Saturday, July 4, 2015

What Can You Get Done Without the Internet Access?

Sleep until 7:30 am.
Pick ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant.
Wash off the front veranda.
Spray your grand-dog with the garden hose.
Wash, dry, and sort the gathered veggies.
Organize the freezer.
Take 4 quarts of frozen figs from 2014 out of the freezer and get ready to make jam.
Run a load of clothes in the washing machine.
Clean a pound of strawberries to include in the fig jam.
Cook the figs, strawberries, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice in a huge pot on the cooktop.
Run the dishwasher with the jam bottles. 
Fill up the jampots with cooked jam.
Give the jam/jampots a hot water bath.

Gosh, I am on a roll!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Leads You? What keeps you on track?

On our morning walks, our grand-dog Nismo is led by butterflies.

He is still not a "walking" inspired pup, but chasing the black butterflies on the meadow path keep him moving forward. 

Glad I am getting some "natural" assistance.

What leads you forward? And keeps you on track?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mayonnaise Biscuits??

Easiest Ever Mayonnaise Biscuits/Muffins
(I actually halved the recipe for only 6 biscuits/muffins. The muffins in the left plate were my first try this morning from a recipe that called for too much salt. Just doing "kitchen chemistry" this morning!!  ;))))
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Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12 biscuits/muffins
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  3. Add the mayo and milk and stir until a soft dough forms.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons full of dough into greased muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Makes 12 biscuits/muffins.                                                                                                 (adapted recipe from Friday is Cake Night at

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes, Anyone?

I know what you are thinking when you see my morning's tomato harvest. Fried Green Tomatoes?
Nah, we are just going to let them ripen. 

With the rainy weather we have had the last two months, these "maters" don't know what to do. The plants were top-heavy, fell over, and anything pink, yellow, or red was attacked by little critters (aka stink bugs, worms, and birds). 

So today I pulled the largest and ripest tomatoes and hopefully some will ripen. But probably none will get "fried." They already had their chance for that out in the 95F heat the last few days.

(Note the eggplant and two green bell peppers and my lone pink glad in the vintage beer bottle. Those are products of my garden, too. The pears, avocadoes, and bananas are from lands far away.)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Made it to Machu Picchu

Not such a bad thing to reach a lifetime walking height (Machu Picchu) on the day before your 67th birthday! I just completed 2400 meters (1.5 miles) which is equivalent to the highest point of this ancient Inca city in Peru in the Andes mountains.

Keep on walking!

Keep cool! 

Enjoy summer 2015!

Not the Mama! But the Grand-Papa!

I think I have referred to a father as "not the mama" in some previous blogpost, since that dinosaur cartoon show was our ( my son and I) favorite television show way back when. 

Today my post should be titled, "Not my father or my grandfather." Today my brothers and their offspring will Facebook about my dad, so I am going to blog about my hub's two grand-papas.

The photo above was taken at my Dutch in-laws' wedding in December 1942. My hub's two grandfathers are the two gentlemen in the foreground. The fellow nearest the post of the staircase and in the front is his maternal grandfather who was killed in the Hengelo,The Netherlands (1944) bombing by the Allies. The bespeckled guy standing behind him is his paternal grandfather who later lived with my hub's family until his death in 1957.

Both grand-papas were "dealers." One dealt in fruit and vegetables, and the other in meat products. 

Both passed away after becoming widowers when their wives died in their early 60's. 

Both gentlemen were loved and respected by their families and friends.

Neither had any idea that one day an American woman would be recognizing them as our son's Dutch foreFATHERS.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bounty from the Veggie Beds

We've got some serious rain going on here lately, but I still harvest bits of veggies and am waiting for the huge tomatoes to begin to ripen. In the meantime, I whipped up this veggie lasagna for tonight's dinner.

These zukes, crooked neck squash, bell pepper, and Italian eggplant roasted for 25 minutes in the oven.

I fried up some ground beef, added a jar of ragu, and then layered it with the roasted veggies, my famous cottage cheese/egg bechemel sauce, and grated cheese until it looked like this.

A side view.

Then 25 minutes in  a 350 degree F oven and Voila! Dinner! Just add garlic bread and a salad.