Monday, September 28, 2015

We just might have a new backyard, and some delicious plums!

Very happy to share this post from Our Sunday Cafe, because it is all about (possibly) a new backyard!

There, and home again....

We have been on the prowl for property to settle into for retirement, which has come for one of us, and the other of us (that would be me!) can negotiate in a couple of years. And now after being consistently frugal and level headed, we decided that while we will get what we want, we will do it the old fashion way, our way, the frugal way.

We have dreamed up about every scenario imaginable, some of which included:

Selling our current home in a thriving real estate market and walking in with cash to make a purchase, flat out! Yeah well that didn't happen, so on to plan number two.....

Waiting until actual retirement for me. Yeah but the market where we want to live is coming out of a deep slow-down and now is the time for us to buy, as prices are rising and will continue, yikes! So on to plan three......

Taking an equity loan, finding a solid yet (very) needy fixer and just going for it! So we did. After thinking about where to retire we thought of staying in this area and living on a floating home, but that does not really work well for the entire lifestyle we hope to enjoy. We thought about a couple of smaller places and bouncing between the two, but again that does not work well for our intended  lifestyle.

After much anguish, we took a day off (sort of, we were still dreaming about property on the water somewhere....) and hit the beach on the Washington peninsula and just like being struck by lightening, or in my case brought to sobbing tears, I knew immediately where I needed to go. Back home to the beach were I lived as a child.

This lake is a 5 minute walk from the house, east side.

This ocean is a 7 minute walk from the house, west side.

And this weekend we made an offer on that very needy fixer I mentioned earlier, and now we are at the mercy of the sellers.......but those pictures above? That's right the beach and the lake,well that little fixer has deeded access to those places.....

I don't wait well, but this morning I did make breakfast. This is a process more than a recipe, and a delicious way to use up fruit that is still deliciously healthy, but possibly a bit wrinkled. This also makes a great after dinner dessert.....


Broiled Fruit with Sour Cream and Honey
by the seat of my pants

Fruit, peel or pit as needed - We used black plums
sugar - 1 to 2 teaspoons, to get the crusty goodness going under the broiler
Sour Cream or Yogurt
Honey, Jam or Cinnamon - or all three after all it is your breakfast!






Wash fruit, remove pits or peel depending on what type
of fruit you are using. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, you can
use brown or regular. Broil until lightly browned. Top with
Sour Cream, Yogurt, Honey or Jam and any combination
you desire. Add a bit of cinnamon if you like.

Warning, the sour cream will run off quickly, but these plums are delicious. I can't wait to try other fruit.

Enjoy!


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