Happy that Fall is Coming Very Soon!

I kind of like those meme generator programs!

 

Hello and welcome to the blog.  I’m going to be celebrating the coming of autumn this next week…and specifically the change to cooler, drier weather.  It’s been a difficult summer for those of us with allergies and asthma.  Even the young kids at work have been having lung issues, developing bronchitis, and pneumonia.  I’m back on all the pneumonia meds but haven’t missed a second of work…actually picking up EXTRA hours from the kids who can’t make it in.   🙂  🙂

Unfortunately no camping occurred this week.  It’s been tricky getting time off and then when I do, we’ve been receiving round after round of bad weather.  The trout streams and rivers are flooded up north.  We’re looking at more heavy rains with storms training over the area all weekend.  (“Training” is when multiple storms pass over the same area in a line.)  Time to build an ark….

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“Where did Noah store his bees during the great flood?”    Answer:  In his “ark hives”, of course!

I’ve been telling that joke around work… Corny as it is, it’s garnered quite a few laughs.  There are plenty of other good ones I’ve heard at work but probably won’t put them up here.  Gotta keep things clean!   🙂

Wednesday’s project — Beef and veggie stir-fry cooked over the barbecue grill.

 

On Wednesday night I’d hoped to mow the yard and then get in some camping time but a sudden, strong afternoon storm materialized and we got pounded with rain.  Instead, I decided to do some cooking at home, trying the above experiment on the grill.  It contained fresh broccoli, some shredded broccoli slaw blend, and tender slices of beef shoulder.  Browning the meat first over high heat in a foil pan was a bit tricky.   Then came the stir fry veggies.  The result was worth the work.  Some spicy Szechuan sauce was added and I had four tasty, healthy meals for the week.

PUMPKIN AND ACORNS

 

Thursday (one of the few days off) I went to a job fair in another city and met with some terrific recruiters.  There are plenty of semi-technical jobs where I can leverage the technical background and people skills on a part-time basis… and keep working at the Golden Arches a day or two a week.  It would be nice to do something in my field again – not that fast food isn’t fun – but it can be hard physical work for an older guy!  Doing both types of work would be enjoyable.

So now it’s Friday and we had a small monsoon again this morning.  Much more precipitation is coming for Saturday and Sunday.  Camping is just going to have to wait…  More cooking ideas were tested at home today and it’s been fun to try some new things.  Speaking of new things, here is a little dessert that’s been bringing some enjoyment this week and satiating the sweet tooth without killing the blood sugar.

 

A super tiny little cheesecake-type dessert… It’s about 200 calories and 2 diabetic exchanges.

 

These little graham cracker crusts (approximately 3″ in diameter) are perfect for portion-controlled indulgence.  I’ve filled them before with refrigerated cheesecake filling and berries.  The cheesecake mixture is kind of rich and sweet.  For a few less calories, this one was made with a couple tablespoons of strawberry cream cheese (mixed with a wee bit of milk to soften it up) and then topped with frozen berries.  I like to freeze a batch of these for later snacks.  Something like this will show up on a future post.  I’ve got a fall idea in mind for a camping dessert…   🙂  🙂

PUMPKIN AND ACORNS

That’s about it for now.  I’ll be glad to see some 60 degree fall weather… and perhaps 50s, 40s, and 30s.  Once the skies and the trout streams clear up a little, there will be some visits up north.  In the meantime, I’m looking at hitting a few local farm ponds and maybe visiting Jim’s place again soon.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!  Safe and happy travels!  And, of course, have a terrific fall season!

Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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2 Responses to Happy that Fall is Coming Very Soon!

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    Like the meal made on the BBQ looks really good and isn’t it great when you can have left overs for a few days. You little dessert cups are cool to.
    Happy to say we are now in the 90’s and it is almost camping time.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! I was hoping to camp tonight but here we go again… It rained all day and it’s muggy as can be. It would be nice to have some of that desert dryness! At least cooler camping weather is close at hand. Take care! — Brad

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