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Friday, February 1, 2013

Hi Everyone,  I have been getting so many nice messages from you that I am feeling ashamed :)
I had every good intention to write regularly here starting the first of the year then.....I got the worst case of the flu I have ever had.  It lasted nearly all month.  I have never been so sick!.  The Dr. said i must have had every strain that was available.......Anyway,  I think I am about back to normal.
I did get some reading done while I was sick and 2 of my favorites were  "THE SHOEMAKERS WIFE".  It takes place in Italy (high on my bucket list) and has lots about food, and fashion.  I LOVED it.......The other book was  'THE DRESSMAKER".. It was really GOOD !  So if you are snowed in or just want a good break,  Check these out.
We have REALLY had the snow here in Salt Lake.  The skiers love it and it sure is pretty outside (If you don`t have to go out  :)
My freezer and pantry are still overflowing from the holidays and since i have been sick,  I haven`t done much cooking.  I do have some fun ideas floating around in my mind so I`ll be in touch again soon.
For those of you that like "hot stuff",  my son, who works for Heinz, tells me they now have their catsup out with Jalapenos !  Available  at Target or Wal-mart.  Give it a try !
I always try to do  a project during the winter months and right now I`m trying to decide if I want to re furbish my downstaire family room.   Can`t decide if I want a  "library (craftsman)  look or a white cottage wicker look.  Help !  This is when it would be nice to have a companion to discuss with...
Well,  guess I`d better quit and get ready.  My daughter and husband are taking me out to a new Mexican resturant.  My first "outing " of the year  !
Stay well and warm everybody.  I love you all.......Smile Always, Bev

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good morning, Everyone !  Don`t you love these fall mornings?  Seems like I have a lot more energy when it gets cooler.
Well,  first I want to apologize to you all for being slow to send fun things your way. I know a lot of you keep checking and I appreciate that.  I got a nice note from a follower who has lost my recipe for swiss steak and wanted me to post it.  Thanks so much.  It reminded me how good it is :)  and got me on the ball to write to all of you.  Why not fix this for supper tonight (and you could stick a few baked potatoes and a butternut squash in the oven,since its a cool day.  Just a tossed salad or cole slaw and  maybe an apple dessert.  WOW ) Your neighbors may be knocking on the door !

                                       Nye`s Swiss Steak
Cut, flour and pound  a round steak.  Cut is serving sizes and brown each peice in a little oil.
          When well browned, cover the meat with a mixture of
                           2 c. smooshed canned tomatoes
                           1 c. chopped celery
                          1/2 c.chopped onion
                           1 c. chopped carrots
                           1 bay leaf
                           dash of garlic powder
                             salt and pepper
Cover pan and cook on low heat for 1& 1/2 hours.

Have a super day and.......................Smile Always, Bev

Monday, August 20, 2012

WOW ! What a weekend!   Saturday was my birthdayand it started off with a BANG !  I heard Paul Ryan was visiting his "elderly 78 year old"  mother !  GULP ! I am 78 now and didn`t think I was "elderly !  Oh well, a friend told me I was a "youthful 78".  The day began with a pancake breakfast at our church, then a trip to the local farmers market.  Peaches, corn, tomatoes etc , all wonderful! ! Then an afternoon of visitors, e mails, letters and phone calls.  How can one person be so blessed. ?  In the evening I went to another picnic and program.  What a day !
Now I have to share something else fun.......My church meetings are not until 1 o`clock on Sundays and Sunday mornings are always so long and kind of lonesome so......I decided to have a SUNDAY BRUNCH CLUB.  I have invited 5 of my friends to brunch each Sunday morning at 10:30, we eat and then have a fun visit until its time to leave for church.  I fix a different menu each week and have a good time coming up with ideas.  They have to "agree" to eat what I fix.  None of them like to cook as much as I do so it works out fine,  They are good sports !  We have been doing it for 3 weeks and it is working out great.  This week I served Granola, Yogurt with fresh fruits, hot caramel pecan rolls and orange juice.  I made GLORIOUS GRANOLA and it is "out of this world".  My son gives me a hard time about the names I give my recipes but this one really is GLORIOUS !  I got the recipe from my sister-in-law Dolores and my friends all had second helpings :)
A perfect ending to a perfect weekend was our monthly "family night"  here with the whole bunch.  I love my family SO much and they really are THE BEST !
                                                     GLORIOUS GRANOLA
Mix together....4 cups rolled oats
                         1 cup sliced coconut
                         1 cup chopped pecans
                         1/2 tsp. salt
then combine..........1/2 cup coconut oil
                                1/4 cup honey
                                1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
                                1 tsp. vanilla
Mix well and pour over oat mixture
spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
 remove from oven and stir in 1 cup dried fruits ( I use craisins, blueberries, cherries and pineapple)

I like mine topped with 1/2 and 1/2 but some of the ladies just did a dollop of yogurt.
This recipe is a little pricey to make (but not as much as commercial and MUCH better)
You are going to love it !
Have a super day today and I`ll think of you next Sunday and wish you could share Brunch with us :)
Smile Always, Bev

Monday, August 6, 2012

Good Morning !   Boy, Have I got basil coming out my ears !  Since it is one of the very few herbs you have to replant every year, I was having a hard time getting my plants going.  Now I have oodles :)  I love it though.  When making a cheese sandwich I even use it instead of lettuce with a slice of tomato !  Layering it with tomatoes,Mozzarella cheese and drizzeled with Olive oil and a splash of herb vinegar is yummy on a plate of shredded romaine. 
I just got all my pesto sauce made for the freezer.  I like to put it in baby food jars, little 4 oz. jelly jars, or even ice cube trays (when frozen, pop them out and put in freezer bags).  Heres my recipe, it is so simple and you`ll be thrilled every time you use some !
                                        BEV`S PESTO SAUCE
Into a blender, put.......1 cup good olive oil
                                     6 cloves of garlic
                                     5 T. pine nuts (or pecans,etc)
                                     1/2 tsp. salt
                                    3 1/2 cups packed basil leaves
Blend well and then add ...1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Blend well.  Put into containers and freeze
It is so handy to add a spoonful to spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, meatloaf, or just as a spread on a sandwich, tossed with a little pasta and fresh veggies for Pasta Premavera and I love it on a bowl of creamy polenta and a shake of romano cheese.  You`ll find yourself scooping a little out of the jar for a million things.   a few spoonsful to a pot of Minestrone soup works wonders.  Mix a little into some softened cream cheese  and spread on a bagel !  A dollop on top of a grilled steak or chicken breast is wonderful.....Well, you get the idea and you`ll never buy that expensive stuff again.
Its so fun visiting with all of you, (but I always make myself hungry).  I hope to hear from some of you and know you enjoy these things as much as I do.  I`ve got some more fun ideas to share with you so keep watching.    I love you all........Smile Always, Bev

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hello again, to all my"SUNSHINE" friends,   I hope you all got your herb gardens going !  I am having so much fun with mine and thought I would share a few ideas that I enjoy doing.
When serving corn on the cob, I use stems of my ROSEMARY dipped in small bowls of melted butter to brush on the corn.  Really tasty !
As I prepare pork chops or a pork roast,  I always lay a few sprigs of SAGE on top and sprinkle a tiny bit of brown sugar on the meat.  Yum !
My CHIVES are doing SO well so I cut a bunch, rinse and pat dry and then chop them and spread on a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap and put in the freezer.  When frozen, I just store them in a plastic bag or container and they are so handy for a baked potato, or to sprinkle on cooked veggies or a salad.  (GARLIC CHIVES are EXTRA good)
I always freeze a bunch of MINT leaves in ice cube trays (one per cube) and they look so pretty in a glass of lemonade.  If I want to be fancy I have even added a  cherry !  WOW
I have one big plant of CHOCOLATE MINT and ,boy, is it nice to top a piece of chocolate cake and whipped cream with a sprig of this mint.  The other night I had a wonderful dessert by layering a leftover crumbled brownie with whipped cream and fresh raspberries in a parfait glass and topping with a choc. mint leaf.  I felt like a queen   :)
The TARRAGON is perfect right now so I stuff a quart jar full and cover with cider vinegar that I heat just to warm it.  Put a lid on and let it sit in the sunny window for a week or so.  It is so good splashed on some grilled meat.  Roy liked it splashed on a salad with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.  It is also terrific in your bbq sauces.   Try it ! (After the week, strain and store in a pretty bottle)
 I`m picking ARUGULA and SWISS CHARD like crazy.  Since I have Macular Degeneration I eat a lot of greens.  I love swiss chard, steamed with a little butter,s&p and a few drops of vinegar..  The other morning when I was making my breakfast drink I threw in a handful of greens and I couldn`t even taste them but I added to my diet !
Well, I was about to talk about my BASIL but that will have to wait for another day.   I`m hungry :)
I love you all and hope you are well and happy !   ......Smile Always, Bev

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hey Everyone,  If you are getting ready for a BBQ tomorrow here are two quick recipes you will want to include.  They both are super with ribs, steak.chicken or pork so give them a try.

                         Bev`s fluffy cornbread
cream well ;1/3 cup crisco
                    1/2 cup sugar
Add :2 eggs and beat until light anf fluffy
stir in 1 cup milk
gently stir in : 1 1/4 cups flour
                        1/2 cup cornmeal
                         3/4 tsp. salt
                      2 3/4 tsp baking powder
Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking dish and bake at 350 for 35 min.
Serve with butter and lots of honey  :)  Yum !

                                   THE BEST BAKED BEANS
Fry until crisp : 1/2 lb. bacon
Crumble bacon and combine with : 1/2 chopped green pepper
                                                         1 chopped onion
                                                         3 T. worchestershire sauce
                                                          1/3 cup catsup (be sure and use Heinz for Mark :)
                                                            1/2 cup brown sugar
                                                         3 cans (14 oz each) pork and beans (I prefer Van Camps)
Bake at 250 for 2 hours or more.
I bake mine in my bean pot and remove the lid the last 30 min. or so but that isn`t necessary.
My granddaughter Megan  absolutely LOVES these.  They really are delicious!

I hope you are all enjoying the Rainier cherries now.  They are just coming on and if you haven`t tried them , don`t miss out.  They are so "meaty" and sweet and SO much better than the Bing cherries.   Apricots are on now also and I have a bunch ready to make some freezer jam so guess I`d better get busy.   I love you all and would like to hear from you......Smile Always, Bev

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Wow,  on a day with 100 degrees what do we need more than a fun, cold drink ! i thought i would share a few that are our family favorites.
                                   MOM`S LEMONADE MIX
Stir together until dissolved ; 2 T. fresh lemon rind
                                               3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
                                               2 1/2 cups sugar
                                              1 T. citric acid
                                               2 cups boiling water
Store in a jar in the frig.  1/4 cup concentrate to 3/4 cup water makes one glass (add ice as desired)
This is SO good and handy to have !

                                    PEACHY LIGHT
 In a blender, combine'  1 peeled and cut up peach
                                      1/2 banana
                                       1 cup milk
                                       1 T. honey
Blend until frothy and serve immediately !

                                  CHOCO-MINT YUMMY
 In a blender, combine: 1 cup chocolate milk,(do Not use chocolate drink)
                                      a few drops of peppermint extract
                                      1/2 cup crushed ice
Blend well and top with a dollop of whipped cream

We all love a cold glass of chocolate milk topped with a  scoop of strawberry ice cream !
                     GRAPE BLIZZARD
You won`t believe how good this is!
Just combine in a blender: 1 cup grape juice and 1 scoop vanilla ice cream !

Blend together :  1 cup apricot nectar
                            2 tsp. lemon juice
                            1 T. sugar
                            dash of salt
                             1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Serve immediately !

                SUNDAE IN A GLASS
 Blend together : 1 banana
                            1 cup chocolate milk
                            a few drops almond extract
                            1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Well,  I hope I have your creative juices flowing and you will come up with even more funfamily treats.  Please share your ideas.  I love hearing from you.
Stay tuned next week for a couple of picnic favorites for the 4th of JULY !
Smile Always, Bev