Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Summer of Fresh Produce

It has been a great summer for shopping at the Amish produce auction.

I've done well with my bidding strategy.  As the song goes... 
"You've got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, 
Know when to walk away And know when to run."

All the choices!

These peaches smelled SO good!

Are these not the tiniest tomatoes you've ever seen?

Heirloom tomatoes.


They call these 'heritage beans'.

Little green apples.

And little red potatoes.

As I win bids, Himself brings back boxes to our chairs.  He sits there most of the time visiting with new-found friends.  I'm up and down depending on where the bidding is happening.

What would YOU buy if you could come with me?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Memory Lane ~ School Days

Well, it is mid September and every kid I know is back in school.  The earliest start was 7 August and the last one I know of trudged in on 3 September.

Back in 'my day' school started after Labor Day.  It was proceeded with major shopping trips... clothes and shoes to replace what didn't fit any more... 

(and if the shoe still fit... a little shoe polish would make it look new)

new school supplies... 

definitely a new lunch box...

First day teacher would check off our names and hand out the books.

Then a trip to the bathroom to wash up for the day.
(Yes, my elementary school really did have one of those hand wash stations).

Remember papers printed on the mimeograph machine?  You either loved or hated that smell.
I hated it!

When this rolled out, you knew there's be a lot of notes to take.

Paper cutters scared me to death!  There was always some story about a teacher who had cut a finger off using one.  Funny tho... I never saw a teacher missing a finger.
But you never know...


Then when you found the book, you had to fill out the card to check it out.

If your info was in this... you had a lot of hand copying to do.  No photo copiers back then!

Now armed with books of information it was time to sharpen your pencils...

... and get to your desk to work.

These where the desks we had in elementary school.  And yes, that lid dropped down on my fingers more than once!

The big kid desks we had in the high school.

Remember walking into class and see this?  Odds were for a good morning then!

And if you saw THIS... it was a great morning!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9/11 - The Day that Changed Our World

It was 18 years ago today.  This upcoming generation does not remember the events of 11 September 2001.

This is what happened...

Word: Sophrosyne

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Golden Summer Squash Bake (Recipe)

On one of our trips out to the produce auction I got a half bushel of yellow squash at an unbelievable price.  Some I gave away, but I still had a bunch to use.  I was not interested in that oh-so-common yellow squash casserole everyone knows.  An internet search discovered one that sounded interesting... and I changed it up a bit to make it even more interesting!

Southern Squash Casserole

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds yellow summer squash, about 6 medium squash, washed & sliced evenly
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, DIVIDED
about a 1/2 cup Panko
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter and swirl to melt and coat. Add the sliced squash, season generously with salt and pepper, and sautée for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover the pot with a lid and continue cooking for 15 minutes longer, stirring every few minutes, or until the squash is very tender.

Stir in the minced garlic during the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.

Add more salt and pepper until the squash is well-seasoned.

Adjust oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 350°F.

 Grease an 8-inch square casserole dish with softened butter. Transfer the cooked squash to a large bowl and mash it with a potato masher to desired consistency. Mix in the sour cream to cool down the mixture (so that the egg doesn't scramble)(OR let the stuff cool while you do something else), then stir in the egg, cheddar, and 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan until well-blended. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and smooth the top.

Sprinkle the top of the squash mixture with the Panko and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, then drizzle with the melted butter (personally I melt the butter and mix the Panko & Parm in). Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve warm.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Lemongrass Thai in Nashville, TN

Himself and I have been looking for a really good local Thai restaurant.  After a few visits we have decided our new go-to place is Lemongrass Thai in Nashville.  

It's located at 73 White Bridge Road, which is along our most frequently used Nashville route.

Inside is spacious seating so you're not right on top of other guests.  Service is attentive and your meal arrives quickly.

The fried dumplings are tender and very flavorful.

The Tom Kha Gai is good but it needs a bit more heat.

I ordered the ginger beef stir fry and it was excellent.  Lots of ginger flavor and the meat was very tender.

We go during lunch hours.  The portion are big and the price is very reasonable.  If you are in the area it is definitely worth trying.