Friday, May 5
Mom and I arrived in Houston without any issues around 8pm on a direct flight from Calgary. This month is crazy busy with flights, so it is best if they are all issue-free as possible from the beginning.
Mom had a shuttle booked to drive us from the airport all the way downtown to our hotel, which was a good thing as it is really far. What was impressive was that downtown was a ghost town when we arrived. We could not believe how quiet the centre of the city was at 9 at night on a Friday, in what we Calgarians would consider to be really warm weather! There was an important basketball game happening, so our driver said that is why it was so quiet…but if there was a Hockey game in Calgary I know it wouldn’t have been as quiet as it was here!
The bonus was that we had no issues checking in at our Hampton Inn and walking down past the Discovery Park area to find a restaurant called Grotto. They had heated outdoor dining, which is pretty much mandatory for us on holidays (the being outside, not the heated part!). Apart from having amazing food choices, they had the most amazing Belinis I have ever had. They were amazing.
Definitely a great way to end the evening and the work week!
My pumpkin patch is coming along quite nicely this year. I think I will actually be able to grow a few good ones (assuming, of course that it doesn’t snow in September again!). I have so many blossoms that I needed to start taking them off of the plant so that the energy can be put into making nice big pumpkins instead of a bunch of small ones.
I know that pumpkin blossoms are kind of a delicacy so I decided that I needed to do something with my blossoms instead of simply throwing them away.
I had a dinner thing to go to and I needed to bring a few appetizers. I made stuffed pumpkin blossoms.
1 can of tuna
2 Tbsp of plain yogurt
1 hard boiled egg (chopped up)
Chives (as many as you want)
Mix all of the above ingredients together and GENTLY scoop into well-washed blossoms. Top with a slice of cherry tomato.
They were definitely a hit!
Sometimes I get food bored. I like to bake, but I am not as an adventurous cook as Shawn is. So, when I get really bored I make simple things. I looked in my fridge the other day and saw that we had a great variety of fruit. So I made an individual fruit salad with raspberries, apricots, and nectarines. And for some reason we had a bit of whipping cream left over. So I whipped that up and put a small dollop on top of my fruit. Super simple, but it was a great breakfast.
First Batch of Rhubarb Wine
We grow a lot of rhubarb in our back yard. It is such an easy thing to grow and we were especially lucky that the previous owners of our house had already grown a sizable rhubarb patch. However, I have not been able to use all of the rhubarb that we grow to make crisps and pies and jams over the last few years, so I have been trying to figure out what to do with it all.
This year, I found a recipe to make rhubarb wine. Nothing like adding a bunch of sugar to rhubarb to make it a drinkable concoction! The first batch was a bit bitter when it was first bottled. But now that it has been sitting in bottles for about 6 months, it is actually quite decent. Makes me happy to be able to grow things and make food from the garden!