Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our "Katydid" :)

Happy Birthday, Katie!

You have given us such joy and laughter through the years!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Our blackberries are really ripening in an abundance all around our house. So, I made a blackberry pie the other day. I made up my own recipe...I used a graham crust for the bottom of the pie and made a pastry crust for the top. It's really good!

This is Grandmother's original Coconut Cream Pie recipe that she gave me when I visited her the last time.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Eric's New Wheels

2005 Nissan 350Z

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Katie's Delicious Potato Dish

Katie invented this dish many years ago so that is why I named it Katie's Dish. Very, very good and easy and goes well with anything. First you cut potatoes in bite size pieces. I have used russets or red potatoes and both are good. Then you slice an onion so you have long strips of onion not chopped. Better flavor I think. For the amount I made I added one stick of butter. Salt and pepper and put in the microwave for about 16 minutes. Take out and stir and cook more if needed. When potatoes are done add shredded cheddar cheese and microwave a minute or two. SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD just ask daddy when he had it for supper tonight.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scallop Potato Recipe

Measure 2 cups of heavy cream and put in the cream one 5.2oz boursin cheese(garlic and fine herbs) and put in the microwave and heat until cheese is almost completely melted. Scrub and cut in 1/4" slices 3lbs. of red potatoes. Butter a 13X9" pan and line bottom w/1/2 of potato slices and then salt and pepper potatoes. Pour 1/2 of the heavy cream mixture on top. Then do the same with the remainder of the potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour. DELICIOUS and easy.

Daddy's Father's Day

Daddy always liked a buffet so that is what I fixed him, sirloin steak marinaded in Candace's marinade posted on the blog(I can HIGHLY recommend it), marinated(a different marinade)grilled shrimp, barbeque chicken thighs, delicious scalloped potatoes and the most scrumptious chocolate cake. We are still eating leftovers. Today I made pesto sauce from our basil in the garden. We are now eating tomatoes from the garden also and it won't be long till we are eating cucumbers from the garden. Our little raise-bed gardens produce alot.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cabbage and Cornbread

Cabbage on the Grill - 8 servings
1 large head cabbage
salt, pepper, butter to taste
garlic powder, and/or any seasoning you like! :)
Preheat grill for medium heat.
Cut the cabbage into wedges, and remove the core. Place
all the wedges in aluminum foil large enough to wrap the
cabbage. Season to taste and seal cabbage in the foil.
Grill for 30 to 40 minutes on grill, until tender.
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread - 9 servings
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8" square pan.
Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk
with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal,
flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes,
or until a toothpick comes out clean.
I had to put both recipes up because they are delicious! I also made "German Sausage Chowder" that was very tasty.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Whitley Stew

I made stew and kind of just put stuff in as I went along. Everything was organic, including the meat which was grass-fed cattle (laugh laugh everyone). I like to make stew every month to get rid of all my left over veggies and such.
I put 2 pounds of beef, carrots, potatoes, peas, corn, green beans, lima beans, celery, 1 large onion, salt, pepper, two cloves of garlic and a fresh sprig of tarragon and rosemary. I added at least two cups of vitamin D milk and water. I put my crock pot on low around 8 pm and then turned it on "keep warm" setting at 11 am the next day. It tasted very good. It cost around 16 dollars to make and will feed us for three-four days.

Work car/Family car

We found this Honda Accord coupe on Craigslist the other day.
It's ours now! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kaleb's Birthday

Kaleb had a fun birthday on Saturday...such nice presents and cards! :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Marinade for Steak


1 cup veg oil

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 tbs fresh ground pepper

2 tbs Dijon-style prepared mustard

1 onion

2 cloves garlic, minced


In a medium bowl, combine the oil, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, mustard, onion, and garlic. Mix together well, and use to marinate your favorite meat.

I marinaded our steaks overnight. You can set some of the marinade aside and use it as a dipping sauce for your finished steak. Very good!

"Cream of Garlic Soup" and "Pork Chalupas" are the other yummy dishes I have made so far this week.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sam and Kristina came over to our house Memorial Day. We had a fun afternoon...eating ice cream, shooting Sam's many guns, and moseying around our property.

The kids have been enjoying the creek on hot days.

Kevin and the kids have planted tomatoes, onions, and watermelon in the garden.

I'm staying busy weed eating.

Kevin's farm truck.