Note: I took this from my daily journal so some things are repeated but I didn't go back to try to place them.
July 15 2016
Didn't feel as well today; coughing
more. Maybe meds are loosening things up ? This is in reference to the recently diagnosed acute bronchitis. My nurse Sis doesn't agree; she says just allergies.
Stayed in all day. Waiting for well
(went out last night around 4pm); and oven man.
Need new pressure tank and all is well. (This is taken from my very brief daily journal) Thursday evening around 5 pm we had no water. Call to well man and he will be out in the morning...our old serviceman would have come out that evening since it was 95°. Those days are long gone.
Made two loaves of modified Annie's
bread. Max thinks it is the best; added l cup white whole wheat flour and ½ cup steel
cut oats to it.
Oven preheated quickly and worked well.
Didn't sleep well after 1:30 am until I
took a cough pill (codeine based) then slept and quit coughing until
5:30. Just the third one I have taken.
Toast for breakfast.
Outside to work but grass is sopping
wet. Managed to spray 2 gallon of herbicide here and there. Will
have to wait until things dry.
Japanese Beetles on beans on fence. Spray later
today.(didn't get to it).
Peaches are not ripening like they
should. May just take down the entire tree. Getting very tired of
Got soaked to my knees so changed
Harvest: 4 eggplants, l cuc. Pulled
lots of weeds in sweet potatoes and around fenced tomatoes and
July 16, Saturday
Early errands but still too hot at 9 AM
when we got back to do anything. Will hit it tomorrow
I did manage to polish my kitchen
My stove oven is finally repaired.
That same afternoon I made two loaves of our very favorite
Annie's Honey and Wheat bread. I don't
do half and half but just add a cup or two of white whole wheat and ½
to l cup of steel cut oats. I also do the double rise. Rise once,
punch down. Let rise again, punch down form into loaves and let rise
the third time and bake. I am happy to report the oven no longer
takes an hour to preheat.
Also a good report on the new Breville
larger countertop oven. I have baked a 12 inch pizza in it and it
came out perfectly browned on the bottom and not burned on the edges.
I am going to make Philly Steak Cheese calzones with the leftover
pizza dough today.
They turned out great; very tasty. Not too pretty but I had to stretch the dough......
I got a little carried away and made a
chocolate sheet cake in the oven yesterday.....some call it Mississippi mud and
some call it Secret cake. It is like eating a candy bar. Delicious
but not a good thing.
I kept some out for one day and the
rest is in the freezer for drop by guests.
Secret Cake (from Symphony of Cooking
fifth movement – Springfield Symphony Association
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
½ tsp salt
Sift first three ingredients together.
Bring the next 4 ingredients to a boil
l stick butter
½ cup crisco
1 cup water
3 – ½ Tablespoons cocoa
pour over dry ingredients and blend
Add last 4 ingredients
2 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup buttermilk
Mix well; batter will be very thin.
Pour into greased 11x16 sheet cake pan. Bake 400° for 20 minutes.
1 stick butter
3 – ½ tablespoons cocoa
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts
1 cup flaked coconut
box of confectioners sugar
Boil first three ingredients until
slightly thickened. Remove from heat add rest of ingredients
. Leave cake in pan. Frost while hot.
Yield 20 large pieces or 5 dozen
Note: I have also iced half of the
cake with the frosting before adding nuts and coconut for the grand kids.
Also made some peach jam and mincemeat
turnovers in the Breville and was happy with them.
I think(hope) I have the baking out of
my system for a while!
Sunday, July 17
I decided after yesterday that I needed
to go out just as the sun was coming up to work. I see Ilene does
the same. I was out by 6:30 AM and worked until 9:30 which is a long
time for me.
First thing was trimming the corners of
the driveway around the wagon wheels. I need to do the entire ditch
roadside but that will be another day.
The beetles were back by the thousands.
I spot sprayed with Seven and then realized I needed to mix up l0
gallons in the big battery operated sprayer. I think I covered
everything in the yard.
Also something is already stripping
down ears of corn checking for prime sweetness.
So far I have harvested 4 of the new
variety of eggplant and love it! Max isn't so enthusiastic but he
will eat a small portion. I got one very small cucumber and two
This is the new eggplant from Baker Creek, Listada de Gandia,
I can get a few beans after the spray
is safe. Borers got my one zucchini plant. Isn't that the way.
I planted the cucumbers way too thick
and didn't thin thinking the borers would get them;
They are untouched and running rampant
over everything. I have already cut them back some.
Same with the hill of yellow squash....
I see I have a few Sungold tomatoes to
harvest. I tested one and was very disappointed. What happened to
Looked out the back door a few minutes ago and saw the groundhog running away from the peach tree in front of the kitchen to his hole under the gas tank. I have begun seeing half eaten peaches on the ground. I think I will harvest them all tomorrow ready or not just to keep that blankety blank varmint from getting them......then down comes the tree!
Just had a calzone for lunch and we both liked it. Max says he will eat one for breakfast tomorrow.
This is the first time I have seen butterflies on the humming bird feeder.