Look at me with a Mishmash Friday like Shelley and Fran! While I have been writing about my Spartan Race life has been going on behind the scenes. I did want to show a few pics I took while in Milwaukee. I had every intention Sunday morning to walk around the lake front, but the weather was iffy – it was lightly sprinkling the whole time I was walking in the morning which wasn’t bad, but then it started getting worse so I decided to cut my losses and head back to the hotel. Much like bigger cities have pigs, or cows decorated all over their downtown areas, I love that Milwaukee has decorated bicycles with flowers! The architecture downtown is amazing too – the Federal building as well as the Milwaukee Art Museum.
While it was a great weekend, it’s always nice to come home, isn’t it? Word on the street is that Hannah’s dog Rummy missed me – so cute.
Astute readers will know that my deep fryer died last week. She’s been with us for about five years, and I washed it so many times that I scrubbed off the number so I was never really sure these past couple years where exactly 350 was on the dial control. No worries! I had a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card and with the 20% off discount coupon, I got a new one. This one is digital, which I love, has three baskets if you are making separate things, and was only $30 out of pocket for me.
I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately. Is this a mid-life crisis? I find myself suddenly cooking with onions! First with my 30 minute beef bolognese and then earlier this week I made onion rings to top our burgers. Now, I do have to say, that I am picky about what type of onion I use for onion rings – I only use vadalia onions, because they are sweet. I sliced an onion, added it to a ziptop bag with 1 cup of Silk unsweetened almond milk that was seasoned with one tablespoon of Frank’s hot sauce overnight. When I got home, I made my flour mixture – 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper and 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper. Dredge the soaked onions into the flour mixture and fry for about 1-2 minutes at 350. I made myself a burger salad topped with a few onion rings. Not gonna lie, this was an amazeball dinner!
Our weather has been all over the map lately – cool mornings, rain, then humid. I ended up making a batch of Michael Symon’s Cincinnati chili on Tuesday night to have for lunches. I always add Bush’s Beans to my chili – Tony used to love just meat only chili, which is why he gravitated toward Cincinnati chili. I mentioned in my Instagram post that I used Bush’s beans, and of course, they thanked me – ya, know, just helping out National brand to get the word out about their product out – ha!
So while my friends Alison and Cameron came to my rescue to get my mower working, and did I great job I might add, we tried several times to get it going and well. . . no luck. Battery is dead again – I already replaced it with a new one and well, while our yard is a decent size, there really isn’t a good reason why a push mower wouldn’t work, and with three adults living in the house, pretty sure we could do just that. So I came home Wednesday night, tried to start the riding mower – nothing. So Hannah was talking a nap because she worked a 10 hour shift, and I told Jacob “hey, going to get a push mower – there is chili in the downstairs fridge if you guys get hungry.”
See, that’s one thing about me. I can be COMPLETELY compulsive about something and Wednesday night – that was buying something so that my lawn didn’t look like I lived in an abandoned house. I went to Menard’s, and I am not going to lie, it’s the first time that I used the “widow” card. I stood in front of the mowers, and an employee walked by and said “can I help you?” and without even batting an eye I said “my husband died and I don’t know how to work our riding mower so I need something simple.” He could not have been nicer. Even pulled down the mower showed me how to put it together when I got it home, where to put the oil and the gas. All I knew was that I wanted big wheels and a self-propelled mower. I actually don’t even know the brand I bought, other than it has a Briggs & Stratton mower and I was fine with it. I am sure Tony would have been on consumer reports for weeks before making a decision. Me? I spent 20 minutes at Menard’s.
While I was gone Hannah woke up and said “my Mom went where? was she not hungry? what about dinner?” I was on a mission! I was literally gone all of 40 minutes before I got it going. I just wanted to do the front of the house and Jacob ended up finishing the back yesterday – along with RAKING the whole yard – he was probably working on the lawn for several hours yesterday since he was off of work. I so appreciated it and it looks fantastic.
So guys. I have got THE summer recipe for you, especially those of you who have gardens and wonder “what the fuck am I going to do with all these zucchinis?!” I’ve got your answer – ZUCCHINI TOTS!
Now, I did not come up with this idea, but when I searched for recipes all the pictures looked like this – (no offense Gina – I am sure these are amazeballs too!)
Those don’t look like tots to me. So I came up with this recipe:
That’s not salt, but the white corn meal that shines through that actually gives the tots a nice crunch. THESE ARE SO GOOD! You can thank me later. The only thing I was bummed about was that Hannah was home – she was closing last night. I texted her just a picture of the tots and she said “OMG, what???!!!” I’ll definitely be getting more zucchini this weekend.
Traffic was a bitch yesterday. It took me nearly an hour to get home – there must have been an accident or something, so it forced me to take the back roads home. There is a road that I go down near the horse farms – you can’t drive more than 25 miles per hour and no one was behind me and instead of getting pissed that it was taking so long to get home, I turned on my favorite Sirius station (Coffee House – Channel 31) and stopped and took a picture.
And I didn’t see it until I got home, but there is Tony’s orb, or what I like to think of as him. In the millions of pictures I’ve taken for this blog over the nearly 7 years, I’ve only had that green orb show up in pictures after Tony passed away. I know he’s still with me. I just wish I could see his face again.
Have an amazing weekend – wish every week could be a short work week! Come back on Monday – I am bringing back my 101 Days of Summer Challenge! The first one was in 2010 – can’t believe five years ago already! Check it out – curious to see who was part of that challenge that still follows me!
Make it a great day!