It's been a good morning so far - I had a leisurely breakfast and coffee, got a shower and loved washing short hair for a change, then went to the Farmer's market. I took a handful of singles out of my wallet before I left, as I try to have them on hand for the Salvation Army lady, or the like. I would have spent them had I taken them to the market. It didn't take me long to make my selections - the first booth is all Certified Organic, and the farm owners grow everything they sell. I've never been unhappy with anything I purchased from them, and I spent the cash I had brought along - not all that much, really. It won't do to get a lot of food in unless I can use it in the next week.
(I was going to crop the photo so it just showed the food, but couldn't get it right. Three of those old Rx bottles are how I divide up my vitamins and supplements into AM, Noon, & PM. I'm not taking much now because they don't want me taking any supplements, so I'm just left with a few vitamins. Remember to click on the picture to enlarge it.)
I found a recipe with pictures online for fixing butternut squash. One is to grate it and fry like hashbrowns. The picture shows it fried to a beautiful golden brown, and an over easy egg on top. That makes my appetite jump just to look at that picture. Another recipe is for rough slicing them as for french fries. Supposedly they are even better tasting and more nutritious than sweet potato fries. I bought two butternut squash and printed out two each of the recipes - one for me and one for Donald. They like sweet potato fries, so I'm hoping they will like the squash. For me, I'm fixin' the hashbrown version!
I didn't intend to write a blog about food today, but I have to mention the egg muffins. I had eaten two of them right out of the oven and put the remaining four in the fridge. This morning I took out two more of them and warmed them in the microwave - delicious as the moment they came out of the oven! I will be making them again next week, and this time will add a few more veggies - maybe some potatos, carrots, broccoli, whatever I have on hand. I guess I should make them in the large muffin tin. Having something like that on hand can really be nice in the morning when you are ravenous. After I got back from the market I fixed myself a double portion of oatmeal, lots of sugar added because I like my oatmeal with sugar! I love it when my appetite is working normally, but still can't understand why I look like a stick. Dang, I'd love to be voluptuous!
It's going to be a gorgeous sunny day with temps hopefully reaching 62. In the Sacramento sun 62 is warm! I need to get outdoors, so maybe a walk at Mather Field will be good.
Oh, about the picture of my short hair vs the one in the upper right of my blog, which was cropped from a professionally taken portrait. (It was taken at a time when all my children and grandkids were together, and was an occasion of joy.) I mentioned that I took about 20 shots holding the camera out in front of me, and all but one went into the trash. I can't take a decent photo up that close, and smiling for such a picture makes it look pretty scary. Maybe during the coming week when we are together for Joe's graduation, I'll get some photos on my camera and possibly be able to crop a decent one of me and my haircut.
I have one more thing to comment about, and that is the news that the US will allow chickens raised in the United States to be shipped to China where they will be processed, and then returned for sale in the U.S. Does this sound right to anyone out there? How can it be possible that a profit can be made considering transportation to and from the US to China? So what else is going on. It sounds to me like an effort to put damn near every American out of work or into dead-end jobs selling Chinese chicken at Walmart. Just look at the food safety record for anything from China (baby food, pet food, etc.) and tell me you would buy that crap? End of rant.
Update: I just read a further article about the China chicken thing, and it seems we (the U.S.) is doing this because China refuses to buy our beef otherwise. So will the beef industry subsidize the chicken industry for the transportation costs? I don't buy beef or chicken that isn't American organically raised, and I hope to hell it hasn't made it's way to Asia and back.