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Trying new foods and that second steak!   1 comment

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 Two weeks ago I wrote about discovering Rancher’s Home steaks and how great the one I had was. At less than $5 a pound it was a great deal in more than just taste! I had grilled it in my George Foreman grill and it melted in my mouth, s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o good. I knew I would have to try it again.
 
Last week I bought one home and tried the ultimate taste–putting it in the microwave oven. I have a ‘grilling pan’ to use in the microwave and decided to make the steak that way. I chopped up some garlic and put it on both sides of the steak, put it into the microwave, cooked it 2 minutes on each side and when it was finished it didn’t look like a grilled steak but I wasn’t expecting it to. I will say it tasted even better than the first one. I knew this was going to be my once a week treat.
 
I couldn’t wait to get one this week and when I went to the beef section in Winn-Dixie I got my rude awakening! The previous two weeks the steak had been on sale and now they were $9+ a pound!! Oh well, maybe 1 every 2 months!!
 
By the way the ‘side dish’ on the plate by the steak is a mixture of red beans, rice and spices, a basic Jambalaya staple.
 
Every month I try new items that I get at the Pantry and as tempted as I was to spread some of the duck rillettes but it is definitely a no-no on my do not eat list. They also have 2-3 new marinades every month and though I am very limited on using marinades I always sneak a tablespoon or two into the crock pot when I am cooking chicken. Using one tablespoon of YO MAMA Honey Balsamic marinade over 8 chicken breasts really doesn’t go very far regarding taste but every now and then I will get a bite with a ‘bang’ that makes the other plain bites edible!
 
In all the years of tasting new foods the only one I can remember saying that I would never have again was oyster plant–and I haven’t!
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Posted September 23, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME

More changes!   1 comment

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From the first day I moved in here I was impressed by Mary Lou’s garden. Every holiday, whether it was a major one like Thanksgiving or a minor one like–well, is Halloween a minor holiday??–she would decorate the garden with different flowers and the same holiday, say like the 4th of July, she had different decorations and flowers every year.
And the orchids were all over her garden each prettier than the other.
Now? Look at the bottom picture–and the owners wonder why 200+ residents walk around with an attitude?

Posted July 3, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, HOME, Uncategorized

Peppers are popping   1 comment

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I think Mother Nature does it just to drive ME crazy!!
 
About a year or so ago while cleaning a pepper to put in a salad I took the seeds and helter-skelter threw them in a plant pot I had on the window ledge. (Shhhh—it is against the rules here to have anything on the window sills!) The plant itself grew pretty quickly and then eventually had a few blossoms and last, but not least, I had one full pepper to put in a salad again.
 
Over the last few months there were plenty of blossoms that all died off and then last week I counted about 20 blooms. This past week, up to yesterday, there were 4-5 blossoms turning into peppers–they look like they will all survive and maybe I’ll get a few more.
 
How can anyone be bored??? There is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered and I plan on finding new things, including seeds becoming peppers indoors!

Posted June 27, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

Before and After! ARGH!!   2 comments

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All the resident’s gardens are gone as are the fruit trees and 3 story white Birds of Paradise plants.
All in the name of uniformity!!

Posted May 13, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

Maybe they will keep the mistake!   1 comment

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They have almost finished painting the outsides of the buildings. They haven’t put up the building letters nor the apartment numbers so the poor folks from UPS, Fedex, Prime video and others making deliveries can be standing in the driveways with a puzzled look on their faces but, hopefully, that will be rectified soon–the numbers, letters and puzzled looks!
 
The main thing is all the buildings look the same–drab! We have talked–foolishly as we know they won’t–about suggesting they add some color to the place, like painting a hibiscus flower on one building, a rainbow on another, blue sky on one, etc. Hey we may be old but we still have imaginations!
 
In any case when I came home yesterday I saw the blue stripe on building N (I think) catching my eye immediately and I thought wouldn’t it be great if each building had a different colored stripe?? Heck if they want us all uniform they can do just that by making each resident wear clothes the same color of their stripe!!
 
OKay, the latter is a little far fetched but the stripe is small and eye-catching and all I can do is tell the office to keep it!!

Posted May 1, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, Uncategorized

Step 5–The Pressure!   2 comments

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Step 1   Gift arrives in big box
Step 2   Take out big, shiny package from box
Step 3    Take food out of package
              a) 32 ounces of Carnegie Deli pastrami
              b) 32 ounce of Carnegie Deli’s famous sour pickles
              c)  9 ounce jar of NY Carnegie Deli Dusseldorf Mustard
              d)  loaf of NY rye bread
Step 4   Put it away quickly
Step 5   THE PRESSURE!

I have to fast for the next 20 hours due to going for quarterly blood work on Thursday and Friday at sundown Passover begins which mean I can’t/won’t eat any after Sundown as a pastrami sandwich on Matzah is NOT a pastrami sandwich having to wait until Saturday, April 27 sundown for that.
 
Either I eat between sunset on this Thursday and sunset on this Friday or spend 8 days hearing the pastrami, pickles, mustard and rye bread calling/torturing me   ARGH!!!
 
Then, adding injury to insult, the following Thursday when I go back to my doctor I will get weighed!!
 
Mmmmm—I wonder if that friend who sent me this gift is really a ‘friend’!? (Oh, I know she is. LOL)
 

Posted April 17, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOLIDAYS, HOME, Uncategorized

I plant the seeds…..   Leave a comment

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Over the years I have grown Romaine lettuce, peppers and all kinds of vegetables. In some instances, say like I was cutting a tomato, I would just take a few seeds and without thought would just push them into the earth in a flower pot and forget it. That’s what I did with some seeds at the beginning of January and today I have a full grown plant. I will just have to put them in their own pot, put a stake in, put it on the sill of my east window where they will get full sun and just wait for the flowers to come and then wait for the tomatoes!!

Posted January 17, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, PLANTING, PLANTS, Uncategorized

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