Working In The Yard & Cooking!

Isn’t it the truth?

We worked all morning in the garden, and things are looking pretty good for the end of summer.  We remove dead/dying plants as needed.  Today, Mary trimmed the roses and plants down the center wall.

I got into a little bit of trouble when I showed Mary the new scarecrow.

We went inside around noon and ate cereal while watching another Clint Eastwood movie.  At 3:00 p.m., Mary decided it was time to cook dinner.  I suggested we use our apples, so I peeled several of them, added sugar, water, and cinnamon, and started cooking applesauce.

Thirty minutes later, I used the potato masher and created chunky apple sauce!  We felt like we should put a bowl in every room it was such a delightful fragrance.

Freshly cooked applesauce gives the entire house a fantastic fall aroma!

We perused our assortment of apple recipes and discovered baked apples, which are incredibly easy to prepare!  After utilizing our fantastic apple coring gadget, Mary fills the hollowed-out space with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Mary added a tablespoon of butter to the top of the apple before baking.

It looks good enough to eat already!

The oven got turned on to 400 degrees as she finished stuffing the apples.

Did You Know?  The original phrase, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” In the 19th century and early 20th, the phrase evolved to “an apple a day, no doctor to pay” and “an apple a day sends the doctor away,” while the phrasing now commonly used was first recorded in 1925.

My beautiful wife always looks so happy, especially when cooking something new!

We used Granny Smith apples!

Smile, you are about to become Delicious!

Into the oven at 400 degrees until the apple is soft!

The apple gets soft, and the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter melt together.

After finishing the dessert, Mary asked me to search for three large tomatoes in the south forty.  Finding them these days is challenging as the tomato season is ending, but we’ve kept them well-picked.  Fortunately, I found three beautiful ones.

She hollowed them out in preparation for stuffing.  The flesh that was scooped out was diced into tiny pieces and used in the stuffing

They are so delicious that I was ready to eat them alone.

The next creation was made by Mary and included a large can of salmon, hard-boiled eggs, olives, celery from our yard, and a few secret ingredients that formed a fantastic stuffing for the tomatoes.  She put the ingredients into the tomato shells and topped with fresh basil leaves.  We are ready to dine!

inner is served!

It was a busy day, but we had a problem – we had three of everything.  So we called Jeff, and, in exchange for several pomelos, we treated him to dinner.

Did You Know?  Most botanists agree that the grapefruit is a cross between a pummelo and a sweet orange.  Like all citrus fruit, grapefruit is a Hesperidum or a large modified berry with a thick rind.  Grapefruits are packed with vitamin C and fiber.  One-half of a grapefruit contains 6 grams of fiber and the total daily amount of vitamin C your body needs.  Grapefruit was initially called “the forbidden fruit.” • Jamaicans coined the term “grapefruit” because the fruit grew in bunches like grapes.

We enjoyed a glass of wine with Jeff before returning home with a large bag of pummelos!  Mary picked them herself from Jeff’s tree.

They are indeed large!!

Mary and I enjoyed dinner while watching “Once Upon A Time in the West,” a spaghetti western.  Mary was unfamiliar with the term.

Did You Know?  The spaghetti Western is a broad subgenre of Western films produced in Europe.  It emerged in the mid-1960s after Sergio Leone’s film-making style and international box-office success.[1] Foreign critics used the term because most of these Westerns were produced and directed by Italians.

We had a good laugh at the movie as it was not action-packed and had a lot of “dead spots” with dramatic music thrown in for good measure.  It was entertaining.

We stayed up until almost 10:00 p.m. and finally crashed.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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