Texas was nearly burned to a crisp last summer. I’m trying to find the total count of the days when Mother Nature found it suitable to crank the temperature over 100 degrees. As of August 24th, we were at 70 days, the time at which the 86 year-old record was broken. I think it was 86 days all told.
Today all that hot mess is a memory. It’s been raining. A lot.
Strange how such a scorching cycle is followed by a wet one. I’ll take every drop of rain that is willing to fall from the heavens, my garden needs it. Heck, we all need it!
To gleefully accept the rain, and the accompanying thunder and lightning, I made a broccoli cheese soup and apple pie. The soup was inspired by Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman), I added ham, potato, and Asiago cheese to the basic recipe.
The pie was made with granny smith apples, peeled and sliced with my old-fashioned apple peeler. Brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, flour and tapioca flour joined the apples between two layers of dough. Don’t forget the cover the edges with foil!
I wish you could smell my house this blustery evening! Big Brother wanted apple pie and today was a perfect day for his request. We shared a slice and scurried off to sleep.