days gone by.....

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pink Moon ~~ I love it!

I took these right outside my front door!

Hannah and Bill

This is a more flattering picture of Hannah... she doesn't look so...ummm... ~plump~ in this pose. And she looks like she's trying to appear sweet and innocent ~she's not~. Bill, on the other hand, is always cool and aloof.......

Budding Flowers.... it won't be long!

thought I'd take a quick picture of these buds before they bloom ... here's my last tulip and the first of my lily of the valley (I just love these!)

Skyline Chili Spaghetti.... mmmmmm.....

The closest Skyline is about a half an hour away... so we get the canned Skyline chili and enjoy it at home! Spaghetti, onion and lots of cheese!! I should have waited until the cheese melted more before taking the picture... but I was starving!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Love Roasted Asparagus!

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

1 lb asparagus spears
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher Salt
Freshly grated black pepper
Lemon juice

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse clean the asparagus. Cut the tough ends off of the asparagus and save for compost.

2 Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly distributed.

3 Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice before serving.


Dan Aykroyd Crystal Head Vodka!

Just bought this awesome bottle of Vodka! I had to have it! *think Bloody Mary with the Vodka being poured from a Skull, how cool is that!*...I'm picturing it too ~

This cost $53 and I'm a super tightwad. I just couldn't resist! **besides, it won't go to waste**

This Pure Spirit, vodka triple filtered through polished crystals known as Herkimer diamonds, free of additives, is exquisite any time of the year but perhaps ideal for October. Brought to us by Dan Aykroyd, known for his fascination with the invisible world, Crystal Head Vodka ties in with the story of the 13 Crystal Heads that have been unearthed at various times on our planet... from the Yucatan to Tibet. The Heads are believed to emit positive energy, good will and prosperity. Crystal Head Vodka is perfect as a lone shot, chilled or served in signature cocktails. Unlike most vodkas in today's marketplace that use additives, glycol, citrus and sugar to improve smoothness and flavor, Crystal Head Vodka is a pure spirit with no additives. It is quadrupled distilled and filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration over Herkimer crystals from one of the planets rarest deposits of close concentrated semi-precious stones- Dan Aykroyd

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm such a Tightwad!

Here's my version of a tightwad face lift! I used pantyhose! hehehehehe!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Yummy Potato Soup Recipe

When I make potato soup, I don't have a "recipe" for the amounts. I just eyeball it.You can put in as many carrots,celery and onion as you like. It's not rocket science... it's potato soup! Have fun with it.

5 Idaho potatoes - peeled and cut into bite size pieces
~ 5 works for the two of us with leftovers for the next day *and a bowl to take to my Mom*! ~
half & half or milk
cooked bacon crumbled
1/2 stick butter (real butter please) we actually used a whole stick once *too much*
salt & pepper to taste
chives for garnish

Simmer carrots, celery & onion for about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer until tender. Pour off most of the water, leaving about an inch. Add half & half or milk ~ or both ~ ... the point is how rich you want your soup to be. The same goes with how brothy on the amount. Add the butter, bacon and S&P. Bring to a simmer until butter is melted. Taste to adjust S&P. Sprinkle with chives! Enjoy!

crap ~ I forgot to add the chives before I took the picture!!!

Last Fire Celebration!

I was so cold last night, Greg built a fire! I had a glass (or two) of wine and we planned the garden! aaaahhh.... nice evening....

Deviled Egg Recipe and a tip!

This is from Paula Dean


7 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
Salt and pepper, for taste
Paprika,Sweet gherkin pickles sliced,Pimentos,olives for garnishing


Halve 7 eggs lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl.

Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, pickle relish, and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish

This is good "as is" but I always like to "add my own touch" to stuff. Sometimes I add minced onion, horseradish, or garlic ... you know, kick it up!

Tip: I've found that hot eggs are easier to peel than cold ones. ouch! it's worth it though!

I found this great piece of Tupperware, with the lid even, at a garage sale for a buck!!

Hannah Fat Cat!

Poor Hannah really put on the pounds this winter. I shouldn't talk... I haven't tried my shorts on yet!!! ((gulp)) Anyway, she loves being out and following us around the yard and garden. So I'll have to make a few extra trips around to get her some extra excercise ... and of course it won't hurt me either!