Monday, May 25, 2015

High Prices..........

If you think our prices are high, you should check out New York City!! $5. for a dozen eggs and $9. for a jar of jam from the BFM!! When you think things are bad at your local grocery; think about NYC. Maybe you won't feel so bad. Aren't you glad you live where you do?
Till next time......

Friday, May 15, 2015

Flatbread........

I celebrated my birthday early today and had some chicken, spinach, bacon flatbread at a local Italian restaurant for lunch. So yummy!! This is what I brought home after lunch. They served me 4 pieces, just like this, so 8 triangles in all. More than I needed, but so good I had to eat 6 of them. I had the other 2 and the 2 breadsticks for supper this evening.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Surprise........

It's always nice to get a surprise, especially when it is flowers. Absolutely beautiful roses with hydrangeas. The vase is a painted Mason jar and so cute as a vase.
Don't you just love a nice surprise?
Till next time........

Monday, May 11, 2015

Old CD Case........Into A Bagel Sandwich Holder........

Did you know that the perfect carrier for a bagel sandwich is an old CD Case? You know, the case that holds new CDs and has a spindle in the middle. It's perfect for a bagel. Make your sandwich and then put the bagel over the hole in the case and whala!, you have a nice safe place to put your sandwich till it is time to eat it. What a great idea. I'm thinking maybe perfect for a picnic lunch or maybe just "brown bagging it".
Till next time........

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Vacation........

I recently returned from a great vacation and the each morning I was there, I saw an amazing sunrise.

The sun is just beginning to peek above the horizon. It's just giving you a hint of the beauty to come. (If you are patient)



The sun has risen for the day. I was able to see this gorgeous sunrise each morning and you can believe I was at the river so I could get a great view.
I was also able to get some beautiful river photos as well.
Till next time.......

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dumplings.....My Comfort Food........

Everyone has their comfort food. Maybe it's mac n' cheese, pizza or something else. But everyone has one. Mine is chicken and dumplings. So today, I feel the need for a little comfort and for supper, I'm making dumplings and plan to eat a whole bowl of them and a cole slaw with vinaigrette salad dressing.
What's your comfort food? When was the last time you made it?
Till next time....... 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun With Photography........

This was a photo taken during the summer. But I like to play a bit with photos and the purple photo is after I played a bit with it. So fun.  
It's amazing how you can create a different look by playing with a photograph.
Till next time........ 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moving Colors in a Photograph.......

In the cold, wintery days we have been having, one must find things to do inside. Playing with photography is so much fun and one of my favorite things to do. This was a lovely beach photo, till I started moving the colors around. How fun is that? Now I have an abstract I call, "Runaway Crab".






This purple one started out as a set of candles. I call it "Luminere" as the small flame at the top, illuminates the picture. 
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pens........That Don't Work.......

How many of you have a drawer full of pens that don't work? Be honest; I know you do. I reached for several pens this morning and none of them worked. So I took all my pens, tried them on paper; and if they didn't work, into the trash they went. Now when I reach for a pen, there won't be a problem. We all have that junk drawer with paper and pens in it. When you can buy pens for 3/$1 at the Dollar Tree Store, there is no need to keep pens that don't write. Some, you have probably had for years. I know I did!!
Till next time......

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Local State Park.......

Sometimes dreams come true and you find the perfect cabin to rent for your specific needs. I found that cabin. This is the view from that cabin. There are so many cabins at the park. You really need to check them out to find one that suits you.


This is a little garden area not far from the river. There are also benches to rest on, pathways to walk on, and a deck to just sit and relax by the river and perhaps eat your lunch. Who could ask for more?


Here is a photo of part of the deck. Doesn't that look like a great place to sit and read a book and watch the river?
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Measles..........

We seem to be having an outbreak of Measles here. Why.....because parents got the idea it was cool not to vaccinate their children. Measles were eradicated 15 years ago from here. Why would conscientious parents deny this protection to their children? Measles can cause Pneumonia, Blindness and even Death. Do you really want to take this chance with your children's lives? Wake up people, Measles are preventable!! 
Do the right thing and vaccinate your children, it's not cool to play roulette with their lives.
Till next time.......

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cafe Bengali........

If you have not heard of Cafe Bengali, you must give it a try. On these frigid evenings, nothing is better than a nice mug of Cafe Bengali. If you add just a bit of Amaretto, it is even better. I mean, chocolate ice cream, coffee, Amaretto and whip cream. What is not to like!!!
Cafe Bengali
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pint chocolate ice cream
4 cups freshly brewed coffee, hot
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
Combine the cream and sugar in a chilled metal bowl. Using a whisk or hand mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Set up four coffee mugs. Add two scoops of ice cream to each. Pour 1 cup coffee into each. Top with a scoop of the whipped cream and garnish with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
Note: If you wish, a bit of Amaretto makes this divine! If you like; you can even garnish with some of those leftover candy canes from the holidays. It's your mug of Cafe Bengali so garnish it the way you like it.
Till next time......

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gruyere Cheese Straws..........

There are still a few more "get-togethers" going on and this is a simple and easy snack. Give it a try and see if you don't agree with me.
Gruyere Cheese Straws
Sprinkle 1 cup of Gruyere grated cheese on your counter or pastry film, top with a sheet of thawed puff pastry. Sprinkle 1 more cup of Gruyere cheese, mixed with 2 tsp dry mustard on top of the puff pastry. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roll out the puff pastry to a 12 inch square. Cut into 1 inch strips and twist each strip 2-3 times and transfer to a parchment paper lined sheet. Bake at 375F until puffed and browned in spots, 15 to 18 minutes. To serve, just put in a clear glass or on a tray. Be sure to make plenty as these will go very quickly.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas...Christ's Birthday.....

Let us not forget the reason for Christmas. It's Jesus' birthday. Come, let us adore Him, Christ the King.

It's all well and good to celebrate with Santa and gifts; as long as we remember the real reason for this special day.

Happy birthday, to Christ our King.

Till next time.....

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dipping Oil.......

When you go to an Italian Restaurant for a meal, they bring out this dipping oil to dip your bread into. Have you ever wanted to serve this delicious oil in your own home; when hosting an Italian meal? It's really very simple to do. Just follow this basic recipe and you can't go wrong.

Dipping Oil
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp kosher salt
Combine all ingredients and put ingredients in small food processor and chop briefly till all ingredients are about the same consistency.  
TO SERVE: combine about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the spice blend to 3 - 4 Tbsp olive oil in a small dish. Then take your Italian bread and dip away. Store the rest of the spice blend in a small air tight jar.
Till next time......

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eggnog.....



We may not be ready for the Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they are coming faster than we would like. Instead of buying eggnog this year, why not make? It only takes 24 hours to "ripen"; so you can make it as you need it and not worry about using it up before it spoils. Leftover eggnog is good for French Toast and Ice Cream.
 
 Eggnog
3 eggs, beat until light
Beat in gradually:
1/2 cup sugar, scant (6 Tbsp)
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp vanilla
Stir in:
2 1/4 cups evaporated milk
Diluted with 3/4 cup water
If alcoholic flavor is desired omit vanilla and add 1/2 cup rum.
Place eggnog in a screw top jar and let “ripen” in the fridge for
24 hours. Serve with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
Yield: Approximately 1 qt.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans' Day.........

How do we pay a debt to these valiant men and women? Saying thank you hardly seems enough for what they have sacrifice.
May God Bless All of You!, and THANK YOU SO MUCH. 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

VOTE - VOTE - VOTE.......

If you haven't voted yet, get up off the couch, walk out the door to the polling place and VOTE! It's your civic right, duty and responsibility to do it. Your country depends on you doing your job. Get some fresh ideas into Congress and get the "Old Boys' Club" out of Government. I voted, did you?
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Voting...Your Right and Responsibility......


Don't forget to VOTE ON NOV. 4th. You owe it to yourself and your children. Pray that the right to vote is never taken away from you.
If you don't vote, I don't want to hear you complain about a thing. You have to vote to have your voice heard.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gathering My Thanksgiving.........


I went out yesterday and bought my Thanksgiving fixings. I figure I saved $10-$15 dollars. The price of everything will go up the closer it gets to the holiday. The loaf of Pepperidge Farm Original White Bread was the only thing I could not find. But he assured me it would be there today. I have learned over the years, that cranberries, stuffing mix, etc all go up just before a holiday. I will get my turkey on Saturday as the store is having a two day sale on them. A real bargain, so will put it in my freezer.
Yes, I know I am early, but in the long run, it is economically sound. Happy shopping to all my readers; hope you can shop early, as I did.
Till next time......

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spicy Mustard Sauce.........

I've got just a quick spicy mustard sauce for you today. It goes together very quickly as it only has 5 ingredients. It is good with salami cubes or cheese cubes or just smeared on a sandwich.

Spicy Mustard Sauce
2/3 c Dijon Mustard
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/4 c packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional or to taste)
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Let stand for a few hours to let the flavors blend together.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Lake.....

There's just something so relaxing about going to the lake, watching the fishermen/boaters and just being by the water. It is so soothing. It's fall and the leaves are starting to change color; which makes it even more beautiful.

This day there was a pontoon boat with a fisherman. I didn't see him catch anything, but I know he was enjoying himself just being on the water. His view of the leaves was spectacular. Notice that beautiful golden tree right in front of him. The beauty of nature reigns supreme.


It was so pretty at the lake; I really hated to come home. But sooner or later, I had to leave. There aren't a lot of red trees this year, but a few are scattered among the rest. In another week, they should be at their peak and I will be back.
Till next time......

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apple Season..........

It's the season for wonderfully ripe apples. That wonderful time of year when your kitchen smells like apple pie and apple butter cooking. The best thing about fall is not Halloween, it's apples. Imagine all the goodies, caramel apples, taffy apples, apple pie, apple crisp, apple pudding and homemade apple butter that you've made and canned for the winter. YUM!

One of my favorites is apple crumb pie. Then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it's the perfect dessert. A friend gave me a lot of apples so I have several bags of apples in my freezer for this winter. I definitely want to make some apple butter before the apple season is over. Nothing in this world smells as good as apples and spices cooking on your stove.
Till next time......

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tomato Preserves........

Every summer, I make tomato preserves. Every summer, I hold my breath to make sure it sets up properly. Well, I've waited several months to try it and tonight I had some on toast. It set up!!! So I am a very happy camper. I've also learned a new trick this summer about making it. So next summer it should not be a guessing and hope game. It seems it is best to drain the tomatoes first. My recipe is from an old cookbook and it never said anything about draining the juice. Perhaps that is just something I was supposed to know. I've been making it for almost 55years, the same way. So an old  gal can always learn a new trick. 
Till next time......

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Last of summer........

One of the last blooms of summer. It's hard to admit summer is over and fall is upon us. Where did the summer go?
 Dried seed pods, you know summer is over when you see these many seed pods all over.
A lonely little bloom among the dried grasses. It just doesn't want to give up and admit, summer is over.
Till next time......

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer Blooms.......

 A lovely sunflower and just part of the beauty of summer.
 One of the many cone flowers that were in the garden.
A pink/cream lily pad bloom.What more can be said about these beautiful blooms? It's just nice to be able to enjoy them.
Till next time......

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Husker Cookie........

I had one of these Husker cookies at card club and thought they were absolutely adorable.
This is the top of the cookie with a big N on it. Wouldn't you just love to have a few dozen for your next Husker game?
Till next time......

Taking A Walk.......

On my morning walk, I decided to take my camera, "just in case" I saw something magical. As I stepped out the door, I saw this beautiful Primrose. What could be prettier than this dainty little rose?
Then I ventured back behind some things and what to my wondering eyes did appear; this nest of hornets. It appeared to be empty or they were sleeping. In any case, I didn't spend a lot of time by it.

Then I spotted this dragon fly caught in a spider web! I felt I had found some treasures to be sure on my walk. Besides a beautiful morning to walk, I got some really nice photos.
Till next time.....

Friday, September 26, 2014

Morning Gold.........

Sometimes, it's not the sunrise in the morning that is spectacular, sometimes it's the pre-sunrise. I was sitting on my patio waiting for the sunrise and then I saw it, the dark clouds approaching. Not always, but sometimes, that means a golden opportunity for a great photo.
As I waited, the "morning gold" started to appear. This dark cloud began to be tinged with gold and the darkness was starting to disappear.


Here it is! The "morning gold". The sun was shining on the back of the cloud, creating what I call, "morning gold". It's the beauty of the day for me, waiting for the sunrise as I watch the news on TV. When you see the sun starting to rise and see the beauty of it, your day just has to be better.
Till next time......

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yesterday's Sunrise.......

Yesterday morning, this was the view from my patio. A gorgeous red sunrise to equal none, at 7:12am. Imagine my surprise when I opened my blinds and saw this amazing sight!

As the sun was rising, the color was lessening. By 7:14am; the gray skies took over and this amazing sunrise was gone. For all of you who sleep late; this is what you miss by not getting up. That's why mornings are my favorite time of day. Well, that and sunsets.
Till next time......

Friday, September 19, 2014

Savings......Do You Save?

I wonder sometimes if the younger generations are learning to save for a "rainy day." I started saving when I was just a very young teenager. When I babysat and received money for it, I had to save half of it. Then when I was a little older and had a job in a store, I had to save half of what I received. At the time, I didn't understand the importance of what I was being taught. As most teenagers I would have rather spent it all. But that was not an option. As I grew into adulthood, I started to understand what saving  and "rainy days" were all about. You just never knew when an extra bill or a car repair was going to happen. Or maybe your child needed an unexpected dental appt. In life, things happen and you have to be prepared for it. So,  to the younger generations I say, start saving now, it really is an important life lesson for you to learn.
Till next time........

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunset in the Central Plains........


Nothing is prettier than a sunset in my area. I never get enough of them. The colors always amaze me and I am mesmerized by them.


Till next time.......