Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Eleven is not just a TV character

Here are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog then hop back to From This Side of the Pond to add your link to the list. 

From this Side of the Pond
1. It's the 11th day of the 11th month and bloggers often make lists on days like today. Let's go with a list of eleven things you're feeling grateful for today.

In no particular order:

1 Computer, Internet service, and electricity to run it
2 A writing project to keep me busy
3 Vitamins
4 Chihuahuas wearing Santa Claus suits
5 Freezer that works better than the one we had at our apartment
6 Frederick, the mouse who stored up colours
7 Chocolate covered raisins
8 Thrifted sweaters
9 Not needing to buy new glasses this year
11 Shoes.

2. What's something you decided to do or act on at the '11th hour'?  

The above-mentioned writing project, something I decided to start a few days ago but which needs to be finished quickly. So why am I working on this instead? Wednesday habits, I guess.

3.  Apparently the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe contains 11 herbs and spices. What's a dish you make that calls for exactly eleven ingredients? Feel free to share the list and/or recipe. 

OK, I'll bite, I thought, and started browsing through past posts with recipes. Most of them, unsurprisingly, called for fewer ingredients, because that's the way we roll here. I did find a recipe we had made once for Cinnamon Cake, and when you add in our own suggestion of nutmeg, it adds up to eleven.

Then I found one we've made more often: Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, and these are not-your-average-oatmeal-cookies, but totally worth the making. And there you go, eleven ingredients. Don't skip the coarse salt, kay?

And I just noticed that Pumpkin Pie also calls for 11 ingredients, if you count the pie crust as one ingredient and don't count the whipped cream on top.

4. Something you remember about your 11-year old self?

Not a place I revisit too regularly, but okay. Late 1970's, fifth to sixth grade, the year of a house move. It was the first year I remember wearing blue jeans as school clothes. We jumped rope, played outside, and watched Happy Days and Little House on the Prairie as if they were religious rites.


Joyce said...

I felt like I had more recipes callling for long lists of ingredients, but most of mine averaged around six. That's fine since I'm a messy cook and the fewer ingredients the less mess I make. I'm a little older than you, but we used to love to jump rope too. It wouldn't be pretty if I tried it now : )

songbird's crazy world said...

I am trying to remember what year I was allowed to wear jeans to school. When I first started school, girls couldn't wear pants of any kind to class, only skirts or dresses.

Willow said...

I think the first time I wore jeans to class was in grad school!
I love that the herbs and spices give us more flavor (and more ingredients).The more herbs in veggie soup, the better it tastes!

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by this week!

I guess the dresses thing depended on where you lived and what your school culture was. Up until the late 1970's, most of us girls wore dresses or pants-things to school, but not jeans unless you were that much of a rebel (or played soccer at recess). Then there was a switchover, and suddenly the polyester pant things your mother bought you at Sears were no longer cool. I put the blame on Happy Days.

bp said...

I like chocolate covered raisins too, been a while since I had those.

I watched Little House after school. Different for me was I did not want to wear a dress to school and it was years before I did! (This was in the 80s)