Life on Regal-Hill: July 28, 2010

One day last week as I returned to Regal-Hill from my walk it began to sprinkle, but it soon stopped. Although it clouded up at times we never got any more rain until about 5:30 that evening.
In the meantime, I decided to hang out the wash as I figured I could put it on racks or wait and dry it in the dryer later if it got rained on.
George had picked up a load of grass for the silo before breakfast; on the way down the road he stopped to see if the hay he had mowed was dry. It was, so after breakfast he went up with the tractor and raked the hay. The weather continued to be partly cloudy, but so far still no rain.
After lunch George decided to get the baler out. Allegra helped him hook on the wagon and up the road he went to bale a load. The kicker on the baler sends the bales flying through the air and they land in the wagon. It works well but you can’t get as many bales in a load as you would if the bales were stacked by hand. It wasn’t too long before George came back for the other wagon. In an hour or so he came down with the rest of the hay all baled up. Allegra helped him unhook the wagon and put the baler in the shed. Then she and grandpa started to walk up to get the other wagon.
Meanwhile it had begun to thunder and soon we could see some lightening. I was picking flowers and checking plants that I had transplanted. I got the car and picked up George and Allegra and took them on up to the wagon. I went on up the road to turn around and came back to where you go into the field. I waited for them so I could follow them down in case some traffic appeared as we continued down the road. We had just started down when the heavens opened up and the rain poured down. I knew George and Allegra would be soaked by the time they got down here, which they were. It wasn’t the first time they got caught in a downpour and I am sure it won’t be the last. Allegra thought it was fun to get soaking wet.
One of the most fun things to do in the summer is to picnic. Eating outdoors with family and friends when the weather is warm, makes it a change and fun. The simpler the menu, the easier it is to transport it outside. Remember to keep cold foods cold.
Try these recipes and enjoy fresh produce from your garden that can be transported by car or by walking, so long as you keep them iced.

Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 packages (5-1/2 oz. each) torn mixed salad greens
1 medium red onion, sliced
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups fresh raspberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
In a small bowl, combine the salad greens, onion, mushrooms, raspberries and walnuts.
Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately
Yield: 16 one-cup servings
Taste of Home June/July 2010

Cucumber Sandwiches
1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable cream cheese
2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
12 slices pumpernickel rye bread
2 to 3 medium cucumbers
In a bowl, combine cream cheese and dressing mix. Spread on one side of each slice of bread. Peel cucumbers, if desired, thinly slice and place on six slices of bread. Top with remaining bread. Serve immediately
Yield: six servings
Taste of Home 2009