Friday, May 17, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook 5-17-13


Outside my window... the Mexican primrose has started to bloom.

I am thinking... that another big glass of iced tea is in order.

I am thankful... for the spoiled rotten puppy that is curled up by my feet and the two spoiled rotten cats that are glaring at me for paying attention to him.

In the kitchen... a cherry cake I baked last night and some of the stuff I will use to make breakfast for dinner (Brinner!) tonight.

I am wearing...olive green cargo pants and my gray Grateful Dead t shirt with bare feet.

I am creating... a chain of crochet.  I don't think it's going to actually become anything...but I'm creating it :)

I am going... crazy.  Wanna come?

I am wondering... if it's going to rain or not.  I can't decide if I should water the plants yet.

I am reading...Immortal Never After by Lynsay Sands

I am hoping... that the 4H Shooting Club fundraiser tomorrow goes well.

I am looking forward to... the anniversary trip that my husband and I booked this morning.  Woohoo!  Myrtle Beach!

I am learning... how to crochet.  Slowly.

Around the house... bags of clothes to take to Goodwill.  I've been cleaning out closets.

I am pondering... life, the universe and everything.  The answer is 42.

A favorite quote for today... "What on earth could you be doing....where you couldn't wait 10 minutes for some hot donuts?" - Jase Robertson 

One of my favorite things... Chanel #5 perfume.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Continue (late) Spring Cleaning, prepare for my middle child's graduation and 18th birthday (just two days apart), roasting the turkey that has been in my freezer for longer than I care to admit.

A peek into my day...
My Mexican primrose

This entry was shared at The Simple Woman's Daybook

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vanilla Coffee Creamer

My husband and I love coffee.  I mean, we really *love* coffee.  We also love flavored coffee creamers.  However, the last few months or so the ones that I'd been buying at the store have started to have a funny after taste to me.  It doesn't seem to matter what flavor or what brand I buy...they all taste weird.  When I mentioned this to my husband, he said that the creamers seem to be giving him stomach aches.  After I took a look at the ingredients list of those things, I wasn't really surprised.

Weird taste + Stomach aches = Me not buying that crap

So while I was trying to figure out a substitute, I happened to remember our last few trips to the Smoky Mountains.  We usually stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, but we always drive over to Cherokee, NC.  There is an amazing little coffee shop there called Tribal Grounds.  We haven't been there in over a year, but the memory of my coffee drink made with sweetened condensed milk lives on.

This can hardly be called a recipe, but it is delicious and does not cause stomach aches.

I just pout one can of sweetened condensed milk into a clean mason jar.  Then fill the empty can up with whole milk and add that to the jar.  I sometimes use a can of regular condensed milk, depending on what my dairy situation is at the time.  Then add about 5 drops of real vanilla extract ((I've used almond and mint as well, but prefer the vanilla).  Put a lid on it and shake the hell out of it.  Seriously.  You've got to really shake it hard to get that thick sweetened condensed milk to combine with the regular milk.  You also have to shake it every time you use it, because it will tend to separate.

Shared on the Little House Living Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Simple Womans Daybook (May 13, 2013)


Outside my window... After a threat of frost last night, today is beautiful and sunny.  It's quite warm, too.

I am thinking... About what a great time I had this weekend.  I spent time Sat and Sun at my family farm. On Sat we even went to check out the Cunningham Strawberry Festival.  It didn't amount to much, but it will grow and be awesome someday.  

I am thankful...For land that has been in my family for 5 generations.  I don't live on it yet, but I'm so thankful to have it.

In the kitchen... A super cute coffee cup that I bought at the Strawberry Festival.  According to my research, it was made for the Navy for use in the officers mess hall.  It was made in June of 1964.

I am wearing... Black tank top, denim shorts, bare feet

I am creating... a grocery list.

I am going... To the bank and library and then taking my daughter to 4H.

I am wondering... If the crossbow my husband ordered me for Mother's Day will arrive today.  Yes.  My husband bought me a crossbow for Mother's Day.  I've lost my mind and he just indulges my whims :)

I am reading... Latina Magazine.  No, I am not Latina (at all).  The recipes are great and I like practicing my Spanish by trying to translate the advertisements.  

I am hoping...That the classic car insurance application that I filled out last night is accepted.  Then we can transfer our new (to us) 1969 Camaro into our names and start restoring it.  Pics and a blog about that to come...

I am looking forward to... Real warm weather and swimming.  Usually we are fully into summer by this time of year.

I am learning... more about plants and gardening.

Around the house... My windows and doors are open and my cats are loving the sunshine coming in.

I am pondering... Why my cell phone is being so weird.  I'm kind of getting sick of it.

A favorite quote for today... "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."  --Johnny Castle.  Not for any reason, I just love that line.

One of my favorite things... My lemon tree.  It's growing like crazy and just started putting out buds.  I think it's actually going to flower.  I'm kind of amazed.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Clean out closets, maybe have a yard sale with my mom and sister.

A peek into my day... Well, this was from my day yesterday.  It's just too pretty to not share.

This blog was shared on The May Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I know I'm a bit early, but I'm of the opinion that Mother's Day should really be Mother's Weekend.  (And it's better to be early than late, right?)

I hope your Mudder's Day is shiny...

...and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Duck Dynasty

I held out for a long time, but a few weeks ago I finally watched an episode of Duck Dynasty.  That's all it took...I'm hooked.  I have firmly jumped on that band wagon.  I don't know how much of it is "reality" but, whatever it is, it is hilarious.  It's occasionally touching.  It also frequently reminds me of things from my childhood that I had completely forgotten.

I was born and have lived my entire life in a medium sized city in Kentucky that is very much a small town.  Basically, I'm from a long line of rednecks. Once I got to be 11 or 12 or so, I started to be sort of embarrassed by the hunting, camping, fishing lifestyle.  It's only been in the past year or so that I've embraced my redneck roots.  My husband was transplanted here from way up North and has never seen this side of me.  This leads to some truly hilarious revelations.

On one episode tonight two of the Robertson brothers had a fishing competition.  One of the brothers was net fishing and the other was running a trot line.  When I commented on this, my husband looked at me like I'd grown a second head.  For good reason, it's probably been 25 years since the words "trot line" had crossed my lips.  He's only known me for about 15.  The boat that the trot line brother was using reminded me of the boats my daddy used to have.  My parents took me camping for the first time when I was less than a week old.  You know how new parents sometimes take their fussy babies out for car rides to lull them to sleep?  Well, my parents took me out on Kentucky Lake in a bass boat at night to lull me to sleep.  We spent every spare moment of decent weather up at that lake camping, fishing, and boating.  I hadn't thought of that in years until tonight.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo / Sick Day Soup

I am once again under the weather and you know that every time I get sick...I make soup.  Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, so that means that today is Mexican Recipe Day on the internet.  Being sick and inspired, but unwilling to go to the grocery, I created this using pantry ingredients and some leftovers from earlier this week.  I give you:

Sopa de Frijol Negro con Cerdi  (Black Bean Soup with Pork if you are not using Google Translate like I did)

All amounts are approximate and to taste.  That's the beautiful thing about soup.

5 cups of water
2 chicken bouillon cubes (I used the ones by Knorr that have the label in Spanish, they are larger than regular cubes)
2 cans of black beans (drained)
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies (aka Rotel) (also drained)
2 Knorr chipotle cubes
1 heaping tbsp of minced garlic

1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp onion powder
a pinch of black pepper
a pinch of ancho chile powder

a couple dashes of Maggi Jugo sauce
a couple splashes of lime juice

1 cup shredded pork

Put the water, bouillon cubes, beans, Rotel, chipotle cubes and garlic in a large pot.  Heat just to a boil then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 15 min.  Begin adding the dry spices one by one.  Stir thoroughly after each addition and taste as you go.  Adjust to your own tastes.  Allow to simmer for another 10 min.  Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender until mostly smooth.  Completely smooth is impossible with my blender so I just get used to some "texture" in my blended foods.  Return to stove and bring back up to a simmer.  Add the shredded pork (mine was leftover from a pork loin I had cooked in the crockpot and used for tacos but you could use chicken or just leave it meatless).  Simmer until the pork is heated through and the soup has thickened slightly.  Add a dash or two of Maggi Jugo sauce and a couple splashes of lime juice or to your taste.

I garnished mine with a little crumbled queso fresco and served it with cornbread.  Unfortunately, my cornbread didn't turn out so great, so I'm not sharing that recipe yet.  :)