La Quinta, California: Everything from our Conestoga wagon has been returned to its rightful spot. Laundry finished. A trip to the grocer completed. We are back! Also back to our usual exercise routines, and DT is very happy to be reunited with his bicycle.
In the treats from Gina's garden were about ten nice Yukon Gold potatoes... which was a good thing when I came upon this recipe Saturday morning.
Obviously, a much smaller version was prepared for us. I used 4 small potatoes and turkey bacon, but otherwise followed the directions. Thumbs up!
Things are happening out in the "orchard" section of our property. Still do not know the name of the orange-flowered plant, but it fell over in a wind storm many months ago. The gardeners hacked-it back to nothing, but it is now seven feet tall and bursting with blossoms. The dimpled orb on the right will hopefully one day be an orange. It is now the size of a chicken egg. Even in this heat (triple digits daily), the roses are blooming like mad.
Our 4th of July was quite subdued. We did have a little surprise after returning from our morning exercise - it rained! Well, it sprinkled, but it sprinkled for a good 30 minutes, the drops practically sizzling as they hit the pavement and instantly disappear. The "color" (pansies) have been removed from the flower beds and will not return until October.
There was no plan for a dessert on the 4th of July, but after reading America Forgot How to Make Pie Crust in the Washington Post, I was all-like don't-you-tell-me-I-can't-make-a-pie-crust!
Two people can't (well, shouldn't) eat an entire pie, so I made one crust to use in my usual free-form tart thingy. Cherry. All butter. All organic.
Until my next update, I remain, your "saving America, one pie at a time" correspondent.