Sunday, August 21, 2016

Farmers Market and No More SONO Bakery (UPDATE!)

John the owner of SONO has forwarded us his cell.    I am letting Uncle handle the call.    I still won't patronize them, but I am curious as to what the discussion will be.    The nature of the market has now been tarnished in my eyes.   Not so much because we didn't get to purchase what we wanted but because the rules seem to be bent by this vendors staff on more than one occasion.     I will miss their muffins though!

I spent a whole $10.50 on zucchini, corn and broccoli.   

   The rest was from my market share.  Lovely Swiss chard, fairytale eggplant and tomatoes

Onions, beets and okra

  I also will no longer be doing business with SONO Bakery.    On more than one occasion I have witnessed them bagging up product requested by the same person before "the bell" and then taking the cash after the bell.   In the past when I witnessed it happen they just said what we wanted wasn't put on truck.    This time we pushed the topic more, and the semantics used was that they hadn't sold the product yet.    No apology, actually we were treated with indifference and rudeness.    It was suggested that the items had been preordered (the entire time the person who had bypassed the rules was laughing).   My reply to that was a preorder should come bagged for the customer, not taken from the trays for the market.    Shrug was the reply.     As you all know from my posts, I have spent quite a bit at their booth over the years.    No more.   I speak with my dollars (and the emails I sent to city seed and the bakery).  I truly do not expect a reply, but know I was clear and to the point.   

Horseradish from garden

Didn't get much, but boy did it clear my sinuses when I took a whiff!   

Freebies this week

Did anyone else become a member of the pancake IHOP club?    Ion ally do not eat here, but figured I might take someone who likes pancakes.     Note your freebie expires 14 days from day it is sent to you.    A free full stack 3 times a year.      

I also decided since I have a few projects that are scholarship based or donation based that I really do need to find out more about non profit status.    So, I found a used copy of a book on the subject for a penny and shipping is 3.99.   However, I used my Amazon points.   So free!


Thursday, August 18, 2016


I had posted a few days back a toning 30 day experiment.    I have been able to do it except for the length of time the planks are up to now.     Due to past shoulder injuries and needing to use my arms every day to play I have not forced myself to do the 40 plus second planks.   I can do 26 seconds before the shoulder screams, so I will do several a day that total that one long plank.   

It has been a stressful week (but again successful).      I didn't have a Rock n Bows intensive planned this year as I couldn't fit a full week of closing studio in the month of August.  (There is one next August).    I canceled it last year as I just wasn't feeling it, with various things in my personal world and health exhausting me I know it was the right decision.    But this week, the bulk of my fiddlers had begged cajoled bullied (said tongue in cheek) to do SOMETHING.  soooooooo......... a 10 hour rock intensive.    No performance, no picnic.    Just lots of fun rock and pop music with a group of great musicians.    5 hours yesterday and today.    Today will be less stressful (yesterday DH and I had instrument set up and space staging and we tend to bicker)      Now the kids (and some adults too) know the music, know the way the group works and of course know that Mr J is bringing pizza today!

We also planned (and I purchased last night) music for the year of ensemble and next summers big Rock Intensive) so it is another success!   Especially that all the new members left smiling!

I also haven't been going to SB as I have been using up all the Stok Cold brewed coffee I got with high value coupons AND making my own cold brew with my large stash of SB cafe Verona.     My cupboards are going to be bare when the summer is over.  But I am saving money by not spending any.   With DH still not working that is how I am being proactive.   

Last success was going out in the garden just before it got too dark and picking this. 


Beautiful fresh basil.   Already prepped and frozen in EVOO for a future pesto. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Well, I did it!

I asked my husband is okra still a vegetable (technically a fruit as it has seeds) if you batter it with cornmeal and fry it?   His reply......NO!  It becomes candy!

Sluggy and Nathalie will be proud of me.   I did it!   And it was delicious.  (Spoken in Terri Hatcher on Seinfeld manner.   They are real, and they are fantastic!).     I sliced the okra.  I soaked it in egg. 

                                       I dredged it in seasoned cornmeal



                       After DH made French fries I tossed the pieces into the already hot oil.  


                       Between the seeds and the frying I hope I do not suffer, but right now.
 I am so proud of myself.   So good.  Very easy.   If they have more okra next week I will buy it again! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Meals 8/15-8/20


Remember the ham from last week?    Well, for some crazy reason my elders didn't care how hot it is, they wanted split pea soup.    Yes readers, I did.   Thank goodness for crockpots.  


Surf and turf Monday.   I asked DH to pick up salmon, and I guess the steaks called out to him.    Baked potatoes and onions and Italian peppers.   I actually ate salmon through yesterday (Thursday)

I browned thick pork chops and put them in the crock pot with cream of mushroom soup, lots of onions and black pepper.   

chicken sausage and Swiss chard. 

Chicken drumsticks marinating to be grilled on Saturday 

I thought I had a turkey in the chest freezer but it turned out to be ANOTHER HAM.   That is in the fridge defrosting for the end of next week.    

Farmers Market 8/13


Sunflowers from my share.    Note Amish quilted hot mat.   Has cinnamon in it that is enhanced when a hot dish is put on top.   In my favorite colors too!

Going with DH instead of Uncle is definitely cheaper!    Only spent $14!    3 English muffins will last me all week (1/2 of one a day) 2 sweets that DH already consumed and 4 zucchini squash.   


The rest shown is from my share.   3 cucumbers,3 heirloom tomatoes, 3 eggplant, 3 bunches Swiss chard, 4 onions, 1/2 lb mesclun mix (only going to eat a small taste and then give rest to Aunt)


                      And look at these!!  Any ideas?   I love okra but have never prepared it.