..Weeds... Burdock to be exact... and trust me...lots of it... suggestions to blow torch it..use a shovel... it would be different if this stuff grew in a wooded area... but it doesn't... it grows right by the back steps and the clothesline area.... I suppose it will be an ongoing battle... like with the mint...~sigh~
We had some heavy duty serious rain today... Chris was traveling in central/ southern VA and it followed him all the way home... Jeremy called headed this way ( actually about 30 miles west of us) on a service call so I gave him a heads up... I am happy to report despite the torrential downpours both travelers made it to their destinations safely...
Hubby came home to homemade stroganoff over rice, fresh green beans, cucumbers and homemade snickerdoodles..
...I sort of cheated on the snickerdoodles.. I usually make a huge batch of dough ala Better Homes and Garden Cookbook circa older then dirt... but the snickerdoodles where sort of a last moment thought... the poor guy would have driven in a downpour for about 3 hours and it was 30 minutes before he arrived home... so um...I had a coupon a couple weeks back for Pillsbury sugar cookie dough..it was double coupon day/on sale etc...so I paid maybe .64cents for the tube... today they became snickerdoodles.. ( I think my MIL gave me this idea a few years ago..not sure)..anyhow.. I rolled the dough in balls and then in cinnamon sugar and baked for about 12 minutes... viola...snickerdoodles in a rush... The comfort food did the trick and we are all comfy at home now with the only mishaps being a few broken limbs and the eggplants knocked off the stalk....
I transplanted a few herbs into pots today.. cilantro, chives, marjoram & thyme. I weeded a bit int he garden and hoed a bit... fought the mint prepared bee balm for a seeding in a new area closer to the house..all this before 8:00 because it was so hot and humid I was sweating already..( excuse me... southern girls don't "sweat" we "glisten".)... I was glistening might fine by 8:00
Breakfast was Pumpkin Bread and hot tea... ahh... feet propped up... most of the morning chores done and a new movie from the library..Little Women ( the Winnona Ryder version) and finishing up an embroidery project ... feet up happy as a clam at high tide until I had to go pick the boy up at 10:00ish . The Henderson's drove today so it was only a 10 mile round trip total... I absolutely love mornings like this... I did have a brief time of helping Josh navigate the antacid section of Walmart via cell phone but we handled that quite well and he was off to work and feeling much better ....I'm going to post my pumpkin bread recipe... and before you gasp..yes, I AM aware that there is a lot of sweetener in this recipe..but it is the yummiest I have ever tasted.... This has been a favorite of the boys since we lived in Lillington. The recipe was given to me by an Army mom..years before I knew my connections with this military business would be so strong....
1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar ( I use succant)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin purée* ( I used canned... doubled htis is 2 cups..there is only 15oz in the new cans..it worked out fine despite the missing oz)...
1/2 cup veggie oil ( I have used olive oil but it does affect the taste)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts Use any nut or choco chips...raisins.. I didn't use anything this time around
1 Preheat oven to 350°F . Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
Makes one loaf. Can easily double the recipe.
.... I finally got one of my "fluff" mysteries from Paper Back Swap Motif For Murder by Laura Childs. very easy read and entertaining. I'm seriously considering doing my 5 year re-read of Louisa May Alcott books after watching Little Women today. I have the whole collection including a few obscure ones. I don't think I have l Little Men... I'll have to check out Paper Back Swap for that one!
The end of July... hard to believe... Only 19 more days until my surgery ( but whose counting)
..Glad all the weeds growing at End of the Road aren't ugly!!!!
Pray for the troops...and have a fine day all day long....