- We saw London,
- We saw France,
- We saw David with no underpants!
Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
The boys are all awaiting football season which makes me lament that baseball season will come to an end. And, again, the Cubbies are breaking my heart (but, it's a rebuilding year....)...
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Mr. Hinkelgruber and I will be cruising to Alaska at the end of July, then it's the 'dog-days' until 30-years of marriage. And, they said it wouldn't last! (Oh, no one said that, it just seems to be what everyone expects you to say.)
This will probably be the last week to bake for a while, since I refuse to turn the AC on just so I can bake in the summer.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
It's the last week with our Australian pseudo-son - he will be missed. It's berry season - strawberries are fully ripe, and I'm certain raspberries are not far behind. Mr. Hinkelgruber has a new camera toy (a fancy flash do-hickie) and it must be challenging because he's studying the manual. Me? I was given some brown eggs, so that means I get to blow them out and make little choir children Christmas ornaments.
How I love summer!
Friday, May 31, 2013
It's graduation season, and we have a high school graduate to honor (great-niece) and our Australian pseudo-son will graduate from Oregon State. What a great couple of weeks we have coming up. (Coupled with the sad realization that we will again be empty-nestors!)
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Yesterday, Mr. Hinkelgruber and I went to wine country to pick up three wine shipments and (this will be no surprise to anyone) came away with waaayyy more wine than we had originally planned!
The weather has been gloriously summer like for this time of year and this is something you will not hear me complaining about!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Spring returns this week with temperatures supposed to reach the high 70's - so you know what that means?!? Deck drinking begins! WOOHOO!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
To update you, the angel food cake last week - never happened. Well, let me fill you in...
I did bake a second one. Egg whites whipped perfectly (at least I'm pretty sure they were - they looked just like the picture), but again, the cake fell out of the pan and onto the wine bottle I had set it over. So, no angel food cake. Thank goodness for frozen pies - and they were delicious.
This week it's meringue nests with Peeps chicks and jelly bean eggs. All sugar, all the time.
It's clear from Mr. Hinkelgruber's menu, he's been sucked into the belief that summer is fast approaching. I'll remind him and everyone else: April's coming and there's a reason for "April showers bring May flowers!" You know the rain's a-coming.
Oh, and no April Foolin' - April 1 is the start of baseball season! WOOHOO! Batter up!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
- Stiffly beaten egg whites are beautiful in the mixing bowl and make for a lovely presentation at first in the oven, but...
- fall after 30-minutes
- fall further after an additional 30-minutes
- Those folks that tell you, "turn the baked cake, in its pan, over a narrow necked bottle - don't worry, it won't fall out," are lying. Not only did my cake fall out, it glued itself to the counter top pretty solidly. Well, to be honest, I've never had one fall out before, so I'm chalking this one up to the over beaten eggs, also.
- Oh, and then it falls even more and is soggy, soggy, soggy. (6-1/2 inches to 1-1/2 inches in just under 90 minutes!)
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Trashy rom-com movies, Harry Potter, and past episodes of formulaic television police dramas - what could be better? Oh, and I got to knit all day long, too!
Finally, Happy St. Paddy's Day! Don't forget to wear your green!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Cubs played a spring training game today - and both split squads won...WOOHOO! And, they play again tomorrow!
Spring's coming, the daffodils are daffing and the weather's getting better and better!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
I just watched "Puppy Bowl IX" on Animal Planet, and man-oh-man, are those little guys cute. There were at least six of them I'd love to own. (Is owning dogs like cats - any more than three makes you a crazy dog lady?)
Mr. Hinkelgruber and I made it through the longest month of the year: January! That means we're one month closer to spring and summer. WOOHOO! It's almost drinking on the deck time!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I've gone to the beach with my "Hip Chick" friends - five days and seven women... What that really means is lots of talking, laughing, snacking, drinking. Now it's time to come back to the real world. I must say, the thing I missed most was Mr. Hinkelgruber's cooking. They all cook well, but not as well as he does!
I finished a lace shawl - once I get it blocked, I'll post a photo of it. It is beautiful, if I do say so myself.
Time to head to the gym - yea, I didn't really miss that at the beach!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
This past week saw a visit from the elder Hinkelgruber son's friend from Chicago and the younger Hinkelgruber son acting as wedding photographer to one of his high school friend's wedding. We've had lots of visitors.
And, finally, it's official: the Hinkelgrubers are going to Italy! Next October we're heading for the European Chocolate Festival - I can hardly wait! I think I may have to make a concerted study of different chocolate recipes - a dirty job, but someone has to do it.