Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Goodie Box

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


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.


Sharing this at:
Weekend Potluck
Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gardening in 2017

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

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.