Monday, October 16, 2017

Daily Goodie Box

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October's Daily Goodie Box was so much fun! Tasty treats, drinks, household products, and even fun girl stuff like eye shadow and makeup blender.



Mirabella  - Glisten Eyeshadow Collection

There are so many pretty colors to experiment with!

Nellie’s  - Wrinkle B Gone

I am so excited for this! Anything that helps me with wrinkles is a plus!

Now & Later - Shell Shocked

These did not last long at all! Yumm...

Sun & Earth - Natural Laundry Detergent

Pirouline  - Rolled Wafers

Love the light crispy wafer with chocolate filling!


INKO’S - Organic Energy Drinks

Refreshing flavor!

Flathau’s Fine Foods - Key-Lime Snaps

Key Lime Shortbread cookies... Yes you read that right. 
I even shared with Truckin' Man

Kur - Scandinavian Bite-Size Bar’s

Sweetened with dates! Yum...

Pure Cosmetics  - Silicone Blender

Easy to use, and I am surprisingly impressed with it so far. 


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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Ladies and the Mister

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It's been a while since the ladies have made an appearance, and they aren't looking to pretty lately. They are molting like I have never seen before! I don't know if it's a sign of a bad winter coming? Or since they are getting older, maybe molting just hits them harder?  I fully intend on researching this more when the garden winds down and I'm getting some couch time again.  Are you chickens having a harder molt this year?

True story. One morning last week when I went to open up the coop for the day, I had to do a head count. There were so many feathers on the floor I was sure that a predator had snuck in and bad things had happened. Thankfully not. All were present and accounted for.

Here is how my pride and joy Annie normally looks.


Here is Annie today. Yikes!

This hen is one with more minor molting. The white gal behind her as a near naked rear side!

I wish I had a "before" picture of this lady to share, but she is nearly half her normal size right now.

Remember our new Black Copper Marans? Sadly, we lost Mr. about a month ago. 
He got sick and we weren't able to save him.

 But, Little Miss is healthy and our old rooster has taken her under his wing. 
It's really quite entertaining to watch the dynamics of him and his ladies.


And, the most exciting thing is, she is laying already! Look at that beautiful chocolate colored egg. 
I am one proud chicken mama over these eggs!


Do you like colored eggs or do you prefer white?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Triple Citrus Bars - #foodbloggers4fl

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It's hard to believe all the damage that has been occurring in the past couple weeks. From Hurricane Harvey, to the wild fires out west, to Hurricane Irma. I'm sure many people are now having a watchful eye on Hurricane Maria. 

I have several online friends in Florida, and reading about their preparation for Irma was absolutely nerve wracking. Thankfully, they all came through with minimal damage. My family and friends in South Carolina, are all safe as well. 



The group of bloggers I met up with to show our support for Hurricane Harvey, is meeting up again in support of those impacted by Hurricane Irma.  Sharing food is what we do, so this time sharing a recipe inspired by the Southeastern part of the U.S. or the Caribbean.  Please be sure to scroll all the way to the links after the recipe to see what everyone else is sharing!

With Florida being in the news so much, I immediately thought "Citrus". And, while these bars are very close to a traditional lemon bar, the variety of citrus flavor coming from Limes, Oranges and Lemons, makes these so much brighter in flavor, and the perfect bar to take on a summer picnic or to a potluck. Or maybe even pack some up in a lunch which is what we are doing this week!



For your consideration, here are some reputable charities: 





Triple Citrus Bars

Crust
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest, divided
1 teaspoon lime zest, divided
1 teaspoon orange zest, divided

Filling
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons orange juice, fresh squeezed
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed

Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons citrus juice (lemon, lime, or orange)
Zest, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.  In medium bowl, mix melted butter, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon each of lime, lemon, and orange zest.  Once combined, press into prepared baking pan. With fork, poke holes throughout crust. Bake for 20 minutes.

In large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour, and baking powder. Once well combined, add remaining zest, and 2 tablespoons each of lime, lemon, and orange zest. Mix well.

When crust is done. Remove from oven. Pour filling over baked crust. Bake for 20 minutes, or until set.

Once bars have cooled to room temperature, stir together powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon citrus juice (use whatever juice you have on hand). Add remaining juice as necessary until desired consistency is reached.  Pour glaze over cooled bars, let set for 30 minutes before cutting.

Store covered in refrigerator.

Adapted from: Real Food Girl:Unmodified

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Goodie Box

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September is here, and so is another Daily Goodie Box! So many fun and tasty things to try. Our friends have been here both times our box has shown up. They are so jealous, they signed up to get their own! We did share some of the Trolli Sour Bite Crawlers with them :)



Trolli - Sour Bite Crawlers
These were quite a hit! Boy, are they sour!

Nellie’s - Baby Laundry Soda
With Oxygen Boosters!

Crown Maple  - Maple Sugar 
This is wonderful on a bowl of oatmeal. Mmmm.

ButterFields - Hard Candy
Love peaches? Try these!

Lovebug Probiotics - Here’s The Skinny
Even improves energy levels, Yeay!

Paleo Powder - Seasoning
With Himalayan Pink Salt, my favorite salt!

GinnyBakes - Chocolate Chip Cookies
Seriously, go get these! Truckin' Man gave them a thumbs up too!

GURU - Organic Energy Drinks
Need a energy boost? Try this!

Rufus Teague - Made Some Sauce
They had me at Whiskey Maple :)


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Texas Style Mexican Rice #foodbloggers4tx

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Texas has always been special to me. That's where I remember our first family vacations, sitting on the beach, sand in my toes, friends that lived in houses on stilts, family that lived in the massive cities. I can remember walking the River Walk in San Antonio, and falling in love with the smell of corn tortillas.  Later in life, my grandparents spent many many years being snowbirds in Mission, Texas. 


With my love of Texas, I was excited when Carlee shared about this great group of bloggers coming together to show our support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  How are we doing that?  We are sharing tons of delicious Texas style recipes, so scroll down and check them all out!  Also, we have some reputable charities for your consideration, if you feel inclined to donate.



For this occasion, I was talking to my mom, and she knew the recipe I needed. She said it was in the cookbook Gram and her Mission neighbors put together.  I've never seen this cookbook before or heard of this cookbook before! I will be reading through this very carefully and see what other little gems I've been missing out on!

(Just for fun, a couple family photo's taken in San Antonio back in the 70's!)


Gram's Texas Style Mexican Rice was a delight. It comes together so fast, and easy. I spent more time chopping the onion and pepper, than I did anything else. I was worried that my husband wouldn't like the little bit of heat with the chiles, but he liked it! I think we are making progress :) 


For your consideration, here are some reputable charities:

Houston Food Bank




Texas Style Mexican Rice

1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoon canned diced chiles
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
2 cup chicken broth
Cilantro for garnish, optional

In large pan, saute onion and green bell pepper over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Add rice, stirring to coat rice. Stir often until rice turns opaque.  Add tomatoes, chiles, and spices. Stir until all are mixed through.  Add chicken broth, and bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Let set for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gardening in 2017

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It's certainly been a strange year for our garden, and definitely not one of our better years. While nothing specific has gone wrong, it's been a hard year. 

On the positive side, our ornamental crops are doing outstanding.
Broom corn appears to be growing well. We don't know much about it yet, and this is our first year so we really are just winging it on this one.



Gourds are going to be bountiful. Everywhere you look is a gourd.



The ornamental corn has the most colorful tassels and ears, lets just hope it continues on the path of being colorful :)



Apparently I missed getting a photo of our pumpkins. They are doing really well. Not as numerous as past years, but they appear to be a very nice size.

We tried Blue Hubbard Squash for the first time.



Another first. Vermont Cranberry Beans. This is a dry shelling bean, so we have some time left yet before we can try this one. Excited to see how it turns out.

 The tomatoes. Our tomato trellis ended up working better than we expected, and we will improve on this design next year. As far as the harvest, we would be doing good if they would turn red. Green tomatoes everywhere you look.

My first year for Poblano Peppers. I didn't think they were going to make it, but here they come. 

While I was out, I noticed the berries on the asparagus. I thought it was pretty.

Things I didn't take a picture of were the onions and bell peppers. I normally freeze many pounds of both. We had a complete loss on the bell peppers. The second planting of the onions, went better, but they just don't grow. So, salad onions they are.

Carrots, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, all did nicely. Green Beans were looking sketchy, but they are finally producing nicely. 

The "Fooled Ya" Jalapenos will be up for review soon. I picked some, and they are soooo mild, I wouldn't even know they are related to a jalapeno if it weren't for the shape. So, I am going to make Jalapeno Poppers this coming week, and my husband will have them for the first time. That will be the true test!

How is your garden? Bountiful harvest or 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

What Grabbed My Attention This Week

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As Hurricane Harvey was approaching the State of Texas, I was watching the news to keep up with it's movement.  I was also watching the status and well being of friends on facebook. I have some distant family, old classmates, and some foodie friends all in Texas.

Only three of them were in an area to be immediately concerned. Two of them turned out just fine, with just some heavy rain. The other though, was not so fortunate. Right in the heart of it all was Adam and his family. I know Adam only from facebook and his blog Unorthdox Epicure, but this is a good man, and his updates were very concerning. The pictures he shared, were what nightmares were made of.

Yet, through all this, he is posting some of the most heart warming blog posts about what they are going through, and the good they are experiencing.  The good in people.

Go on take a peak.
http://unorthodoxepicure.com/confession-no-142-the-human-condition-is-alive-and-well/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Introducing Daily Goodie Box

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In July, I got something REALLY cool in the mail. It's called Daily Goodie Box. I learned about this coolness from my friend Jess at Barefoot by the Sea. She's been the recipient of these boxes for quite a few months, and the fun stuff she was sharing inspired me to sign up.

This took me way to long to post and share, but I'm in the middle of changing jobs, and things are a bit chaotic! I promise next time I won't wait so long to share with you!


Would you just look at this popcorn??

Palo Popcorn – Premium Cheddar Cheese
Natural Vitality – Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink
Balla For Men – Tingle Formula Body Powder
Davidson’s Organics – Coconut Vanilla Dessert Tea
FlapJacked –  Milk Chocolate Protein Smoothie Mix
Detox Water – Mangaloe (Mango)
Watusee Foods – Organic Chickpeatos
Goddess Garden – Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm
Honey Stinger – Cran-Apple & Walnut Snack Bar
Curoxen – First Aid Ointment



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Orange Cream Cake

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Remember those guys we have coming over working on trails, and I like to cook for them? Well, this is one of the recipes I was wanting to dust off. Back in the day, I made this all the time, but since I rarely use mixes any more, this one has got a little dusty. Truckin' Man had never even had it before.  It's such a moist cake, that is perfect for a summer treat.


Mini rant ok? You know how food packages keep getting smaller? Everything, sugar, sausage, noodles... Well, did you know that even cake mixes have gotten smaller? I buy them rarely, so maybe this is old news, but my original recipe called for an 18 - 1/4 ounce cake mix. Now, the mixes I am finding are 15 - 1/4 ounce. Really? When did this happen?

Since the cakes are smaller now, I did make a couple adjustments to decrease the amount of jello in the cake so that it wasn't to much. I have tried this with other flavors, but in my opinions, orange is the winner. But, if you aren't a fan of orange, change it up, strawberry would be a good choice. 

Try it this summer, it's so refreshing. Reminds me of a Push-up (do they still make those?) crossed with a Creamsicle. While you have the frosting waiting for the cake to cool, remember this isn't one of those fluffy sweet salads for you to eat... It's frosting for the cake!



Orange Cream Cake
1 box lemon cake mix
1 envelope orange Kool-Aid
3 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 - 3 oz package orange gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup cold milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 - 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding
8 oz tub Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine cake mix, Kool-aid, eggs, 1 cup water and oil. Beat on low until combined, then beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Pour into ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Before cake cools, poke holes in cake with wooden skewer. Cool cake for 30 minutes.

In large bowl, dissolve orange gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture, pouring remainder over cake. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Before gelatin sets up, combine milk, vanilla, pudding, and reserved gelatin. Mix for 2 minutes.  Fold in Cool Whip. Set aside while cake continues to cool. Once cooled, frost cake. Store covered in refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Adapted from: Taste of Home

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Super Salad

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I mentioned last time how Truckin' Man has this new off-roading hobby, and it is having it's benefits. One of those benefit's is the cooking I have been getting to do! I'm crazy right? The club has met at our place a couple times now, working on trail development. As long as they are here, working on our land, we have been providing lunch. They have insisted they don't need lunch, but I love the chance to cook for more than the two of us!


This Super Salad is a dish I knew I had to make for them, but getting the recipe from my mom took a while! Almost like she wanted to keep it a secret! I finally got it from her though, so no more secrets. Mom and Gram have been making this salad for years. It's a crowd pleaser, and easy to make a large batch for big gatherings.  Since our group was on the smaller side, I did make a small batch, but you can easily double this recipe to feed a bigger group. 



As a side note, I found a new pasta that I am in love with in making this recipe. I thought I picked up a box of regular elbow macaroni, but I actually picked up "Elbows". It's like an elbow, but with a twist. And just a little bit ridged... great for holding on this dressing!


Super Salad
1/2 pound macaroni
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
2 large carrots, grated

Cook macaroni according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside to cool.
In large mixing bowl, combine sugar , vinegar, sweetened condensed milk, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning, add more salt or pepper if needed.  Add vegetables, mixing until combined. Add cooled pasta, mix well.

Let chill at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Enjoy!

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