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The Porch Postscript Volume 2.1

This weeks' postscript is a little light on photos.  I'm noticing that since I've given up the constant social media posting I often forget to take photos.  Much like I did with Wednesday night's beef and bean enchiladas.

We had pork tenderloin sandwiches on homemade buns.  I cheat when I make these because we can easily get pork cube steaks at our local commissary. There's no need to pound anything thin, just season and bread with a flour, egg, panko three-step dredge.  Then I fry them in shallow oil.  The buns are the trusty Homemade Hamburger Buns I've been making since March. 

I made a chocolate loaf cake from my Joy of Cooking cookbook, the version published in 1946.  I used the one egg loaf cake and opted for the chocolate version.  I also stirred in a few chocolate chips.  I topped the cooled cake with a peanut butter frosting and a few mini chocolate chips.  I'll work on getting a recipe post up specifically for this recipe soon.

I made Minestrone Soup, upon request from hubby.  I loosely followed the Food Wishes recipe to make this soup.  It was nothing like the Minestrone I often think about, you know the version Olive Garden offers on their menu.  It was heartier and more flavorful.  I also made Foccacia Bread as an accompaniment for our soup.  Which I might add was way better than the breadsticks at Olive Garden.

We had a couple of cold frosty days and got a bit of new snow the last week of January.  Fresh snow always makes everything look so beautiful.  

I experimented with photographing the moon a few mornings ago.  I really don't have the skills to take a striking photo of the moon and capture all the beauty I saw that morning, but I did get a bit of it glowing in the treetops.  Maybe someday, when we live where there are long summer nights, I will master night photography, but as long as we live in Alaska it will remain elusive.  I don't like being cold.

I have gardening on the brain and have started reading The Family Garden Plan by Melissa K. Norris.  I think this is a great book for the first time gardener, but I'm learning all kinds of things as I go through this book, even with several years of experience.   I also snagged her garden planner to use this year.  

We recently placed an order with True Leaf Market to snag a few seeds to try this year as well as some of their Micro-Mats Hydroponic Grow Pads.  I can't wait to try these for growing microgreens.  I've had some mixed results with soil, so thought I'd try these and see if we have some more consistent results.  

We're ready for Spring, but there will be a couple more months of cold before we get there.  Enjoy your weekend and I'll see ya back here next week!