There's a giant colander of crookneck squash sitting on the kitchen island... I have absolutely no idea what to do with it all, except make soup, that my family won't eat (Google crookneck, again). Another colander was filled with tomatoes in addition to the aqua bowl filled with tomatoes. Today, I got the tomatoes down to one bowl again. And I'm beginning to be afraid to go into the jung garden at this point. The peppers went with kielbasa on Monday night and more went into teriyaki chicken last night. There's another half-bushel still to be picked. I am so happily amazed at how much food we grew in our backyard this summer. I made more jam last week. This time with roadside peaches and frozen raspberries. It turned out really well. September has now officially risen in the ratings of second favorite month (May is still a strong first place), because picking food from the backyard and marvelling over it all has just made September weirdly wonderful.
Okay, moving on. I worked like a crazy woman all last week...my Etsy shop is open. It's not fully stocked, but I will keep adding to it weekly. We helped Ainsley and Jeff moved from their cute little rented '40s cottage to a cute little mortgaged '40s cottage, just a few blocks from their old home in the next town up from us, which is still just five minutes away, so perfect arrangement, all in all (we all think). (Cute photos to show here someday.) I sent off licensing proposals/photos in between Etsy and kids moving, and got told politely "no thanks". I got the stomach flu the same day as my "no thanks" and spent Tuesday through today SICK. Like awful sick. A really high and low week... hard on the soul. Getting a rejection letter and the flu in the same day really stinks. I cried. I rarely cry in front of the kids. (Corbyn cleaned his bathroom; it must have been dramatic for him.) (Mike brought home yellow roses; he's a keeper.) I was so sick on Wednesday I couldn't do much but lay in bed, just thinking and really praying for guidance. I so want to go where I've been being led; it's hard for me to see God's hand in my life right now. I wonder how much more I can surrender to understand God's will in my life... I know I've been given talents to serve God with, and through so much asking and praying, I have been led along a path that I thought was just about to open into a "promised land'. A place where my talents could bring joy, creativity, and help for people. I think one of the lessons I'm being taught is that this is going to happen in God's good time, not mine. I am definately being taught patience and perserverance... I won't give up. I know I'm being awfully cryptic in all of this... someday I hope to be able to tell more about my licensing journey. I just can't do it here, since people in China seem to really enjoy knocking stuff off they see in blogland. I sorta feel like I live a bouble life in my blog, because I can't talk fully about my licensing pursuits. It must seem odd when I've been gone a week or two here and come back having nothing very creative to share. Especially when that's what my blog is mostly meant to be about... sharing creativity on the creative path... (for hell's sake.) I just need to remember that this IS the creative journey... it doesn't follow a linear line; it meanders; it turns back on itself, and sometimes the clearing in the woods is just a rest stop, I've learned, not the promised land. So I'm going to pull weeds this weekend and clean my house and get caught up on laundry...clean undies wait on nobody...and then I'll get back to figuring out where to pick up from and start over again. This journey is circular too, I've learned :)
Oh, and on a cool note... :) I'm helping plant a Mary's Garden at our church. I'll tell you about it next week!
Have a lovely weekend, my friends.
Saturday night was the big rivalry game between the University of Utah and Brigham Young University football teams. Mike and the boys were excited to watch it... as you can tell we are U of U fans :) I don't get football, I don't think I ever will, but I like making game snacks for the fam, so that works out for all of us.
The kids put on their U of U shirts and then decided that Winston needed to be a fan too, so they rummaged around their closets until they found a small U of U shirt. He wore it all afternoon, like he was happy about it. He is the funniest, most happy-go-lucky dog- he doesn't care what they do with him as long as they are playing. I honestly have never seen a more kid-friendly, and kid-LOVING dog. That feather duster tail of his wags ninety miles an hour when there's a group of kids in the house. Winnie is in his height of glory when there's a house full of neighborhood boys playing hide and seek (he finds them) or when there's a sleepover happening- he's right in the middle of the action. The sleepovers kill me. Jess and his friends sleeping, sprawled all over the family room, and Winnie is in the middle of them sleeping, with either his rear end in someone's face, or lying on his back in dead-bug position (with his tongue hanging out).
While the dog modeled, I made game goodies. We grilled turkey dogs, Jess made nachos, Corbyn made his secret recipe baked beans, and I made jalapeno poppers. I've never made jalapeno poppers before, but they looked interesting... and the jalapenos are rioting in the garden, so we needed some crowd control here ;)
I found an Emeril Lagasse (I like Emeril) recipe for baked poppers, instead of fried. Less work, less guilt... it's a good thing ;)
(All the canned stuff in the photo was for nachos, so don't think I left you with missing ingredients.)
I made my speedy mom version: I used whipped cream cheese because I thought it would be easier to stuff the peppers with. And I didn't make Emeril's spice mixture. I had seasoned panko bread crumbs and I liked the flavor of them, so I skipped the spices.
I also used an ice teaspoon to stuff the peppers and that helped.
And then I forgot to take a photo when they came out of the oven ha! They were yummy and we all liked them and the University of Utah won. Happy ending. So there ya go.
Do you have any favorite game day recipes?
Tell me if you do... please share... sharing is good ;)
What are you doing today? Does it feel like fall where you live? It's been in the 70's here this week. It feels great after 95+ for the last three months. Fall, I like you. I don't love you, you're not summer.... but you are beautiful too.... and the tree leaves changing colors thing is just amazing.
Straddling the recliner, backwards and asleep... I felt like this last week.
I crashed all over the house too... from one spot to the next.
I had the flu and so did Sophey... she also has an ear infection like no other.
Obviously, this is not going to be an exciting post.
Nothing has been done around here but surviving... and some whining.
But I did order a Kindle book about fifteen ways to improve your immune system, we've been sick too much this winter and I'm going to read it and IMPLEMENT, by darn it.
So... on this exciting note I will leave you (aren't you sooo glad you stopped by today).
Back in a few when I have something FUN to share!
Have a good week, my friends.