Anasazi Beans

We have beans! Not ready to eat yet but at least I see beans!

Anasazi Beans

Anasazi Beans

You can’t believe how happy I am to see these beans. The garden this year has tried my resolve! After last year’s total failure at gardening, and getting loads and loads of free rabbit poop this year, I was so optimistic. Between getting too much rain at once, then the usual dry spells, then the hail, I was so hoping for a great garden. At least the beans aren’t letting me down.

Beans

Beans

Yesterday evening I was out working, it was getting to be dusk and Vince walked out to the garden. He looked around and said “Is there anything out here to munch on?” I told him there was asparagus, potatoes, squash, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, kale  . . that’s about it. I think he was wanting snow peas and they’re gone, but it was funny him standing in the garden and looking for something crunchy to eat.

It looks like at least we’ll have beans but I’m still holding out hope for pumpkins, okra, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and lots of tomatoes! I don’t think this year’s garden is going to be terrible!

Making Mom Proud

Dinner

Dinner

Yesterday Nicole was wanting some of Chad’s good tuna salad or chicken salad so he smoked chicken, made chicken salad.

Chad's Bread

Chad’s Bread

With homemade bread and chicken salad, of course you need homemade mayonnaise.

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

I was telling Vince about it and he said “I guess he learned a lot from you!”  That makes a mom feel good!

Hummus

Yesterday, for some reason, I had the hungries for hummus. I knew I had everything I needed so I dug out the garbanza beans, lemons, olive oil, garlic, salt . . wait . . I had no tahini paste. I’m not one to run to the store for one or two things so I scrapped the idea of making hummus but I didn’t stop thinking about it. I was glad when Vince called and said I needed to pick him up because he was putting his car back in the shop. Yay! I can run by the grocery store while in town.

The last time I needed hummus, I ordered several jars from Amazon but then I noticed that Kroger had it so we went there. Nope, ho tahini paste. Doesn’t seem like too long ago that our Kroger had a new manager. He came here from the Metroplex and I wondered how long he would stay in our little town. Not long! Vince went to the service desk to see if they had maybe moved the tahini and the new manager, who has been an assistant manager for a while, came over to help us. He’s a nice guy and I like him so, congratulations to the new Kroger manager.

From there, we went to United. No tahini paste there either. It was about that time that I thought . . why do we live in this place? And then I remembered I’m happy to be in a small town; no place has everything and the more “stuff” there is available, the more traffic and other problems there are.

Then, I happened to think about our wonderful little health food store, Honey Bee. They have *everything* and I sometimes forget about them. The ladies are always so nice in there, so we ran over there and yep, tahini paste . . made from the whole seeds so that’s better than what I would probably have found in the grocery stores anyway.

Tahini Paste

Tahini Paste

This afternoon, hummus will be made!