As I sit at the desk thinking of what to write about this week, my thought cycle goes into overload. I shouldn't even be sitting here right now. There are so many other things that require my attention.
We recently sold our house in Cottonwood (lived there for more than 30 years) and moved to Ivanhoe. Our new home is much smaller but still large enough for our needs. There is a problem though ... trying to figure out what to part with. Space is limited. Many of the items I collected over the past 30 years will be put on a garage sale. The sale will be held in our garage, which happens to be even larger than the garage we had in Cottonwood. My husband loves all the extra space.
There are windows to wash, shades and curtains to put up. The existing mini blinds must go! They collect dust and take too much time to clean.
Also have some painting to do. Right now the main floor bedroom is bright red. A bit too loud for a couple our age. In addition, none of our bedding looks right in a red room. Nothing matches. Plan to lighten up the walls in the living room as the chocolate brown color is just too dark for a room that receives a limited amount of natural light.
There are cards to mail informing friends and relatives of our new address. This takes awhile, as I like to include a short letter with each card.
Wrinkled blouses and shirts require pressing. A button needs replacing. Haven't unpacked the sewing supplies ... haven't found them yet.
I've been spending a good share of my time doing yard work. The grass keeps growing and have discovered bushes that need trimming and weeds that need pulling.
The gas grill needs a good scrubbing. My hubby says not to worry ... the dark areas only add flavor. I'm not convinced.
Then, there's the matter of the basement. That's a whole other story.
As I contemplate how to spend my days, my mother has a lot of free time - she is a resident of the nursing home. Some days seem very long. I'm guessing she wishes she could turn back the clock to the days when she had too much to do. When I visit my mom, I'm reminded of what my future may hold. I'm thankful to be in good health and still able to accomplish the tasks that need doing. Right now, I just wish my To-Do list was not so long; maybe I should stop writing things down.
No matter what needs doing, we still have to eat. Guess I'd better get off this chair and start cooking.
Pierogi are very sought after during Polish Days here in Ivanhoe. I discovered a recipe that allows us to enjoy a simple version of the popular dumplings in my own kitchen ... any time we choose.
EASY POLISH PIEROGI
12 oz. cottage cheese, drained (1-1/2 cups)
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cups (or more) minced onion
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups flour (approx.)
3 T. butter, divided
In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, onion and salt. Use a whisk to blend. Gradually add enough flour for the batter to just hold together; use a spoon when adding flour. Bring a large pot of water to a boil - add 1 T. salt. (I use a bit less) In batches, drop batter into water by tablespoons and boil for about three minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer pierogi to a colander. Rinse under cold running water.
In large skillet, melt 1-1/2 T. butter. Add half the pierogi and cook till lightly browned, turning occasionally. Repeat till all pierogi are browned; adding another 1-1/2 T. butter to skillet.
Notes: Drain cottage cheese in a fine mesh strainer; allow to remain in strainer for about 30 min; stir every now and then. I usually place strainer over a bowl. The amount of flour needed will depend on size of eggs and the amount of moisture remaining in cottage cheese. Dip tablespoon (cereal spoon) into boiling water and then scoop up small amount of dough; spoon should be only about half full. Batter expands as it cooks. Transfer to pot of boiling water; submerse spoon partially; this releases the dough. Dumplings fall and then float to the top as they cook. (If they fall apart, more flour is needed). For best flavor, use real butter.
Make ahead ... prepare dumplings, rinse and drain well. Put in fridge (covered) until ready to brown and serve.
This recipe should yield 50 to 60 dumplings. (may reheat in microwave)
So simple but so very good. You don't have to be Polish to enjoy them.
Take advantage of fresh garden veggies
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 T. salt
1 tsp. celery salt
Mix to dissolve sugar.
2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
Store in fridge in covered glass jar. Let set overnight before serving.
Note: This salad travels well to picnics and family gatherings. (Don't forget a slotted spoon)
No baking required
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup coconut
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup butterscotch chips
3 T. peanut butter
Beat the eggs, sugar and butter. Boil slowly for 2 min. in a heavy saucepan, being careful not to scorch it. Remove from heat. Cool. Add the cracker crumbs, coconut and marshmallows. Press into a 9x13 pan. Top with the butterscotch chips which have been melted with the peanut butter.
Just a thought: My memory is excellent. There are only three things I can't remember. I can't remember faces, I can't remember names, and ... I've forgotten the third thing.