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.
Too hot for a lap full of this:
But please don’t tell her I said so. She’s sensitive.
Tomatoes are loving the heat:
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:
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:
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!