When the weather is dreary…..

LOCATION:  In our new casita in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Not too nice.  Overcast, some rain; High 45

Overnight temps hovered just above freezing, so we think most of our plants made it ok.  The tomato plants and the flower pots got to sleep inside…

We returned to the Driver’s License Bureau to get updated licenses.  The roads were eerily empty.  We realized that schools are closed, probably because most do not have furnaces. 

I spent some time booking more summer campsites.  I heard back from one for the 4th of July weekend, saying they were already full.  In panic mode, I searched for another campground.  Just as I was finishing the online booking, a message popped up and said someone else had just that moment grabbed the site.  I finally found one, less desirable, but it will be ok.  Meanwhile, George booked a ferry ride for us to cross Lake Michigan.  It is a little spendy, but it means that we can avoid Chicago and Detroit traffic. 

We took some drinks and snacks up to the clubbhouse and played a few rounds of pool with friends.  A nice way to spend a dreary few hours.

DINNER:  Pan-Fried Ginger Noodles- keeping up this week’s theme of meatless dishes

1 cup diced scallions
3 T soy sauce
1 T ginger, minced
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
6 oz soba
2 T peanut oil (I substituted more sesame oil)
5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/2 cup thawed peas or edamame
1-2 tsp hot sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup cilantro diced
2 T sesame seeds

Combine scallions, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, and salt.

Meanwhile, cook noodles half the time that is stated on the noodle package.  Drain.  While still hot in the colander, toss with the sesame oil.  Spread out noodles to keep them from sticking together.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the peanut oil for 20 seconds.  Add garlic untnil crisp.  Add half of the scallion mix.  Cook 1 minute

Raise heat to high and add noodles.  Fry 30 seconds.  Add peas, hot sauce and remaining scallion mix.  Stir-fry 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. 

Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds. 
You could make this non-vegan by adding some type of meat or chicken. 

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