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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #87

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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This Week's Features!

S'mores Parfaits from Raining Hot Coupons  ***Most Viewed*** 
Bacon Cheddar Kale Chips from Flour on my Face
Sweet Corn Cheddar Cheese Fritters from 4 Sons R Us 
DIY Custom Range Hood from The Decoratoraholic
Chocolate Eagle Spoons and Forks from Hoopla Palooza
Easy to make Glass Sun Catchers fromSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
Vintage Lighted Shop Sign from Kleinworth & Co

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Homemade Sparkling Lemonade


Lemonade is just an American classic, kinda like Apple Pie!  
 Summer picnics, especially celebrating our great Country's Independence day just screams for a cold glass of lemonade.     I like a little bubbly with my drinks so this is a classic lemonade but with the added touch sparkling water.




Homemade Sparkling Lemonade
Ingredients
Instructions
1. In a glass pitcher, add fresh-squeezed lemon juice from 5-6 lemons, simple syrup and sparkling water.
2. Pour over ice into glasses
3. Garnish with lemon slices, (optional) and mint springs, (optional).
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Simple Syrup


Simple Syrup is a must have in our kitchen on The Ranch this summer.   We use it to sweeten ice tea, lemonade and so many other bar drinks.   My hubby loves his tea without sweetener so I am able to make a pitcher of tea and just add simple syrup to my glass and it's perfect.   No worries about the sugar not dissolving nor the ice melting due to over stirring.  He has the perfect glass of tea and so do I!    
But don't limit yourself on just tea, there are so many other uses for this easy mixture! 
Flavor it with vanilla or cinnamon and brush it on layer cakes to keep them moist and to infuse flavor. Flavor it with citrus, peppers to give your cocktails a added boost. 
Infuse it with mint, liqueur or extracts for added flavor to your summer beverages.   Or how about a lavender infusion!
See, the sky's the limit with this very easy mixture and it is necessity in our kitchen all summer! 

Simple Syrup


Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
Instructions
1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to boil
2. Boil for 3 minutes
3. Remove from heat and let cool
4. Cover and store in refrigerator
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Red White and Blue Layered Drink 



Sangria
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Social Media Weekly # 24 (Instagram)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Instagram

 Link up your Instagram account, then go get some Instagram CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 


Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Instagram account not your blog so we can find you easier!  
And Facebook only counts "likes" if they are from a personal page not a business, so be sure to "like" pages from your personal page




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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #85

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already follow us on Pinterest, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:

With a Blast

Love Bakes Good Cakes

My Turn for us




This Week's Features!
Taco Pasta from Everyday Made Fresh***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand from Divine Lifestyle
 Pineapple Delight Dessert from Sugar Apron
DIY Old Cabinet Door Upcycle to Wall Art from A Vision to Remember
Jello "Ocean" Sailboat Shark Dessert from Simplee Thrifty  
DIY Washi Tape Party Silverware from Premeditated Leftovers
 Butter Basted Pork Chops with Thyme from Cooking on a Budget



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Monday, June 22, 2015

Ratatouille Tian



Zucchini and yellow squash are abundant right now in my garden and I was just recently given some beautiful eggplant.   I searched my cookbooks and notes and decided the best way to use these beautiful and healthy veggies is in a ratatouille. But even though regular ratatouille has some amazing flavors but it doesn't always look pretty or appetizing.   I have seen so many ideas for different tians and they are actually easier to prepare and of course they are just gorgeous. 
This dish has the flavors of ratatouille and the beauty of a tiana rainbow of sliced squashes, peppers and eggplant on a bed of tomato paste, saute onions and garlic.


Ratatouille Tiran
Ingredients
  • 1 six-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the chopped onion and sauté until tender and translucent.
3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Spray a round pan (deep dish pie plate works great) with cooking spray.
5. Mix the tomato paste, onion and garlic, water, and one tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Spread the tomato paste mixture along the bottom of the dish.
7. Toss sliced vegetables in a bit of olive oil, just enough to very lightly coat them.
8. Arrange the veggies around the outer edge of the dish alternating the colors.
9. Drizzle the top of the vegetables with two tablespoons of olive oil and adding salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle the top with thyme leaves.
10. Cut a round piece of parchment paper to cover the dish and bake for about 45 minutes until the veggies are tender and roasted
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Other dishes I know you will enjoy:


Potato Patties




Jessica's Mac n' Cheese



Perfect Prime Rib





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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Social Media Weekly #23 (Twitter)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Twitter

 Link up your Twitter account, then go get some Twitter CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 


Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Twitter not your blog so we can find you easier!  
And Facebook only counts "likes" if they are from a personal page not a business, so be sure to "like" pages from your personal page




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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #85

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already follow us on Pinterest, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:

With a Blast

Love Bakes Good Cakes

My Turn for us




This Week's Features!
 
Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake from Bunny's Warm Oven ***Most Viewed*** 
Double Decker Berry Pie Bowls from Little Miss Celebration
Alcohol Ink Votives from Bitz n' Giggles
 Spinach and Ricotta Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes from Treat Yourself Sweeter
My Picnic Party on the Deck Cart from Crafts a la Mode

Red Velvet Berry Pancakes from The Gracious Wife 
USA Map String Art fromDomestically Speaking


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The West Texas Windmill

I know you have heard stories about who settled the West but most of those stories are not true.     
I grew up in West Texas not just barely west Texas but way out West Texas where water was scarce. There are no rivers and the only time the gulches were full was when a cloudburst happened in the mountains and then all the "washes" or gulches became rushing muddy messes and then disappeared just as quickly.    I know my friends and family will remind me of the Pecos River but most of my remembrance, it was a small meandering muddy stream,not a real river.  
Anyway, this country is know for it's large Ranches, not counted in acres but in "Sections" ( 1 section=640 acres) , but of course it almost took a section to feed even one cow calf pair.  (old joke).  The grass is tough but with a few rains early in the season, grows large and makes nutritious feed for cattle. The only thing that was missing was water for the cattle in this vast land.  There are a few springs but those are few and far between.   But along came the windmill, designed with a tail to keep the blades faced into the wind and to pump life giving water in this land.  And they dotted the land bringing life to West Texas.
And that's how West Texas was really settled, by these windmills!!

These windmills are still used all over most of Texas still today.  There is nothing more pleasing to me than the sound of a windmill pumping up that cold water. 
These energy efficient designs have lasted for more than 100 years and really haven't changed much, still reliable and most any real cowboy worth his salt can repair them on the spot.  
Some of my favorite sites as we drive to town are the windmills.   I'll never get tired of seeing them and appreciating their history and value.



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Monday, June 15, 2015

Fried Apples


My hubby has always talked about his Mom's apples that she served over pancakes or waffles in the morning.  I always thought they were stewed apples with a thick syrupy glaze but I should have know my hubby better.  They are apples cooked in a cast iron skillet with the flavor of cinnamon, not too sweet and not overcooked, but left with a bit of crunch in the center.  
 It only took me 35 years to make these for him!  All it took was a quick phone call to his mom and here they are served on his waffles this morning!!
  And since she called them "Fried Apples" that is exactly what we will call them. 
 Reminder: Mom says, "Use a cast iron skillet to get the best flavor in your Fried Apples"!

 
Fried Apples

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds of Apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Instructions
1. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add apples
2. Add salt, brown sugar and cinnamon
3. Cook, stirring often until apples are tender but still crunchy inside
4. Serve over waffles or pancakes
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Other Great Breakfast Ideas:

  Mexican Breakfast Casserole






Flourless Pancakes


Quiche





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