Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Making Ice Cream on a diet day is like....

Let us say it is like washing windows or your car, when it is raining!  Not a good idea.  But, when the peaches are ripe, the peaches are ripe!  Get to it.

What about the diet day you might wonder?  Well, in an effort to slow down the "muffin top" an  unanimous decision was made, let's try the Five - Two Diet plan.  A good idea we thought, as the one who loves to cook is cooking too much:-)  That one is moi!

Therefore, while I was trying to fill the freezer with Peach Ice Cream ... batch after batch... unable to lick a dribble, a paddle or a spatula, I felt like I was extremely tough!  And strong!  I was!

Yes, that peach tree in Maria's garden produced another bumper crop.  Last year not so much.  She has been busy making jam and peach butter along with a load or two of the frozen treat mentioned above. Personally I stuck to the sinful stuff the photographer loves so much.  No wonder the waistline expands.

Perhaps it is a GOOD thing that I don't have more freezer space?
Now, we are in for a period of wonderful produce from that same garden.

Garbo and I were there for a play date with Buddie and Gemma the other day and brought home green beans, fresh corn on the cob, and cantaloupe juicy and sweet.  There have been  many variations on zucchini lately as well.  Zucchini Lasagna, Zucchini Gratin, Grilled Zucchini, not forgetting a quite heavenly Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, to mention just a few things.

If one needs to walk for five minutes to burn up the calories in one wedge of cantaloupe, I wonder how long a walk would be required for a slice of that chocolate chip bread.  On second thought no, I don't think I want to know.

It has been a busy time lately.  The living room has been rearranged.  Always fun with a bit of change.
The Seattle branch of our family was here for a weekend visit.  Zucchini Boats were on the menu and I had some help in the kitchen.  The "Zucchini Growers" joined us for dinner and we had lively conversations about some of the current top topics in the news.  The photographer was not present as he had to work, but that did not stop us (at least not me) from some wild discussion.  Here, in America, other than news of the Israeli Palestinian Gaza Iraq Afghanistan Syrian Russian Crimean Ukrainian conflicts, the list is so long, yet the now BIG news story here  is about a few thousand children at the Mexican border sent here illegally by their families most likely to save their lives, in an effort to get them away from the violence in their home countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala .... how much they cost to house and feed and we must send them BACK!

The fact that Europe is coping with "boatloads" of people every day, arriving from Israel Palestine Gaza Iraq Afghanistan Syria and AFRICA among other places is, I fear, not something people here are so aware of.  So to me, these few kids at the border of Mexico creating such outrage seems odd. Ideally yes of course,  every refugee should arrive legally... but if you are fleeing for your life,  you are fleeing for your life and it might not be possible to get the correct paperwork together.

Watching the news from Sweden yesterday via SVT Play, there are  now busses filled with refugees from Syria, arriving in the province of  Dalarna (Dalecarlia).

During our dinner here there was also talk about the minimum wage, much lower here in the US than in many of the counties in wester Europe.  We touched on an article "The Pitch Forks Are Coming" dealing with the consequence of the wealthy having so MUCH and so many others  so little.  Birth control being denied women via private medical insurance these days, while Viagra for men is quite OK.

These were our topics of conversation.  It was wild and woolly and fun!  The Peach Ice Cream almost melted before it was on the desert plate next to the Peach Cobbler.

I wonder what hot button items we can cover during our next gathering?  I want to know  where the Tomato Worm comes from and how on earth  I  can send those back!  Maybe that is a subject of "slower" or lower concern.  Betting we can find something to talk about to heat things up!

 ..and a few pictures of Garbo and her friend Love at the Morgan Hill Dog Park....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hollister July 4, 2014 Annual Motorcycle Rally

It was a great fun time for all.

Telling war stories.

Cruiser Bikes

Dressing up.
Bands of all ages playing to the crowds and having a great time.  I loved it.

The usual suspects riding together and having a great time.

Promoting the Indian Motorcycle.

Downtown Hollister

I loved this band the best.  They were great and the crowd loved them.

Nice Cruiser Bike

We will be back next year.

Garbo is a BIG GIRL now

turned one year old the 7th of July!  She is busy

and social,


and silly!

Loves people and dogs... cats and kids!
We adore her!

Happy Birthday to Garbo!