Categories Open Thread This Weekend Open Thread is Puppy-Sitting Post author By [E] Liza Post date Friday, September 20th, 2013 23 Comments on This Weekend Open Thread is Puppy-Sitting This weekend, I get to hang with my favorite girl, Zelda, while my folks are away. Say hi: What are you up to? Tags dogs, min pin, open thread, weekend ot, zelda By [E] Liza PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind. View Archive → ← Deconstructing Hugo: Revisited → Lunchtime Poll 9/23/13: What Zeitgeists Have You Missed? 23 replies on “This Weekend Open Thread is Puppy-Sitting” I’m having one of those weird watching-Disney-movies-as-an-adult moments. Juniper Junior and I were watching Peter Pan, and very near the beginning of the film, Tinkerbell sees her hips/bum in a mirror and seems upset with the size, this is then followed by the joke of her not being able to escape through a keyhole because her hips won’t fit. In some ways it feels harmless, in another way, I really was surprised! Amazing how films change when seeing them as an adult! Yikes, ParaNorman made me feel a lot of things. Now it’s back to this cover letter.. It’s starting to cool off, finally. I am celebrating by making SOUP. One pot of spicy tomatoey-beany soup (not quite chili), and chicken-chickpea-veggie soup in the crock pot. I still have four cans of green beans that are close to expiring, and I have to figure out what to do with THEM. Of course, I had a minor adventure — a bit of oil had spilled under a burner, and it flared up while I was cooking the chicken. That burner pan desperately needs cleaning. NO MOAR FIRE. Also, Animal Planet is showing CUTE THINGS all afternoon (America’s Cutest Cat and Too Cute). Who needs movies??? UPDATE: The chicken-chickpea-veggie soup is my official favorite soup that I’ve made so far. The most difficult parts were opening the two small jars of mushrooms and fanning out the kitchen to make the smoke detector shut up. Fortunately, the solution to the former happened during the latter; a neighbor was passing by and I asked him to come in and try to get the damn jars open. Which he did. With minimal effort. Of course. BUT WHOLE MUSHROOMS IN THE SOUP YUM. You know the doohummies that people use to poke holes in juice cans? They make a triangular hole? They also work great for opening jars. I stick the pointy part under the edge of the lid and press the other end down. This pops the seal and, voila! open jar! My mom always called that doohummie a church key. I have no idea why. My dad called it the church key too. I also don’t know why. My parents called it that too. Googling says can openers used to be called that because they kind of looked like keys to churches, then when it became used more for the openers used to open cans of beer, it became ironic. Oh, I tried a can opener, a spoon, hot water…And then I tried the neighbor dude. He’s lucky I got that thing loosened up so he looked all tough. I always just stab the lid with a sturdy knife to break the seal! I would totally stab my hand if I tried that. Seriously-I could put the jar in a vise, put my left hand behind my back, and stand right shoulder forward like a fencer, and I would STILL manage to stab my hand. Ooh recipe, please! I’m just Googling around looking for crock pot recipes (bought one last week and haven’t owned one in four years, so I don’t know what happened to all my recipes!). Sounds delicious. My recipes are all SUPER easy, and mostly used canned things (because I am lazy and because they’re cheaper). The spicy tomato-bean not-quite-chili: Six cans of beans (I had chili beans and kidneys) Two cans of tomatoes (I used whole peeled tomatoes, but diced work too) Seasonings: Onion, red pepper, black pepper Process: Open and dump tomatoes into pot. Open, drain, rinse, dump beans. Add enough water to almost fill the pot (I used about 4 cups). Add spices in the amounts that you want. ON THE STOVE: Cook at a medium/high heat for an hour or two; stir when you need to. Turn to low/medium for another hour. Bowl. Spoon. Face. For the chicken and chickpea and veggie amazingness: Ingredients: Two chicken boobs. Two cans of chickpeas. One can each of carrots, corn, and green beans; two small jars of whole mushrooms. One carton of low-sodium chicken broth. Seasonings: “Montreal Chicken”, onion, garlic, chives; olive oil. The process: Cube chicken and cook it in the chicken seasoning and olive oil. Curse really loud when the burner flares up just as the chicken is done cooking. Throw chicken into the crock pot. Open, drain, rinse veggies. Curse at the jars the mushrooms are in. Notice male neighbors walking by. Ask one to open the jars. Add chicken broth and as much of the seasonings as you like. Stir, put lid on, turn crockpot on high setting. Cook on high for four hours. Turn down to low when you’re hungry. Bowl. Spoon. Face. Oh, I had to laugh … last week I ended up with a pan swiftly chucked in the sink because the oil became too hot. No fire, but a wiser Juniper! Ladyblog shout-out: this interview is awesome http://thehairpin.com/2013/09/susan-robinson (may be hard going though for anyone who’s dealt with pregnancy issues or loss) Oh gosh. That was a hard read. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve shared it on FB. Thanks for reading. I haven’t been here forever. This place is looking amazing! Congrats, PMag. The site looks just great. I am currently very behind in school and am hoping I can channel the anxiety into production before it becomes crippling. Is the ‘Ask a Librarian’ still a column? It was definitely one of my favorites and I would love to catch up. Heeeeey Frigg! I ..think it is? I’m also puppy sitting, and Rosie has already managed to Pee on my kitchen floor. I was not pleased. Two thoughts: 1) I’m also puppy-sitting this weekend but he’s an old old dog. Really old. He’s a sweet guy. 2) Hulu has back seasons of Project Runway. I’ve seen 1-3 and 9-present but the rest… I know what I’m doing this weekend! A) Your puppy friend is freakin adorable! B) Sometimes, my boyfriend is a total douche. And not even to me – this is based on a conversation he is having with his best friend re: the speech BF is making at his friend’s wedding. …just… such an asshole… C) My birthday is coming up next week. I think I’m going to buy myself a pretty new dress and a book. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.