Or what we had for dinner last night. It seems like the whole country is in the grips of a heatwave. The last thing I feel like doing when the weather is like that is cooking. It's even too hot to grill out which is my go to method of cooking in the summer. My first thought is : 'let's go out'. Well, most of our budgets can only handle that so long and going out to eat just isn't a good thing every night. My husband is not big on salads for dinner since he eats them for lunch a lot so that idea was out for me. When I was doing my meal planning I knew it would be hot this week so when I saw 'Manwich' on sale I came up with the idea for sloppy joes one night. I bet we haven't had sloppy joes in 5 years, maybe longer. Since they just cook up on the stove top it really keeps the kitchen cool.
And when you cook your corn on the cob in the microwave it still stays cool. I just cook the corn in the husks for about 6-8 minutes for 3 pieces. Adjust time if needed. I take most of the silks off before cooking but they will cook fine if you don't take the silks off until after. No boiling water to steam up the house!
Round out the meal with some fresh fruit and you have a yummy meal. The house stays cool and so do you.
What are your favorite meals for the dog days of summer?
I've never been one to keep a journal or diary (as we called it back in the 70's). I had a diary in grade school but wrote in it only sporadically. It was one of those cute little ones with a lock and key that were so popular back in the day.
I had some riveting entries like this one: Today I went to school. I came home from school and Debbie came over after school. I watched the Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family at night.
And this one: Today I went to school. Dianna was sick today and didn't come to school.
Riveting. Am I right? Good thing my diary wasn't put in a time capsule lest future generations think kids in the 70's were super boring.
Since that first little diary I've tried to journal (the new millennium terminology) every now and then with similar luck. Even I get bored with what I've written. Over the years I've tried to figure out why I didn't enjoy this process. In fact, I pretty much loath the process. I still do and h…
Just when I was about to call Directv and tell them to take HGTV because it wasn't worth watching, 'Fixer Upper' miraculously showed up. Oh happy day! I just love this show! Chip and Joanna Gaines are a hoot! And the work they do is pretty darn fabulous.
My favorite thing about this show is not Chip and Joanna, or Joanna's awesome style but the fact that they find homes in price ranges that are more middle America than what we see on Property Brothers or Love it or List it. A $200,000 budget is not uncommon. They find a house that's $120,000 or so leaving them $80,000 or so for renovations. Pretty cool. And pretty easy to relate to for many of us. Million dollar budgets? Not so much.
Chip and Joanna come across some really great fixer uppers. Almost makes me want to move to Texas!
I love Joanna's style. She is creative and, being a mom of 4, she understands that homes need to work for families with storage options, family friendly materials and spa…