Thursday, July 31, 2014

The first bloom....



We have all been waiting on this! It is such a pleasure to see one of these bloom!


The birds will really be happy now!

As I was walking around the yard, I also spied this:


Do you see the bumblebee on the basil blooms?  He was really happy, too!  I know he is glad that the basil this year is just blooming faster than I am able to clip off the blossoms!  

So - we've helped part of God's creation be happy this season!

Nice and cool morning temperatures of late put me in mind of autumn!  This is just the last day of July! I'm sure we have awhile to wait before autumn arrives for good!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Husband in the kitchen....



Happy Wednesday to you!  How is your week thus far?

We sometimes watch Martha Stewart on PBS on Sunday afternoon.  This past Sunday, she demonstrated a couple of things that caught The Husband's attention - corn stock and corn chowder. Since we had some corn that had been bought at the Farmer's Market, it seemed as though these two projects were just good sense.:-)


Here is the corn stock simmering away.  At this point, the ears of corn had been shucked, and the corn  cut off of the cobs.  Some of our homegrown onion was quartered, and water added just about to cover.  

Now, who would think this would create such an appetizing aroma?!?  It was amazing!

Using this stock, we proceeded to make Corn Potato Chowder.   Martha strained all hers to get out the solids.  We simply lifted them out.:-)  Then, the corn that had been cut off the cobs was added to the pot with the stock.  After that cooked about 15 minutes - or until the corn was tender - potatoes were added, along with a little more liquid - but not much!  

Within about 10-15 minutes, everything was ready!  Oh!  I forgot to make any mention of salt, pepper, or thyme!  We added all of those to the chowder to taste.  At the last minute, we added about 1/2 cup of half and half.

Here is the chowder, already served in the bowl for lunch.


This is my serving.  I added diced turkey bacon to mine, along with a garnish of snipped chives.  This was a great meal!  High fives to The Husband!:-)  This has become a new favorite!

China - Strawberries and Cream by Villeroy and Boch, now discontinued.  

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new gadget....





Do you like to add new gadgets to help your work in the kitchen?  The Husband recently came home with one that we hoped would work for the task that needed to be completed.




It is a food chopper with two separate blades, one for smaller dice, and one for larger dice.  There is also the little fork that assists in cleaning out the blades when they are in use.

We needed it to help with these:


These are some of the onions from the garden.  They were not candidates for drying out for use through the coming fall and winter, so their fate was to be chopped and stored in the freezer.  


Here is that chopper in use, and here are the results of this effort.


Storing these in 1/2 cup portions will be very helpful!

The other onions are hanging on the rafters of the shed.  It was too dark there for me to get a good picture.  Perhaps it will work another day.

I hope you are having a good week thus far.  After the storms came through our area last night, we have some cooler temperatures, very unlike the usual temperatures for July.  

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Husband....

On Friday, The Husband went out on errands.  When he returned home, he brought these:



Aren't they beautiful?

This wasn't all he brought.  Look at these:


They are absolutely delicious!

City Girl wondered what was the occasion.:-)  Well, just a couple of days late, but they marked the anniversary of his proposal!  We didn't have a long engagement and will celebrate an anniversary next month.

I hope you have had a good week-end and that the beginning of a new week holds something special for you.

There were severe storms in our area last night, with tornado warnings all around.  Thankfully, we escaped anything of great damage, though there are reports a couple of tornadoes may have touched down in nearby areas.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014....

From the book Apples of Gold, compiled by Jo Petty, are these words:

                                      "He who sows courtesy reaps friendship,

                                       and he who plants kindness gathers love."

From the United Methodist Women Prayer Calendar for 2014, the Mission Focus today is the Neighborhood Services Organization, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Blessings to you on this Sunday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday....

How is your week-end starting?  I know some of you had some special plans.

After the past week, I am glad to say that this particular week-end is strangely unplanned!  This past week was full of appointments.

Monday, it was good to have a good report from that regular dental checkup.

Tuesday, retired teachers from my school - eight of us attending - met for lunch.  Somehow I have become the coordinator for these monthly events.:-)

Wednesday, it was off to the optometrist for that yearly exam.  Seems to be time for considering the next step for a cataract or two.

Thursday, it was time for our area retired teachers association meeting.  These meetings are held at a downtown location.

Friday evening was the date for the seniors of our church to have our once-yearly pot luck supper.  I've begun taking green salads to these events, and there were no leftovers to bring home last night!

So - I'm ready to have a week-end with nothing extra on schedule.

I send you my best wishes for a relaxing, stress-free week-end!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Is it Friday already?

Happy Friday to you!  Have you had a good week?  Do you have some exciting plans for the week-end?  It is upon us,  you know.

Last week-end was a busy time here with the UMW Mission u Event.  I have mentioned earlier that this was the book we studied.


There were four sections to the book, each one designed to help us look at our own spiritual journey.  The four topics were pray, listen, mentor, and transform.

While I spent time reading and studying this book, I have also had time to do some other reading.

 
This is a book of fiction, and it was the first one I've read by Anna Quindlen.  A piece of her writing was featured recently in an issue of Good Housekeeping, and I was motivated to try a novel.  I found this to be really enjoyable and would recommend it.

Another book I have read is this one


This is a memoir, also the first book I've read by this author.  It was also a writing in a Good Housekeeping issue that pointed me to her, and I am anxious to read her novels!

Reading has always been a favorite pasttime of mine, and I am happy to recommend these books to you!

I send along wishes for a happy Friday!

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