Farmers’ Market

Sorry about the delay in posting anything new – just have to find a way to find some extra quiet time to get back into the swing of blogging.

Saturday, after a quick breakfast at Mickey D’s, we went to one of our many local Farmers’ Markets.  A few vendors were missing that had been at the first one we had gone to at this location but to our delight another vendor was selling their item to help out.  The nice vendor was also selling honey straight from their own hives. We found out that they only live down the road a bit from us and welcomed us to stop by any time we needed honey. (Of course they gave us their business card so that we could call first.)   They don’t pasteurize their honey so that is better for those of us seeking to stay on a healthier route.  They also had honeycomb chunks for chewing on and larger one for those that like their honey that way.  They also were selling bees’ wax candles – not the ones that are just rolled up from the wax – these had been melted down and were a wonderful golden yellow and were in shapes; apple, lighthouse, wolf, bee hive, etc.  They smelled like pure honey and were attracting bees. There was also some honey soap that I bought as it smelled so good – came home and tucked that right in with my p.j.s!!  Don’t know if you have ever seen honey – plain or flavored – inside clear plastic straws; they had those in several flavors so we got some of them as well.

Might be going to a different one this Saturday – though not sure as we have been invited to the oldest one’s new apartment to check it out.  She is finally settled in – her cousin is not – so she wants us to come see and if her cousin’s room isn’t finished she promised to shut the door.

Hope you get to go to a local farmers’ market before they gone till next year!!  (We do have one down by us that stays open all year long)

Another vendor was selling blueberry bushes so we got one of those and planted it in our yard.  Next year we should have some blueberries to enjoy – if the birds don’t get to them first!!

There were vendors selling other candles, fresh veggies (we got some of those), bakery baked goods (got some of those because our sweet tooths were begging) and there was a man selling fresh herbs, dried herbs and a few products that he makes from his herbs.  (I will be adding his blog to the side bar as soon as I can find his business card.)  He sold us a herb called savory and said that I could find recipes/suggested uses for it on his blog as he blogs about his various herbs on Saturdays and also includes recipes. (I really have to find his business card!!)

Hopefully we will be going to another Farmers’ Market on Saturday though I am not sure right now.  We have been invited to spend the day at the oldest one’s new apartment.  She moved into it last Saturday, while we were out to the market, along with her cousin.  We haven’t been to see it yet as she wanted it all set up first.  She has invited us to come out for a look and if her cousin’s room isn’t ready then she will close her door.

May you get to a Farmers’ Market near you before they shut down for the year – though one of the ones by us stays open all year around.

Quiet Sunday

This is a quiet Sunday afternoon.  The girls are out with Papa and the rest of that side of their family to go eat at Mongolian Bar-b-q.  I don’t expect them home for dinner so sweet hubby and I will probably either eat leftovers or make sandwiches. I don’t feel much like rustling up a big meal.

Today was what they call Eat-n-Greet at church – personally I call it potluck, though I am not allowed to use that terminology when writing anything to advertise it.  They designed it as a way for families to stay after, enjoy a meal and each other’s company.  Since I have counting duties on the same week as the meal, I have to make sure to grab food beforehand or else I won’t eat.  Today the main dish was stuffed cabbage or Golumpki which I absolutely love and rarely get – especially home made ones.  My friend Kathy made them and they were to die for – about 4 inches long and at least 2 1/2 inches around – totally delicious. Even though Kathy had made a full size roaster of the stuffed cabbage there was only one left when the meal was done. There were also home made mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, fresh bread, corn and  a few desserts to choose from.  We brought a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing that I made last night before going up to bed.  After a lunch like that I really don’t want to make much of a dinner.

As soon as I sign off of here, sweet hubby and I are going to tackle the “dining room/family room/office” and get the rest of the boxes out of there.  We would love to be able to use that room over the holidays – just can’t seem to get the gumption up to hoe it out.  My friend, Lisa, volunteered to come help me hoe it out and organize it as she used to do that for a living – hmmmm maybe once we get the majority of the boxes out of there that might be an option.

Well, if I sit here and procrastinate much longer it will be bedtime before I know it……………. that won’t get anything done at all.

Later…………..

Lazy Sunday

Today we left home and took a bit of a drive up north.  Right now finds us sitting at Momma & Jay’s house, our bellies full of a delicious chicken dinner and our taste buds still thinking about the awesome dessert.  Soon though it will be time to head up the stairs to bed.  (There is a rumor that there is that incredible omelet that Jay makes so well for breakfast)

So other than waking up at the crack of dawn to get to church, then the almost 2 hr drive to get up here – it has been a pretty lazy Sunday.  Nothing like good food and being with family to make it end well.

Hopefully you were able to enjoy sun and had the nice weather that we had today.  It made everything very enjoyable today.

Musings….

Today was the second day of some beautiful Indian Summer days.  Temp was good for shirt sleeves and the sun felt good.  Of course, not having any manpower to assist me outside I couldn’t do a quick organization of one side of the garage that I have been waiting for this time of year to do.  Hopefully it will be done before we hit cold weather and the start of that nasty white stuff.
I realized just now that I hadn’t written in a couple of days.  My idea was to start writing again every day to every other day – some days I am just plain not into it; some days my brain just does not want to come up with an idea to write about.  And then are some blogs that I read where they are only being written once a week, or only when that person gets access to a computer which could be weeks or over a month or two at a click.  Then I wonder why I beat myself up over it.
Right now, sweet hubby is making his delicious buttered popcorn out in the kitchen and has whipped up a couple of sandwiches so that we can eat our late dinner and watch some of the stuff on the DVR.
Now, I don’t know how many of you have DVRs or somehow record shows to watch later – but we do and then it becomes a battle of computer time vs going upstairs to watch what is taped.  Once up there is it watch our shows or watch that movie we have been dying to see.  And making decisions about it is very hard too.  Ah the dilemma of it all.

Tomorrow is the day for haircuts, a perm and a beard trim and then on Friday there is our family picture being taken.  The first one in about 10yrs.  Wish us luck on that one!

The day before St. Paddy’s day

Today isthe day before St. Paddy’s day and it is a very beautiful day in our neck of the woods.  The sun has been shining for 4 days straight and the temps have been staying near the 60 degree mark.  I am hoping that we will be having a bit of spring before the heat of summer this year. 
I am looking for my recipe for soda bread for tomorrow, though if I can’t find it I can always look at the blog I wrote on a previous year that I included it on.  One child wants dinner early so that she can have her St. Patrick’s feast before she heads off to her night classes, the other one wants us to delay it a day as she will be out celebrating with friends and prefers us to wait an extra day. Hahaha We have it all covered as we will just make the feast two days in a row.  That means that there will also be plenty of cold corned beef for those good sandwiches that we love to munch on – all that will be needed will be some fresh rye bread and a bit of swiss cheese!!
Yes, I am really looking forward to the meals for the next couple of days.

Time to go out and get the mail and then start on my projects for the afternoon – ie laundry and cleaning………

Giving……….

I know, I know, I haven’t written in like forever or something.
Sorry.
Been sick, hubby was sick/still sickish, lots of stuff going on…. yadah, yadah, yadah………

Found this while out surfing around today and since Christmas is only a whole, whopping month away I thought that it was time to at least post something about the coming season.  Yes, I missed posting on hubby’s birthday (11/22) but we were enjoying it as a family and he did have a happy one!!  Thanks to all who sent him cards; he enjoyed being remembered.

Anyway, back to the subject on hand.  Watch the video and if it doesn’t inspire you than you must have a stone cold heart.

We participated in delivering food to people on Sunday.  One of our many doctors heads up a food drive and planned to give to 400 families in our area that were in need.  Last week we hadn’t yet met the food goal for 350 so I don’t know on Sunday how many there were to deliver to, I only know that we showed up to do our part.

The last time I passed out food to the truly homeless was back when my oldest (who is 22+) was a baby of 3 & 1/2+.  We had gone down to Atlanta to visit family for the holidays and I was assigned the task of taking my nephew to join his church youth group to pass out food to the homeless and poor.  I was amazed when there that just a block or two away from the beautiful downtown area were some of the poorest areas of that city.  We passed out gloves and sandwiches to the homeless under the freeway overpasses.  We passed out groceries and gloves to the ones that answered their doors.

Then I went home very humbled by those people who were surviving on so little when we had been blessed with so much.

Two Different Dining Experiences

Yesterday we decided to go eat at the new Sonic drive-in which has opened up not far from here. Oh, what a BAD idea that turned out to be. 
We have been to Sonic once before down in Alabama and believe me that was a horrible food experience.  In AL we ordered our burgers and slushes and received burgers where the buns were so soaked with grease they were mushy and the slushes had so much extra sugar in them that, that was all you tasted no flavor, just sugar.
We always give a restaurant chain at least two chances.  This one has been open for a little over a month so we figured that they would have most of the kinks worked out. (yeah, right)

First you pull into a parking space and have to order off of one of those speaker/menu things reminiscent of the ones of the 50’s.  Three times I told our order to the lady, and all three times she would screw up one if not two of the items ordered. Honestly, how hard is it to leave off onion and add pickles?  Finally she had the majority of it straight so I went ahead and paid for it.  The ‘car hop’ came out on her roller skates with our food in a bag, and drinks in to go cups.  I let the youngest pass out the food, while I sorted out the drink cups.

Now this food was vastly different than what we had eaten in AL.  The buns weren’t soaked in grease – naw, they were just about a full inch bigger around than the burger which wasn’t even body heat warm. Yech, nothing I detest more than eating food that should be hot at a temp cooler than body heat.  Sweet hubby was shorted his mustard for his corn dog, which he said really needed it; and the youngest was missing the pickles on her bacon cheese burger.

On the plus side – the slushes and the shake were pretty good and very cold.

Tonight we decided to check out the new Johnny Rockets that has opened in our town.  Another mistake…….
This one hasn’t been open as long as the Sonic has been, so maybe a long with the dance routines they are still learning how to cook their items.
Onion rings – way too salty, coating fell off when they were picked up and the onions were mushy.
Burger – over cooked and even charred, bacon was fatty and stringy – but at least it was HOT.
Sweet hubby ordered a chicken salad which came with your choice of grilled or coated chicken pieces and was given no choice.  The chicken was not hot, it was cold and overcooked.
His hot dog was split open and over-cooked – as in charred, but at least it was a Nathan’s hot dog, his favorite kind.

I don’t think that we will be giving this restaurant another try.  We listened to 2 ear splitting renditions of “Staying Alive” complete with dance moves in less than 20 minutes – one while we were trying to order (our waitress put our order in AFTER she joined in the dancing) and the other one at the same time our food was being served.

So, for tomorrow night we will be dining in and our cook (sweet hubby) will be making us cube steak sandwiches with caramelized onions served on onion buns.  Oh Yummy!! I can hardly wait!!!

This is just plain no fun

Hi
I am sick.  Not just sick with the bronchitis because that is almost totally gone; but sick as in ate some really bad food.
I was trying to eat a bit healthier. Went into a name brand restaurant for lunch on Tuesday and ordered their lunch combo of a “fresh garden salad” and a “loaded baked potato”.
Ok, so maybe the loaded baked potato wasn’t the healthiest of choices, but they taste good and I was being good with the salad instead of ordering a big ole burger or that plate of chicken alfredo with penne pasta that I was thinking about.

By nightfall I was starting to really feel ill, by morning I was ill and it was the salad to blame.

Here comes the Thank God moment because if I wasn’t already sick and taking antibiotics for the bronchitis this food poisoning would have landed me smack dab in the hospital.  It has been brutal to be sure but according to our friendly physician I will survive and should be back on my feet and eating solid food by Sunday – which is good since St. Paddy’s day is on Monday.

I am taking a stronger antibiotic, pain pills with codeine (since “all those addicts are constipated”) and of course chomping on Pepto Bismal pills whenever needed.  Yup, doc was on a roll today.  I also am sucking down jello and Vernor’s ginger ale (is there any other kind?); all while the rest of them eat a nice grilled chicken with real mashed potatoes dinner downstairs that is wafting up here to the bed and slowly driving me crazy.

Oh hark, I hear the sound of jello being delivered as someone is coming.  Quick, hide, duck under the covers and moan loudly – and pray that they don’t notice the laptop is running………….

Lazy Sunday and a Monday Shopping Trip with the Fashionista………….

Yesterday after checking out the latest McConaughey/Hudson release “Fool’s Gold”, all I wanted to do was lie in bed and rest.

Came home and started reading Dean Koontz’s “The Darkest Evening of the Year”.  Since it had such a good write up – on both the book jacket and on his website – I thought that it would be very good.  I fell asleep reading it, not because it was boring, I was just tired.  Slept for a couple hours and started reading again.  Woke up and decided that I wanted to read the book to the end.  Got to about the last few pages and wanted to laugh out loud at the absurdity of it, finished it anyway.  I will think long and hard before I spend money on another of his novels.

After I read the book, I just couldn’t go to sleep.  Finally turned off the TV around 2 am (all Food Network does is make you hungry at that hour) and fell into a deep sleep only to awake at 6am and contemplate getting up for the day.  Debated with sweet hubby about going outside in the freezing cold air for a Mickey D’s breakfast, rejected that due to the coldness of the outside air; listened and complained about the neighbor’s dog barking and yipping outside for about a half hour, then fell into another sleep that went till someone called at 9:30am; went back to sleep again and woke up when Freshman college girl poked me in the back and wanted to remind me that we were to go shopping. 

I dutifully got out of bed feeling more like I had been awake all night instead of sound asleep for major portions of it and the evening before.  Got dressed, dragged a comb through my hair, put on my boots and heavy coat and then mumbled about cold air.

Our shopping travels took us to Office Depot to look at laptop cases for her 17 inch one that is hard to find cases for and then on to Payless for shoe shopping.  Now both of us have rather long feet and find it hard to find decent shoes – ya know the ones that look good on your feet and don’t make them look like gun boats??

Freshman girl found a few cute pairs, but due to the way they fit or looked she narrowed it down to one pair.  I pulled out a couple that I thought were cute and she looked at me and said “oh, they’re cute; but what would I wear them with?”  I ventured that she could wear them with jeans as she does everything else and then I got a lesson.

The fashionista voice came forth and said, “You don’t match them to your pants; you match them to your tops and I don’t know what tops I have that would go with those.”

Oh! Sorry, didn’t know that.  Guess that is why I like hiking boots, moccasins and tennis shoes (sneakers for those of you on the East Coast) – they tend to match everything.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

image A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Thank you friends and gentle readers.

Just wanted to share a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. I was looking for an easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread and was given this one by a co-worker many years ago. Enjoy!

Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (I omit these as we don’t like them, except in rye bread)
1/2 stick margarine (or butter)
1 1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in caraway seeds. Cut in margarine (butter) until mixture is crumbly. Add raisins and sugar. In a separate dish combine buttermilk, egg and baking soda. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened.
Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a few times until smooth. Shape into a large ball (or two smaller ones) and place in the center of a well greased 9 inch cake pan. Press down slightly. With a sharp, floured knife, make a 4 inch cross, 1/4 inch deep in the center of the dough.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until loaf is nicely browned.
Cool on rack

We bake ours on a cookie sheet on top of parchment paper – much easier to clean up.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of laughter and friends.

[This was supposed to be typed and submitted earlier today. It was delayed by shoveling and chopping ice covered snow on top of more ice; then cooking dinner for the in-laws.]