Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Copycat Kings Hawaiian Bread

ingredients needed - 
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water 
3 eggs
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
6 cups flour

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a mixing bowl.  Let sit 10 minutes.
Add eggs, juice, water, sugar, ginger, vanilla, and butter.  Mix well.
Gradually add flour until dough forms.  Let dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Separate dough into three sections and form into round loaves.  Place in lightly greased cake pans and let rise again in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. 
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Brush tops of loaves with butter if desired. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quick Lunch from the Garden

I'm getting an abundant harvest right now from my cherry tomato plant.
So I decided to use some up at lunch today by scaling down my 
One Pot Pasta recipe into a single lunch portion. 

The original recipe calls for 12 oz. of linguine and 12 oz. of tomatoes.
I took that 1 to 1 ratio and used 1 cup of small pasta and 1 cup of tomatoes.
I scaled down the other ingredients, covered it all with water,
and boiled for ten minutes.

It was tasty!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Banana Bread

You will need -

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted 
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) 

In a mixing bowl, combine bananas, butter, egg, vanilla and sugar.
Add flour, soda and salt.
Mix just until combined.
Add chocolate chips if using.
Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Let cool.  
Remove from pan and enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring Garden

A few pictures I took this evening after working in the gardens a bit.

cherry tomatoes

first little bell pepper

several jalapeƱos

more soil for sweet corn and garden beans

moved my windowsill herbs outside

and squash for supper tomorrow night!

"There are no gardening mistakes, 
only experiments."
~ Janet Kilburn Phillips


Friday, May 6, 2016

Butter and Honey

Ducklings grow fast!
Here are Butter and Honey on April 20th - the day I brought them home from the feed store.

Nine days later on April 29th. 

On May 1st.

And today, May 6th.

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but they are about four times the size they were just 2 1/2 weeks ago!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Decorating

Recently, I bought myself a special birthday present 
for my slowly evolving "red farmhouse kitchen."

 A chicken wire space rack and spice jars with red lids.

I LOVE it. :-)

It sits on my stove and gets used everyday.  

Big Bend - The Last Texas Frontier

For Spring Break this year, my family went camping.
There is just nothing I love more than spending time with my family in God's creation.
We camped in Big Bend Ranch State Park and hiked in Big Bend National Park.
The desert landscape is so rugged and beautiful!

I have been to Big Bend once before with Mr. H. back in 1995 when we were first married.
Mr. H. has been 7 times now!  
He went almost every Spring Break while he was in college, and he went 3 times as a graduate student to do field study for his Master's Thesis entitled, "Vegetation Patterns of Pine Canyon, Big Bend National Park, TX, in Relation to Elevation and Slope Aspect."   
Yeah, he pretty much knows the scientific name of every plant in the park. ;-)

It takes about 10 hours to drive to the park from our home in Central Texas.  
Of course we had to stop in Fort Stockton for a photo op with Paisano Pete.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous the whole time we were there!
Highs in the mid 80's and lows in the low 50's and sunshine everyday, without a cloud in the sky.

We saw this aoudad family on the hillside as we were driving in.

After we set up camp the first evening,
we drove a bit down the highway to these hoodoo rock formations.

Sleeping outside - one of my very favorite things.
(I would love to have a screened in sleeping porch one day!)

Our campsite was right on the Rio Grande, with Mexico on the other side.

Mr. H. started a fire using only flint and char cloth.
He's my wilderness man. :-)

The first morning was so beautiful as the sun came up over the mountains.

We hiked Closed Canyon in Big Bend Ranch State Park the first day.

It is a narrow, slot canyon not quite a mile long. 
At some places the canyon can nearly be spanned by holding out your arms.

The stars at night really are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!
Especially in Big Bend, which is one of the darkest places in the United States and perfect for star gazing.  "On a clear night, expect to see 2,000 stars, plus planets and meteorites." ~ Fodor's Travel.
(Photo cred for this picture to Mr. H.!)

The next day we drove into Big Bend National Park to hike.

First we did the very short Window View Trail.

And, then we did the Lost Mine Trail to the top of Lost Mine Peak in the Chisos Mountains.

It took us about two hours to get to the top.

This is Mr. H. overlooking Pine Canyon where he did his research so many years ago.

The top! 7, 536 feet

Halfway up my daughter mentioned that she was, "more of a laying on the beach type of girl..."
Haha - she made it though!


heart shaped :-) prickly pear

century plant

cane cholla

desert bluebonnets :-)

Goodbye Big Bend!
I can't wait to go back again.