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Zucchini Cheese Soup

When I was on the coast in April to watch my niece and nephew for a few days I did a lot of thrift shopping. While in one of the Value Villages I found this cookbook for $2.99. I haven’t actually made anything from it yet because when I got home I stuck in my cookbook shelf to look at later and promptly forgot about it. We had a thunderstorm earlier today so I turned off the computer and in my boredom picked it to flip through.  It looks like it contains a lot of inexpensive-ish recipes that aren’t overly complicated to cook.

This is one I am planning on making because our zucchini is coming in now.

Zucchini Cheese Soup

2 large zucchini, cut into quarter inch slices

1/2 lb bacon

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

2 cups water

2 tsp salt

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup flour

31/2 cups milk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove and blot on paper towel. Reserve 3 tbsp bacon grease and discard the rest. Saute the onion and green pepper in the reserved grease. add zucchini, water and 1 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer  minutes. In a medium sauce pan melt butter. Add flour and 1 tsp salt, stirring constantly to make a thin paste. Gradually add milk, very slowly, stirring constantly until all the milk has been added. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the consistency of gravy. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese. Stir in vegetables and mix well. Spoon into bowls and top each serving with crumbled bacon.

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Some random pictures from our trip. The mountain images are from the Coquihalla Hwy – I wish I could describe the heights and depths. The photos don’t do them justice.

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Welcome home

This is what we came home to yesterday.

Apparently there was a brief but heavy windstorm here on Saturday evening. Someone on my Facebook list said her husband clocked the gusts at 107 km  (66 miles) per hour. Trampolines, shingles and patio furniture were flying about. Trees all over the area were downed, cutting power lines. I guess a portion of our tree decided to get out of the way.

There is a huge crack in one of the top branches that needs to come down before the next storm but a professional crew will need to be called in because of nearby power lines and stuff. So for now the landlord’s son came with his friends and their chainsaws and turned the mess into this new mess tidy pile in our back driveway.

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We’re here…

We arrived in Vancouver on the Greyhound this afternoon.  We stopped off at Coquitlam Centre and did some shopping at the Value Village for an outfit I could wear to the wedding. I found a pretty skirt and a sleeveless sweater that will look nice and keep me cool since it is supposed to be hot on Saturday.  I also found a pair of ecco mary janes, a Country Woman sample issue and a Country Sampler magazine, all for a whopping $31.

I am exhausted. I am no longer used to the city and its noise and busyness. On top of that, my mother is losing her hearing so the TV is a little loud and she is shouting a bit and I have to respond in the same manner in order to be heard. *sigh*

I’m off to bed now. Tomorrow is another action packed day.

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Just because

Bed In Summer
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

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There is something about watering the garden in the evening. It is so cool and calming.

Even with the teenagers hooting and hollering down the alley.

and the traffic and chatter of  families enjoying a trip to the A&W.

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New toys

Me with my (early) anniversary present

and my new (to me) cabinet that we bought on Monday on our way to his parent’s house.

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