Mr. Moon had to go to town this morning and I got this picture from him while he was out. He had picked me another gorgeous magnolia and was bringing it home. He said, "I should have taken a big drink of water before I sacrificed my water jug."
Perhaps with that picture you can get a better perspective on how big those blossoms are.
I went to town today too but it took me until after one to get on the road. It was one of those "but-first" days where I attended to a whole lot of little things like taking the trash and throwing out old leftovers and doing laundry and hanging it out and some other stuff that I can't remember for the life of me but I know there was other stuff.
I've got a severe case of the not knowing what to cook syndrome. I swear- I have made just about everything I know how to make and then a few more things besides, lately. We've had everything from salmon to chicken to tamale casserole to black bean soup to salad with beef to hamburgers to pork chops to chicken again.
Hell's bells, Martha! I have run out of ideas.
I asked Mr. Moon this morning what he might like for dinner and if that's not one of the most useless things to ask my husband, I don't know what is. "Uh, that shrimp salad with the cut-up cheese?" he said. We've had that fairly recently.
"You know there's potpies in the freezer, right?" he asked.
"Those are for emergencies," I said.
So when I went shopping I actually walked around Costco looking for pre-made things. Even like a pizza. I always make my own pizza but I was sort of ready to buy one that I could just put extra things on and pop into the oven. It appeared that Costco had none of their pizzas today. Is this even possible? They had giant casseroles and giant servings of things you could cook at home that didn't require any prep but they were HUGE. So I didn't end up getting anything fast and fun there.
On to Publix where I had no success either. I finally just got the stuff to make egg rolls and I guess we'll have those tonight. But jeez, they're a lot of work even if you buy a bag of coleslaw mix (which I do) to use in them. You have to chop everything else up and for me that includes extra carrots and green onions and mushrooms and tofu and sugar snap peas and broccoli. And then you have to wok all of that a little bit and then roll the filling in egg roll wrappers and then cook those which really isn't hard as I do it in the air fryer.
Ooh boy. What a ridiculous thing to do to complain about. When I check out at the grocery store now I am astounded at how much things have increased in cost. And yet, I just pay, knowing that the money's in the bank and am reminded once again of how rich we are. The fact that I can even consider buying pre-prepped food for convenience sake or any kind of cheese I want or organic broccoli and cauliflower or humanly raised chicken says it all. And of course I do still try to compare prices and on a lot of things I buy what's on sale or the Kirkland or Publix brands but I can remember the days when every purchase was considered with great attention to price and the luxury of being able to afford what I want to get is nothing short of a miracle to me.
So I suppose that I better get started with the chopping, woking, and rolling and thank my lucky stars that I have food to chop, wok, and roll.
But before I go, let me tell you that I've done a little research and a guy named Jonathon Coulton wrote a song called "First of May" which includes the lyrics which I quoted yesterday. So there you go.
And here's a video of three guys performing the song in American Sign Language. Don't worry, you can hear Jonathon Coulton singing it too. It is not the best song I ever heard but it is fairly amusing.
Also a little bit dirty so if words like "fucking" disturb you don't watch it but I have to say that if words like "fucking" disturb you I have no idea what you're doing here.
oh, that magnolia! Be still my heart! Shopping.....prices (ugh)..... the conundrum of *I know I can afford it, but should I?)....flummox me every time I shop. Today is our 40th anniversary.....yikes. never even thought I might live this long, let alone be married this long. We are not huge on celebrations.....but a bring home nice dinner of good food....a toast, and the amazement of having come this far is sufficient for us. haven't watched *First of May*.....but want to share this.......RIP Gordon, you were one of the fondest memories of my youth and you will be missed. I teared up today reading of his passing. https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+gordon+lightfoot+early+morning+rain&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS726US726&oq=youtube+gordon+lightfoot+early+morning+rain&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.9878j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:958b3d86,vid:M2FzeMrXSoAReplyDelete
love all around, in all ways
I am so sorry that one of your dearhearts has passed. I never really got into Gordon Lightfoot although of course I knew some of his music. It was just part of our Zeigeist. And happy anniversary! You are a year ahead of us in love and wonder. Love to you both.Delete
It's good that you're so aware of how it is to be able to buy whatever food you'd like, not always the smallest quantity of the cheapest filling food. I feel so blessed every time I place a misfits order.ReplyDelete
That's lovely huge magnolia, there! How long will it last?
Oh my god! Of course I do! The low-tide meal for me that I can remember was trying to make sweet and sour GARBANZO BEANS! Because I had the ingredients. Not that good.Delete
The magnolia will last until tomorrow but it will be turning brown by then.
Hurray, hurray, the first of May. Outdoor fucking starts today! My ex husband used to always say that.ReplyDelete
The signing is beautiful, and funny.
That’s the version my favorite cousin taught me way back in the 60s.Delete
And I’m not really anon, but MargaretDelete
So Pixie- did you like it or hate it when he said that?Delete
Margaret- you had a good cousin. I hope you still do.
He was a love - and a victim of the worst of the AIDS years, gone at 40. MargaretDelete
But wait, there's more!ReplyDelete
Thank you SO much for the signing song. Stella and i are going to start classes next winter and now we are already ahead of the game...Knowing how to sign fuck is probably the most important sign there is. You are the saint of the kitchen- dang! if I had to worry about fixing dinner every damned day I would just cut my hands right off.ReplyDelete
The "fuck" sign is pretty darn descriptive, isn't it?Delete
If I didn't love to eat so much I would not be doing all of this cooking. Trust me.
I love signed songs. The look on their faces cracked me up.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the song. I will pass it on to my deaf niece, who inspired ASL learning in some of the family. She probably knows it already.ReplyDelete
I love it!Delete
wok and roll time. i love it! we are at the end of the winter meals season where it's FUCKING MAY but not really nice enough to stand out and grill because it's still SNOWING randomly or cold and rainy so i get it. xxalainaxxReplyDelete
Oh Lord, honey. Really? We are having very unusually cool weather but for us that means highs in the low eighties and lows in the fifties. And we are soaking up as much of that as possible.Delete
I'm also have a what-to-cook day, and know perfectly well I will end up with cheese on toast for dinner. But that's okay, my freezer is filled with prepared things that just need to be cooked and my "blah" will pass.ReplyDelete
Cheese on toast (with tomatoes) is what I eat for breakfast most days.Delete
My ex is over from the States right now with his niece and her husband. I asked him what prices were like in the grocery store and he was saying how much things have increased. But like you, I think we all know how lucky we are that we don't have to worry too much about that. It was must be so stressful for those struggling on a tighter budget!ReplyDelete
Not only stressful but frightening. My god. It's sort of unbelievable.Delete
Whenever Dave gets stumped about what to cook, we get take-away! (Talk about privilege.)ReplyDelete
Steve- if there was take-away in Lloyd, I'd be getting it. The fact that the FGDDG has frozen pizza is a mind-blower.Delete
right!? sometimes I think I should add a disclaimer to the top of my blog...profanity spoken here.ReplyDelete
I didn't know what to fix last night either so while I was at the grocery store trying to decide if I wanted to buy another yellow squash I googled squash casserole and found a good recipe so that's what I made plus mustard greens and some cut up watermelon and pear.
I had to go out and check the magnolia bud I've been watching. it's as full as it can be and still not be open. perhaps later today.
Have you plucked that blossom yet?Delete
Perhaps instead of a disclaimer, we should have something at the top of our blogs that says, "Like to cuss? So do WE!"
Your dinner sounds pretty darn righteous. I bought two yellow squash yesterday and think I might make squash croquettes with them.
Good food is a treat to eat so you can repeat your best dishes as often as you would like! We are so lucky to have full cupboards and fridges.ReplyDelete
Mr. Moon is so sweet to sacrifice his water bottle for a pretty magnolia for you!
Luckily, Glen does not mind leftovers in the least. He is sweet in so many ways.Delete