Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quick bread and butter pickles

I LOVE bread and butter pickles.  Just straight out of the jar.  I don't use them any other way.  I just can't get enough.

The sugar free Mt Olive makes are fabu! They come in a small jar and are gone way too soon.  Now I make my own.

In a reaction free pot (Stainless steel or enameled pots are best) mix:

2 cups water
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs McCormick's pickling spice
1 1/2 cups Splenda
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper

Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.  Set aside to cool 45 minutes

While brine is cooling slice 2 large English cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices and place them into in a quart sized air tight bowl. 

When cooled pour brine over the cuke slices until all slices are covered.  Top with air tight lid and chill.  Chill at least several hours.  Over night is best.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Lady still freaked

After yesterday's brush with the car Lady was doing ok.  Then it changed a little. Still no signs of injury but she jumps at every noise.

Lady has always been my little shadow. Now she is always at my side. When I stop she finds a way to connect physically with me.

As previously noted my leg has become her comfort place.  This is where she has been all day.  At least she is now more aware of cars. The only good thing about this!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lady Bumped

Lady got bumped by a car.  Don't panic, she's fine but it terrified her.

It was a freak accident. Neighbor was charging the battery of his car.  While revving to guicken the charge, he accidentally shifted into reverse.  The curb stopped the car but Lady was grazed by the bumper.

She jumped and ran. I checked her out from stem to stern.  She has no injuries. Yay!

The neighbor was SO concerned and relieved to find Lady was ok. Good guy.

The major reaction has been fear. She is keeping me in sight. Actually making physical contact when she can.

Lady is settling down now.  As long as she is touching one of her people she is fine. Even sleeping quietly.

Wonder when I'll get my leg back? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Best Tater Salad

My favorite tater salad is super easy, only 5 ingredients. It's made all the better by using my home made sour cream in the dressing.

2 pounds red potatoes diced and cooked
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbs dried dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste

Creamy and rich this salad really is my favorite.  Truth be told back in the day I have even made tater salad sammies.  Don't tell my mom, she will freak out.  LOL!

Monday, July 20, 2015


I needed bread and I wanted to play with my food colors. My two favorite colors jumped out. Pink and teal.

The color combination reminded me of a time when tennis sweaters were tied around everyones necks. That inspired the name I gave this bread.

                                                              PREPPY BREAD

Spice storage

Several years ago I discovered on line spice shops.  Quickly addicted I had a huge bin over-flowing with chilis, herbs, spices and well, flavors.

The bin was cumbersome. Heavy, it was something I kept it at a lower level so I could manouver it from my chair. Still not easy.  I needed a new way to keep my flavors accessible.

I saw an ad for an over the door shoe holder.  40 mesh pockets.  Just right for storing my packets and bottles of flavor.

Metal hooks hang the cubbies over the back of the pantry door. Often used items at my eye level. The ones the brother uses most higher on the door.  

It's strong enough to hold the glass bottles and packets safely. Works like a charm!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chicken aroma.

Today is stock making day.  This day always kills the girlies.  The house is inundated with meaty smells.

The bad thing is Lady & Trixie can smell all the goodies but can't have any.  Poor babies. Lady especially suffers on these days.

'Aunt Mercy, where is that geat smell?' Says she.

'I looked under the table. . .It's NOT THERE!!


'Lady. Laaady.  LADY! It's in here!  The smell is in here!'  Alas and alack they found the origin of the aroma, but they can't have any. 

Sensitive tummies.  Soooo sorry!