Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hodge's Garden

Today We took a hike at Hodge's Garden state park. We set off and I had my new back pack for my camera all packed and ready to go (thanks A for getting it for me). I had my bottle of water, sunglasses, hiking boots and Hubby. We had so much fun. We found an old trail that is no longer used or mapped for use and we probably covered about 6 miles. We crossed over a creek, which hubby was kind enough to create a bridge for so i could cross easier...Thanks. We got turned around and for a bit we were lost, but all in all it was so much fun. While on the hike I did manage to take my camera out of the back pack once...when we came in contact with an armored opossum. I will admit I was a bit afraid. I thought it was going to attack.
Hubby on the other hand was bent down trying to call him over...silly men I swear.

None the less we are planning on returning for more hiking fun...maybe I will take more pictures. Guess we will have to see.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When in Rome...well when in LA...

Well as the saying goes...

We have made up our minds that life is way to short to have regrets.  We set out to try new things with an open mind and empty belly (lol).  This held true to craw fish.

We moved to the south with the knowledge that Craw fish were a big thing here and we told ourselves we would try it.  So when a vendor showed up here on Post we pulled over and bought us some boiled craw fish.



We did not know what to expect but we tried it.


Daniel thought it was exciting and yummy!
Amanda not so much !!!

I know personally I loved it.  There are several places that sell craw fish out in town and we plan on trying them out.  I hope that I have the camera with me when we find a place to try.

Happy eating!


Happy Holidays

I guess you can never be way to late to wish everyone Happy Holidays. We ahve been so busy spending time together this year that I have not been very good at posting. I once again hope this will change.

This is a picture of our tree this year. Yep it looks kinda sad but it is what it is.



From our family to yours...Happy Holidays and we hope you have a safe New Year!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fisher, LA

Daniel and I went driving around the other day and ended up eating our lunch at a wonderful sandwich shop in Leesville called “Muffuletta”.  This is pronounced “muff-uh-LOT-uh”.  We had a terrific lunch and talked to the owner Dianne.  While we were talking she told us about a great little town up the road called Fisher.  Daniel and I decided to take the drive and check it out.

This is what Fisher looks like when you first turn the corner into it.  It has that Mayberry feel if you ask me.  Very quiet and the inhabitants here have no problem giving out friendly waves.  Once into the town we crossed over some railroad tracks and got to see an old store. 

This is now the home to a wonderful antique store.  Daniel and I walked around the store and were swept back to a time from the past.  The old saying is correct…time flies when you are having a good time.  We were in there looking at all of the treasures for over 2 hours.

At the store we talked to some very nice people.  This general area also has a restored post office (still in use), some old homes that are being restored, an old church and a theatre.  The theatre once had great legends such as Hank Williams Senior and Hank Williams Junior on its stage playing.  It is also said that Elvis too once performed there.  The people we talked to allowed to enter the theatre and look around.    I will post more pictures of that later.

This is the old town depot. 

Some have said that Fall is not seen here in the south but I happen to differ from that.  On the day Daniel and I were in Fisher I took this picture of this home right over the tracks.

Looks like fall to me!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Funny Pic...

With Halloween right around the corner I thought I would mess with a picture I took of Daniel and I while on the river beach.

Not the ocean but beach anyway

We had just got into Texas and had to cross a bridge.  We took a side road and came to the beach of the river.  Here are a few shots from that day.





 
Yep we are still so much in love! 

Newton, TX

Out for a drive came across a gem of a town called Newton. They are a small town with all the small town feel. I am looking forward to going back and walking on the streets and shopping in the shops. I can see a day full of picture taking...Hmmm sounds fun!

Lunch Out with Daniel...

The other day Daniel took me for a morning full of junking (garage sales) and then for a drive.  I of course did not have my camera with me so no good shots of the day :( 

Junking was fun and we were able to pick up several books to read for very little money.  This is a huge deal because there are really no good book stores or thrift stores near by us since we moved.  We had so much fun driving around and looking for some treasures.

After a long morning of junking we took a drive and came across a wonderful restaurant called Chef Chad's.





Let me tell you the food was so amazing!!!!  I had a Spanky Special...this is a yummy sandwich with shrimp and the most delicious jalapeƱo mayonnaise.  We sat out side on the deck and enjoyed a gentle breeze and the quiet (we were the only ones there)





Really was a wonderful meal and we are looking forward to going back again...next time I will bring my camera {wink,wink}

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Orange Cupcakes = Yummy!


Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of an orange
1/4 cup orange juice (I used the orange I zested)

**** I made sure all of my ingredients were room temperature before starting****

In mixing bowl beat butter until smooth and slowly add in sugar.  Beat until fluffy, add one egg at a time beating well in between each one.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Add juice and zest and continue to beat well.

Fill paper lined cupcake holders 2/3 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes.


Cream Cheese Icing

1 8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

****Make sure all items are room temperature****

Mix cream cheese and butter together well with mixer until fluffy and add in the sugar and vanilla.  Continue to beat until blended well.

Pictures...

I wanted to share some pictures with you.

The first couple are of the forest road right out the back gate.




The photo below is of a near-by lake - Anacoco Lake...We didn't have a bunch of time there for me to take pictures but it is on our lists of places to go back to and look around more.



The final picture I am going to add to this blog post is of a black widow spider that was living in our back yard.  She was very pretty as you can see.  I am just glad that she didn't bite anyone.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Update and a Recipe!

Sorry I have been away for so long.  Our move to the South has been a success.  I will be posting pictures of the trip and catching up so don't be surprised to see a bunch of posts and pictures over the next couple of days.  :)

Now before we left Kansas we cooked our last meal in our old home.  We had Portabella Burgers.

Ingredients:
Portabella Mushrooms (1 per serving)
Feta cheese
Italian dressing
1 can of tomatoes with Basil, oregano, and garlic



How to:

Heat up the grill!!!

Place the mushroom caps open side up on the hot grill.  Pour dressing into cap and cook for a bit.







After mushroom has cooked for a while turn over and grill on the other side.


Grill for a bit longer then remove from the heat.  Top with the tomato mixture and cheese, place on bun and enjoy!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Update

I just wanted to let my readers know that all is great. We are currently on the road having a wonderful time. When we get our new home set up be prepared... I will be posting many pictures from the trip and I also have some recipes to post from before we left!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Citrus Garlic Shrimp

This is a recipe from my own recipe box.

Ingredients:

1 package noodles
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
5 teaspoons grated lemon peel
4 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound uncooked cleaned shrimp - peeled
Parmesan cheese

How to:
Cook noodles according to package.

In a blender combine the next eight ingredients from list above. Blend well.

Pour into large skillet and bring to boil.

reduce heat and place in shrimp.

Simmer uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.

Drain noodles. Toss in the shrimp mixture.

Sprinkle with cheese and enjoy!

Beef-N-Broccoli



Another recipe of my mother's to add to my recipe box. This is her Beef-N-Broccoli recipe. I just love love love this one. Every year for my birthday I would request that she would make this for me. Well this and the hot milk cake. I have been to many restaurants and have NEVER found a place that makes beef-n-broccoli as good as my mother's...not even close.

So here it is.......

Ingredients:

Marinade:
2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry (cooking wine)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar

The rest:

1/2 pound broccoli tops
2 teaspoon corn starch
1/3 cups water
7 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cans chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon pepper

The how to:

use a cleaver to slice beef across grain and at an angle into thin strips.

Mix marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beef strips; mix well. let stand at least 30 minutes.

Cut each broccoli tops lengthwise in to 2 or 3 pieces.


Dissolve cornstarch in water to make a paste; set aside.

Heat 6 tablespoons of oil in wok over medium high heat for 1 minute.

Stir fry marinated beef until very lightly browned.

Remove beef, draining well over wok; set aside. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to oil left in wok...heat 30 seconds. Stir-fry garlic 30 seconds. Add broccoli tops - stir fry 5 minutes.

Add cornstarch paste, salt, soy sauce, chicken broth and pepper.

Stir-fry until sauce thickens slightly.

Add cooked beef, mix well.

Remove from wok and arrange on a platter.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Thanks mom for sharing this with me.

Smiles

Friday, July 02, 2010

Mom's Meatloaf

I am adding another recipe to the list with my mother's meatloaf. I am hoping that one day I will have all of my recipes recorded here on the blog.


Ingredients:
Ground beef or Ground turkey
saltine crackers
salt and pepper
1 egg
potatoes
canned green beans
margarine or butter







How to:

****just like my mother I used an electric skillet****

Pre heat skillet to 350 degrees
 
 

Mix ground beef, salt and pepper, 1 egg and crackers together.  Form into loaf and place in the electric skillet.


Brown on both sides.


Wash and quarter potatoes.  Add them to the skillet around the meatloaf.  Cook for about 5 minutes and turn temperature to 275.  Slice the butter and put in the skillet with the meat and potatoes.


Drain the green beans and add them to the skillet as well.

Cook with the lid on until done.  Depending on the amount it should take about 30 minutes.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  If you make this dish or any others I have posted here on my blog please share it with me.  I would love to hear about it.

Smiles!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Lemon Meringue Pie



Lemon + Meringue + Pie = YUMMY!

I don't know about you but I sure love lemon and what better way to have it during the summer then in a lemon meringue pie!

Here is how I made the one in the photo. I know there are many ways to create this old time favorite but this is how I did it.

Ingredients:

1 box of lemon pudding mix (I used instant)
1 pre-made pie crust
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

roll out pie crust and place in a pie pan (I used a 9 inch one)
place in heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Make sure you poke holes in bottom of crust before you bake it.

Once baked let cool and prepare the pie filling. To do that I mixed the powder mix with the milk and mixed really well.

When the crust is cool pour in the filling mix and put the pie in the refrigerator to chill.

Turn the oven to 400 degrees.

To make the meringue:

Place egg whites and cream of tarter in a clean bowl. Whip together until they start to thicken. Slowly beat/whip in the sugar. Whip in the vanilla. Continue to beat egg whites until they are glossy and can hold a peak.

Spread the meringue over the pie and put in the oven for another 10 minutes to brown.

Take the pie out of the oven and let cool. Once cooled to room temperature chill for at least 1 hour before serving.


I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Smiles

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nothing New

I am just dropping in to say that I did not get the cake made today with my mother. I did manage to make it to the store and stood in line for over 30 minutes waiting to leave. I was so excited about the cake and we never had time to get to it. I am hopeful that tomorrow it will happen



I got them a hotel room and they are planning on coming over early in the morning for breakfast. Maybe after lunch I can pin my dear ol mother down to help guide me. Well that is what mothers are there for right? Who knows how it will all go. I am sure I will blog about it though.

Oh and if you seen the picture for this post...well I took that at a musuem in Abilene. I was lucky to go there for my Bday this year with my oldest daughter and my oldest sister. I guess now that I am saying this I should really post about that. It was a really great day.... Yes note to self..blog about Bday and post some of the fun pictures.

Oh and please dont think that I forgot what today is. So

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

That is for all the fathers, grand daddy's, Daddy and any man who plays a role in any childs life. I hope each and everyone of them has had a wonderful day.

Smiles :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hail

The other day we had a pretty good storm. Hail, wind, rain...all of it. I have to admit it was pretty exciting. Here in Kansas you never know if the wind and rain will produce a tornado so it keeps you on your toes. I have always loved a good storm. That is probably why my all time favorite movie is "Twister".



So today we have a small storm roll through then it rolled on out. Pretty quick. Several hours later, sun is shining, the power goes out. Crazy that is what I say. It made me realize that I take electricity for granted. I was at a loss as what to do. I couldn't cook, I couldn't sew, I couldn't watch TV or surf the net. Yes I have been taking it for granted. I have no idea how they survived years ago.

So the power is back on, Internet is up and we have tornado watches all around and severe thunderstorm warnings. Will the power stay on?

Well I am going to call it a night. Tomorrow my parents are coming for a visit. I am looking forward to it. I will be tackling that Hot Milk cake again. Wish me luck.

Smiles

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hot Milk Cake

As a child did you just have a special yummy food item that you would crave? Well for me it was/is a Hot Milk Cake. My mother would bake this cake when I was growing up...Oh heck she still bakes it...this year on my birthday she baked me one {yes I am smiling} I love this cake so much that it was what I would just beg my mother to bake it for me. It is such a yummy cake. It is a dense cake like the pound cake but yet it has a flavor all of its own.

I decided that with our move approaching so rapidly that I needed to learn how to make this cake all on my own.

I found my copy of the recipe my mother had given me, gathered my ingredients and got busy. Determined to complete it with out calling mom I studied the recipe and thought every action out.

My cake was not a total flop but it was not like mom's at all. I am not sure where I went wrong...heck i followed the card.

Here is my cake....


After I tasted the cake and noticed it was not like my mom's I did what any girl would do... I called my mommy ! We discussed it and we have no idea what went conky. So with that being said my mother and father are coming to town for my hubby's return home from Iraq and she is going to help me make the cake. I hope that I can come back and post about my recipe sucess.

If you want to try your own hand at this cake you will find the recipe below. Please share your experiences with us. I know I really want to hear all about it.


Hot Milk Cake

Ingredients:
4 or 5 eggs
cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole milk, scaled
1 stick real butter

Preheat oven to 375

To scald milk place your stick of butter in pan with milk - heat until butter is melted and the two are almost to a boil.

In a large bowl beat eggs till they are fluffy. Slowly add sugar and vanilla, blend well.

Carefully and slow add the flour, baking owder and scalded milk.

Grease and flour your pan (my mother uses an angel food cake pan, I used a bundt pan)

Pour your batter in to the pan

13X9 pan bake for 30-35 minutes
funnel pan bake for 40-45 minutes

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Happy Eats!

Smiles

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Coconut Meringue Cookies

Around here we just LOVE coconut anything.  One of our all time favorites is the Coconut meringue Cookies.  They are light and filling all in one yummy cookie.

I wanted to share it with you.  If you make a batch of these please share your thoughts with me... I would love to hear them.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sweet shredded coconut
2 eggs whites
1/4 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
2/3 cups sugar



Directions:




Beat the egg whites, dash of salt and vanilla together














Beat until soft peaks form.










Gradually add in the sugar while beating until peaks are stiff and glossy.











Fold in coconut


















I placed parchment paper over my baking sheet and sprayed it with nonstick spray then I dropped them rounded spoonfuls.











Bake them for about 18 minutes in a 325 degree oven until they are slightly brown and set.








Wait until cool and enjoy.  We store ours in a airtight container.  I am not sure how long they will keep because around here they don't last long...LOL.





***please note I did try to send these to my Hubby during his deployment...they did not make it, sadly enough***





Smiles

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