A little while ago, C’s family hosted a baby shower for his cousin and wife who now have a precious baby boy so, of course, I offered to bring a sweet treat. I had been wanting to make this beautiful fruit trifle from Chef In Training and this was a great opportunity.
I love fruit and dip and this is just another pretty way of having that. I kept the types of fruit pretty close to the original, but you could use any that you like. It is a very versatile recipe
Pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz. crushed pineapple
1 3.25oz box instant banana cream pudding
Layer fruit in a large bowl or trifle dish.
Whisk the remaining ingredients together to form the topping. Pour this mixture over the fruit and use a little leftover fruit to make a pretty design on the top.
Posted in Cooking | Tagged Banana cream pudding, Chef In Training, Fruit, Fruit Trifle, Grapes, Pineapple, Strawberry | 15 Comments »
For today’s Thoughtful Thursday post, I would like to tell you about two garden centers in my area that I love to visit. When my mom was living, she ran a small garden center with my aunt and grandmother and, on my days off, I would go with her to pick up wholesale flowers. I loved these trips and enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful things offered by these businesses. Thankfully, they also sold retail and now I return every year to purchase my flowers from them. Please excuse the phone pics…I didn’t have my big camera with me.
Mammoth Cave Transplants is located in Edmonson County, Kentucky, just a short distance from Brownsville. The owners are retired school teachers who have this wonderful business right beside their home. If you are near, please stop in and have a look around. There are many greenhouses packed tight with blooming beauties along with trees, shrubs, garden art and vegetable seeds.
While you are there, take a second and pet the resident nursery cat, Smoke, who has been there for YEARS!
The second business is Greenleaf Nursery in Glasgow, Kentucky which is only about 30 minutes from where I live. This was the main place we bought flowers when I was a child and I remember going here with my mom every year. I have loved gardening from an early age and always enjoyed looking at all of the pretty plants and wanting to try them all! C & I stopped in a couple of weekends ago to pick up a hanging basket so I grabbed a few phone photos while we were there. It was a nasty wet day but the bright cheery flowers made it worth the stop in the rain.
Greenleaf had some beautiful displays set up to give people ideas of how to decorate with their flowers. If it had not been so rainy, I could have spend hours just wandering around looking at everything!
I hope you enjoyed this short virtual tour of two of my favorite places to shop. If you are in the area, please stop by and support these two long standing Kentucky businesses.
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Because of some unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to cook as many dishes at Easter that I had planned. In fact, I just cooked one: this tasty baked ham recipe that I saw on Trisha Yearwood’s show on the Food Network. Her show is one of my favorites because all of her dishes are fairly simple with ingredients that you will find in any grocery store.
When I saw this recipe, I knew it would be a perfect holiday main dish and it didn’t disappoint. I love using honey in recipes especially since my father-in-law and his first cousin have hives and process their own honey. The little bees that made this honey buzz around in my own backyard.
1 spiral sliced ham-Mine was approximately 10 pounds
1 cup honey
2 cups brown sugar
Adjust your oven racks to accommodate the ham and preheat to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack on top of that. Spray both with non-stick spray. You will want a large baking pan with sides to catch the extra basting liquid.
Place the ham on the rack and cover the ham with foil as well. Place it in the oven and bake for half the estimated cooking time (about 20 minutes per pound).
When you are close to the halfway mark, heat the honey and brown sugar in a medium pan until the sugar dissolves.
Pour this over the ham and continue to cook, basting occasionally with the juices. Allow the ham to stand for a few minutes after it is done then slice and enjoy!
Posted in Cooking | Tagged Brown Sugar, Easter, Food Network, Ham, Honey, Trisha Yearwood, Trisha's Southern Kitchen | 3 Comments »
Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is almost here and that means it is time for another Book Beginnings post. After you read mine, jump on over to Rose City Reader who is the gracious host of the literary link party. There you will find a link to my post and other book loving bloggers.
Today, my beginning lines come from “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin:
“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. “The wildlings are dead.”
Ooh, doesn’t that sound ominous? Who are the wildlings and how did they die? Is that who Gared was looking for or did he just happen upon them? So many questions!
I picked up this book while my dad was in the hospital and I needed some way to pass the time. This is not a story for the faint of heart. It is full of action, violence, love, hate, and every other emotion you can think of. I enjoyed it and have read the second book of the series.
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