It's true. The older you get, the faster time flies!!! I have heard that all my life, and now I am living it! I have no idea where time has gone? I am so busy, every day, that blogging has just kind of been pushed aside. I have tried to keep up with what all of my blogging friends are up to. But with my camera broken, I haven't made the time to sit down and blog much. My iphone photos are okay, but it is just not the way I am used to blogging.
My garden is at a bit of a resting period now. I have harvested all of the corn, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard and cabbage and peas. I have some new seedlings going of lettuces, squash and cucumbers. My pumpkins are going like gangbusters. And the tomatoes are coming in like crazy! I am making roasted sauce, and freezing it about every other day or so.
On the side, some diced cantaloupe fresh from the garden. Wow! Today, I am making some homemade Thousand Island dressing and we will have grilled Reuben's on the Panini Press.
One night last week, I made a big ol pot of Chili Mac. My Mom used to make this a lot when we were at Bass Lake, or at the cabin. And it was such a great comfort food.
Brown up some lean beef, or turkey. You can also saute some onion and garlic in there too, if you like. I then added the prepared sauce from my garden. I used a lot of it. Probably equivalent to One large jar of pasta sauce, or a jar and a half. You can obviously make a smaller portion, but I freeze some for later. I also add a few Tablespoons of tomato paste for richness. Then a can of black beans, two cans of corn, a large can of black olives, chopped. I add a good amount of chili powder to the sauce, which is what changes this to Chili Mac. I cooked a pound of small shell pasta, and added when al dente. Don't over cook your pasta! I always reserve some of the water that the past cooks in. I add a good ladle or so of the water to the sauce. Top with some shredded cheese of choice, put the lid on to melt cheese, and enjoy with a nice salad and some garlic toast.
We had our granddaughters here for the weekend recently, so that Mommy and Daddy could go celebrate their 12th anniversary! We were busy, busy!! The only photos I got were in the pool.
We have certainly hit those dog days of summer here. We have had triple digits for several days in a row. I broke down and bought some of those black out curtain panels and hung them in our family room. It has made a tremendous difference when that fierce afternoon sun begins to set, and we can now shut out the heat and the glare for watching the telly.
I snapped this of my grandson the other day, one late afternoon while we were inside avoiding the heat of the day.
Boy is it ever quiet around here this weekend!!! Our oldest daughter Gennifer, and her family have left for Boise Idaho on vacation to visit her husband Jake's family. Our middle daughter Erika, is at the river for a few days. And our son Drew and his girlfriend are away at the cabin for the weekend to celebrate his girlfriend Christine's 25th birthday. I can't ever remember a time that all three of our kids and their families were all out of town on the same weekend. Yesterday we went to Sam's for groceries, and then came home and watched movies, (slept) the rest of the afternoon away. It was heavenly!!!!
I appreciate all of the inquiries as to why I haven't blogged, and where I have been! I am A okay, and all is well. Just busy, and finding it a little difficult to blog without my camera!!!
Have a great day!!!