Friday Flotsam

FFFFFFFFFFFFFriday. Didn’t expect that, did ya?

QUICK POOOOOOOLLLLLLLyes I’m just jumping in.

Pastry brushes: which one’s better – silicone or horse hair?

Wait, I don’t think it’s horse hair. Elk hair? Tortoise hair? Let me look again. Hold on.

BOAR BRISTLES. (Should we start a band called Boar Bristles?) Which pastry brush is better? Silicone or BOAR?

I’m discovering that I need more basting slash brushing brushes like that. I have this cute tiny white and wood Le Creuset one from yesterlore, but a lot of the little silicone finger thingies have broken off. And Aaron has this giant gray silicone brush for grilling, but it’s got way too much testosterone, log-man angst for me. It’ll never do.

What do you use? What’s better? Have you voted?

Have you ever seen someone pick up a dry toothbrush, put some paste on it and start brushing? What kind of monster does that?

And beyond that, have you ever seen someone wet the dry toothbrush, put the paste on it, NOT wet it again and start brushing? What on earth is happening with this person? You must wet the brush twice. Two times. Uno, dos. Pick up the brush, run it under the water or else it will feel like forest timber in your mouth. Slab some paste on, AND WET IT AGAIN for crying out loud. The paste needs that second run under the water to loosen and lather. Otherwise it’s a sticky plaster mess of a situtation. A Timber plaster party. No one wants that. Get a grip.

I’m just fine today, why do you ask?

This is so cool – did you know screaming is an actual ART? I love odd stuff like this. Read this. Listen to all these screams. This is the same girl screaming for all these different movie scenarios. And look how cute she is!

MATTER OF FACT, Aaron got so obsessed with the Wilhelm scream a few years back, that he started recording and collecting them on his phone anytime he heard one in a show or movie or on The Simpsons. (so many on The Simpsons!) He’s got TONS of recorded Wilhelm screams on his phone, you could not believe. You’re like, what’s a Wilhelm scream? (you’ll know it when you hear it. and then you’ll start hearing it e v e r y w h e r e.)

I bet I could get paid to scream. I scream enough as it is, I mean my gosh. (hi, any bug and/or shadow and/or speck of dust in my eye line) And yes I saw the Biden/Trump fridge quiz! You know I love a good quiz. Hilarious. How well did you do? Better yet, what’s your fridge? 😉

Look at these hideous spiders we made. And by “we” I mean definitely not me and the kids and Aaron. Mostly Aaron. He took these donkey long black zip ties and tied them together, then wrapped the body in tape. (barf) And the legs are the zip ties. Dangling. (so gross) Does that make sense? I have no idea. I just know I’m not getting near those.

We’ve got a giant eyeball and foam core spiky teeth at the front porch, a huge pink tongue sidewalk chalked on the front stoop and monster spiders in our trees. And both winter and fall this week. I have no idea what is even happening.

Weekend plans?

I’m treadmill running this morning, and then we’re gonna binge the last three episodes of BLY MANOR today while I super glue some ribbon on a sweater for my costume tomorrow. I’m dressing up! Are you dressing up? Tell me what you’ll be because I need these details to thrive. It’s going to be a sunny SIXTY.FOUR.DEGREES tomorrow which is sort of unheard of in KC. We’ll porch hang with our besties, send candy down a PVC pipe from the top of their steps, mask up and walk down the street and back, eat some slow cooker chicken soup with corn bread and call it. Oh! And turn our clocks back. Which I never do until Sunday. Who actually turns a clock back on Saturday? No one. Wait, do you?

From this week, in case you missed it!::: CREAMY Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi Soup. Dudes, so many of you have already made and posted this soup, it makes my insides squeal. Thank you. So happy you’re loving it. And some painfully delicious Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Rolls! Yes, we indulged this week. It’s 2020 JUST LET ME HAVE THIS.

Also, V O T E.

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10 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin October 30, 2020 at 7:31 am #
    I have to have a natural brush for pastry and silicone for meat. I don't put my natural brush in the dishwasher, so there's no way it's touching raw meat. The heads of my silicone brushes come off, so I separate them when I put them in the dishwasher. And, when my son still lived at home and it was his job to empty the dishwasher (sob that he's in grad school, not that I have to empty the dishwasher except on the rare occasion my husband realizes it's clean and does it), he discovered that they needed to be run through twice because they sometimes still felt oily. You should wait a while for your run today. It's chilly now, but it's going to be BEAUTIFUL!
  2. Kristin October 30, 2020 at 7:32 am #
    Oh, I forgot to say that I LOVE Aaron's spiders. Very creative and cool!
  3. Rebekah S October 30, 2020 at 8:31 am #
    I always heard you shouldn’t use the “hair” pastry brushes because the hairs will sometimes come off on the food and if you eat one, it could puncture a lung. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I have no idea if it’s true but it’s made me always buy silicone.
  4. Tish October 30, 2020 at 10:00 am #
    For the past three years I’ve been Notorious RBG... it would only be right to continue this tradition.
  5. Heather_b_thyname October 30, 2020 at 11:21 am #
    OMG - The Wilhelm scream...my husband and 7 year old are obsessed...Also, I'm pretty sure my husband did the same thing Aaron did, recorded it every time he heard it. What is it about it that captivates the menfolks? question: Bly Manor or Hill House? xoxo
    • Bev Weidner October 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm #
      Bly! Much of the same cast actually. Watch both if you've not seen Hill House!
  6. Emily M October 30, 2020 at 12:53 pm #
    Aaron's spiders are super creepy cool!!! And I can't wait to make the gnocchi dish AND the biscuit rolls!!! comfort foods to the MAX. Totally going as Mama Unicorn to my little munchkin. Spent $19 on a very chic and fabulous rainbow wig (short & wavy) and a horn.Will just wear all white with some shiny flats, and dab glitter on our faces. I even found a clip on tail at walmart! Happy happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!! p.s. totally DOS brush wettings going on in my sink.
  7. Nancy October 31, 2020 at 9:38 am #
    I'm totally with you on your method of brushing teeth. I have a silicone basting brush but have had ones with "hair" and like silicone better. I have voted and I also love Aaron's spiders! And the NYT won't allow me to read the fridge quiz article without a subscription. So I guess I'll never know what kind of fridge I have! Happy Halloween! Boo!
  8. Susan November 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm #
    I voted this morning in person. I tried to listen to all of Ashley's screams, but my dogs were getting upset do I had to stop. The Wilhelm scream is ridiculous sounding. :) Sorry, but I put my toothpaste on a dry brush, then run it under the water. I don't use a baster....usually just use my fingers.....is that weird?.......don't answer that.
  9. Meyers13364 November 29, 2020 at 10:54 pm #
    Really great article, thank you! I really liked it, I would like to read something else from you, by the way, maybe these guys can help you in writing

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