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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chocolate Toffee Crunch


We're having game night with my daughter and son-in-law tonight, 
and I'm contributing this bit of yum. My hubby had to "taste" it 
several times just to make sure it was acceptable :-)

Here's how to make it:
Preheat oven to 350. Line a jelly-roll pan w/ foil or parchment paper. 
Place crackers (saltine or club) in a single layer covering the whole pan. 
Put 1 packed cup of brown sugar and 2 sticks of butter in pan and melt on top of stove. 
Then boil mixture for 3 minutes. Spread this carefully on top of crackers. Bake in oven
for 10-15 minutes til it's all bubbly and smelling wonderful. Remove from oven and
allow it to quit bubbling...maybe 1 minute. Then pour a 12 oz. package of dark 
chocolate chips over top and allow them to sit and melt. When softened, 
spread to cover all. Place into the freezer for a couple hours, 
then break into pieces and store in cool place. 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sharing a Sip


Pepaw was taking a break from working in the yard :-)


Variation


I didn't have broccoli yesterday, so I decided to replace it with kale! 
This is a variation on a broccoli salad recipe I had in a cookbook. 
I didn't measure, but it's kale, chopped onion, raisins & bacon bits...
with a bit of mayonnaise, vinegar & sugar.  
And it's quite tasty! I will do this again!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hallmark at Heart

While going thru some boxes of keepsakes, I found this treasure of a greeting
lovingly made by my young daughter many years ago for Mother's Day. 
It is faded, but I could still read the handwritten sentiment inside
and then the "Hallmark" she'd approved it with on the back.
Isn't it the sweetest?  She said I can share it with you :-) 




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Pair of Hummers


They came repeatedly to these perches, among the spent canna blooms. 
Of course this was just next to the lavendar and the firebush
which seem to be their favorite food sources here. 
Male is on left (most colorful) and female on right.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Musing With Music



This lovely music reminded me to 
focus on Jesus all throughout the day! 
It makes such a difference 
when things are put in perspective!



Saturday, September 20, 2014

What's Bloomin?


Mostly my flowers have had to fend for themselves this summer, 
and these are the more vigorous ones that survived the heat and neglect. 


Right now, the best thing going in my yard are the 3 or 4 Hummingbirds 
who are enjoying these Lavendar, Firebush, and Turk's Cap plants.
I have not successfully captured a hummingbird picture this year, 
but I'm not ready to call it quits just yet. I will keep trying :-)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First Lemon


Loving our granddaughter's "Popeye" look 
as she experiences her first taste of lemon!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cheesy Split Pea Soup


1 lb. dried split green peas
8 oz. diced ham
1 small onion
3 carrots, grated
1 tsp. salt  
1 tsp. black pepper
water to cover
1 lb. cubed Velveeta (or other brand processed cheese)

I put the ham & onion in the food processer to chop finely, and also grated the carrots w/ the food processor. Combine all ingredients except the cheese. Make sure there is enough water to cover everything...at least an inch above other ingredients. You will have to cook this 1- 2 hrs., and stir occasionally so it doesn't stick. You may also need to add water occasionally as the peas absorb the water. I forgot to measure the water, so I really have no idea how much I used.

After the peas are tender, add the cheese, and stir to melt. 
Serve w/ your favorite crackers, chips, or bread.

The soup is rich & creamy....a comforting warm meal, perfect for those Fall days!



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baked Okra!


Since I was a teenager, I have loved fried okra, 
and have prepared it like this.

However, this past week I learned a new way, 
and I may never fry okra again!

I prepared the okra, just as is shown in this past link,
but then I BAKED IT IN THE OVEN!

So much better for so many reasons:
Easier! I didn't have to turn it as often or watch it so closely.
More even cooking!  Parts didn't burn while others were hardly browned.
Less greasy! The oil baked out leaving a healthier and more crispy product.

Just put 1/2 inch of oil in 9 X 13 aluminum pan and allow it to get hot in 400 degree oven. 
Then carefully pour or scoop your okra into the oil, trying not to include extra loose cornmeal.
After it begins to brown on bottom, turn the okra so that all pieces are coated with oil.
You may want to turn okra a couple more times as it cooks to a luscious golden brown. 
Very carefully, drain the oil or lift out of the oil before serving.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lunch Date


I love how God knows all the details ahead of time, 
and shows His hand in making things come together.

It was so great to spend an afternoon with our son
the day after he graduated from Army Military Police training.