Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fresh green beans

Okay lets start with something pretty. . . my flower bed out in front of the house. I planted Zinnias from seed. My first try at this and they are looking pretty nice.

You should see this flower bed in the winter. It looks like a grave. We have been asked many times by visitors,"Who's buried there?" Our reply is always Sarah's past boyfriends.

However here is one we hope is a keeper. They have been together for almost three years. He is our personal meteorologist!

Thanks to his Mom, Lynne for this great picture.

Last night my bff gave me home grown tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and green beans. Tonight I arrived home from work about 10 minutes late. I had missed a call from BT, I could tell from caller ID.

I pulled some shrimp out of the freezer to thaw and marinate. I would make some jasmine rice and BBQ shrimp. I saw the green beans and decided to cook them. I snapped the ends, washed them, added salt to the pot and started simmering them. In the mean time I fried some bacon and added it.

BT calls and says he will be a little late. So I turn on my computer. For some reason I decided to sign onto my windows live screen. Something I almost never do unless we call Sarah or the grand kids first so we can have a video conference with them.

The camera came up and see my MIL in Groom, Texas has her camera on. We had bought and installed it for her just 3 weeks ago when we were there. I rang her. Right away she answered. It was our first live chat. She was so excited. We talked, and talked and talked. I asked her, "how long does it take to cook fresh green beans?" Her reply was, "until they are done". We had a good laugh over that.

We must have chatted for 10 or 15 minutes and all of a sudden we lost our connection. So while dialing her back,. I went to check the green beans. This is what I saw!!!!

BURNT to say the least.

I redialed the MIL. She answered and I told her, I didn't have to worry about the beans any longer. She asked me if they were done. I said yes burnt to a crisp. She wondered if I had a back up plan. I told her, sure, leftover pea salad!

BT came in and talked to his Mom on the computer too. We all three had a great time in our first live chat. I should tell you, the camera we bought was very inexpensive! The one I bought for the grand kids at K Mart was $14.99. when I went back to get MIL one, it was on sale for $9.99. so if you have a loved one far away, it's a cheap doable thing to chat with them.

After dinner I took a Brillo pad to the pan. Thank goodness the 39 year old pan survived. It looks almost brand new.

I wonder what those beans would have tasted like if prepared in a normal fashion?

9:59 PM 75 degrees


Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh, Patti. i am sitting here LOL! My first batch of green beans this year looked much like yours, only I was NOT able to save the pan. It was a 25 year old cheapie from walmart anyway. What the heck is it about cooking green beans - I burn them once a year it seems... sheesh. I just love it that you can chat with BT's Mom. How cool is that? -tw

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oops, PW was standing here talking & distracting me and I posted too soon. Your Sarah is a beauty. What a nice-looking couple they make. I'm sending PW out to feed HIS cats now so I can get some things done =)

Sara said...

I agree! Sarah is beautiful!

Your green beans, not so much! ;) I hate when that happens! Stinks up the joint to boot.

Your zinnias are way ahead of mine. Guess I should've planted them over a grave for extra fertilization!

Lara said...

No pressure on Sarah's boyfriend! :)

Wendy said...

Old cookware is AWESOME! They don't make them like they used to!