Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Surprise babies...

Three weeks ago, one of our barn cats had two babies on the back porch,
but, after that day, we never saw them again.

Imagine my surprise when I went outside this morning and saw not two, but THREE 
baby kittens on the porch.  Reece's, who is actually the grandmother cat of these kittens, had brought them all back up to the porch.

We'll need to give these away in about five weeks,
but my daughter says she's keeping this red one. :-)

We'll see.

New babies!

Our day old chicks arrived today.
They were born yesterday…on Daisy's 7th birthday!

It's been quite awhile since we've had some babies.
They are just so fun.

I'd like to introduce -

Anne Murray
She's a white leghorn.

Crystal Gayle
She's a Golden Laced Wyandotte.

Jessi Coulter
She's a Silver Laced Wyandotte.

Dottie West
She's a Rhode Island Red.

And, Charly McClain.
She's a Welsummer.

Sail away with me...

to the Caribbean! 

I made some island inspired dishes tonight and
the family really enjoyed them.

Mr. H. even declared it the "best meal of the summer!" :-)

(Except I realized at the last minute that we were out of quinoa,
so we had couscous instead!)

and rounded out the meal with some King's Hawaiian rolls.

There wasn't a bit of chicken or rolls left,
and I am pretty sure that the rest of the couscous and salad 
will be fought over at lunch tomorrow!

If you are looking for something different and tropical for supper
I suggest these recipes - they're fantastic! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
August 4th - 10th

angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, ceasar salad, garlic bread


tacos, spanish rice, refried beans

stuffed bell peppers, garlic bread

homemade pizza


pot roast, macaroni and cheese, lettuce and tomato salad, dinner rolls

Friday, July 25, 2014

Strawberry Eclair Cake

I tried a twist on a favorite summer dessert

Instead of making a chocolate eclair cake I made a strawberry one!
I just switched out strawberry pudding for the vanilla in the original recipe, 
used strawberry frosting instead of the chocolate, and added some fresh strawberries on top.

It was a yummy change.  We thought strawberry pudding with chocolate frosting would be good, too.
The pudding/frosting combinations are really endless. :-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 21st-27th

enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans

chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, biscuits

homemade pizza

soft tacos, pinto beans, tortilla chips and guacamole

leftovers, maybe out to eat? 

bar-b-q chicken, new potatoes, sautéed vegetables, salad, blueberry pie

hamburgers, french fries, baked beans, jalapeño poppers, watermelon

Linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet Luna

My daughter's new parakeet. :-)

Daisy had to meet her of course.

It looks like Daisy's thinking, "But, I thought I was the only animal that got to come inside!" :-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

~In N Out Burger~

In N Out Burgers  have been around since 1948, 
but our family did not discover them until our 

I recently discovered a copycat version that you can make at home!

The secret sauce is the key ingredient.
You combine the following -

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons pickle relish
2 teaspoons onion, finely minced
2 teaspoons sugar

While Mr. H. grilled the burgers,
I baked some french fries.

Use some good buns
and be sure to butter and toast them!

and assemble your burger In N Out style.

Spread some sauce over the bottom bun.
Add your lettuce and tomato.

Then your patty,
cheese if you wish,
a slice of onion,
and more sauce.

Dig in!

If you are able to visit an In N Out Burger restaurant,

might come in handy! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Skillet Corn

Summer southern comfort food at it's finest…skillet corn.  :-)

You'll need -

5 ears of corn
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups water

Remove husk and silk from corn.
Using a knife slice kernels off of corn; set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, salt and pepper.
Add water and whisk until smooth.
Melt butter in pan.
Add corn and flour mixture to pan.
Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until corn is tender 
and sauce is thickened.

Makes 8 servings.

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 14th-20th

bbq chicken, skillet corn, fried okra, ranch style beans, biscuits

copycat in-n-out burgers, french fries

crockpot mexican chicken, guacamole, tortilla chips

philly cheesesteak sandwiches, potato chips

roasted red peper pasta, green salad, garlic breadsticks

grilled steaks, fresh green beans and new potatoes, corn on the cob, lettuce and tomato salad, texas toast

dinner - pot roast, lettuce and tomato salad, dinner rolls
supper - hamburgers, potato chips, strawberry eclair cake

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 7th-13th


blackened tilapia, rice, sautéed vegetables

soft tacos, spanish rice, pinto beans


gnocchi with pesto, garlic breadsticks, olive garden salad

grilled steaks and corn on the cob, sautéed broccoli, buttered new potatoes, lettuce and tomato salad, bakery asiago cheese bread

out for supper

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I love the 4th of July! :-)

The 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays to celebrate.

I've always wanted to make one of these fruit flags - so this year I did!

I've been enjoying these red, white and blue daisies all week long.

Ready to BBQ!

Mr. H. manned the grill.

Just couldn't resist these little salt and pepper shakers when I saw them at the store.

Could. Not. :-)

These were fun. :-)

Don't forget the nanner puddin'! 

We had fireworks pops...

and a fireworks show. :-)

Happy birthday America!