Thursday, February 4, 2016

First impressions

A little while ago I made a new acquaintance. A lovely older lady. 'Rachel'  In her 70s Rachel is very mobile and very sharp.

Rachel came by to see if I needed anything. She caught me working on my mushroom gardens. Now when my gardens are not full of mushrooms they look like a brick of pressed vegetable matter. . . Yea, there was a misunderstanding.

When she saw these blocks Rachel looked stunned.  'MERCY! Is that HASH?!?!'  No, no no! It is just a mushroom garden. She looked a little relieved but I'm wondering if I should have explained they are oyster mushrooms not psychedelic mushrooms.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Charles' pop-up steak house

Charles' ribeye are always sreak house quality.  I really think he could make tons of money at that grill.

Ribeye, baked potato, garlic toast, marinated salad and coconut icebox pie. I make a blueberry icebox pie for my folks when they visit.  They LOVE it. It is low carb and no sugar added.  This coconut pie is also no sugar and low carb.  They are both gluten free.

This pie has an almond crust. A cocnut almond cream cheese filling. Topped with toasted coconut.  Yummster!

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I have a good pancake recipe. Not a great pancake recipe.  They just don't rise enough to be fluffy. For a while now I have been combing every food TV show that even remotely discusses pancakes.

Finally I have a recipe that was worth trying. So try it we did.

A lovely fluffy rise.  Rich vanilla flavor.  This will be my go to from now on.


Dry mix:

1 1/2 cups CAKE flour
3 Tbs sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk the dry ingredients until well blended.  

Wet mix: 

In another bowl whip all wet ingredients until smooth

1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 Tbs melted butter
1 Tbs vanilla extract

With a large wooden spoon stir the wet into the dry. Stir only until all the flour has mixed in. The batter will be lumpy. If you whip all the lumps out the pancakes will be too tough. No body wants that!

The blueberry variation:

After each pancake is poured onto the griddle sprinkle blueberries onto them. Fresh or frozen berries.

These pancakes are great!  I taped the recipe inside the cabinet door next tothe stove. It is now my one and only!

Friday, January 29, 2016

By the way

I told you there might be frittata for dinner. . . there was.  Leftovers made great breakfast.

Peppers, onions, acorn squash, ham and smoked sausage. So, SO good!

Wish there was more for lunch! Rats!


Oops!  I let the door open when I went to the kitchen.  Poor Lady had to cover up.  The cold draft from the rest of the house takes over quickly!


I leave the door ajar a little so they can patrol the house.  When it is REAL cold and there is a sound they don't like . . .  They go to the door and bark out slightly open door.  Daring intruders to try ti invade our oasis!

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Cold today

28 degrees in eastern NC this morning. The brother LOVES it.  I think most of his DNA is polar bear.

Me and Trixie must have some tropical DNA.  Cold does NOT suit us at all.  We have created the perfect little oasis.  My pretty little room heater keeps it right at 73 degrees.

Trixie has a new napping place! 

While Charles is at work both the girls stay in the warm with me. All bets are off when he gets home. They are where he is.  To his credit he keeps a pillow and blanket in his chair to keep them warm.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dr. Day

Post hospital follow up with my primary provider yesterday.  All positive news!

I'm recovering well. SLOWLY, but well.  The echocariogram showed my heart is in great shape! Happy dance!  Happy dance!

I still have to take it easy for a while. That's ok.  I am getting enough cooking done that my kitchen won't forget me.  Hee! Hee!

Gonna make a fritatta to night. I think.  Will update you later.

Maybe I will throw some whole wheat dinner rolls in the bread machine too. I'll see how it goes.