August 9, 2013
Ahh..a day off. Well, not really. I scooped and picked and mowed and blowed and weeded and pruned and watered. All that, and a trip to the post office, library, and grocery store. Did I mention the load of laundry, the dirty dishes, and filling up the hummingbird feeder? And it's only 1:30. I still have time for my website! So,,, I've had a couple of people mention they have zucchini plants, but don't really like the stuff. Been there. Done that. Why did I plant my first zucchini 3 years ago? No idea, but I'm glad I did. I have a new recipe for you. Trust me ~ you will soon be a zucchini lover! Here it is: Saucy Zucchini Casserole.
The cooked, chopped zucchini. The meat and other veggies.
August 6, 2013
I have never made Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches until last night. It's now off my bucket list. They were spectacular and I did NOT use Velveeta or Cheese Whiz, like my husband said that's what they usually have in them. Eeewww. Here's a picture and the link to the recipe (click above).
July 30, 2013
Wow! What happened to July? It went way too fast. I need at least 10 more days of July. That would kind of mess up my calendar, though. Oh, well. Since the valley is inundated with smoke from wildfires, I am inside updated and adding more recipes. I also added a few more pics to the In the Garden section. Check them out.
I added recipes for Radish Dip, Cherry Preserves, Strawberry Smoothies, Lemon Bars, and Zucchini Patties. Here's a sneak peek.
July 20, 2013
Stop the clock! Stop the calendar! This is the time of year I just want to suspend until further notice. It is hot and sunny. Perfect growing conditions for the veggies, berries, flowers, and fruit trees. Oh, and I get good use out of my outdoor stove (otherwise known as the grill). Last night, for example, we had friends up to Kari's Kountry Kitchen. On the menu: Mexican 'Za on the Grill. Here's the link for the instructions. A little bit of prep, yet very easy and extremely fun! Here's a picture.
July 19, 2013
Be sure to check out the new Photo Gallery. All new photos from spring and summer 2013. Animals, flowers, fruits, vegetable gardens.
April 25, 2013
Lots happening around the ranch and in the kitchen this month. I've been grilling, weeding, mowing, planting, planning, and working my other job (I substitute teach K-12 in the local schools). Tonight, it was Chinese Five-Spice Chicken on the grill. While the rice wasn't easy, I did manage to get some asparagus, which grows wild around here, and some zucchini to go with the Chinese chicken. Here's a picture:
We also are enjoying all the spring flowers and blooms: pear, cherry, and apple trees, tulips, forsythia, lilacs and more! I love the colors. Check out our beautiful pink dogwood tree at Around the Ranch.
Lastly, In the Garden, gardens 1 and 2 are plowed and ready for planting. That will happen this weekend. I have a carefully planned map where all the veggies will be planted in their neat little rows. You'll see pics soon!
April 17, 2013
I know it's been a while since I posted, but I've been a bit preoccupied. Now,,,back to cooking! Here it is. You've been so patient. The recipe for Chicken Fried Steak. I had to try it twice just so that I had just the right recipe. Hope you enjoy!
April 6, 2013
What do these ingredients make?
Yep! Homemade laundry detergent. I've tinkered with the original amounts once I had a basic recipe and have come up with that works for me. Costing about 7 cents per load, vs. the 35-50 cents that commercial detergents cost, it's a deal you can't pass up. I'll never go back! The recipe can be found on my Kountry Kitchen page.
April 2, 2013
Yesterday was another busy work day. I was outside most of the day raking pinecones, pulling weeds, and mowing. Basically spring cleaning outside. Which I much prefer to spring cleaning inside. Our beautiful, warm, unspring like weather continues. The irrigation ditch down the road is full for the first time this year and my neighbors are all outside tending to their properties as well. Things are looking lovely around the neighborhood.
Here's a look at the piles of pinecones. You can read about my treasure "find" in Around the Ranch.
Two more new recipes are posted in the Country Cooking Section. Here's a look at my Banana Blueberry Muffins and French Dip Sandwich.
I also added a few new photos to the Photos section on the slide show. Hope you're having a great spring beginning!
March 30, 2013
So, Around the Ranch today we did some pruning. Well, OK, a LOT of pruning. I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow after picking up all those branches. How did my grandparents do this?
March 29, 2013
Spring is definately here. Warm temperatures in the valley over the weekend are supposed to reach 75 degrees. Driving into town, I saw the first apricot trees in full bloom. It is such a beautiful site! Orchardists around the valley probably aren't too keen on this warmer weather. Their fruit trees, including cherry, apple, pear, and apricot, are beginning to bud out. If blossoms burst open in this warmer weather and we get a late, hard freeze (below 28 degrees), the tree will lose its blossoms and produce no fruit. Personally, I'm going to enjoy the warm weather by getting outside and working in my gardens. There's SO much to do.
In the meantime, I've posted my first Kountry Kitchen recipe for Canned Peppers. There are also new recipes posted for these other delicious goodies below. Enjoy!
Antipasto Kabobs, Cranberry Nut Bars, Grandma's 4-Bean Salad, and Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub.
March 22, 2013
I made Pantry Soup last night. Most of us have a pantry soup and probably don't know it. It's when you raid your fridge, cupboards, gardens, and pantries for anything you can use to make a soup. My first Pantry Soup was concocted in Alabama back in 1996...
My hubby and I were moving from Alabama back to Tennessee (again). Did I mention he was in the military? That's another story. Anyway, I was cleaning out the fridge and pantry and came up with the original Pantry Soup. There are many versions, but here is my latest.
Pantry Soup For my original soup, I used two tomato soup packets from the pantry (we used those for when we went hiking), a can of mixed vegetables (why did I have those?), turkey kielbasa from the freezer, and cauliflower and carrots from the fridge. I've upgraded a bit from then. What's in your soup?
March 18, 2013
Today is wwwiiinnnndddyyyy. So, instead of going outside to work, I stayed inside and worked. I did venture out with Arrow to take a few pics Around the Ranch and In the Garden.
I also posted several new recipes. Hope you find one you like...or two..or three.
Top to Bottom: Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops, Spicy Turkey Patty Melt, Turnip, Carrot, Potato Soup, Chicken Taco Ring, Spinach Rice Salad, and Warm Mustard Potato Salad.
March 17, 2013 Happy St. Patrick's Day!
In honor of today, I'm posting an Irish Soda Bread Recipe I tried yesterday. Seeing that there is not one crumb left, it was a winner. Here's a picture.
Irish Soda Bread with Cherry Craisins. Enjoy!
March 12, 2013
Finally! Just added several recipes to my Country Cooking Section: Pizza on the Grill, Barbecue Jack Chicken, Sausage and Hashbrown Casserole, Zucchini Poppers, Blackberry Cobbler, and Applesauce Spice cookies. Check them out!
Don't these look yummy?
You can also see a couple of Before and After pictures of our bathroom update in the Around the Ranch section.
March 10, 2013
BLT Salad (Tomatoes Optional)
This is a classic! A yummy bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad (sans the tomatoes because I don't care for them). The dressing for this is off the hook. Probably because it incorporates bacon fat!
Spicy Hot and Sour Soup
Silky Cauliflower Soup
March 5, 2013
I posted my first 2 recipes! Go to Soups, Stews, and Chilis to view them. Let me know what you think.
March 3, 2013
Hi Friends! I'm slowly but surely working on the website. Thank you for your patience. I think I have figured out how to post my recipes and other interesting items. It will be a learning process, so be patient. All things will come together soon.
I'm enjoying the unusually warm weather we are experiencing and have been thinking a lot about planting things...mainly vegetables. I can't believe we "spring forward" in 6 days. I do love the longer, lighter hours in the evening. Have a great week!
February 24, 2013
Thanks for stopping by to view my website. Please feel free to share it any way you want with your friends and family. I'm still working on how best to post recipes and gardening tips on this site. I'm a website design novice, so thank you for your patience.
Today, on the way home from church, my husband and I stopped by my grandma's gravesite. I know many of you share my experience on this event. Love those who are still in your life like it was your last day. Hugs are really nice.
Consider yourself virtually hugged.
February 23, 2013
Before this was my kitchen, it belonged to my grandma. I made her this tea towel many years ago. Her kitchen had an apple theme. Apple wallpaper, curtains, rugs, clock, towels, decorations, the works. If it were not for her, I would not be where I am today.
She instilled in me a love of country living and all that goes with it. Gardening, cooking, canning, freezing, baking, and the importance of family. She passed away four years ago tomorrow and I miss her every day. My husband and I were living in Georgia at that time and we realized it was our chance to make my lifelong dream of living in her house come true. So we both quit our jobs, sold our house, packed up the pets, and headed back home to Washington. No matter where in the U.S. we've lived, Grandma's house was always "home".
The kitchen isn't the same without her, but her apple wallpaper and retro 1950's pink countertops help to make her presence still felt in this home. She and my grandpa designed and built this house and they lived in it until he passed away in 1984. Grandma continued living here for another 25 years. She would have never been able to live in an assisted care facility or "old folks home". Her love for this place was known to all those around her.
That, too, has passed on to me. I love this place, pink countertops and all. Thank you, Grandma.