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Monday, August 11, 2015
Outside my window…
It is a beautiful August morning, cool, low humidity, beautiful sky and . . . LOUD!!!! A crew is hard at work cutting up tree branches and running the wood through a shredder less than half a block from my window.
“In my morning cuppa…
I am drinking black tea with a bit of buckwheat honey stirred in.
I am thankful…
I am thankful for my granddaughter’s job. She has nice summer hours, but will be able to continue working once school begins.
In my garden…
The Swiss chard continues producing and has been steadily used in my healthy breakfast smoothie. (chard, parsley, blueberries, pear, and ginger lemon juice, and sometimes cinnamon)
In my kitchen…
I made Margarita Mousse for a summer dessert. I had time to play in the kitchen.
MARGARITA MOUSSE (makes four 1/2 cup servings)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice (don’t use Rosa’s or anybother sweetened lime juice because there is already sugar in the recipe.) 1
1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup limeade concentrate (or tequilla) 1/4 cup orange juice (or Triple Sec)
1 tsp lime zest
4 oz cream cheese (I used lite)
1 cup whipped topping (I used lite)
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
A second tsp grated lime zest for topping before serving
In a medium saucepan, combine the gelatin, sugar, lemon juice, lime juice and salt, lime zest, limeade concentrate and orange juice (or tequilla and Triple Sec)
Stir while heating over medium heat for a few minutes – until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from stove and cool slightly. Pour mixture into blender. Add cream cheese and whipped topping. Blend until smooth.
Pour blended mixture into small bowls or pretty stemware. Refrigerate so the gelatine can set. When ready to serve, top with crushed pretzels and a bit of grated lime zest.
On my knitting needles…
I am still working on Rosie’s doll wardrobe, but I took an intermission to knit myself an iPad case. I am using two strands each of a pewter-colored wool and a white wool in a fair isle design. Both yarns are worsted weight. I have a leather cover for my iPad and my thrift shop work purse rescue has a padded compartment suitable for transporting technology, but my goal for the double stranded wool (plus the stranding that comes with fair isle was to make a dense fabric to add extra protection. This is a stash-busting project, so no new wool was purchased.
From the farmer’s market…
Last week, I bought five sticks of buckwheat honey from a honey vendor. I was curious about it and wanted to taste it without buying a jar. Before I stirred the contents of the stick into my tea, I tasted the honey. I like the bold earthy flavor! I plan to head back to the market this week and get a few more sticks. I tend to drink my tea plain, but honey works as a cough suppressant, so I will keep some through the winter in case I get a cough. (knock on wood)
From the thrift shop…
I bought some SHOES!!! They look new. I turned one over to show the tread. They are comfortable, black suede slip-ons in pristine condition. I wore them all day at work yesterday and my feet were happy. This was pure luck because it has been a very long time since I even walked through the shoe department.
I also spotted the little coin purse shown below. It was pretty hard to resist for a gram who celebrates Christmas in July and collects Christmas movies! It’s brand new and hand crocheted.
In my DVD player…
My plan is to watch A WALK IN THE SUN while I finish knitting my iPad case. It is a WWII film starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Lloyd Bridges, George Tyne, John Ireland, Sterling Holloway and narrated by Burgess Meredith.
I am reading…
I am still working on DUST by Patricia Cornwell . . . but I have begun (a tad early) a ritual I invoke every few years or so, of reading my favorite book: THE PEASANTS by Wladyslaw Reymont, in four volumes each named for a season of the year. It begins with August.
It’s a rare book. I don’t own it, but it it can be read at the link I added. I read AUTUMN in autumn, WINTER in winter and the same for SPRING and SUMMER. I read only a few pages a day so I can linger with the Polish peasants longer through the seasons (and read other things in the meantime). I get hungry for potatoes and cabbage right at the beginning of AUTUMN, because story begins at harvest time.
I planned to begin the book later this fall, but by virtue of telling another blogger (Paula) about it, and an email I just received from my cousin telling me she sent me a package with some of her garden potatoes in it, I longed to spend time with my fictional “friends” in the real village of Lipce, Poland (now changed to Lipce Reymontkowskie to honor the author).
My quote for the day… is from Chapter 1, Volume 1 (Autumn), Page 12 of THE PEASANTS by Wadyslaw Reymont. I love how he described the end of the day. Once you read it, you may notice it each evening in real life.
I love the last line! Even though I enjoy my career, sometimes, like yesterday, it does feel like I am plodding home. I was exhausted!
Dinner is at 6:00 tonight, but if you are only interested in the Margarita Mousse dessert, come at 7:00! 😉