February

February

February 12, 2016

SAYING "I LOVE YOU"


A good spaghetti sauce...
nothing speaks to romance more than
a basic Italian dinner.... 
It says....
I LOVE YOU


Cherry Turnovers....
a sweet hot pastry with those gorgeous red cherries...
says...
I LOVE YOU


A selfie from Bo 
telling me "he's on the way"
says....
I LOVE YOU


Mae's naptime curled up with her favorite bear
says...
I LOVE YOU


Celebrating as a family when a grandchild turns 
Sweet Sixteen
says.....
I LOVE YOU


Having the entire restaurant sing
Happy Birthday to you
says.....
I LOVE YOU



Sharing your cocktail hour
says....
I LOVE YOU

HAPPY VALENTINES TO YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE

February 11, 2016

VALENTINE SUGAR COOKIES FOR MY SHUGAH!


"Let the mealtimes be far more
than the fulfillment of a necessity.


In this home,


food shall be prepared with grace,


and
eaten with gratitude."
~A House Blessing
Welleran Poltarness


SUGAR COOKIES
~Naomi Judd
1 stick butter, room temp.
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 T. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt


In a medium bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy...
about three minutes.
Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Onto a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
On low speed, beat the flour mixture
into the butter mixture.
Blend well.
Shape dough into a ball and wrap in saran wrap.
Refrigerate until chilled, about three hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
On a lightly floured board,
roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut with heart shaped cookie cutter
and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cool slightly and frost if desired.

February 10, 2016

A DUSTING OF SNOW, TINY APPLE BITES AND GARDEN PLANS



The Divine Miss M snapped a picture
of their morning snow flurries
yesterday in the great state of Georgia!
Lovely....
no snow for us here in Texas....
but a tad bit cold and blustery!


The darling and I are making plans for our 
patio and pool area..
I finally decided on our colors....
Sunset....
corals, soft lime greens and deep yellows! 


I am in love with outdoor wicker.....

Here's what's on the menu for quick bites at Estelle's!



Crescent rolls, slice of Brie, slice of Granny Smith apple, pecans, 
and
drizzle with honey. 
Bake at 375 degrees F. oven  13 to 15 minutes. 
DIVINE!


February 9, 2016

HERSHEY'S COCOA BUNDT CAKE




First let me say....."You will love this cake!"
What goes better with a glass of wine during the cocktail hour,
than cheese, crackers and chocolate cake?


HERSHEY'S COCOA BUNDT CAKE

1 2/3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder 
1 t. salt
1 small box French vanilla instant pudding 
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 t. vanilla



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray Bundt pan with cooking spray. 
 In large mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients. 


In a large measuring cup, beat the eggs; add the rest of the wet ingredients. 
While beating on low speed, blend the wet ingredient into the dry. Beat mixture on high for 3 minutes.
 

Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes. Remove to serving platter.


February 8, 2016

VALENTINE SENTIMENTS


Valentine's Day is all about the affairs of the heart.
I like to make my own Valentine Cards...
It's so nice to share sentiments that shine! 


"Let us always meet each other with smile,
 for the smile is the beginning of love."
Mother Teresa


Whisper Sweet Nothings.....


“Almost all words do have color
 and
 nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word
 and
see someone's eyes light up 
and 
know it is a pink word for him or her too”
~Gladys Taber


There is no flower that conveys a special message
than the rose.
What is your favorite color of roses?
Sweetheart roses express what their name implies....
Two roses wired together to form a single stem...
I love pretty in pink.....


“And I’d choose you;
In a hundred lifetimes,
In a hundred worlds,
In any version of reality,
I’d find you and
I’d choose you.
~The Chaos of Stars


Share something sweet with the one you love......


You Will Forever Be My Always
~Estelle



Wishing you a Romantic and Happy Valentine’s Day 

February 6, 2016

STILL WINTER WITH THOUGHTS OF SPRING




Hey Loves....
It's the WEEKEND!
Here's what's going on near our little Village in Maine...
Winter is alive and well! 


How about making a good chicken soup today?


Are you dreaming of Spring?


It's the annual Stock Show in the great state of Texas...

Make it a good weekend!



Maepole as a youngster at the Maine House!

February 5, 2016

KICKED- UP FRITO PIE



Super Bowl Sunday!
It's what the guys live for!
Are you attending a party this year?
If only they would change the game from Sunday to Saturday....

What delicious food will be on your menu this year?
We are going to be serving 
Frito Pies and Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars!
MAN FOOD!!!!

Could there possibly be anyone out there that
does not love a good Frito pie?
Don't open up a can of Hormel Chili....
to make a good Frito pie,
you must start with a good chili!!!


KICKED-UP FRITO PIE
1 1b. Ground chuck
1 lb. bulk sausage
2 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bunch celery, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can chili beans
1 beef bouillon cube
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. Tabasco sauce
2 t. chili powder

Fritos
Sour Cream
Shredded cheddar cheese


Brown the ground chuck and sausage together. Drain and set aside. Melt the butter in saucepan, and sauté the chopped celery and onion for about five minutes. Add the browned chuck and sausage to a large stock pot, then add the celery and onion. Do not drain the cans of beans and stir in the beans to the meat and veggie mixture. Add the bouillon cube. Season all. Allow to simmer for at least four hours….covered.

To assemble, place a handful of Fritos in a bowl. Top with ladles of chili. Add chopped fresh onions, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese!  



GO DENVER!!!!

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