Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 86, 8-13-2017

Thoughts and QuotesDeep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
                                                                                  Sam Keen 

I certainly hope so, because I took a day off and watched the first six episodes of Home Fires. I dragged myself through the book, but loved the program. I missed it on PBS, but found that my library has twelve episodes, meaning that I have six to go and can't wait.

The program is nothing like the book,though it has the same cover, and the program says that it's based on a book called Jam Busting. As the King of Siam would say, "'Tis a puzzlement".  

If your library has the DVD's, be lazy and watch them. You'll be glad, and you'll still be respectable. Sam says so.



Pepper and Pals: BJ looks as if she's saying, "I surrender. Go ahead and nurse, even though I should have weaned you by now".


And this is the janitor, who cleans up every night.


Time for Others: We finished two Sketches cards. In order - Jeanne, Katie, Patsy




Things that Grow: Thankfully, the Japanese beetles have gone for the year. The zinnias suffered the least. I'm still harvesting cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, and beets. Blossoms on the zucchini, but no produce. I haven't cooked any of the beets lately; they might be hard as rocks.


Tasting: We had our August cooking club lunch at Bev's.


August 10, 2017, at Bev’s

THE TABLE




THE MENU

Chilled Raspberry Soup

Chicken Salad

Boiled Egg “Mushrooms”

Cantaloupe Slices

Pickle Heart

Carrot/Olive Flower

Sister Shubert Rolls

Cornucopia Berry Dessert

Iced Tea

THE FOOD




PARTY FAVORS




THE RECIPES

Beverly’s Chilled Raspberry Soup

2 cups raspberries
2 cups water (divided)
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs raspberry syrup
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs Framboise
2/3 cup almond milk
2 cups freshly made crème fraiche

Put raspberries and 1-1/3 cups water in a saucepan and simmer 3 minutes.

Strain to remove seeds.

Add sugar, 2/3 cup water, raspberry syrup, cornstarch and Framboise. Cool.

Add almond milk and cream fraiche.

Chill until ready to serve.

Garnish with raspberries or whipping cream.



BEVERLY’S CHICKEN SALAD

2-1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey breast, cut in cubes
1 small can water chestnuts, diced
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
3/4 tsp curry powder (or less)
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup seedless grapes, cut in half (can use Mandarin oranges, if preferred)
1 cup drained pineapple chunks
Half of a red onion, finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted almonds for garnish
Cantaloupe slices, optional

Mix chicken, water chestnuts, onion, and celery.

Make sauce of mayonnaise, curry powder, soy sauce, and lemon juice.

Add to chicken mixture and store in the refrigerator overnight.

To serve, add grapes and pineapple to salad and place on a lettuce leaf.

Garnish with almonds and decorate plate with cantaloupe slice(s).

BOILED EGG “MUSHROOMS”

 Boil the egg and peel; cut off a thin slice of the wide bottom and set on a bit of curly kale.

Cut off a quarter of the top of a Roma tomato and hollow it. Place it on top of the egg.

Dip a toothpick in mayonnaise and make “polka dots” over the top of the tomato.

ICE CREAM CONE CORNUCOPIAS

For each serving, place a bit of Cool Whip on a dessert plate and secure the cone on its side so that it looks like a cornucopia.

Fill with Cool Whip, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or fruit of your choice; spreading the mixture out onto the plate so that it seems the filling spilled out of the cone.

Garnish the plate with chocolate wafers of choice and a strawberry rose.

You can also use a very thin slice of cantaloupe and roll it to resemble a rose bud. Secure with a toothpick.

Hide the toothpick with small mint leaves, if desired.

Tablescapes: September tablescapes. I stole one from October - must get busy.

Casual Duck Breakfast




 Soup and Salad



  


Green and Brown Leaves





Sunday Dinner





Taking Care of My Health: Brother Bill and I started a health plan which I abandoned when my life got complicated (seems to happen often). The idea was to add one thing per week, and the plan was cumulative. Week two was added to week one, so that you did two things in week two, three in week three, etc. 

There's nothing difficult - it just takes determination and planning. Week one is easy. Eat apples every day - raw, cooked, juice, baked, applesauce, your choice. I started to say that week one is a piece of cake, but that didn't really fit, did it?

Start a little chart and mark you progress.

EAT YOUR APPLES

SMILE AT EVERYONE

STAY POSITIVE

EAT A WATERMELON BEFORE THEY'RE GONE

TRY A NEW RECIPE THIS WEEK

BUY SOME NEW SCHOOL CLOTHES, EVEN IF YOU DON'T GO TO SCHOOL

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 85, 8-6-2017

Thoughts and QuotesSometimes a little change in direction can make life more interesting.
                                                                                                Unknown

I'm thinking of doing just that thing - maybe not a change in direction, but a detour. I need only two more tablescapes to finish out the year, so I'm thinking I might just go ahead and finish that book. Even with the photos finished, I have lots of work to do. I'm writing about each table, telling where I got the items, cost, how it came about, etc. Tablescapes was the original idea and book, and I'm going to self-publish it for my family and friends - the only way I know how to leave my mark saying, "I was here". I can't paint a picture, I can't write a song, and I don't have a trophy for some big accomplishment. We'll see.

In the meantime, here we go for August (end of my Summer quarter, so five tables).

Tablescapes:

Big Cats




Blue Flowers





Paris Couture






Do the French use cruets? I think they're typically English. 


Quack, Quack
You've seen this before when I used it for a lunch.





Cafe Breakfast




Of course I always have help when doing tables. Sometimes my helper gets confused and thinks the tablecloth I'm ironing is his tent.


And sometimes he goes around to the other side and takes a little snooze.


Tasting: Time out for lunch with Bev and Katie. We went to Nearly Famous, where tomato soup is the star of the show.

I had a roast beef, Swiss, and mushroom sandwich with potato salad, and should have had the soup.


Bev had the same sandwich with the soup.


And Katie had quiche and salad.


Thank yous: To Bev for this darling teapot.


And to Katie for a grab bag for cardmaking. Nothing gets your creative juices flowing better than a grab bag.


Things that Grow: And grow and grow and grow. I'm such a bad gardener. They're supposed to be  the size of the one in front.


And some ended up with crook necks. Maybe I'll do better next year.


The Pepper and Pals Report: The kittens are getting so cute, and so busy, and so naughty. And they have no manners - they poopie around the patio under the hedges. Smelly!

Take a peek through the back of the chair.


They love flower pots. Notice the one they tipped over and the one behind which they broke.


I put food in the trap so they'll be used to it when they're ready to neuter or spay. The mother is on the ledge for a few minutes of rest, and Pepper has decided he's had enough.


Taking Time for Some Fun: Joey and Robert and I went to the fair. I hadn't been in 62 years, so I thought it was time. We went to see the exhibits. I've had to switch gears, moving back to the Ozarks. For instance, this is the flower arrangement division.




Here are some scenes from the last Los Angeles County Fair I attended.





But there's something really sweet about living in an area where life is simple. And take a look at the first and second-place cards.



Katie, Joey, and I are going to enter next year. We think we can win some ribbons. And Katie will enter a knitted item, I can crochet, and Joey is the cookie champion. Bev will enter candy, cakes, and bread. I might even try my hand at jellies and jams.

What's more downhome Missouri than a fair, though? We really enjoyed seeing the exhibits. Here are a few I found noteworthy.














Photography



The campsite made from paper





Complete with ants made from plastic spoons and pipe cleaners.



There was a section for items from yesteryears. Remember the doll furniture made of plastic?


The decorated cakes were adorable. Sorry I couldn't get some of them focused properly.

















And we even took a stroll through the midway and ate churros and funnelcake.











If you haven't been to a fair lately, plan to go soon (or next year if you're too late for 2017).

Tidying Time: Looking for cooler weather the next few days. I must get some work done around here before they drum me out of the neighborhood. Might be a short post next week.

FIND A FAIR OR FESTIVAL TO ATTEND

MAYBE A PICNIC IN THE PARK

OR A DRIVE ALONG THE LAKE

END OF SUMMER IS NEAR

ENJOY THE POOL WHILE YOU CAN

AND REMEMBER TO EAT APPLES

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE