It is a much cooler day, today, with the high being only 85F!
Yesterday evening, I went for a stroll around the front garden after a long time. I was disappointed to see that, even though the pomegranate tree had been covered with flowers earlier in the spring, not a single fruit was forming! I guess the tree decided to take a break this year?
Afterwards, I took a stroll around the back garden, too. Bun Bun was there, happily munching on the cat food; it barely moved off the steps when I walked past! LOL.
I enjoyed the strolls, but, later, my calf muscle felt a little sore. I'm hoping it was just from the unusual activity of strolling both gardens! It didn't turn into a flare up, for which I am very grateful!
|Modified "Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini"|
My daughter found a recipe online for a dish called Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini that she made for dinner, with modifications. The original recipe called for black beans and tomatoes; we didn't have black beans (she didn't think much of my suggestion to use a can of baked beans with the sauce rinsed off! LOL) and she left out the tomatoes, too. She also substituted chicken thighs for chicken breasts and sweet peppers for bell peppers as that's what we had! And she doubled the amount of garlic called for in the recipe from three cloves to six and reduced the amount of cheese to just a sprinkling (she doesn't like cheese)! There might have been a few other modifications, too, as we didn't have some of the spices and seasonings called for in the recipe ( (she added some regular chili powder and chili flakes instead of taco seasonings, for example) LOL. But, the resulting dish tasted good. PLUS, it used up two zucchini from the stash! We had some of it for our lunch, today, and it was just as good warmed up as it was when it was cooked, last night.
Speaking of the zucchini stash, my daughter took this photo on Wednesday night, after she put away the day's garden harvest and I thought it would do so nicely for the SPSH prompt No. 14 - Inside Your Fridge or Cupboard:
|SPSH: #14: Inside Your Fridge or Cupboard|
There are more zucchinis in the drawers, as well!
Today, has been another good day without pain! I made my cup of morning tea, fed Dancer and the garden cats, did a load of laundry (bath mats, Dancer's towels, etc.) which were put on the clothes drying rack to air dry, folded and put away the blankets I washed yesterday (the linen closet needs to be tidied, but, that's for another time), and swept my bathroom! I even sat at the piano for the first time since the sciatica pain started and played one short piece! I didn't sit there for longer than a couple of minutes, but, at least, I played one very easy piece (from the beginner book)! Not ready to resume lessons and practicing (don't think I can sit for longer periods of time, yet), but, it felt good to play even that one easy piece.
Daughter warmed up the Tex Mex dish for our lunch and just now, I've eaten a fresh peach in lieu of my usual cup of tea.
Later in the evening, M stopped by to tend to the garden and he got to try one of the zucchini pancakes with peach chutney and some of the Tex Mex chicken/zucchini dish. He's a good sport and declared them both to be delicious! LOL.
I've planned to make something that will use up more zucchini for our dinner! I don't know how that will turn out - it will be an experiment, but, I'll post about it, tomorrow, after I make it and we'll be able to tell if it was a success or not!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Another good day
- What I've been able to accomplish
- Working appliances and electricity
- My mother insisting on buying a piano for us
- Phone chats with family and friends
Today's joyful activities included playing the piano for just even a short time!
Plans for tomorrow/weekend will depend on how I am feeling and daughter's schedule, but, there might be more chutney making taking place!
How was your Friday? What are your plans for tomorrow/weekend?