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Mute Monday: Hot Jalapeno Pepper

August 31, 2015

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Harvest & Replanting & A Recipe!

August 26, 2015

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Carole shared her tomatoes. The Foster garden was much larger than mine so they had many more tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, tons of peas & too many ears of corn. DH & I & friends are the beneficiaries!

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Raspberries have begun to ripen.

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Peas, okra, peppers & a few tomatoes are still making.

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I have canned over 4 dozen pints & a dozen quarts of my salsa, lots of tomatoes, thanks to Carole. We have quarts of lacto-fermented cucumber pickles in the refrigerator. Purple hull peas are in the freezer awaiting the holidays when the boys will be home. Okra we are enjoying when there is a mess to fry.

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I have planted some veggies for autumn: broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, chard, turnips. It is tempting to pull the tomatoes so I can get spinach & lettuces started! Next year the summer garden will be larger & outside my fence. DH is taking ownership of the tomatoes, though I will be the one canning salsa.

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How about a recipe? Sorry I haven’t published one lately.

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Marinated Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad

Adapted from Food.com; adapted from Beaverdam Creek Farm

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium Cucumbers, sliced 1/4” thick
    1 medium Sweet Onion, sliced & separated into rings
    1 cup Cocktail Tomatoes, cut in half
    1/2 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar
    2 Tablespoons raw Honey
    3/4 cup Water
    2 teaspoons Sea Salt
    1 teaspoon Black Pepper
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 teaspoon Spearmint, chopped optional

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
    Chill 2 hours before serving.

Clouds On The Way Home

August 25, 2015

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Flew to Dallas to visit dear friends & high school friends of DH.

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Although the high school was in Memphis, these folks now live in the Dallas area. Last year Jim & Mark came to dinner with us at Dave & Joni’s house. So much laughter, so much fun, Dave & DH scheduled a reunion one year later.

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This time another high school friend living in Phoenix wanted to join us. Fred & his wife flew in Saturday morning, he was speaking at a conference the following week in Grapevine. Fred also invited 2 other friends who are Dallas locals.

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I awakened early Saturday morning & got busy in the kitchen. A raw fruit salad & 2 raw vegetable salads = lots of prep! Chicken breasts in marinade so Dave could grill them with the steaks he had selected.

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Whipped Cream Horseradish Sauce, Jalapeño Poppers (from my garden), my own version of the Rendezvous Platter, tortilla chips, guacamole & my homemade salsa, cold watermelon (from my garden). Yep, I was in the kitchen all day…all day, literally!

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Mark & his wife brought a lovely cheese tray with fig preserves & roasted pecans.

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Jim & his wife brought a case of incredible wines. Lezli brought 2 lovely wines; we opened them first! Fred & his wife brought dessert. So much food!

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Another evening of laughter, fun, conversation. Bet we get together again next year!

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Physician. FBI agent (retired). University professor. Safety expert for nuclear facilities. Managing director of an international investing & banking firm. Commercial real estate. Members of the class of 1972…except that DH skipped a year & graduated early & Jim moved to Kansas to graduate. Anyway, an amazing assortment of talent!

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Why the clouds? After everyone left…late, it took until just after 1 am to reclaim the kitchen.

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DH had already gone to bed. Dave stayed up almost to the end. Joni, the nightingale, dried & put away dishes. I stood there & watched.

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DH & I had to be at the airport by 4:30am for an early flight. We were getting up at 3:30. Why in the world would I take make-up off, change into a nightgown then go to bed to sleep less than 2 hours just to get up, put on make-up & get dressed? So I stayed up.

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DH & I dropped the rent car at the agency which was not open & was not running it’s shuttle to the airport, then we walked the half mile rolling our bags behind us to Love Field. Easy walk though I wasn’t wearing a good walking shoe. Little ouchie.

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Having not slept in over 24 hours, I couldn’t get comfortable on the plane, so I started taking photos of the pretty clouds out the window.

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Arrived home. After a quick breakfast, DH heads to the property. I’m going to nap at home because the first Christmas choir rehearsal later in the afternoon.

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Alas, DH & Harry start texting & include me.

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No sleep. Dehydrated.

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Not going to be in good voice this afternoon.

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Exercise early in the morning. Then DH to the oral surgeon.

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I sure hope I sleep well tonight.

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Mute Monday: ‘Nuff Said!

August 24, 2015

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A Call From Harry

August 21, 2015

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burning trash pile behind the house

Not hurrying this morning. The sky was overcast with the threat of rain…again. Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da- – my phone is ringing with Harry’s special ringtone. Loud. Insistent! Something’s up.

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“Are you coming out here this morning?” “Yes, I’m about to load the car. Why?” “Well, Johnny’s guys are here working & Johnny has some questions for you.” “I’m on my way right now.”

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His crew has opened the window into what will be the exercise room. DH & I have talked about this for weeks. We finally pulled the trigger – put a window in & get us a price for flooring. We don’t have Sea-Doos, a boat, fancy cars or a country club membership. We exercise. It keeps us healthy & strong & we like it!

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The electrical inspection completed – PASSED!
Now we have the plumbing, mechanical…

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Harvesting Sunflowers

August 20, 2015

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The giant sunflowers have grown larger than I had ever imagined. The heads are drooping, so heavy they are with seeds.

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The smaller sunflowers I am leaving for the birds. Goldfinches in particular have enjoyed them & entertained us.

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Next time DH & I visit our Moms we will take each one a giant head to hang on their bird feeders.

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Bush-hogging Keeps Me Busy

August 19, 2015

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Middle Tennessee has had an abundance of rain this summer. This has kept grass growing in the pastures & with no ruminants to eat it, DH & I have stayed on the tractor, I wearing DH’s Judge in the event I see a snake or have to walk out in the high grass.

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Actually I have left most of the bush-hogging to him until recently. The pastures have grown over our heads & is encroaching on our neighbors. One thing is certain – we need to get the house finished so I can have cattle & goats & hens & … Well, you get the picture.

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The garden has decreased output except for Pink Eye Purple Hull Peas. Who
knew Lu liked raw peas…

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The jalapeño peppers are going crazy now that the tomatoes have backed off a bit.

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We also have a abundance of May Pops, otherwise known as Passion Fruit. Though I have pulled every vine I have seen as it emerged near the garden, I obviously missed quite a few! (a recipe for jelly!) They have grown in the strawberry bed, okra & the berry bramble. On the perimeter fence of the garden, in the pastures… Is there anywhere on this property that they don’t grow? Nope!

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Sorry I haven’t updated lately, but gardening, canning veggies & 4 hours a day on the tractor up & down the hills, through grass too deep to tell when the ground falls has left me fatigued.

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