...and then we all sat around the fire singing Kumbaya
It's been like summer camp around here this past week. No, wait, summer camp is all about rain and giant bugs and weird food and missing your mom. OK then, it was better than summer camp, especially the food.
The weather has been glorious - temperatures in the 20's and not a drop of rain for the past six weeks. The downside to that (besides me being a bit partial to rain) is that the crops, sugar beets and potatoes to name a couple, are drying up, and the grass is spontaneously catching fire in some areas. That's not good at all.
The upside is that with a some judicious watering, my garden is just bursting at the seams and we've been able to spend almost all our free time outside enjoying our little oasis. And there was a LOT of free time to be had since last Saturday. As well as the May Day holiday on Tuesday, my kids also had Monday and Wednesday off school. Mr M. enjoyed Monday at home too. As you may have noticed, this resulted in a serious lack o' blogging. I really need to get a laptop so I can blog alfresco.
My hostas are going crazy this year
Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night the boys slept in our brand new 6-man tent, which is in reality only a 3-man tent unless you like to play sardines. You know how tricky those tent makers can be sometimes.
Mr. M joined the kids on Saturday night and I had the pleasure Monday night. The great thing about camping out in your own back yard is that you don't have to pee in the woods. You still have to worry about mosquitoes and axe murderers, but you're not required to stumble through poison ivy in the dark when your flashlight batteries run out.
I've gotten back into the cooking mode a little bit lately, so besides the ubiquitous bratwurst and potato salad, there was also something for the more sophisticated palate: grilled zucchini-stuffed squid, shrimp skewers and red peppers.
And for those of us who think mentioning "squid" and "zucchini" in the same sentence is just wrong, we had that old campfire standby - bread on a stick, called Stockbrot in German.
please excuse the construction site behind the oven - the deck is having some cosmetic surgery done
For dessert one night I tried a new recipe. It's a sponge cake base with a molded yogurt and fruit cream on top. Very low calorie and very refreshing in this heat.
Last night we had friends over for a...barbeque. Ho hum. More bratwurst, more bread on a stick and more toasted marshmallows than anyone should ever be allowed to eat at one sitting.
Life is good. Right now, anyway.
I think I'll go do some macrame.