Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Me Again!


Let me explain what this is...it is a ball of sand covered with a shell of rusty red iron ore sandy clay. Think about rolling a snowball into a big then bigger then biggest ball of snow to build a snowman. A few grains of sand stick together and with rain over a period of time roll a bit and pick up more sand - repeat - then it rolls through some of that rusty red iron ore sandy clay. Over a period of time, you can find this on your walks through our rusty red iron ore land. I found this one "out back" on our ten acres. I had it on the base of a bird bath (basin broke a long time ago). One day I noticed that it was missing. It had been knocked off because of hard rain and/or wind. And I probably stepped on it.



Here it is with some smaller "balls" of clay that my first husband and I found during one of our many walks "through the wild." I keep them in a small jar on a small shelf in my bedroom along with that thing in the middle. It's a blob of ore that is pretty much perfectly rounded on bottom but dished out like a bowl on top! The two objects to the top right **one blue/one whitish** are clay marbles that we found on the piece of property his aunt and uncle gave us to build a house on back in the mid 1970s. The property was the site of Uncle's childhood home. These marbles could very well have been his or his siblings'. 


My sunshine visitors. I finally hung a second feeder. The 5-6 hummers that we had brought friends. We have close to two dozen hummers acting fools for what I called "hummingbird crack" until my husband informed me to call it something else. Eh...it's crack to them!

 They don't come out in the rain - GLORIOUS RAIN!!

I've been having trouble with my CD player so loaded some music on a flash drive - some music from my son and some of mine. I am thoroughly enjoying Classic Rock from MY era!


Speaking of crack.....
 Wonderful drive on the way home! We have so needed the rain.
 Take a pork tenderloin and butterfly it (or a loin and cut it like a jelly roll).
Season it up GOOD to suit YOU! A few herbs...I like basil. 
Cheese of choice - this is sharp cheddar.
And because they've taken all the flavor out of pork to make it "healthy," lay a strip of bacon on each side...do that before you cheese it.
Bake until done. (Don't you LOVE my Lodge cast iron platter?!)



What is a grandparent's job, you ask? Spoil 'em when you've got 'em!
We kept the boys while the grown kids went off for a grownup weekend. Day One - Whataburger for shakes.

Day Two - Soccer
       Then playground with a friend between games.
        Game two.


Day Three (and day two too) - HOMEMADE chocolate chip waffles! HURRY GRANNY!!!


  Rosemary Parmesan bread baked in cast iron. This bread is ready in about 3-3 1/2 hours start to finish!




Jonathan's new kitten. I call her Squeaker. I don't know what's he named her. 

Sunset

Sunrise

Through the sewing room window...

Homemade Granny Smith apple pie. I read a recipe on King Arthur Flour for an apple crumble-type pie in which they added RUM. Ooooooh...made it sooooo good! Sam wanted ice cream. That's his plate on the right. My serving is on the left. (Pssstttt....I went back for seconds!)





 
Sam doesn't cook much or often, but he knows how!



This was absolutely the most beautiful sunset I've seen in a very long time. That "plume" to the left of the HAM antennae went up clear over my head!

I chunked up some of that grilled chicken and tossed it with BBQ sauce. Smooth more BBQ sauce on the dough. Distributed the chicken. Thinly sliced onion. Mushrooms because I had them. I intended to put jalapenos on top but forgot. Cheese--whatever you want along with some mozzarella. Smoked cheddar would've been good!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hi Y'all!

I've developed a real need to watch sunsets. Step outside and catch yours! 
 One even made it on our Tyler weather broadcast! :D 












  


My drive to work and home again - it never gets old!





These are not cute! These are not indigenous wildlife. These are feral pigs and cause a tremendous amount of destruction. 

When you live in the country, you can sometimes have unexpected visitors. 



I'm still cooking!

Louisiana inspired barbeque shrimp...
 Whole wheat skillet bread....
 With cheesy grits and a slice of Mrs. Edward's Key Lime Pie.
 Lava cake for Mother's Day.

I've started making my own pizza! I don't think I've been to a pizza place in six or so months. WHY?

Italian Sausage, black and green olives, onion, mushrooms.

I even made a white garlic sauce for a chicken pizza. OH MY GREATNESS!!!



 Those are apple cider baked donuts.


This  is a CRISPY crust!

 Fried green tomatoes with Herdez guacamole sauce and sour cream goes with corn on the cob and steak...

 ...or hamburger steak smothered in onions and mushrooms with cottage cheese.

 Sam grilled about 5 pounds of Eddy's jalapeno sausage. 

I'm still cooking in cast iron!

 Italian lemon cake in my brand new Lodge cast iron bundt pan.





The kids are growing!




 We were called to come babysit the grandsons. Right before we left headed that way I was told that there would be FOUR! Um...well... So here is the photo of the sweethearts all asleep that I sent to the two sets of parents who went out to adult dinner. (Look at Red Shirt's face!)
 Fooled ya!





Jonathan is no longer throwing money away on rent! He now owns a money pit! (He and the bank own a money pit.)

(OH! I've come back to edit with another Jonathan update! Last month just before signing the papers on his house he received notification from work that he is no longer a jailer and reserve deputy. Nope. People from the Sheriff's office were calling me right and left to try to get hold of him on his off-time and coming by the office with congratulations. EVERYONE knew but him. A deputy position opened and he is now a full time sheriff's deputy!!! Good news for him EVERYWHERE!)

 My old school mode of entertainment while I painted.

Original hardwood floors. Can you imagine the person who was a bit careless being upset and thankful? Upset that the floor was ruined, but thankful that the house didn't catch on fire.

 This growth chart is inside the hall closet. Jonathan said the he doubted he'd ever paint over it. 

 He found out that a painter he is not! I helped finish the gray room - his office. He said that he wasn't going to paint his bedroom. I let myself in, did all the taping, trimming, edging, and left him with this happy face. I told him that he'd bought the paint and if he didn't get it done now, he wouldn't. 
  The office floor with a coat of wax on it. I'm telling ya, these floors are gorgeous!
This chair and its mate were in the storage building along with some yard tools - SCORE! This one was just a regular chair until it saved my life. I'm certain a good son put the concrete pavers on top of the concrete porch to help out his older, prone to falling mother. However, this mother stepped off that bit of extra height porch and stagger stepped sideways until I landed on the chair. 


 Friends and I went to see Lee Greenwood!



 And three of us went to see the Bellamy Brothers!
Sam and I went to the Tartan Festival in Minden Louisiana. It was a cold wet day. But "I" thought it was still FUN!!

I went to a dreaded business related meeting...


...in GALVESTON!
The first evening I drove to Surfside to Red Snapper Inn for some delicious scallops on rice and probably something healthy on the side. Then I finished it off with something not so healthy but absolutely delicious.





   I also went to a quilting retreat in Alabama.
  

 Until next time!