Thursday, September 02, 2010

Kakuro, Pear Butter & an attitude

The Little Book of Bathroom Kakuro: 200 Original Cross-Sums Puzzles for Brain-Sharpening EntertainmentI have a dirty little secret. 
I am obsessed with Kakuro.  For those of you who don't know, Kakuro is somewhat similar to Soduku, in that it is a Japanese logic puzzle involving numbers.  However it is much more math based, involving what combinations of numbers can be filled into a grid in order to make a complete puzzle.  I do Kakuro puzzles every night before I fall asleep.  I recently picked up a copy of The Little Book of Bathroom Kakuro: 200 Original Cross-Sums Puzzles for Brain-Sharpening Entertainment.  Kakuro puzzles are SO addictive.  Last night I was up until nearly 1:00am working on these little gems.

There are several websites devoted to the art of Kakuro, however I am a purist who much prefers to work with a pencil.  And an eraser; a BIG eraser.  If you like logic problems and enjoy making your brain do mental gymnastics in your down time, I highly recommend Kakuro.  Just don't blame me if you don't get enough sleep!

Remember the other day when I shared with you the bountiful harvest of pears that Miss Jural shared with us?  Well the pears have been well & truly buttered! And wow, is it amazing!!!

I cannot fathom that I MADE THIS.  And it was SO easy!!! Of course, in true Angela fashion I have no measurements, but I think this would actually be hard to screw up.  


Enough Juicy Pears to fill your slow cooker, cut into 1" chunks, with skin on. (If your pears aren't juicy, mix them with sugar in your slow cooker and allow to sit at room temp for 8-12 hours to bring out the juice)

approx. 2 cups sugar

approx. 1 T. ground ginger

approx. 1 T. ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together.  Cook on Low for 12-18 hours.
Allow to cool (this may not be necessary, but it's how I did it)
Puree in food processor or blender.

Serve & swoon!

And finally, we reach the "attitude" portion of this blog post.  And of course, it is in respect to the boo.  Boo had a fair morning this morning.  Not great, not bad, just average.  

And then we went outside to wait for the bus.

And some little boy decided that listening to mom was overrated.

And it would be much more fun to run around in the wet grass like a maniac.

And then roll around in the grass.

And get soaked.

As the van was pulling up.

Ah yes, Mother-Of-The-Year Award, here I come!


Roo {NiceGirlNotes} said...

Hey Angela! My husband would LOVE that pear butter. I think I'l try making some for him. Thanks for sharing that recipe. :)

Courtney L. Kramer said...

I went onto the site and tried out that puzzle game and am in LOVE!! Thanks for sharing! Btw, the pictures of your little man are so cute. I love looking at all them!