A couple months ago, there was a fire across the street. We were all standing out on the sidewalk in horror watching it burn. Greg ran back into the house to get my camera, and accidently dropped it on our brick floor. Ouch. She broke! We only sent it back to Nikon last week for repair, and I received it back less than a week later.
My post tonight is just a bit of random this and that. A whole lot of nothing really. Starting with the garden. Very much in the last days of production. The heat has taken a toll. I continue to harvest tomatoes and cucumbers, green onions, and peppers, along with lots of herbs. But most has now been harvested.
Priscilla made hers, by roasting it in the oven, and I have been making it this way ever since. Thanks Priscilla!!! I add lots of basil, an onion, a few cloves of garlic, a chopped jalapeno or two, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and then roast in oven at 375 for about 45 minutes. When cool, use slotted spoon to transfer to food processor and blend. I either use it right away, or freeze it in gallon freezer bags. I can usually make enough in the summer, to not have to buy any all year. It is delicious!
Our grandkids have all gone back to school. I am finding myself with a little time on my hands. Yesterday I popped into one of my favorite haunts to do a little thrifting. What a lucky find too, because I am planning to make freezer jam this weekend, and needed some small canning jars.
The other day a friend of mine dropped by with a big box of Zinfandel grapes for me, that were from her daughter's vineyards in Temecula.
Today my girlfriend Jae and I went to lunch and had a great mushroom burger, and a caught up on what has been going on. She watches her one year old grandson, and I watch Noah, so we don't get to "play" as much as we used to. She had today off, and had heard of a new quilt shop in town for us to check out too.
After lunch, we went in search of the new quilt shop. Turns out, they had only been open for a few weeks.
Last night we had all of our grandkiddos, as it was back to school night for the parents. It was fun to hear
of their experiences their first week back to school. Hannah and Noah are in second grade, and little Clairey is in Kindergarten. Here is Geeps with all of them.
I know I said I would not do a food post for awhile, but I have to share this easy and delicious layered dish. My Mom told me about it, after I was telling her about making my sauerkraut. She knew someone who made this, maybe my Aunt? I can't remember. But it was GOOD!!!
I baked it at 350 for about 45 minutes. I covered the pan loosely with foil. It isn't a pretty dish. But oh my, it is good! A salty bite of ham, with the subtle sweetness of the apples, and then that tart kraut...and a wee bit of a gooey melted cheese bite. Oh wow!!
I will end this today with some yarny stuff. I have been trying to get my stock built up for the holiday orders. I love to give dishcloths as hostess gifts. So I like to always have some on hand. I usually knit them. Like this one. I made a dish scrubbie with tulle in a matching color.
I wanted to learn how to do this textured basket stitch in crochet. So I You tubed it, and watched a few videos. All of which made NO sense to me. So I just put the ipad down and started to do my own thing.
I told you it was going to be a whole lot of nothing randomness!! I hope all of you are enjoying the waning summer. We are still in for a good 8 weeks of hot, hot hot! Lots of triple digits!
I will be back soon, now that I have my camera back!
Thanks for coming by. I always love to hear what you have to say! Some of my readers don't have blogs of their own, but I want you to know how much I appreciate you taking the time to comment too!!!
Have a great weekend. Not sure if we will go the lake, Maybe even just Greg to fish for the day. Lots to do for me. Like jam making!
See you soon.