Mom's Diner

July 2, 2012

Hats Off to the Power Workers – Wave As You Drive By!

Filed under: Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 8:24 pm

There is no question that we are hot and so very tired of this power outage! It’s just not fun anymore – the cold showers, the unbearable heat wave, the sweaty, grimy feel of everything you touch, the miserable fatigue that derives from sleep punctuated by being just plain too hot to sleep. Cooking on the grill was alright, until all the food in the fridge rotted and the freezer goo ran across the floor! And, fun has now been reduced to watching movies in the heat as long as your laptop battery holds out. But, no matter how hot and tired and miserable you are, take time to wave and appreciate the hard work of the power and tree crews who are doing their best to set things right once again. Some of them are far from home, others work in the heat all day and go back to their own powerless homes at night. So, while we can’t do anything else, LET’S WAVE and acknowledge the people who are putting everything back together for the rest of us.

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June 30, 2012

Oh, No! Our Beautiful Garden!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — momsdiner61 @ 11:31 pm

Yesterday, before the storm, we had the best little garden we’ve ever had! Beautiful straight stalks of corn just starting to tassel, large green heirloom tomatoes just on the verge of turning red, the pole beans lacing their way up to the sky and hugging the poles that held them up, and gorgeously yellow gigantic pumpkins, some weighing in at over 50 pounds already! This morning, we found the corn in utter disarray, lying every which way on the ground. The pumpkins had been dug up by their stalks in places, with their big leaves drooping tenuously overtop. The tomatoes and their cages were upturned and lying on the ground. What a difference a day makes! So, we have spent today repairing the damage as best we can, propping up the corn piece by piece, hoping that it will take firm root once again, carefully righting all the tomatoes so that we didn’t lose the tomatoes that we have waited so long for, straightening the pumpkins in order to preserve as many of our giant babies as possible. Perhaps tomorrow things will look a little more right in our little garden.

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June 18, 2012

Labor Day Pork Fest!

Filed under: Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 7:17 pm

It all started with a stack of cinder blocks and a rusty iron grate, but it was going to be the ultimate pig-roasting barbecue grill in no time! The grate was fashioned by a local welder and made to fit our design – a grill 4 feet by 4 feet constructed of cinder block.

First, using a wire brush and a grinding wheel drill attachment, we removed all of the surface rust until we had clean shiny metal.

Then, we cleaned it off with a soft, damp cloth.

We painted the entire grate, top and bottom, with melted shortening.

We heated the entire grate to season the metal; it turned from shiny to smooth, seasoned black iron, the perfect cooking surface.

Now, we were ready for the true test – the grill is completely assembled, with lava rocks and fire brick lining the bottom, oak logs fueling the fire, and the marshmallows are on the stick ready for the inaugural cooking!

Finally, a complete and functional fire pit!! Now, all that we had to do was just place the meat and the baked beans, stoke the fire, and wait for the magic to happen! In no time at all, we had a grill and a meal in the works! It all made for a fabulous Labor Day picnic!

September 11, 2010

Labor Day Pork Fest!

Filed under: Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 1:56 am

It all started with a stack of cinder blocks and a rusty iron grate, but it was going to be the ultimate pig-roasting barbecue grill in no time!  The grate was fashioned by a local welder and made to fit our design – a grill 4 feet by 4 feet constructed of cinder block.

First, using a wire brush and a grinding wheel drill attachment, we removed all of the surface rust until we had clean shiny metal.

Then, we cleaned it off with a soft, damp cloth.

We painted the entire grate, top and bottom, with melted shortening.

We heated the entire grate to season the metal;  it turned from shiny to smooth, seasoned black iron, the perfect cooking surface.

Now, we were ready for the true test – the grill is completely assembled, with lava rocks and fire brick lining the bottom, oak logs fueling the fire, and the marshmallows are on the stick ready for the inaugural cooking!

 

Finally, a complete and functional fire pit!!  Now, all that we had to do was just place the meat and the baked beans, stoke the fire, and wait for the magic to happen!  In no time at all, we had a grill and a meal in the works!  It all made for a fabulous Labor Day picnic!

August 27, 2010

The Jordan Pond House Restaurant, Acadia National Park, ME

Filed under: Acadia, Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 3:21 am

Bread and butter is the most perfect food combination, especially when it is hot and fresh!  At Jordan Pond House Restaurant in Acadia National Park,  afternoon tea is served with hot, fresh popovers, whipped butter, and plenty of strawberry preserves.  Add a glass of iced tea and you have the perfect afternoon indulgence as you enjoy the scenery and awesome beauty of Acadia.  And, for those who fall in love with these delicacies, the gift shop sells it all – the popover pan, the strawberry preserves, and the popover recipe so that you can recreate it all again when you get home.  Afterwards, walk down to the pond’s edge and be sure to notice the wildflowers, wild blueberries, and the clear, still water of the pond.  This is a wonderful stop in the park and one that no one should miss while exploring Acadia.

July 31, 2010

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