remember this? these two tiny chicks? back in june i regaled you, Dear Reader, with pictures and anecdotes about our brand new fuzzy fluffy chicks, and wondered who they would become and what they would look like. not surprisingly, they became grown up chickens. it has been fascinating to see their progress, and i look forward to their first egg probably toward the middle of december!
speaking of eggs, sammo/bolo/pearl/ninja have been laying like gangbusters, and i was able to create a whole mess of delicious egg salad finger sandwiches for a recent family dinner party. there is something quite satisfying about hard-boiling a slew of home grown eggs!
the laying ladies have slowed up a little with the time/season change, it would appear, but i'm sure they'll be back to normal eggliferation soon. i deeply appreciate their contribution to our household and, indeed, my psyche: one recent tuesday night, i was feeling a bit sorry for myself after a hard day at work. it seemed that nothing could lift my spirits, that i was glued to the couch by the potent adhesive combination of lonesome and lazy. then, i had a sunny side up idea...
...that i promptly made into huevos rancheros! the evening was saved by the chicken(s) and the egg(s). amazing how home-made good food can change one's perspective in an instant. another case in point: dungeness crab and asparagus, prepared by TUF chef dan one recent evening in which we had the fortune to eat together at home...
granted, no eggs here....only my FAVORITE seafood item, and one of my FAVORITE vegetables. i'm just going to go ahead and say a few things about dungeness crab: 1) it's better than lobster 2) it's better than any other crab, including king crab 3) it's one of the most ethical seafoods out there. (that's right, i said it's better than lobster, cuz it is! and it's cheaper! why are you not eating it right now? why am i not?)
|Spot, helping make copies|
in other news, it's thanksgiving break! i have so much to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to. the science class pets, Hairelena and Spot, have come home for the break, so they have added their ranks to our veritable home zoo. other members of the household have barely noticed the newcomers, preferring to focus on the recent addition of a new fuzzy blanket to the living room couch:
or hope that something awesome is going to fall out of the sky:
at any rate, the holidays approacheth, and my favorite time of the year is upon us. an important school long haul is over, and we are settling into our new schedule. last night i woke to the sound of Big Rain, and today was coolish, sunny and windswept. this week there will be family, friends and food...more on that, and other adventures, to come! november on the TUF in the ATX! i am giving thanks!