When it's 81° just before sunrise, and the sky seems to be on fire!!!.....
not much activity gets done 'round here. Growing up in Colorado, I just didn't realize what the "lazy, hazy, days of Summer" really meant 'til we moved South to the sub-tropics. A person really doesn't want to move around much, no less get too far from an air conditioner. The heat index with humidity factored in this past week has been in the triple digits! Nosiree-bob, I have been staying indoors a lot! Altho, early one morning, Bud and I got out before the sun started baring down on us and got the two lawns, back and front yards, mowed and edged. With rains...you get green grass that needs a hay mower eventually!
I've been drawing at my leisure, coming up with all kinds of concoctions to snack on, and even began a project that may or may not get done. A quilt coverlet. Right from the get go I had to ask Kathy [the quilting guru I call her] a question. LOL This may turn out a bit comical trying my hand a quilting, and then again it may be a total disaster. I have to be honest, I'm going in blind on this. But, there is always my famous filing under #13 if it doesn't turn out...that is, ummmm, a trash bin!!
Okay, I mentioned I drew another sketch. I'm pretty darned sure y'all are getting very tired of me posting what I've been drawing - it's just that I'm not doing too much of anything else right now...so bear with me. Just the other day, I posted photographs of this charmer. The Golden Fronted Woodpecker. I have really started liking the jovial, noisy persona of these birds. The beginning of the sketch...
...and I whipped this one out in less than a couple hours. Not much to sketching this since the body pattern is nothing but splotches of black and white.
Then, I mentioned concocting snacks:
Recently I read on someone's blog a recipe that I just had to try out. I love everything yogurt....frozen, right off the grocers' shelf, for dessert, snack, or bedtime treat: Fruit on the bottom, granola on top, anything. This recipe was for an 'oatmeal cookie smoothie'. Sorry, I can't remember just where I read it or who shared it, but it was definitely a 'must try'. Her recipe [as I recollect] called for Greek Yogurt, a single serving bag of instant oatmeal, ice, cinnamon, etc. etc. But, with me, I improvised and added some of my favorites...
1 cup of Greek Yogurt - Vanilla flavored [and I used a dry measuring cup - 1 cup]
1 TBS of ground cinnamon
4 large cubes of ice
1 bag of apple and cinnamon oatmeal [no sugar added product ---hard to find, but they are out there]
8 pecan halves
I loved it!
The Greek Yogurt is more tart than the name brands like Yoplait. Purchasing the vanilla flavored adds a natural sweetness with no need for any added processed sugars. And the difference in Greek yogurt is that it is strained of whey THREE times instead of the usual two times...making it much thicker. Also note: pay attention to the fat content...it's best to get fat free since Greek yogurt is higher in fat than the regular kind. But a consolation here is that Greek vs. Regular, there is a lot more protein content. And the extra straining removes a lot of the carbs that diabetics need to watch---select vanilla or honey-infused Greek yogurts, which are usually lower in carbohydrates than those with fruit. Here in America, if you buy an American made Greek Yogurt the companies use cow's milk...in Greece, I understand it's goat's milk?!! Anyway, no matter, GREEK yogurt is by far the thicker creamier one to buy.
I also love pecans. Any nut will do for health reasons being that fat from nuts are the GOOD fats. Just be sure to use in moderation 'cause they will put on the pounds. My adding the pecans gave this smoothie an extra boost of a nutty goodness that's hard to describe.
...then on another day this week. Actually for my dessert one night this week, I just poured me a glass of ice cold milk and grabbed a Pecan Crunch Bar and watched part of the mini series on DVD [Pillars of the Earth]. While I was munching away and really enjoying the cold milk, I was thinking a thought...a revelation!! "Anni? Next time you grab one of these pecan crunchie thingies, make it like a S'Mores!" So, I did the very next night. We always have dark chocolate bars in the 'fridge. And I had some left over marshmallows from making ambrosia salad for a side dish previously. I grabbed a microwavable plate and placed the crunchy bars...topping them with mini-marshmallows and some Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate. Nuked them for 20 seconds and voilà ---a granola S'Mores. Yes, I do realize that there are Granola bars with chocolate bits and marshmallow bits already packaged, but the only brand of snack bars we buy are Nature Valley. As far as I know, the stores don't have them on the shelves. The Pecan Crunch and the Almond are my favorites anyway...I only buy those. [Bud's is the Cashew Salty and Chewy]. In my personal opinion these are WAY BETTER than using Graham Crackers. Way better. Guaranteed I'll be making s'more!!!
...having to go to the grocery store several times a week since the Texas H*E*B franchise is so close to our home, I go all too often. But the bright side of this is, the food I serve for our meals is always much fresher!! Well, anyway, on the way back, I pulled into Walmart in hopes of finding something for the backyard bird count I am going to begin this Fall. I have been wanting to buy the 'Peanut' Feeder, but I can't see spending $30 on ONE feeder. I saw one at Tuesday Morning...they're nothing but farm fencing wire and a bottom and top of pot metal!! Gimme a break. Luckily I found something I can use this coming Autumn!---I guess it's a new product. And with it, they also have the peanut/suet balls to fill the feeder with for those that like this mixture!! All for about $10. I always like 'bargains'. LOL I'll let you know if it's a popular thing later in the upcoming season.