Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Homekeeper Journal 6/22/10

What’s going on in my kitchen this week ….. tomatoes ripening on the windowsill and light foods for supper. We’ve been having one main item and then lots of fruit/vegetables to go with it. Last night we had chicken nuggets with peas, grapes, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, watermelon, and tomato. Oh, and a terrible mess on the floor thanks to foam crosses and cutouts that we are making to take to my grandma’s assisted living place later in the week.

This week, I have simply not been able to get a handle on ……my housework. Leaving tomorrow to visit my dad and I’d intended to leave a clean house for my husband. Oh well. I guess it will give him something to do while we’re gone.

Its so hot here ….. that I can feel myself cooking even when I’m in the pool. Good thing too, because that tells me it is time to get out before I turn into a lobster.

If I could have a pantry built to order ….. I think I would opt for a walk-in refrigerator or freezer instead. Or maybe a summer kitchen with a commercial dishwasher and stove and a stainless steel worktable. Oh, and one heckuva air conditioner too, so I wouldn’t get hot. Or maybe just an entire restaurant where I would serve lunch and dinner, but still have breakfast available all day long. I would definitely serve Kitty Chicken – an old on-the-road favorite of mine from my bank examining days.

The one place other than where I am that I might like to live is ….. anywhere on about 100 acres that has ponds, creeks, heavy woods, hay meadows and good rock climbing for the kids, but it would have to be close to civilization so I could run to Wal-Mart. I would also love an old stone barn with a hay loft that I could sit up in and watch the sun go down. And maybe a corn field where the kids could get lost.

The most comfortable shoes I have ever had ….. were some black plastic LA Gear combat boots that I had during college. I wore those things all the time. I also have a pair of chunky soled boots that I’ve worn every winter for the past 15 years. Hard to believe, but I have pictures to prove it!

My favorite things about summer ….. longer days. Love the daylight! It is also about time to start looking for monarch caterpillars on my milkweed plants. I always save a few in the fence row so that we can raise monarch butterflies. We did this when I was in sixth grade and I’ve done it every year that I could ever since. Truly one of God’s miracles! And the caterpillars grow so fast!

I know I need to …… get the kids out more this summer, but they don’t want to go anywhere and are totally content to stay at home. I also need to work with my 5YO on learning to read and on math because he is ready, but I’m hesitant because I think he’s going to be bored in Kindergarten as it is. Boredom is not his friend. We’ve been working on drawing and crafts instead.


  1. Nice entry! I can almost smell the hay and flowers and summery-ness on your 100 acres...aaahhh.

    Kitty Chicken? I'm very curious! Will you post a recipe?

  2. I wish I had a recipe for Kitty Chicken. The internet has also proved fruitless. It is basically bite-sized chicken pieces that are deep fried. They are dark brown instead of your normal golden brown color for most fried/battered foods. I don't know what's on them, but I could eat 100 pieces. With Ranch dressing, of course. I don't know why it's called Kitty Chicken, either come to think of it.

  3. What a wonderful post, thanks so much for sharing with us all!


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