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Aug 17, 2014

Playing Dress-up

Ayden decided that her baby brother needed a makeover. Here's the results. When Austin grows up, I don't think he'll appreciate his sister's efforts one bit, but I think he's adorable!!

Aug 14, 2014

3 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

OMG....I have to share this recipe with everyone.
The family came for dinner the other day and I was pressed for something filling to make. We were having a delicious butt pork roast (I'll give that recipe another time), a mess of turnip greens, cornbread, apple pie and iced tea. But I needed something else......what to do......Mac & Cheese came to mind.
Here's what I did:

  • In large pot, I cooked 2 cups of macaroni, drained and set aside.
  • In another large pot, I melted 1 stick butter along with l pkg of Mozzarella (cubed); 1 pkg Cheddar (cubed...I used the mild but sharp works as well); 1 pkg Monterey Jack (cubed & my favorite). Each cheese package is 8 ounces. Sorry I didn't say that in the first place. You could use Goda but I didn't have that. Cubing the cheese helps it to melt faster.
  • Stir constantly.
  • Add milk as needed to lend a smoother cheesiness. I don't have a measurement for the milk. Just pour small amounts at a time while stirring. The mixture will become more smooth and creamier. Hope that isn't too confusing. I also added about 2 tablespoons flour to the mix sometimes if the mixture becomes to watery.
  • Pour cooked macaroni into cheese stirring until well coated.
  • As a kicker, I also added 1 cup of cooked shrimp but the Mac & Cheese is good without that!!
  • Grease a casserole dish and pour mixture into it. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Smoked Paprika over top. (You can find Smoked Paprika in seasoning isle)  I love Parmesan cheese so I use a lot but if you don't like it, use very little or none at all. It really doesn't affect the taste one bit.
  • Serve immediately or whenever.

Note: Sorry I have no photo of the results. When I thought about taking a photo, the Mac & Cheese had already been devoured.

Aug 11, 2014

Abandonment Issues

My mommy abandoned me. So now Mr. Cowboy has to bottle feed me. What will I do? He only comes around a couple of times a day.
Mr. Cowboy found a solution.
A new mommy. Thank goodness she accepted me and now I'm as happy as a lamb.
What a great save. I'm names this little one "Lucky" because she's lucky to be alive and was lucky that another heifer allows her to feed.

Aug 7, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

Wow, I'm back from hay baling, canning and battling wild, crazed birds!!! (see previous post for details)
I am very excited to get back to mug rug give aways. It's much safer and not hard work at all.
Here's what's I've chosen for the first give away of August.

"J" is for Java!
Just leave a comment to be counted.
I will announce a winner on August 21st.

Aug 5, 2014

Bird Brain

       Heart pounding, heavy breathing, sweating profusely.....that's what happens after chasing a fledgling bird from my garage. I'd just come home from grocery shopping, which in itself is a torture. 
       With the last load of bags hooped on each arm, I noticed something from the corner of my eye I thought I saw something. But at my age I chalked it up to those floaties that break loose & float across the iris. I closed the garage door & went inside to put up all those groceries. When I went out to do a load of laundry.......once again, there was a blur of movement just out of my line of sight but this time I could have sworn I saw something. And then it happened........a bird flew by my head. Mind you, the garage doors were closed so I'm in an enclosed area with that little bird.
       Let's just say I went one way and the bird went the other for the time being. Of course I raised the doors and you'd think the little critter would fly out those doors but oooooohhhhhh nnnnooooo!
We went round and round and round until I was dizzy, the bird flew up into the loft to perch and looked down his beak accusingly at me. 
       That was it, I had had it!!!! What to do, what to do???
Granddad's shotgun??? Too brutal, plus there's not guarantee that I'd actually hit the little birdie. The pepper spary???? Too over the top and who's to say it wouldn't blow back somehow on me. 
       Think girl, think.
       Lightbulb!! (from Despicable Me - movie)
       Out came two cans of canned air (one of each hand cause I'm an old western fan.....six guns and such).....and it was on again. When all the air was gone, my blood pressure through the roof that little birdie decided to flitter away. I ran for the down buttons and thank goodness, the doors closed and I crawled into the house.
      Can you see the sweat on my brow????? I hope not because after 10 minutes with a cold ice pack on the back of my neck, my blood pressure and breathing finally under control, my shoulders unlocked and my spine relaxed.
      Did I mention that I don't like things that fly, crawl, slither, hop, flutter, gallop, lope, meander, etc.....you get the picture!!
      Note to self: Remember, you live in the country with wildlife so always drive into garage and immediately lower door!!

Aug 2, 2014

Forty Below

It's August 2nd and the temperature here in central-ish Texas is 66 degrees. That's forty degrees below the normal temp for August. OMG.......I'm doing a happy dance with all this cooler weather.

Aug 1, 2014

Jul 29, 2014

A Lot Of Things

I canned fig jam yesterday. Of course I had to do "several" taste tests before the
 sweetness was just right!!!!! I just hope this will last until the winter months.
A Zipper spider has made her home right outside my garage eve.
Grandma's Lillies are in bloom. I was told last year that lilly isn't their correct name so let me know of the correction please.
Next I snapped a photo some sort of mushroom that seemed to have cracked open. I love  the blush color surprise inside.
Finally we've had a string of strong winds lately so imagine my surprise when I discovered  a bird's nest on the ground (no pun intended) the other morning. No eggs or babies, thank goodness!!

Jul 28, 2014

Monday, Monday

Pop over to Judy's to see other DWM participants.

First, see my little man, Austin with his quilt. Isn't he a cutie!!
Sorry, I just had a GoGo moment. He has a cowlick that his mommy can't seem to tame. You can just make it out if you look carefully. He's such a happy baby and weighs a ton already. I know this because every time I get to play with him and lift him over my head a few times, I'm completely worn out, my arms feel like limp noodles.......LOL

Here's what I've gotten done along with baling hay & canning.
A little machine embroidery. It's not much but I think I'm back in the saddle again!!
Here's hoping everyone has a great last week of July...........can you believe it's the end of July!!!

Jul 25, 2014

Grape Juice The Old Fashion Way

I couldn't resist making grape juice concentrate from the Mustang vines on my back yard fence.

  • Just pick, stem, rinse several times, let sit in water over night.
  •  Next morning bring to a rolling boil while crushing.
  •  Strain all thru cheese cloth while cooling. 
  • Squeeze remain juice by twisting in cloth.
  •  Bring juice to boil, add about 1/2 cup lemon juice, stir. 
  • Add at least one bag of sugar while stirring. At this point taste.
  •  Add more sugar, one cup at a time until "you" are comfortable with the sweetness. 
  • Pour hot liquid into storage jars and refrigerate. It lasts for months this way but if you love grape juice, it will not last very long at all!!

When serving add a few tablespoons to a glass of water or to Ginger Ale.

Jul 22, 2014

Grape Jelly

 Here's a quick recap of my Mustang grape canning escapades ....
After fermenting over night. The smell is wonderful.
After boiling & simmering for an hour or so.
Here's how the grapes look after I pulverized them a couple of times.
Final results - 4qts, 8pts, 4 half pts.
There are loads more grapes on the vine but do I have the energy to pick and process them. Only time will tell but this old girl is tiring!!!!!!!
While I was canning my Cowboy came in from golfing with his buddies & had changed into his work boots to begin cutting in the hay fields. He decided to leave the golfing attire on. I just had to snap this photo.

Jul 21, 2014

Vitis Mustangensis

Nope, it's not a sickness, it's grapes. Wild grapes, that is.
Mustang grapes are all over my fence this year. The birds have been munching on them for a couple of weeks so my Cowboy suggested that I really needed to get out there before all was lost.
Among the grapes are lizards, spiders, a snake or two & my favorite.....wasps!!
I dawned my hunting gear (minus the shotgun), a pair of shears and some wasp spray to harvest the grapes.

Here's how much I've cut off so far. I'll be canning jelly &  my Cowboy wants to dabble in some wine.....we'll have to see if that pans out.
Now I've picked all the stems off & will pour sugar over top & allow to sit over night.  I'll add a little water and Pectin and pretty soon we'll have grape jelly!!
There are tons of wonderful jelly recipes on the Internet to try out, this is just one of many.

Jul 20, 2014

In July?????

This was the skies in my neck of the woods for the past several days.
Overcast & 69 degrees.
Then this morning I woke up to this.....
Fog! Oh my word.......fog in July.....in central-ish Texas.......it's nearly unheard of and fascinating to me. This next week is scheduled to get back to the "normal" sunny, 95 to 100 degrees.......so I'm thinking what a nice change this as been for the month of July in central-ish Texas.
I hope where ever you live that you're enjoying the weather.


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