‘My plate ain’t big enough’

By PEGGY SIMS,

I have a nephew that I really love, and he is one of the funniest people I have ever been around.

My entire family was in a restaurant one time and were enjoying a buffet. As my nephew filled his plate, he made the remark, “My plate ain’t big enough.”

Ever since that day, we have used that axiom when we are in any way overloaded.

Have you ever been in a situation where your plate was not big enough? I find myself in these situations many times. 

As I aged and semi-retired, I really thought I would have time to read, paint, write, sew and concoct new recipes and finally write my long overdue cookbook. Things just do not work out the way we have planned, hardly ever. 

I have told you about my little car that got her rear end crunched and I had wanted to keep her until my kids took my keys. Well, she was unfixable, so I have had to go car hunting and bring a new one home. 

Then our log home burned, and I have had to deal with insurance adjusters, contractors, engineers and a host of people to be told we will rebuild. Now I am loaded down with building a new log home. 

Our garden, which was supposed to be a very few plants, has turned into a small truck farm and I am picking vegetables daily and freezing and canning to fill my freezer and pantry. 

And, oh yes, it is hay cutting time.  I tell my husband every time he leaves home going to crank up the big John Deere and hitch up the hay cutter, “I hate hay season.” 

Supper is usually eaten at a much later time, meaning I have to cook later, and get out of the kitchen right before the “Hayman” is ready to call it a night. 

Then, of course, I have to add the vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, washing clothes, etc. My little house helper has not been able to come because of this blasted virus that is running rampant, so I am my own “girl Friday.” 

I complain about these things but, honestly, I am so thankful that I can still do these things. Some of my friends are unable to be overloaded or even semi-busy because of health problems. So yes,  I am blessed, even though, sometimes, ‘my plate just ain’t big enough.’

Summer Squash Saute

1 T. bacon fat

2 medium yellow squash, cut into ¼ inch slices

½ bell pepper cut into strips

1 diced onion

1 T. fresh rosemary

½ t. garlic powder

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

Heat bacon fat on high and add squash, onion, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes. 

Sprinkle on rosemary, garlic powder, and then add tomatoes and cook until tender-crisp, about five more minutes.