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Monday, May 23, 2016

Did you know?

This is what President Roosevelt wrote in his diary on Feb. 14, 1884

and here is why.......

On this day in 1884, future President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die, only hours apart.
Roosevelt was at work in the New York state legislature attempting to get a government reform bill passed when he was summoned home by his family. He returned home to find his mother, Mittie, had succumbed to typhoid fever. On the same day, his wife of four years, Alice Lee, died of Bright’s disease, a severe kidney ailment. Only two days before her death, Alice Lee had given birth to the couple’s daughter, Alice.


 The double tragedy devastated Roosevelt. He ordered those around him not to mention his wife’s name. Burdened by grief, he abandoned politics, left the infant Alice with his sister Bamie, and, at the end of 1884, struck out for the Dakota territories, where he lived as a rancher and worked as a sheriff for two years. When not engrossed in raising cattle or acting as the local lawman, Roosevelt found time to indulge his passion for reading and writing history. After a blizzard wiped out his prized herd of cattle in 1885, Roosevelt decided to return to eastern society. Once back in New York in 1886, he again took up politics and took over raising his precocious daughter, Alice, who later became a national celebrity.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What you don't know won't hurt you....

Several years ago we made a trip to Funchal,Portugal
and only recently did I read that their airport is the most dangerous in the world!!

If I had seen these pictures before I may not have gone...

Well we had a wonderful time so glad I just didn't know about it.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A most unusual church

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Sedona, Arizona

A special use permit was required and this chapel was built in 1956 in 18 months and at the cost of $300,000.

The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957
In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona

In the sculptor's words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”

Monday, May 9, 2016

Have you ever?

Have you ever caught a firefly?

catching fireflies (and then let them go...)

I haven't but it fascinates me to think this bug has a light!
Of course it isn't really a light but  type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Did you know?

In the resort town of Skagen you can watch an amazing natural phenomenon. This city is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. 
The two opposing tides in this place can not merge because they have different densities.

 And here I thought water was just water!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thank you to all of you who followed along and encouraged me. I love cookbooks and recipes. Who knows, maybe one day I may write one:) 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter Z

Zippy Zucchini

4 cups zucchini cut into chunks (about 2)                 1/2 onion, sliced thin
4 eggs, beaten                                                            1 jar pimiento, drained
1/2 tsp. salt                                                                 1/8 tsp. pepper

Place zucchini and onion in a 10x6 dish; cover and microwave on high for 7 min. drain.
In a bowl mix together all other ingredients and pour over the zucchini. Mix well and cover with a paper towel. Microwave for 8-10 min. Stir and cook for another 4 min. or until the center is set.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A-Z challenge Letter Y




Microwave-Baked SWEET POTATO WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND CINNAMON (#7 in list) --------   I know this sounds odd, but trust me on this one; nut butter with sweet potatoes is a winning combo for both your body and your taste buds. Microwave your sweet potato the night before, and in the morning, split it down the center with a knife, stuff with almond butter, and add touch of cinnamon. It even tastes great cold!I know this sounds odd, but trust me on this one; nut butter with sweet potatoes is a winning combo for both your body and your taste buds. Microwave your sweet potato the night before, and in the morning, split it down the center with a knife, stuff with almond butter, and add touch of cinnamon.                                                      


                                          I want to give this a try:)


Thursday, April 28, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter X



Season the steaks with salt and pepper to taste. Place into a glass dish, and drizzle with Worcestershire sauce. Turn the steaks, cover, and refrigerate 15 minutes. Turn the steaks again, and marinate 15 minutes longer.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
Grill for about  7 minutes. Toss the asparagus spears with a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the asparagus onto the grill, turn steaks over, and close lid. Cook until the steaks are beginning to firm and are slightly pink in the center, and the asparagus is tender, about 7 additional minutes. Turn the asparagus halfway through. Top each steak with 3 asparagus spears and swiss cheese. Continue cooking until the cheese has melted. Remove from the grill, and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: could broil as well if you don't grill.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter W

White Sauce

2 Tbl. butter                                                  2 Tbl. flour
1 cup milk                                                     1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Melt butter in pan, blend in flour. Stir in milk and continue to cook and stir until thickened.

For cheese sauce add 1/2 cup cheese of choice and stir well.

Note: When hubby and I were first married he always talked about his mom making biscuits and gravy and I couldn't figure out how to make the gravy. One day I made this white sauce for some thing else and he declared that was the gravy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter V

Vegetable Medley

1 can golden mushroom garlic soup                                         2 cups broccoli separated
1/2 soup can of milk                                                                  1/2 cup long horn shredded cheese
2 carrots sliced                                                                          Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 fresh cauliflower separated                                                 Few frozen peas
1 can sliced new potatoes (drained)                                          Sm jar of mushrooms (drained)
Cook carrots and cauliflower in desired dish in microwave and cook till tender. Can put in refrigerator until ready to assembly casserole. Mix soup and milk and pour of top of cooked veg. Sprinkle peas over top. Drain can pot. and mushrooms layer on top and then sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 min or until bubbly.
This is a good pot luck recipe:)

Monday, April 25, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter U

Pinapple upside down cake

Pillsbury yellow cake mix mixed as directed.
Lg. can crushed pinapple (drained)
Preheat over at 350
Melt 1 stick of butter in cake pan. Add about 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (or until the butter is sopped up)

Place pinapples on brown sugar mixture and pour cake mix over the top. Bake 40-45 min. Turn out upside down on platter and cool.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter T

Tuna Casserole

2 1/2 Tbl. butter                                              1 1/2 Tbl. corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt                                                      dash of pepper
1 1/2 cup milk                                                 chopped onion
1 7 oz. can tuna (drained)                                1/2 Pkg. 8 oz macaroni (cooked)
1/2 pkg frozen peas (thawed and cooked)       1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
In pan, melt butter stir in corn starch salt and pepper. Add milk and cook till thickened. Add all other ingredients and pout into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 25 min. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter S

Steak Diane

1# round steak                                                     2 green onions, chopped
Instant meat tenderizer                                        1 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tb. butter and oil                                              1 1/2 Tbl. lemon juice
1 3 oz. jar of mushrooms                                     1/4 tsp worchestershire sauce
(save juice)                                                           1/2 tsp. cornstarch
4 Tbl butter                                                           1/8 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
Salt and pepper
Trim fat from meat, cut into serving pieces and tenderize. Sear pieces in hot skillet with oil and butter. Cook rare. Remove pieces to serving platter. Add remaining 4 tbs. butter and saved mushroom juice to drippings in the pan. Saute green onions. Combine all other ingredients in a small dish except the mushrooms and mix until smooth. Add to the sauted onions in pan and cook and stir until sauce thickens. Add the mushrooms and heat. Spoon over steak.
Serves 4

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recpies letter R

Ramen Noodle Coleslaw


1 head shredded cabbage                                   1 chopped shredded cooked chicken
 Shredded carrots                                                1 packet of ramen noodle                          
5 oz. toasted slivered                                          1 packet seasoning
1 bunch green onions                                          1/2 cup oil
1 pkg. chicken ramen noodles                             3 tbl. red wine vinegar
(uncooked and broken into small pieces)            3 tbl. sugar
Mix first six ingredients in a bowl. Mix the last four ingredients to make the dressing.
Note: be careful with the dressing it can quickly become too much.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter Q

Easy Quiche

1 C. bisquick
4 eggs
2 C. grated raw zucchini
1 C. cheese (1/2 each of jack and cheddar)
Salt and Pepper
Beat eggs slightly; add all other ingredients and blend well. Spray 10" pie dish with pam. Pour mixture in and bake at 325 for 35 min. or until firm. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes Letter P

Pear Almond Salad

Wash the pears and make the following sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbl. honey
1 tsp. lime juice
dash of nutmeg
Arrange pear slices on a lettuce leaf, sprinkle with sliced almonds and then drizzle the sauce over.

Monday, April 18, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes Letter O

Orange Salad

1 sm. cottage cheese
1 sm. pkg. orange jello
1 sm. can mandarin oranges
1 sm. can crushed pineapple
1 sm. carton of cool whip
Drain the can fruit and mix all together. Chill and then serve. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A-Z challenge Recipes Letter N

Home Made Noodles

These are so easy to make and they taste so different than store bought!
1 egg                                               3 Tbl. cold water
Beat the above together with a fork. Add enough flour to make a really stiff dough that is no longer sticky. Roll out thin and let day (couple of hours). Then roll up jelly style and cut in strips. I usually double this recipe.
One way I like to eat this is to simmer a small pork roast or chicken with spices and then remove and shred the meat;  add the noodles to the water and cook until soft and done. Add the meat back and serve with green onions and soy sauce to taste. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

A-Z Chalenge Recipes Letter M

Mexican cornbread

2 eggs                                                            1 cup cornmeal
1 cup creamed corn                                       1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder                                     1 cup shredded long horn cheese
1 cup cottage cheese                                     1 sm. can diced green chilies
2/3 cup oil
Combine all above except the green chili and cheese.
Place half the mixture in a buttered pan, then layer green chili and cheese and then place the other half of mixture on top.
Bake at 350 for 35 min.   
Note: keep refrigerated.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter L

Oven Barbecued Chicken Legs

1 small onion, chopped                                       1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbl. butter                                                          1 tsp. accent
8 oz. tom. sauce                                                   6 chicken legs
small can taco sauce
Brown onions in butter; add other ingredients and simmer 5 min. Place chicken in pan and pour sauce over top. Bake at 400 for 1 hour. Basting occasionally.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A-Z Challenge Letter K

Knockwurst boiled dinner

1 can (103/4) chicken broth                                       1 pkg. Knockwurst
Peeled and cubed potato's and carrots                       1 quartered cabbage
Bring chicken broth to boil; add potato's and carrots and slashed knockwurst. Cover and cook for 10 minute.
Add the cabbage, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. caraway seed. Cover and cook for another 10 minute.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A-Z Challenge Letter J

Jello Dream whip Cake
Bake 1 white cake as directed; after baked poke holes in the top of cake and dissolve a box of  strawberry flavored jello (or flavor of your choice) in 2 cups hot water and pour over cake.
Frost with Dream whip and chill for at least 4 hours.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A-Z Challenge Letter I


Italian Dressing (homemade)

Mix together 1 1/2 C. salad oil, 1 C. white vinegar, 1/4 C sugar, 1/2 C. finely minced onion, 3 tsp. dry basil and 3 tsp. oregano.

Will keep in the refrigerator for months. Shake well before serving.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A-Z challenge Recipes Letter H

Ham Casserole

Small Pkg. of wavy noodles                                    1 can mushroom soup
1 1/2  C. scalded milk                                              Diced ham
Grated long horn cheese
Grease casserole dish. Cook noodles and drain. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Bake at 350 for 30 min.