Mar. 1, 2014 2:22 pm
Updated: Mar. 3, 2014 6:39 pm
Today has been what I consider a more "normal" February day... I awoke to a heavy downpour, short lived though it was, but just a few short days ago it had been sunny and 70+ degrees... It has remained mostly cloudy, and has showered a few times today,
some badly needed rain! I recall hearing on the news a few days ago (?) that we'd not had rain for 20 days!
Just last week I had been outside at the bbq most days, and serving salad along side the entree... I am actually thrilled to have a murky day, and one last chance to make a big pot of beef stew! (One dish that loses it's appeal when it's 100+ oustide!) I
can only recall making stew once this winter, which has been extremely mild this year. For the first time in a number of years, we didn't even have a hard frost, which has killed off most of our front yard over time. Yet, the rosemary bush continues to thrive...
Perhaps not the most admired planting out front, but any living, green thing is welcomed by me!
As the winter progressed, I continued working on my "outdoor kitchen," which now comprises of the grill, the "rolling island" that I made out of two old kitchen cabinets, and my latest addition, an "exterior grade" 5 shelf wire rack on wheels. After considering
the assembled unit, I decided to split it into two... One made of the four short parts of the upright poles, and two shelves. On this, I placed the old microwave that I was convinced 6 months ago was going to croak. I have it covered with a "grill cover"
so time alone will tell if the rain has ruined it or not, but that is one cooking appliance that I just cannot carry outside everytime I wish to use it! Now, the slow cooker would be another story! The lower portion of the rack has the wheels, and three
shelves, which can easily be rolled around the patio depending on where I need it at the time. I've also considered moving the chiminea to this side of the yard, but as yet have not taken the time. I hope to cook outside mostly this summer, after reading
an article in the AARP magazine about cutting utility costs. It makes total sense that the cooler I can keep my kitchen, the less work/expense for the air conditioning. The question arises however, that when it's 100+, do I
REALLY want to stand outside over a hot bbq?
Another project I recently began working on, is painting the siding that was replaced years ago... I forget how many! It was primed at the time, but left ignored since. I vowed that before it gets too hot this year, the siding would be "top" coated. As things
are looking, the trim will have to wait till this fall... I can only do so much!
So that is what CrazyCook has been up to this month... Plenty of cooking, but also attempting to get some things done while the weather permits.
Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!