Tuesday, December 13

Happy Christmas, Y'all!!!

Been busy? Yeah, us too. When you live in a retirement community, where everyone is unemployed and not only has time on their hands but disposable income, when the holidays roll around there are more parties than is probably good for us. But I will say this--we are sitting home for New Year's Eve this year. You know you're getting old when staying home sounds better than going out on New Year's Eve.

We went to see Johnny Mathis. He's 80 now, much older than this album cover. He was okay, but then again, he's 80. Still packing the house, but....maybe time to hang up the ornaments.

We went to a street party. Well, not so much a street party as a party for the people on our street, which comprises 12 homes. The hosts "made" us do some silly stuff before we could have a drink. It was like herding cats, but we complied and were presented with this photo:

I saw this spiderweb this morning and it is so intriguing. The web was like fine tulle.

Isn't it cool? I never saw one like it before, its body is about 1" long.

One of our neighbors has cancer and we have all been taking dinners to her husband. That's the kind of place we live in. 💗 I was looking for a way to cook pork chops because I don't make pork chops very well and pork was on sale, and I found this recipe. I've made it twice now and it's a keeper. It's very, very good. Five stars.

The ingredients are pork chops, cabbage, bacon, onion. Supporting players are apple, chicken broth, apple cider, and sage. And some salt and pepper.

Cook two slices of bacon (or more), remove it and cut it into pieces. Set aside.

Brown big, fat pork chops in the same pan--you can add more bacon fat if you want, I did. While they are browning, chop the cabbage and the onions. Remove the pork chops to a plate and brown the onions, and then brown the cabbage. The recipe said to slice the onions and cabbage very thin but I chopped it big and I would say my way is better.

If you try to cook everything at once, it won't brown and browned food is where the flavor is. You want everything to be caramelized. I always cook the components separately and then marry them together. Add the chopped apple to the cabbage and keep cooking it down. When you are happy, nestle the pork chops and onions back into the pan--and don't forget the bacon!

Pour in a half cup of apple cider and a half cup of chicken broth. Cover and bake at 350° for about an hour, maybe a little more if you have a shitty oven like I do.

It's sweet and wonderful and the apples balance the....well, all the flavors go together beautifully. This would be great for company because you could do it beforehand and it bakes a long time. And it's DELICIOUS!!

Wednesday, December 7

Time Flies

When you're having fun. And we are!

Well, I did decide not to put up a Christmas tree, and the heavens did not explode. They have cute little 2' tall trees in the floral section of the supermarket--way dried out I might add, it's SoCal after all--and I paused and thought about it for a moment, but I'd have to get out all the stuff to decorate it, so I passed.

I did get all the prezzies bought and wrapped. This year's color is silver. I have to have a different palette every year, yaknow. It's the artist in me. We don't do a lot of gifts. Nobody needs anything except the grandkids. We're lucky that way.

I've been playing golf. I played twice this week. The shadows are getting long on the 18th, and it's just so pretty and peaceful out there. This is Talega, a very difficult course in San Clemente (that I decided I don't want to play again--who needs it). The golf cart is the group in front of us, and in front of them, Canada Geese, here for the winter. Geese are horrid creatures, they are nasty rascals, and there is goose poop everywhere. Man, was I glad to get this round behind me.

Today we played Arroyo Trabuco, an easier course because they have gold tees for high handicappers, which we senior ladies surely are. We had a lot of laughs out there today, and when we got to the 19th hole (the bar--duh) I pulled out my phone to take a shot of our group. You need to know I cannot see what I am taking pictures of. I have vision issues.

Looking left.

Annnnd right.

I didn't get everybody in the shot...there are about 20 to 24 of us every week, and it's a great group of peeps. My pals, I just love 'em.