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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Chips are one of the best ways to enjoy all that zucchini coming out of the garden right now!   They are healthy but taste like you are cheating on your diet!  Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and just a smidgen of cayenne make these just irresistible!    


Zucchini Chips
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 2 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, season salt, garlic powder and cayenne in a medium bowl.
3. Place milk in a shallow bowl.
4. Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray
4. Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
5. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp
6. Salt and pepper prior to serving.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

White Peach Jam


I have never cooked with white peaches before and not sure if I have ever  heard of them.   These little white peaches are just the sweetest peaches and make the most gorgeous color of jam. 
 It is gorgeous, isn't it?  

    Look at all that color!
  I have read that white peaches are in fact sweeter than a yellow peach and are lower in acidity.   They are more delicate than the yellow peach and are easily bruised so they were not sold in stores until the 1980's when a hardier variety was developed. 
 Maybe this is why I am unfamiliar with them. 

I am lucky enough to have a neighbor with a white peach tree and this year it is really producing.  

 Not sure if it was all the rains in Texas or no late frosts.    Anyway my neighbor, Mrs P always shares and maybe that's why she is rewarded with an abundance of special white peaches!

I knew I had to make White Peach Jam with the peaches Mrs P gave me and I am so glad I did!  The sweetness of white peaches made the most flavorful and sweetest jam!     







White Peach Jam

Ingredients
  • About 3 lbs of fresh white peaches
  • 1 package powdered fruit pectin (I used Sure-Jel)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 5 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 7 -1/2 pint (jelly jars) with lids and rings
Instructions
1. Heat a large pot of water over high heat to boiling
2. Wash peaches and blanch in the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a ice water bath
3. Place the 1/2 pint jars in clean boiling water with lids and rings to sterilize
4. Remove the peaches from the ice bath and slip off the skin of the peach with a paring knife
4. Pit the peaches and chop.
5. Working in batches, place peaches in food processor and process until just chunky
6. Measure 4 cups chunky peaches into a large pot or dutch oven, add pectin and lemon juice, bring to a rolling boil (a boil that can not be stirred down)
7. Add sugar and stir to combine. Continue to stir until mixture returns to a rolling boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
8. Remove from heat and carefully skim off foam
9. Ladle in the sterilized 1/2 pint jars (jelly jars) leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
10. Carefully clean the rims and place lids and rings on top.
11. Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes, remove carefully and place on clean tea towel until cool, Lids should "pop" and indent down as they cool to seal
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Social Media Weekly #29 (Instagram)



New Year!     New Goals!
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #91

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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Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball from Stephie Cooks ***Most Viewed*** 
Kate Spade Inspired Key Fobs from Flamingo Toes
Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie from Lemon Thistle
Easy Sharpie Tie Dye Shirt from Mainly Homemade
BBQ Ranch Grilled Wedge Salads from Shaken Together

How to Create a Family Wall of Photos from Walking on Sunshine
Broccoli Salad Recipe from Sweep Tight

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunflower Fields


With all the rains this year in Texas, wildflowers have just flourished!  They are just gorgeous and one flower that is in abundance is the sunflower. 

 We were in the middle of our big barn build so we didn't plow or plant some of our fields and the sunflowers took advantage!  



I had to climb up on top of my four wheeler to get this shot, yep the sunflowers are not only plentiful,  they are super super tall! 



I can't even see the tree line in the distance in this field!  


This is a four wheeling trail behind the dirt tanks (ponds) and the sunflowers are giant!!  


Here is a quick visual measurement of the size of these guys.   That's me standing in the shade and I'm 5'7" so you get the picture!   These are at least 7-9 feet tall!  
Yep, I do believe we have sunflower trees!! 

A few of these sunflowers even drifted into my yard!

From the Land of the Sunflower!! 


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Frozen Watermelon Mint Shooters


 Remember when tuperware parties were all the rage and of course the old tuperware popsicle maker was in about every home?     I remember my mom would let us make frozen popsicles with about every flavor or color of kool aid.  We just about wore out those popsicle makers!   We ran around all summer with different color lips and tongues from these fun treats.
Yep, life was simple growing up in the sixties!     
        Now that I am an adult, kool aid popsicles are just not enough, I do like reliving these fun memories but with an extra kick.  
 And since I don't think one could think of summer and not also think of watermelon or hot sunny days, these shooters bring all that together since they are the perfect treat for hot summer days.

Frozen Watermelon Mint Shooters


Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Watermelon, cubed
  • 3 oz of rum
  • 3 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup, click for recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract
  • 12 plastic shooter glasses
  • 12 swizzle sticks
Instructions
1. Place watermelon cubes in a blender and puree
2. Add rum, simple syrup, mint extract
3. Blend until smooth
4. Pour into plastic shot glasses
5. Cover each shot glass with foil
6. Insert swizzle sticks in center of shot glasses
7. Freeze until firm
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Social Media Weekly #28 (Twitter)



New Year!     New Goals!
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Welcome to Social Media 
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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!!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #90

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!!
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 Blueberry Sour Cream Skillet Bread with Streusel Topping from Dad What's 4 Dinner ***Most Viewed*** 
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Mandarin Orange Salad from Atta Girl Says
Chalk Painted Side Tables from Across the Blvd
American Lava Burger from Cooking with Carlee
French Toast Cups Recipe fromCincy Shopper
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Balsamic Tomatoes with Feta Cheese

I remember as a child, going out to the garden with a salt shaker and enjoying a few fresh tomatoes right off the vine.   Juice running down my chin and all the great smells of tomato vines in the air, it was the "Taste of Summer".  
Balsamic Tomatoes with Feta Cheese make a great side dish for all your summer meals, it combines "the Taste of Summer" with the great flavor of balsamic vinegar and topped with feta cheese.


Balsamic Tomatoes with Feta Cheese


Ingredients
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese, may use more
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
1. Arrange the tomato slices on a serving dish.
2. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the top
3. Salt and pepper to taste
4. Loosely cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
5. Prior to serving, sprinkle the feta cheese on top
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Zucchini Tots

Right about this time of the year, my garden is loaded with zucchini and yellow squash.  I believe zucchini and yellow squash is best eaten fresh, not frozen nor canned, so I have a regular line up of my favorite ways to prepare this veggie.  
This is probable my all time favorite way to prepare zucchini, but I think I say that about every dish I prepare!  In fact my children have a standing joke that I believe, every meal, every day, every trip and even every Christmas tree, every etc is, "The Best Ever".  Even our Fantasy Football League  was even called, "The Best Football League Ever", (yep they named it just to have another laugh at their dear old mom)!  
But this is indeed, "The Best Zucchini Dish Ever"!  
 I can hear my children laughing right now and loads of eye rolling is going on!
But wait till they try it!




Zucchini Tots

Ingredients
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of onion, finely chopped or minced
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spray a mini-muffin pan with baking spray such as Pam and set aside.
3. Grate the zucchini onto a dish towel, close up the towel and wring out the excess water. (This will prevent your tots from being soggy)
4. In a small bowl combine zucchini, egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Use a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the mini muffin cups to the top and lightly press down.
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is browned and set.
6. Run a knife around the outer rim of the zucchini tot and gently remove them from the pan
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