When Hot is Cold
Nov. 3, 2011 9:27 pm
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 7:36 am
The summer has been long and somewhat brutal. Our front yard mostly killed off by frost last year didn't have a chance to rejuvinate despite weekly waterings (uggh, the water bill!) Despite, there may still be hope, if our "winter" is a mild one...
The lantana is now showing signs of new growth!
It sounds ludicrous, even to me, but I've been a happy camper since the daytime hi temp began to hover near 90 (what a relief that's been!) I now hear, presuming that the weather folks are close to correct, that we'll have another day of low 80's, and then
drop an amazing 20 degrees! By the weekend, we should be seeing highs of low 60's... and just
might get some rain! I see in my near future, many an afternoon in the kitchen, with the oven fired up for hours...
Another attempt at bread making, cookies, brownies - perhaps even a cake! Then, of course, there's SOUP! Lots of soup! Might as well toss a casserole or two into the oven also, as long as I have it on! Maybe time to thaw out that ham I've had in the freezer
for a while... Baked potatoes with crisp skins, doused heavily with butter and sour cream (with chives, of course!) Much comfort food, for cooler weather... Downright cold in my book, but then I get cold when it's 70! Oohhh and a lasagne! Been some time
since I made one of those! Guess I'd best start a grocery list, I know I don't have any Italian sausage in the freezer... And garlic bread... Oh my, I wonder if I can find time to do "chores?"
I guess I'd best be thinking about our annual soiree for Thanksgiving also. Granted, pot luck is pot luck, but I've always supplied the paper goods and plastics, roasted a turkey, and often make an additional side dish - traditionally, my scalloped corn casserole
that I've loved for years, but make only for Thanksgiving!
After that I'll have to begin my holiday baking. For years we've taken a "goodie bag" to each of our 5 neighbors. Usually an assortment of cookies and quick breads. Also, last year, I tried to "make" gifts for some of our friends, rather than buying tacky
little "gag" gifts... you know, the ones that go into the "re-gift" cabinet or drawer. I have a love/hate relationship with these last two months of the year. Try as I might, I just get myself all sorts of side tracked, and after exhausting myself time and
again, I simply feel that I "need more" of the goodies than I've been able to make.
Well, there's plenty of time for the crazykitchen to come up to full speed... It's also a matter of making freezer space for the "make ahead" types of things! (Baking that ham would make a difference!)
Till then, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!