Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Nature Channel" (Feeling Blue....)

 
 'My' Bluebirds are back!! I was so excited!!!
Thanks to this Suet Recipe they stay around here all winter. I can never get enough of them, they are beautiful!!
 
 
This guy was bossy. Whenever he showed up everyone else would leave.

 
I've got my eye on you...
 



 
And when he came around the Bluebirds all left.

 
Family dining.
 
 
Hey there...
 
 
The sunset a few days ago...
 
 
Into the Blue...
 
We are enjoying our Thanksgiving Vacation of mostly doing nothing. It feels good to slow down and hang out with the kids. "Doctor Quinn" is helping out with this :) I hope you are enjoying your vacation as well!
 
Be sure to stop in (previous post) for the Giveaway if you haven't already.
 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Latte Roundup and a French Press Giveaway

 
 
Because I'm thankful for all of you and I love your 'visits' and because it's my Birthday month (44 if you're wondering) and because giving things makes me smile I'd love to share some favorite things with someone. (dark chocolate truffles and one of my current favorite books a mug and a French Press)
 
So leave a comment to let me know you were here and share if you'd like. And I'll enter your name for the giveaway! Giveaway open till December 2.
 
And be sure to check out the lattes if straight coffee is not something you enjoy.
 
The French Press can also be used with tea bags. I love mine!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful, blessing filled Thanksgiving!
 
♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Savoy Dip Bowl

 
I was recently looking through a book written by Martha Stewart about her catering business long ago and noticed that she used hollowed out cabbage heads for her dip bowls.
 
Kinda cool.
 
So because us room Moms are preparing lunch for Serena's classroom today I thought I'd give it a try.
 
 
This wasn't exactly on the menu we had planned but I stopped at the grocery store this morning and the frilly Green Leaf Lettuce spoke to me... then I noticed the Savoy Cabbage...
 
I mean, who could resist eating their veggies when they look so fresh and pretty?!
 


Rule #1.
Always eat your veggies!
 
♥Have a wonderful day!!♥

Saturday, November 16, 2013

White Fudge Bars

 
 
This is definitely my new favorite bar recipe. And the festive colors are just in time for the Christmas season. :) They are chewy and nutty... and delicious with a hot drink!
 
Give them a try!


Oatmeal Mixture:
 1-2/3 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs + 1 yolk
2 teaspoons clear vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick oats
5 ounces chopped Macadamia Nuts
 2½ cups flour (Gold Medal)

Fudge Mixture:
16 ounces Yogurt Coating Wafers
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons clear vanilla
 ½ cup Craisins
1/3 cup Pistachios


Press approximately ¾ of the oatmeal mixture into a 10 X15 inch bar pan sprayed with non stick spray.
 
Place the first five fudge mixture ingredients into a microwaveable bowl (or double boiler) and melt/stir till smooth. Add the dried cranberries and pistachios and spread evenly on top of the oatmeal mixture. Press the remaining oatmeal mixture into flat pieces and randomly place on top of fudge mixture.
 
Bake at 350° for 20-23 (max) minutes. About a half inch around the edge turns brown but doesn't affect the taste, and is necessary for the center to bake completely. :) Anything more than 23 minutes in the oven turns the rest of the top brown as well. Not really the look you're after. 

 
♥Have a Blessed Weekend!♥

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simple Pleasures...

 

 
The Maple leaves have finally fallen. Most of the time I get the boys to pick them up with the mower without even blowing or raking them but tonight there was quite a pile and I knew Serena wanted to play in them so I made an enormous pile and told her to enjoy. She did! :)
 



                                                                               
 
I was in the kitchen a few days ago doing some baking when I had a sudden inspiration. Instead of making regular Fudge Bars why not make some White Fudge Bars?! After thinking about some of the details I baked them for some friends that came over last night, and I shared some with my neighbor and the school teachers this morning. I was told they pass the test! :)  I'll share them with you after I bake them one more time. :) They look festive and I think they're scrumptious, but then, I may be biased! haha

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

White Mocha Mint Latte and Other Random Photos



 
Because some mornings just simply need something more than granola or a smoothie.
 
Here is an alternative that will give you the comfort (or the kick in the pants) you need to get going on a Monday morning. :)
 
12 oz. farm fresh whole milk
2 oz. white chocolate chips
1 Sm. York mint patty
1 tube Nescafe Memento
(Mocha flavored)
Heavy Cream
Vanilla extract
 
Heat the milk, chips, and the mint patty over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and the milk is piping hot. Don't boil! Pour into a favorite cup and top with Vanilla whip and enjoy!

                                                                       

 
This is a recipe I'm working at perfecting. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast with a Citrus, Honey and Ginger Glaze. It's yummy! :)
 
                                                                                     
 
Serena and I recently went on a tramp through the countryside while our men were off hunting for deer. They brought us this!
 
 
One of our favorites! Grilled Venison Tenderloin! Awesome!
 
She thought these cornstalks looked like they were reaching for something. :)
 
 
A familiar sight in Lancaster County. If a buggy can be considered attractive, I think the buggies in Lancaster are among the MOST attractive. But having rode in buggies till I was 20 nothing could convince me to get back into one! They just don't seem all that safe to me. And, 1 horse power? Seriously, that's slow!!
 
The long shadows tell us which Season we are in.


 
And the bright, beautiful foliage against the blue, blue sky. Hard to beat!
                                                             
 
She spends a good bit of time with this fella, putting him through his paces and galloping through the meadow.
 



 
Excuse the double watermarks. I was having issues with my photo uploads this morning.
 
                                                                                        
 
My yard is buried in leaves and looks like a mess so I'm heading out there soon to create some order again. Hopefully the boys can help with that when they get home from school today.
 
The past week was busy with preparing for Lin's Mom and Dads estate sale. The sale was on Saturday. While it's nice to have that behind us, it was another reminder of why we had to do it. We miss Dad a lot but are happy for him that he is pain free and in the presence of his Creator and Redeemer. 
 
♥Blessings!♥