Now, for the cooking. To toot my own horn, I'm a really good cook! I didn't used to be. When David and I first got married, (he's from Alabama and I'm from Louisiana...maybe relevant, maybe not!), I couldn't cook...at all! My family are all good cooks...I'm a good eater. So I didn't have to cook, someone else always did! Anyway, when we married, he though he needed to eat something other than Micky D's and pizza. So...I had to learn. Many, many phone calls home. Many, many burnt pots of pintos and fried potatoes (An Alabama thing and his absolute favorite - I had never had them before! Where was I? I guess I was hiding under a rock eating gumbo!) But, he ate those beans...burnt and all! and I kept trying. If you've ever ate or smelled burnt bean, you'll understand! (This is one of his favorite stories!)
On to more relevant things...since everyone was home this weekend, I fixed a 'Sunday meal' except I cooked it on Friday. We had a roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, fried corn, and rolls. I can cook a mean roast and my gravy will make "you slap yo mama!" I don't have pictures of this meal, but this is not what it's about!
My whole reason for this is what I do with the leftovers of the roast! I can make a 101 things from the leftovers of an 8 lb. roast. Anyway...first we had the main meal, then I made roast salad (kinda like tuna or chicken salad but with roast - I always have to explain this - but, my kids love it! Chop the cold roast, add mayo and mustard - apples, onions, celery, if you want - my kids don't want! Serve on buns or the best way is on Kings Hawiian rolls) and today...
We're turning up the air conditioner and having vegetable beef soup and cornbread!
David and I also went blackberry picking this morning...all I can say is, it was HOT, HOT, HOT! and snakey! But this is what I came home with: