Homemade tree! Taking inspiration from a store display I drew up a plan, bought 8 bucks worth of wood from the wood shop and went to work.
It’s vaguely mathematical. The smallest braches are 10x10cm, the larger branches are 20x20cm and the trunk is 30x30cm. The main six branches are 18 inches, then 12 and then 6, the tiny branches are 6 then 4 then 2.
Cutting wasn’t so hard, though it was more like breaking the pieces in some cases. The hammering was a nightmare, wood splintering, branches spinning around on their sad, loose nails. I almost cried. In the end we drowned the whole thing in wood glue to keep it together, I’m still a bit scared it’s going to collapse at any moment. Damhnait waited until I was out of the house to put the lights on as I was freaking out whenever either of us touched it.
My mom watches A LOT of Christmas TV-movies. Thanks to DVR nearly every single one that airs, regardless of quality. So a few years ago when I was going to be spending a December at home, I made these bingo cards. Mom helped with the boxes since she knows the genre inside and out. We only had a single bingo in December 2011 so this year I updated the cards with some new boxes and we played while Damh and I were home for Thanksgiving.
Tres Leches Cake! This was my first time making this cake, it wasn’t even really on my radar until a friend recommended it. My friend sent me Alton Brown’s recipe but since I usually find his stuff unnecessarily complicated (also: we don’t own a measuring scale) I ended up using The Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
When I poured in the three milks, I held back a half cup, but I think I could have held back a full cup as you can see the cake is slightly over saturated. But it’s really delicious and kind of a mystery how it can be so moist without just turning to goo.
Allotment update! The avocado tree and the peas might be the only survivors this winter as they’re the only ones tall enough to reach the sun. The arugula are crawling on the ground, desperate for light.
I’ve started pulling our hallway mirror into the living room, to try and reflect some sun down on the plants, but even that only bought them an hour of sun. Things are getting dire here on the allotment.
My first pumpkin pie! Kate pointed me to an American import store that had a good price on canned pumpkin, some shops were charging €6 a can! I kinda winged the recipe using Smitten Kitchen’s pie recipe and 101 Cookbooks recipe as a guide and Smitten Kitchen’s all butter pie crust. Her recipe called for pre-cooking the crust before you add the filling, I skipped that step, so you can see how it kind of fell apart there during serving. The flavor was still fantastic, but it lost structural integrity. I’m having fun with pies.
I’m trying out the new photo site Exposure and documenting the effects of the Madrid trash strike in our neighborhood. This photo didn’t make the cut but it amuses the heck out of me. If you read news articles of the garbage strike you’ll see a bunch of photos just like it,
The business person checking their watch as they walk through The Trash.
A woman with a shopping cart surrounded by Trash.
Kids playing in the foreground, a TRASH MOUNTAIN behind them.
Allotment update: everything survived! Kate saved the day and give them a water while we were gone so everything was flourishing when we got home! Even the avocado, which wasn’t doing anything has suddenly come back to life again! Happy to find we didn’t kill the basil with our harvest, instead it looks like we’re getting DOUBLE the basil now.
But it’s also winter! And the sun is LOW. So low in fact that the sun is only hitting the tallest plants right now. Look how the arugula and carrot sprouts are reaching for sunlight.
My solutions are to either A: drag the bench across the room to where the sun is or 2: hold up a big mirror to reflect the sunlight?
Allotment update: our first harvest! We made caprese burgers with our basil. No pictures of the clipping because we plucked the leaves at night. But as you can see in the pre-harvest pictures things had gotten out of hand.
This was before we spent a week away from home. Did they survive? Tune in next post!
This is in the running for my favorite page in the book. Next year I hope to bring Strong and Hats to a comic convention and along with the books I’m thinking about making a series of silent film star postcards.
If you want to read more about the asterisks in today’s comic see here and here.