June

June

July 3, 2015

BACON AND BLUE CHEESE DIP....MY MOST REQUESTED APPETIZER FROM A PRIZE WINNING COOKBOOK



Now listen...
"Don't y'all ever throw away a single cookbook from my collection!!"

I wish I had a nickel for every time I have said that to my children!
My favorite cookbooks are always the ones from
the Junior Leagues of various states...mostly in the southern states!

"Stop and Smell the Rosemary" was
a collection of prize winning recipes
from The Junior League of Houston!




What a beautiful book....the recipes are to die for...
the photos are so beautiful and there are stories to read as well. 


These are a few of my all time favorites.....it's the way I cook and the way we eat! 




This dessert will make you a star........


Beautifully written....even if you don't collect cookbooks, 
this would be a lovely addition to your library! 


 I have made this dip for years....
everyone luvs, luvs, luvs this hot and creamy dip!
I make it for family gatherings, holidays, barbecues 
and sometimes for cocktail hours!
It would be a fabulous addition to your party!!


BACON AND BLUE CHEESE DIP
~Stop and Smell the Rosemary
7 slices of bacon, chopped
2 gloves of garlic, minced
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of half and half
4 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
2 T. chopped fresh chives
3 T. chopped smoked almonds

Cook bacon in skillet over medium high heat until almost crisp.
Drain most of the fat from skillet.  Add garlic and cook until bacon is totally crisp about 3 minutes. Remove the bacon and garlic from the skillet and drain on a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add half and half and mix until combined.  Stir in bacon mixture, blue cheese, and chives.  Transfer to a minimum 2 cup oven proof serving dish and cover with foil.  Bake about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.  Serve with sliced green apples, crackers or bread.




 Let us have a moment of silence.....time for Kitty Kisses...
oh how I love this girl! 

Y'all have a great 4th! 

July 2, 2015

BEST CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH COCOA MARSHMALLOW FROSTING



Everyone is getting ready for an Independence Day celebration...
pool parties, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill
and
perhaps a firework show in the park!
These were a few photos from
our July 4th party 2014!





If you're looking for a yummy dessert to take to
your July 4th picnic, then you may love
these decedent brownies..
a special request!
Y'all enjoy!



BEST CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH COCOA MARSHMALLOW FROSTING

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour. sifted

Frosting
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted
4 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 13” x 9” baking pan.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a 2-quart bowl in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted (or use a double broiler method). Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla and mix well with a spatula. Add the flour and stir to combine. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes.

While the brownies are baking, make the frosting. Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium bowl in the microwave on high for 3 minutes stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Add vanilla, and sugar and stir with a spoon until smooth. Stir in the marshmallows; they will soften but not melt completely. Spread the frosting over the warm brownies. Allow to cool before cutting!


July 1, 2015

SUMMER LIVING WITH WINNING RESULTS



The decision had finally been made after looking
and researching many new updates!
After waiting for six weeks while the transom was being made,
delivery day was finally here!
Let the project began! 


This was a long time coming....
a new front entrance at the
Atlanta house!
Beautiful results..
New front door, side lights and transom.
Stunning! 


The swim team was a fantastic experience
for little Luke.


He celebrated a 7th birthday during June
and his Ohio grandparents were there to experience it all!


I was able to be there when the team first began
and was able to enjoy seeing him learn skilled swimming techniques!


All those lessons were leading up to the big day and this county wide swim competition! 


The competition was held at Georgia Tech in the same swimming pool in which 
Michael Phelps won the Gold Medal! 


This had to have been a little overwhelming for a little seven year old
but wow....did he hang tough and compete his little heart out!
All the swimmers had their names written across their backs!


He came in first in the Freestyle,
and second in the backstroke!

I just love the fact that his Ohio Grandma
got to visit during this time and experience all
his achievements! 


The celebratory dinner......
It's not about making everything perfect...
It's about living in the moment
with family and friends.


This is where the darling and I hang out
when we want to relax and just be lazy.


We find it our perfect oasis
not only during summer, but year round.....



We are going to a big July 4th celebration over
at # 2 son's this weekend!
Looks like they are getting the pool area
ready for a party!
He will be the birthday boy on July 5th
so it promises to be a big weekend!!
Remember to just keep things simple and have a good time! 

June 30, 2015

SAILING LESSONS...KEEPING COOL FOR THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER



We both fell in love with sailing while living in the great state of Maine.



How many times has that darling of mine said,
"I want to sell everything and live on a boat!"

Sorry, kid.....I am NOT living on a boat!
However, he has that bee in his hat...so....
he signed up for sailing lessons!
Good for him...it's been on his bucket list for some time!
I can't say that sailing on Lake Ray Hubbard will
be the same experience as sailing in Casco Bay,
but it may be the best Texas has to offer.
Atta' Boy!


Estelle's tried a new Chocolate Marshmallow Brownie recipe.
Good and gooey....somewhat like 
Mississippi Mud Cake...
Soooooo rich!


Mae Mobley loves this new toy!


A peace offering from Bo...



Have you tried this brand of frozen waffles?
I found these at Sprout's and they are fab!


Serve them hot with warm maple syrup and fresh strawberries!


This was my favorite find for the month of June
On sale...
$7.00 at Pfaltzgraff!


Our darling granddog, Franz gave us all quite a scare last week. Cat was taking both dogs on a walk along the Trinity River and suddenly his legs became weak...he became very woozy and collapsed....a heat stroke which is very, very dangerous in dogs. It just so happened she was close to The Woodshed, owned and operated by Tim Love. This is where their rehearsal dinner had been held. Members of their staff assissted Cat quickly and helped get him into their car. She rushed him to an ER vet close by. This was their fifth case of heat stroke that very day. After an IV treatment, and close monitoring for overnight, he was cleared to come home. We say a prayer that he recovered. No more dog walks in the heat of the day for this sweet boy....he shall be staying cool in doors as usual and his outdoor activity will be limited to sitting in the pool from now on!


Going home....
Love and hugs Franz! 


June 28, 2015

JALAPENO HONEY CORNBREAD MUFFINS....PERFECT WITH SMOKED BRISKET!

What's for dinner y'all?
There's a brisket in the oven that smells heavenly!


What goes better with a Texas Beef Brisket than cornbread.....
dressed up southern style with Jalapenos and Honey....

.
These cornbread muffins are AMAZING!!!
I just received a request to bake these again
for our July 4th celebration!
One bite and HE said...
"hot_____!"
That's mantalk for goooooooood!


Guess I better double the batch next time.....


JALAPENO HONEY CORNBREAD MUFFINS
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 t. salt
1 cup Buttermilk
2 large eggs
4 T. butter, melted
2 T. honey
2 large jalapenos, seeded and diced or may substitute ¼ cup jarred jalapeno’s


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Into a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, butter, and honey. Stir in jalapenos.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.

Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into muffin tin. 
Bake for 15 minutes, until edges are crispy and golden brown.

While still warm, slather with butter and drizzle with honey!!!


Mmmmmm, Mmmmmmm....Good!!!

June 27, 2015

REAL HOUSEWIVES AND SUMMER'S PAST


These were 
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES.

My Grandmother Grace is the second on the left....
with her arms wrapped around the porch column.
I love this picture.
Some of these women lived in her small Ohio town
for their entire lives and I knew them all.

Yes, our country is in the fast lane..
and 
not a very pretty place to be at times.

Remember that song..
The Time's.....They Are a Changin'
by
Bob Dylan....

So, those days of childhood long ago
were the best of times.
It was a gift to spend summer months in a small
Ohio town of only 300 residents.



We woke to summer mornings
with Dove calling.
We could hear conversations in the distance
as they strolled down the sidewalk
to the post office to gather their mail.
They delighted in receiving letters from old friends and family.



We could hear the screen door to the post office slam shut over and over.
We could hear Goldie Fay laughing...


We woke to the aroma of a roast in the oven
which was to be served during the noon meal
when Granddaddy would walk home from the sawmill
for lunch.



Miss Judy and I set the table and helped Grandmother
wash the dishes.



There were no toys and her television rarely worked,
so we played outside all day long and into the evening.
We caught fireflies every night.
We played Red Rover and Mother May I with our cousins.



Neighbors shared  their summer garden bounty
by leaving fresh vegetables on her back porch.


It was the way we were
and
it was such a good place to live!