Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Cool Chow Chow and Spaghetti Salad

This is what Teddy does all day to stay cool.  I actually found her leaning on the fan yesterday.  This weather is horrible and she is one smart puppy! Cool stone, A/C and a fan blowing is Chow Chow heaven during hot weather. If I could just get her to go in the pool!
 With temps right around 100 degrees, I wanted to feed the kids something cool for their Wednesday lunch so I made them good old-fashioned spaghetti salad. I quadrupled the recipe to feed 30 kids so I will give you the instructions for 1 recipe.  Dice 1 onion, 1 zucchini, 1 cucumber, 3 stalks of celery, 1 green pepper, 1 can of black olives and 1 container of cherry tomatoes.

 Add 1/2 lb. of diced pepperoni and an 8 oz. block of cubed cheddar cheese.

 Boil 1 lb. of spaghetti until al dente and rinse with cold water.

 Toss it all around.

 Add 1-1/2 cups of Italian dressing.

 I made my own but most recipes call for a bottle of zesty Italian from the grocery store.

 Add 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and toss to coat all the spaghetti.

The Blog Tech said the kids devoured it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Gift For Friends

 I have a friend that does not cook.  I don't think she can even make a bowl of cereal.  She had relatives coming to visit from South America and I couldn't stand the idea that they would arrive at her house and have no food.  So, I cooked for them. Yesterday was not a good day to have the ovens on but what are you going to do?  I made them lots of chocolate chip cookies.

 And wrapped them in boxes.

 I made a loaf of rosemary bread.

And a peach cobbler.
 And a giant tian.

All wrapped up and delivered.  I am cooking for the kids this morning so I got up at 3:00am to get it done before the horrible heat moves in.  And to let Teddy get some outside time before the sun comes up. Yesterday was the hottest day we've had in four years and today is going to be worse.  FALL????  Are you out there somewhere????

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hotter Than Hell

 I've had it with Summer.  Today we are going to be almost 100 degrees. It seems all I do is water. I dream of pumpkins while I soak my shriveling tomatoes.

 The beginning of school is on the horizon.

 Time to bake pumpkin cookies and drink apple cider.

 Maybe I will decorate my street.

 Teddy has had it with the heat too. Fur coats are not fun in 100 degree heat.

 What's that you say?  Treats help you stay cool.

Okay....take a treat and chill out.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Denver Omelet Sandwich

The Blog Tech was away for the weekend visiting the love of his life. Isn't it wonderful when your kids fall in love with their soulmate?  I never knew I could be so happy.  Anyway, I wanted to make him a good lunch to take to work today and I came up with this.  It's a perfect way to use your freshly harvested peppers and tomatoes
 I used a green and red pepper, a jalapeno, some Canadian bacon and an onion. Saute it in a bit of butter over medium heat.

 Throw in some fresh tomatoes.

 Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Beat some fresh farm eggs.  Add to the skillet and cook until it begins to set then roll it into an omelet and top with cheddar cheese. I obviously forgot to take a few pics of this.
I made some herb rolls using fresh herbs from the garden.

Split a roll and spread it with mayo.

 Add some crisp romaine. This keeps the sandwich from becoming soggy.

 Add the omelet and you are good to go.  Very simple but very good.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kentucky Butter Cake

This is such a good pound cake.  It is dense and moist with a crunchy sugar shell.                                                                      


Heavily butter and flour a bundt pan.

Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 cup butter, cubed at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Mix all of this together with the paddle attachment of your mixer and pour it into the pan.  Bake it at 350 degrees for about 75 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the cake comes out clean.

Just before the cake is done baking, make the sauce:

Butter Glaze
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Cook this over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves.  Do not let this boil.

Remove the cake from the oven.



Poke the cake all over with a knife.

Ladle the sauce all over the cake.

Let it soak in before adding more sauce.

Let the cake cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Flip the cake out onto a plate.

This cake actually is better after sitting for a day.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Power Washing

 Is it just me or do we all get used to our environment and not notice things that are right in front of us?

When I posted this recent totem, I saw the condition of my stone table in a way I had not been looking at it before.  It was green!
Not any more!
Even the old potting table is clean.
 I played with the power washer all day.

 I've come to realize that putting a power washer wand in my hand is almost as dangerous as handing me a glue gun.  I go a little crazy.


 I power washed the cloches under the table.

 I washed the stone benches, the fire pit and the glass house.

 It all looks brand spanking new.  I did all of my outdoor furniture too.

 I have cushions on my porch that I have tried to clean using just about everything you can imagine and nothing budged the dirt.  The power washer blew it all right off.  I forgot to take a pic of them.

 I even washed my little wooden house.

 I did not try to power wash Teddy.  I don't think that would have gone over well.

 So for the present, this area is as clean as it can be.  This is a job that should be done each Spring. And it's fun!  I think I am an instant gratification junkie.

Check out my new rings.  Click for a closer look.