JULY

JULY

July 13, 2018

BEEF TACO FLATBREAD PIZZA


The darling is in the pink again....almost!
Rest and recovery went rather smoothly and now it's time
to get back to work, driving and enjoying life!
I snapped a photo of his Ortho surgeon's office wall as I thought
it was not only unusual, but sent a positive sweet message
to his patients....he is a MARVELOUS PHYSICIAN!!!


My home is going to be transitioning to
fall within a few months, so I am getting tons of
inspiration from You Tube and Pinterest!
The ideas and recipes are flowing...and it certainly
makes for happy thoughts!
It has been a summer of triple digits and I will
be more than glad to say good-bye to summer 2018!
I found this adorable cookbook holder and it's
my favorite word and theme for my kitchen!


We are back on the HELLO FRESH eating plan and I have
to share this fantastic flatbread recipe with you....
this is divine and better than any pizza you will find
in a restaurant!!

BEEF TACO PIZZAS
1 Roma tomato
1 poblano pepper
1 jalapeno
1 lb. ground beef
two flatbreads
3 T. Southwest Spice Blend
1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded
1/2 cup monterey cheese, shredded
4 T. sour cream
1 T. hot sauce
Cilantro

Brown ground beef, chopped poblano pepper, chopped Roma tomato
together in a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper
and 2 T. Southwest spice
Set aside once beef is nice and brown.

Toast flatbreads in 375 F. degree oven about 4 minutes.
Remove flatbreads and layer evenly with beef mixture.
Scatter both cheeses over each flatbread.
Return to oven and bake for 2 minutes until cheese has melted.

In a small bowl, blend sour cream 1 T. Southwest Spice blend
and1 1/2 t. water...season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle this mixture over pizzas, then drizzle with hot sauce.
Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and chopped jalapeno.
Cut into slices and serve!


Finally, I would like to thank Lana
for crafting this beautiful, beautiful birthday card for me...
it is SO pretty that I plan to keep in on display in one of
our guest bedrooms...how thoughtful she is...and talented too!

July 11, 2018

A TRADER JOE FAVORITE AND A FABULOUS SUMMER RECIPE FROM THE DIVINE MISS M


If you are looking for a perfect, divinely delicious
summer dinner recipe....then we've got just the one for you!
Miss M shared this with me and she was so right...
it's soooooo good and light...smells incredible baking too!


Zucchini Ravioli


If you are a fan of the EVERYTHING BAGEL...
we certainly are....
then be sure to pick up this seasoning blend at
TRADER JOE'S!


This is fabulous sprinkled on Avocado Toast....
a delightful way to start your day!!


July 9, 2018

JULY BIRTHDAYS WEEKEND


Our family celebrates three birthdays during the month of July...


First up is son Nick......
His arrival into the world was quite an event....
we were at the HUGE July 4th fireworks show at Vinoy Basin
in St. Petersburg and labor pains began...
we made a wild ride over to Tampa and McDill AFB just
in the "nick" of time!


I am tinkled pink over this lovely bouquet
and new Hearth and Home pitcher from son Robbie...
and....the sweetest, most heartfelt card ever!


These are absolutely stunning!


Things are right with the world when we spend
time with our youngest...home from Austin.
At the end of the month, he will be traveling
to Colorado with close friends all in honor
of an upcoming wedding...Rob is best man
for his friend Terrell.
They started school together in kindergarten
and continued all the way through high school.
They attended different colleges, but have remained
good friends, even sharing an apartment together for a few years
after they graduated and began their careers!


This was a special breakfast treat for this special weekend...
oh honey....divine!


I treated myself to this new veggie chopper.....
I have wanted one for years!!!!



On Sunday, Rob headed back to Austin
and I was treated to a marvelous visit
with our grands and son Nick!


I was gifted this beatiful birthday cake
which was a decadent moist white cake
with raspberry filling....my all time favorite!


Spending time with two out of our four children
was truly the best gift of all.....and yes,
I am fully admiting to my age....why not?



It's well worth turning another year OLDER when
celebrating with family...
time is certainly passing faster these days....
I am always thankful for another day...how about you?

July 5, 2018

ONE POT PASTA...SCRUMPTIOUS!


One word.....SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!
This recipe is THE famous One Pot Pasta 
from the one and only Martha Stewart!
I prepared this for the two of us for a marvelous lunch
this week and it really made an impression!
I am pretty good at saving recipes that I find in magazines
and placing them in a recipe binder, which I then love
browsing through from time to time....this goes all
the way back to 2013 I believe!
If you are wanting an easy to prepare supper or lunch recipe,
then save this one.....light, delicious and oh so yummy!
I tweaked her original recipe with some of the ingredients......


ONE POT PASTA
12 ounces of linguine (I used Bucatini)
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thinly (I used red onion)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thinly
12 ounces of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 t. cracked black pepper
2 t. salt (I used 1 t.)
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
 fresh basil
4 1/2 cups water


Bring pot to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for about 11-12 minutes.
Pasta will soak up the water.


You are ready to serve....
Divide pasta into serving bowls, drizzle with olive oil,
sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper....
garnish with fresh Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil.



Like I said....SCRUMPTIOUS!

July 4, 2018

SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF

I found this marvelous recipe to share with you today!
If y'all are like me, you enjoy using your
slow cooker on hot summer nights.
Summer can be a more relaxed time of year,
and you are spending days at the pool or just
chillin' on the deck, so the slow cooker
is doing your prep work for you.
This dinner has proven to be one of our new
favorites, so I hope y'all will enjoy it as much as we have!
Just a tip...if you cannot find sirloin tip steak,
you can substitute flank steak.


Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
  1 ½ pounds sirloin tip steak
 ¼ cups cornstarch
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
 ½ teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
¾ cups Soy Sauce
 ¾ cups Water ¾ cups Brown Sugar
 1 cup fresh Carrots
1 package frozen or fresh snow peas
 Green onions, for garnish


 ~Cut sirloin tip steak into thin strips. Add sirloin steak pieces and cornstarch into a ziplock bag. Shake to coat. ~Add olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and carrots to slow cooker. Stir ingredients. Add coated flank steak and stir again until coated in the sauce. ~Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender. 

Drizzle fresh carrots in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast fresh carrots in oven at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Sauté’ fresh snow peas in olive, oil, salt and pepper over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes.
~Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.

July 2, 2018

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN', BELIZE AND BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK ....IT'S SUMMER FUN!


The graduation trip to Belize was marvelous....
a successful family vacay for Nick, Cat and their extended family!
We heard all about their adventures and experiencing another country
and culture! We are so happy they experienced the island life!


When it's summer in Texas,
you will want to take in a Ranger Baseball game....
cold beer and Decker Dogs all around!


The California family is continuing to
set up their new household!
Jenn did an excursion through Home Goods and alas,
found her turquoise teapot she had been wanting!
Isn't it too darling???


They were both excited and happy to help
a friend by dogsitting for a few days...
Meet Rusty....so, so sweet!


I think Bo was happy to have a pal to play with
and nap with...I don't think he was even the least bit jealous!


They found the perfect patio set for their new
outdoor living space and I must say,
it's looking so pretty and relaxing....
I told them to please save us a seat!


It makes my heart so very happy to see them
transitioning to their new home!
We certainly do miss them though.....


Miss M and her family headed up to
Black Rock Mountain State Park
in the Georgia mountians for a family camping trip!
Would you just look at this beautiful lake!!!


This is Luke's favorite type of vacation.....
I can relate...some of our best ever family vacations
were camping in the Smoky Mountains every summer!


I was feeling a bit bummed having to spend
the summer at home this year.....the darling is still on the mend
from the knee surgery, but slowly progressing....
we perked up however, when Nick and Cat 
drove up to grill a steak dinner with us Sunday evening
and then smiled even more when we learned
Miss M and our little Luke the Duke are coming out to
 stay with us for a week this month!!
WOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!


July 1, 2018

FAVORITE SUMMER BEAUTY PRODUCTS



Each season, I love to share my favorite beauty products
that are on my side of the vanity.
I am loving FLOWER by Drew Barrymore.
Her products can be found at WalMart and Ulta.
I will say that these products are gorgeous, moderately priced
and they are by far, better than expensive beauty lines I
have tried in the past.


First beauty item, used by myself and
the Divine Miss M, are the DOVE exfoliating body polishes!
I have bought all three scents and am loving these polishes!
They are softly scented, a gentle exfoliant and
marvelous to use for a pedicure when maintaining
soft, pretty feet!


The FLOWER primer is lovely....use under the foundation
for a luminous finish!
I also recommend the SHIMMER AND STROBE
Highlighting Palette.


I purchased her Light Illusion foundation in Ivory
and
the FLOWER lipstick in the shade ROSEY GARDEN.


This is her Mix and Matte Lip Duo
in the shade Tinkled Pink...a lipstick and gloss in one!
When summer months are here, you don't want to be outdoors
in triple digit heat with your makeup melting away...
I am so happy to have found FLOWER!


My darling granddaughter, Abbie took this photo of me
at her graduation party and softened me up a bit
with one of her phone apps....she said..
"you're gonna love it Grandma....even though
you already look airbrushed!"
Oh my.....how I adore that girl!