Monday, September 15, 2008

A Satisfying Weekend

Alrighty then! Looking back a bit, it seems I've been slacking off a bit in regards to keeping my blog updated! Sorry 'bout that. I guess my beat the season chores have pretty much taken over. It's been a busy time for sure, but somehow, almost strangely satisfying, even enjoyable.

I forgot to mention on our trip to town on Friday, we found, and grabbed a small appliance I've been needing for quite some time at the Grocery Outlet. As much as I appreciated it, my old faithful blender was really starting to show it's age. The thing that bothered me most was the aroma of burning rubber it emitted most every time I used it. I was just tickled when I spotted the Black and Decker's with the glass containers for less than $40, Just about $20 less than normal retail. Saturday, we used the new blender for the first time. I used 2 of the 4 ripe bananas left over from the previous week, popped them in the blender, along with a bag (12 to 16 oz.) of frozen mixed berries, 2 cups of cold water, along with the powdered milk needed for 2 cups reconstituted, about 1/2 cup of sugar and gave it all a good whirl. The result was a wonderfully thick, refreshing afternoon pick me up that would give any restaraunt milkshake a run for it's money, at a fraction of the cost, not to mention the savings in gas to pick one up! As soon as the kids are finished with school, we'll be repeating the process today, only using a bag of frozen strawberries rather than the mixed this time around.

As far as my old faithful blender goes, well, I really can't bring myself to just toss it off to the side to be forgotten. It has served me well for many years after all, and somehow seems deserving of a better destiny than that. Rather we will be utilizing our old,rather tired blender for nonfood purposes, such as processing egg shells for gardening purposes, as well as other gardening needs. Nathan's thrilled about that. I figure we may be able to use it for school experiments as well. Perhaps we can finally get around to making homemade paper from recycled materials! I've been wanting to do that for a long time!

Yesterday was another busy laundry day. Still rushing to beat the autumn turn in weather. Today, more laundry. I'm now well into the clothing I had stored, those I couldn't bear to give up when I "grew" out of them so many years ago. It's so much fun running into old clothing, from so long ago, and all the memories they contain.

Last night Pa was in charge of dinner. He roasted a ham, and fixed Augratin potatoes which we had with a salad on the side. It was a wonderfully satisfying supper, with just the right comfort level for this time of year, when supper time coincides with rapidly dropping temperatures. I was also happy to note it was a bone-in ham, which I look forward to utilizing in a bean, or perhaps split pea soup later on.

My second load of laundry is just finishing up. Need to pop another load in and get this load outside to join the first load already enjoying the sunshine!

Hope you're all having a fantastic Monday!


Kim said...

I hear you on the comfort foods! Saturday was absolutely gorgeous in Seattle, but for some reason I woke up and could not get pot roast out of my head! I had to make a pot roast! So I did! My first one, and it turned out beautifully! I did mashed root veggies with a horseradish cream sauce on the side, and pumpkin bread pudding for dessert! The perfect comfort meal even on a warm day!

Boondock Ma (Kim's Mom) said...

Oh My! That all sounds so good! I'm beyond curious about the horseradish cream sauce and the pumpkin bread pudding! I don't suppose the recipes might be in one of the cookbooks you sent me?
Also wondering about what combo of root vegetables you used. I have all kinds of differnt combos running through my mind right now. ;-)

Kim said...

Not in any cookbooks - I found them online! Here are the links:

Boondock Ma (Kim's Mom) said...

Thank You!

toomanyhats said...

Sounds like your staying busy at your house. We do the smoothie's too...I buy the over-ripe bananas...peel them and put them in the freezer...makes a smoothie like a milkshake.

HDMac said...

Great use for the old blender!

Isn't it amazing how the clothes still pile up and pile up when we have kids!? Glad you have that washer that you love!!!!