Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bountiful garden

All the rain this year has really made our garden grow. I can't wait till the tomatoes are ripe. There is nothing better than a fresh garden tomato sandwich with Dukes Mayonnaise...Yum, Yum!




Monday, June 8, 2009

Divine Carrot Cake

This is the best carrot cake I've ever eaten! It is loaded with calories, but it's not something you'll make often, so why not have the occasional delicious piece of cake? It does have some healthy ingredients, such as carrots, pineapple, and walnuts.

A three layer cake is impressive, isn't it?


The frosting compliments the cake perfectly. It is a cream cheese frosting. The recipe is not mine. If you'd like to have it, let me know and I'll send you a link. It's worth it!





Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Dinner

Twice Baked Potatoes
These potatoes are my husband's favorite. Hopefully, you'll like them as well. The first thing you need to do is bake some potatoes, or you can cook them in the microwave, as I did today. Of course, you'll need to wash them and pierce the potatoes with a fork. If you bake them, it will take about an hour. In the microwave, it takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. After cooking/baking, let them cool a bit so you can handle them.

While they are cooling, fry some bacon. For four large baking potatoes, you'll need about a pound of bacon. I just used a half pound today, because my potatoes were pretty small.
Drain on a paper towel.


When the potatoes are cool enough, cut them in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the pulp, leaving a shell. Now here's where you can be creative. Add what you like. I add about 4 oz cream cheese, 4 oz sour cream, the crumbled bacon, about half stick real butter, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped chives, salt, and pepper. You may use any kind of cheese you like...American, Monterey Jack, etc. Mash the potatoes , cream cheese, sour cream, butter, salt, and pepper with a hand masher, then stir in the bacon, cheese, and chives. Spoon the mixture into the potato shells and bake at 400 about 15-20 minutes. If desired, top with additional cheese and bake 5 more minutes, or until cheese has melted.



I think Yukon Gold Potatoes have the best flavor. The store didn't have any, so I used my second choice, which is the Russet Potato. Again, you can personalize this recipe and add whatever makes you happy. Have fun experimenting!



Friday, June 5, 2009

Hibriten Mountain

This picture was taken by Frank Stevens. This is Hibriten Mountain in Lenoir, NC. The cross is lighted during the Easter Season. There is a road that goes to the top of the mountain, however it's closed to the public. I hiked to the top a few years ago. The view is great. It's a good workout and a fun thing to do if you live in the area.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Granny Smith

A simple way to add beauty to your home is to place fruit in interesting containers around the house. I love the color of Granny Smith Apples. They are such a vibrant, gorgeous green. These were only $1.99 for the bag. They last a long time. Honestly, I bought some apples in December, and I just threw them out today! Yes, I'm serious. Now, I can assure you I wouldn't have eaten them, but they still looked pretty good.



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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Strawberry Shortcake

I was going to share this recipe with you, but I'm really not happy with the shortcake. It was just "okay". I certainly have made a better shortcake. I like a crusty cake. This one was more soft than crusty. It was rather sweet too. One thing I can share with you is that you should always make your own whipped topping. It is so easy to make and it is so much better than the store bought non-dairy whipped topping. All you do is beat whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. You may add sugar (gradually, while beating) to sweeten it a little. If you prefer, you may also add a teaspoon of vanilla. For a pint of whipping cream, two tablespoons of sugar is plenty. Don't beat it too long, or you'll have butter!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A gift for my favorite cook.

Today I found a whimsical apron with beautiful colors.
I couldn't leave the store without it.
I think it will make a practical, yet fun gift.




Annabelle Hydrangea, I think I love you!

Monday, June 1, 2009

My busy little corner.



Wow, there is a lot going on here! This area started out as an effort to camouflage the thermostat and air vent on the wall. It is a little busy, but for now, I'm okay with it. Kind of looks "shabby chic", doesn't it? My style is definitely not shabby chic. I would define my style as eclectic. I love to find unique items, especially at a good price. The table was purchased for $10.00! The lady I bought it from was in her 70's. She was selling her home and she told me this was her mother's sewing table, so I'm really not sure how old this table is. I love pieces that have history. Originally, I thought I'd paint the table, but I've decided I really like the color.



The art piece on the small easel says "Shalom" which is a Hebrew word. It is loosely translated "Peace". It is used to say both hello and goodbye. Who doesn't love peace?
I also love the "REJOICE" wall hanging. It reminds me to have an attitude of joy.
Red and white dishes make me happy :) Blue and white dishes also make me happy. The blue and white dishes below were only $2 and $3 dollars a piece at an antique store in Morganton. They're perfect in this small spot. My favorite plate is the second one from the left.

Books...what can I say? Is is possible to have too many good books? I think not.


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