In my attempts to use food that I already have purchased, I made a variation of my standard breakfast casserole yesterday. In this version I used a tube of Pillsbury biscuits, six eggs, a jar of pizza sauce, an eight ounce bag of mozzarella, two WLF jalapeños, and a bag of frozen Quorn “chicken” cubes. You know what? It tasted like a deep dish pizza, and satisfied me immensely. Also, it will provide me with five more meals!

When I was out in WLF this week I had a “time is weird” moment. As I was picking a couple of jalapeño peppers I thought back to last year when my pepper plants were producing more than I could eat. It seemed as if it were just yesterday, and not about a year ago. This season I’ve had only hot banana peppers and jalapeños from the two plants that I bought at Lowe’s earlier this year.

Wordle: six, my starter was REACH
Connections: perfect, Green > Yellow > Blue > Purple

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41 Responses to 2024-07-11

  1. Sally says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with COURT. Had I started with one of my favorite starting words, I might have gotten an ace. I was totally backwards in Connections: p, b, g, y with two mistakes. Strands was a breeze.
    Another hot day in Georgia. Took the dog, Jasper, on a run this morning. We went on a nice hike at the river yesterday after work. He hates it when I leave and I hate to leave him.
    Had a good yoga session yesterday. I realize I need to work on stretching and balance.

  2. Barb says:

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING going on up here in Iowa.
    I really need to get out of the house at some point.
    Maybe today a quick grocery store run.
    Everyday someone has come in – a nurse, social worker, PT, etc.
    Someday we will figure this all out.

    • Sally says:

      Good luck with all of that. It’s a tough thing to navigate. Get out…for at least a walk.

      • Barb says:

        I did go for a walk with the next door neighbor to catch her up on everything – she’s a nice lady.
        And – I’ve been out if the yard & driveway a few times.

        I was thinking about running to Kohl’s to do a couple Amazon returns before I get busy & maybe to Aldi- but Tom’s car is blocking me in. (it is garbage day, so not a good idea to park on the street).
        I don’t know where his keys are & he’s napping.
        Such an exciting life – huh?

  3. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5.

    Good morning from Lebanon, NH. A good day of travel yesterday, but we were tired of riding in the afternoon and dropped anchor here. Went out last night to a local NE chain, 99 and had dinner.

    Todays plan is to find something to do in Boston before flying home at 8:30. Maybe the zoo if it’s not too hot and maybe the art museum. We shall see. A drive around here (Dartmoth) on the way outta town. Obviously, no real plan.


    • Jenka says:

      You might as well have gone to VT and checked off another state for this trip! How, um, did you find the 99? (She asked delicately.)

      • Steve says:

        We were in VT and would have spent the night, but rooms were short. We went to the Green Mountain Horse facility to check it out.

        99 popped up on the Google and sounded OK. Did I miss something?

        • Jenka says:

          Poor choice of wording, not “find” as in “how did you hear about it,” but as in “how was it”? The two where I grew up are not, how you say, good. Or clean.

          • Steve says:

            We were pleased. Service was good, food tasty. A fair number of “old” people that appeared to be regulars by their interactions with the staff.

          • Jenka says:

            Oh, good! One of my childhood friends goes there all the time so it’s probably improved in the 30 years since I’ve lived there. He’s always posting to FB that he’s there and I’ve been questioning his taste… LOL.

  4. Jenka says:

    My boss is in NC so I took the opportunity to work from home today and NOT climb up the stairs to my office. One more month of elevator replacement but I am on vacation for two of those weeks. Unlike Barb, unless I can help it I shan’t leave the house today.

    • Barb says:

      its really not that bad here is the house – we have had the AC on. 😉
      Thank God my Dad has gotten past the point of freaking out when we run the AC. We just put a sweater on him & he shuts up about the cold.

      • Jenka says:

        HEH. My dad is going to come visit in Sept and I am worried he is going to freeze to death at the temp we keep the AC at.

        • IS ALWAYS GOOD! says:

          Its a constant changing of temps here – I get it cooled off, they turn it up for a little while, so it doesn’t blow at certain times when they might be near a register.
          Its a game I have to play to stay comfortable

  5. Bob says:

    That breakfast casserole doesn’t sound very breakfasty. Tasty, but maybe not for breakfast 🙂
    I only left the house for bowling yesterday. Laura went in to the office and Travis was working so I was alone in the house. It was strange all day not having my dog sleeping under my desk as I work and not hearing her nails clicking around the house. Gonna take a bit to get used to the new normal.
    Tried to tweak my bowling approach and my scores reflected it, in the wrong way. First 2 games sucked so I went back to basics and rolled a 190 in the third game.
    RAGBRAI training has been non-existent so I guess I’ll ride myself in to shape again 🙂
    Ramble tonight and tennis match tomorrow. I’ll get a longer ride in this weekend dammit!

    • Jenka says:

      Who doesn’t like pizza for breakfast?! 🙂

    • Barb says:

      I have forgotten, where is Travis working?

      I get it is weird without the dog around.
      Are you guys going to get another one? or take a break?

      At least with RAGBRAI you are basically forced to get off the bike at almost every town. So – just think – 10 more miles each time.

      • Bob says:

        Good point Barb, just a bunch of 10 mile rides all week. Sally may not like all the stopping, we will drag fun Sally out one way or another 🙂
        Travis is Lifeguarding this summer, they pay $17 an hour so pretty good money for a teenager.
        I think it will be a while before we are ready for another dog, if ever. Putting 2 dogs down in my lifetime may be enough for me.

        • IS ALWAYS GOOD! says:

          in many of the towns, there is no way to not get off your bike. Even the best trackstander would have trouble with the crowds. So – just have fun with it & stop & eat & drink.

        • Sally says:

          I know what it’s like to not have a dog around. It’ll get easier. Fun Sally has not choice but to come out.

        • Jenka says:

          I think this dog will be the last dog I have. When he goes I might just curl up and die with him. Of course, I said that when I put my previous cats down and I had a new cat six months later, so clearly my word is not to be trusted.

  6. Barb says:

    Booked a cheese tour (that includes wine) for the Thursday we get off the barge in Amsterdam. I’ve read such good things about this tour – and what a great way to get a walking tour of the city that includes cheese & wine! Let’s just hope Paulie & Sal enjoy it 😉

  7. Back from a decent morning ride. Forty-three miles, blemished only by the pothole I hit, giving the rear tube a slow leak. I stopped twice to top off the CO2, and shortened my route to ensure I would get home without having to change the tube on the road.

  8. Barb, what’s with the new name “IS ALWAYS GOOD!”?

  9. Lunch of a tomato sandwich and two ears of corn. The corn is starting to go past its prime, so I don’t know how many ears I will be able to consume before Iowa. I hear that they have decent corn up there as well. 😀

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