Monday, September 1, 2014

Corn!


How could it possibly already be Labor Day?  That seems simply crazy to me! Of course we love celebrating holidays around here and really, any excuse to have another Summer fiesta!  What types of food do you associate with Labor Day? We usually have a big barbecue complete with different types of salads and delicious grilled veggies. One mainstay for us is always corn! Luckily for us, we have an amazing farm up the street that opened a farmstand featuring just to that! I've never realized or given it much thought, but that there's several different varieties!  This past week, I managed to score a half dozen of each variety that this particular farm offers.  Although I don't know the names of each, I know one has all white kernels and the other has both white and yellow… Anyone?  I think the white and yellow is butter and sugar corn and the other is? Just sugar corn? I am not sure but I am certain my experts would be happy to challenge one another to a taste test to determine which they love more!
On the corn subject… How do you cook yours? We've attempted different methods over the years but when it comes down to it it seems that the most easily error-free corn for us is to simply boil it.  Although I have seen so many recipes regarding grilled corn that I often drool over my keyboard. (That is, if I actually had a keyboard…or a computer for that matter.).  Anyway! We have attempted to grow our corn in the past and we even got one of those little corn holders for the grill but we always end up with chard and chewy kernels.  We've also attempted to steam the corn in the husk on the grill and we have seem to have difficulty with that method as well because again… chard, black as coal kernels. If you have a failproof method I would love for you to share!
For now, we will stick with the easiest method for us at this point and enjoy our tasty ears while they're still plentiful. I know that soon it will no longer be available and we will be craving the freshest tastes of Summer!

Happy Labor Day!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunoco Feature Win tickets to Dover!

As the Summer comes to a close, we could all use a little extra fun!  I've blogged about Sunoco in the past and they have another amazing promotion!

Sunoco is giving away free tickets to the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway

To enter to win two free tickets, follow the four steps listed below:

1.     Fill up at a Sunoco 3 times between August 15th and September 15th. 
2.     Text "SUNOCO" to 811811 and follow the prompts
3.     Text images of the 3 qualifying fuel receipts or upload them www.gotodover.com
4.     Get 2 free tickets to Dover!

Of course to find locations to fill up you can visit Sunoco's gas station locator here: http://gosunoco.com/gas-station-locator/

Good luck!
Jessica 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Days

It's been a busy week here, I can hardly believe it's only Wednesday!  It's funny how our last Summer vacation days have seemed to pass in a blink of an eye.  Here's a little bit of what's going on around here…

The Northeast has been experiencing a bit of a heat wave. After temperatures barely making it to 70 last week, the past two days have been most certainly Summer-like. We spent Monday at the beach enjoying some glorious weather. The girls chatted and played in the sand with friends and did a little boogie boarding for the very first time.  There were some major waves and although it was a little stressful for the Mamas, a good time was had by all.  Yesterday was equally as beautiful here, with temperatures in the upper 80s and blue skies.  It seemed like one last gift and a wonderful day for relaxing and riding bikes.  Today looks to be the warmest this week, with temperatures expected to reach 90°. Our first day of school outfits have been altered to ensure warm weather comfort and their water bottles will be packed with ice.  The girls are happy to wear a couple of pretty sundresses so it was an easy switch.

If you couldn't tell, we are still without our family computer so it's certainly been a challenge. It turns out that we had a couple of issues with our hard drive and although it is getting repaired, it's certainly not as quickly as we would like. Again, I'm reminded of how dependent I have become on my computer,  my frustration level has definitely risen when trying to access emails via my $140 notebook computer.  I suppose you definitely get what you pay for and I'm lucky to have something to use. Then again, it makes things difficult, pictures for example…not the easiest from that or an iTouch but you know me, I'm always up for a challenge.  Speaking of pictures, I'm sorry that my posts lately have been seriously lacking any.  It took me almost 15 minutes but I was able to load this one for you…
Yes, that is a snow filled picture and yes it was the only one I was able to access on my iTouch.  I don't know what that's about but didn't want to disappoint ;-)

Finally, its the first day of school for us today. I've written over the years about how quickly time goes by, I think if you're a mother you have those moments where you can hardly wrap your head around how quickly your children have grown. It's certainly bittersweet and most difficult sometimes but it's all part of the process. I tried to take a new approach to it:  I tried not to think about it too much, I tried not to get stressed out about it but of course it has always been there in the back of my mind.  The past couple of days have been quite emotional for me in particular. Of course the kids don't see that, to them I'm just as excited as they are for their first day and when my oldest confides in me that she is anxious, I listen and help her find coping mechanisms to get her through.  It's a transition year for us, meaning a new school for my oldest which leads to a new schedule and a lot of changes for all of us.  Luckily for us, we were able to spend time last week at her new school so she could get acclimated to things, she's met her teacher who is warm and welcoming, seen a lot of friends and was able to navigate the halls before they are filled with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  I'm not gonna lie, part of me feels sick to my stomach when I think about her going and part of me feels excited for her new beginning.  This big change means she will have new opportunities, meet new friends and have access to wonderful learning resources.  She's beyond thrilled to have music and chorus every day, have access to a huge, new, beautiful art room and take part in more school activities. That's what I'm going with, I think it's a constant struggle with whatever schooling you choose, whether you opt to homeschool or not, send them to private or public… I think so many moms have similar feelings when a new school year rolls around.  For me, I hope to make their first day special and memorable and I'm sure today will drag on at a rather slow pace as I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival home from school.  If I get too emotional, I'll simply think back to our wonderful, lightning quick Summer and all the special time we have had.
Here's to new beginnings!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden

I'm not sure what to think about our garden this season. It seemed like we got off to a slow start because of the cooler temperatures this past Spring. Then the poor veggies seem to go through a heat wave in early July followed by a lot of rain, another heatwave and then an extreme cooldown.  I suppose they can't help but be confused.

This week we seem to have an abundance of cherry tomatoes which is what I expect this time of year and we also have some delicious lemon tomatoes which are bright yellow and the girls are gobbling them up.  We continue to have a lot of summer squash and tend to pick them while they're still a little smaller because we prefer the taste at that point. It's definitely slowing down now as the temperatures have been cooler, especially in the evenings.  The cucumbers are sort of oddly shaped, and I'm not sure why this seems to be the case almost every year. They are almost rounded. Still, they are quite tasty and I won't complain when I have the opportunity to pick my dinner.  I'll continue to pick green beans as they have all summer long, their favorite is the stripy purple beans.  Overall, this growing season has seemed to fly by just like our Summer!

On the agenda for this week is to hopefully make a couple loads of delicious zucchini bread and freeze the rest of it for cooking later on this fall. I also I'm planning to make a batch of pesto which is one of our family favorites and judging by the amount of basil I have, we should have enough for at least a couple of meals.

A lot of people have talked about pulling their garden and replanting for Fall crops and I sort of am going back-and-forth about that. On one hand I feel like I still have some time, maybe a couple weeks left when I'm getting fresh tomatoes and a little more produce out of the garden. On the other hand I wonder if it would be smart to pull some of the crops and plant lettuce and spinach?  If any of you out there are reading this, I would love to hear your feedback regarding that process.  Part of me feels like it's the end of the Summer so it should be sort of the end of my gardening and time to refocus back inside but I'm not sure.

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful Monday, we are off to enjoy one last beach day before we head back to school this week.

 
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