June 22, 2024

DAD'S COOKIES

 HELLO COOKIE LOVERS!



During this lull of summer and taking a break from
planning for the holiday season, I like to use this time
to gather some of the best of the best recipes..
I keep them in my holiday binder and then I am able
to go to one organized place to pull out those that I am going
to want to use for each holiday....fall baking, Halloween,
football tailgating, Thanksgiving and of course, Christmas!

I had seen this cookie recipe featured on Pinterest and thought
they looked like they would be delicious and easy to make...
you may want to save this one....it's a winner!!!!








I baked the first couple of batches for 12 minutes.
The last batch I baked for 15 minutes and they were a little browner
and a bit crispier, if this is the texture you prefer!
A great, delicious cookie laced with coconut and oats....
I think you're gonna love them!
Happy baking y'all!

June 18, 2024

MANWICH DIP...A NEW FAMILY FAVORITE

Good Morning all you wonderful gal pals....and gents....
The early part of Summer begins all the family gatherings
the season can hold and it normally begins with Father's Day!
I made a fabulous and easy appetizer dip for our day of fun
and it was gone in minutes......


This recipe was shared by a favorite You Tube friend, Arlynn.....
I have really enjoyed her series of 'DIPS" and I think this
will be sure to please those you love at your next party....
 

Manwich DIP.....
One pound of ground beef
One can of Manwich
One can of stewed tomatoes
One pack of Taco seasoning
One block of cream cheese

Brown the ground beef and drain any excess grease.
Add the tomatoes and Manwich, stir to combine
on medium heat.
Add the taco seasoning and allow to simmer.
Spread softened cream cheese in a baking dish.
Spoon the Manwich sauce over the cream cheese
and top with shredded cheese.
Serve with Tostitos and/or crackers.


This sparks the imagination of simple goodness.....
going to be great for football season....



Hope you enjoy Arlynn's recipe as much as we did....
see y'all next time!

June 14, 2024

GRACIOUSLY LIGHT for LADIES who LUNCH



Summer has arrived and the warm temperatures are here to stay.....
I love reading and sharing ideas on how we can eat a bit lighter
during summer, yet serve our family a great tasting and 
eye catching lunch....



Summer is all about having fun in the sun and
enjoying life to the fullest.....
add a touch of whimsy to create the mood.....

This little healthy luncheon is ideal for the ladies in your life,
but I have to make this appetizing for the darling too......and
he actually said this may be his new favorite.....



All summer foods must contain those sweet and beautiful 
fresh from the Farmer's Market tomatoes....
I remember my Daddy used to sprinkle sugar on his tomatoes....



And oh my gosh, if y'all haven't tried fresh avocado on top
of cottage cheese,,,you simply must...it's just divine....
serve on a toasted whole grain bread, a toasted baguette or even
your favorite cocktail crackers...so, so good!
And adding a slice of hard boiled egg creates the perfect bite...



Who can possibly resist those summer sweet cherries?



And, I  saved the best for last....
a homemade apple crisp.....



Add a little scoop of vanilla.....


I would say life is pretty darn good at the moment.....



 

June 9, 2024

LET'S CATCH UP

Good Morning Kindred Spirits.....
well...here we are....the month of June...
and let me just say....the HEAT is on.....
Summer is now my least favorite season 
as I find the heat oppressive and it just drains my energy.....
but, let's make the most of our days, right?
I so hope your world is bright with happy days....
today's post is a catch up of what we have
been up to lately.....just family news to share....
and I would love to hear what y'all have been doing too!




Grandson, Luke the Duke completed his freshman year of high school....
he is continuing on the track team throughout summer and has
also obtained his driving learner's permit....this is a big deal if you remember...
he also has his first job and is working at Publix for the summer season....
he's a busy and active teen which we love to see...
cannot wait for their visit next month!



Down in Pensacola, these lovely ladies
arranged a lunch date to get together and catch up on their lives...
they have known each other since 1981 and worked in
Dermatology for years.....old friends who maintain their friendship....



Our son and daughter-in-law traveled to
a high end golf resort in Indiana to celebrate two birthdays.....



These two ladies were the birthday girls celebrating
milestone birthdays.....what a way to celebrate!!!



Exciting news....granddaughter and her fiancée
just purchased their first home and we are over the moon excited for them....



Son number one attended a wedding the other evening...
and boy did he ever look like a million bucks.....



The garden looks great thus far
but summer is hard to keep things thriving.....
the beauty is such a reward for hard work.....
don't these zinnias just make you happy?



The darling had a few doctor appointments so we treated
ourselves to a lunch date prior to the appointments....
our long time favorite mexican restaurant....





The food is always delicious and the restaurants are beautifully
decorated with an excellent wait staff...we have 
been patrons of these for years and years....



Our son is an excellent chef and created
a fabulous dinner one Saturday night....
he spoke of the BACKYARD BETTY chicken sandwich
for a long time and boy he created a masterpiece....
he had one of these while living in California and said
people lined up for blocks to have one.....


Have you ever seen such a glorious sandwich.....!!!!
Divine I TELL YOU.....




Lucy is a darling scamp.....
for a tiny girl, she has a huge personality....



So, summer is in full swing....
is anyone else dreaming of Autumn?


 

June 4, 2024

SUMMER COFFEE/TEA CORNER

Good Morning Loves...
I certainly hope you have had a good start to your week
and that all is peaceful in your corner of the world.
Today, I thought about sharing an idea for a small
coffee/tea corner if you are expecting visitors
for a day or two....I try to provide
a special bed and breakfast feel to their visit..... 



Travel these days can be so hectic and tiring....
after a day of flying to your destination. your guests
may often arrive weary and a bit hungry...
in need of small refreshments.....
so this is how I like to prepare for them when
it's mid-morning, afternoon or late night.....
I think this is company worthy and I know
how much it is appreciated by those visiting....
Summer is a laid-back kind of feel....
special touches, but not at all fancy...
I try to choose a beverage that can be served hot or cold
a soothing color palette and a little nosh.....



This beverage corner was in bright summer shades of blue....
all arranged on a pretty lazy susan.....
a lovely cloth napkin with sterling silver stirring spoons...



I love to serve special jams that are gourmet and unusual...
most people are intrigued and look forward to a taste.....




Something homemade and warm from the oven
is showing your guests you cared about their well-being and 
hungry tummies....
today, I chose to bake some delicious banana nut muffins..



If your guests prefer tea, rather than coffee,
then a summer flavored tea can be delightful 
and served cold or hot....
this is Texas honey, we like ice cold sweet tea.....
or a hot cup of coffee.......



I store the tea packets in a pretty ginger jar,
which is lovely to display with your beverage mugs...

So, welcome your guests with a special area where they
can unwind, relax and enjoy their beverage and home baked goodie....
it's a lovely way to make them feel welcomed and cared for....
now the conversations can begin....easy and relaxed.....




May 31, 2024

GROWING YARROW...A VINTAGE HERB

While I have never used it as an herb, it has been a reliable friend that has
survived all of the droughts, floods and freezes that Texas had thrown at it .
Yarrow is a flowering perennial.
This herb will often be seen on roadsides and private gardens.


Yarrow is to be considered the herb of the year..
it's a lovely flowering plant with a somewhat fern type foliage.

 It looks good in mass in your flower beds and
 it works great as a substitute for Baby’s Breath in home made bouquets.


If you are looking for a beautiful,
 reliable herbal plant to add to your beds and borders,
be on the look out for this tall white heirloom 




Flowers are typically white but also can be found in pink, red, cream and yellow.
Plants can have foliage as low as six inches or grow as tall as six feet. 
Yarrow thrives in full sun to part shade and is excellent in a cottage style garden.


A cautionary tip....Yarrow should not be grown in pastures as it is
toxic to dogs, cats and horses....


Let's plant a little happiness.....




May 20, 2024

GARDEN FAVORITES FOR SUMMER

Good Morning to all the garden lovers out there...
I love to document the progress of our gardens
as the months progress into summer 



This year, I decided to invest in a good organic fertilizer and chose
this brand from well know master gardener, Barbara King,
who is often featured on QVC!


This corner of the garden is dedicated to
Mae Mobley and it's looking so beautiful....
the colors are bright, vivid, cheerful and 
bring me memories of her that warm my heart daily.....
it can sometimes be a safe harbor for bunny rabbits,
birds, geckos and bees....



The delicate four o' clocks that bloom twice daily..
early morning and evening.....










This is my tropical sunset lilly.....



In this whiskey barrel, more of the tropical sunset collection



The zinnias are just now beginning to bloom that
were planted in with the Rose of Sharon....


My beautiful trumpet vine...it took me eight years
to have blooms finally appear and they are indeed
spectacular....a lesson in perseverance and patience...






This is the garden flag for the spring and summer of 2024


And my beautiful Lantana is thriving....



The temps are climbing into the 90's as we are approaching
summer....I just hope I can keep the garden thriving
through the Texas heat....but I am ready to have
summer days to swim and grill burgers...how about y'all?
I think I'll make a ice cold PALOMA and dream a little dream......



2 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces tequila, Blanco or Silver
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup ,
2 ounces sparkling water, to top off
lime or grapefruit wedge, 
for garnish
salt, for rimming