But first I have to show you some little treats I made for the holiday!
I'll tell you more in a minute!
This week's LBM is hamburgers -- >
It's an easy way to try some of the
different burgers that Fresh Market has to offer.
I picked up a
couple of turkey
burgers with green peppers, etc. and a couple of beef with bacon and
cheddar... Also, for $20 we got some giant kaiser buns, chips, slaw, corn to
grill, cheddar cheese slices,
and a dozen cookies.
A pretty sweet savings of $17.
We did the burgers on the stove
top [still loving my Bobby Flay grill pan] and added fresh tomatoes and
onion from the Farmer's Market. It was a fairly quick and easy
[With a heat index of 105* we / I decided to not grill
This week I also made a couple
of family favorites for our Fourth of July gatherings...
First I made some Krispie Rice Treats --
I remember that my sister used
to make these for Christmas each year and used food
coloring to jazz them up a bit for The Holiday so I thought I'd give it a
go for the Fourth of July
[and who am I kidding? --- I saw it on
pinterest as well
Just melt 3 tablespoons of butter with a bag of marshmallows and stir in six cups of toasted rice cereal [ha.]
Note: I made two batches all at once to have enough for the three layers of
I took a third of the mixture out into a bowl and Craig added red food coloring while I mixed it with my hands [with my little disposable gloves on - you know -- the ones I use when I take cooked chicken off the bone...]
Then pressed it into a 9x13 pan. I added a layer of mixture with no food coloring, then used blue on the remaining mixture in the pan it was cooked in and pressed it on top of the red and white layers.
Here's a tip: for the 2nd and 3rd layers form little patties in the palm of your hand and press it down before adding it to the layers... they will all mold together nicely after it's all put together.
Let it cool a bit before cutting into little bars.
Another tip: dip your knife in water between each cut for easier slicing.
... something I’m sure many of you are well aware of… and since my
got a new grill recently we’ve been cooking outside a bit
[even in this
crazy heat wave!]
First we gave the sausage meal a go –
$20 we got 4 sausages, a pre-cut veggie pack, hoagie buns, and seltzer
water [raspberry!] Plus – some good ole raisins and peanuts!
bought two meals and actually had the butcher package up a variety of
sausages [chicken and apple sausage, anyone? Oh my!] We also had
– hot [!!], and mild…
tossed the veggies with just a bit of olive oil and Craig tossed them
on the grill with the sausages. [LOVING this little grill that has
AND keeps the veggies from falling through!]
[LOVE my sweetheart... And , well, yes -- > that is a chamber pot setting outside my back door --- used for compost, I assure you!]
Meanwhile, I put some [jasmine] rice in the rice cooker with a chicken
bouillon cube… and about twenty minutes later we were ready to sit down
and eat… [He grilled some yellow squash from the Farmer’s
seltzer water has a delicious flavor that sweet daughter-in-law said
reminded her of some she had while in Europe… But just a little note:
sweetener in it!
It’d be fun to have a photo – but suffice it to say
that I was covered in seltzer water about five seconds after I put the truvia in the bottle – lol.
almost forgot! Before we started on the meal I peeled and chopped a few
Chilton County peaches [from Peach Park!] and put this quick little
in the oven…
– and one I’ve eaten my entire life ---
Melt a stick of butter [I actually only used ¾ stick in this one]
in a casserole dish [350* oven.]
a mixing bowl whisk together: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour [I use
self-rising] and 1 cup milk [I use 2% - but I’m sure it’d be even better
Once butter is melted, pour in batter [it will seem thin] and
toss fruit on top.
DO NOT STIR
Bake, uncovered for about 30 minutes.
forgot to take a photo of the finished product – but it looked much
like this blueberry one my sweetheart made last week – just feel free to
a cup or so of any fresh fruit you have on hand.
I always love blueberry cobbler
– but have to say that
this peach one was DELICIOUS.
I'll share the next Thursday Little Big Meal soon!
- I'd just bragged about how this particular location had been refurbished
and looked pretty nice....I hadn't stayed in this spot for several years, but it was near our training site, so I gave it go...
But won't be back - lol.
[We stay in a particular chain of hotels and they really are pretty nice for mid-priced hotels... I've rarely had a problem and feel safe there - even when traveling alone...
PLUS we get mega points that we use for vacay days...]
While there, I did a little test run on some 4th of July fun...
- Hotel Room Art -
In other news -
we're loving our little patio area and view into the yard...
I'm still doing the #expressyourselfy challenge... [It ends on the 30th -]
And I FINALLY saw the elusive white squirrel!!!
[Craig's seen him off and on for YEARS.]
He's adorable. We also attended the cute couple across the street's renewal of vows to celebrate their SIXTIETH wedding anniversary. How cool is that? They're a hoot and have been good neighbors to us -
Lastly, our little natural screen is beginning to grow
-- and bloom even!
[I'll share more on this project in a few weeks.] We had such a wonderful time with our boys and sweet daughter-in-law on Friday evening with Fresh Market's $20 meal [-- more on that in a week or so too!] We just enjoyed visiting out on the patio and being together with no real agenda. Good times.
We also had a good time being with my family for a quick meal together
and a little splash pad time. [We're a cRaZy bunch - ha.]
I'm re-posting this post from last year --- Just to share and reminisce a bit....
Maybe some things you know, or didn’t know – or have forgotten… Just for us - you can skip, if you want...
Mama was #9 of ten girls
[bless her mama's and daddy’s hearts…]
She has a niece that is the same age as her… thus, I have second cousins my age...
She was a junior high cheerleader, in the homecoming court,
and salutatorian of her Senior Class
[She was the only one of the girls to graduate from high school…]
She grew up in the country and picked cotton to earn spending money…
They would ride in the back of a truck to go the North Alabama Fair each year…
Mama worked as a telephone operator before meeting and marrying our father…
She was blessed to be home with us… She enjoyed creating beautifully wrapped gifts, and loved setting a pretty table...
She also loved to talk on the phone... [but I'm sure we ALL knew that - ]
She canned everything from jelly, to tomatoes, to beans, apples, peaches, and peas -- for us to eat all winter long…
And she made the best biscuits and blackberry jam I’ve ever eaten.
She enjoyed gardening and cooking fresh veggies, Southern Style – fried or with lots of bacon. Yum.
She loved having flowers in her yard and in her home.
Mama miscarried a couple of years after I was born and
her life was complete when she finally had her baby boy 10 years later… [This photo is not 'shopped' - it's soc with slide film from one of our dad's old cameras -]
She was terrified of storms and we somehow [ha] always ended up out at my gr-mother’s house [and in her storm cellar]
whenever a storm was brewing- lol.
She played softball at Robbins’ Field when we were kids –
And apparently wasn’t afraid to swing from the rafters on occasion – ha.
She loved to read and could easily devour a few 400 page books a week –
Some of my earliest memories are of our weekly trips to the library in Sheffield… Tough Enough was one of my favorite series...
She also loved studying her Bible
and reading commentaries for theological insights
[I think she owned at least two different sets – of the BIG ONES – ha.]
She had the [spiritual] gift of teaching
and taught Sunday School most of her life –
She so enjoyed seeing her Sunday School members grow in the Lord…
She wasn’t perfect – but was perfectly forgiven, and
taught us that this forgiveness was available to all of us as well.
She loved butter pecan ice cream, or was it peach? Or strawberry? Ha.
She also loved visiting and taking little gifties to ‘her shut-ins’ [as she called them]
and I really believe that’s where my love for the elderly and disabled first started…
I can remember weekly visits to Ms. Gas’ house
and also to people in nursing homes when I was a kid… She loved her grandsons --
Oh how she loved them -
and was generous to the point of Lorna and I having to
tell them that they couldn’t give them money every time they walked in the door – lol. She was an excellent seamstress too - and made us many, many beautiful outfits - and fun things like ET, bugs bunny, clowns, and ninja turtle outfits for Halloween costumes...
But she was overcome with joy when little MK was born!
There hadn’t been a baby girl in our family since I was born… So she was beyond thrilled --
And oh how she loved her sisters and many nieces and nephews
and she had the ability to make everyone who knew her feel special and loved. [Is that Ruby or Lorna peeping out of the back bedroom?]
Each one of us believed that we were her ‘favorite’ –
And truly, we were –
because she could see something special and wonderful in each of us and would encourage us in just the way we needed it.