Works for cookies. Friday night photos #117

I know I say this almost every week, but holy smokes, this week flew by. Is it Friday already?! It’s been quite a busy week to say the least. We had a wonderful weekend. Jerry and I went mini golf and went to the escape room. Then on Monday, we let Eli play dumb from school so we could all go to Cedar Point (Eli’s girlfriend got a pass too). I took less than five pictures. As I get older, I take less pictures, but at least I try to capture the moments as they happen.

I lost (very badly) at mini golf. Why do I never get a hole in one? Because I always hit the rocks somehow. Jerry was nervous about this shot because if I pulled it off he would owe me $1 million. (Obviously I didn’t make it to the pit from the rocks.)

This picture is of me and Noah while we were waiting for the others. They had gone on a ride we didn’t want so we went under another ride while we waited. (Noah and I love roller coasters, but that’s a big no-no to big hills. I get dizzy going up and down hills and it’s extremely uncomfortable.

The only photo of the four of us

I was pretty proud of myself for going on a new-to-me coaster called The Gatekeeper. I like rides that are familiar to me so I know what to expect and I was dreading going into The Gatekeeper because I didn’t know what to expect. I always worry about 1) dizziness and 2) will it screw up my back? Yes, I am 100 years old. Here are some of the older rides a little bit rough and I’m pretty sure I shrank a few inches when I went on the Mine Ride and Blue Streak a few years ago.

On the way home, Eli and Ava fell asleep in the backseat. I feel like this is a typical teenage reaction after a day at Cedar Point. I remember how exhausting it was. (Well, it’s still exhausting, but every teenager here has a story about a super long, hot day waiting in line at Cedar Point.) It’s funny. considering how impatient teenagers are, they are all very patient and well behaved while waiting in line for 90 minutes for a 2 minute ride. I’ve mentioned several times that Jerry and I are (literally) the oldest people we can see in line. I never really realized that Cedar Point is mostly crawling with teenagers.

After such a great day, it was more than a little sad to get a phone call from Eli just an hour later saying he had crashed.

My friend sent me a picture of her little one making a “Jerry Face” so we took a picture to send back to her.

After the dishwasher problems, I noticed that the silverware looked really dull. I’ve never polished silver in my life, I’ve only washed it in the dishwasher (or by hand). So I read online how to make silverware clean and shiny again. Basically, you cover the sink with foil and mix baking soda, salt and vinegar over it. Spread the silverware on it. Then add boiling water to cover.

It worked pretty well. They definitely look a lot better than before.

Jerry surprised me with passion fruit yesterday!!! I adore passion fruit, but I haven’t seen it anywhere since we were in Punta Cana in 2014. The ones Jerry found are small and immature, so I have no idea if they will be any good, but I love that I can try them.

Yesterday I made a double batch of seitan patties (like chicken breasts) to marinate and refrigerate. I also made a quadruple batch of the sesame sauce and put it in these 8oz jars. I like to have sauce in the fridge so I can just pull it out and heat it up for a quick dinner; rice with tofu, vegetables and sesame dressing, so good.

If anyone is interested, here is my recipe (this is doubled, I used this recipe twice for the above jars). One jar is a good size for a block of tofu (or equivalent volume). (Just whisk everything together, then pour into a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat until the sauce thickens.)

1/2 cup of water
1/2 t/kg. salt (if you want to taste before salting, do not save)
2 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. maple syrup (or brown sugar)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1/4 yr. ground ginger
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 t/kg. crushed red pepper flakes (I use about 3/4 teaspoon because we like it spicy)

I laughed when I saw this tweet…I definitely remember the owl pellets.

I absolutely love these jeans, but the big hole in the knee got bigger every time I got into the pants and caught my leg in the hole. Also, when I went to a garage sale with my parents a few weeks ago, my knee hit the trailer of my dad’s truck and left a big brown mark. It didn’t come out in the wash, so I thought I’d just make the hole a little bigger and patch it up. I just used dark denim on the inside, then since I really didn’t want to get out of the sewing machine, I used embroidery thread to attach the patches.

I also took the waist in darts (bottom right). Used to say AMERICAN EAGLE, now just says AME. These are heavily modified but I love these jeans. The button fly and mid rise make them perfect.

I fell down the denim embroidery rabbit hole on Pinterest yesterday. people are doing the coolest things with embroidery thread. I want to try something fun but it’s intimidating to even know where to start. I will try to practice on scrap jeans.

And finally… Jerry and I are playing Trivia Crack again. Remember when this was popular a few years ago? I have NOT beaten Jerry once. He’s very good at details and I’m clearly not. I still have fun trying to answer the questions though. And one of these days maybe I’ll get lucky and actually beat Jerry. (We also play Boggle and he has never beaten me at it. We each have our strengths and weaknesses.)

And that’s all I have. I’m sitting for Nathan this weekend. I’m going to bring Joe there to hang out with his cousin 😉 Have a great weekend! xo:

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