How lucky can I get? My husband is a retired English teacher and self-taught repairman and builder. He can put siding on the house, till up the garden, then come in and discuss Thomas Hardy until it’s time for him to post political knock-downs on the web. Some people would feel shamed into doing something, but I consider it a good excuse for my laziness. I mean, there IS a matter of balance, isn’t there?beans and taters

AND he can cook.

The other day, I came in from some damn place or another and he was making lunch for us. He had gone out to the garden and pulled up some little red Pontiac potatoes and some little Yukon Gold potatoes and plucked some young and tender green beans and was frying them in olive oil. We just hit them with a little salt and nommed them down. OH! this was a good dish!

And here’s another goodie I came across posted by Anna Welender in the vanilla-recipes Yahoo Group.


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 16-28 oz of stuff

Mix together in a microwave safe bowl MORE than big enough to hold it all. Cover with microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto plate. Top with whatever.

I used spice cake and added two small cans of peaches in raspberry syrup, then topped it with brown sugar and chopped pecans. Or you can use chocolate cake and cherry pie filling and top it with whipped cream. Or lemon cake and lemon pie filling and top it with powdered sugar. Or….


writing prompt: This weekend is the Indiana Territory Festival in Corydon. Look up the history of where you (or one of your characters) lives.