My Cozy Corner

Weeds and Wildflowers

Hello, pull up a chair and get comfortable in My Cozy Corner. The coffee is hot and your company is just what I needed! Thank you for bearing with me as the posts have come rather hit and miss this year.

For me, this has been a year of navigating a new life, after losing my life partner and learning to build a life I did not expect and certainly did not want. I’ve written a bit here about the grieving process, and as one of my friends said, “You can’t do it wrong.” Your journey is your journey.

You may not be at this point in your life, but there are always losses that we grieve along the way. Maybe you are now an empty nester. It’s wonderful to know that you did a good job, and your babies are all grown up and ready to face the world on their own; but now there is an empty spot in your life that you must learn to fill that part of your life with something else. Maybe, in the middle of diapers and bottles, you longed for everyone to be in school. Now the house is empty all day, and what do you do with that? Is the garden of your life currently full of weeds or wildflowers? You get to choose. I’m discovering that the work of grieving is that of turning the weeds into wildflowers.

My literal gardens are producing too. We picked an heirloom tomato last week that had broken the vine because it weighed almost eight pounds! We have had to ripen it in the house. It should be good for several salads! I’ve never planted heirlooms before this,and it has been a fun adventure. Miss Christy and her friend are having a great time checking every day to see what is ready to pick. It’s been a long, hot summer, which the tomatoes have loved, but not much else has (well, except the weeds).

What are you reading this summer? My Kindle is seeing lots of use this summer. I love real books, made of paper; but the Kindle can go anywhere with me, and holds lots of books, so there is always one at the ready. This month I finished “Journal in Solitude” by May Sarton. This book is not for everyone. It is not high drama or adventure, just day to day life. I never would have known about it, if it had not come up on Book Bub. That is a daily email that suggests books I might like to put on my Kindle. Needless to say, it requires a great deal of restraint on my part, not to buy them all!

For this Midwest girl, late summer means sweet corn. And what is sweet corn without LOTS of butter! In the July issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, I found these yummy butters for your summer outdoor grilled corn (or anytime!)

For each one, mix the ingredients in a bowl Then using plastic wrap, shape into a cylinder and twist the ends to seal. It will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 2 months. When you are ready to use it just slice it into portions. These are great on other grilled vegetables too, as well as meat and seafood.

Smoky Cheddar: 1/2 Cup of unsalted butter at room temperature; 1 ounce of grated extra sharp cheddar cheese; 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika; 1 Tbsp of finely chopped 1 tsp of lime zest plus 2 tsp. of juice.

Hot Honey: 1/2 Cup of unsalted butter at room temperature; 1 Tbsp hot sauce (Tobasco or Siracha) plus more to taste; 2 tsp. homey; 1 Tbsp of chopped chives.

Herby Mustard: 1/2 Cup of unsalted butter at room temperature; 2 Tbsp finely chopped shallot; 1 Tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard; 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves.

Miso Garlic: 1/2 Cup of unsalted butter at room temperature; 2 Tbsp red miso paste; 1 small clove of garlic, grated; 1 scallion, finely chopped;1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds.

I hope you are coming to the end of a wonderful summer. I’m looking forward to fall and all the adventures it holds. Are you ready? Thank you for the gift of your time.

Until next time,

Helen

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