Sunday, November 29, 2009

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

This is a Tony Roma Restaurant. If you have never been to one, you are missing the best BBQ Baby Back Ribs ever. This one was in Portland, Maine. The website at the end of the blog will take you to their home page and there you can find their locations. If you are lucky enough to live near one; make it a priority to stop by. Just to let you know how good they are, I order their Carolina Honey BBQ sauce on-line. It is that good! They have several flavors of BBQ sauce as you will see when you visit their website. The sauces are available in their restaurants as well. It is worth a trip to their website to see if you have a Tony Roma near you. Cut and paste their website.
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Holiday Parties

For Holiday time, these two cookbooks are a must.
The Philadelphia Cheesecake book has so many yummy and best of all easy appetizers, dips, desserts, H'orderves and lots of other good things.
The Southern Living Party Cookbook is another must have if you are planning party buffets. This book will give you menus from Happy Hour all the way through to dessert. It has drinks, breads, entrees, desserts and anything else you can think of. Of course, they include all the great recipes as well. If you are not big on entertaining, you can always read them for fun. But who could read these books and not want to have a party? Not me!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Eve

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and many delicious foods will be consumed. Although there have been some rough patches this year; I have much to be thankful for. I have my faith, my family , my health, my wonderful friends and the freedoms of living in a great country. My family is truly blessed and for this I am most grateful and thankful.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Enjoy your family and friends today and always.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Everyone has a favorite pumpkin pie recipe from Grandma. But do you have a Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe? Here is one you must try. You can make a crust with gingersnap cookies and butter or you can simply make a graham cracker and butter crust. Then fill the crust with this scrumptious filling. I like a gingersnap cookie crumb crust myself.

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake.

Preheat oven to 325°F.
4 packages of cream cheese, each 8oz, softened.,
1 cup sugar,
1 tsp vanilla,
4 eggs,
1 cup canned pumpkin,
1 tsp ground cinnamon,
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg.
Beat the softened cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the sugar and vanilla with a mixer until well blended. Add eggs, beat until blended. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the batter and set it aside. Stir remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, pumpkin and spices into the rest of the batter. Spoon half of the pumpkin batter onto the crust, top with spoonfuls of half of the plain batter. Repeat ending with the plain batter. Take a knife and swirl through the batter. Bake 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Then refrigerate 4 hours. This makes a nice sized cheesecake.

Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your family and friends!
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Final Bounty

Summer's over and Fall is about to turn into Winter. But before that can happen. Potatoes had to be dug. I was fortunate in that I could share in these wonderful veggies. These luscious looking potatoes are now grated into hash browns for the winter and are in my freezer. I can't wait for some cold night to put a few in a skillet with a bit of onion and red pepper to cook up for supper. Or better yet, when the snow is falling; throw some into some potato soup. The bounty of summer is over and after working hard this summer to process a lot of it, I can now sit back and just enjoy the fruits of my labor. Wow, it is so worth the work! Till next time.........

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Bend in the River - Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks was recently name Best Author by Entertainment Weekly. I just finished reading his book, "A Bend in the Road". It was a good book and for the most part held my interest. I would say it is first a love story intertwined with a bit of mystery. The main character's wife was a victim of a hit and run. Although the driver of the hit and run talks to you throughout the book, you are never sure who it is; until you get almost to the end. Does it have a happy ending, well now, that would be telling, wouldn't it? To find out you will have to read the book. It was a good read but I still prefer legal thrillers. I am off on another adventure with "Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes. It is a New York #1 Best Seller. So I hope I won't be disappointed.
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A Time to Meditate

I have always enjoyed different gardens and grottoes. Here are just a couple that I saw when I was visiting a friend of mine. These were near her home. After a brief walk through their garden, I saw this quiet area of meditation with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was so peaceful and serene. A perfect place to sit and get your thoughts collected. Then further on almost hidden by the trees; was this lovely grotto with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Again it was a place I could see myself just enjoying the peace of the day. I'm sure many have come here to visit and meditate in these lovely settings.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day.
Please remember all the men and women serving our country today and in years past. Thanks to all of them and their families for the sacrifices they have made and are making.

God bless all of you and God Bless America.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

A Lovely Outing

I went to lunch at St. Michael's Abbey not long ago and this was one of the tables that we ate at. It was beautifully set. The food was outstanding and we are all ready to go back for a second lunch. There were gifts in every room and all were for sale. There was really so much to look at and see. The garden was so inviting. It just begged to have it's picture taken. Most of the flowers were done blooming for the summer and fall but the garden still captured my eye. There was a lot of greenery and was lovely to see. We also went through their "barn" and got to see any flea market items that were still for sale. They had fresh made breads and pies that we could buy. This lovely wooden glider was a scene I could see myself in. Just give me a good book and I'm there. So rustic and quaint. We all had a fabulous time.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ford County - John Grisham

Let me start out by saying; all book reviews on this blog are strictly my humble opinion. I also want to state, I am a huge fan of John Grisham books. I either have all his books or have read them. So I bought this book thinking the stories would be at the very least, a little bit of a courtroom drama. It doesn't come close to a courtroom except for a judge's decision at a hearing. If you liked "A Painted House"; you will probably enjoy these short stories. But it you are a legal thriller fan as I am, you will find some disappointment in this book. There are seven short stories in this book. In one of the stories, "Michael's Room", the author redeems himself with a plot that holds your interest. I also read some of the reviews from other people, after reading this book, it seems the reader either loves it, or hates it. This I can understand. I should have done my research before buying the book. Till next time.......

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Moment In Time

This is one of those weather phenomenons that you rarely get a chance to take a photo of. We were coming home from the airport one day and I saw storm clouds on the left hand side of the road. On the other side of the road was blue sky and a partial rainbow. I had my camera from the trip so got it out quickly to snap a picture. Just that quick the storm cloud had moved on and the area missed a bad storm. It looked like the car was going down the middle of the good and the bad weather. I could not believe such dark clouds on one side of the road and blue sky and a rainbow on the other. In just a few seconds these photos were no longer visible. The moment had past.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Acorns and Oak Leaves

It's just me again. I can't get over how beautiful this fall has been. The fall colors are almost gone now and most of the leaves have fallen to the ground. The leaves on the oak trees are still hanging in there. They just refuse to give up and let winter take over. There are still some acorns, that haven't fallen to the ground yet. Yes, I got hit on the head with some while trying to take this picture. Every so often I would hear one hit the ground. So they won't last much longer. The fall is just too beautiful not to get outside and enjoy it for as long as you can. I am taking full advantage of the good temperatures to be out and about and enjoy this grand fall season.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Ice Cubes or Sugar Cubes?

These aren't tiny ice cubes, they are sugar cubes. When I was a little girl, my Gram used these sugar cubes for special occasions and holidays. I saw a photo of some lovely decorated ones and it brought back this sweet memory. On really special occasions, she would buy the decorated ones. So I thought to myself, why not make a memory? So I bought some sugar cubes and today I made a memory. Do they look great, well.......perhaps not perfect, but good enough for a sweet memory. Eventually, the cubes will go into some hot tea or lemonade; and I will have the "sweet" memory of my Gram and of decorating the sugar cubes.
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