Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Hodgepodge Homemade

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger before you because comments make the blog world go round. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Hello August. What's one thing you're looking forward to this month? 

A weekend on the lake with friends, a few days with sweet baby J and his parents, and a concert in The Garden State. 

2. What are you doing to beat the heat right now? If you live in the southern hemisphere are you enjoying cooler temps or counting the days until summer? 

There's a lake in my backyard which helps a lot, but honestly it's been so humid this past week I've been more about the indoor a.c. 

3. How do you see the world? 

Currently, and I suppose always, something like a beautiful mess. It's God's masterpiece and we humans have mucked it up in so many ways. While my rose colored glasses become a bit more smudged with every passing news cycle I know God remains sovereign over all. 

I choose to focus on the natural beauty in the created world, kindnesses extended, simple pleasures, and the gift of new mercies every single morning. When things feel bleak I remind myself this earth is not my home. 

4. What food product do you think is better store bought than home made? How about something you refuse to buy because it is so much better homemade? 

Store bought? Mayonnaise. We live in the land of Duke's and if you've never had Duke's Mayonnaise you've been missing out. Homemade doesn't compare. 

Better homemade? Many things including most baked goods, but for some reason what popped into my head first was potato salad. It's not something we have often, but I made a big bowl for little guy's first birthday back in June and remembered why I never buy the deli kind. Homemade is the only way to go. 

For the record I am also not a big fan of jarred marinara and always make my own. Almost always. I will occasionally use a jar of Rao's in a recipe if I'm strapped for time, but I enjoy the process of slow cooking my own tomato sauce. 

5. Are you easy to get along with? 

Well I guess that depends who you ask lol. Still going to say yes, I'm easy to get along with. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of daughter's mother-in-law recently brought me some of their garden grown eggplant. Fresh from the garden eggplant means it's time to make my once-a-summer treat of eggplant parmesan. 

I like to use Alex Guarnachelli's recipe (here) which, not gonna lie, is pretty labor intensive. It took me a good half a day to make, but was molto deliziozo!! 

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  1. I had a very similar answer about how I see the world. The only way to really see the good in the world is to first see the goodness of God, right? Thanks for hosting - have a great week!

  2. " rose colored glasses become a bit more smudged with every passing news cycle I know God remains sovereign over all." I love that so much!
    I've only tasted eggplant once - and never felt led to make it ... but yours looks delicious. Given my kitchen skill-set (not), I may have to investi*google something a little easier. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Love your thoughtful answer to question #3. Yum, your eggplant parmesan looks like a labor of love! I'm rolling in from Texas a bit dehydrated and tired with my hodgepodge. Happy August to you and yours!

  4. Hello,
    I think I may have told you before... we are Duke's Mayo people too. My husband is so happy our local grocery carries it!

    And yes, I agree " I remind myself this earth is not my home." Sam had to remind himself of that message too.
    Thank you Joyce!!

  5. Your August sounds wonderful. Even her in CA we have had humidity. I don't like it! Love your answer for how you see the world. I love that you said potato salad for homemade I said store bought. My family growing up made awesome potato salad, I just never tried to make it. Way to go on making your own marinara too. I have done that but it's been awhile. Love your random.

  6. Especially enjoyed your answer to #3. We believe very similarly, but your words express it much better than mine. I have never had egg plant but your photo makes it look delicious!

  7. I just found out that my aunt and her husband are coming to visit from North Carolina and my uncle is coming up from Florida so I'm really looking forward to seeing more family this month.

  8. I was wearing my rose colored glasses today, too, regarding the answer to #3. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

  9. Wish I could have invited myself over for that Eggplant Parmesan (and since you were doing all the cooking!! ha-ha). Sticking close to the AC here in middle Florida, too!

  10. August has only 4 family birthdays in it so nothing much happens in it.

    No heat as it is winter but not that cold either if it is cold we turn the heater on and wear warmer clothes.

    The world is a good place but there are idiots in it from many countries.

    Junk food is better store bought and potato bake is better homemade.

    I think I am easy to get along with.

    Bless God for the love of friends so true, as akin to his

  11. Joe would not let me buy a jar of "gravy" (sauce). I made homemade for all the years we were married (almost 36). BUT, I discovered Mid's at Publix and I don't think Joe would be able to tell the difference if he didn't see the jar. Try it if you see it a Publix. The marinara is the best. Yes to Duke's!! Yes to homemade potato salad!! Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge!

  12. I believe that everybody thinks ’that he is easy to go along with !! The eggplant dish looks delicious ! It ' s à long time I haven't entend à potato salad !

  13. A lake in my backyard would be fun. A beautiful mess is a great description of the world. I love a good mayo. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry, I buy a storebought sauce and quickly "doctor it up". YUM. I love eggplant parmesan. So good.