Thursday Night Confessions.

It’s an early confession thread for me. Tomorrow morning I am doing Co-Op stuff before I go to work and will certainly not have time or inclination to write a post. I am probably going to be a little hung over, which brings me to my first confession.

Morgan came over and we killed a bottle of wine talking about language and his kid and traveling and everything. He stayed later than either of us thought. So, a pre-emptive confession: My head is sure to be a little cloudy tomorrow when the alarm goes off and I head into the morning, armed with insurance stickers and papers for the fleet. On balance, I won’t much care. Seeing Morgan is so fun.

However, I do need to see his daughter. She’s getting so big and I am amazed at the pictures I see of her. Like her mother and father, she seems to drink life to the lees, and everything is a new adventure. She will be a terror once she learns to walk.

Also, I am thinking of asking for more work while E’s parents are in town. “Oh, can’t meet, sorry. Gotta work.” But that leaves him with no ally in their well-intentioned blundering. That’s not fair, is it?

Also not fair? The weather. Here I have this massive, sprawling tomato crop and one (1) almost-ripe tomato. Would it be worth it to construct an impromptu greenhouse, just to see if I can get more ripe ones? I am kind of tempted. Because I have no experience making Fried Green Tomatoes, Whistle-stop recipe or otherwise. I think in one of the Little House books, Ma made a tomato pie, but I can’t be sure. Green tomato recipes, anyone?

This confessional ramble has been brought to you by a bottle of red, some kind of ‘your skin will be dewy and fresh’ face mask I have on right now, and my desire to go to bed.

What have you all got?

13 Comments to “Thursday Night Confessions.”

  1. By sarah, August 22, 2008 @ 6:06 am

    I confess that I know Ma did make a green tomato pie after a hail storm. It apparently tasted like apple. I can’t remember which book, though. Maybe Little Town On The Prairie, but maybe one of the earlier ones.

  2. By elswhere, August 22, 2008 @ 9:00 am
    actually it sounds pretty good.

    You know that confession Rachel had last week? I have the same one. Except, you know, not about her dad.

  3. By cheesefairy, August 22, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    I confess that it has been a week since my baby’s last bath and that is how I know that drool has a smell.

    Other than that, though, I’m pretty pleased with myself this week.

  4. By stephanie, August 22, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    I have been in a perma-bad mood because of the heat here. There is no relief. I am lashing out at everyone.

    Yum. Wine and talking.

  5. By rachel, August 22, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    els—my dad wasn’t nearly as annoying as I was afraid he’d be, so maybe there’s still hope for yours! And I really would lend you mine, but he leaves tomorrow.

    I confess to being MEGA FREAKED that kindergarten is about to start for B. Because on the one hand, he’s still just a wee sprout (*sob!*), and on the other hand, he believes with all his heart that he is an engineer and that he could build an air compressor himself if only I weren’t holding him back. So I’ve got some cognitive dissonance going on—is he too young, or too old?
    Hm. Maybe kindergarten is a good average, in fact…

  6. By Liz, August 22, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

    Sarah, I think it might have been.
    Els, if I use that recipe, a pie is coming your way.
    Cheesefairy, I had no idea drool had a smell. This is not something I hope to learn firsthand.
    Stephanie, the heat gets me too. And it almost never gets to be your kind of heat here. I’d have been lopping off heads, had I had your kind of heat.
    Rachel, it sounds like he’s ready. Kindergarten is The Good.

  7. By Arwen, August 23, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

    I made that green tomato pie from my “Little House on the Prairie” Cookbook.

    Yes! There is such a thing!

    It tasted a lot like tomatoes, green, with cinnamon.

    I much prefer savory green tomato solutions. AKA fried.

  8. By rachel, August 24, 2008 @ 8:49 am

    Late-breaking confession: Dad stayed about 24 hours too long. It had been the best visit EVAR, and then at the very end he said something about feeling a bit sorry for me, having such a challenging child to parent, and how worn out he was at the end of each day. Thanks, ASS!
    I’m trying to take that as a back-handed compliment: my, aren’t you an awesome parent, engaged and responsive, with the endurance of a marathon runner! But, it’s not easy.
    On the plus side: he finally went home. And Byron was genuinely sad that he left, so he managed to impress the challenging child, at any rate.

  9. By Beth, August 25, 2008 @ 8:19 am

    I pulled out my Little House cookbook and looked it up. Sorry folks, no green tomato pie. It was green pumpkins that Ma turned into apple pie complete with cinnamon. There is a recipe for green tomato pickles though. You want that one?

    And I have made the Whistle Stop Fried Green Tomatoes and they’re terrific. But then, what isn’t terrific when it’s breaded and fried?

  10. By rachel, August 25, 2008 @ 10:34 am

    I was thinking pickles would be a logical solution for green tomatoes.

  11. By Liz, August 25, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

    I’d love the pickle recipe, Beth.

    Pumpkins? OK, now that rings a bell.

  12. By Beth, August 25, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    Green Tomato Pickles: Little House on the Prairie Cookbook

    For 4 – 1 pint jars of pickles
    5 lbs small green tomatoes – about 22 approx 2 /12 inches each
    2 tbsp salt
    3 tbsp mixed pickling spice
    2 cups cider vinegar

    Wash tomatoes well, divide into 6 equal groups. Slice the first group crosswise, 1/4” thick and arrange in layer on the bottom of a large enamel kettle. Sprinkle with scant tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp pickling spice. Repeat until you have 6 layers. Add vinegar and 2 cups water slowly without disturbing layers to cover top layer (add more water if needed.) Heat to boiling, reduce heat, simmer uncovered 15 minutes.
    Sterilize canning jars. If scum forms on surface of pickles, skim it off. Fill jars with slices and spices and then distribute liquid evenly to fill. Apply lids and seal. When jars are cool, tighten lids, wipe jars clean and store in cool place for 2 weeks before eating.

  13. By Liz, August 25, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

    Oooh, thanks, Beth!

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