So I headed out back again after Noon, had some Chicken Wire, see if that would work... Got up the Stairs
Took a look out there... Sunny and just too hot at 85 Degrees for any more of that, try later in the Day
So what else for the Afternoon, another try at Rye Bread?, thought some would go good with my German Cooking
I mixed up a batch on Saturday and something I did went wrong, halfway through baking, the Loaf was all crumbly
So I dumped that try, thought I would try again, I think I know what I did wrong, mixed it up again and set the Machine going
I saw a few (?) more Tomatoes out back when I checked first thing, I headed back out about 2 p.m. to pick them
I am getting a tableful now, have to decide what to do with them, have a couple Ideas... One 'REAL' Tomato Ketchup
On through the long Afternoon and about 5 p.m. I headed out back to work on that Cage Netting
I had just about enough to cover the Sides of the Cage about 3/4 of the way up, maybe that will be enough
But a Squirrel could get on top but wonder if it would drop down inside to mess with my Meloms? Well give it a try
Back inside to see my Bread was finished, dumped it out on the Rack to cool, later tried some with Dinner
It will pass the Test quite well, I wrapped the rest, will Slice and store the rest on Monday
And it brightened up some around 10 a.m. but looked like an uneventful Day ahead, just no plans at all
I did get another Windows 10 Insider update but that's becoming a non-news thing, coming about once a week
They usually start after downloading and saying 'Restart Required', If I don't do that then it Restarts in 'off hours'
That happens when I am not using the Computer, only way to know it happened is it starts the install when I fire up again
And then the Clouds and raindrops came creeping back in, a really dreary looking Day out there
So what to do in that dreary Afternoon? Nothing outside for sure, can we find something special to Cook?
Well now, thinking of those Corn Tortillas in the Fridge just sitting there, how about some Enchiladas?
I had some other leftovers to use up that could be used for that... So some creative Cooking ensued
I usually make Enchiladas with Cheese and Onion Filling, this time how about Chili filling with Cheese on top?
Started on making some 'Use it up Chili'... I had some Frozen Roast Beef in the Freezer, half a Polish Sausage
Half of a Chicken and Bacon Burger... I thawed it out, then minced it all up as fine as I could with a sharp Knife
Then into the Pot with a couple of my own Jalapenos, Chopped Onions, Olive Oil, some of my Own Salsa Picante
Chopped up one of my ripe Tomatoes, then let that simmer a bit then added Cilantro, Cumin, and Chili Powder
Had a Taste Test and decided it need some more Tomato flavor, some Ketchup maybe?... But all out of that
Well I needed some Enchilada Sauce anyway so off the Price Chopper... Got Enchilada Sauce, Ketchup and Mexican style Cheese
Back at el Ranchito, added some Ketchup, yeah that did it... Time to mix a Margarita and catch up on the Non-News
Sitting there in front of the TV, decided to check out my Laptop on the TV Sceen, have it connected with an HDMI Cable
Sometimes it is handy to show Pat some things on my Computer that way, decided to try out Yahoo Messenger
I saw Sigi was online so I gave him a call and the Message showed up big and bright on the Screen
A comfy way to Message, sitting there on my Sofa with a Wireless Keyboard my Lap, talking to someone in Germany
¿Y entonces Adiós al Viernes y a un mejor el Sábado? ...Well I can always hope so!
And on again into the Afternoon, Oh my GOSH! 97 Degrees at 1 p.m. Poor plants sweltering out there again
But nice and cool inside, the best place to be on a Day like that... What is there to do next?
Where there were those Cucumbers, looked like enough to make another Pint, so on with the Pickle routine
I already had enough Pickle Brine left over for another Jar so I sliced up the Cucumbers, added salt and Ice
Into the Big Bowl with a Plate on top, a Gallon of Water in a Picher on top for weight and wait a couple hours
Then drained the Cukes, hotted up the Brine to boiling, then in with the Cuke slices, just to bring to the boiling Point
Then off with the heat and into the Jar and the last slice just topped it off... exactly!
It was 91, bright Sun and high Humidity at Noon, was thinking I better Water out front later
And thought I would brave the heat and go out to check the Crops out back again
Hot? Did I say Hot? It said 92 Degrees when I got back in but it felt like 100 plus to me out there
And so, the Crops? Everything looked Wilty, I would have to get out there later and give everything some Water
Expecially the Cantaloupes, the Plants were mostly all laying over, could see the meager Crop in there
I thought there were more Melons earlier but you couldn't see them, only the biggest and doesn't look like much now
So there is one large nice looking one, a smaller one next it and a couple more I don't think will go anywhere
The the Tomatoes, might be Four or Five ready tomorrow, and maybe Three more Cucumbers
The Green Onions I planted from nubbins didn't look like they were going anywhere fast lately so I decided to pull them
There should be enough there to make a serving of 'Wilted Lettuce' with them, anyway, they were 'Free'
And then back in to finish out the Day, some Dinner to go with those harvested Green Onions
So I still had some of the last BBQ Ribs, that big slab sure lasted a long while, put them in the Oven to hot up nicely
I had some Mashed Taters to warm up too, that would go good... On to Dinner Time... Mixed up the Dressing for the Lettuce
Time to eat, put the Ribs and Mashed Potatoes into the MicroWave, set the Dressing on to boil
When the entree plate good and Hot, poured the hot Dressing over the Lettuce and Green Onions and set about my Feast
And everything just worked fine together, Poek Tasty, Mased Pitatoes creamy and smooth, Lettuce and Onions fresh and tangy
What a dandy Dish to set before the King... Well I ain't King but I am head man around here... and I eat good
Now what for Thursday... Just can't wait for another Thrilling Day!
Didn't get out back at all to check the Gardens, the Morers came early and I wasn't expecting anything new to be ready yet
So the rest of the Afternoon was all inside stuff and no Cooking Projects and really kind of boring
I did have an idea for Dinner, I had one of those Lotto Prize Bratwust left, and a ton of that German style Red Cabbage
So I thawed out and grilled the Sausage, heated up the Red Cabbage, some fried Taters with Onions and Bacon
With a hunk of buttered Corn Bread, a super way to end up the day... But imagine... no new Garden Photos!
So a nothing much Day and now off to see if this one will be any better... CHARGE!
So out and out back to check the Gardens, didn't check out back on Sunday, well a few things to pick
I found Three Tomatoes about ready and Two Cucumbers for Vinaigrette and one Nubbin, it will make a couple slices
And that turned out to be a fresh sliced Cucumber in Italian Dressing, then a Sandwich of that Mexican Pork Shoulder
Sliced off a Bun sized hunk, added Salsa on top, quite a tasty weay to use up some of my Carne de Cerdo Picante
That wound up another better than average Day, three lucky Days in a row, won $150 Sunday, $50 Saturday and $75 on Monday
Will today be the end of this lucky Roll or will I possibly get another good one? ...Off we go to find out
And I have a small Fortune in my Pocket from Saturday's Lotto Winnings, where to go to add to it?
I'm thinking the 'Minit Mart', didn't win anything there for a couple Days, I like to switch around places
And I did OK at the Minit Mart, won a $5 and a nice $40 Scratch
So on to the New Day and still looking for the BIG ONE!
Back inside a peek at the Aerogardens, in Garden 5... is that a spot of Green? Planted Mexibells in there July 26
I've been checking that for Germination, all I have seen until Saturday is some Mold on the top of the Grow Pods
Well, they say that doesn't hurt anything and now I see three Seedlings popping up, took longer than the first Mexibells
Was cloudy and cool to start, the Sun came out strong at 9 a.m. and I hooked up the Hose and my Miracle-Gro Sprayer
Headed back out to spray everything out front, out back and then stuff at the next Building that I planted
That should do for the Day, back in the Clouds again, and hopefully another tolerable Day
It was still 75 Degrees when I headed out for my Lottos and the Sun was shining again, looked like a nice Day
Hit the ATM at the Price Chopper, bought my $20 worth of Lottos and then won $25 back, starting the Day right
So then I had a $5 and $25 Win to trade, going to the Station where Rion works at 2 p.m. so will trade there
What until then? Maybe start on some Pickles, getting too many cukes all over again
OK... Cucumbers sliced and into the big Bowl with Salt and Ice at Noon, after two hours, drain and into the Jars
Pour in the Brine, on with the Caps and... VOILA!... Two more Pints of Bread and Butter Pickles
Well that's about five Miles there and I thought he was supposed to be there at 2 p.m. but was not
And the Gal at the Counter said he would be in at 4 p.m. Well I would not be, so I traded in my $35 of Wins for more
So the Five Miles back to Parkville, mixed me a Margarita to work my new Lottos... first one a loser
But the second! Lookee that, a 10 times $10 scratch... Love it! Second $100 Win this month
The third one was a Dud but the Fourth was a $15 Win, total $150 in Wins for the Day
So a pretty nice Saturday, and profitable at that too... Got $130 of that Loot in my Pocket
Saying maybe some Rain on Sunday, the Gardens would welcome that... anyway.. off to the Day
And they were promising Thunder Showers and Ran but all we got were haze and clouds
I wanted to water out back but was holding out for the Showers, went out back to Fertilize the moved Tomatoes
I put Two gallons of Water and Two TBS of MiracleGro in my Sprinkler Can, doused the Tomatoes good
They have some small branches dying back but do look like they are going to survive and I saw a few more Tomatoes
And the Better Boys Tomato Plant in the Pot was outgrowing the Trellis, needed to stake that too
So I got my Saw, headed back to the Jungle to find a little Tree to cut a Stake for that Project
Looked around, not finding just what I wanted except way off in the Weeds, didn't want any Chiggers
So I headed back in, saw one of the neighbor Girls from Upstairs out picking Grass for her Guinea Pig
She asked how my Garden was doing, Great I said and do you like Pickles... Bread abd Butters?
Oh yes, I said I'll get you some, I hadn't tasted them but I had a sample Jar, took a bite and WOW!
I think the best ones I have ever made, I picked out a Pint and took them out to her
And then back inside I took a look in the Wash Room... HAH! A nice little 1 X 1 that just might do for a Stake
Took that back out and wired it to the Trellis, got the Tomato tied on and heading up, Project done
Now it's Saturday? What to do to waste this Weekend, off we go...
Decided to take a peek out back before I went Lottoing again... 11 a.m. and HOT! 94 then
Anyway I picked Five Cucumbers and a 'Big Bertha' Sweet Pepper, long but not fat like it's supposed to grow
I have been watching that one several Days, didn't look like it would fatten up so I picked it and Five Cucumbers
But there are only Four Cukes in that Photo, I saw the next Door Gal on the way back in, offered her the best one
Thinking I would thaw out a Sausage and stuff that Pepper with Sausage and Onions and Picante Sauce
And then out again to the Price Chopper for a third try... Doggone... only another $5 Win
On through a Hot Afternoon, stayed inside and tried to keep busy, mostly TV but some Laundry too
I did start on my Dinner early, Slit that Pepper down one side and into a pot to simmer a bit
I removed the casing and chopped up the Sausage, then a half a sweet Onion, into the pot with a little Olive Oil
Let that simmer a bit then added some of my Home Made Salsa Picante, stirred that in to meld
When the Pepper had cooled I opened it a bit to scrape out the Seeds, then filled it full of Sausage
Then a little Parmesan Cheese on top and into Casserole then into the Oven for a Half Hour
And off to another 'not much going on' Day, Weather getting hot again, another Ten Daya of Hot coming now
Did my usual running around seeking my Fortune again. winning some little ones
I won a $5, $5, $10 and then a nicer $20 and $25... Still have $20 to trade in this Morning, a little Profit there
Just nothing going on, started early afternoon on something for Dinner, what for Wednesday then?
Well I had the last of those smoked Spareribs in the Fridge, how about some Hash, not done that for awhile
So I cut the Meat off the Bones, cut it up, into the Skillet with Taters, Onions, Green Pepper
Let that all simmer down and meld together, set it aside to hold warm until Dinner
And back in to set out Dinner and finish up the Day... The Hash was OK but not exceptional...
Well all my Cooking can't be super Special, sometimes I just luck out
No Gardenng except for a walk out back to check things... And nothing to Harvest or work on back there
So, I put out a huge Bratwurst to thaw, needed some stuff for my German Meal so headed to the Price Chopper
Mainly some more Onions and a head of Red Cabbage and a few other stock up things... and saw some Bacon on Sale
So then back into that long afternoon, that stuff takes time to do right, I checked recipes online to refresh 'how to'
I started on the Cabbage first, Butter in the large Skillet, chopped Onions, added Sugar and Vinegar
Then started slicing and adding that big head of Red Cabbage, added a sliced Apple, finally all simmering in the Skillet
Next I started on the hot German Potato Salad... Peeled and sliced the Potatoes and simmer in water in a Pot
Then I needed that large Skillet to do my Potatoes, dumped the Cabbage into a large Pot to finish
Added some Bacon and Bacon grease to the Skillet, added Sliced Onions and then the simmered Potatoes, Sugar and Vinegar
And after that simmered a bit I added that big Sausage in the middle of everything, now everything cooking slowly
Margarita and TV News Time, finally a Movie and more Colombo with Dinner... Big Plateful, Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes
And in my not so humble opinion, a pretty successful try, of course Sigi would find fault with it, not like his Mamma made
But on both Dishes there are many variations and I kinda like the one I came up with, but I have way too much Cabbage left over
So, not much going on on Tuesday but I passed the time pleasantly for the most part... Now what for Wednesday?
So I took those Wins back to the Price Chopper and traded for more, back to scratch off another $5 win
And then another nice Win, five words fr $25 then the Bonus Word for another $25...a $50 total Win<
That made the Total Win for the Day $160... of course it cost $40 to win it, but a nice profit
So, Dinner turned out to be one more of those big Lotto Prize Burgers, and Tater Salad... good stuff
Well then... I had TWO Margaritas in the long afternoon, then a few Glasses of Vino Tinto then a Movie
Then another Episode of the Old Colombo TV show and finished with an Andrew Rieu Concert
Pretty nice Day but not really much going on but nice to win a couple nice Lottos, have a pocket full to buy more
Off now to see what Tuesday can do... CHARGE!
Still cloudy at 8 a.m. and 75 Degrees when I headed out to find my Fortune... and did not
The Forecast was sayng partly Sunny, maybe I can get off with no Tomato cover again... I'll have to watch
And another peek at the Poblano out front in the Pot, that move seemed to work great, it was going nowhere inside
Now it has Four nice Peppers on it and at 29 Inches, taller than the one inside at 24 Inches
But the one inside has Eight Peppers on it and they are larger, but it got a better start
And so the Morning beginning to slip by, I started on this BLOG for Sunday, heard drips and looked out the Window
Hey! Looked dark as Night out there! And then I heard more pitter patter and the Rains Came and Heavy
And continued with some Thunder and then got all quiet, but still raining... And I had just watered real good out back
I can't remember anything special the rest of the Day to bother anyone with so I guess this is all she wrote
And now off to another Monday.. How many more do I have left?