Christmas in JulySo, I live at the beach, and at 5:00 pm, it's still 91 degrees here. Which means it's, oh, I don't know, probably close to 150 degrees 10 miles inland. Yes, it's pure hell. Then, my sister called to say that she was at the local Hallmark store today only to discover they were playing Christmas music and displaying their 2006 ornament collection. Her infuriation was exceeded only by her incredulity. That's what I call some fucked up marketing.
But I don't know if I actually have room to complain about the heat in light of my activities this late afternoon.
I've spent the last hour practicing a new recipe - chicken lasagna - which has required me to preheat my oven, sautee vegetables over a hot stove, and now bake the thing for 45 minutes. I'm not really much of a cook which is why I needed a trial run at this. Some relatives are going to be in town next weekend, and because he has a nice house in which to entertain, my brother is always the one to host family events. So I volunteered to take the meal preparation burden off of him and his wife since they always, always get stuck with these things. I do have a trusted favorite recipe, a yummy spinach lasagna, but the older I get, the less I'm able to tolerate red sauce. Thus, I decided to cultivate a "white" version of my old stand-by. I made several alterations to the receipe, so keep your fingers crossed.