Friday, August 30, 2013

Fall Cleaning.......

It's time for that nasty word, "Fall Cleaning". I know it's not quite fall yet but it takes me a while. So I started on the kitchen cupboards this morning. Hey, when the spirit moves you, you have to take advantage of it. Right? So I emptied it all out onto my counters and wiped down the cupboards.
Next it was time to wipe down all the canisters. I keep a multitude of things in these glass canisters. Stuff like oatmeal, macaroni, hot chocolate mix, bread crumbs, corn meal and the list goes on.

All nice and clean and back in the cupboard. Whew! A job well done, even if I do say so myself. I'm not done in the kitchen, but it's definitely a start. Before this cupboard I cleaned out my spice cabinet. Most people have a shelf for their spices, I have a whole cupboard. Insane... I know. But I use them all so it's okay. I got rid of a few (4) that I seldom use. Anyway, at this point of the morning, I am feeling pretty good about my progress. One room at a time and it seems my kitchen is always the first. Guess that because it is the easiest.
Till next time.......

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Margaritas..........

It is supposed to get to 97F today; with a heat index of 105F! So all I can say is, break out the Margaritas! It's too hot to do anything else but enjoy a nice cold Margarita.
 And a big plate of Nachos! You know what that means, right? No cooking today and what could be better?
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chicken Livers.........

As I sit here and write this post, I can almost hear you say, Yuuuk!! But that's okay, I like them. Unfortunately, I can only eat them once in a while; due to their high cholesterol count. But sometimes, it is just a matter of portion control or will power; then you can have them. The important part of fixing them is to make sure your flour is seasoned and soak your chicken livers overnight (or at least a few hours) in buttermilk. This helps to tone down any game flavor they might have.

Seasoned Flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Whisk it all together. Then dry off the liver and coat them with flour, dip them in the egg mixture and coat them again with the flour. The egg mixture is just an egg with a little milk whisked together. Fry the livers for about 3 minutes on each side, till nicely browned and crispy. Do not overcook or they will be dry. You can use all Panko crumbs if you like.
Till next time......

Monday, August 12, 2013

Very Sweet Corn.......

What an amazing time of year this is. The veggies are all ripening and taste so good. It's also a busy time in the kitchen husking and  blanching the corn; peeling and chopping the tomatoes for the freezer. It's time to roast the squash and put it into freezer bags for squash soup this winter. Busy, busy, busy....but so worth it. This winter all the soups and ears of corn will be so tasty. I am eating my fill now and plan to enjoy the bounty all winter long. I love soups and they are my main stay in the winter. YUM!
Till next time.......

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Puppy Sweaters, Used and Re-used .......

When we got our first little puppy, it was a male. I made him a little blue sweater as he was so tiny that first winter. The small sweaters at the stores were too big for him. The blue part of this sweater was all he needed that first year. Then later on, a second puppy, but it was a  female. So I added a pink edge to it and a pink collar with a pink bow for her. She outgrew that one and now has a pink quilt lined sweater all her own.
Now we have a third little puppy, a male. So the pink had to come off and now it is back to being a boy's sweater. I put the tan tweed yarn on the sweater where the pink had been and put a slider on for the top closer, instead of a bow.
Now all three have crocheted quilt lined sweaters for our very cold winters. Never let it be said we did not use and re-use our sweaters. Ha-ha!
Till next time......

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Caprese Salad........

This is a Caprese Salad, my style. Why did I change it, because I can, that's why. I have tomatoes, fresh basil and Mozzarella grated cheese. So decided to make a Caprese salad for lunch. I realize I need fresh Mozzarella; but I can only use what I have on hand. The taste must be close and it was so good.

 So after I made the Caprese Salad, I heated up some Baked Butternut Squash to go with it. Talk about a yummy lunch. I just love all the great summer veggies. I can't seem to get enough of them!!
Till next time.......

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tomato Harvest......

It won't be long before the tomato harvest will begin. I can hardly wait! Time for salsas, tomato sandwiches and yes, some for the freezer for soups this winter.
 From the looks of the garden, it will be a great harvest. There are green tomatoes all over the place and this fall, some fried green tomatoes. Yum!
Till next time.......

Monday, August 5, 2013

Blackberry Lily........

Not sure what this is, perhaps a lily of some sort. But I loved the colors, so bright and vibrant. I just had to take a photo of it.
Till next time.......

P.S. This has just been identified as a blackberry lily. Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know what it is.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Petunias........

The petunias are in full bloom and could not be lovelier. The purple and white show up so vibrantly. If you haven't been outside to enjoy the summer flowers. Take the day off and go for a ride. The flowers this year really are beautiful. Just the right amount of sun and rain. (and yes, the use of sprinklers. too.) 
Till next time.......

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Arby's Salted Caramel Shake......

Many of you, probably got this ad in the mail, like I did. I love the salt with the sweet, so figured this was going to be a great combination, plus I like caramel. So today, I stopped and purchased a Caramel Shake with Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt, as advertised.
It looked so yummy. I could hardly wait to get it home and start to drink it. Well, that's when the excitement and enthusiasm began to wane. It had an off taste that I never did figure out what the flavor of it was. But it was not good at all. I kept drinking a little bit more of it; thinking I would get used to the taste. But I didn't.

I managed to drink about a third of it. If you look closely, you can see right above the first caramel line, was where I stopped drinking it. I just couldn't drink anymore of it. I didn't even get to taste the Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt, it was on top of the whipped cream. So the rest of the shake went down the drain. Now I am a big ice cream fan, so for me to put the rest of the shake down the drain is really saying something about the taste of it. 
I can tell you one thing, I won't ever buy another one. One lady on Arby's FB  page, called it gross, I tend to agree with her.
Till next time......

Basil......

Last spring I started Basil from seed. I managed to save two for me and I gave several to my daughter. My plants have been thriving to say the very least. In fact, I can't keep up with using it. So I have tied several bundles to dry and keep for later use.

This is only the beginning of August so there is more Basil to come. A person can only eat so much Basil Pesto and I don't have the freezer trays to freeze it. So drying is the next best thing, at least for me. I'm afraid if I use my ice cube trays it may put the taste and smell of Basil in the trays. That would not be a good thing.
Till next time......

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bravo! Cucina Italiana........

It is always so nice to go out to lunch with good friends. Yesterday I had the opportunity to do just that. We went to Bravo! Cucina Italiana (Italian Kitchen).
Before taking our order, they brought  us  water   and this dipping oil and warm garlic/herb bread. I could have made a meal off of that alone. But I held myself to two pieces of that luscious bread. One before I ordered and one with my salad.













Besides wonderful conversation and camaraderie; I enjoyed a delicious Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. Out of this world good!! Others in the group ordered a variety of salads, pastas and entrees. Everyone said the food was wonderful. We had 17 in our group and the service was quite good. The servers were very attentive to our every need. Kudos for a wonderful meal.
Till next time......