Ambling thru spring to summer…

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The spring flowers are on their last blooms, the old fall leaves have been laboriously raked up, bagged up, and taken to the dump by the husband (bless his heart).  Spring is moseying along here in New England, but it’s really feeling a lot more like the dead of summer lately.   

We were in the mid-90s on Friday, and Saturday was a tad cooler but not by much.   

Paul and I were invited to a retirement party for the husband of a coworker of mine, and though we were led to believe it was “only a cookout,” we were surprised at the spread they put on for Ed who is retiring from teaching at a local vocational high school after 30+ years.  They had a huge tent put up in the back garden of their Cape-style home, and the affair was catered.  I hear their daughters (both doctors, by the way) made all the arrangements and organized the whole thing.  Kudos to them both!  It was a fabulous get together, and during the toast to Ed, there were quite a few wet eyes in the audience.  He is a well-loved teacher, father, husband, and friend, and it showed in the faces of all the guests.   

We didn’t really know most of the guests there – I knew one or two but Paul didn’t know anyone really.  But he found a guy who used to fish about 10 personal lobster traps in his day, and the two of them got along great for the afternoon.
 

The food was superb, although I have to admit I only ate a small piece of grilled steak and a tiny bit of salad, since I’m trying to kick-start this stalled weight loss I’m trying to achieve.  I’m up to 12.5 pounds lost now, which isn’t a lot but it’s something

 I wish I’d remembered to bring my camera with me, but I didn’t.  It was sunny weather for the affair, a tad warm but later on it cooled down.  In fact, I turned off my AC at night and only slept with the fan blowing on me.  I never get much sleep in the heat.  I haven’t had more than 4 hours of sleep in the last 3 days

And I’m swamped, again, with work to type, so better get to it.  I’ll be working right thru Sunday, Monday, and maybe part of Tuesday trying to get this load of work done on time.

 See you around…

Cheers,

Bex

Fish/Lobster Casserole

 

(Marblehead Light, Marblehed, MA)

[I just made this recipe up as I went along, and it certainly wasn’t on my diet as I used canned soups in it.  But I have to tell you, it was so darn good!  If you don’t have the luxury of having 5 lobsters to add to it, maybe something else like sea scallops or even bay scallops would work just as well.  Really, the lobster was a very small portion of this casserole.]

5 lobsters, steamed, shelled beforehand, cut up into chunks

2-3 fillets of codfish, cut into bite size (1-inch) chunks

1 can Cream of Shrimp soup

1 can Cream of Celery soup

1 can white Italian clam sauce (with tiny clams in it)

Mix all of the above together. 

Add salt and pepper to taste.   Add some Bay Seasoning. Add some garlic/herb seasoning (or any kind you like).

Bake in a tin-foil covered casserole dish at 375 degrees F for 1 hour.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees F and bake for another half hour or so.

Serve with rice of your choice. 

I sauteed up 2 zucchini, 2 yellow squash, 3 leeks in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar til done but not too mushy (about 20 mins)  and served as a side dish.

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I don’t very often make a fabulous meal like this (mainly I don’t have the time) but we all loved it.  Good luck if anyone decides to make it too.

I’m only putting this in here because I got a few requests to do so.

Goodnight for now.  It’s time to rejuvenate the body for another work day!

Cheers,

Bex

A Happy Mother’s Day to All

Mothers, that is.  All the rest of us, I wish you peace and joy.  The mothers, too.

Me?  I’ve been wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor busy these last few weeks.  I’ve lost a total of 11 pounds – kinda slow going, but progress nonetheless.

I am, at this moment, just changing to greet company – Paul’s Mum and his Dad are coming for a mid-afternoon Mother’s Day dinner with us.

 Paul graciously offered us 5 lobsters which he cooked up last night (I don’t like doing the deed!), and I had a big pile of codfish, cut up into chunks and I’ve got a fish/lobster casserole cooking in the oven at this moment.  I’m making yellow rice and a big stir-fry of red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, and leeks on the stove, as well.  I’ve done 2 loads of laundry, typed up some work for several hours this morning, mowed the back upper grass (?) area, hoovered the downstairs of all the furs, set the table, picked flowers for a centerpiece, and here I am. 

I’m exhausted and they aren’t even here yet.

So today I’m partaking of my own cooking and having some lobstah!

Yes!

Mother’s Day Pictures Here
Cheers,

Bex