Friday, May 29, 2015


Dad had a craving for mexican food. I had no idea what there was in town.  I called a great family friend who recommended Azteca.

The decor was lovely. The service was great. The guacamole was awesome. It was made table side.

And served in a bowl of volcanic rock. I think... Too cute.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Shrimp and potato dinner

Love tonight's dinner.  Shrimp slowly poached in butter and black pepper.  Potato casserole made with bacon and 2 cheeses.

Like most casseroles I make this one starts with a buttery white sauce. I toss the cooked potatoes with crispy chopped bacon, a couple tablespoons of bacon fat, diced sharp cheddar cheese and shredded mozzarella.  Once they are tumbled together I pour in the white sauce.  After working this mix into the corners of a square casserole dish, I topped it with bread crumbs and slid it into a 375 degree oven to bake for 30 minutes.

Warm a sauté pan just enough to melt 3 tablespoons butter.  Once the butter is melted add cracked black pepper. Turn it up to a low simmer.

Gently add the cleaned shrimp.  Being careful not to over cook the shrimp poach until the  flesh is just opaque and pink. Garlic butter on the side for dipping.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dinner a la Charles!

Even though Charles is out of town his smoked turkey was the star of tonights family meal.  Mom and Dad are visiting while the brother is out of town.

We thawed a turkey breast from the last big bird he smoked.  With our farmers market treasures dinner was a great Sunday dinner.

Charles' smoked turkey, roasted cauliflower in purple and gold, stuffing flavored squash (for Mom, she is gluten impaired), stuffing bread and gravy.

Oh, and cranberry sauce. Can't have turkey without cranberry sauce.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guess where we went!

Farmers Market Treasure

Mom and Dad are here for a visit. The first thing we did is hit the farmers market. 

We found several treasures. Colorful cauliflower, squash and beets. As well as an all natural bug repellent and something called 'Monkey Butter'. I had never seen this before so I asked what ti was. A sweeeeeet jam like sauce made with coconut, pineapple and banana. Must have a pancake weekend soooooo!


Thursday, May 21, 2015


Screammmmmmm!  Ahhh thats better.  I needed that. My brain is starved for whatever it is that makes my mind function.  In this case I think it may be sleep.

For the second or third night in a row I have been up past my bed time. Tired and sleepy I tried to push it again tonight.

In the space of five minutes I went to the fridge to get my insulin. I came out with a syringe and a stick of butter.  Next I went to load the pan from my bread machine mixing the ingredients for TWO different recipes.  I dumped that out and decided to try again.  I should have known better

I got the recipe right I just forgot to put the pan back in BEFORE I loaded the machine.  I dare not touch anything else.  If I mess up again I don't know what will happen! I may just turn green and hulk out. No gamma radiation needed. No one wants that!


                                                                 YIKES! SCARY!

Told you we didn't want that. Ugh.

First day at the pool.

My face is good and pink after only 40 minutes in the sun. Raccoon eyes and scorched skin. My chest and arms got the worst of it.

My family history is English/Scottish.  I have the extra light skin that goes with it. A 15 minute walk with the girls and I am very pink.  So a 40 minute sunning session and I am lobsterized!

Still It is not too bad for my first day at the pool.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another grillin' Sunday!

Charles has taken a turn for turkey recently. Turkey burgers in particular.  As a rule I prefer beef. That being said he is getting really good at these turkey burgers. They are tender and juicy.

Turkey burgers, turkey chili and cole slaw.  Charles likes Carolina burgers. Baked beans and home made burger rolls.


And Lady

 Alas and alack. . . I never share a plate like this!