Archive for July, 2013

Hi, all!  One of my favorite blogs is HerKentucky which is written by an all female team who also have a great love of Kentucky.  The last couple of weeks, they have had guest writers and I got to be included.  It is quite an honor for me and I hope you jump over to their site and read my post, but don’t just stop there.  Read them all!  I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I do.

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Good morning, folks!  It’s Monday again so it is time for a fresh start at home and work.  This weekend has been beautiful and the unusually cool weather is supposed to continue through this week.  I finally had a chance to weed the garden and strawberry beds last week and I hope to clean out the front landscaping this week if all goes well.  The weeds like this nice weather as much as the good plants do.  They just keep growing and growing and growing!

Since it has been cooler, it gets me in the mood for fall home improvement projects and we may have a couple in the near future.  We have to get past the beginning of school first.  Even though my husband works year round for the school system as technology coordinator, the beginning and ending of the school year is always a stressful time.  Once he gets back in the swing of things, life can get back to normal. 

Cheesy steak sandwiches with oven fries

Enchilada beef with fruit

Taco ring with fresh veggies & fruit

Pineapple pork chops with grilled potato wedges

Taco roast with oven fries

Pizza night

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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For many, many years I have made Kansas Cucumber Salad and I posted about it here back in 2009.  When I saw this recipe on the awesome blog, She Wears Many Hats, it reminded me how good the Kansas Salad is.  The two are very similar except that this new one is healthier since it uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo. 

I have come to love the tangy flavor of Greek yogurt.  It can be used to replace sour cream and mayo in many recipes to make them a little lighter.  So if you like creamy salads, but are watching your weight, give Greek yogurt a try.


5 or 6 medium cucumbers

4 tbsp. Greek yogurt

1/2 tbsp. dried dill

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder


Peel, half and slice the cucumbers.  You can seed them if needed, but mine didn’t need to be. 

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. 


Pour this over the sliced cucumber and toss to coat.  Chill for about an hour and serve cold.


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C has been a comic book fan for years so we decided to check out a comic convention in our area.  We went to one in Lexington, KY, a couple of months ago and enjoyed it, but it was so crowded that it was almost overwhelming.

Louisville, KY hosted its own Derby City Comicon on June 29th, so we went to check it out.  It didn’t seem to be nearly as big or well attended as the one in Lexington, but it was still fun.  I am not that knowledgeable about the characters that were popular.  I was always an Archie comics fan myself and you just don’t see much of that anymore.  Hmmm, I am getting old!

It was a beautiful day to get out and do something so we were both glad that we took the time to go.  It is fun to people watch and see the different costumes that people come up with.  Here are a few of my favorite from that day:
Girlified Iron Man, Loki & Captain America from The Avengers:


A Steampunk Wonder Woman costume: (I loved this one!  If you are wondering what “steampunk” is…it is a style combination of Victorian and industrial items.  Kinda weird, but way cool!  Go here for more steampunk inspiration.)


A mini Darth Vader:


One of the Mario Brothers:


A mini (& injured) Green Lantern with his Bat Girl mom:


Joker & Harley Quinn from Batman:


The Riddler from Batman:


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Well, good morning, everyone!  It is nice to back in my regular posting routine and it is also great to be delivering some good news.  Last Monday, my MIL, who is such an awesome lady, had triple bypass surgery to correct 3 very serious blockages.  We are so blessed because all three blockages are fixed and she is home resting and recuperating.  Yay!!!  Praise God!

Since she is now on dietary restrictions and I am helping out in the kitchen, it is time for me to learn to do more low sodium and heart healthy cooking.  I don’t think my usual meals are too bad, but I know I can do better.  C & I have been what I like to call “stress eating” the last few weeks so it is time to clean up the old diet a little.  Don’t expect to see major changes here…just a few tweaks to old favorites.  I have ordered a few salt-free spice blends from Penzey’s Spices to try and I will let you know how they are.  Besides avoiding extra salt, it is back to breakfast smoothies for me instead of stopping for a ham biscuit and Coke at Dairy Queen.  Hopefully we will all be a little healthier for it.

Salsa sloppy Joes with oven fries

Taco pork chops with baked potatoes

Deep dish pizza casserole with fresh garden veggies

Grilled hamburgers with oven fries

Pork Chops a la City Chicken (new) with baked potatoes

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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Smoothies make a great breakfast during the heat of summer and this was is especially tasty if you are a peanut butter lover like me.  I found the original recipe on the Whole Living website and then tweaked it to suit my taste and lactose intolerance.


1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

1 cup frozen banana slices

1 tsp. creamy peanut butter


Put all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Easy peasy!


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1. This one doesn’t have a photo but it is the most important thing this week.  My MIL had successful triple bypass surgery on Monday and is now home and recovering.  We are so blessed and thankful that her problem was caught when it was so no further damage was done. God was watching over her!

2. I froze 6 dozen ears of sweet corn on Wednesday night and now my little freezer is just about full of all kinds of goodies.  I didn’t grow this, but someone local did and it is just so good.


3. On a much lighter note, when I finally made it to the grocery on Wednesday afternoon, I took a little side trip to Sally’s Beauty Supply where I purchased these two little goodies:


Now I just need a little time to do a pedicure.

4. I have been letting my hair grow for a while and it is finally long enough to pull back so I also purchased this cute hair clip at Sally’s.


5.  Last, but I guess not least…I turn FORTY today!!  Yikes! How did that happen?  I can’t be over 30 yet? Right…right!?!?!?!?  Oh, well.  I am grateful for my first 40 years and hopefully will get to celebrate another 40.

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Thanks for joining me today for my edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  If you are a book lover like me, hopefully you will find several interesting reads from the list of blogs linking up there.

Today, my first line comes from “The Lost Art of Mixing” by Erica Bauermeister.  When I read this, it was a new selection at my local library and the title was about cooking, I just had to try it.  Cooking is a main theme through the book, but it is mostly about relationships between different people and how they all connect together.  Here is the first line:

“Lillian stood at the restaurant kitchen counter, considering the empty expanse in front of her.”

In my opinion as someone who loves to cook, this scenario could be really good or really bad.  Does Lillian have a beautiful clean space with which to work or does she see a space empty of ideas or feelings?  You will just have to read the book to find out!

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Non-Menu Plan Monday

Good morning, everyone!  I know it’s been a little quiet here the last few days and I apologize for the lack of posts, but things should hopefully get back to normal shortly. 

I hate that things slowed down just as I got the new Facebook page up and running, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  As the Terminator says…I’ll be back!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed week.  See you soon!

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Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

July’s spotlight ingredients for the Lady Behind The Curtain’s Dessert Challenge is, drumroll please…blueberries & lemon!  I had not used that combination before so off to Pinterest I went in search of a new recipe to try.  I found this delicious muffin recipe on the blog, Silver Boxes and knew I had found the right one.

I love blueberry muffins, but I never made them from scratch.  Instead, I always used a box mix that came with the little can of blueberries.  Well, I can now say that fresh is best!  These are awesome, especially with the melted butter, lemon, and sugar topping.  This makes 12 to 14 muffins depending on the size you want.


2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

zest of 1 lemon

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk (I used 4 tbsp. powdered and add 1 cup of water when the recipe calls for buttermilk.)

1 cup butter melted, divided

1 heaping cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Juice of 1 lemon


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.  Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, dried buttermilk and salt together.  Zest the lemon over the dry ingredients and set aside.


Beat the egg in a medium bowl and then add the water and 1/2 cup melted butter. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture and stir until just mixed.  The batter will be a little lumpy.  Stir in the blueberries.



Fill the muffin pans 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins test done.  Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to continue cooling.


For the topping: Combine 1/2 cup melted butter and the juice from 1 lemon.  Pour 1 cup of sugar in a separate bowl.  Dip the tops of the muffins into the butter then roll them in the sugar.  Now all you have to do is eat them.  Enjoy!





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