Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday wasn’t as pretty as the previous last two days. The temps were about the same, but it was cloudy and overcast. There was still no rain predicted until Saturday night, though.
I went to Lowe’s again after eating an excellent lemon-pepper pork chop with a side of potato salad at Time Out. But, instead of mulch, this time I bought bulbs (crocus, tulip and daffodil) along with, I admit, a bulb auger that goes into a drill. I didn’t feel like digging all those holes!
Before I left for home, Courtney gave me another jar of their homemade salsa. She and Mike had canned their second batch last weekend. She wanted me to give it a try as she made it a little hotter than the first.
After work, I treated the cat, changed clothes and took a phone call from a dear friend. We talked about her medical problems and suggested treatment.
Then I went outside. My goal was to cut down all the dead or dying tiger lilies between my garden and my neighbor’s lawn.
At first, I tried using the push mower. Despite it clogging up every two feet, me stopping the motor and cleaning out the discharge chute, I got about two-thirds of the width of it cut using that method.
Sidebar: My neighbor had a black hose hooked to his sump pump discharge that keep the area soggy. You can see it in the “After” photos.
The rest of it I had to cut with the line trimmer. I raked the mess out into the lawn. I’ll wait a couple of days for it to dry up and then cut it all again. I’ll cut up the mess on the lawn with the push mower over the weekend and leave any remains for the lawn cutters.
I was done just after 7:00 p.m.
I came in after locking everything up. I changed into shorts and a tee shirt (I had grass all over my long pants, socks and other tee shirt). Then I warmed up two ears of sweet corn and two brats for dinner.
I watched the fourth episode of the Roosevelt’s on PBS (did I mention I am hooked on this series?).
I did try the salsa as a TV snack. She was right. It was a little hotter than the first. If it was store-bought, I would say their first batch would have been labeled “Mild” and this one was more “Medium.” It was very good!
I went to bed just after 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
It was another perfect Michigan fall day. We did get a little warmer (67 degrees F. high) after an even colder night time low (41 degrees here in Redford).
I had to laugh. I did email Michelle for her stuffed pepper recipe. She wrote back “I pulled a John on the baseline Betty Crocker recipe and switched out hamburger with sweet Italian (pork) sausage w/not cheddar but a Gouda blend.” I think the sweet red bell pepper instead of the more acidic green helped, too.
I went to Time Out for lunch and then went to Lowe’s again. I got three more bags of mulch for the front garden.
After work, I changed clothes and put down the rest of the mulch. That’s it for now. I’ll top off the rest of the garden come spring.
I had thawed out a pound of hamburger over the weekend I needed to use up, but I still have a bunch of leftovers. So, I decided to make it into a meat pasta sauce and freeze it for later.
I went out and picked the rest of my small green peppers. I also grabbed the rest of the basil and a handful of oregano from the herb garden.
I chopped up a good sized yellow onion the green peppers and four cloves of garlic. I sautéed the onions and peppers, and then browned the hamburger. I added the garlic near the end and seasoned with salt and pepper. I squished a can of whole tomatoes in a separate bowl then added that to the pot. I also put in a small can of tomato sauce and one of tomato paste. I let that get happy and then taste tested. I added a sprinkle of sugar to balance the acid and some red pepper flakes. Perfect! I let that simmer for 30 minutes and then turned it off to cool.
When I cleaned out the fridge for garbage day, I saw I still had about one taco-sized left of taco filling and a little refried beans left.
So, I filled a plate with tortilla chips and topped them with drops of the meat and beans. I piled on fresh chopped onion and jarred jalapeno slices. I covered that with shredded cheddar and microwaved the whole thing. When everything was melted and gooey, I pulled it out and topped that with fresh chopped tomatoes.
It was too ugly to take a photo of, but tastes great! It was a little too spicy for me – I think I should have backed off a bit on the jalapeno slices, LOL!
I watched the Tuesday episode of the Roosevelt’s and then the one form tonight.
At one point, I paused it and put away the pasta sauce. I got two four-cup containers for the freezer.
I went to bed after the shows ended just after 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday was a perfect fall day. Not that it’s supposed to be fall yet. But, it was crisp and sunny and made me think of apple cider and donuts.
I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch and got a gyro with a cup of bean and ham soup.
It’s not supposed to rain until (maybe) Saturday night/Sunday morning. So, after eating, I went and got the truck washed.
I remembered to get the food my friend Michelle from Facilities left me out of the fridge at 5:00 p.m. It was a big stuffed red pepper.
When I got home after work, I spread two bags of mulch I had sitting in the garage on the front garden. It felt good to be working outside.
I came in and heated up the stuffed red pepper for dinner. It was very spicy, but excellent. I’m gonna ask for that recipe!
I turned on the computer. I had a message from my great nephew, Hunter, asking me if I got his Facebook call. I told him I had no idea what that was. So, he messaged me that his Dad, Russ, was down in my area, visiting his brother Jason and gave me his cell phone number.
I called and he asked if he could stop by and show me his new bike. I said, “Sure!”
So, both of them rode over. I checked out their bikes, both Sportsters and both sharp bikes! They checked out my bike and my truck. All in all, we spent almost two hours, bullshitting in the driveway and the garage.
After they left, I shut everything up. I moved into my recliner with my book and read until almost 11:00 p.m., when I started getting sleepy. So I went to bed.