Good morning, everyone! June is already almost half over and we'll have our own heat wave this week (though not as bad as other states, thank goodness) topping 94 on Wednesday. Going over MIL's to do a load of laundry and hope to be back before it gets too miserable. MIL only has a small unit in living room window and sets temp at 80+ degrees, which is really kinda pointless. If we turn the temp down for actual cold air to come through so we stop sweating, she puts on a fleece jacket.
Hoping everyone has a peachy keeny day and always remember to stay well hydrated in these temps!!
It's just miserable hot here with average lows of 80 and highs of 97-100 for the next 10 days with only a 20% chance of rain on 2 of those days. And so of course the ceiling fan in our bedroom decided to crap out I guess I shouldn't complain, I know it was at least 15 years old and in the hot weather (6-8 months here) we leave it on all the time. But still, during a heat wave, ugh. And when I went online to find a replacement this morning I forgot that 1. most ceiling fans come with remotes now, and 2. many are low profile. I don't want a remote because I had one in the guest room and last year during a thunderstorm the power went out and when it came back on the little thing that receives the signal from the remote must have went out rendering the fan useless. And we have an old house and I found out (same stupid fan with the remote) that a low profile fan will creak and moan, or maybe it's the ceiling creaking and moaning, but it was so loud I hardly ever used it. Therefore I want one with a down rod. Who new it was such a pain finding a fan with no remote and a down rod. I guess they are getting outdated like myself lol. I had to order from Home Depot rather than Amazon and it took a while but at least I finally found something. Hopefully we can get it done maybe Friday after DH gets home from work. Meantime it's a box fan. Better than nothing.
I can't believe we are almost halfway through June! And it's so hot now it makes me scared for July and August
DD is supposed to call me after work today, it will be the first time I will talk to her after losing her pup. I don't think she'll want to talk about it, I will just follow her lead, but it will still be hard not to tear up
First time ever I have turned down a bargain on baked goods. HEB has a promo that if you buy a container of cookies, you get a container of brownies free. The cookies look 100 times better in person than in this pic.
I was all in until I saw that ONE cookie is 330 calories. I have really been watching what I eat as far as calorie/cholesterol wise. As much as I wanted to jump on that coupon offer, I walked away at least for today. Hope the coupon is gone tomorrow because I only have so much will power in the face of baked goods deals.
My body wanted steak today and figured why not do it in the air fryer. Put thick NY strip in for 10 minutes flipped once and it came out perfectly rare and tastes like it was done on the grill. So easy how have I not figured this out before now.
Everything good here, hot here, spending my time decorating a room for my grand dog, lol.
I've given up on pork chops. No matter how I cook them, they're too dry, and I refuse to brine them (too much sodium). I miss the old pork chops, back before the pork growers started tweaking with the genetics and feed so they could sell "the other white meat" and made the pork dry and tough.
I decided to help out the power company today LOL. They say to reduce usage during the peak hours, which are only 3:00-7:00. So I closed my blinds (except for about 1.5 ft on the patio blind, I HAVE to have some kind of view!), didn't use any appliances and turned the a/c up to 76 (they want 78). 76 wasn't bad so I'll try 78 tomorrow. It's too hot inside at 78 with the blinds open, but not so bad when the blinds are closed. And of course I turned on the fans.
I've requested the apartment office fix my ceiling fan and they have yet to do it. The maintenance guy comes out, says oh it needs a part - we'll order it, then never returns to fix it. It's a 3 speed but the only speed that works is high. That speed is having some issues now so maybe if I put it another request (#4 actually) I'll get a new ceiling fan
Busy day at work. It was nice, though, to mark stuff off my To Do list and I even got some of tomorrow's tasks done today. Which is good since I had to add 2 new tasks to tomorrow
We went over the mountains for some dry weather. It went like this: arrive on Saturday - sunny day in the 70s!! We cruise around, go thrifting, walk to our favourite Italian restaurant.
Sunday morning: The day for the bike ride - the DH goes out at about 7:00 a.m. for his 100 miler, I leave at about 8:30 for my 25 miler. A bit windy, but nice weather, temps in the 60s. Later on it goes into the low 70s. Ahhhh... lovely day for a ride!
Two hours after the DH gets back, the temp drops 10 degrees, then another 5 degrees and it's raining with a cold wind.
Today on the way home over the mountains:
We arrive home and it's 55 degrees and an hour later it starts raining.
jesmelric - I was sorry to read about your DD's pup.
Air fryer steaks are so good! The only thing I can't get right in mine is pork chops. I've tried several times with no success. We'll just stick to grilling them I guess.
I've tried cooking pork chops all different ways, gas-grill, air fryer, oven, stovetop (thin cuts) and with barbeque sauce or breaded or plain.
The best way that everyone here liked them through the years is to buy pork chops with the bone-in on them, just regular thickness. Boneless chops that are center-cut are more white meat and are more tough. Get the chops that are on-the-bone with the extra little piece of meat on the opposite side of the bone (rib chops or loin chops - loin chops have a piece of pork tenderloin on them). That's the most tender part (just like on a porterhouse or t-bone steak where the more tender piece is opposite side of the bone.
Take a baggie and put flavored bread crumbs into it (I use 4-C flavored or Progresso Italian flavored bread crumbs). Put 2-chops in the bag at a time and shake really well (like the shake 'n bake terrible tasting stuff). When all the chops are well coated on all sides with the bread crumbs, place them on a foil covered cookie sheet. I will sometimes put extra crumbs from the baggie on the top of each chop if I think they're not coated well enough. Slightly wetting them under the faucet before placing them in the baggie helps a lot for uniform coating coverage.
I use foil on the cookie sheet because it makes the pan easy to clean, just wrap the foil when chops are done and throw it out. After you foil the pan, spray the foil with Pam or any brand cooking spray. I like to use the Pam Olive-Oil spray as a spritz after I spray the foil heavily with regular non-stick spray first. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes then turn them over for another 15-20 minutes depending on thickness. They come out nice and crispy all around the edges and are tender inside due to the bread crumb coating. It's important to turn them over at half-time as they can get crispy really fast. I bake at 350-375 depending on thickness. They are very flavorful and tender when cooking them this way.
Now I know why the famed porkchops and porkchop sandwiches on RAGBRAI have the bone in! I've never been able to figure out why they had the bone-in for a sandwich, but that's probably it. I don't normally eat meat but I did enjoy those porkchops. They were quite tender.
I am not a fan of pork so when I started working on cleaning the freezer out, I started with the pork, I couldn't taste it anyway so it seemed like the perfect way to use it up. The only way I really like pork is pulled pork. Still no taste or smell but trying to listen to what my body needs I figure if it craves something I must need something.
Like Desire does with pork chops, I do the same thing with chicken breasts. I cut them into tender sizes and either marinate in Franks Hot Sauce or Italian dressing then dip into bread crumbs and bake.
Just had a clean bill of health from the doctors other than weight is too low, ears are humming and cannot taste or smell, I am in great health. I had an anomaly on Pap last year, it was clear this year so it's all good. Now to schedule my mammogram that is the last of the appointments for this year.
If anybody needs a ceiling fan and has an Ollie's Bargain Outlet around, just got ad they have ceiling fans of various types on sale. Also air conditioners. If you sign up for their "army", you get extra 10% off first purchase.
Luna Lee did a super job with the song, but 2 Cellos is still my favorite rendition:
Sprouts has eggplant on sale which makes me want to make a batch of ratatouille but it's a bit too warm for a dish that heavy. Bummer, because the recipe I use is really good. I think I'll make air fryer chicken kebobs instead and add some pineapple. Not as hot today (97) and there is a good breeze because I can hear my wind chimes.
It didn't get out of the 40s here until almost noon. Now it's in the 50s. I had to wear my robe to bed last night it was so chilly in the house. I *knew* the DH should not have taken his summer jerseys out of his cedar chest!
I'm drawing up a list of further renos we need to do. The DH and I discussed selling the house and moving up north. We had started the further renos then the pandemic hit. The last batch took five months - I'm hoping this batch won't take as long! Also need the ducts cleaned and the carpets cleaned. We have a home carpet cleaner, but I'm all for getting the pros in and blasting the place all at once - we can do maintenance with our home cleaner. Same with painting the upstairs - I'd rather hire someone to mask everything and blast it all eggshell white or something rather than go through painting ourselves and taking days to do it.
Oh yeah, and about half my inventory is going to have to go - be written off and donated or maybe cook up a yard sale with neighbours - it's either my inventory or my books to get packed up and moved, and I'm not letting go of my books.
Hottest day of the week here at predicted high 95 and heat index 110 degrees. Humidity around 70%. Good day to stay indoors and pray power stays on. I still remember working at the NAPA warehouse which had no a/c in the warehouse part and thermometer went up to 105 and the needle was at the far end. It felt like working in an oven on low with the door closed. No a/c in my car, either, so by the time I got home, I'd trudge up the stairs, literally peel off my clothes as I made my way to the bathroom and lay in a tub of cool water for 15-20 minutes to get my body core temp back down. Practically every summer at least 2 months for over 11 years was like that. Didn't help when we had too frequent power outages and spent at least a couple days at a time sweltering in the apartment. It makes me appreciate having power and a/c on even more now.
I hope everyone stays as cool as possible and don't forget to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated!
The DH thinks that kind of hot weather is just james dandy - he loves it, gets all excited and brings out his shorts. I'm happy that it's still hardly budged out of the 50s here, though it's supposed to get into the low 60s next week and dry out a bit. I keep telling him to move to the southwest and I'll just stay here, or move even farther north lol. We can visit each other.