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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A nice day, and another recipe....

I was up at four this morning, took care of Dave saw him off to work and went back to bed until seven thirty. When I got up I headed out for my walk, I decided to do six miles today, the only other plans I had were to do some house cleaning, laundry, and sewing, then go to mass with my Franciscan brothers and sisters in the evening. Well as I walked I kept receiving text messages, a couple from my friend Cindy, a fellow Franciscan,  regarding our plans that evening, a couple from Emily letting me know what she was up to, she had spent the night at her friends house, a call from Matt telling me that he had had a call back from a job interview he went to on Monday and he had to go in for a second interview, and one from Amber asking if I wanted do something with her and the boys as she had the day off.  Well I walked for a bit, responded to the texts and thought about what Amber and I could do with the boys and decided that a day trip to Shipshewana would be fun.  I called Amber and she thought my idea was good and said she would be over in a bit, I told her to take her time I still had a couple of  miles to walk to get back home.
By ten thirty we were in Amber's van and heading north west on our way to Shipshewana. As Dave is working about twenty miles south of Shipshewana we decided to stop by the job site to say Hi.  Henry was very excited to see Grandpa climbing down a very tall ladder to come over to see him!  After our brief visit we continued on our journey.  By the time we arrived in Shipshewana it was noon, and I was feeling pretty hungry, we parked the van, popped Pat in the stroller and headed over to The Bread Box to get some lunch, I really enjoyed my chicken ceasar salad wrap while we sat outside on a covered, sunken, patio.  Once done with lunch we walked to the Davis Mercantile building, we went directly to the third floor to the candy store, then purchased tokens for the giant carousel.  Henry and Patrick really enjoyed the carousel!  We wandered around a few stores, purchased some adorable Cat in the Hat fabric, one print in yellow and the other in red, I will be making the boys a shirt each in the near future.  Our next stop was Yoder's General store, we looked around and then went into the grocery store section for an emergency BINKY purchase, Patrick was getting tired and we couldn't find his binky!!  As both boys were tired we decided to head home, both were asleep soon after we left and they stayed that way all the way home.
By four thirty I was off to Fort Wayne to pick up Cindy, we were heading to St. Joseph Catholic Church for evening mass.  Our Secular Franciscan Fraternity had scheduled the mass and it was said for the deceased members of our fraternity.  The mass was very nice, afterwards there was a dinner in the church basement, I guess each Wednesday evening they serve dinner, so we all got to hang out together while we ate dinner, it was good fellowship.
Matt was at our house when I returned home, great news, he was hired at Erie Haven, they have a fleet of cement trucks and do cement work, he starts on Monday and will being doing truck maintenance.   Tracy was at work so Matt stayed for dinner to celebrate his new job!  Dave cooked two t-bones on the grill, I cooked some yukon gold potatoes that I tossed with butter and parsley, made hollandaise sauce, and creamy cucumber salad, the guys then sat down and enjoyed their supper.  It is satisfying to make a meal that is enjoyed, and really satisfying when much of the food eaten we have produced, the steaks were from our steer, the potatoes and cucumber from our garden, and the eggs in the hollandaise sauce from our hens.  Following is a recipe for creamy cucumber salad, it is a favorite summer time treat that Dave really enjoys, it is very good served with baked potatoes.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

1/2 cup sour cream
1 T vinegar
1 t sugar
1/4 t dried dill
1/4 t salt
1 cucumber thinly sliced
1 small onion thinly sliced

Mix the first five ingredients together, then stir in the sliced cucumber and onion. 
That's it!
(you can substitute plain non-fat yogurt for the sour cream if desired)


5 comments:

LizBeth said...

Oh, Bean, sounds like a delightful day. Loved the lunch outside. Bet it wasn't 108F where you were! ~Liz

Bean said...

No it wasn't 108, it was surprisingly cool out, it was cloudy with low humidity and close to eighty out, very comfortable weather :) I hope you get a break with your hot weather soon.

Bean

Pete said...

Hi Bean,
Do keep up the walking - you're looking fantastic!

Pete

LizBeth said...

Bean, just checking by to say Hi! Hope all is well your way, Liz

Living on Less Money said...

I'm still trying to get over the fact that you walked 6 miles! That's awesome. I've been walking about a mile and thought I was doing great. Ha! :-)