Friday, July 29, 2022

Summer Snow: Monthly Poetry Group


Quick Steak Kew, marinate in the morning, then dinner comes together in just ½ hour. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner



Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane, Mimi, and I take turns,
"Weather" is the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.  

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Summer Snow
We can all debate it,
what weather's worst or best.
I know which most bothers me,
is worse than all the rest.
You may think it's snow or sleet,
that I'll say makes me sad,
but no, I'm here to tell you,
rain's the baddest of the bad.
Rain can often come with
whipping winds that bend the trees.
And hail crashing into windows,
can bring you to your knees.

Sump pump running overtime
and when I go inspect,
water's ruined our landscape,
rivers form and mud collects.
I'll admit just one good thing,
stuck in on a rainy day,
it sends me to the kitchen and
with food, I get to play.

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Quick Steak Kew

Only thing that's just as bad
as thunderstorms, to me,
is the summer snow that we have here,
(my eyes and nose agree).

It's cottonwood of which I speak,
it rains down like the snow,
it piles up on the deck and grass,
has nowhere else to go.
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cottonwood bud stuck to my window
Miserable to be outdoors,
and even use the grill.
nasal sprays and eye drops and
twice a day, must take a pill.

But here's where things get crazy,
what washes it all away?
My old nemesis rain comes in,
and actually saves the day!

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Quick Steak Kew

1 # stir fry steak
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP hoisin sauce
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP cooking sherry
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger paste
1 TBSP cornstarch
1 green onion, sliced

*Place the steak, onion, and red pepper in a plastic bag.
*Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, balsamic vinegar, cooking sherry, minced garlic, and ginger paste. Add to the bag, seal, and manipulate the bag so all the meat and vegetables are coated with the marinade.
*Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up to a day. Turn the bag over now and then.
*Lightly spray a large saute pan with non-stick spray. Heat to medium. Pour all of the ingredients in the bag into the pan and cook, stirring now and then, until the beef is cooked and the vegetables have started to soften, about 10 minutes. Bring to a boil.
*Mix the cornstarch with 1 TBSP water and pour into the pan. Reduce the heat slightly and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened completely.
*To serve, sprinkle with chopped green onion.


  1. I'm getting to believe that not enough rain isn't as bad as too much. At least we are done with the cottonwood snow, which was worse than usual this year for us.

    1. Yes, I couldn't believe all the cottonwood we had. Glad to be rid of it for another year.

  2. Hahahaha! When your old nemesis becomes your saviour! The irony is just glorious!
    Yep. Gotta agree. Rain is a pain. A necessary pain, but a pain nonetheless!
    My most disliked weather phenomenon, though? Wind. You just can't do anything about it and it makes ALL other weather miserable!

  3. There's not a type of weather I don't like (within reason), but any of them to the extreme annoy me.

  4. We don't get a lot of rain here but we got a downpour last night. Flooded my courtyard.
    That dish looks delicious.

    1. I hope nothing got damaged. Rain can be so destructive.

  5. An afternoon thunder bumper that just brings a bit of wet and cool to the day isn't so bad, it's the monsoons, where the rain is pouring out of the sky and you can hardly see through it, those are rough.

    Sweetie has allergies, and while we don't have cottonwood down here, there's plenty for him to sneeze at and he does so regularly. We get drifts of crepe myrtle blooms sometimes.

    1. I don't mind a quick cooling shower, but we rarely have those, we mostly get those monsoon rains, and they really are hard on the landscaping.


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