Growing pains

Toss some almonds and a few cloves of garlic with a tablespoon or so of olive oil, spread then out on a baking sheet and leave them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Toss some almonds and a few cloves of garlic with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and a dash of salt, spread then out on a baking sheet and leave them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

 

Yeah, Summer’s on the way out. You’ll notice the days are shorter, quite noticeably, and the hot part of the day doesn’t sink in as good or last as long. The mornings are more pleasant, time to get some cooking done early.

This morning I realized I need to hurry up and eat the rest of the nuts I have from last year, the new crop is coming in fast. I roasted a cup or so with garlic, oil and salt, and I’ll dry roast the rest (20 minutes on 200). The garlic will add a good zap to my salads, the nuts are nice for a snack or also chopped up on salad. 

My kids are grown up, the last of my wee biddies is scheduled to leave the nest in a few days. Instead of getting drunk and listening to a loop tape of “Simple Man”, I  have to rethink the way I do things. I realized, I don’t need a gallon of milk anymore, I don’t need to cook big batches of so many things. There won’t be so much laundry, the dishwasher won’t fill up so fast – after all these years feeling like Wishbone on Rawhide, I’m not sure what I will find to fill up all the extra hours.

We'll be getting more meals out of a tri-tip now that my son is headed off to college. Here's one of my faves -  tri-tip and beans on a homemade corn tortilla. This time we fried it in oil instead of dry, makes it crispy around the edges.

We’ll be getting more meals out of a tri-tip now that my son is headed off to college. Here’s one of my faves – tri-tip and beans on a homemade corn tortilla. This time we fried the tortilla in oil instead of dry, makes it crispy.

 

It’s been a lazy Summer, compared to school time anyway. I’ve almost got over the compulsion to wake my son early – DON’T BE LATE! GET UP AND EAT! It’s been nice this last month, we’ve been doing things my son wanted to do before he set out on his own. Alone away from home the first time – I know he is both excited and a little anxious, at different times. Several of his friends have already been off to their first year away from home, others have been with him at Butte College, and plan to stay here. Some of those who went off have been woefully disappointed and come home, glad to be here. Others have adapted. We’ve watched the other parents go through their stresses, and now we send ours off with all their best wishes. It’s good to have co-parents. 

I don’t want to have a big empty nest, so my husband and I are downsizing. I’ll keep you posted. 

 

 

 

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