Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Meat Chips and the Dogfight

I'm home again, quarantining for two weeks and settling back into my routine.  I "go to work" at 8:00 every morning and use my "union break" to weed something for 10 minutes outside.  Then at lunch I walk the dogs so we all get some exercise.

It is a new fiscal year for work and I've been busy talking to our contractors about getting their contracts submitted.  I was talking to one of my contractors and the dogs were being real assholes.  I had to excuse myself to go yell at them and then they got into an all out dog fight! I've never seen them do that before.  I put one of the dogs in the garage kennel and finished my phone conference (nothing screams professional like a dog fight while you are on speaker phone).  The other dog sat at the garage door and whined and cried until I let the other dog back in the house.  They are just like siblings, they fight but then cry when one of them is in time out!  Next phone meeting I'm putting them both in the kennel and then I won't have to worry about it.

When Dave gets home from work we usually have a break, visit about our day and have a little snack before we get on with evening chores and dinner.  My new favorite snack is meat chips (that's what Gman calls them).  They are pepperoni slices that are cooked in the microwave and they become a crispy little bite.  They cook out a lot of fat so make sure you have a couple layers of paper towel under them.  They are great alone or with some dip.  They are also a nice treat after your co-workers get into a loud argument while you are on the phone.

Meat Chips
pepperoni slices

Place pepperoni slices on a double layer of paper towels, cover with a sheet of paper towel.  Place in microwave for 1 minute (microwave times may vary).  Let cool completely.  Serve with dip, cheese slices or alone.

1 year ago:    The Passing of June
5 years ago:  Chocolate Heart Cakes for a Wedding
7 years ago:  White Water Rafting

July 14, 2020  Sunset 12:05 am  Sunrise 3:51 am  Temp. H 70/ L 51°F

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Visit with the Grandboys and Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls

I know it's been quiet on the blog, but life has been anything but quiet!  My two grandson's came for a visit.  They brought their parents too.  And while Fairbanks was really wet, cool and rainy the whole time they were here, we did have some moments of sun and fun in the rain.
Gman was a trooper wearing his mask to travel.

EZ loved the fresh bread I made every day.

Grandpa's sidekick!

Loving the good weather at "Summer Camp"

Then they left and I went to Montana to help my mom.  I spent a couple weeks there working remotely, helping her clean house and taking trips to the dump and the donation center.  My brother stepped in after I left and he is there now helping her.

Our usual summer plans have changed a bit due to "the COVID" as we call it at home, and things look a little different with what we are doing.  I am tired of the phrases "new normal" and "unprecedented times" because every day is a new normal.  Nothing stays the same and we just need to keep on keeping on.

So, here are a few pictures from our visit with the boys, and a few things we made special for the grandkids.  I hope to be home and back to a "normal" COVID routine soon.

Ice Cream Sandwich cake for Gman.
He loved it!

Way too soon they were headed back home.

Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls

4 cups strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water to prevent scorching

Your favorite cinnamon roll recipe - I use this

In a medium saucepan cook strawberries, sugar and water over medium heat until strawberries are reduced, slightly thick and syrupy.  Pour into bottom of 9 X 13 pan.

Make your cinnamon rolls and place in pan over strawberries.  Bake and serve.  Enjoy!

July 8, 2020  Sunset 12:23 am  Sunrise 3:32 am  Temp. H 67/ L 53°F