Wow, it's been a nice couple of days here... Sure, I'm swamped at work, swamped with freelance, still doing some tidy up after my folks visited this past Fri-Mon, and have a To Do list that feels like it's growing faster than shrinking, even with things getting checked off daily. OH, and now it's dreary, humid and chilly out - here's a shot out the living room window (you can't see it, but it's raining - I'm not complaining though, as we DESPERATELY need the rain!). But it's just not feeling "ideal" right now. I'd like nothing more than to just go take a nap.
Then again, it's hard to complain when Brett showed up after work with something new for me to try. I LOOOOOVE artificial banana-flavored candy, cookies, etc. MMMM Just so good! And now? Banana creme flavored Oreos!? Whoa!! I gotta tell you - these suckers are pretty darn good! I want to make some ice cream with them I think!?
And what are they lying on? Well, to be honest, I don't know. It's a square piece of fabrice with strings on it. Perhaps a chef's apron? A funky tablecloth? I don't know! But it came in a box from Peter today - with THESE:
Mmmmmmm good! Total surprise - no special occasion. Just cookies. Because I'm a wonderful person and deserved them for being me, I'm sure. ;-) (Does my ego even fit in this blog anymore?!) LOL
And what ELSE showed up today? This!
Dad was talking about how he'd just gotten one of these and loves it - and I'm sure he checked around while here to see if maybe we'd aleady gotten a leaf blower. Since we didn't have one - look what he had shipped from Amazon - cool! I guess, more than anything, it's GREAT for cleaning out the garage. (Ok, so yeah, it's been a few weeks since I'd swept out the garage, AND I'd opened up a couple bags of mulch in there and needed to sweep out the little bit that spilled...) LOL But seriously - thanks! I haven't read the manual/box yet, but it sounds like it's a wonderful new gadget...and come fall, even though we don't really have any big trees on our lot, we ARE surrounded by them - so it'll come in handy then as well.
And EVEN THOUGH I swore I was too tired to do any real cooking, I was IMing with Sharon this afternoon, saying I wasn't sure what I'd be making for dinner. Gee, more smoked pork in bbq pork sandwiches? (I'll be posting shortly about how, after mom and dad's visit, we'll be doing a LOT of meat smoking!) Maybe not ANOTHER one so soon. Sharon suggested I try making Pioneer Woman's Mexican Lasagna, which Sharon recently made and "sharonized" it. "No no," was my response, "I really don't want to make something that involved - even if I went with the scaled down Sharon-version. Seriously. I didn't want to. But she keeps talking about how yummy it is, and I've seen all the pics.
Damn you Sharon! So here's some of what I came home with:
(Sharon, you'll note there's no 'salsa verde' to be found at our dinky Rootstown Giant Eagle. I DID get some green tomatillo salsa, which I believe is basically the same thing as a salsa verde - it's certainly verde!)
I also ran out in the rain to pick some veggies for the recipe, and to keep the squash plants under control (gotta show them who's boss):
Trust me - there's plenty more tomatoes, but I'm trying to leave them on the vine a bit longer - I want to a) try my Aunt Nadine's salsa for canning, which uses A LOT of tomatoes all at once, and/or b) just freeze a ton of tomatoes for use later. I'm not up for either of those messes in the kitchen this week. Maybe this weekend. We'll see.
And while picking up some of the salsa etc, I came across this. I'm sure it's no where near as good as Dave's Mexican Corn Cake when made from scratch, but I AM curious to see how this turns out. It'll sorta be a two-casserole dinner, PLUS lots of corn (I also bought fresh corn on the cob from one of the local farms), but I'm sure it'll be tasty
Anyhow - that's all I have to babble on about right now... It's still raining out. This is good because I fertilized the yard yesterday. It's not good because this cold wet weather, and the shorter days (I'm driving to work with my LIGHTS ON!), implies fall is just about here. (Sorry Finny!) I'm just saying I need a little more summer....that's all.