Today is the first day of summer. Around here it has been hot and dry for several weeks already, What with the wildfires and flooding around the country we have been luckier than a lot of folks.
The tomato's that have set fruit still haven't turned red and I'm not seeing any more fruit setting. They are still making blooms though so we'll see what happens. We've been getting a little rain off and on but not enough to be able to stop watering. A couple of weeks ago I started some cantaloupe, watermelon, and three kinds of squash. They sprang up in 3 days! It's pretty late to be starting them I know but I just wanted to try. Hey, if it works it works... If not I've wasted a small amount of seed. Anyway... Mars went out this morning and started tilling up another garden spot to put them in. I've got my finger's crossed that we will get some goodies from them.
Several months ago we had checked on satellite internet connections out here. It was (and is) available but they wanted $70 a month for the service. There are limits to the amount of bandwidth you can use as well. Needless to say that was out of our budget and so we ended up going with a wireless internet provider who charges $50 a month with unlimited bandwidth. The connection is slow and unstable at best. Watching videos and such is painfully slow but it is, as they say, better than nothing. I was truly surprised to get an email last week from the satellite company saying that our address had been chosen to participate in the Broadband Recovery Act. It was a part of some of the stimulus money spent in 09. They provide internet access to folks in rural areas who cannot get highspeed access through cable or a phone line. The cost? $40 a month for unlimited usage. Now I am sure that some folks are going to talk about how it's just another government program and that I should be ashamed to be using it. Say what you will, the money has already been spent and I qualify. I am going to take advantage of it. If that makes me a bad person- so be it.
I tried my hand at making Banana Pudding from scratch this weekend. I was pretty impressed with how easy it was. I also did something I've never done or even heard of anyone doing before. I'm not saying it hasn't been done, just that it was a first for us. I added strawberries to it! Oh so yummy! It turned out great too apparently because it didn't even last 24 hours! I sure should have taken a picture but I was just a tad late. By the time I thought of it all that was left was an empty pan.
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1/2 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies
*** 1 cup sliced strawberries *** optional but OMGosh so good!
In medium saucepan combine sugar, flour and salt. Add eggs and stir well. Stir in milk, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly. This will take at least 15 minutes.When mixture begins to get pretty thick, remove from heat and continue to stir, cooling slightly. Stir in vanilla and butter until smooth.
In 9x9-inch dish, layer the pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers. Chill at least one hour in refrigerator before serving.