Monday, April 16, 2018

OMG Sunday

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, after a restless night. Freezing rain had developed overnight. It was coating my trees. I had numerous branches down, including a long one that landed on the raised bed herb garden (it's been taking a beating from branches, recently).

The lake has moved from back by the play structure into the low spot in from of my vegetable garden.

Here's the view from the bathroom window at 8:00 a.m.

 Oh, and there are numerous power outages in both Livonia and Redford. Closest to me is the Inkster and Five Mile area.

And, it kept on raining and freezing...

I finally shoved, showered and got dressed.

Update on rain: 11:00 a.m. and water is moving up the fence line.

I was supposed to meet Amanda and Keldon for lunch at the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights. And Amanda was supposed to text me what time. I had seen on Facebook the roads were not icy, but when I still hadn't heard anything by 11:15 p.m., I figured Amanda had thought better of it. But, I got a text at 11:30 a.m asking me if I could make it thee by noon. She apologized, saying they got a late start. I said, "Sure!" (I'd already shaved and showered). So, I threw on some clothes and headed out.

It was still raining and there was a lot of standing water. There was a fallen tree limb (a big one) partially covering the little access drive from Plymouth to Telegraph (I drove over it, like the people before me). And there were numerous traffic lights out on Telegraph.

I had the beef enchiladas as Amanda and Keldon split a small nachos.

Sidebar: That was the biggest "small" nacho I ever saw, lol!

Amanda and I split the fried ice cream dessert (Keldon said he didn't like crunchy ice cream). She ordered two little containers of strawberries and honey on the side for dipping. First time I ever tasted it. It was pretty good!

We made our goodbyes and drove home through the rain and the four way stop dead traffic lights. I got home by 1:00 p.m. and changed clothes.

By 3:00 p.m., the water was close to the St. Francis statue!

At 5:00 p.m., I started my Sunday supper. I have been wanting to try this for a while. Now that I'm feeling a little better, I thought I'd give it a go. I making what they call Soouthern Bacon-Fried Cabbage.

First I did the prep work. I cored and chopped a head of cabbage. Then I chopped a large onion, minced two cloves of garlic and cut six slices of bacon into half-inch lardons. I also got my seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper out of the spice cabinet.

I got out my 12-inch non-stick frying pan (I have one bigger, but no lid. This one didn't come with a lid, but the lid of my bigger stock pot fits perfectly). I cooked the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Pulled the bacon and put it on a paper towel covered plate. I reserved two tablespoons of the bacon grease and put the rest in the fridge (or you could discard it - I like to use it for fried eggs).

Then I sauteed the onion until soft (about four minutes). I added in the garlic and sauteed that about a minute more. Then I added the cabbage a little at a time, stirring in the onion and garlic mixture.

Sidebar: It didn't look like all that cabbage would fit!

I cooked the cabbage another four to five minutes and (thankfully) it started to wilt a bit.I added in two teaspoons of seasoned salt, a half teaspoon each of the onion powder, garlic and black pepper and mixed well.

I reduced the burner temperature to low and let it simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 30 minutes.

I added in the bacon just before serving. I couldn't think of a good side dish (I think this is a side dish, lol) so I sliced up a tomato go to with it.

It was really good! And the tomatoes (although they were an afterthought) helped to cut the richness of the dish.

I cleaned up the kitchen and then watched and/or listened to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards the while reading until bedtime.

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