Thursday, November 01, 2007

Taking Care of Business and Working Overtime

First order of business: no, yesterday's post title was not a typo, but rather a reference to the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem "The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord" ("I caught this morning morning's minion, kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon..."). Today I'm alluding to 70s Canadian rock to make it easier on everyone.

Halloween report: a good time was had by all, and MomVee is glad Halloween is over for another year. No, I didn't have to make it harder on myself by making Vampire Cupcakes, link thanks to Not Martha. I made a few changes: I used angel food cake, because it is lower in fat than other cake and, interestingly, lower in carbs than reduced-sugar sponge cake. I substituted pureed thawed frozen raspberries for pureed cherry pie filling, because there was no added sugar and raspberries are marginally more nutritious than cherries. I did use canned reduced-sugar frosting, because I'm lazy.

Not too lazy to also make Mummy Dogs, no link because I don't know where I found the idea initially. Google mummy dogs and you'll find a wealth of online expertise, but I'll give you a hint: they're like pigs in a blanket. I also carved M.'s pumpkin and my own pumpkin, yes, I know I don't have to have my own pumpkin, and that that would be another place to save some time and effort. Except my pumpkin was awesome, and how could I deprive the world of that?

On today's agenda: parent-teacher conferences, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, and piano lessons.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Lemony Snicket has a new book out called "The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story." That makes me smile every time I think about it.

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