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Vote for Calliope!
January 29, 2010, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Calliope

MVP Pet Photo Contest sponsored by BISSELL, maker of pet vacuum cleaners.

Voting Feb 5th-11th. She’s pet # 0501157


Two Buddies…
January 29, 2010, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Calliope, Photos

…after a long hike.

All this…

…will soon be mine!!!  Bwah ah ah!

Actually we need an investor.  But right after that, let the diabolical laughter continue.

January 11, 2010, 12:36 pm
Filed under: This and That

I have my own doll! It’s about damn time the folks over at American Girl got around to me.

“Lanie™ Holland longs to get outside to explore and experience the great outdoors. But she dreams of exotic adventures in far-off places — not realizing there are outdoor adventures to be had right in her Boston-area neighborhood.

Lanie doll and book

But with the help of her Aunt Hannah, Lanie discovers the joys of butterfly and vegetable gardening — and birding and camping — in her own backyard. These outdoor adventures open Lanie’s eyes to the natural world and help her really see — and value — the nature that is all around her.”

The lesson to be learned here, girls:

Boston is better than any far-off place you can imagine.  I hope you can really see this.   So stop looking at flights to Spain and go do some yard work.

The pitter patter of little feet….
January 5, 2010, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Calliope

It’s been quiet here at Casa de Calliope today.  Actually it’s been normal – it only seems quiet compared to the past two weeks.  We I volunteered to watch our neighbors’ dog, Pneuma, for the holidays.  It’s not a huge departure from normalcy since Pneuma comes over just about every day anyway, but then I ended up volunteering to watch Q & T’s beagle, Murphy, as well.

I feel so bad for my downstairs neighbor.  I’ve only seen her once and she didn’t seem that up for being friends then.  I can only imagine how much she hates my guts now that I added 8 extra puppy feet to the normal sound effects we inevitably provide with our hardwood floors and clompy shoes.

Maybe she and my cat should start a club.

All the dog-parents are back in town and all the dogs sleep in their own beds instead of in my room.  It’s peaceful now, but also a little lonely.  Calliope has no stable of buddies to wrestle and I have no more hound-induced hives all over my arms to talk to.

Murphy and his bitches

Sunday Supper Club: Mung Bean Noodles with Shiitakes ‘n’ Stuff
December 27, 2009, 11:42 am
Filed under: Uncategorized



1 package saifun noodles.  They’re in the Asian section and look like whitish thread.  May also be called bean thread noodles or mung bean noodles.

2 cups green beans, chopped into bite-size pieces

1 T olive oil

2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 inch piece of ginger, peeled & minced

1/3 cup-ish soy sauce (maybe more, I forgot to measure, as usual)

2-3 T sesame oil

crushed red pepper to taste

sesame seeds and chopped green onion and cilantro for garnish


Bring a pot of water to boil.  Break noodles apart and add to water.  Boil for 2 minutes then add the green beans.  Boil for another 2 min.  Beans will be al dente.  Drain the whole mess and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a pan over med/high heat.  Add shiitakes and sautee 3 min.  Add ginger and sautee 1-2 min.  Add soy sauce and allow it all to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring often to prevent ginger from burnng to the bottom.  Throw in beans, noodles and red pepper and mix it all together until noodles are coated.  Add more soy sauce if it’s too dry.  Top with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds.

Super awesome fun time!

Sunday Supper Club: Veggie Pot Pie
December 13, 2009, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I think I’ve found the best way to eat your vegetables:  In pie form.


2 prepared pie crusts, thawed

2 russet potatoes, 1/2″ dice, skin on

1/2 stick butter, give or take

1/2 red onion, diced

1 c mushrooms, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 carrots, diced

1/2 c peas, fresh or frozen & thawed

1 T dried thyme

1 T fresh rosemary, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 c asparagus

1/2 c zucchini

1 c broccoli

1/2 c -ish half and half

Preheat oven to 400ºF

Boil potatoes for about 6 minutes or until slightly firmer than you’d want if you were to eat them right away.

Heat 2 T butter in a large skillet.  Saute onions 3 min.  Add carrots, mushrooms, garlic, celery, peas and saute until carrots are tender.  Add thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.  Turn off heat.

Boil broccoli, asparagus and zucchini for EXACTLY 90 seconds.  Add broccoli mixture to the carrot mixture.

Add half and half and remaining butter.  Stir until butter is melted.  Adjust seasoning.

Place one pie shell in a pie pan and puncture with a fork a few times.  Pour in filling.

Add the top pie shell and cut slits (or an adorable message) into the top to allow steam to escape.  Wash the top with a beaten egg.  Bake approx 35-40 minutes until top is golden.