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Seven Quick Takes (vol. 2)

July 24, 2009


Today HH’s alarm didn’t go off, so we got up late and had to immediately rush to the train station to drop him off. My first thought, when he woke me up and told me what time it was: “Oh no, how am I going to make him four PB&J sandwiches in thirty seconds?”


Kimba, our older dog, loves my banana bread. She adores it so much that in a two-choice test, she chooses it over chicken. She loves it so much that she will jump on the counter, find it in a plastic bag, and devour it. I should be flattered…but all I can think is of the beautiful hunk of banana bread sitting at the bottom of her stomach instead of mine.


HH’s grandparents are coming over tomorrow to visit and have a look at our new apartment. It will be nice to see them (especially since they bring NJ bagels…yum), but I’m feeling panicked because our place is still littered with brown boxes and bare walls. It’s incredibly disorganized as I am still figuring out where everything will go. The best looking room is our bedroom, because HH decorated it as a surprise for me. He has like 300% the amount of fashion sense that I do, and he’s an ridiculously manly guy, which tells you something about how much I lack in decorating skills.


I saw the Harry Potter movie this last weekend and it is the one book-to-movie that doesn’t bother me. Usually, movies make a travesty of an authors work and then naive movie goers have the audacity to claim they now know what the book was about when… okay, I could go on for pages. The good thing about Harry Potter is movies or no, everyone has read the books, so I don’t feel obliged to defend them. This is a noteworthy event for me 🙂 It makes the experience much more enjoyable when I’m not leaning over to HH every five minutes and saying “You know, in the book…” I think it makes it more enjoyable for him, too.


When I was a kid I went to a Montessori elementary school for a few years and absolutely loved it. It’s very similar to homeschooling in that the learning is mostly self-directed and the emphasis is on hands-on learning. Since HH and I haven’t made a decision on how to educate our kids (although public school is out of the question), I was looking online at some nearby Montessori schools (just in case we are still around here in five years).
Thirteen thousand dollars. That’s how much one year costs. For elementary school. Is this the going rate these days? I’m blown away. Thank God I have five years before I actually have to worry about this.


I need good drumstick recipes. I have a huge number of frozen drumsticks and the last two recipes I tried didn’t come out stupendously. I want to try fried chicken, but Frugal-Me comes out and says “think how much oil you’ll waste.” Plus, I’d probably just end up with soggy chicken. So, ideas, anyone?


A local store has plums on sale for 99 cents a pound this weekend. I searched every shopping periodical looking for a plum sale and finally found one. I just love plums.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2009 12:39 pm

    With the chicken drumsticks what you can do is put them in a egg wash and then roll them in breadcrumbs. Wrap in alfoil lined with baking paper (to stop them sticking to the alfoil). Bake them in a moderate oven for about 35-45 minutes depending on the size.

  2. July 24, 2009 1:28 pm

    Try these drumsticks. I've never made them myself but anything I have ever made from The Pioneer Woman has been wonderful.

  3. July 24, 2009 6:46 pm

    I have a drumstick recipe that is a favorite around here. It's not my original recipe, but I can't remember whose it is. It's called Ugly naked chicken, and here goes:8 skinned chicken drumsticks, sprinkled with garlic salt as desired, placed in a sprayed 9×13 dish, baked at 350, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave 1/2 cup hone, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup soy sauce, 1/8 cup worcestershire sauce, 1/8 cup lemon juice, and 1/4 cup butter until all is melted and combined. Try heating for 30 seconds at a time, then stirring until it's done. Pour over chicken after the 40 minutes is over. Bake 10 more minutes, then flip chicken and bake 10 more minutes again. Total of 60 minutes from start to finish.My family loves this recipe, I hope you guys like it too!Also, mmmm…banana bread.Also, 13 Thousand DOLLARS???!!!

  4. July 24, 2009 9:09 pm

    Ridiculous amount for Montessori, isn't it?We homeschool and use a lot of Montessori materials at home and much of the philosophy. So maybe a Montessori-inspired homeschool is in your future?

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