I grabbed my camera yesterday afternoon when the sun peaked out and got this picture of my red maple all ablaze and looking gorgeous. My son, the plumber, gave this to me for my birthday the first year I lived here. At that time it was a twig in a five gallon bucket and I worried that it wouldn't make it because the ground was so hard and cold when we planted it at the end of the year. But 19 years later you can see that it did just fine. My fence is six feet so you can see how big it got.
It is hard to see but there is a rake in front of the tree. I go out every day and rake leaves until there are no more. Leaves are like gold to me because they are the "brown" in your compost. I just throw them in all three of my composters and they break down fine because the leaves are fairly small but if you have larger ones you can run them over with your lawnmower. I also mulch with them and get great results.
I mentioned earlier that my besties and me were putting together an Indian meal. This is a great way to try out new foods and recipes that you might not be familiar with. Miss Jenny made a true chicken curry with all the wonderful spices and there wasn't a drop left. Miss Know-It-All took care of the rice and made the above desert. Now - I want you to know that she knows her deserts but this one definitely needs more work.
Miss CutiePie provided the big kitchen, the naan bread, and the cute baby. I brought the cucumber raita (sp?), dal, and my peach chutney. The cucumber dish and dal were pretty good but I'm glad I brought along some storebought chutney. I thought that the chutney was expensive to make and not near as good as storebought but most of it got eaten. Good friends are wonderful aren't they??
I didn't get a QFC ad this week (probably because of the holiday) so I got this list off the website. I hope it is accurate. If you are gearing up for holiday baking check out the ad because there are lots of deals on ingredients. Kroger spices are 50% off and canned pumpkin is $1 a can. A 4 pound bag of sugar is $2.99 and I will buy some for my hummers. You do know that this area has hummingbirds all year long?? I found out a couple of years ago when I saw them hovering around the seed feeders.
Here are my suggestions for this week:
Gold Medal Flour - $2.79/5lb
Kroger Sugar - $2.99/4lb
Kroger Spices - 50% off
Starbucks Coffee - $6.99/12oz bag or 10/ct
Kroger Pumpkin - $1/15oz can
Chobani Greek Yogurt - $1/5.3oz
Fage Greek Yogurt - $1/7oz
Kroger Sour Cream - $1.50/16oz
Kroger Cottage Cheese - $1.50/16oz
QFC Large Eggs - $1.99/doz
Boneless Pork Tenderloin - $2.99/lb
Fresh Wild-Caught Cooked Dungeness Crab - $6.99/lb
Pears - $ .99/lb
Greens - $1.50/bunch
Simple Truth Organic Grape Tomatoes - $2.99/10oz
This handsome little guy is Cooper Lee. It seems like we waited a long time for him to get here. Mr. BlueEyes sat at the table and interacted with us. He would smile and look us in the eye and listen to everything that was being said. He is a very calm and relaxed happy baby. His mommy and daddy are doing good work here.