7 Quick Takes for Friday

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I have an old dog. She has a touchy stomach, and at least once a week we hit a day where she eats grass and throws up. This usually follows a trip through the garbage can, where she has eaten a used Qtip or the top of a juice pouch. Today is going to be one of those days.


Today the high is ONLY supposed to be 96 or so. Thank goodness. The past few days have been swelteringly hot. So hot that yesterday afternoon I gathered up the McKid, and TBC and we went and got ice cream in the middle of the afternoon. It was delicious, and a nice break from working on financial statements and budgets.


My ferns are dying, even though I've been watering them. I've moved them out onto the steps in the back so that they can get a day of sunlight. Maybe the screened in porch is too dark for them. I didn't have that problem with the set from a couple of years ago, but I have a black thumb, so who knows? They look pretty pitiful right now. And one of 'em kinda smells funny, too.


What do YOU fix for dinner when it's too hot to cook? And don't say "We eat out!" I wish we could, but the budget is tight this month and probably next as well. We've got to eat at home to save $$$, but I can't stand to think of cooking. Help!


Reading A Thread of Grace is an eye-opener. Mary Doria Russell based her book on the stories of Jews who came to northern Italy after Mussolini conceded defeat. The Germans came in to fill the gap, and for 20 months, the Jews were hidden by Italians. Almost 50,000 Jews were saved from deportation to the camps. I didn't know the story at all, and it is fascinating. She creates characters that I believe in, and has been able to portray the fatigue, the fear, the longing for normalcy, the desire for things to just be as they should be. It is excellent. But at the same time it is heartbreaking.
I'll say more when I've finished the book.


Update on Tim: Everything went well. He should go home from the hospital today. Thank you to all of you who prayed with me for him.


Today is a day of errands and driving. Not the way I like to spend Friday afternoon, but there you go. Then tonight is a baseball game with my sweet PapaC. THAT is the way I like to spend an evening. Unless it's 106 degrees.

See the rest of the Quick Takes over at Jen's.


My go-to dish for really hot days is tuna salad. You do need to cook the noodles, but otherwise it's a cool dish. Tuna, noodles, peas, green onions, mayo (or Miracle Whip, which is my fave.) Stir 'em together and you've got dinner.

So glad all is well with Tim!!

I hear you on the no cook days. Today felt great though for a change. Pitas are a favorite here when I'm just. not. cooking.

Borrow me your book? I've just finished Water for Elephants. Totally lurved it.

Do you and PapaC go to see the Rangers? Cats?

Rangers! Fireworks Friday! $5 parking! Yee haw!

I love me some fireworks. I hope to die with just enough money to have my family fund a fireworks show in my memory.

Cold soups (especially cold fruit soups), fresh fruit, bread, cheese.

Insalata caprese is a regular feature (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper).

One of my favorite zero-heat recipes is a "Caribbean" turkey salad with strawberries, bananas, canned pineapple chunks, and cantaloupe over lettuce, with a dressing of lemon yogurt, cinnamon, and a little OJ concentrate. Another that appears frequently in the summer rotation is a Thai-style wrap sandwich with deli roast beef, lettuce, shredded carrots and mint - search for "Thai Beef Rolls" on cookinglight.com

Wow! Yum, guys!

I'm tryin' some of this.



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