I just thought I’d share some pictures of my summer. Most of these were taken with my cell phone camera, so please forgive the quality.
Hope you’ve had a great summer!
My daughter is all excited about Fall, so we’ll probably be sharing some photos of an Autumn project she has in mind.
(Click on the pictures to enlarge.)
My hubby went fishing this morning.
Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy
My great-nephew enjoys the pool.
Homemade Pizza on a Low Carb Tortilla
The Pool on a beautiful day!
Purple Hull Peas from my garden
Purple Hull peas on my plate.
This was one of my mom’s favorite summer suppers…purple hull peas, fried summer squash, ripe tomatoes & cornbread.
My daughter’s cat, Angel, goes to the garden with me every day.
Pretty pepper plant.
Fresh green beans.
Fresh tomato on toasted sour dough bread sammie.
A wedding cake by my friend’s daughter…she is self-taught and a mom of 2 young children who bakes out of her home. I don’t know how she does it!
Another cake by Jada.
(Hopefully someday to be called The Cakery Boutique.)
Chicken Club Ring
Our family made a trip to Lambert’s in Sikeston, Mo. They are famously called “The Home of the Throwed Rolls”. When you raise your hand, they’ll throw you a hot yeast roll. The food is wonderful!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of my summer.
I hope to be back soon with some great low carb recipes and stories that warm the heart. Come back soon!
Posted in Breakfast, Desserts, Home and Family, Random Thoughts, Recipes
Tagged baked, Breakfast, cheese, chocolate, delicious, dessert, family, fresh, garden, homemade, low carb, purple hull peas, recipe, southern, strawberry, sweet, tasty, tomato, treat
Sugar, Spice, and a Little Bit of Life
Run over and check out Jana’s very entertaining blog. There’s recipes, crafts, awesome cakes, and great photography for you to enjoy.
Tomorrow, stop back in for a great homemade biscuit recipe!
I’ve been making this recipe for 27 years now. I first made it as a teenager while living at home back in the 1980′s. It was a favorite of my brother and he still requests them today. This recipe is great for the Christmas holiday or even Easter!
Peanut Butter Balls
One 18 oz jar of peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
2 sticks butter, softened
1 & ½ boxes of powdered sugar (I usually buy the 2 lb bag and guesstimate according to the mixture’s consistency)
Chocolate Bark (1 lb or as needed to dip the balls)
(My recipe actually calls for chocolate chips and parrafin melted over a double boiler, but chocolate bark melted in the micorwave is easier)
Cream the peanut butter and the butter in a heavy duty mixer. I burnt up a couple of handheld mixer motors before my Handyman got me a Kitchenaid stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until mixed thoroughly. The mixture will be VERY thick.
Roll into 1” or smaller balls. I then chill mine for a few hours. Melt the bark in a small deep bowl in the microwave until creamy smooth. Proceed to dip balls and place on a parchment covered sheet pan until the chocolate hardens. This recipe makes several dozen.
Store in the fridge for several days or on the counter ‘cause they won’t last long!
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Posted in chocolate, Culinary Creations (High Carb), Desserts, Holiday Hits
Tagged balls, chocolate, dip, holiday, peanut butter, recipe, sugar. dipped, sweet, treat
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 3-1/4 cups bread flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2/3 cup sliced pepperoni
In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose medium crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Just before the final kneading (your machine may audibly signal this), add the pepperoni. Yield: 1 loaf (about 1-1/2 pounds).
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home.
Posted in Breads, Recipes
Tagged baked, bread, bread machine, butter, cheese, cheesey, loaf, pepperoni, recipe, slice, spicy
Several years ago I had a chance
to go through Aunt Mary’s little recipe box. I copied down the recipes that I thought I might like to make and read through those that I remembered her making. There was Date Nut Cake, Chess Pie, Pecan Crisp Cookies and even a recipe on stationery sent from a friend along with a greeting and personal note. One that stood out to me was hid near the back of the box, with no name other than Cake. Not wanting it to get lost in my files I renamed it “Special Cake”.
Over the years, I’ve made Special Cake several times, usually during the summer to go with strawberries and fresh whipped cream. My oldest daughter happens to love Strawberry Shortcake.
I made it again this weekend and decided to use my new bundt pan (can you call it a pan if it’s ceramic?) from Williams-Sonoma that was a gift from my dear youngest brother.
My cake wanted to stick a little and didn’t brown as well as the one on the cake pan lable, even after baking for 45 minutes. I took a slice of it and cubed it up for Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.
Don’t you just love spring? Spring brings us those delicious little red bits of delectable fruit we call strawberries. Aunt Mary brought me a Special Cake recipe to use with that delicious fruit, along with many wonderful memories.
Happy Spring and happy Strawberry Shortcake Season!
Read more about Aunt Mary’s life and recipes
Posted in Aunt Mary's Recipes, Culinary Creations (High Carb), Desserts, Recipes
Tagged baked, bundt, cake, dessert, eggs, homemade, oven, recipe, shortcake, special, strawberry, sweet, trifle, Williams-Sonoma, yellow