My Life Today

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While I’m waiting for my meatloaf to finally be ready, I’m thinking about the holidays and how I feel, and the general roll of my life. It’s a huge meatloaf to give to a college student headed into finals.

My basic meatloaf recipe is whatever: hamburger, oatmeal, diced tomatores, eggs, onions, green pepper, Worcestershire. Bake. Top with mixture of catsup/chili powder, spread over meatloaf, bake more.

Aren’t these presents pretty? My daughter is an excellent “wrapper”. I loved the wrapping job more than the actual presents. I’m not a Christmas decorator, table-gorgeous sort of a girl. I’m a low-abundance Christmas person, rather enjoy giving whatever is useful and this year, more of those colored dishcloths I make during stress times. They are what they are, mistakes and all. And I truly do not enjoy weaving in the ends, so I don’t and now I’m looking at a mountain of dishcloths that need the ends woven in. I also bake, but not so enthused this year.

We were supposed to have a yard sale last spring that may or may not ever happen. Periodically, I have to go dig out something from it, i.e. soon some Christmas greenery. Reclaiming my own yard sale stuff, do you ever do that?

My newsletter will be coming out soon and you may wish to SUBSCRIBE to it. I am hoping that people will enjoy my new novella (because I enjoyed writing it so much), THE ROSE BASKET.

I’m also planning to make potstickers for chicken soup, freeze and give as gifts. I usually make those during a good movie. Lately, I’ve been on a series binge and really, really loved Offspring, set in Australia, about a woman obstetrician, her offbeat family and friends. I need to write a piece for writers on that show as it is well constructed character-wise, cliff-hangers, etc. Very well developed, sometimes humorous or life-serious. Gunsmoke series was terrific, so far as cast and stories. There are some horrible, poorly done westerns on TV now; just wish they’d go away.

The Longest Day movie with John Wayne was spellbinding. Not only the story line, but the amazing number of real stars and pop singers of the era featured. A young Sean Connery.

My meatloaf and baked potatoes are ready to take out of the oven. Better go.

Summer Eats

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Truly enjoying our local vegetable stand right now. I’m getting ready to freeze zucchini and yellow summer squash.

I no longer can endless quarts, make jams/kraut, pickle. Thank you, Lord. One time, I came home from working 7:30-4p to a hungry family and still had 3 bushels of green beans to snap and can. I remember that un-fondly.

Because our heat/humidity is high, I keep things easy and at noon, just started my slow cooker, filled with vegetables. Tonight, it will go over rice noodles–I just love the kind that you place in boiling water and then remove from stove for 8 minutes, rinse and drain. Add some parmesan cheese in the individual servings, and you’re set.

What’s in it? 1 onion, green pepper, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, yellow summer squash, zucchini, and when it cooks down a bit, cooked black beans and maybe chicken broth. Sometimes I add sesame seed oil at the last. Sometimes I roast pine nuts for the top, or just sprinkle sunflower seeds over it. Depends.

After looking at this picture, I probably should have used my bigger slow cooker.

If there is too much left over, it’s great to freeze for later.

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Stay cool….