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Restless. Nothing to read. Waiting.

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Restless. Can’t find a book to delve into since Among Others, which I really enjoyed. I like the concept that the longer you have a thing, the more magical connection it has with you. I’ve been thinking about that for days.

I keep looking through my dwindling supply of library books and my own old collection, reading a bit here and there, and I keep searching for Kindle library books; but nothing is doing it for me right now. And every day I check to see if the new Fantasy and Science Fiction is out on the Kindle. (It looks like the new issue is out in its usual form, but there’s no word on how long the wait is for the Kindle version. And oddly, I posted a message on the Fantasy and Science Fiction Facebook page, only to have it removed almost immediately. I figure they must get too many people asking about subscriptions, and don’t want to clutter up the page, but it still seems a bit strange.) However, I’ve been buying this magazine for 15 years or so, and have had a subscription for good portions of that time—and it’s always been a little sporadic as to when the issue is going to come in the mail, or whether or not it’s available in a local store—so I’ll just have to chill out and wait. It will come along soon enough, I’ll read all the stories in a couple of days, and then have to wait 2 more months anyway.

In the meantime, what am I going to read?! Suggestions?

Breakfast scramble at Tiffany’s, transplanting aspens, and using up the teff

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Today, I slept way in (of course), read Among Others for about an hour,  and then made a breakfast scramble. Wasn’t really impressed with it this time, but then I’ve been feeling a little weird about food all weekend, anyway.

During brunch, we watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which, if you can believe, I had never seen before.

As soon as hubby left with the kids to drive them back, I went out back to tackle the yard. It’s needed mowing for quite some time now, and I wanted to make sure to do it one last time before the winter hits. I hate to look out the kitchen winter all winter and see it all disheveled. Funny, I can let it go for  a month in the summer, but just knowing that I can’t mow it if I want to because it’s too cold or wet bothers me. Plus, the neighbor’s aspen had shot up about a dozen runners into our yard and they had grown quite a bit.

Since we’ve never been able to afford much landscaping at this house, and I’ve even shamefully bought trees before and then felt intimidated by the daunting task of digging through rock and never got around to planting them, I decide to dig up a few of the Aspen starts and replant them around the yard. I transplanted 5 or so of them, and left a few where they were. I really have no idea if they’ll survive (I have the opposite of a green thumb), but I’ve always heard that fall is a good time to plant trees. I figure if I water them for a few weeks or until it gets biting cold, that a few might take. Our lot has always been a struggle—the ground is full of large rocks and boulders that are very close to the surface—and before being cleared, only junipers and sage type brush grew here. Most of the neighbors who have trees either inherited a juniper, or used a combo of jack hammer and raised beds to plant their deciduous trees. We’ve never had the money to do that. Still, I cringe all of the time thinking how large even the smallest tree could have been after 10 years.

I managed to get several hours of reading in today, which is great! In fact, I stayed away from the laptop all weekend except for my nightly blog posts. I need that sometimes.

This evening I finally used up some of the teff that I bought at Bob’s Red Mill. I found this recipe for teff muffins and modified it as follows. They turned out pretty good, with a mild sweet taste and a tiny little crunch from some of the teff seeds that weren’t fully ground.

Oct 17—Please note: I’ve modified the recipe section of this post to accommodate the preferences of the original recipe author. Please see The Picky Vegan for the original recipe.

Teff Muffins

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup teff flour {I first had to grind up my teff seeds in the Vitamix—I used the dry container for this, but probably the regular container would have done the trick as well.}
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch {I actually had this on hand—one bag has lasted a long time in the fridge}
  • 1½ tsp baking powder {I had just used the last of the baking powder, so I subbed approximately 1 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 cup of soy yogurt per tsp of baking powder, which is a trick I found on another website.}
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 T ground flax seeds plus 6 T water, whipped with a fork, or other egg replacer
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1-2 T almond butter or other nut butter {I can’t believe I forgot to put this into the original post—the dabs of peanut butter really hit the spot!}

Mix the flax, water, and apple sauce; set aside. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the wet to the dry, mix until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin pan (I like to use a mini-muffin pan). Put a dab of nut butter on the top of each one. (You could also mix the peanut butter in with the other wet ingredients). Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork comes clean when poked into the center of one.

Slow evening at home with hulu, books, and cats

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A slow evening at home (that 5 hours of sleep was rough). Made some vegan blueberry pancake comfort food.  Took a long hot bath while watching House and had a stack of books for after. Rotating kitties kept me company.

On my reading list this week: