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04 December 2015

Friday question NOT from the book of questions Assume it will rain hard all day tomorrow. What will you be doing with your day?
I'll be staying home, hanging out with the dog and kitties and Bear, watching Netflix or playing a video game or reading or knitting, as well as doing a little cooking, and wearing very comfy fleecy type clothing.
posted by bearwife 04 December | 14:50
Hanging out with my kids, and my husband (for the few hours he will be home and awake between night shifts). It is not supposed to rain here, so I expect we'll spend some time outdoors.
posted by amro 04 December | 15:32
Making soup - roast butternut squash - and decorating the Christmas tree.
posted by Senyar 04 December | 18:19
Senyar....please share your recipe.
My Saturdays are all the same no matter the weather: go to work.

Tomorrow after work I'll go to the grocery, cook some goodies, then crash early so I can get up to be back at work.
posted by mightshould 04 December | 19:45
1. Set oven to 200C/400F.

2. Peel the squash, cut it into chunks and remove the seeds (those go on the bird table)

3. Put the chunks on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss it all until the chunks are coated with oil and seasoning.

4. Roast until soft and slightly brown, about 20-30 mins, depending on the size of the chunks and how brown you want them to be.

5. Meanwhile, while the squash is cooking, sweat 1 large or two small chopped onions with a little oil over a low heat until they go translucent.

6. Add a few chopped carrots and soften them in the oil.

7. Add a pinch of cumin, a tiny pinch of paprika and a about a tablespoon of chopped thyme. Stir the herbs and spices around with the onions and carrots for a minute or so.

8. Add the squash and about a litre of vegetable or chicken stock. Cover the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes.

9. Blend with a stick blender (or in a normal blender) until you get the consistency of smoothness you want. Check seasoning and add salt/pepper to taste.

10. Serve with a swirl of creme fraiche and some crusty bread.
posted by Senyar 04 December | 20:30
Celebrate Sinterklaas.
My daughter is 7 yr old. So in the age range where you can expect her to still believe.
posted by jouke 04 December | 21:31
I always assume that it'll be raining here.

I'll be helping the neighbors make christmas wreaths in our garage in the morning

Going to work on my final project for photography class in the afternoon. I need to make six mattes and backs for my prints.

Going to my wife's office's fancy holiday party at night, dusting off the tux and planning on drinking heavily. It's at a museum that's four blocks from here so no driving worries.
posted by octothorpe 04 December | 22:33
If it was raining, hanging out at home reading and watching the Christmas Parade, Doc McStuffins & Daniel Tiger.

So we're actually going to attempt the Christmas parade in person. I've never been and I'm not fond of crowds but kidlet was excited when I asked her if she wanted to go.
posted by bluesapphires 05 December | 07:48
It's not raining, but if it WERE, I would be doing the same thing I had already planned (but I would have not taken the dog for a long walk first), which is BAKE! I am baking all day today. I have two cookie exchanges coming up, plus cookies for neighbors, and then a big bake to take for the family holiday. Today is just cookies, but I also do breadpuddings and pies. I'll also bake a few loaves of bread between now and the end of the year. Even though it is sunny, all of my holiday lights are lit in my house, and I am listening to chorale music, in the lead up to tonight's Messiah sing along! We suck and we know it, but we sing with such enthusiasm every year as to make up for it.

Tomorrow will be much the same, minus the sing along.
posted by msali 05 December | 12:57
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