Wednesday, May 8, 2013

5/8/2013 A Trip to Quail Run

(Tucson to Arizona City and back again)

We left the confines of the blacktop parking lot in Lazy Days RV today to go close up our park model in Quail Run.

There’s very few people in the park now.

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We put jugs of water in all the rooms, covered all the furniture and tables with sheets generally made sure everything was set for the summer.

Our plan is come to back here next fall and paint the entire interior.  We had planned on that for last fall but it just never came to be because when we left we didn’t know we weren’t coming back and were going to the Florida Keys instead.

I walked around our yard to look at the cactus in bloom.  Actually, this one is in our neighbors yard.

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Here’s what we have.

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There’s just a few blooms left on this one.  Some year I’m going to get to see this in full bloom!

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This next picture was taken in our park by the park manager Brenda.  They counted the blooms on this century plant and there were 58.  The blooms only last one day.  Now that I think about it I’m not sure of the name of the cactus.  Anyone know?

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After a short while we were done all we had to do and it was time to head back to Tucson….and Bonnie and Steve.

Some going down the road shots as we headed east.

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When we returned Bonnie and I went to the pool for about an hour.  She had spent her time on the phone earlier in the day trying to find out about parts for the problem they are having with their motorhome.  She got the answers she was looking for, it seems we are just better at dealing with the manufacturers and component suppliers than our guys are.

She had also been to the store while we were gone and picked up dinner for all of us.  Bonnie made a fresh crispy garden salad and Steve grilled nice thick pork chops and sweet potatoes on the grill along with roasted cabbage quarters.  Oh my heavens…the roasted cabbage was delicious!  Of course everything else was too but this was our first taste of roasted cabbage and we liked it!

If you haven’t made it before, or even had it,  here is the recipe that is making its way around Facebook.  (This is not the recipe that Steve used as he used a spice mixture that I had never heard of before.  That said, I have some friends that have made the recipe below and its getting rave reviews also)
    ROASTED CABBAGE
    2 tbsp. real bacon bits 
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp. kosher salt
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
    1 medium head of cabbage


    Preheat the oven (or the grill,) to 425 degrees.

    Mix the olive oil, bacon bits, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to make the marinade.

    Cut the head into quarters. Rinse

    Lay each wedge on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it up in. Spoon about 2 tbsp. of the marinade on top making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies.

    Wrap each wedge and bake for 20-30 minutes. They will continue to cook once you pull them out - cook them up to an hour for softer cabbage.

    The wedges reheat wonderfully in the oven or the microwave!
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HMMM….HMMM GOOD!

After dinner we sat outside and talked and laughed the night away.

2 comments:

Richard VanSice said...

The cactus in question is a prickly pear. There are needleless and ones with needles. When they get that big they are hard to control and thin out. We've had experience with these and the Century cactus or Agave.

Hope you're having fun.

Allison said...

That is a Trico Cereus. We have a few in our RV park in Tucson. Their blossoms are just fabulous. I wish they lasted longer.