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:-D May 11, 2014

Filed under: assholes,Bitter,family,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 3:59 pm

I find myself wearing the same grim lipped rictus grin my mother so frequently wore when I was growing up. 

It’s funny, coz you can’t always say “I should never have done X” because if you hadn’t done it you wouldn’t know that you SHOULDN”T have, and in some cases you’d actually regret that you hadn’t because you wouldn’t know better. 

So regret is fucking bullshit. 

So is Mother’s Day! 

I’ve been up sine 4, the washing machine doesn’t work, I just got my period, the breakfast I made didn’t keep because I made it too early – in an effort to have everything cleaned up before anyone would wake up to see the mess or the space I was taking up while cooking – and… oh yeah! I look like my mother did at my age, only not as thin. 

I’m going to put on the t.v. for the kids, read my book, and then take them out into the garden to pick up dog shit and rinse out the litter box  listen to the birds and try to stop feeling so disgustingly sorry for myself. 

 

 

BIRFDAY!!! August 16, 2011

Filed under: baby2,Cool Dudes,family,HURRAY DUDES,lovelovelove,NOMS,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 2:01 pm

So, wow! We had a real birthday party for Éowyn this year, and itwasrad. What she asked for was balloons, and owl cake, her cousins, and a scooter.
I feel so privileged to be able to do this for my kid. It was a lot of fun to watch her, and make her a special day, and oh, this age is great. It’s trying, but allllll the ages are. It’s really cool to see her becoming herself and deciding things and understanding special days.
The best present we ever had was that my father made it down to visit. It was a short visit, but we got a lot of playtime and talking and visiting in. I feel like we did A LOT in the afternoon, two nights, day and morning that he was here. There was definately a lot of talking and, to Éowyn’s dismay a lot of it was in french. Ha. 🙂 She gives me hell when I try to teach it to her, or just start speaking to her in french – she’s even told folks on the playground to “STOP FRENCH!” when she hears it. I remember a lot of bilingual kids doing that to the second language spoken at home – it’s harder for them to understand so yeah, it’s not unreasonable. It was *great* to speak it again, I find that it comes a lot easier the longer I spend around Meo. It will help me and the kids a lot – and I could tell that Stephen understood a lot of what we were saying, too. He’s not too shabby with his french but he doesn’t really believe me when I tell him that – he’s like my mom. It’s not easy though, even I get shy about speaking around some kinds of people.

All the love ❤

Anyways, we had a ton of fun over the weekend, I feel really lucky and the best part of all is that – I made my deadline. I made it to her birthday, it was all about her, we impressed the hell out of her and made her very very happy, and NOW I AM DONE. It’s time for baby. I’ve had 3 nights where the false labour got me thinking THIS IS IT. The most recent was last night with some wicked lower back pain – the kind I like to treat with pamprin and a strong Jack’s and Coke. It wasn’t regular interval stuff, just escalating pain and it kept up all night. Still there. Well, the full moon worked on Éowyn, maybe we will be lucky this time, too. My father is back on the 28th or so to stay for a week or two and help and visit, but if I don’t make it that long, then Stephen’s brother David will be coming to keep Éowyn over night, or whenever we need to be at the hospital together. I’m really very grateful for that, especially because it means she can stay in her own home and have that bit of normalcy during a Big Change. Having David here will be mostly a treat to her – I expect some tears at night if she wakes up and I’m not there but it won’t hurt her, and she knows him pretty well so it won’t be scary. He’s great with her and I’ve got every confidence in him. It’s nice to know I won’t be worrying about her in the back of my mind the whole time I’m gone.

I hear the bumble butt stirring so I better get going. I think I’ll try and get us to the library today – we have overdue books! That hasn’t happened yet, but it’s been harder to get around the last while. Better get going and find some new stuff for her. ❤ She'll like to see all her books again.

 

Video Blog 2 February 27, 2011

Filed under: lovelovelove,NOT MARTHA,swearing,videos — whiskeyjac @ 5:17 am

Seirously like, wtf I am too tired to write but you are all missing out on Miss Éowyn and guys, she is SO funny and fun and silly. And full of attitude. Mostly is tiny baby bum crying and tantrums but the 3 year old ‘tude is peeking through a little more everyday. It’s hard not to laugh at her, she’s very cute.

 

Tourtière! November 29, 2010

Filed under: NOMS,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 5:45 pm

My grandmother used to make this for Christmas – it’s supposed to be a meal you have after midnight mass, for Reveillon. I don’t think I ever went to midnight mass, we weren’t hardcore Catholic like that. Maybe Cat or Meo did, once or twice in my life time – but I can’t remember and so obviously it was never hugely important to us.
MEAT PIE however, IS. My grandmother used pork, beef, and venison, and oh man. OH MAN. Venison. After trying this and a few other versions since then, I think that the deer must make a big difference and I’d love to try some. In my opinion the sausage pork I used was too chewy and I would use regular ground package pork next time to avoid that (sausages are just… ugh. love hate. what IS that chewy texture? it’s awful) and I think that the venison, with so little fat would really balance the richness of the two other meats and that it’s gamey wild taste would work so well with the spices. This is why my father needs to move here? So he can teach me to HUNT. I miss deer and moose meat. And um. And him. Ahem.

OK TIME FOR PIE.

I took pictures because I am a fancy, Fancy cook.

You need

1 medium potato (cubed, boiled, mashed)
1 medium apple, diced
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 an onion, diced
1/4 cup water
1/2 t mustard powder
1/2 t oregano and basil (so, to taste)
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t salt (or more, depending on your taste. I’d rather not over salt this)

You can add whatever spices you like, cloves, thyme, sage, cayenne whatever you like, really. I think that the important ones are the nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

Cook the meats with the onion and water – I don’t think you NEED the water but I like it coz you can drain the fat a bit easier – you don’t want a dry meat pie coz that’s just sad but I don’t like greasy meat pie either. Half way through the cooking time add the spices, cook until evenly browned. Drain the mix into a bowl, scoop a bit of the meat into it, and give it to the skinny dog who refuses to come inside even though it’s fucking 0 degrees outside. Mix in the mashed potato and apple (which keeps everything nice and moist don’t leave these out! Especially the apples.).

Let it cool a bit, then put it all together in your bottom pie crust and tamp it down so it’s nice and compact.

I love this pie crust, look at the lovely flecks of yolk – mmmm. It’s from the Pioneer Woman Cooks – Sylvia’s Perfect Pie Crust. I add about a T of xtra lard to make it nice and moist, but that might have something to do with how dry it is here?

In the middle of putting the pie together stop to kiss your 2 year old crazy haired daughter who has brought you a cheese bun as a love offering.

I brushed the crust with milk before cooking, and I didn’t have to cover any of it with foil. Egg yolk is nice too but It sorta felt like overkill to me. Coz yes, one egg brushed on a pie made almost entirely of meat and lard would just be the straw that breaks my back.

Cook in a 425 degree oven for 20-30 mins, until the crust looks good.

We eat this with ketchup – it’d be better w home-made stuff but Heinz tomato smoothie is good too. Some people use a beef gravy but that’s just weird to me. KETCHUP. Mmm.

I have to go take the kid to playgroup now! Hope this is readable and do-able. I’m not a food blogger or anything! Just sharing 🙂

 

‘EEBOO! October 21, 2010

Filed under: Cool Dudes,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 5:09 pm

Do you think I could make these without knowing half of what this lady is talking about?
I think… MAYBE… I could. Maybe.

… that’s a big MAYBE but I want to try.

We’re making another kind of owl here this morning. Éowyn actually did paint one of them and it turned out really nicely. She’s pretty impossible when it comes to craft things for kids, but she’s interested and that is a start. I’m pretty sure she’ll like the finished product when it’s finally done, and I’ll post pictures when they’re finished.

Here are our owls:

She painted the red and yellow one. I did the rest. She’s not into the whole craft thing and I’ll be honest? Anything more than paint is too much of a headache for me most days. It’s REALLY fucking messy with her and I’m totally paranoid that she’s going to eat the small bits. Seeing as how she acts like water is lava when I was her hair, I’m not too keen on glue either :-/ But she liked painting this stuff and she’ll be happy to see these when she gets up from her nap. I can’t wait till she’s into crafting a bit more 🙂 Till then I’ll limit what she plays with and how often she plays with it, and she’ll just have to let me have fun. Aren’t these just way too freaking cute? I could even use these as decorations. Love the idea, and the site they came from.

I think I’ll do this project next – I think she’ll like it a bit more, and the end result is pretty much all what SHE put down. It’d be nice to have some snow flakes in my windows 🙂

 

A Contentious Issue In Circles I Don’t Frequent October 13, 2010

Filed under: gives me hope,NOMS,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 4:24 pm

A link that Stephen sent me via StumbleUpon
I’ve never heard of Mark Bittman. But I dig his vibe, baby.
Here’s a quote from that article :
Lifehacker: One common complaint about all the talk of eating organic, eating locally sourced food, is that it can seem prohibitively expensive, at least as far as the organic section, the co-op prices are concerned.

Mark Bittman: There’s no question they’re more expensive, but I’d argue that (organic and local food) is priced closer to what food is actually worth, or what it really costs to produce it. Crap is cheap, because crap is subsidized. Not all cheap food is bad for you, but a lot of bad food is cheap.

… While I do support the movement toward organic and local food, I think it’s more important to advocate moving toward plants over processed foods. I can understand that people might be put off by the costs of organic food, and might not want to shift their whole diet toward it, but the important thing is getting more people eating less meat, especially bad meat, and more plants. It’s how I try to eat.

That last bit pretty much sums up my whole view. We cannot afford organic produce. I can grow some of my OWN, and that’s the cheapest option for us – I’ve got plans for our garden next year since I now know that yes, things DO grow here and I won’t kill them. But I shop at the buy low. And unless there is a sale on organic produce that brings the price down to that of the regular pesticide laden food? Pfft. Srsly. I can’t afford that shit and that is the beginning and end of the story. I don’t care if it’s better for you – and I don’t entirely believe that it is. The biggest reason I’d LIKE to buy organic produce is that I’d be supporting smaller farms – ideally I’d be buying from farmer’s markets, and it doesn’t get too much smaller than that – especially when you’re buying from your neighbors.

We are pretty dang careful of the meat in our diet. We usually have chicken. Ground beef sometimes – and I’m careful to stretch our meat so that it lasts. We’ve been eating meals w/out meat a lot the last while now that I think of it. It’s very rarely the centre of our meal. It works for us. We’ll never go vegetarian – for one thing I think some people are MEANT to eat meat. We are, and we’re fine with that. I’m not going to go buy a 25$ free range chicken either – I’d be happy to set up a chicken run if I ever have the place for it, but there’s just no fucking way.

I really appreciate his views on the processed food. I think that more than pesticides that this is the thing we need to focus on – there are organic mac n cheese boxes out there and they’re still crap. Other factors in my grocery shopping choices : 1) what is all this “junk food is cheap” talk? That stuff is not. cheap. And it doesn’t fill you up – so you’re eating an expensive crap meal that’ll leave you hungry. Don’t get it. 2) it tastes awful. Who buys this stuff? Who LIKES this stuff? Don’t get it.

SO anyways, I’m not attacking folks who do any of this stuff, go veg, adjust their lifestyles to afford themselves cruelty free veg and pesticide free birds. If that’s your thing I’m not even FINE with it – I just don’t care. It’s refreshing to see this from a so called food guru. I don’t really have much sympathy with or patience for the Micheal Pollans out there.

 

Leafy Lady and Little Dear Tracks October 11, 2010

Filed under: Cool Dudes,gives me hope,lovelovelove,NOT MARTHA — whiskeyjac @ 9:10 pm
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Kirsten is a very wise and creative and funny lady that I’ve been interacting with online for a few years. She posted that link recently and I *love* it. I have a hoop! My ex got it for me when I broke my leg when I was 19 and had to sit on my ass in our apt all alone all day. Hard life, right? Anyways I did some cross stitch but it was a lame pattern and I lost interest after a while. But I liked it, and I would love love love to have some way to make things for my daughter. I have tons of embroidery thread, still, and nothing doing with them. I would just love to make her a tiny white pillow case with her name and a little bird on it. I had one like that when I was a kid, and it always made me happy to have it in my bed. It still makes me smile to think of it. Maybe I’ll give it a shot, if I can find where my kid stashed the hoops.

Thanks, Kirsten!

I’m a huge admirer of her and her art. She’s a really cool lady and if you don’t read her, you should. I wrote her name twice here – and both are linked to different sites she has online – one to her blog, one to her artfire store where you can see the pieces she has for sale 🙂 It’s nice browsing.

Here’s another link from K, today, I really enjoyed this! One day I’ll have time and space and money to be able to play with this kind of stuff – maybe the kid(s) will be into it 🙂 I’d like that a lot. For now, I craft vicariously.