I count myself as extremely lucky to have made it to the UP for the famed Mills Fourth of July Party. I had thought on Tuesday morning that the odds were definitely against it. What a difference a day makes!
So, here we are, ensconced in the cottage (aka cabin) in Luce County. We were lucky when arrived to discover that all JCB’s labors last year to better seal the place (especially where the foundation and the wood/house meet) made a huge difference—meaning far less cleaning to make the place habitable. No sign of bats. Only a couple small, localized evidences of mouse activity. And, which I didn’t expect, far less miscellaneous dusty, grimy bits left by insects, especially spiders. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t have anything against bats, mousies (especially large Mousies!), and (most) insects, but I prefer them to reside in places other than where I sleep.
I have stashed in the fridge our contribution to the potluck party. It’s my version of a three-bean salad meets tabouli. The three beans are edamame, garbanzo, and black. I put in three grains: barley, wild rice, and brown rice. I added lots of chopped veggies, including carrots, celery, cucumber, and green onion. The dressing is lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and the whole dish is rounded out with some fresh garlic and chopped parsley. I thought about adding some fresh oregano, but liked what I had without, so there it is.
[Extra points if you spotted the stink bug when you looked at the picture….]