And snow is predicted for the weekend.
I think Mother Nature must be off her meds.
Lori is in the northern part of the state for a few days. Her Dad is suffering the effects of aging, so she goes to see him as often as she can. Duane was alone, so I asked him if he would like to come over for supper when he got off work. I had a couple of butternut squash that needed to be eaten and we both love squash. A couple of thick pork chops added to it made a pretty good meal. It is nice to have someone to cook for now and then.
I keep busy. At least as busy as arthritic joints will allow. This goofy weather with it's changes in temperatures and conditions every other day seems to bring on flare-ups, but it does help to keep moving as much as possible. In addition to the usual household chores, I sorted out my dehydrated foods. I keep them in freezer bags stored in Banker's boxes on a set of shelve behind my bedroom door. I had gotten lazy and hadn't put
While Duane was here I asked him to get down a bottle of maple syrup from the top of one of my shelves. It is nice having a tall person living close by, especially when you aren't much over 5 feet tall and don't climb well any more. I need the syrup for a recipe of caramel corn that you make using the microwave. It is really good stuff.
Microwave Caramel Corn
Pop 1/3 Cup of popcorn kernels. I use my air-popper.
Mix together 5 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 Cup brown sugar and 2 - 1/2 Tbsp. real maple syrup.
Microwave for 2 minutes.
Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 - 1/2 tsp. salt.
Stir in 1/2 tsp. baking soda. This will cause the sugar mixture to foam up.
Pour over the popcorn and mix well.
Microwave the caramel corn for 1 minute. Stir. Repeat at 30 second intervals until the popcorn is a rich, caramel color. (Three or four times.)
Duane said he would trade me some caramel corn for a milkshake made using crushed Girl Scout Thin Mints. Sounds like a pretty good trade to me. :)