Friday, February 27, 2015

TToT66: Gus and the Little Things

It's been snowing again. But it's not been that bad of a week. Nevertheless, I am feeling a bit stuck here as I stare into my laptop.

I'll fall back on Gus's philosophy of the little things (right, Lisa?).

1. And in honor of Gus, I will name buttermilk. Not 'cause I like to drink it but because it does has a positive influence on the flavor and performance of pancakes and waffles, which lend a bit of cheer to late winter snow days.

2. The return of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

And under the category of instant gratification, which has its place and is much appreciated:

     3. Online games

     4. Texts and emails

     5. Recipes

6.  Matthew and Levi, who are not tax collectors, as you might think, but ambitious snow shovelers.

Casting about, casting about...

7. The Dude suggests that I am thankful for my husband cleaning the house so much more often that I don't even notice.

8. Speaking of the The Dude, I don't have to do taxes.

I give up...

9. Beer

10. Chips and salsa

How about your little things? Got any?



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39 comments :

  1. I can not complain about the snow. This is the first week of the entire winter that it hampered me in the slightest. Boy, wow! Other folks have been buried in the white stuff. Glad you have discovered a pancake/waffle snow blues remedy!~May@AchievingClarity

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    1. I'm sick of the snow, but I have to remind myself that at least we're not in Boston. Yeegads!

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  2. Little things posts are some of my favorites! I use buttermilk in muffins and coffee cake and stuff. Did you know they have instant buttermilk? I never use the whole thing if I buy it fresh and end up wasting it. Instant buttermilk is awesome. You can reconstitute it OR just add it to the dry ingredients.

    Chips and salsa should be a food group.

    You are a formidable Trivia Crack opponent!

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    1. FORMIDABLE is my middle name!!! I did NOT know about instant buttermilk, but now I will go searching for it. You know another really cool product? Trader Joe's sells shelf-stable whipping cream. I do not understand it, but it works. I keep one container in the cabinet for emergency whipped cream needs?

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    2. You people are playing Trivia Crack and nobody invited me??? I'm looking for players!

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    3. I sure hope you're that person I'm playing now.

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    4. LOL - the D one? Yes, that's me. :D

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  3. Oh buttermilk and the things I can bake. My thighs would never look the same if they ever reduced the price of that stuff. We broke temperature records this year - not snow fall records. Yes that may seem like a fair trade but -35 is painful. All of our nipples are endangered species now. They've pretty much fallen off.
    Beer.
    I just saw above that you play Trivia Crack - damn that game. It is so addictive!!!!!!

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    1. -35 simply SOUNDS painful (to my nipples). Hey, we should play! I'm amycake76!!!

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  4. We only have buttermilk in the house when I have to make that ridiculous red cake for my husband. My stepdad would drink that stuff straight, and I'd gag just watching him. Yeah, buttermilk will never be on a list of my thankfuls, but I'm glad you receive enjoyment from it. :)
    With the snow this year, are you basically paying for the boys' first cars?
    My Husband takes care of taxes, too. I am grateful every single year.

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    1. Ridiculous red cake? Red velvet? My Brian loves that too. And my mother loves buttermilk--to drink it. When I was kid, it was a great trick to fill someone's dinner glass with buttermilk instead of milk to see him/her gag. I won't tell you kids, though.
      Well, Matthew and Levi don't charge much.

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  5. Oh yeah, always the little things. Especially Kevin Spacey (I haven't watched House of Cards yet, but he's awesome anyway) and salsa - I eat that stuff every day. Aaaaaaand my taxes are done and gone.

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    1. Salsa is so, so good. And it's actually healthy--it's the chips that do me in. House of Cards is crazy addicting and really effs with your moral code to be rooting for a bad, bad man.

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  6. We haven't ventured into the new House of Cards yet. But I do love Kevin Spacey. Such a weird thing to be attracted to a psychopath -- fictionally speaking. And I gave up chips for Lent. Hasn't stopped me from pouring salsa into a bitty bowl and eating some with a spoon. Love, love it. Have a great week.

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    1. Yes, fictionally speaking. Definitely fictionally. I know! I could eat salsa with a spoon too!

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  7. I rarely have buttermilk in the house. And hey all things considered. Beer and chips and salsa are pretty fantastic as well. Also MATH... UGH.

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    1. When having chips and salsa, one must also have a beer. Or a margarita.

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  8. I'm like Dyanne--I keep powdered buttermilk for cooking.

    Taxes--I need to finish those!

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    1. Get on it, Kristi! Or get your husband on it!

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  9. oh poop... I forgot taxes. I am notorious for doing them April 14... argh!

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  10. buttermilk… have heard the term, never encountered it (in liquid form).
    hey, I like this 'little things post' idea… will have to try and remember it next week!*

    * what the hell kind of metaphysical contradiction is that! if I can try, then I need to be able… never mind lol

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    1. You are able. I will read it.
      You've never encountered buttermilk? Under what rock have you been living?

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  11. Now I want pancakes! ACK! One day I will do.

    Glad you have a clean house, and beer, and chips.

    I need to be thankful rightnow for a bed to have a nap in, and go and USE IT, and be thankful for time to get through the TToT posts later....

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  12. OH, I do love Lonesome Dove...how did you know???
    I'll be back...

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    1. I've used that quote before, and we bonded over it.

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    2. Oh, that's right! And yes, we did. How did I not think of that immediately? So much in my head this week...so many things.

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  13. Buttermilk...My Grandfather loved buttermilk. I never understood how he could drink it, but he loved it. It does lovely things for baked goods, yes. I never use the entire amount when I need it for something so I pinned a whole bunch of "what to do with leftover buttermilk" stuff a while ago - I think it might be on my Food - Tips and Other board. I've used several of them and they're good ideas. I also understand it freezes well in ice cube trays. Haven't tried that yet - I already have egg whites coming out my ears and leftover coffee in ice cube trays.
    I know nothing of this House of Cards but I do like Kevin Spacey. Is this one I should check out?

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    1. It has never occurred to me to freeze leftover coffee or egg whites. I don't usually have either lying around. I will say this about HoC--it is gripping and the main characters are bad, bad people. BAD people. Yet, you root for them so it kind of effs with your brain.

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    2. We have tried and quit Netflix twice. It makes us irritable. But this show is only on Netflix, yes?
      I started freezing egg whites when I got upset that every time I make Hollandaise I waste them. Nobody here likes to eat egg white omelettes so I was tossing them. I Googled WHAT THE HELL DO I DO WITH ALL THESE LEFTOVER EGG WHITES? And there was the answer - freeze them until you need them. Granted, there aren't many things to do with them, but angel food cake calls for eggs whites and I can make angel food cupcakes and send them into work with the Hub. You know how food works in faculty rooms - gone by third period. Win.
      The coffee thing rarely happens here - if we drink coffee, we drink it all. But we have occasionally had enough leftover that I didn't want to just dump it but it was too old to drink as coffee. Freeze it in cubes to put in iced coffee so your coffee doesn't get watered down by the ice cubes. Or, if you make my Grandmother's chocolate cake, it calls for coffee. Take out a few cubes, thaw them in the microwave and in they go. Win.
      Honestly, with leftover buttermilk, I usually end up making the Hub a batch of homemade Ranch dressing - he loves it.

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  14. BWAHAHAHA!! I just love you, Sarah!! I really really love you!!! Mathew and Levi... BWAHAHAHA!!!

    Bacardi.

    Cheetos.

    #Whatiateanddranklastnight

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    1. Bacardi and Cheetos! Is that surgery recovery food?

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  15. We have snow too, but probably not as much as you, and I expect it will be gone by morning!
    Your number 7 sounds like something to definitely feel grateful for!

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  16. Not doing taxes is worth 10 alone. As is not cleaning. And pancakes. UGH to the snow. Was school cancelled for you today? It was AGAIN for us. Sigh. I mean YAY snow days. Right??

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    1. I think the end is in sight! It looks like Spring today!

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  17. Chips, salsa and beer - how could you not be thankful? I haven't done our taxes in over fifteen years, and I don't miss it a bit.

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