Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Muffins and pie

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • The kids have been watching an old Looney Tunes collection that came with a special warning for racial and ethnic insensitivity. Anyway, I was very much struck by one of the cartoons that featured a little squirrel who becomes ensnared by the wiles of a professional gambler squirrel. I didn't watch the whole thing, but as I understand it, the little squirrel loses more and more of his nut supply to the professional gambler, until finally the little squirrel taps his family's nut supply, and he loses that, too. When the games of chance are over he wanders home as the snow falls and falls all around him in the forest. Winter is beginning, and he's lost everything. That is pretty darn bleak. Then he gets home and papa squirrel gives him a good thrashing.
  • Last night, my husband made his usual pumpkin muffins, but with 2/3 whole wheat, a bit of corn flour, fresh ground spices, and pecans (store pecans, unfortunately--our squirrels aren't as improvident as the ones in the cartoon). They're absolutely amazing, and we've got about a dozen in the freezer for snacks and lunches.
  • My husband and I just had the following conversation. Him: D was asking me to make a pecan pie and C was asking for a pumpkin pie. Me: Nobody asks me to make pie. Him: Well, there's a gender bias.

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