Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Salute to the Red White & Blue Happy Independence Day!!!


JULY 4th

John Adams

had written to his wife Abigail:
The fourth day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

 Americans celebrate independence on July 4,the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence.

We celebrate!

we live in the most blessed
country in the world

and we will be 
forever more

Good food, fireworks

Fresh Tomato pie

¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour 
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
? cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons cold water
3 large eggs
1 cup low-fat milk
½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
½ teaspoon salt, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl.
 Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough.
Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan,
preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust.
Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily;
 fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust,
then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle thyme, ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining ¼ cup cheese.
 Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top.
Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Super easy FLAG CAKE
4 cups fresh strawberries
1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen prepared pound cake, thawed, cut into 14 slices
1-1/3 cups blueberries, divided
1 tub (12 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Slice 1 cup strawberries; halve remaining strawberries.
Cover bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices; top with sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries.
Spread COOL WHIP over berries.
Arrange strawberry halves and remaining blueberries on COOL WHIP to resemble a US flag.
 Keep refrigerated.

1 cup sifted cake flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup milk
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 8-by-12-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
 Dust with a little flour, tapping out the excess, and set aside.
Whisk together flour, cocoa and salt in a small bowl.
 Beat together brown sugar, oil, milk, egg, egg whites and vanilla in a large bowl
with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth, making sure no lumps of brown sugar remain.
 Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until blended.
Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish. Bake just until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool in the baking dish on a rack. Cut into 15 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

I'll be on Amtrak heading to D.C.
with a good friend
July 4th

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Homemade Pudding, day trip to Jekyll and Buddy's Lawn

Vanilla Pudding from scratch!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
1/3 cup sugar (*option Apriva or Truvia)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
In 2-quart saucepan, mix *sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,
until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
 Pour pudding into dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until
 chilled. Store covered in refrigerator.

~layer cinnamon graham crackers
~fresh blueberries and strawberries 

 refrigerate or if you like enjoy while the
cinnamon crackers are still crunchy 
we prefer refrigerate
so as the cinnamon crackers become soften

Layers of pudding, cinnamon grahams
fresh Blueberries and strawberries
easy, sweet, and if you make with Apriva or Truvia
diabetic friendly
Hey you have most of these ingredients on hand
why not make your own pudding.
Homemade is ALWAYS better. 

 Relaxing day trip
just sitting on our beach towels
with a small cooler of 
bottles of cold water for me
and a few Michelob lights
for G. 
We're blessed to live a short distance to
Jekyll Island
St. Simons

 "You may have many best friends but your dog only has one." 
or two  

"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."—Mark Twain 

Buddy's lawn is slowly growing back after 
much needed rain.

Buddy's lawn

we just keep it mowed, lol.

Thankful for the rain.

Southeast Georgia
has been in a drought.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

Give thanks for the rain in your life
which waters the flowers of your soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie