On vacation in
New England last October
(Stephanie's former neighborhood)
Oh, I know... following autumn comes winter but I'm already longing for cool days where a sweater is a must-wear, stew is slowly cooking in the oven, and a throw feels all warm and cozy as I read. There is a point where humidity gets so high, one can still feel it in the air conditioning. We are in the hazy and lazy days of a very long, hot summer.
I'm not very fond of cooking in hot weather but I did whip up a cherry cheesecake dessert for tonight, since I had all the ingredients and had to use up lemons which were getting on the old side. I wonder if the guys would settle for dessert for dinner? I doubt it...
The heat does have a good side, though. I harvested my first red heirloom tomatoes yesterday as well as a couple more yellow tomatoes (all are delicious, I will grow them again). Everything is growing as if they were part of a garden in a 1950's SciFi movie where the vegetable plants were inadvertently given too much radiation and took over the world.
No, really... be afraid, be very afraid. Especially of the watermelon vine taking over the fence... and the herb garden... and heading towards the tomatoes.
I have been surprised (and delighted) with early birthday presents from my daughter (two Anne of Green Gable DVD's, after hearing me wax poetic about seeing them on TV) and another DVD and book (Miss Potter and a book about her) from a sweet blog friend who always remembers my birthday. :)
Along with my various Jane Austen DVD's, these are a welcome addition to my girlie movie collection... those which take me away from it all for awhile... in the air conditioning. Instead of sitting on my deck, I will brew a pot of tea and perhaps make a few cucumber sandwiches... and travel back to Prince Edward Island or England's Lake District. :)
I know I still have to post a couple recipes and I want to write some pantry posts. Someday when I'm not feeling lazy and hazy and worn out.