Friday, September 22, 2017

Indian Summer Corn Fritters

     Early leaves from the surrounding black walnut trees are now falling, but the temperatures remain the same. In fact, we're thinking of taking a day trip to the beach this weekend. September is always my favorite month to go, with fewer crowds and no traffic. I tore most of my garden out except the peppers and flowers. We were blessed with plenty of food resulting in canned goodness for another year. 
     It has been three months since I updated my blog, but I'm always on Instagram now. 

     Little Mister is now in Kindergarten, which is a full school day. He generally finds it boring but likes his teacher, a young energetic woman who called on the first day of school just to tell me that he had a great first day. I have never received a call from the school to tell me something "great" has happened. Probably you haven't either. After I picked myself up off the floor from the fainting spell, I burst out with a reply that was something along the lines of "Really? That's all? You're sure?" 

     Then I liked the teacher too because she laughed. 

     It's been a long while since I updated my followers on my son's speech progress. When he speaks, people tend to fall into one of three categories. They are the following: Those who (mostly) understand him. Those who don't understand him at all and quickly look at me for a translation. Those who say and may even believe that they understand him but their replies show they have no idea.

     Frankly, I really appreciate it when people ask for a translation. It's much better than giving a reply that doesn't make sense. There is still a ways to go on being able to pronounce certain consonant sounds and even I don't understand perfectly all of the time. Whoa to the stranger who is presented with Little Mister's unique versions of the word "turtle" or "umbrella".

     Then, last night, we were working on homework that featured the letter "T" and I asked if he could make that sound. There was a long silence and I thought for a minute that I shouldn't have asked before he let out the first "teh" followed by a machine gun round of perfect "t" sounds. Surprised and pleased, it was a moment in perfect harmony with the words of a song I spent much time meditating on this past season.
This is my Father’s world,

And to my list’ning ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.

     At times of uncertainty and anxiety, I often listen to this song and take rest in knowing I don't have to solve the problems of this world. It was never my world anyway. I listen to the sounds outside the window, the chirping bird or gentle breeze that reminds me of that which is greater. 

This is my Father’s world:

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
His hand the wonders wrought.

     Inside my house, to my listening ears, the Maker's praise was declared by a boy making the hard sound of the letter T. 

     The dried corn stalks may be appearing as decoration now, but there is still plenty of sweet corn out there at the farm stands. This simple but flavorful recipe is one way to feed a lot of people with just a little bit of corn. 

Cilantro Corn Fritters

3-4 ears of corn
2 chopped scallions
1/2 Tbsp. oregano
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup baking mix
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 eggs 
1/4 cup water

Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Heat one Tablespoon of oil on medium heat in a large pan until the oil smokes. Drop half a cup of batter into the pan and use a spoon or spatula to lightly flatten the cake. Fry for 3 minutes on one side, before turning. Fry the other side for two minutes.
Add one Tablespoon of oil before frying the next batch. 


  1. It's good to hear from you Monica! I'm new to reading your blog. I'm wanting to try those corn fritters. They look so tummy and thanks for posting it.

    1. Regina, thank you for stopping by. I would love to get to know you better!

  2. Monica, that is my "go to" song, too! An excellent reminder.
    I think of Matthew, quite often. Working in the primary school offers me the opportunity to listen and learn :-)
    Now, why oh WHY would you put cilantro in a perfectly good corn fritter recipe? WAAAAHHH!!!! I think I'll try your recipe but without it ;-)
    Indian summer? Mom (from central NJ) always said Indian summer came after a killing frost. We haven't had one up here, yet... close, but not quite! Right now, it is full blown summer, finally! We've been waiting for it since mid June!
    Love your blog <3 so glad I check in once in a while! And those Instagram pictures are such a treat! You put me to shame. Really. I need to get back on track!

    1. Peggy, ditch the cilantro and add in some shredded zucchini. I do it all the time.
      That's so neat that you connect with that song, as well. I love it because no matter what the circumstances in life, in times of good and bad, that song applies.
      Indian Summer is any unseasonably warm weather during autumn. It's practically the norm where we live and I don't mind at all. The extended summer helps get me through the rest of the year.
      Thanks for checking in! After such a busy summer I almost gave up on my blog.

  3. That's too funny, Peggy! I can't eat corn, even though I love it, but these look so delicious, particularly with the cilantro addition, my mind is racing to figure out which other vegetable I could use to make these fritters, as long as I can put that cilantro in them! Haha!

    Monica, I am thrilled with Little Mister's accomplishments of every sort, and I love that he busted out with that machine-gun T sound for you!! Would love to hear him tell me all about turtles and umbrellas! As you know from our previous conversations, my Daughter #1 had some early speech issues, not seeming to realize the mouth had to actually OPEN for the words to come out. But once she grasped that concept, and the words DID start coming out, there were some fun and unique pronunciations that were often other-language-like. "Idea" was "eye DIV il" and "yellow" was "viv-oh-VOOOO"! And all turned out fine in the end! As you know, today she talks 90 mph, has spoken in front of Congressmen and Congresswomen, and on TV, and regularly speaks in front of crowds of hundreds and even thousands! I know (and I know YOU know it, too!) your sweet boy will continue to soar to his own absolutely unlimited heights, and I cannot wait to see where his path takes him! I love that his T sound immediately connected you to the words of this hymn. And now I've been singing it since reading this posting! You know I ALWAYS love hearing from you and rejoicing with you, and I am definitely rejoicing with you today! <3

    1. BAT Mom, you can make these with shredded zucchini! Depending on what I have on hand, I sometimes make these with just corn and zucchini.

      It's hard to believe your very accomplished daughter ever struggled with speech. Today she is a wonderful advocate and spokesperson for her field. Thank you for continuing to rejoice with me, and for always being my best cheerleader!

  4. Oh, these look great! I'm pretending that you didn't use the dreaded C word. Tell the Little Mister to keep firing out those T's and to stay away from C's! Haha. Love your life and your song and your blog.

    1. Do you mean the dreaded "C" word as in cilantro? Rose, I'll let you in on a secret. You can swap out that cilantro for shredded zucchini and it is delicious.

  5. It’s great to hear see you here again, Monica, though your Instagram is lovely.
    I love this time of year.
    I’m glad you are happy with Little Mister’s teacher- I speak from experience as a parent and a school employee, that makes a big difference. One thing I’ve learned is that everyone has their own development rate, and the manipulation of all those muscles in your mouth takes time. But I know the feeling while you are in the midst...sending prayers and support, and that is a wonderful song!
    That recipe looks good.I’ll try the fritters, with a little cilantro.


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