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Warped weather 
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!
Mar. 2, 2014 8:37 am
Glad you are able to get some of your projects going! It is so nice to be able to accomplish something, isn't it? Especially if you are at the mercy of Mother Nature! I've been working on my basement this winter. Since '07 it has absorbed stuff from 2 other households. Stuff that just sat in the way. My outdoor kitchen is coming along too. I hope to be able to report soon about using the wood burning pizza oven. Today, however, it is 2 degrees with snow on the ground so it may be a few weeks before I get to try that out.
Mar. 2, 2014 9:37 am
OK, Stevie - rub it in that you've had a mild winter!! LOL NE Ohio has had one heck of a rough winter and I am soooo looking forward to being able to stand outside and grill. I won't even complain when it's close to 100 degrees. ;) Seriously - good for you that you are getting projects started -that's half the battle with those pesky projects!
Mar. 2, 2014 8:10 pm
We have had more snow this year then I can remember from other years. I'm so looking forward to planting a garden if spring decides to spring:)).
Mar. 3, 2014 6:27 pm
Cat, I sure wish I had a basement - but then, they pack rat in me would be let loose! I hope you enjoy the pizza oven soon! Be well!
Mar. 3, 2014 6:32 pm
Mother Ann, I fear that I'm great at beginning a project, it's the "completion" that gives me grief, lol. Thankfully my shrink has never mentioned "bipolar" as a possible issue... The siding WILL be finished, and hopefully by this time next year I'll be done with the trim too! Be well!
Mar. 3, 2014 6:39 pm
manella, I'm sure spring will come to you in time! I wish I could plant a garden, but I fear the best I can do is in planters which are now full of petunias, green onions, and baby lettuce leaves. Now I need to find a place to plant some potatoes... I've got two growing on the kitchen counter! 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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