Petey: Glen, are you sure this hat doesn’t make me look stupid?
Petey: I don’t think olive drab is my color.
Petey: *sigh* I am pretending you aren’t taking my picture…
Even though I am suffering from a very bad bout of allergies, I had to mow my yard today. It was a true test of my new allergy medicine. All went well, and I actually noticed a few things that were happening in my yard. The first and most obvious thing that is happening is pears. I have a pear tree in my back yard, and this year it is really out doing itself. All the branches are starting to sag with the growing fruit. They are pretty on the tree but will become the bane to my existence once they start dropping. I have tried to do things with them, like eat them, but they go from rock hard to rotten with nothing good in between.
The second thing I noticed was the tiger lilies. I have a few, (very few), that try to grow in the shadiest part of the yard. This year two have managed to bloom. I should go over to my mothers and get some of hers. She has a ton of them.
Lastly, my little geranium is blooming. It is the first bloom this season. I have had this plant for about 4 years now. My mother doesn’t understand why I don’t let it die in the fall and just get a new one in the spring. I tell her that this geranium and I have a history….I can’t just let it die.
I don’t have children, just my pets. I imagine that having pets, at times, is very much like having children. For instance, I am never allowed to go to the bathroom by myself…..ever. This is a picture of Lilly under the bathroom door. Who is peering at who here?
Lilly decided she wanted to play my muse today by posing for me. I took these pictures with cell phone using different setting. I wanted to see how good they looked.
My least favorite picture was this one.
So I tried this one, and only liked it a little better.
This last one is my favorite. What do you think, which of the three is the best?
Today I decided to do something with my very over ripe banana’s. Banana bread was my answer. I don’t usually enjoy baking. It is so precise and I don’t want to have to wash all those utensils and bowls. As it was baking it made the house smell so yummy. I baked two loaves. One loaf was baked in a metal nonstick bread pan and one was baked in a glass loaf pan. The one in the glass pan baked higher and took longer to finish cooking. I sure hope it is done in the middle. No one likes raw goo in the middle of their bread. Also, notice the stupid nonstick pan stuck a little on the bottom. Oh well, I got to sample the bread and it is very delicious.
Oh, and I got the recipe off of Epicurious.com, (of course).
Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts Bon Appétit | February 2000
by Marsha Klein, Barrington, RI
Yield: Makes one 9-inch loaf
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9x5x2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan. Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Combine chocolate chips and walnuts in small bowl; add 1 tablespoon flour mixture and toss to coat.
Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of nut mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture. Cover with remaining batter. Run knife through batter in zigzag pattern.
Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool.
Tonight Glen and I dined on what we call Thai Salad. It is actually Spicy Glass Noodle Salad, but whatever. We found the recipe online at Epicurious.com, (love that site!). The first time we made this salad we followed the recipe. We have made it a few more times and have seriously tweaked the recipe.
Things we added to the recipe are: mushrooms, (preferably crimini’s), bamboo shoots, fresh mint and fresh basil. We also have to use a different kind of chili because the crappy store here in town never has Thai chili’s or even a friggin Serrano, so we use jalapeno’s. I adore this salad!!
Glen sauteed the shrimp, (we omitted the chicken this time around).
I chopped up the garlic, (this recipe calls for a ton), shallot, mushrooms and jalapeno pepper.
Then Glen sauteed the ton of garlic and shallot. Sure makes the house smell good.
Then when all is said and done, toss and serve. Notice the Sriracha in the background? We like it spicy!
Here is the recipe….
Spicy Glass Noodle Salad
Bon Appétit | September 2000
Arun’s, Chicago, IL
Bangkok-style noodles with shrimp, chicken and Thai chilies from Arun’s in Chicago.
1 6-ounce package dried bean thread noodles (saifun)*
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, finely chopped
18 uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined, coarsely chopped
15 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped shallots
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla)*
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 1/2 teaspoons minced seeded Thai chilies* or serrano chilies
Place noodles in large bowl. Cover with cold water; let stand until noodles begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Drain. Transfer to large pot of boiling water; cook until just tender and pliable, about 3 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and shrimp; stir-fry until cooked, about 4 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in same skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add garlic-oil mixture to bowl with chicken and shrimp; cool.
Add noodles, green onions and remaining ingredients to bowl. Toss to blend. Season with salt and pepper.
*Available at Asian markets and in some supermarkets.
Well, I was out at Whiteman Air Force Base again today and it was so freaking boring. What a long day! The crowd was very small, estimated count was 3,000. Also disappointing, no one came dressed up as anything extraordinary. I will say that I slept very well last night so I at least felt better. Yesterday I was so very tired, which does not help my lack of gracefulness. As I was walking to the command bus yesterday I walked right into a ginormous trash bin and received a lovely bruise for my efforts. Luckily it is above my sleeve line so no one was the wiser.
I did sneak in a picture of some of the military folks that I was working with.
The main attraction at the air show was The Golden Knights Parachute Team. I don’t think they performed yesterday due to the high winds that we had, (or I didn’t see them because I was practically the walking dead yesterday). Anyway, this was the best shot I was able to get.
This is a picture of the space shuttle……it is a bounce house….and it is the biggest one I have ever seen!
Last, but not least, I did get a picture of the B2, but not in flight. I think it looks like a plane Batman would fly.
As fun as it was, I am glad to be home for the evening. I am ready to chill out and have a nice glass of wine.
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