Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I'm so happy -- my little hummingbirds have returned for another season.  My neighbor has informed me that they have already been visiting her.  So yesterday I thoroughly cleaned out my feeders and mixed up a batch of my special hummingbird food.  Now I will just wait patiently for them to grace me with their delightful presence.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Taco Salad

Sometimes when I need a quick idea for dinner, I choose taco salad.  It's relatively fast, and customizable.  By customizable, I mean that you don't have to put everything in it.  Sitting around my table at each meal are a variety of likes and dislikes.  We have the non-tomato eaters, non-avocado eaters, and even a non-cheese eater (that's me, and I know it is unthinkable to some of you).  So when I make it, I have the basic salad, and serve all of the optional toppings in separate small serving dishes for everyone to choose or not choose according to their personal likes or dislikes.

My recipe is very basic ..... lettuce,1 can of kidney beans rinsed, green onions, sliced black olives, and 1 pound ground beef that has been seasoned with my taco seasoning mix (and cooled before adding to the lettuce).  The separate items that I include on the side are grated cheese, diced tomatoes, avocadoes, and tortilla chips that have been crushed.  Of course you could just add all of that to your salad along with the basic ingredients (except for the crushed chips -- they can get a bit soggy if there is enough salad remaining for leftovers).  I serve the salad dressing on the side, which of course can be whatever your preference is; but a favorite of ours to have with this salad is Catalina.  And then of course I never forget the salsa and the taco hot sauce.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Daffodils Make Me Smile

This time of year, daffodils have an amazing effect.  The very presence of them in a room sets such a joyful tone.  I simply love daffodils.  We are blessed with their beauty for such a brief time.  Unfortunately, I don't have any growing in my yard; but I will buy them at the grocery store when they are available.  This particular batch was a gift from two of my daughters.  They purchased them with the buds tightly closed:

 This way we get the most possible enjoyment out of them.  And then when they burst into bloom:

They truly make me smile!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Recipes, Recipes, and More Recipes

I find a great deal of pleasure in sitting down and looking through a cookbook.  When I check books out at the library, typically the larger percentage of them are cookbooks.  I can hardly bear to throw a magazine away until I've clipped out the good looking recipes.  I have a nice collection of cookbooks, old and new.  In fact, I realize that there probably aren't enough hours left in my lifetime to be able to make all of the delicious recipes that I want to try. 

In my "dream" house, I think I would like to have a second kitchen.  This kitchen would always be set up and ready for me to step into it to make any pie or cake at a moment's notice.  And of course since my family wouldn't possibly be able to eat all of the decadent desserts that I would be making, I would love to just be able to give them away to anyone who would have them .... after I have been able to have a small piece first of course.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Grasshopper Pie

Many variations of this recipe exist, but of course I like my mom's the best.  And no, there aren't any grasshoppers in it.  However, once when my mom had prepared it for our dessert, my brother, and one of my cousins that happened to be visiting, decided that it would be a funny trick if they actually put a grasshopper in the pie.  So when no one was looking, they took the pie out of the refrigerator, put a grasshopper in it, and then smoothed over the top so it wouldn't be noticed (at least in their minds they had smoothed over the top well enough).  When my mom was ready to serve the pie, she noticed fingerprints in one section.  Being the intuitive mother that she was, she made certain that my brother and cousin were the recipients of that particular section of the pie.  It turned out to be a very funny trick on them, and funny memories for the rest of us.  To this day, I cannot even think of grasshopper pie without thinking of that partcular event.

Grasshopper Pie
22 Oreo cookies, crushed
3 Tablespooons of melted butter

Combine melted butter and crushed cookies.  Press into a 9 inch pie plate

24 large marshmallows
2/3 cups milk
2 cups of Cool Whip (or 1 cup of whipping cream, whipped)
3 tablespoons of creme de menthe.
Grasshoppers -- optional  ;o)

Melt the marshmallows and milk in a double boiler (watch closely).  Let cool slightly, and then fold in the cool whip or whipped cream, and the creme de menthe.  Pour into crust and top with additional cookie crumbs.  Refrigerate.  This recipe can be made the day before you wish to use it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Greetings

We had a great little vacation this past week.  My son is an expert surfer riding the indoor wave.  I gave it a couple of tries; but after being tossed into the air by the wave both times, I opted for body surfing instead.  It was much easier.

After returning from vacation, I had a couple of days to quickly prepare for Easter.  At this very moment, my daughter is setting the table, and everything seems to be in place.  Well, almost everything.  Upon completion of this blog post, I will put together a relish plate, and then everything will be in order.  But I just wanted to take a minute, and wish all of you a very blessed Easter Day.  This day carries so much meaning; and without it, there would be no hope in this world.  But we do have this day to celebrate Christ's glorious resurrection; and along with it, comes forgiveness and hope.  This is truly a glorious day for celebration!