Lazy weekend

Not much went on this weekend. There was the big time change, where we got to set the clocks back an hour (woohoo! An extra hour of sleep!). Watched the 1980 version of Flash Gordon last night — still one of my favorite fun movies. Also caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The writing is so much better this season than it was at the last part of the first season. I’m wondering if they’ve added to the scriptwriters or made some other changes. Whatever it is, I am liking it.

I was adding to my photos of the tree outside, and thought I would post the latest, along with the first one.

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September 22, 2014

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October 26, 2014

I made the Finnish pancakes (crepes) again this morning, and had to sacrifice the first one to the crepe gods, as usual. But they came out pretty good. Mixed up some ligonberry jam with mascarpone cheese, and spread that on mine. Yum! They are also good with ham and cheese rolled up and then melted in them. I’m sure there are a ton of different ways to fix them, and they really are so easy to do.

Finnish Crepes

Finnish Crepes

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup flour

1 tsp sugar

Combine the eggs and milk in bowl, make sure to blend well. Add flour, salt and sugar, and then blend until smooth. Cover bowl with cloth and let sit for about a half hour.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and add butter until sizzling. Scoop or pour about a 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and tilt the pan to coat the bottom with a thin, even layer. Cook until the top looks dry, maybe about 30 seconds or so. Then slip a spatula under the edge and flip it over carefully and cook on the other side just a few more seconds. Slide the finished crepe on to a plate, and start the next one, adding more butter, and repeating the process.

Fill with just about anything you want. Sprinkle with just sugar and roll up, or jam, add cheese or thin slices of meat (ham and Swiss were particularly good). If you double the recipe, you can store the leftovers in a ziploc in the fridge, and just microwave to warm up.

Tomorrow, I have drama club, plus I need to go gripe at Elisa for charging me for tech support. When I called, I had no idea that it was costing me money — the customer support person gave me the number, but didn’t tell me there was a per minute charge for the assistance! Cost me 25€ to get my phone working. It was a simple fix, too, that should have been done at the store, but alas, was not. We’ll see how far I get.

Oh! Big news for the summer of 2015. My mom and I are going on an epicurean tour of Italy! Seven days and six nights in beautiful Italy, doing tours and learning to cook the Italian way! I am so excited! And this is after a few days spent in Greece at AthensFest 2015! I’ll be taking lots of pictures of all of that!

Lazy Sunday

There’s not much to report on for the day, or even the weekend, for that matter. Much of it was spent being rather lazy for a change, which was nice. There was lots of television and movies, perfect for a day that was drizzly and a bit on the cold side, and very windy. I did laundry, let Wellu cook for me (that’s nice!), and looked a recipes to try this week.

I just have to say that I am really enjoying this new show we started watching, Forever. It’s about an immortal Brit who is currently the M.E (Medical Examiner), Henry Morgan, in New York City. He’s caught the attention of a detective, and she’s utilizing his amazing power of deduction to solve homicides in the city. Judd Hirsch pays his ‘roommate’, who is actually his (adopted) son from the 1940’s. The twist to the immortal thing is that each time Henry ‘dies’, his body disappears, and he wakes up in a body of water. In this case, the Hudson River, where Judd Hirsch’s character usually is called to pick him up from, with a change of clothes. The cases and the plots are sometimes a bit weak, and I see shades of Elementary, Sherlock, Castle, and Highlander mixed in, but it’s usually pretty witty and fun enough to forgive some of the holes, especially if you’re looking for entertainment. The very handsome Ioan Gruffudd plays Henry Morgan (Horatio Hornblower, Fantastic 4), the main character, and he is like a more charming version of Sherlock Holmes (either version currently out).

Also, finally watched X-Men: Days of Future Past. Plots holes big enough make my head hurt, but it was decent enough. Although, a few of the plot holes were REALLY big. Not sure they are forgivable in a big-budget motion pic, but oh well. Also got caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This show is really jumping in to this season and is looking good doing it. I was worried towards mid-to-end of season one, but they’ve really picked things up and given characters some real growth. Including Skye, who was easily the weakest character.

I added another picture to the Changing Season’s page. In the first picture, my tree is green and full of leaves. In this last one, it is almost bare. Kinda cool the way it changes in the pictures over time. 🙂

Snow! (and television)

We had our first snow of the season! Well…to be honest, it was only a few flakes for a bit in the morning. Nothing sticking, of course, and it was pretty much a memory by lunchtime. But I saw it! Little flakes of ice water, drifting down to the ground (to melt away). It did break up the slow pace of the morning, though. But that means no pictures are available for viewing, since it doesn’t stick.

I totally forgot to make phone calls this morning, so I need to make lists that I actually look at. I had this long list, but I suppose I can do them tomorrow. At some point. Tomorrow will be pretty busy. We’re going to head to the doctor’s office with my paperwork, to go ahead and get things put in the system, so that it goes more smoothly when I show up in November. Then we are going to head to lunch for Chinese buffet. Then I had planned to do the grocery shopping (because never shop on an empty stomach!). Depending on when I get done with that, maybe THEN I can do the phone calls. Essentially, I am looking to take advantage of all the opportunities that the Family Club in Helsinki have to offer, but I have a few questions. Plus, I saw they were offering another language course that might be more at my level, and I wanted to see if I could switch to it.

I’m going to blame it on going to bed so late last night, and then waking up so late, as well. That’s my excuse story, and I’m sticking to it! Catching up on recorded shows is definitely taking its toll. We’re getting caught up on Big Bang Theory, Agents of SHIELD, The Blacklist, and Castle. I’m going to wait until we’ve recorded a few more episodes of Flash and Gotham before we start watching those. It’s not like we don’t already have enough to watch! I’m excited to hear that House of Cards will be starting back up in February!

I went on a cooking spree this afternoon. I decided to go ahead and cook for the weekend so I don’t have to deal with it. I made some meatloaf, which I will pair with some creamed potatoes later. For dinner, we had rotini and meat sauce. I am still trying to get used to making sauce with powder, water and milk. I’m used to popping open a jar of Ragu and pouring it out. 🙂 But I added some mascarpone cheese to the sauce, and it did add some very nice, rich flavor to it.

Tonight is the Pendragon game, so not going to get much else done for the rest of the evening.