This has been the longest week of my life. My computer died, and it took a week to get it revived. I couldn’t decide whether to look for a gun to shoot it, throw it out the window, or try to have it fixed. Finally realized it would be cheapest to have it fixed, so today, or I guess now it would be yesterday, I got back a nicely patched up computer. I had over 350 emails backed up waiting for me to go thru, and that took a while to do.
So, now I have a week of new photos, some I can remember taking, some I’m just not sure about. So let’s get started. First on my list of things to keep me busy was getting this pretty yarn to make an afghan. I had a pattern in mind when I got it, but couldn’t remember it after I came home. So, I’m just crocheting a plain old double crochet afghan that will be warm, is pretty, but needs a solid color added to it for some contrast. BUT, since it will just be to keep the chills away this winter, I can live with it the way it is, so that’s okay. I love the colors and they look pretty when they are worked up. A contrast would be prettier, but….
I got my pumpkins and some bananas, to keep me from going bananas while I was out shopping for the yarn. The bananas were not good travelers on the bus coming home, but they went down well with peanut butter. At some point, maybe tomorrow, I’ll make pumpkin soup. Having some swallowing issues right now, so I’m living on bananas with peanut butter, and purreed soup. Noodles are easy, and spaghetti works. More about that in a few.
A nice loaf of bread and some tomatoes, which I had hoped to turn into sandwiches. The tomatoes were used for another project, and the bread is now panko crumbs.
Things were getting a bit boring there for a while. But these are my favorite slipper socks. And I’m doing in-home physical and occupational therapy now, so I had my feet out doing some of the exercises, and just decided, why not?
The tomatoes are topping a chicken, broccoli, and potato, with cheese casserole that I hoped I could swallow. It never hurts to dream, ya know. I did manage to choke down one serving. The neighbors enjoyed the rest of it. At least I hope they enjoyed it.
Not sure what this is, but I think it’s my sourdough starter, getting started again. Which reminds me that I’ve neglected it again, so it could have died again by now. I guess I should feed it when I get off the computer this morning. I’ve been up all night again, but only because I’m having fun with the computer instead of fighting with it for a change.
I decided to make some fried spaghetti, using Don Charisma’s method. I love it! The flavor cooks into the pasta instead of sitting on top of it and then sliding off into my lap when I take a forkful. Don used a different type of pasta, but since I have mucho boxes of spaghetti, not to mention all the other types of pasta a friend has given me, I could make a different type every night and never run out. I did forget to grate the parm on it though. Can’t think of everything now, can I?
This is the train wreck you get when you turn your back on the pan while the sauce is bubbling away. I think there is some on the kitchen ceiling too, but it will just have to stay there. No way I’m climbing a ladder to clean the ceiling when I can barely walk or even stand these days. I can do a great pratfall though. Too bad I can’t take a photo while falling down. That would be something to see.
I kept wondering what this mess was. Now I realize it’s a mish-mash of sweet potatoes, pears, cranberries and apples with brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon that I put in the crock pot one night. I still have a scar on my right thumb from the cut I got when trying to dislodge a slice of apple from the corer/slicer. After that I decided my chef’s knife was less dangerous to my hands. The results of this blend were dehydrated and made into a fruit leather, which I didn’t take a photo of, because my poor itty bitty thumb hurt.
Yum. Butterscotch fudge. Still enjoying this. It only takes two ingredients, so I can keep any flavor of fudge I want at the time on hand to keep my strength up during my swallowing problem times. With this, you take one can of sweetened condensed milk and 18 ounces of whatever flavor chips you have a hankering for at the moment. I’ve made two batches of chocolate, this double batch of butterscotch, and the next one will be peanut butter. Just nuke them for 30 second intervals, and stir in between, until the chips are melted, then pour into a buttered dish. Let it cool, then cut into pieces. I didn’t let all of the chips melt completely, but it still tastes really good.
And last, but certainly not least, I’ve been awarded my second Versatile Blogger Award, by Don Charisma. More about that tomorrow. For now, have a great day now, ya hear?
Good to hear from you again, and great to be back on the computer. “Fried” spaghetti is made by making your sauce, cooking the pasta al dente, then putting it in the sauce to complete cooking, while it soaks up the sauce, instead of dumping some sauce on top of the finished spagheti. Tastes so much better, but don’t forget to grate the parm on top like I did. That would have made it even better. Learned that from Don Carhisma, another blog I follow. He learned it from a former girl friend in Italy. He’s a Brit, but an okay one (just in case he reads this) LOL.
Hope you are feeling better. Looks like you’ve been keepin busy anyway though. I feel like I haven’t had as much time for my blog lately as I would like but I’m working on that. I have a lot to post about too but won’t get to it until at least tomorrow night. Anyway, can’t wait to hear how that beer cheese soup turned out for you! And what exactly is “fried spaghetti”?