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From the "What is WRONG with people?" files:
i'm planning to bake a lot of things that i've been craving lately like cinnamon buns, muffins, cup cakes & etc.. the only problem is i'm on a no carb diet!! is there any substitute for flour in baking? ... i'm looking for something thats also low in calories with, of course, little to NO carbs!! thanks in advance for all your help.
Read more of hustlinhoney's wisdom, with some choice replies, here. Sorry for the meow, but, jeez. You can have cupcakes, hon, or you can have no carbs. It's one or the other. This is the kind of post that makes me check the profile for a location, in hopes of confirming my worst prejudices.

This is my last day in this office. We're moving to a new building. I won't have as much light, but I'll still have my own office. Plus I'll be upstairs from a free wifi hotspot, which should make it easier to keep on not having Internet access at home. I finally got the billing mess cleared up, but I still haven't gotten them to connect the broadband under the new account and I'm curious to see how long I can keep this going (nearly three months now!).

Ming and Jimmy invited me to a party to watch the election returns Tuesday night. I guess I'm supposed to be getting excited about the Democratic victories that they say are coming up, but actually I haven't been paying that much attention to this election. The only election that mattered in DC, the Democratic primary, happened back in September. Plus, I don't want to jinx the outcome. I'll believe it when I see it, you know? The past twelve years have taught me not to underestimate my fellow Americans' capacity for stupidity or just plain evil. It will be nice to see Jimmy and Ming and all those people, though.

Speaking of my fellow Americans, I'm reading Mission to America. It's awesome so far.

And speaking of road trips, the Mr. and I are spending a couple of days in Chicago on our way to Thanksgiving. Woot! Does anybody have any suggestions for things to see or places to go? I haven't been there in years. I've been having to get my Chicago secondhand, from Mimi Smartypants, and she hasn't been getting out as much since her little girl made her appearance. So any and all tips will be welcome.

I've been all kinds of busy in the kitchen this week. Earlier in the week I made a cauliflower-cheese soup and a pot roast that I hope will freeze well. It tastes really good over grits made with chicken stock. I highly recommend them. Or, if you can't bring yourself to serve grits, pour your pot roast over some polenta instead and it will be almost as good. Next up: I've got some chicken thighs that I'm hoping will hold up to simmering in the Mr.'s secret sauce of tomatillos, chipotle peppers, and other undisclosed ingredients. I'm going over to Liz's on Sunday for dinner and doggie-romp, and I'm taking that and a pumpkin pie I'll be baking. It's a little sad to be so proud of myself for accomplishing the amount of cooking a lot of women do every day for their families, but hey. If I had a family I'd be an entirely different person and it would be an entirely different world.

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 3rd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you checked when you did, because now she's deleted her entire profile and the "starting over" post that was there this morning. Interesting.
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: November 3rd, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny you should post that about dietgirl - I just had to manouver my trolley around two ladies in the supermarket very oblivious to other shoppers because they were deep into a discussion about how many calories there were in one loaf of bread as opposed to another....and you guess it - one was obese and the other one was kind of chunky. I just had to smile.

I empathize with the cooking jag, that's what I do these days too. When the kids were home life was very different, you're quite right. I just smiled again when I opened my freezer door and saw all the homemade sauces and soups I did last month :=)

And re the polly ticks......I will be willing some common sense the US's way Tuesday night, and crossing everything I can.
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