Well, it looks like our 40-year-old HVAC unit made by Chrysler (no kidding) has finally bitten the dust for good. No amount of duct tape and pool noodles can make it last another season. Rats.
So far this year I think we've had two days of fully-functioning A/C. My studio has gotten downright tropical during the daytime this week; It was 90-something degrees at the hottest point today, and of course, I was busy working a deadline. So it goes without saying: I'm extremely pleased that we're getting a new heating and air system installed by Monday. Phew!
Apart from my reluctance to use a hot stove in the heat, I haven't been completely idle in the kitchen in the past week. I owe my blogging absence to art deadlines more than a lack of cooking.
We've simultaneously been planning a yard sale with my parents. Brendan wants to serve brownies and/or other baked goods at the yard sale, and to my chagrin (also possibly to put me in a competitive baking mood), he purchased and prepared some pre-packaged Marie Callender brownie mix. We can't have that.
I set out to make better brownies. I came up with my own recipe and it was pretty good, but not perfect. I took copious notes all over my original recipe. I promise, I'll post up some nice new photos and the recipe when I get it just right.
We also did a fantastic homemade tomato sauce which I plan to blog about soon, baked some more bread, etc... but mostly it's just been a hot, sweaty, busy week.