Today’s harvest from our garden and greenhouse (04-11-2019)
Three days of warm weather was just too much for the broccoli. Today it was showing some signs, that it would bold soon. So I just cut the florets off, and used them for tonight’s supper. It was delicious. For the last couple of weeks, I pull some leaves from the lettuces, spinach, and herbs on a daily basis. And Sara sits in the garden and nibbles on some salad and watches the sunset, every night.
Last week, I’ve been sowing some cucumber seeds in a couple of raised beds. So far, I can see two small plants. Hopefully, the other seedlings will pop up, soon. It would be excellent, if we can add fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to our salads, in late Spring and early Summer.
After a Two-week-break, Katelynn and Sara are back in school. Katelynn started her second semester as a Freshman. When she came home, she said, her interests are mixed and well balanced. There are two subjects she really loves, and two she is not so font with them. She usually loves Mathematics. But she doesn’t like Algebra. I remember, first I wasn’t a fan of Algebra either. But once I figured it out, it wasn’t so hard anymore. But it took a bit to click in my head. Katelynn is going through the same struggles. She’s excited for Science. She can’t wait to talk about her collection of dinosaurs. Then there is another semester of Band in this school year. And English Language Arts is the other subject, she’s raising her eyebrows. She was never a fan of ELA. 😀 But Katelynn has a lot of fun in High School. And that’s also very important. Sara said, she had an amazing day in school, too.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 😉
School is back in session.
Kevin celebrates his 44th Birthday, today. We were considering going out for his big day. But I could talk him into, me cooking a nice meal for him. Since the weather is in the 70s, I decided to cook some German Hamburger Patties, which are nicely seasoned. And as the side dish I made Potato-Cucumber Salad. Kevin agreed, my food tastes so much better. And it is much cheaper and healthier to eat at home. Our New Years Resolution is to reduce the days eating out and rather spend the time on cooking a decent meal at home. We are planning a trip to Seattle/Vancouver trip for this Summer. And in Spring 2020, we would like to go back to Walt Disney World. These trips cost a lot of money, and therefore I always need to find a way to save more $$$.
If we didn’t have 25 mph winds, this had been a very nice day, today. The wind was chilly. So, I decided to spend my day in the house and cook a good “Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soup”. First I made my chicken broth from scratch, before I cooked the rice. When Katelynn and Sara came home from school, they were very happy to see Momma’s soup. But first they had to help me cleaning up some trash across the street. The wind knocked over the neighbor’s trash cans, and most of the trash landed in another neighbor’s yard. Those were some strong gusts. Tomorrow supposed to be a beautiful day, with only a light breeze. It will be a warm start into the Winter Season.
One of my many Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soups, I love to cook in the cooler Texas Season
As a German, I love my breads. And therefore I also love to bake my own bread. Several years back, I learned how to bake bread in a Dutch oven. I was thrilled, how great the bread turned out. From that day on forward, I baked my bread only this way.
The bread turned out nice and crusty in the new Dutch oven. (2012)
Hmm, yummy home baked bread from the Dutch oven.
Happy World Bread Day!
This morning Kevin mowed the lawn, before the girls could play in the sprinklers. Katelynn got bored with it a little bit. She rather sat next to me and talked about her transition from Middle School to High School. Sara couldn’t get enough of jumping back and forth in the sprinkling water. While Sara played in the cool wet, Kevin and I were discussing what we have for dinner tonight. We decided on grilled chicken with potato salad.
Sara loves playing in the sprinklers.
Hmmm! Grilled Chicken
Hmmm! Smoke is released from the grill.
Kevin got the grill ready and heated up; Katelynn went inside to play her computer game for a little bit; Sara tried off with her towels; and I watched the dogs rolling around in the grass. Lexi and Luis were staying close to Kevin, when he was tending the grill. Man, that chicken meat smelled so good. Of course, the dogs noticed it as well. Lexi looked at Kevin: “Daddy, are you dropping something for us, soon? My mouth is watering from this good smell!” They got a better and more healthier treat, once we all went back inside. Hmmm! The chicken and salad taste so good on this beautiful, sunny Spring Sunday.
“Man, my mouth is watering from that good smelling grilled chicken.”
“Daddy, do you have a treat of an ol’ shaky dog like me?”
Sara and I baked a “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie to celebrate the Winter Solstice.
Sara and I were making Cheese-Pumpkin Pie filling and decorated it with phyllo dough. Sara really enjoyed helping me with the pie. She and Katelynn enjoyed it even more having a slice of pie, today. It turned out good. But we decided we make everything from scratch, next time. It will make it taste even better. 🌞
Today is a perfect day for snuggling with a blanket on the couch and watch a movie or read a book, while the fire is crackling in the fire place. November is definitely showing its face. It is raining and cool outside. The girls and Kevin will have homemade Chicken Vegetable Rice soup with sandwiches for lunch in school/work. In the meantime, I make another good soup with meatballs for dinner. Hmm, I can’t wait to have a bowl of hot soup tonight.
Autumn Trumpet Vine Leaf Droplets
Rainy, cold November day