We had a bit of drama here this weekend. This mister, aka Reddy-Kil-O-Watt, dashing about flipping off lights at the speed of, well, light, discovered our outdoor "party" lights had been sabotaged!!! The mister went to turn on the lights and noticed half weren't working - and then, to his utter horror, he saw the cord had been C*U*T !!! According to the mister, it was a clean cut, and not just one cut was made, but TWO, on one each side of the light bulb! The entire bulb was gone - definitely deliberate sabotage! The mister spent umpteen frantic minutes dragging his knuckles around the deck trying to figure out how someone got past his security system...which consists of some chicken wire and a hinged gate that even the 3 year old next door can open! His investigation led him in and out of the house, up and down the stairs on the deck and around the yard - no stone was left un-turned, every leaf and blade of grass was inspected, interrogated and evidence was collected. But still, the mister didn't have a solid lead. Just when we thought the case had gone cold...da-da-da...he found it!!! The smoking gun (!) as it were...the missing light bulb, carelessly dropped at the base of a tree. The very same tree where Mr. Nutter and his family live. Mr. Nutter is my pet yard squirrel. The mister failed to see any humor in Mr. Nutter biting off one of his party lights and threatened to feed Mr. Nutter and Sons poison peanuts if they ever even so much as looked at his party lights again! Oh, and he also informed me I can no longer entertain Mr. Nutter on the deck. Life is so unfair, where's the love? (All pictures of the mister performing his detective work and light bulb repairs were confiscated by the mister...he deleted them from my iPad during huge fits of laughter from me - only later did I find these two pics on my phone...it's the little things!) Case closed.
Chive Popovers - so easy to make! You need a blender, a muffin tin and in 30 minutes you'll be slathering butter on a hot popover, wondering how the other half lives! If you don't have fresh chives growing in your garden, like I do (and only because they are super hardy and refuse to die) you can substitute fresh parsley. These are perfect for one of your St. Paddy's Day feasts - enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
These popovers would great served with any meal, not just on St. Patrick's Day...I will probably make them for Easter brunch because they are so light and airy, not filling at all. And that pale shade of green on the inside is just so Springy and pretty - they kind of say Easter, no? Trust me when I say they will disappear quickly, so plan on making a double batch!
Chive Popovers - From Simply Classic, Junior League of Seattle
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat over to 450 degrees. Oil 10 muffin cups and place in preheating oven while preparing batter. In blender or processor, combine milk, eggs and chives. Blend well. Add flour and salt and blend for 3 minutes.
Carefully remove muffin tin from oven and immediately pour in batter. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 10 minutes. Do not open oven door or popovers may fall. Remove from oven and pierce gently with a small, sharp knife to prevent collapsing. Serve warm with butter. Makes 10 popovers.