We’re finally getting some warm weather here in the NE corner of the States and it’s a looooong time coming!
There’s nothing like having guests for motivating us to get the house cleaned up. We spent last Wednesday doing some much needed cleaning around the house, then Thursday I ventured out to a local plant farm and purchased these beauties:
I simply couldn’t resist the cone shaped baskets. I got three and hung them from our front porch. In the past, it was difficult to get plants like these since we weren’t here full time and the plants would have been neglected.
I like to display items in odd numbers. They say that it’s more pleasing to look at and I have to agree.
Friday night our friend left a message that there was a little silver bullet type trailer up the road from us that was free! I’m sure it needed lots of work, but I was nonetheless excited to check it out. Unfortunately by Saturday some lucky person had grabbed it up. 🙁 It would have been so much fun to fix it up retro style, and you can’t beat free.
Sunday morning was the local parade. I love old cars, don’t you?
This was the second turquoise car in a week that I saw and I’m really loving this color! Do you like old cars too? My first car was a 69′ Camaro. I’m sorry I ever sold it, because it would be worth mucho bucks now. It was blue with a white stripe on the sides and a standard transmission.
After the parade we took our friends up the road to a place that sells perennials on the honor system. That’s the way some businesses operate here, and it never ceases to amaze this former native New Yorker ;).
Sunday night we grilled some burgers, corn and sweet potato fries and later had a bonfire. In eight years, that was only the second bonfire we’ve ever had. We currently have it located in a not so great spot…that’s a project waiting to happen.
The sweet potatoes were cooked in a way I’ve never done before and I think the way I prepared them is worth passing on to you all…
Place the whole potato(s) in water and boil until slightly tender. Let cool slightly, cut into fries and place in a bowl with vegetable oil (you can use any kind of oil), brown sugar to taste and a bit of cayenne pepper, then grill. Top them off with some salt if desired. This method insures the inside of the potato gets cooked properly, which is something I’ve always found a bit challenging.
On Monday after our friends left I started baking some chocolate biscotti. I’ve decided to give them as favors at the wedding in three weeks, so I’ll need to get busy! I’ve got Physical Therapy today and my dress fitting tomorrow, but I hope to get started on the bathroom cabinet this week. It seems I’m busier now that I’m retired!