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Today was the summer day I have been waiting for all summer! With sworn guarantees from the Weather Wizards that the mercury would not rise above 80F and with the sun taking a day off to doze behind the cover of clouds, I had the perfect day to catch up with all the yard work I’ve been postponing for the last month and a half thanks to the Dreaded Dome of Heat. And with the labors of Hercules awaiting me, I knew I had to start the day with a hearty breakfast … which gave me an excuse for creating my National Sandwich Month Special Sandwich Of  The Week!


While this sandwich did require a bit more prep time, it was well worth the wait.

FIrst I dug out my Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe for ANGEL BISCUITS. This recipe is guaranteed to make the lightest, flakiest biscuits you’ve ever eaten. The recipe uses a package of yeast + baking powder + baking soda and I generally use a half and half mix of all-purpose white flour and whole wheat flour. The recipe is simple, comes together quickly and yields a lot of dough. Which is good, since the leftover biscuits freeze well and I usually make half biscuits and half cinnamon rolls.

Before I put my sausage sandwich together, I should reveal that I do not like eating fried eggs on sandwiches … which is not a lead-in to a tale from Doctor Seuss. My sausage patty is fresh ground in-store pork sausage and I started grilling it right before the biscuits were due to pop out of the oven.

To assemble …  break a biscuit in half, add a slice of home-grown tomato, the sausage, a slice of Sargento Baby Swiss Cheese and enjoy!

And since I didn’t make any cinnamon rolls today, I finished my breakfast with a second biscuit with butter and lemon curd.

National Sandwich Month Rating … 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  [10]

BTW, it took five hours to get all the yard work completed.  Since I’ve got a lot of biscuits let over, I wonder if a BLT Biscuit Sandwich would be any good.



Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I just realized that I slept through spring this year.  It’s either that, or spring bypassed us for some unknown seasonal reason. We seem to have gone thorough an endlessly recurring snow/sleet/ice/snow pattern that morphed into a rain/storm/hail/tornado pattern that gave way to the dog days of summer which had the mercury topping out at 99 yesterday.

No April showers!

No May flowers!

No June busting out all over!

Which brings me to my 30 Days Of Creativity …

I have been neglecting my garden for some rather obvious weather conditions. And my garden has been neglecting me in return.  Sure I had some daffodils, but they frosted their bulbs off producing a meager amount of blooms, and the tulips didn’t even break through the ground. Sure I could blame it on the squirrel’s nut searches, but they know better than to enter Mlle. Renee’s domain.

No, I have to blame it all on a game of tit for tat between me and the garden. So this morning, while the storm clouds overhead keep the heat down to a bearable sunless 80 degrees I dedicated myself to a bit of yard work. I was happy to note that the two hibiscus plants I put in a couple of weeks ago had finally stopped dropping buds … after daily applications of water … and settled into producing blooms.Did you ever notice how some hibiscus blossoms exhibit the facial qualities of a Disney animation? A somewhat evil facial quality.The double blossoms tend to look a little friendlier.The Lily Whites broke out into sudden bloom overnight undoubtedly due to yesterday’s heat which will also ensure their quick demise. Like southern ladies lilies don’t sweat, they wilt.And the Rock Garden produced … a weed. A very handsome weed, but still a weed.

But what has all this to do with my creativity challenge? Absolutely nothing. It was all creative filler. Though I could count planting a couple of packs of seeds I forgot I had purchased on a whim during the last dregs of winter as creativity. And it was fun watching the peat pots puff up with water.

 But the creativity came in when I took this photo of a Lawn Gnome I discovered while walking from the MetroBus stop to Mr. Bill’s house for a 60th Anniversary and Remodeling Open House for his family home.I have to get one of those  to cover the burnt out spot on my front lawn that the dog next door has been using for pee pot.