Thursday, July 5, 2018

I Like Thursday: It's Cooking

Whew, it's been hot!

I like that our air conditioner works!  And I like that we had an extra one to loan to my sister so she wouldn't cook this week. 

When I had made the banana cream pie last week, I made three mini pie shells with the extra dough.  So what did I do for my first hot day?  I slaved over a hot stove making a small batch of banana cream pie custard.  Well, maybe not slaved.  But this time it set!  I had almost enough to fill two of the mini pies.  The second was a little skimpy, so I added a layer of chocolate.  I liked that a lot (and the other is in the freezer, to enjoy another day).

That evening I was back at the stove to make this one pot macaroni and cheese.  No boiling water.  Takes less than 20 minutes to make.  It may be cheater (without a real roux), but it's delicious.  So easy.  Gotta like that!  And not hot work, which was good when the outside thermometer was reading 90℉.

I like the purslane I seem to be cultivating.  I had allowed some to grow in a planter,  hoping it would grow indoors over the winter (nope).  I then planted sage in the same container late last summer, forgetting about the purslane (the sage also didn't make it).  I dumped the pot on the deck hoping the sage would revive, and instead, I have a pot full of purslane.  It has a nice crunch, a tangy flavor - I throw a bit in my salads.  Supposed to be high in vitamin C.  I give some to the guinea pigs as a treat.  It's loving the hot weather, although my rosemary plant doesn't seem as happy.

I'm stitching away on my Homebase quilt.  I really like the quilting (more than I expected).  It makes me think of a stream bed, with running water and pretty rocks.  I've finished the straight line quilting, I'm onto the free motion next.

Be sure to check out more interesting finds and happy events over at Not Afraid of Color's I Like Thursday.


  1. That mac n cheese recipe looks so easy, and sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try that! I know I have purslane growing in my garden, but didn't know it was edible. I always pull it and throw it into the bin with grass clipping and weeds! Maybe I'll try a bite of that, too!

  2. Oh that pie! I need that mac and cheese too.

  3. So I had never thought of cooking the macaroni in milk which kind of makes sense to do. I bet it is really creamy that way. But I'm with Mary I'd love a slice of that pie to go with it! I have never heard of purslane!! I will check it out.

  4. Hi Sally! I am back to enjoying a/c, and am so very thankful for it. I was a kid when we first got an a/c unit at my parent's house. It used to freeze up all the time - that's all I remember about it. Of course, my parents were near my age (59) when they installed in, so now I understand why they wanted it. Anyway, that mac & cheese look easy - I am going to have to give it a try. Dominic is a fan if you chop up the noodles well enough. Happy Thursday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. That pie looks delicious! My house AC doesn't work very well, but the one in my studio does, so I guess it's just motivation to spend more time out there!

  6. Hmmm. I didn't know you could eat purslane - I like a crunchy salad, especially one high in nutrients, so I will have to give it a try! Hope your weather cools down soon.

  7. finally getting a chance to read I Like posts and I like your mini banana pies a lot. And that you invented the last recipe with chocolate. Gotta check out the mac recipe next.
    Believe it or not, I finally got the Christmas Wedgie card you sent and it's on my new kitchen desk. It's adorable, with her looking right at me! Like she's here for a visit with Auntie Leela


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