Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Corned Beef Sammies - Slow Cooker Meal for busy lives

With school starting back and life getting busier than ever for most I decided to share this recipe with you. I actually made this back in March and had forgotten about it.
You see, I have a tendency to work ahead. I will create several recipes, 5-10 at a time, over the course of a weekend. I will photograph and jot down notes. Come Monday the drill is to create a draft for each recipe and then schedule those for the coming weeks sometimes months.
Confession time, I made the recipes, took photos, and even made drafts. For several of the recipes I did not 'jot down notes' about what I used and amounts. Why? Because I was arrogant and thought Oh yeah I got this. Well, I don't have it. I actually forgot them, the recipes and photos. Then I was scanning through photos to see what I  could delete and what could be moved to the "done" folder. That's when I ran across several...okay maybe ten, photographs of recipes. Oh good land, what had I done?! I had created recipes, took pictures and made drafts but no notes. Some, like this was, I remembered but I do have to confess, there are two other recipes I have pictures for but have no idea what exactly was in them. I have a clue but no amounts, no exact items, no cooking time, etc... is it old age, getting ahead of myself, not paying attention, a cluttered mind, maybe a little of all of it? Whatever it is I'm sure you have had a chuckle and that's okay because if you're not over 50 honey your time will come. LOL

Back to school? Work schedule overload? How about a slow cooker meal that will please just about everyone.
Again, I'm sure there was a better photo somewhere but this one at least gives you an idea of how simple the recipe is.

Dump and go. Sounds lovely doesn't it?
Dump the ingredients in, go to work, school, practice, meeting, whatever, just  go and when you come back, BAM dinner is served with just a few simple things left to do.
Into the slow cooker on HIGH for 6 hours, corned beef brisket, I purchased this one at Aldi (not a paid advertisement but I LOVE their products and prices)
A half jar with juice of the sliced pepper rings
Set it and go
When you're ready to eat, shred the meat and serve on a bun. This can be as simple as it gets or you can jazz it up with condiments, sauerkraut, mustard, slaw, pickles or whatever else you may fancy.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The World We Live In - UYW August 2019

Thanks to Tamara for my words. When I first saw them I knew immediately what I would write about even though it was a difficult subject for me because I'm a pretty private person about these things. I'm not looking for debates, arguments or inappropriate comments. I'm submitting my work for the purpose of this challenge.

The world we live in today is not the same as when I was growing up. Of course every generation has said this same thing. "when I was your age" has become a joke and we laugh about "walking to school in the snow uphill both ways" type of statements. However, sadly I see how much the world has changed. The lack of respect for one another. The ridicule of ones beliefs, the complete and utter inappropriate behavior and comments can be shocking at times. The culture we live in, we have created. 
Yes, we have created it. We have allowed it. It is on us.
This is not popular and I am sure some folks will be down right mad with me. AND that is your take, your opinion, your right to believe what you want. So hear me out and allow me to voice my opinion on my blog.
I believe that technology is a great thing. I am quite fond of it myself and use it like right now. However, I also believe that this technology is the downfall of the world as well. We have everything at our finger tips in nano seconds. We see everything going on all over the world and it has led us to be a very unhappy unsatisfied group of people.
We see the news as it happens, it causes fear and anxiety in our children.
We see the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and it causes us to cry out "ITS NOT FAIR" but isn't it? Did the rich work for it? Did they swindle someone to get rich? Did they steal, kill and destroy to obtain the high life? Did the poor lay around and wait for their welfare check? Did they look for a way to better their life or resign themselves to the fact that this life is unfair and choose to just sit and wallow? Were either one given the same opportunities? Were either given the same education and choices? Probably not.
Are guns leaving the store shelves and robbing, killing and creating fear in us or did someone who is pure evil with their own sick agenda do that?
Technology has created selfish individuals. We want it all and we want it now. When I was little I never thought that as soon as I got married I'd have a house, a car, a great job, money for vacations and the lot. I knew it took years of hard work to obtain these things. Today kids get married and go into serious debt to have the "great dream" or what they grew up with, the way of life they are accustomed to. Given everything when and where and how they want. Spoiled. Selfish. Millennials. 
The fact that we are so hungry for more it has driven us to working ourselves to death and for what? More stuff that we don't have time to enjoy.
We no longer offer reinforcement of family values in school because families aren't teaching values. Not the values we were taught - hard work, honesty, devotion to God, be kind, lend a helping hand, and on...those things are not taught.
No, not everyone is evil, or on a self destructive path to riches and fame. I would never suggest that. What I do suggest is that as a whole, we have gotten away from being kind, being authentic, being thoughtful and working for what you get, even living within our means.
Technology makes it extremely easy to be rude, social media gives us anonymity and makes some feel they are invincible. No one will ever see them so they can say whatever to whoever no matter how bad it is. Fat shaming, guilt tossed out, ridicule over what you're wearing, saying, sharing on your own page. People seem to think they are the police and can correct you at every turn. However, they get SUPER offended if you return this attitude.
I've had a rough week, you can probably tell because this isn't my normal type of post.
I have unsubscribed from a lot of pages lately on several forms of social media due to their very strong opinions and pushing an agenda that I do not believe in or follow.
I am surrounding myself with like minded folks and seeking inspiration daily. Positive feedback. Positive photos, things that make me laugh because they are cute and humorous not because they make fun of a person and cause them anguish.
The world we live in is not the world I'm proud of any longer.
The name calling, the finger pointing, the shouting, threats, shootings, drugs, lack of care for fellow human beings.
It is a sad world and I am trying hard every day not to loss my mind. Not to worry about my children and grandchildren. Not to give in to the depression and anger that is thrown around at every turn.
Be kind. Be a positive light. Let's get back to being a nicer more loving world.

Today’s post is a writing challenge and this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                       https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
The Bergham Chronicles               https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/
On the Border                              https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com
Climaxed                                       https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com              
Part-time Working Hockey Mom        https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com

Your words are:
culture ~ inappropriate ~ respect ~ inspiration ~ reinforcement ~ selfish
It was submitted by: https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lazy Cake and August poetry

Welcome to the monthly poetry edition. Each month we choose a theme and then each person writes their own take on that theme. Some write free verse, some are rhyming poems. I just try to entertain you as my poetry skills are lacking. I'm a big fan of Haiku's but this month it's just a little ditty or two AND while I'm at it, let's sneak in a cake recipe.
Be sure to read to the end and follow the links where you might actually read some fine poetry from my blogging cohorts.

A - angry wind and skies
U - ugly forecast lies
G - gusting gale forces
U - us to abandon outdoor activities
S - seeking shelter from a possible
T - tornado on the horizon

August has a tendency to bring about some very rough weather, I know our theme is "lazy" but August what was I saw. Let's see if I can redeem myself with a lazy poem.
L - laying under
A - a tree
Z - zzz sleeping in the heat
Y - yearning for a breeze

Many times while growing up you would find us under trees, swinging or laying on old blankets like a bunch of old tired dogs. Praying for a breeze to come along and give us respite from the humidity. It was on those days that we didn't even long for the beach. The sand would burn our feet and no shade to cool our burning skin. Now if my daddy or granddaddy fired up the boat, well that was different. We were in like Flynn and riding the waves. It was still hot as Hades but man did I love to be on the boat. Still do actually. 

You probably thought I forgot the recipe. Nope, just putting it out of the way of the poetry/verses.

Lazy Cake is what I'm calling this because it takes so few ingredients and effort. Seriously it is super simple, bake it early in the morning before it gets unbearably hot outside and it will be perfect for supper time dessert. Or better yet a slice in the afternoon with a cool glass of sweet tea, lemonade or iced coffee.
As you can see it is also WW friendly which is a big deal for me these days.
Mix the water, eggs and yogurt together, slowly stir in the cake mix. Pour into a bundt pan, sprayed with a nonstick spray and bake at 350 degrees until set. It took 23 minutes in my oven but times could vary. Invert, allow to cool and ice if you want. Frost or ice, you know. I took some leftover buttercream frosting, just 2 heaping tablespoons and added a tablespoon of low carb milk, heated it up and poured over the cake. Delicious!! The frosting is not included in the points of the cake.

Karen of Baking In A Tornado
Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Diane of On The Border

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tropical Sugar Free Ice Cream - BWF August 2019

Remember this from childhood? I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream. Right? Okay maybe not scream but it sure is a wonderful treat on a hot day and August is full of hot days especially here in the south.

Welcome to the August edition of Blog With Friends and this month's theme is...ice cream.

Tropical Sugar Free Ice Cream - no machine needed
half pint unsweetened heavy whipping cream
1/4 package Sugar Free Instant pudding mix, coconut flavor
2 frozen bananas
1 frozen peach or any other fruit
6 oz Fage 0% Greek NonFat Yogurt
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or large cup blender. Blend until smooth, it will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You can then transfer to a air tight container and freeze. Be ware! The longer it is frozen the harder it becomes and if you do not use fresh frozen bananas ice cystals will form. It is better to peel very ripe bananas and freeze a few hours then use. If you are like me and have bananas in the freezer for smoothies, save those for smoothies as the ice cream will not turn out as nice.
I topped mine with a teaspoon of nut free granola. You could also add toasted coconut, Fat Free whipped topping or anything else you like.
This is low calorie, low points if following WW but high in fat due to the whipping cream. This can be reduced by only using half of the small container. If you choose to go this route, whip it separate, blend the other ingredients and fold gently. You still get a nice ice cream with less points.

Be sure to visit all of the participants, below you get a sneak peak at what they are offering. Their interpretation of the theme, a recipe, a craft, DIY and more.

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Friday, August 9, 2019

Little Girl The Squirrel - SSS August 2019

If you've been around lately you've been hearing a lot about Honey and Little Girl. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

You see it all started when...there was this girl. She was brave wandering around in the woods, watching all of the critters go about their day. She could sit there for hours and hours. She would even climb up in trees to get a birds eye view. Never was there an animal that she didn't like, want to pet and fed as often as she could.
Why you may ask? And her reply would be why not.
God created us all, the birds of the air, the fish in the sea, the animals that walk on the ground and you and me. She thought that if God loved them enough to care for them and she was commanded to love her neighbor as herself, well the animals were her neighbors too and she would love them.
Sitting on the porch early in the morning listening to nature as it came alive. The birds singing and calling to one another, the squirrels as they chatted up a storm, the doe as she passed through on her way to find a place to bed down for the day. Mornings were special and she counted each one a blessing.
Afternoons she would find herself on the porch again, winding down after a long day. Sitting and relaxing, watching the trees sway in the afternoon breeze, the leaves singing their own song and the animals come up for a treat.
She loved nature, she loved trees and squirrels especially and could talk to them in a sense. After spending hours outside she could recognize the sound of different birds and pick out which tree they were siting in. She could imitate the sounds of most and would call out to them when placing feed on the deck.
No greater joy did she get on a daily basis than being outside, walking, sitting and relaxing among the trees with the squirrels.
Who is this girl? Well, she is me.

Each day I feed the squirrels, birds and chipmunks in our yard. My own little slice of heaven. One squirrel in particular is Little Girl. She was the first to start coming around. I would see her every day, yes after a while you can tell them apart. Each has their own personality and traits, quirks if you will and physical traits that tell them apart. She was not very shy but she is still a little standoffish. However when food is involved she will come running. She brightens my day. I love to find myself washing dishes and have that feeling I'm being watched, I'll look up and there she is, sometimes hanging on the screen and running around trying to figure out how to get in. Which by the way she did. She pulled the screen loose in one corner and made it into our porch area. Then she was at the French doors peeping in! It was funny, cute and a little annoying because we've had to repair the screen several times. I spoil them with black oil sunflower seeds, grapes, cherries, strawberries and carrots.
Little Girl the squirrel is the sweetest thing and if I don't see her first thing in the morning I worry. We are surrounded by trees, a small forest with lots of hawks, owls and other predators. So when she comes a knocking, I go out with food and feel great relief.

Thanks Jules for the prompt.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap a group challenge that has a different topic or subject for each blogger each month. This week we have 8 brave bloggers, a secret subject was picked for each at random. Each blogger submits a topic for someone else and then it is assigned for each to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously sharing our topics and submitting our posts. Thank you to our hard working Karen from Baking In A Tornado, she is the mastermind behind it all and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen.
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                    https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
The Bergham Chronicles               https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope                https://batteredhope.blogspot.com 
Our Prime Years                           https://ourprimeyears.com/blog/
Climaxed                                       https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com              
Part-time Working Hockey Mom        https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

Your “Secret Subject” is:
There was this girl.....
It was submitted by: https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com        

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers and Rows

Recently I joined a photo challenge group and each month there is a theme. Well don't ask me why but for whatever reason I had "rows" in my head. Rows was the theme and I set out to find rows of items to photograph. THEN I came back to the computer to create my draft and write my post. I was so excited and proud of myself. WEEKS ahead of the deadline. LOL jokes on me, only to realize that...I'm not sure why, but ROWS is NOT the theme. OMGosh where did I get that and why? No idea but here they are. I took them and thought it was a great idea so I'm posting them on my own without a group and without a real reason except I want to. How's that? LOL seriously I'm so at a loss as to why I thought it was "rows". It really has bothered me but I decided to put that aside, now I need to go find more interesting ways to interpret the 'real' theme. Thankfully I still have plenty of time considering the posting date is August 31st.
Fence post in a row. Am I the only one who sees this?

I also had this recipe laying around. I actually have made these burgers several times and the guys LOVE them. I also had some better pictures...no idea where they went.

So...I guess that means the "real" theme of today's post is...I don't know where or why. I'm blaming it on age or being tired, maybe both.

This bench was actually the first shot. I wanted to take a photo of the bleachers because they are in rows. There was construction going on and I could not reach them so I took a shot of this lone bench in the dug out.

 Having been a driver, professionally, this one drove me nuts. I walked through the lot and saw how wonky they were parked. It took a lot and I mean a lot for me NOT to go inside and say WHO is in charge of these vans and buses. OMG they are all parked off. Not far enough in the spot, too far out of the spot, over the line, taking up two spots...oh dear. Maybe I'm more OCD than I thought.

This last one was just because. It's a beautiful bench and well there are rows of slats. It doesn't really flow with the other photos but it was just too pretty not to add in.

Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers
1 diced jalapeno
2-3 diced sweet mini salad peppers
1/2 diced sweet onion
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey
mix well, form patty, add 1/2 wedge pepper jack cheese like laughing cow
wrap around , flatten out, but patty should be 1/2 thick or so
buns, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, tomato, avocado
If you follow the WW freestyle plan, these burgers are 3 points each this includes the avocado. Tomato, mustard and pickles are zero. Count the points for which ever bun you use. Mine was 3 points.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Introducing Honey and Little Girl

Today I'm introducing Honey and Little Girl to y'all. They are squirrels. Yes squirrels. We moved into our home the middle of March and I immediately started to feed the birds. The trees were bare and we are surrounded by trees, underbrush, bushes and wildlife. I'm in heaven.

If you are my friend on Facebook, you see a lot of photos of Honey and Little Girl and read about their daily escapades. I have several friends who have asked for a squirrel page. LOL guess I'm not the only one obsessed here.

Once we were settled in, about a week, I started to feed the birds and out came the squirrels. I mean, not one, not two but a colony of squirrels. They would come up on the deck 2-5 at a time. It got to where I could identify some of them.

There's Greedy Petey cause he is! A fat male squirrel who will chase the others away. Well I wasn't having that. So I set him straight right quick like.

Proud Slim, he's a skinny male who loves to sit up on his haunches and show off the family jewels. Proud one for sure. I was fussing at him one day and my husband said "how do you know it's a male?" I looked at him, "honey this ain't my first rodeo and wait until he sits up, it's pretty dang clear he's a boy!" Here came Proud Slim and BAM there were the jewels. I'm like "See, told ya".

Then there's Big Momma. I'm almost positive she is Honey and Little Girl's momma. But anyway, she can be a piggie too. Big Momma showed up this week and is, well, bigger than before. Mating season may have taken its toll on her. I may have a colony of babies here before too long.

But there was this one little cutie who would come and sit on the rail while I put out feed. So I started talking to her and trying to get close to her. As time has passed she has gotten closer and closer, even taking food from my hand a time or two.

Sometimes if I am late with the feeding I'll look out the kitchen window and see her on the rail looking like hey lady where you at?! Other times I've caught her climbing on the screen and running on the window sills. Silly things.

Little Girl
 Little Girl stays out back and is fed on the deck. I see her running around the yard but she sticks close to the deck and I'm almost positive is the culprit behind the porch break in. Something keeps pulling the screen loose and coming into the screened in porch. I'm thinking it's her because she climbs the screens and once when I was sitting in the porch area she was at the corner of the door, where the screen keeps mysteriously coming loose, and picking at it. I scolded her but she wasn't phased by it one bit.

Honey came looking for food she wandered into our upholstery shop and was running around. My husband called me and said "your baby needs food" LOL so of course I went right out. I took a few grapes and she was smitten!
 Honey loves grapes as does Little Girl but this photo was taken the first day we gave Honey grapes and she was a greedy little thing. Begging for more and grabbing them then taking off.

Little Girl is as photogenic as Honey.

 The boys watching the squirrels run around the trees and on the ground. They love this window but it's like window shopping with no money. You can look but that's it.
 Honey loves the tires on the jeep but this particular day she was sitting on the Hummer. I said "girl don't you go messing up anything that things not ours!". She of course ignored me. It was here for new seats, door panels and headliner. Our upholstery business isn't just chairs, we do automotive, marine and furniture. Magnolia Designs Custom Upholstery
 Honey with a chunk of cantaloupe. Yep I spoil the wildlife too.
 Honey has her own bowl now. And yes it matches the decor in my house. Don't be upset and thinking that I'm favoring one over the other. Little Girl had a bowl, actually three different ones but they keep getting broken or disappear altogether.??? Who knows what happens at night.
The new Birdbath aka squirrel watering bowl.
 The colony running around.

 Trying hard to get to the feeder- Little Girl running on the screen.
Chillin' on a hot day- not sure which one this is but I'm thinking it was one of the boys. Seems they like to cool their nuts on the rail, in the water bowl or on the big rock by the deck.

That was your introduction to the squirrels and if you are interested enough there will be more to come. I can't wait until the little babies start showing up!

Friday, July 26, 2019

I'm Cracked - FF July 2019

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month and is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

1. Cracked pot, um, no broken pot.

2. Well dang there went the feeding dish.

3. Squirrel sitting on the tree, "HEY LADY, we need a new bowl,
this one got broke."

4. No more clay pots, only plastic for outside. Why?
because between the weather,
tree limbs, squirrels and my clumsy self, nothing last long.

5. Now we can look at this in different ways, it's ruined, it's broken,
I get to go shopping or this represents life.
Broken, down and appears useless, but like life it can be glued
back together. Will it be the same? No. Will it look different? Yes.
But it can be used.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Southern Belle Charm        https://www.southernbellecharm.com  
The Bergham Chronicles    https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen         https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Peach Blackberry Camp Cake with WWFreestyle Points

How many of y'all go camping? How about glamping? You know, camping in a motor home. My idea these days of camping is a hotel. We used to camp when the boys were little. It's not my thing. I don't sleep well and during the summer it's just so sweaty. Oh lawd maybe I have some inner diva that I'm not aware of.

 I love the idea of camping. Popping a tent, building a fire, catching dinner, sleeping under the stars...well it's all sort of romantic. However, I'm gonna be honest. Wine and dine me, take me out, pull up at the hotel and I'm golden! Camping does not agree with my fibro and now with my kidney issues it's just not a good idea.

Now don't get me wrong. I do love to sit by the water be it lake, river or ocean. Build a fire and cook outside, later listening to the crickets and tree frogs while I watch the lightening bugs skitter across the air in front of me. I don't enjoy swatting at the mosquitoes and stumbling in the dark trying to find a safe place to potty. I do enjoy laying in the bed of the truck on a blanket staring up at the stars and then driving home to sleep in my own bed.

I do a lot of grilling and thoroughly enjoy it. We love to go hiking as well but early Spring, late Fall and early Winter are the only times for some of these activities. Except grilling and that you will find me doing almost every night no matter the season.

This recipe is perfect for campers be it on an open fire, on the grill or even in the oven. Baking times will vary a tad but the results will be just as fabulous.
 What a great cake for an outdoor event, camping, bonfire, picnic or just because.
Since I am following the WW Freestyle program. You can see above I measured, weighed and used lower sugar items to reduce the points, fat, calories and sugar in this recipe. You could adjust it to full calorie/fat/sugar if you wanted to.

1 Pillsbury Moist Supreme cake mix, sugar free, yellow
1 egg
4 medium peaches, peeled
1 cup fresh blackberries
3 TBSP brown sugar (or Splenda brown sugar substitute)
3/4 cup whole fat buttermilk, you could use lower fat
1 fl oz Bourbon, I used Four Roses brand
1 cup Non Fat 0% Fage Greek Yogurt

First weigh out your ingredients and prepare your fruit. In a sauce pan cook the peaches, bourbon and brown sugar.
In a bowl combine the egg, buttermilk and yogurt, then add the cake mix. Lastly fold in the blackberries.
In a springform pan, lined with foil, pour the cooked down peaches in, pour the batter on top.
Now IF you are okay with another point per serving, sprinkle 3 TBSP of brown sugar on top of the cake. If not, leave it.
Wrap the top in foil if baking on the grill or over a fire. IF you want to cook on an open fire you can line a dutch oven with foil, place the lid on and sprinkle hot coals over the lid and place the pot in the coals or on a very low grate.
Otherwise, slid the pan into a 350 degree oven. Baking time is 20-30 minutes depending on your method it could be 45 minutes.
You can serve plain, with sugar free whipped topping or ice cream if you want.
However you serve it, eat it hot, it is delicious and you'll be wanting more. IF you have any left it is pretty tasty for breakfast with a cup of joe too.
I included the photos from the recipe builder in my WW app this way folks following the WW Freestyle plan can see I'm not joking about points.