Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

This post began as a Wordless Wednesday post, then it became Almost Wordless Wednesday, and finally I just gave up completely. I don’t do “wordless” well at all. :)

Mood indicator:

heat in Memphis

Too hot for a lap full of this:

sally labradoodle

Sally Labradoodle

But please don’t tell her I said so. She’s sensitive.

Tomatoes are loving the heat:

canned tomatoes

Fruits of Dad's Labor

Dad’s having to can tomatoes at least once a week now, and Memaw is shelling lima beans almost every day.

I had to pay the parents and Memaw an emergency visit this morning. Comcast yanked the plug on their analog cable yesterday (“Yes, we got a letter a few months ago, but…”), and I needed to get the digital adapters they’ve had for over a year installed in a hurry. The Cardinals are on a winning streak (parents) and Wimbledon started yesterday (Memaw). They really wanted me to come yesterday, but I had to work all day (in the land of Burgers & Fries) so this morning at 7 a.m., I had to make a house call.

While I was there, Mom mentioned that their super nice neighbors were in the same boat, so I was volunteered to take care of their TVs as well. All three of them. Oh well, at least it was indoor work and my dad sent me home with a sack full of tomatoes in payment. Unfortunately, none of them are in jars.

Stopped at the grocery on the way home and was reminded of the benefits of grocery shopping in hot weather:


Hot Weather = Cold Groceries

One can (pineapple), one jar (salsa), and lots of tubs of yogurt and cottage cheese to go with healthy fruits and veggies. (Btw, Kroger has Fage 0% on a 10/$10 special this week. Milky Way Simply Caramel Snack-sized Bars–8-pk–are also 10/$10. Sadly, they didn’t make the cut for me. This time.)

When it’s this hot, I mostly eat cold food–salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruits, raw veggies, etc. For example, tonight’s menu is cold barbecued chicken and a big salad. Tomorrow, I’ll be preparing a big batch of Mexican Chicken (JOY! I get to use my crockpot and my Kitchen Aid Mixer!), and making up some freezer packs. If I cook this time of year, it’s going to be in the slow-cooker and reheated in the microwave, or starting this year, heated in my new toaster oven.

(Note: Pretzels are not part of the summer repertoire. These were on clearance for $0.69 and for that price I’m willing to test their freezability and possible future use in my Christmas Turtles. If you’re still reading at Christmas–and I hope you are!–we’ll see how this turns out.)

Oh, and back on the subject of the toaster oven…big, fat FAIL on the oven-boiled eggs in the toaster oven:

oven-boiled egg fail

Oven-boiled Egg FAIL

Clearly the thermostat wasn’t quite right. To be fair, there’s no clear marker for 325°, so I set the dial between 300-350 and hoped for 325. Back to the regular oven for this technique. I’ll just have to make them first thing in the morning. If I don’t get volunteered to set up the rest of my parents’ neighbors’ digital adapters, that is.

That’s it for me today. I need to go check the temps to see if a walk is possible. Or eat dinner. :)

Hope it’s cooler where you are!

25 thoughts on “Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

    • No, not really. I have a birthday coming up in a couple months, and I’m just racking up points. :) (Seriously, I owe my father about 517 favors, so I’m all too happy to do something for them.)

  1. It is indeed cooler here! It was a chilly 48 degrees this morning when I came to work – which is about as cold as it gets in Cape Town in winter. Expected high is about 60 degrees.

    Sally looks like a real cutie!

  2. Holy Hot!!! We left the States just in time. People here are complaining about cold it has been here and they are miserable. They kind of scowl at me when I tell them how much I am enjoying the cooler weather. They have no idea what hot and humid feels like here!!!!! :) Stay cool! Your groceries look cool, yummy and healthy!!!

  3. we be hothothot and grumpy.
    well the husband is anyway :)
    the child and I are constantly running through sprinklers.

  4. Stay cool Cammy and enjoy that yummy food. :-)

    I happened to live by the water in Southeastern CT where it is almost always cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter (relatively speaking). On average, we have the AC on about five days out of the year.

  5. Don’t you love it when you get volunteered for stuff? Heck with all those tomatoes you could make your own salsa! :) I’d say salsa, spaghetti sauce and such are on tap.

    Oh man, I really didn’t need to know they had fun size versions of Simply Caramel. Those things are amazing.

    • Ooh, sorry I let on about the Caramels. Um, would it help if I said I’d heard they weren’t anything at all like the rich and creamy regular-sized bars? (That’s what my internal voice told me while I was standing there drooling over them. anyway.)

      And I will be making some fresh salsa for dipping. I didn’t have enough at the right stage of ripeness to make salsa for my Mexican Chicken.

  6. Well, its not hot here, but you’re right. This is the time of year for ‘assembly meals.’ Just not into cooking much these days. Plus its hard to resist the fresh fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt!!

  7. YIKES on the heat! Nice & here & taking it while we have it! Hope you & doggie survive!!!

    Love the foods & attempt at wordless Wednesday! I did decent yesterday as you saw! 😉

  8. Doesn’t happen very often, but my end of the state actually is predicting worse than yours….107 Fri and Sat. I turned DOWN an opportunity to hike because even at top of mountains, HOT is the operative word! Are you up for a trip to Maine? Still 50s at night, low 70s by day.

  9. I’m with you on the cool foods. Our summer dinners have become some sort of cold salad variation with the occasional trip for Mexican food.

    Maybe you could boil those eggs on the sidewalk?

  10. Great idea, Jan! :)

    Isn’t it odd that no matter how hot it gets outside, Mexican food still tastes good?!

  11. I feel for you, Cammy. The heat here has been unbearable. HOT, I tell you. 101 degrees yesterday and no rain. Maybe this weekend. I’m glad the tomatoes are loving the heat though. Good to see some positive things come from it, and they look spectacular in those jars. Mmm!

  12. Enjoy looking over your foods for being cool, but I must say, I can’t take my eyes off those waffle pretzels, have any left ? :)

  13. I am the same way with my summer meals – but this weekend it is a cool 79 for our area. We head up the thermometer starting Monday…

  14. You are such a good daughter to take care of the cable! Oh yum on the canned tomatoes. We are having a little streak of cooler weather and it’s been nice. My favortie summer meal is BLTs, corn on the cob and watermelon.

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