Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greetings from the Surface of the Sun!

Aside from the insufferable heat, there’s little to blog about.  As usual, we've been doing a lot of this.

And this.  

A perfect Happy Hour calls for a Perfect Manhattan.  Don't forget the cherry!

We anticipate that this wicked heat wave will pass soon so the usual stifling swamp conditions can return. Staying inside with the doors firmly sealed and the A/C blasting is the only solution. Here, I'm doing a welfare-check on the poor hibiscus from the climate-controlled comfort of the living room. 

Be afraid.  Very afraid.

On a positive note, there is one good thing about summer in the Deep South. The best tomatoes on planet Earth!

Last week John discovered Asian ground bean sauce.  

Holy Moly, is it good!  Add it to stir fry for a depth of flavor that will blow your mind.  We've tried it with both beef and chicken so far.

My favorite chef.

In an effort to keep the house cool, I made cowboy potatoes for our weekend grill. Remember this old camping recipe?  

Place sliced spuds and onion on a sheet of aluminum foil.  Top with some thin slices of butter, salt, pepper, and rosemary.  

Wrap tightly in the foil and cook on the grill for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

Great with a side of stir-fried garlic beans and grilled rib-eye.  

BTW, for new folks who come here to read a blog about a girl who travels the U.S. in her camper van …. stay tuned.  I’ll be leaving in less than 3 weeks for a grand Summer/Fall adventure. 

Ahhhh, it feels 20 degrees cooler just looking at that web photo!


  1. Must track down that ground bean sauce! The potatoes look VERY good!

    Virtual hugs,


  2. Agree, the heat is almost unbearable. Enjoying "mater" sandwiches here, also. About the only reason to stay in the South this time of year. We too, are in countdown mode. Just dreading the heat we have to travel through to reach those cool mountains. Wishing you safe travels..

  3. Oh gosh, I hate being trapped for hours in air conditioned rooms! You must dream every night of being in more hospitable climes!

  4. I love your blog and have been catching up with your past posts. I just bought my new (used) Winnebago and plan to retire next spring. Hope to meet you on the road someday.

    1. AZDonna,

      Good to have you here! How exciting for you. Look forward to following along.

  5. We left Arizona but the heat in Kansas and Nebraska is worse.

  6. I just checked - Amazon has the ground bean sauce. I will order some when we're going to be in a fixed location. The mater sandwiches look really good. Back when we had real tomatoes in Atlanta, we would stand over the sink and eat them to catch the drips. I miss tomatoes that taste like something.Hope your temperatures drop soon. Oregon off the coast will be hitting 100 on Saturday. Too hot!

    1. I know! Nothing more disappointing than a tomato with no flavor. We call them 'cardboard tomatoes'.

  7. Miss the tomatoes from the east cant find anything like em out here. Bean sauce looks great! Every time I come here my grocery list gets longer.

    1. It's unanimous then - we DO have the best tomatoes!

  8. The heat has been "insufferable". To make things worse the AC went out at home here at coastal NC.
    Monday taking "Puni Hele" Roadtrek out West to Dakotas by way of Nebraska/Kansas. Expect hot & windy weather. Soon cool weather will follow.


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