Friday the 13th two days late...
Sep. 15, 2013 9:41 am
Updated: Sep. 18, 2013 3:27 am
I'm not a real superstitious person, but you won't see me waiting for a black cat to cross my path either. Friday morning I arrived at work, wondering just what would happen on this "unlucky" day - Friday the Thirteenth! My day went pretty well - all
Saturday went pretty well, too. My daughter and I went to watch our "kiddos" play soccer, then we took our dogs, Suzy and Maggie, and headed for a trail. We went to a trail we hadn't yet walked but is close to home. The weather was perfect for walking and
we ended up walking four miles. As many of you may have read about our walks this summer - we try to end the walk with a visit to a winery. It started out as a joke to our preparation for getting in shape for a mountain hiking vacation where we hike in the
mornings and visit wineries in the afternoons in Virginia. Then it just became habit. We have two awesome apps on our smart phones: one is called Alltrails and the other is AllWineTrails. You guessed it - the first one we find our hiking trails on and the
second one we find the wineries to visit nearby!
We found a winery we had not yet visited, so off we went to check it out. It is a nice, friendly winery in an old barn that overlooks their vineyards. We did a tasting and chose a bottle of Rose' to sip on at an outside table with our pooches underfoot.
They had no food to offer at this winery, but we had our trail mix and it went well with the wine. As we sat there, we thought of a good dinner plan - Jon and Jake (the guys) could meet us at my house and we could hit up a winery near home that was having
a caterer's food truck offering a dinner menu and then stay for the fireworks later on. It seemed like a great idea to us, but Jake was tired from working all day and Jon had worked on a side-job all day and really just wanted to stay home. So... that's
what we did. Kristal went home to make her and Jake's dinner and Jon and I decided what we would have. We had some scallops and shrimp in the freezer that needed to be used up, and a half-pint of cream in the fridge. I made a yummy salad for each of us,
found some ciabatta bread in the freezer to have with dipping oil and Jon made a scrumptious meal! He sautéed the shrimp and scallops and then made an awesome alfredo-type sauce to mix with pasta. He just threw things in the pan and it tasted great! I don't
know everything he used, but I know he used garlic, cream, white wine, stone-ground mustard, and a little salt. Our meal was great and the bottle of Viognier we bought in Virginia at one of the wineries went with it very nicely.
Then this morning happened. Jon left to work on the side-job again and I decided to make some baked caramel corn. I needed some sort of munchie for us and that just sounded good. I mixed it all up, preheated the oven and stuck my pan full of gooey goodness
in and closed the door. Five minutes later I saw smoke coming out the oven door so I opened it up. My caramel corn was burned to a blackened crisp! And my oven felt like it was at least 500 degrees (should have only been 250)! I turned the oven off and tried
to salvage some of that caramel corn. About half of it is alright - but I did not stick it in the oven until almost 45 minutes later - the oven was still that hot! Once I felt like it wasn't too hot in that oven, I stuck my pan of salvaged corn in and did
not turn the oven on - I just let it do the baking while turned off. The oven is still very warm inside. If Jon can't fix it I guess I'm getting a new oven. My oven is 27 years old and has been a good companion, but maybe it's time to move on. It is the
last original appliance we bought when we moved into our house. The refrigerator left us several years ago, as did the washer, dryer, and dishwasher. It even outlasted our kids living here as Kristal left over five years ago and it's been a year and a half
since Steve packed and headed west.
I'm a little sad it had to go and die today. I had no major plans after mowing the lawn and wanted to bake some bread and maybe some sort of cobbler for dessert. I guess that won't be happening now. Oh well.... I'll save some calories. And have plenty of
time to finish that book I've been reading!