Monday, July 27, 2015

Home office update

One and half cans of paint and four hours later.  Thanks MissLyney for helping.
The below pictures are all before shots.
 Before, very dark paint and one accent wall, that was leftover from my daugher's high-school days.
 Yes, yes popcorn ceiling removal is on the "list".  It has started, just has not made it to this room.

 Notice the overload of sports items, hubby says must stay, must go.  OK, most will stay, but the items will be re-distributed...
 Sneak peek at the new color!  I am in love with the light brightness of it all.  Kilm Beige by Sherwin Williams.  Bye diamonds on the wall, I really only want to look at diamonds on my fingers!
Stay tuned... currently hunting Pinterest for window treatment options!

Monday, July 20, 2015

I went a little overboard

I had a wedding flower job this past weekend and ended up with a bit of an over order.  Lucky for my house, my friends, hubbies and Lynley's work mates.

These were gifted to friends and co-workers

 These are brightening my kitchen.

 Love this metal pitcher from IKEA and this tiny vase from our trip to Ireland.
 Waterford and roses, a splurge bedside!

 Both bathrooms decked out in pinks.

Thank you Ooohlala Floral.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

We celebrated the Fourth with fun!

I will let the pictures show how much fun we had!

Waiting for the neighborhood parade.
 I think Cindy is really excited about the firegirl hats!

Puppy, pools and playhouses

 MissRaylyn had already learned to swim solo. MissHadley and MissLayton started out in rafts and it didn't take long to try the swimming thing.

I call this the Daddy grip.  MissAllyAnn was dressed for the fourth too.

 Be still my heart as it fills with pleasure watching sunsets, families visiting and cleaning up the paper popper remnants  that the two year olds enjoyed!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Louisiana meat pies

Every time we drive home to Alexandria, Louisiana for a visit, we make sure to take a pit stop in Natchitoches.  There are several places that sell meat pies.  We grab a few and hop back in the car and munch on them  for the last hour of our drive home.

We also pack a cooler to bring home frozen meat pies back to Texas.  For the fourth of July celebration at the lake I decided to try small appetizer sized meat pies.  I used two of my favorite cookbooks and combined the recipes.  Louisiana Entertains, by far, my favorite cookbook of all time.  The recipes are presented by an entire meal or party.  Need 200 mini meat pies, they will tell you how!  Cane River Cuisine is another favorite of mine.  They both had perfect recipes.  My substitutions to the recipe are below.

The above mini pies are some of the rejects not pretty enought to make the cut that I baked for the family to try.  The other 6 dozen, I froze on a cookie sheet for two hours and then bagged them up, three dozen to a bag,  and returned them to the freezer.  

 The meat...

 The recipe called 7 cups of flour to make the dough.  I substituted refrigerator ready pie crusts. because I was lazy  I used a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.  I was able to get 12 mini's out of one pie crust and almost two dozen more out of the leftover dough pieces.  I used four pie crusts.  I needed at least four more to use all the meat mixture.  But, spaghetti meat sauce will be wonderful for dinner tonight!
 The pies...

I baked a few to taste, maybe I think I should have let them brown a bit more.  But, they smelled so good and I was hungry.

Next time I make these, I am asking my best friend to bring a bottle of wine and four rolls of dough and it will be a group effort.  It is tedious loading those little dough circles with the meat mixture.  Girl talk and wine will definitely make this little project more fun!

My adjustments below from the Louisiana Entertains Cookbook recipe.
Purchased pie crusts
finely diced peppers and green onion
1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork
I couldn't find Chef Boyardee sauce mix (cookbook 1980's)
I did find two packages of generic dry spaghetti sauce mix
No olives or jalapeno peppers (will add peppers next time)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper, heavy sprinkle of granulated garlic and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of meat mixture is all that I could fit in my little circles of dough

Louisiana Entertains, 1984 is out of circulation.  
I found some for you used on Amazon.
The Harvest Coffee party recipes pictured above serves 100

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Coffee plus oats plus yogurt equals

A great easy breakfast.  Add farmers market peaches on the side or on top and done!

 Last night, I mixed fresh brewed coffee with oatmeal, threw in a handful of chopped pecans and stirred in some honey flavored yogurt.  I then chilled it in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning, I topped my cup of coffeeyo-oats (my creative name) with cinnamon. Sunday morning easy breakfast. 

Next time, I might mix the yogurt in right before serving, to give it a creamy texture.  Or maybe less oats. It thickened some overnight in the fridge.  Sorry, I have not measurements, I just guessed.

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