Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

I wish I were personally further along on the Independence from Grocery Stores journey - but the garden just didn't fly this spring.  Fortunately, we have a year around (with tweaking) growing season - but it's pretty clear we need a bigger greenhouse to supplement the small one up against the house.  The rain just killed everything but the turnips and sweet potatoes and the little bit of extended sun we got bolted the lettuce and bok choy.   For some reason, my jalapeños weren't as successful as last year, either - even though they were in the greenhouse.  It's a learning process, I guess.

As far as the actual holiday goes, we're spending it much like we usually spend our summer days - except today, I got my husband to go on my "walk/run" with me - that meant I ran a lot farther than I would have on my own (as opposed to walking) but also that I covered about 1.5 miles less distance.  We cleaned out our closet of old papers - I found papers from students who are now adults.  In my defense, they were in my old teaching portfolio, but still....  All this cleaning meant a big burn pile.

I am in the middle of baking the hamburger buns for dinner tonight - since my mixer broke, I had to knead by hand.  I forgot how much I like doing it.  Off to do some more cleaning - and I hope those clouds don't roll in, because I'd like to pull Gibby out for a ride later.  I will let you know how it goes.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy July 4th. I just found a recipe for hamburger buns and will be trying it on Friday. The directions said to make sure you don't let them rise to long or they will spread and be hard to slice.

NancyDe said...

Hi, Beyond my Kitchen Window - I don't have that problem and sometimes I let mine rise for a loooong time because I get busy. I use milk, butter and egg, similar to a sweet bread, but with less sugar and it bakes up nicely every time. Very filling, though. Even my teenagers have a hard time finishing one of my buns with one of their dad's yummy hamburgers.

HeirloomRosaries said...

So sad about Ohia. I know you loved that horse. He was a beauty.