Crazy-busy weekend happening, but I thought I’d take a breather and let the temps come down a bit.
My Saturday got off to a late start, but a fortunate one. On my way to Macy’s (more on that in a minute), I stopped at a yard sale about two minutes after the hostesses had declared ‘most everything’s a dollar’. They had some lovely things, but they were tired and wanted to get be done. Unfortunately, they only had a few things I had use for:
The Kate Spade bag was sitting off to the side, so I figured it was NOT in the dollar-mania going on and it wasn’t. When I picked it up, the seller said, “Oh, you can have that for fifty cents.” It took every ounce of restraint I possess not to jump up and down with joy. Not because it was Kate Spade, necessarily, but because it was a seemingly well-made bag with a red lining. I’m happy.
When I went to pay my tab, the seller said, “Why don’t we just say $3.00 for all of it?” After offering a half-hearted “are you sure?”, I loaded up my car and zoomed away before she could change her mind!
Next stop was my intended destination, Macy’s. I received three Macy’s gift cards for Christmas, but I really haven’t needed anything from there. On Saturday, they had a sale on toaster ovens and since I’ve been wanting one, I decided to invest.
It’s very basic, about what you’d expect for $20, but it has good reviews. If it keeps my kitchen cooler and doesn’t burn my dinner (more than I already do), I’m happy.
Final stop of the morning was the grocery store. My mother informed me Friday night that we’d be observing Father’s Day and celebrating Memaw’s birthday (#92) on Saturday evening with a cook-out. She had all the basics covered, so I offered to bring desserts. (Surprise!) I had some ideas, and I only needed a couple things from Kroger to make that happen. Finding those couple things at my Kroger required effort. They’re remodeling/rearranging, and nothing’s where it used to be. I did get a laugh at this aisle:
It’s like someone finally said, “Oh what the hell, they’re practically the same thing, so let’s just put the cereal and the breakfast bars with the cookies and candy.”
Anyway, the two desserts I took (one for Memaw and one for Dad) were homemade-from-scratch banana pudding and a pineapple-coconut yogurt cake.
I feel so…Southern now! Better yet, it was pretty darned good! I cheated the sugar a little and added vanilla, but other than that I followed the recipe from The Southern Plate. So easy, and not a pudding mix or cool whip in sight! I thought about making a meringue, but I needed my leftover egg whites for Dad’s cake.
My father loves pineapple and coconut, so I opted for a recipe I found at The Muffin Top Cop for Pineapple-Coconut Yogurt Cake.
This is what happens when I improvise. Besides being overcooked by about five minutes (stupid jigsaw puzzle!), it also failed to rise. I’m 100% certain I used the right amount of baking powder. One of my improvs was to substitute a third of the white wheat flour with coconut flour and add a little extra moisture (pineapple juice). I also stirred in a teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Didn’t work as far as texture and looks, but the taste was good. Dad and I agreed it would have used more pineapple for our liking. (Bonus: my house smelled like a pina colada all night! )
[Edited to add: I topped the cake with a pineapple glaze–just powdered sugar and pineapple juice. I didn’t think to record the measurements, but I think I started with a cup of powdered sugar and then added juice until it was a consistency I liked. If I make this again, I’ll start with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. A drizzle was all I was going for, and I ended up with a coating. It was a tasty coating, though!)
After dessert, we wandered outside, and I realized I hadn’t shared photos of this year’s garden. I can fix that:
Okra, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and green beans. (The mailbox is a gift from me many years ago. It holds garden supplies and the post has an electrical outlet in case it’s needed.)
Meet Clem, this year’s scarecrow. He’s doing a fine job of watching over things. In fact, the tomatoes are doing awesome!
Dad ended up with about 30 surviving tomato plants this year and has already had one big harvest. Yesterday, I counted at least a dozen on every plant I checked, and he must have 100 or more cherry tomatoes ready for picking today. He cans a lot, and gives the rest to friends and neighbors. And daughters.
Since I was on site, I got to experience this summer’s highlight in Parent-Memaw World (supplanting Memaw’s watermelon watch of previous years). This year we have the feeding of the bluebirds:
Yes, the bluebirds are served their mealworms in the “good” china. This one arrived with a hostess gift–some sort of moth, I think:
My dad has a small wren house mounted under the eaves and for some reason, this bluebird couple has moved in this year. They arrive every night at dusk and busy themselves eating and transporting straw. My sister has tried to peek into the wren-bluebird house to see if there are eggs in there, but she can’t tell and doesn’t want to disturb anything (or anyone) by getting too close. I guess they’ll know soon enough.
After all that excitement, I headed home for some relaxation and to clean up the disaster I left in the kitchen after making homemade banana pudding. Today has been all about working off that banana pudding. LOL Yard work galore and more to do besides. Between all my jobs, I actually have an almost full workweek this week so any yardwork getting done this week has to happen now. I should get back out there.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!