Do not adjust your dials! Despite appearances, this has not become a food blog...
It was DH's dad who sent those very good yet very bad chocolate cherries to the girls that I could not resist, and the more fruity portion of their gift arrived on Friday -- pears and apples and teensy weensy miniature baby bananas. I immediately grabbed my camera, as you can see, and was told that Katie and Maddy had each already photographed the cute bananas. I don't know what that says about us. ; ) They taste like regular bananas, though gone after three bites -- the only discernable difference is that the peel is a bit thinner!
It was a very relaxing, stay-at-home, 3-day holiday weekend, and yet I got a lot done -- even with House, M.D. - Season One making a house-call at our house. On Saturday, by chance, a stumbled upon a rummage sale and bought about a half-dozen balls of Sugar & Cream cotton for about 50 cents each -- I already have at least that much, but with the Mason-Dixon warshrag on my mind, well, you can't have too much and the more the merrier as far as colors to choose from! It was just the impetus I needed to start -- that, and having spied Vera's finished work on Friday (she's right, they are just like potato chips!), not to mention her adorable baby kimono (I just learned this morning of a baby boy due in October!). I knocked off three dishrags over the weekend -- each a little bolder and more bodacious that the last.
On Saturday afternoon, I went to the nursery -- yet again. I didn't really need anything, but it's relaxing and everything's so pretty and I was asked to ride along! You know I came home with somethin'... tomatoes! After a hiatus of at least a dozen years, I'm trying them in containers this time rather than anywhere near the toxic black walnut tree. I'm so excited!! I've got a Big Boy and a Better Boy, already potted and caged, and a Sweet 100 cherry that will hang. I've been reading the Eat Local Challenge blog, mostly because of Birdsong, and while nothing can be more local than the tomatoes in my own back yard, I have found a CSA on the outer edges of my general area that participates in a local farmer's market where I can pick up my share, which I'm really looking forward beginning at the end of June!
While Trellis soaked, I used up the rhubarb I'd been given and made a WW Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler and a batch of polenta! I may have used a bit more rhubarb than called for and Katie did tell me that the strawberries weren't sweet, but I made no adjustments to the sugar content of the recipe and man, that's one tart cobbler! Luckily, a little scoop of frozen yogurt is all it takes to bring it around. ; ) I have heard of polenta, but have never seen nor tasted it in my entire life, but that didn't stop me from making a HUGE batch. It's one of the easiest things in the whole wide world to make and... hey, Mikey, she likes it! I have had it only with parmesan cheese and butter, so I'd love to hear how anyone else likes it best!
One more food-related item -- I've been challenged! This, I believe, shall satisfy the Spammer/ann:
Spam with Spaghetti-
O s'wonderful, s'marvelous,
S'smooth like Fred Astaire.
The whole weekend was a scorcher, and we got the a/c units in the windows just in time -- I took apart and washed four fans, too. I keep saying that I'm going to call and have central air installed... and saying, and saying, and saying...
The water looked like pea soup when I pulled Trellis out, and the green dye just kept coming out as I rinsed. I pinned it all out and it looks great, but the color is quite a bit lighter. I also found instructions online to make twisted cord using an electric drill and as soon as Trellis gets put together, I'll start experimenting with making cord and frogs to see if I even want to consider that for Fib.
I wasn't able to visit the llama farm yesterday -- their line was either busy or there was no answer, and I don't want to just drop in when the sign says to call first. The farm is on the last corner before turning down my brother's road, there's no way to avoid it, and I know it'll happen eventually. Yesterday may not have been the best day, anyway. I'm thinking that perhaps in muggy, hot, 90+ degree weather, the llamas (with or without their "beans") are best enjoyed from the comfort of one's air-conditioned vehicle, rather than up close and personal.