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If I'm not mistaken 
 
Jul. 13, 2012 11:42 am 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2012 9:18 pm
If I'm not mistaken, "big" people can still be kids at heart...  Now, we don't have "snow" days in this part of the world...  However, night before last I sat here, with the blinds all wide open, watching "Mother Nature's" light show, a spectacular display of lightening accompanied by thunder, which made the house rumble.  Despite the fact that both the front and back doors were leaking (the back, more so,) I was mesmerized, and watched with childlike wonder, until the wee hours of the morning...  Many a "young" kid would probably have been frightened, but as a "big" kid, I was in awe of the power with which the storm built up, passed over, finally blowing itself "out," or at least on to other parts of the state.

It may sound odd coming from a self proclaimed "Desert Rat," but especially as the thermometer rises this time of the year, so does my longing for cloudy skies... even one day with no sun.  More than one or two days, though, I begin to fall back into my funk...  Fortunately, we rarely experience more than two days of gray skies, which seems to be the perfect blend, for me, providing a much needed break from the burning sun!

I went to bed early this morning, possibly as some of you on the Eastern end of the country, were  arising, quite disappointed that we had not had a repeat of the "night" before.  It was quite pleasant to arise this morning to the sound of thunder, and raindrops hitting the roof above my head...  I could only roll over, snuggle down, and listen.  As I did so, my mind began to wander... what would I create today?

I decided that I would have my first cup of coffee in a week... a good beginning should the day be rather gloomy and wet.  Mac & cheese... with some sliced ham on the side?  OH!  Baked beans!  Perhaps some fried chicken?  Eagerly perusing my recipe box, followed by a search for "perfect mac & cheese," I cruised allrecipes in hopes of being inspired!  Warm crusty bread... with melting butter practically dripping off the slices...  As I'm writing this paragraph, seeing what I've typed, this looks like a recipe for a heart attack, surely!  Perhaps best rethink...  I also have fixins for a nice tossed salad, which might be a change of pace.  My "search" will no doubt continue for some time through the afternoon, changing only as the weather does...  The prediction for today is clearing skies, sun, and showers/thunderstorms later tonight.  Darn, just when I was looking for a total day of gray clouds, a bit of wind, and perhaps some of that funny stuff that falls from the sky making all things wet!  Wonder what my poor car looks like - I've not been out to it for over 2 full days now...  No doubt covered with a brownish glaze, so often the remnants of dust in the air during or after a good rain.  That can wait...

Lunch time approaches, when my daily "duties" will begin, for sure...  Feed the dogs, ice cubes for the cats, clean up after last night's dinner... only then, will I be able to boil a pot of water for the macaroni!  I do believe that will be a DEFINATE!  From there, it will be the influence of my "higher power," that which directs CrazyCook, urging me to prepare one thing, or another...  Perhaps a dessert of some sort... we've not had "sweet" in the house for some time now!  Plenty of fresh fruit, and as I contemplate this, I do have some whipping cream in the frige!  Presto, fruit salad with whipped cream... not a chocolate sundae, but should hit the spot, and scratch the itch for sugar!

The pots, pans, and mixers are calling... maybe even the food processor!  Gooey cheese, lean ham, salad and baked beans....  Much of this is already prepared, but believe that I will have to grate cheese for the mac, open a jar of my homemade beans, add a few yummies and pop it into the oven beside the mac!  I'd best have a very light lunch, that I might be hungery enough to pig out come dinner time!  My head is beginning to spin with the possibilities!

Very few rays of sunshine so far.... perhaps CrazyCook will indeed crank up the kitchen today!
So, be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!
 
Comments
Jul. 13, 2012 11:52 am
You know I like the storms too when I'm inside looking out :) I can actually say I like cloudy days because if you try you can see all the different colors nature has that you don't see when the golden sun is shining. Mac & cheese yum! One of my faves with ham but I do believe this weekend it will be ham melts and homemade baked beans. Stay well!
 
Jul. 13, 2012 1:37 pm
Tell me when and where, Cat, and I'll bring l/o mac & cheese! Be well!
 
Jul. 13, 2012 2:06 pm
Mouth is currently watering! While reading... all I could honestly think about was Mac and Cheese... sorry... usually I'm not that ADD but I think I have a Mac and cheese deficiency at the moment. Great blog... I think, lol! Stay Crazy my friend!
 
Jul. 13, 2012 2:18 pm
"They say I have A-D-D, but they don't understand... Oh LOOK, a chicken!" Be well Terry and enjoy a bowl of mac & cheese!
 
Jul. 13, 2012 3:54 pm
I am in south Florida the lightning capital. We get storms almost daily either around 1 p.m. or 5p.m. I always pray for the early shift so rush hour traffic can proceed safely. Yesterday there was a heck of a blower, rain in gray sheets blowing sideways at about 30 knots. I crept into my bed with the blinds open and just laid there watching the rain sweep by. It was spectacular, I fell asleep and when I awoke, sunny skys . Nice to know I have company in my pleasure of the rain.
 
Jul. 13, 2012 4:55 pm
Covergirl, Phoenix gets about 7 inches of rain per year. YES, that's not a typo! I'm sure you can imagine just how we enjoy a reprieve from the scorching SUN, and relentless HEAT! Been pretty gray all day, patches of blue and little bit of sun. Hope we get more storms later... Many will never understand how "we" can slip into a deep sleep with all of the hubbub going on! Be well, friend!
 
Jul. 13, 2012 6:49 pm
>> "lightening accompanied by thunder, which made the house rumble." me and my wife like to watch the lightening, wind and thunder. Of course we hate it if anyone looses any property. It would be nice if we could harness the power of storms.
 
Jul. 13, 2012 8:45 pm
King, you sure have a point there... wonder if the power companies have researched that? Still hoping for another light show tonight, but not gonna hold my breath! be well!
 
Jul. 14, 2012 1:26 pm
I too love to watch a thunder storm. Last Saturday I stayed up all night watching spectacular lightening over the water and then the lightening hit a transformer, making a spectacular show, shorting it out, and killing the power to this whole area. So from about 1:30 am until just before dawn I sat on my terrace in pitch dark (which is something very rare here) watching the fantastic light show. Then, just before sunrise, the storm moved off, power was restored, and another hot sunny day commenced.
 
Jul. 14, 2012 3:59 pm
Stevie If you remember your school home work, the earth has a north and south, both magnetic. the earth is always rotating magnetic fields, all we need to do is harness the magnetic fields and turn the earth into a generator. I have had this thought since I was a Kid. if you have never read anything about electricity you should read about Nikola Tesla http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
 
Jul. 14, 2012 9:17 pm
BigShotsMom, I thought I was the only "nut" who stayed up all night once in a while... Problem I have, is that I sleep all day following! I'm TOO BUSY for that kind of stuff... Glad that you weren't without power too, too long! Be well!
 
Jul. 14, 2012 9:18 pm
King, the name "Tesla" rings a bell... maybe from a century ago when I was actually IN school? I'll check out wiki for sure, thanks! Be well!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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