Friday, September 07, 2012
We have 3 producing apple trees (all dwarf) and although we have thinned the apples to one per clump -- to get bigger, nicer apples; there is still an overwhelming abundance of them hanging on our trees. Next year there will be even more, as we're planted 2 new trees last year. As we have thinned the apples I toss them over our fence where there is a large field, and the deer and javelina come and enjoy them.
Anyway a couple days ago I picked a few - maybe a dozen or so, plus gave a couple of the big ones to a neighbor. Last night, as there was nothing to get my attention on TV, I decided to make some homemade applesauce. These apples were just a little tart, so I added a small amount of sugar, less than half a cup. I simmered them on low for about an hour, adding only a small amount of water. Also a sprinkling of cinnamon -- until the kitchen had that mouth-- watering smell of freshly baked apple pie. I left them uncovered for the last 15 minutes or so, not wanting any water left.
This morning guess what my breakfast included! Right! A bowl of homemade applesauce topped with a stingy spoon of Cool Whip Lite! Very yummy and only 105 calories!
Another plus is that my scale rewarded me too!
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
It wasn't actually raining when I got up this morning, but the humidity was high; but instead of whining about it, I decided to "grin and bear it." After all, it was quite cool out, so maybe it wouldn't be too bad. I get on shorts & tennies, put Amber's leash on her, and away we go. Several feet from our front gates I noticed some bushy weeds growing -- and I thought perhaps I would pick them when we returned home.
By the time we had gone 1/2 mile or so I could start to feel the humidity, but every so often I would feel a little breeze, so it wasn't too bad. And as we were getting nearer to home we saw a small dog out in the front yard with her owner -- a very elderly lady that I always stopped and said a few words to. That helped cool us off just a bit too.
So we get home and I put Amber in the yard where she will be safe -- and I get the trash container, which is still out on the street, and I go up the road, picking weeds as I go. It took
about 20 minutes to pick them all, but it looked really nice to have it all cleaned up, and I was a sticky mess by then. Amber, of course, had not gone into the house -- she was patiently waiting for me by the gate.
We got in another walk tonight, so that made a total of 1.7 miles walking, and 20 minutes of pulling weeds. Not bad -- a small step in the right direction!
Monday, September 03, 2012
I remember the maple trees changing color along our roads in rural Minnesota. The air had a certain crisp feeling that made you want to jump around and enjoy those last days of summer! And the afternoons were still pleasant and warm, but dusk rolled around earlier and earlier. I would look around the garden and see the corn stalks drying up, and my Mom would mention that we should be picking the last of the veggies, like beans, peas, tomatoes (even if they were green) because the frost would get them. It was a busy time in the kitchen. Of course it also meant the beginning of school for me -- so I was usually called to help out only on week-ends.
By the time October rolled around it was "deer season." That added to our meat supply for the winter -- and many times it heralded the first snow fall. By this time we had dug out all of our warm winter clothing, as those Minnesota winters were LONG and they were COLD. Thank God Alaska became a state so we didn't always here Bemidji or International Falls as the coldest spot in the nation! And the little town that was closest to me was right in between those two!
Now that we are in Glendale, AZ during the winter months, it's almost like having summer year round. Winter in the Phoenix area is much like summer in some of our cooler states, such as Washington. That is the time of year you get to enjoy coffee on your patio, or have your outdoor BBQ's. We're a little turned around compared to most of the states -- but enjoy what you have because there is little that can be done about it.
Have a Happy Labor Day!
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