Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Bounty

I don't have a veggie garden
 
I wish I did but I'd have to share
it with all my "deer" friends
(and by that I mean the 4 legged kind)
and neither of us share well
so that would not work
 
But the next best thing is
having great friends and neighbors
that share the bounty
from their gardens!!
 
The other day my sweet friend Judy
gave me a bag of okra from her garden
.......couple of days later I
was visiting my neighbor, Bobbie
and she shared a bag full of
butternut squash
 
I LOVE FRESH PRODUCE!
 
 
and for those of you that asked
here's how we cooked our fresh bounty
 
Start by washing and then peeling your squash
 
 
Cut in half and scoop out the seeds
then cut into one inch pieces,
 
In a bowl combine two tablespoons of olive oil, one minced garlic clove, add your squash
and salt and pepper to taste 
 
place on cookie sheet
and bake in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes
 
 
When they are crispy and brown
they are done!!
 
Chop your okra in bite size pieces
discarding the ends
 
 
Next, you'll need two bowls
One for your wash (buttermilk and one egg)
and one for your dredge
( 1 cup cornmeal + 1-2 tablespoons of flour,
and seasoning - we used old bay)
 
We didn't have buttermilk but my smart hubby
knew how to make his own
Combine 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 
 
Heat oil to about 375 degrees
 
 
Cook each batch until lightly brown
 
 
 
 
Hubby grilled butterfly pork chops
to go with our fresh produce


Serve with fresh lemon & cucumber water
So refreshing

 
Thank the Lord for His provision
 
AND EAT UP!!
 
Every Little Birdie says
It's great to have friends that share their summer bounty!
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Collection of White

When I designed our home
I knew I wanted a special
area in my kitchen to
display my collection 
of white dishes
 
 
So I had a few shelves
built over a small desk
in my kitchen
 
 I love to collect small pitchers or creamers
 
 
 Along with a few bowls and platters
 
 
 and some of my vintage finds
like this aluminum cake cover
which I redesigned with a few
extra touches
 
and you might notice
I have a thing for vintage
kitchen scales
 
 and of course what's a kitchen shelf
without a few good cookbooks
 
 
But these dishes don't just sit on the shelf
and collect dust, I often use them
when I'm entertaining




A Girl just can't have
too many dishes!!!
 
 

 Every Little Birdie says

  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

When we moved into our home
four and a half years ago
 
 
 
I put this mirror on my
hubby's chest of drawers
 
I told him at the time
it was only temporary....
 
 until I found one more suitable
 
 
Well Guess What!!
 
I Finally Found One!
 
(yes, it took me that long)
 
(OK maybe I wasn't looking as hard as I should of been)
 
It's been sitting in a corner
waiting to be hung
 
Hubby had shoulder surgery
and I had to wait until he
was better to hang it....
 
He insists I need his help
and I'm too kind to tell him any different
 

 
 
He's very pleased with his new (old) mirror
 
 
 

and I think it fits well with my
cottage style
 



 
Every Little Birdie says

 
It's good to have a happy hubby!!
 S

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sippin' in the Shade


Saturday we gathered up our friends,
John & Rae
and took a drive out to a
little vineyard we'd been hearing about....

 

 

Lavaca Bluffs is a laid back

little piece of paradise

 
 

 

The owners having a charming country home
with a wrap around porch.  
Take a walk around back
and you'll find a lovely deck
that over looks the Lavaca River
 
Lavaca River

 
Owner's Home
The beautiful wrap around porch
Walk way from Tasting Room
 
Next door to their home is the tasting room.  
Once you select your choice of wine
you can make your way to the deck, 
 
 
and do some sippin' in the shade!
 

Deck

 



 

Dan and I had their homemade Sangria
and boy was it delicious

Rae and John enjoying the fruit and cheese tray with their wine



 

 

 

Where is this little piece of paradise?

 
All I remember is traveling down lots
and lots of country roads
 
But if you go to their webpage
Like we did!
You will find directions
 
 
Every Little Birdie says
 
Goodbye Lavaca Bluffs
We'll be visiting again real soon
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Equal Time

My last post was dedicated to my
Sweet & Sassy granddaughter
 
so equal time - this post is
dedicated to my awesome grandson
 
 
Kind, Caring, Easy Going,
Funny, Witty, Outgoing
Never met a stranger!!
 
that just about sums up my grandson
 
 
I love this kid to the moon and back!
 
 His goal - to serve our country!!
The Army couldn't find a better man
 
Every Little Birdie says
I'm one proud Nana!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweet & Sassy

That just about sums up
my granddaughter
 
 
 
She's a girl of many moods
 
 
I love the beautiful young lady
she is growing into
 
 
 
 
 She's smart, motivated, organized, and a
natural leader
 
Look out W O R L D
 
this gal is going places!!
 
Every Little Birdie says
 
 I love being the Nana of this awesome girl!!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Foodie Weekend

We had a fabulous weekend with our
good friends Tom & Carol
 
They drove down from the DFW area to
spend a few days at our Nest
 
Our new puppy, Lacy Mae, was
so excited to have their two little
fur babies to frolic with around
the house, screened porch, and yard
 
 
Any time we all get together
 
THE MAIN FOCUS IS FOOD!!
 
both hubbies are excellent chefs
and love to cook
 
 
 
We gave them the first night off
and enjoyed a lovely dinner at
the Pumphouse Restaurant in Victoria
 
 
 
Next day the guys were off to HEB
for all their "foodie" supplies
 
Once they had marinated the meat and done
a little prepping we were off to the beach
for a little R & R
 





Carol with her two sweet fur babies


Me & my guy
 

 
Lacy Mae with her new friends
 Isabella, and Giusepee
enjoying beach time
 
Sun drenched, and relaxed we headed home
to clean up and get ready for our
anticipated "Thai" dinner......
Tom & Carol
 
 
First course
 
Egg Rolls with special sause
 
 
Second course
 
Tom Yum Koong Soup
with shrimp and fish
 
 
Main Entrée
 
Crying Tiger Lamb
 
 
 
Served with Jasmine Rice

 
WOW, what an incredible meal
Thank you Chef Tom for sharing your
"Thai" talents with us
and hubby for your excellent
grilling skills
 
but wait there's more........
 
I had requested my favorite Italian dish
 
so the next evening our talented hubbies
 
prepared Osso Buco!!
 
My two favorite Chefs






 
 
 
Lamb shank with Red Sauce over Risotto
w/ Ceaser salad
 
 
 
I can't thank our two wonderful chefs enough
for this beautiful meal, it was to die for!
 

 
 
Such a great weekend sharing food and fellowship
with two long time dear friends
 
 
 
Every Little Birdie says
It was just heavenly