Friday, June 27, 2014

A Deer Sighting........

And what to my wondering eyes did I see? This little doe just waiting for me to snap her photo. She stood there for some time letting me enjoy her beauty. She knew she was safe from harm in the park so was just enjoying her day.
She even let me get a close up of her. But when I went to get out of the car, she decided it was time to go to the woods. But such a little beauty. I felt privileged to view her even for a little while.The photos are not as sharp as they might be as I was taking them through a very dirty side window. Lesson learned, make sure my windows are very clean before the next trip to the park. Or....roll the windows down!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Lake Water.......

I love going to the lake to take photos. You just never know what you will find. I was over at the boat dock and all these goodies under the water caught my eye. I wasn't sure how the photos would turn out but gave it my best shot. Once I got home, I was thrilled with the results. Just a few green leaves were above the water to add some color to the rest of the photo.
There was just one little sprig of green sticking up through the water to make the perfect photo. The fun thing about the lake is; you can always find something new to take a photo of. The park and lake seem to change all the time. If I went again today, I would still find something new.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beer Butt Chicken........

It's summer and time to get the grills fired up. At first, I thought Beer Butt Chicken was just a "Macho" type thing. You know, something the guys like to make. But once I made it, I fully understood the fascination with it. It is by far, the MOST moist chicken I have ever had!! Once you try this, you will understand all the hype. Soooo good!! You can use a light beer if you chose, Bud Light works great. Some people put a potato in the neck to help keep the steam in. I usually just pull the skin over the neck  cavity and that works fine. Also, if you put aluminum foil in your pan, it makes clean up a lot easier, if you are doing it in the oven. They also make a beer can/chicken holder as seen in the photo, but certainly not necessary. Make sure you "tuck" the wings so they don't burn.

Beer Butt Chicken (or Chicken on the Throne)
1 (4-pound) whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer (or soda)
Remove neck and giblets from chicken and freeze for making broth. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and the apply your dry rub. Set aside.
Open beer can and take several gulps. Place the half full beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.
Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165F degrees in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
NOTE: Beer Butt Chicken can be done in the oven. Set chicken on the can and place on a pan with sides to collect the fat. Bake at 350F for 1 ½ - 2 hours. Check for doneness with thermometer. It should read the same as the temperatures given above.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Asian BBQ Chicken.........

Trying to stick to the healthier side of eating; I made myself some Asian BBQ Chicken for supper. It is not as sweet as my normal BBQ but was quite tasty and certainly healthier than MY sugar laden BBQ sauce.I plan to make chicken stir fry with the leftover chicken for supper tonight with no rice.(maybe a small piece of garlic roll) If only I had some snow peas, sigh. Oh well, I can make stir fry without them I guess or make a quick run to the grocery store. This was a ketchup/soy/rice vinegar BBQ sauce and yes it was tangy to say the least, but good.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Healthier Lifestyle.......

A few days ago, I decided to start living a little healthier. No, I am not going on an apple diet. But I am making changes in my diet. Since I don't eat a lot of sweets; I can't cut them out. But I am limiting my carbs; as they are a definite downfall for me. I love warm rolls and butter. So when a meal comes with rolls and butter, my will power went away with the server. The apples are just a sign of a healthier change.
I have started walking EVERY morning now. Not just when I feel like it, but especially when I don't feel motivated. I don't expect to lose any weight and that is not my goal. I just decided I was not getting enough exercise at my age and that I needed to do something about it. Since it is summer and I don't like the heat, I walk in the early morning when the birds are just starting to sing and the dew is still on the lawns. As soon as the pool warms up, I will be swimming laps at the pool. That's a lot easier for me than walking and it is a LOT cooler. So how about it everyone, it is time for you to get up off the couch and walk with me. Fifteen minutes twice a day equals a healthier you (and me).
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Popeye's Chicken Waffle Tenders.....

These are Popeye's Chicken Waffle Tenders. It sounds good right? Save your money, if you are hungry for chicken tenders, this is not a good choice; in my humble opinion. I tossed the Honey Maple sauce that comes with it, because it was a thick goo. I instead, substituted my own maple syrup. A definite improvement. I would never buy these again. They may be a hit in Louisiana, but they need to take them off the menu here. Such a disappointment! I even wrote the corporate office; that's how disappointed I was in this product.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Brown Sugar Bacon ............

Brown sugar bacon or Pig candy is so delicious! If you have never tried it, you are missing such a pork treasure. Once you taste it: you will want to make it for your next brunch get together for sure. It's easy, sweet, peppery and so full of bacon flavor. After all, it is real bacon and you do it in the oven. How simple is that!! Put it on that next Brunch Buffet and watch how fast it disappears!
Brown Sugar Bacon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, 8 slices
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a medium bowl. Add bacon and toss to cover with brown sugar mixture. Line a baking sheet with side, with foil, for ease of cleaning, then put a wire rack on the baking sheet and lay bacon on the rack. Pat any remanding spice mixture on the bacon. Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 - 20 minutes. The time may vary with different ovens, so watch the bacon. Remove from the oven to a serving dish and let cool slightly before serving.
Cook's Note: If using thick cut peppered bacon, omit the pepper in this recipe.
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