Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Getting Caught Up

I think that is a misnomer. Does a person ever get caught up? It has been busy and busier. All nice except for having to replace the kitchen sink faucet. A two day, very hard project. I may write about it soon, but as of yet, I haven't started to laugh about it. The kitchen sink looks really good and it was a nice upgrade.

All of the kids and grand kids will be home around the 4th of July. Our oldest son Ben, wanted to have a trial run as he wants to cook on the Fourth. Every one who lives in town came over for a very fun afternoon on Sunday. The food was fantastic and the company top notch and the day was filled with laughs.

Ben made the barrel to cook on and I thought it was really nice. I enjoy watching him cook. Megan did the work too and I sat around and just enjoyed myself. We had home made ice cream for dessert.

I have a list a mile long of thing I would love for Ben to make out of metal. He is so handy to have around. I keep remembering though how hard he works for a living not to mention having four boys and a lovely wife to take care of and a house and yard.

He also made the wok that he is cooking the meat on, and the tools. That wok is a old disk from a tractor that he reused. I just think that is amazing. It cooks so fast too. He made street tacos, this is Carne Asada.. Nik made his guacamole. The tacos were just incredible. He cooked Jalapeno peppers on the wok until they were just toasted and then you would take the pepper and dip it in salt and take a bite and then take a bite of taco. It was so good, we needed ice cream as hot as those peppers were. But oh so good. 

It is just like in the kitchen, everyone wants to be where the food is being cooked. It was almost a 100 degrees that day, but everyone wanted to sit out here and talk. There was a water fight with squirt guns going on out in the yard. I don't know how I missed that picture.

This is Mr. Munchie. He was standing next to my chair and his Auntie Em was sitting next to me. She took a piece of ice and rubbed it on his bare back. He couldn't decide whether he liked it or not. he turned and got in his Mom's lap and looked at me with this grumpy look because he was mad at me for putting the ice on his back. He said, " Granny did it." I had to work to get that smile out of him. I should have pushed his Auntie Em's in the pool. He is the only one to call me Granny, it makes me laugh.

This is my jam stash I made this last week. All I have left to make now is Blueberry. I made lots of Boysenberry, Strawberry, Triple berry and I still had some apricot left from last year since I am the only person who eats it I didn't think I needed to make it.

Now that it is hot, the garden is really growing. So are the weeds. It will be a battle from here on out. I only have a couple rows of pumpkins to weed in the morning. There is that phrase, then I will be caught up in the garden. I know I will never be caught up out there.

I am playing house today, changing out my spring flowers for summer ones and hanging summer wreaths and all that fun stuff that I really do enjoy.
I hope you have a wonderful week.

" Going to Aunt Mirandy's is like going down cellar in the dark. There might be ogres and giants under the stairs,---but, as I tell Hannah, there might be elves and fairies and enchanted frogs!
---Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1903


Gail said...

I love Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

When you finish with Ben, I need him here.

Den is no longer able to weld. He is talking about having the doctor's take his ICD out when they have to change the battery.

Glorious rain is falling. We are blessed.

TexWisGirl said...

you made my mouth water on the food and cooking/grilling! your son is very talented - shoot, you have a great deal of talent in your entire family!

Julia said...

A great post Kim, what a lot of fun when the young are taking over the cooking. It all sounds so good and it fun seeing the family sitting outdoors and talking and laughing.

You really have a talented family. Your son Ben is like my brother Leo. He makes anything and everything out of metal and he sells lots of it.

Take care and enjoy yourself and embrace life to the full.

Kessie said...

That looks so fun! I can't wait until our visit!
It's so hot today, like 108. The fires up by Flagstaff send smoke down here in the afternoons, and that makes it hotter.

Jacque. said...

Busy Busy Busy. Caught Up? Never! Always one more thing to do...or something new to start...or finish. ~grin~ You are one busy woman, that's for sure. xo

Alica said...

You sure have been busy! And old disc?! What a great idea!! I'll have to pass it along to my nephew, who welds. I would love to hand around your family...it sure sounds like you have lots and lots of fun together!

Debbie said...

Well it looks like you have a good holiday. It's soo nice to have the kids don the cooking isn't it? LOVE carne asada. Let me know if you figure out how to catch up. It's not happened over here yet. Jam looks sooo good! Hope the rest of your week is a good one!

Pom Pom said...

I'm so glad you had all that family fun! We did, too! We went to see James when we got home from the mountains. Aw! He's such a cutie pie! I'm so swamped at school. Argh!
Your Hula hoe will help you weed the pumpkins, Granny.

Debbie said...

ooohhhh Kim, I hope we never get caught up, never, not ever!! Our life's are way better this way!!

Looks like an awesome family get together!!

Miss Debbie said...

Sounds like a fun day! And I don't think we ever get caught up...there is always one more thing to do! :-)

Kim said...

That sounds like such a great day. It was really 100?? I hate to tell you but it's been so cold the last few days we have had to have the furnace on

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, what a cool BBQ barrrel ... and wok! 100? Even I, who considers the 60's as too chilly to be outside, would have to draw the line at 100 degrees! Of course, when it's 100 degrees here, the humidity is usually 95% or higher so it's really way too uncomfortable to be outside. Sounds like you all had a wonderful weekend!

Kerin said...

Hi Kim.
No, I guess we never really do get caught up~~*smile**. Though we try!!
Great cooker your son made!! Love the wok too.
My dad was a journeyman welder, and he could make such fantastic things!! I know what you mean about having some wish list of things, for your son to make~~LOL!

My goodness, but it has been a hot year so far. I have quite a lot to do around the borders on this house, and I'm just getting started. I'm not sure if we'll get a pumpkin patch planted or not.

Have a happy week.


Anonymous said...

I will never get over my boys having married and moved away where they are very busy working on their own houses and making things for their own families. I'm proud of them and so glad they are doing what they do, but I miss having them here to make things for me. It's been a long time.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Parties are the best. Munchie is adorable and I bet a real character. Its amazing that Ben can make all that he does. He definitely has an artist flair. I've watch the you tube video of him playing his music from Meg's Blog. Soooo talented.