and then crawling back. I freaked out and squirted it with the water hose and screamed at it and jumped up and down to scare it away. Then I squirted it again and yelled for the dogs to come save me. Then I briefly thought about running to the neighbors house as the black thing was blocking the way to my own house. It did not seem at all intimidated by the things I was doing so I was becoming convinced it was rabid and I was going to have to run for my life.

But it slowly dawned on my that it seemed to move with the wind. Forward and then back, forward and then back. My stupid, tattered, American flag was casting a dark shadow on the ground that looked exactly like a rabid, black rat. I will never water in the dark again.

Maybe I'll make noodles instead

Aunt Debbi here, isn't she great?

Do Plants Belong Here?

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The news people insist we are going to have our first freeze tonight. If they mean freaking Oklahoma again I am going to be Maaaaad.

A dozen years or so ago, I convince Manly Man to come help me move the plants inside because I was a helpless girl and he was a big strong man. He didn't stand a chance. He was so stunned he didn't even try to get away. He does not have to help me bring in the plants anymore. I make his kids do it.

So anyway, we brought in most of the plants before sundown tonight. About ten minutes ago, I remembered the little water garden. It had glass balls in it and a few plants that might not like having their roots frozen. Great, where does one put soaking wet plants? The bathtub, of course.

I can't wait to see their reactions when they wake up, stumble into the bathroom, and find it full of soggy plants. Sometimes it is fun to be me.

Where is the weirdest place you have stored a plant?

Homemade Noodles


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Are y'all ready for more of my awful pictures. Here they are pictures of my first attempt at homemade noodles.

We are having chicken and dumplings for dinner tonight. Teenage Monkey does not like dumplings, but he loves pasta. I thought it would be nice to give him something homemade too. It was not hard at all.

1 1/3 cup flour
2 eggs
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch salt
1/4 cup hot water

Mix the flour, eggs, oil, and salt in a bowl and begin stirring. While stirring, add the hot water a little at a time until a ball of dough forms. Turn this out onto a floured cutting board and kneed for a minute or two. Roll out as thin as possible. Use lots of flour to keep this from sticking. Cut into long noodles and let them dry a little.

These cooked really fast. Less than a minute in boiling salt water and they were ready. Will definitely do this again.