Monday, July 05, 2010

Enjoyed the holiday

 We had a very quiet 4th of July at home.  I was still recovering and even Christopher stayed home all day on Sunday.  Dad went to church but was home the rest of the day. Although I could hear many neighbors celebrating with fireworks, I watched the national fireworks display on PBS in the cool of the air conditioning.  :)

 I had already decided Monday would be our official grill out day with grilled skirt steak, "cooked to death" green beans, potato salad, and Cherry Cheesecake Pie for dessert (that recipe... here).  It is my husband's favorite dessert.  I usually keep everything for the cheesecake in my pantry but this time I didn't have any cherry pie filling.  I did, however, have some canned cherries.  :)

I had never cooked skirt steak before (much less grilled it) but I saw it grilled on a cooking show recently and I had to try it since skirt steak is very reasonable.  Wow, it was delicious.  I will definitely be grilling it again only next time I will use it in fajitas.  The only thing special I did with it was to rub in some Tony Cachere's creole seasoning about an hour before grilling.

My kitchen dish drainer has been full for days, lots of dishes to do!  Yes... although I own a few sets of gorgeous china, I use colorful plastic for my day to day dishes.  It all started when I had a little boy and a husband... now I have a young man around and a husband.

I was out early this morning watering the deck flowers (which all look quite miserable) and the garden.  It is already very hot and humid again... and getting hotter.  I gave the garden a very long soaking mist and watering, now it looks happy.

Today's harvest?  Green beans, mint, lemon verbena, and kale... which continue to all sit in the basket as I am too tired to wash them.  Hmmm... I wonder if the green beans will have a minty flavor if they stay there long enough?  :)

So much to chat about right now... cooking and gardening and decorating and books... and cats.  That will all have to come later.


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous yard you have!! LOOKS so cool and inviting!!!

Dawn said...

My name is Dawn and I am a homeschool mother of three young children. I just wanted to say your blog has really lit a joy inside of me. My heart today was weary, as most days when the day ends and there are still piles and dishes and undone school work. But as I sat here my heart was refreshed reading the words God has given you in your posts and calmed by the sweet melody that played. Thank you so much for this blog...I hope to return soon with a cup of tea!
May God bless you today like He blessed me!
I am on Facebook, my email and my own attempt at blogging world (although posts have been far and inbetween lately I am hoping to add some more this weekend)

Marie said...

We had a quiet 4th also. I, too, enjoyed the PBS fireworks--I always look forward to that. Watching it on TV is a whole lot easier than driving somewhere and sitting out in the heat. You cherry cheesecake recipe is one of my favorites. It is so easy and is delicious. Your garden looks great. We are so hot and dry here in the South and it is so hard to keep everything watered. Our squash plants have already done their do for this season.
Take care of yourself and be completely well soon!

Christy@WickedHappy said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. We did too! I think the Fourth is one of my favorite holidays - right behind Christmas and Easter! Glad things went well for your family. :)

Deb said...

Cheesecake looks yummy and your produce too!

Vee said...

Hmmmm, love lemon verbena. Your garden and lawn look perfect to me. You're doing a very good job of keeping up with watering. Glad that you had a pleasant and relaxing holiday. Shoot! I forgot all about the fireworks on t.v.

Ann Kroeker said...

I've got to plant kale next year.

Your garden looks so neat and tidy; ours is a jungle at the moment.