Ken started a project out on the side yard. He's making a path that will end at our neighbors John and Karen's backyard gate. They are putting in a gate that we can just ride the quad to their place or walk over. They are having a big party for her mom's 75th birthday at the end of October. We offered up the bunkhouse and the Komfort fifth wheel if they need to house a few guests. She was planning on lining the road we have coming around for the guests to walk over in the evening. This path Ken is making will shorten that route immensely.
I decided it was time to bake some banana bread, apple muffins and my peanut butter/banana muffins. All went well except for the peanut butter flourless muffins. Every time I've made them I've used the peanut butter that you ground yourself at Winco. Peanuts only. This time I was out, but had the Adam's brand of natural peanut butter...well...these didn't even cook together! It was just a blob of a mess. Wasted time and energy. Adam's peanut butter says only peanuts and salt. It separates and when you buy it there's oil on top. The ground one at Winco is just peanuts and the machine grounds the nuts. That peanut butter never separates. There's something going on there for sure!
|Working on the path...truck full of tumbleweeds!|
|Put my Fall quilt back on in the bunkhouse..pretty soon|
Christmas quilt time!! :)
Later in the day we had our Happy Hour while Ken bar b q ued some turkey burgers and I made him oven baked fries, I had broccoli tots. YUM> Lotsa broccoli lately, but when it's fresh from the field hard not to eat it up!
Monday morning I was awake before 0500 and started the coffee at 0530. Then I woke Ken up with some muffins and coffee to start the day. We finished the broccoli quiche this am and it was still tasty!
Ken headed outside and i got myself ready and ran to Raley's for just a couple of things. Ken wants green bean casserole to go with his bar b q chicken tonight so I needed cream of mushroom soup. A quick trip and home again.
|This is what the area looked like before Ken started making|
a path to Karen and John's
|We had a beautiful full moon..sure y'all did too!|
After our salad lunch I went outside to the garage to paint the dresser I decided to keep for the green room. Not too difficult and it looks so much better already. Just have to wait for the glass knobs to match the other dresser. Hopefully they'll be here before too long.
|Before...I got this at a garage sale many years ago for under|
$10.00. Don't know why I never did anything with the paint
|I'll bring the dresser inside once the knobs are delivered..|
Our neighbor Joe stopped by after work and brought several heads of lettuce and cauliflower freshly picked from the field. I'm not big on cauliflower, but again it's been years. If nothing else I'll be busy tomorrow freezing it...a good problem wouldn't ya say?!
We had a nice surprise this am. Ken was looking at emails and he had one from Toyota talking about our contract ending in a month. We thought it was referring to our service contract, but NOPE...our truck will be paid off next month!! 4 years already! YAY! The plan is though to keep putting the payment away and when we decide to buy a new truck in a few years we'll have a nice down payment.
Happy Hour now so y'all have a great night!!
Well, that didn't get posted so here's Tuesday's blog too..
We woke up at not quite 0600 after a wild night of dreams..geez I was glad to wake up! Coffees, muffins, visiting with our blogging friends and getting the day going. Ken in the shower and the treadmill for me. No excuse as we don't have to be anywhere today.
Breakfast and then Ken headed outside to get some work done. It was 34 degrees here this am but going for 80 in the afternoon, just perfect.
After my shower it was time to get going in the kitchen. Time to do something with all the cauliflower and lettuce Joe brought yesterday. I cleaned all the lettuce and bagged up the good stuff. Then on to the cauliflower. Honestly in 46 years of being married, I've never handled the stuff except for what's in a veggie tray bought at the store. :) It was something my mom cooked sometimes at home, but I didn't like it. Ken likes it with veggie dip. I blanched and individually froze the little flowerettes. Now we have bags of cauliflower. One head I cleaned and it's in the refrigerator to go with some dip later this week.
Now on Pinterest and carb websites cauliflower mashed "potatoes" seems to be all the rage. Ok I gave it a shot. I didn't make much, but sure made a mess in the kitchen. I figured if I didn't like it I didn't want to throw away a bunch of it. Honestly, it wasn't bad, but sure wasn't mashed potatoes. Mine turned out more like grits (which I love). I took the little bowl to Ken and he said, "reminds me of grits"..ok. So, when I get my next craving (and don't want to be bad) it will be cauliflower. There ya go!
|Mashed cauliflower potatoes..I call them grits!|
After our lunch I made up the rest of the broccoli tots from the other night and the oven fries that didn't get cooked. Pretty much leftovers for dinner tonight so that makes it nice and easy.
|Broccoli tots and oven fries. I used almond meal instead of|
bread crumbs so it does affect the cooking and texture. They
still taste awesome!
Ken got the path done to John and Karen's and then he cleaned over by the temporary gate to their place. Looks so nice. We have learned we don't want to go too crazy with clearing the desert. Every where you clear you've got to maintain. So this is just perfect.
|The new trail going across to John and Karen's. We're going|
to get some solar patio lights to light the way
|Here ya go Don, no tractor needed he's got a mini one..with|
a pull behind trailer
|Ken put the Tundra back together with his yellow box and rubber|
matting to protect the bed. He added a piece of plywood so things
will slide easier
Tomorrow, Wednesday we head for Reno (90 miles one way) for Ken's glaucoma surgery checkup. I'm hoping while we're there to be able to make a stop at Total Wine for more of the organic wine I like. Then a quick one to Winco for some of the real ground peanut butter. So we'll see.
|Going way back here...My Oma holding my sister Linda, then me|
my cousin Erica and my sister Wendy..
|I have been telling my sister Linda that her granddaughter|
Cassidy looks just like she did as a baby..thinking this
|Cassidy's big brother Owen and a bunny :)|
|Owen wants to take after his cousin Adam in mountain climbing..getting|
a head start!
|Eric took the 61 Chevy to his little town of Cool to get a little|
gas...runs like a champ!
|Notice the plates expired in May of 1997..he said he was glad|
he didn't have to explain the old plates to anyone :) It's had a
non op since then..
|Grandson Seth got some new tires and wheels for the|
Jeep..with the help of Dad and making the wheel
Almost Happy Hour time so see ya later! :)) Have a wonderful evening!