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Monday, July 25, 2016

DIY Mini Fish Aquarium


My friend and I volunteered to be in charge of crafts at Vacation Bible School at our little Church.  The theme this year is under the sea so we racked our brains to come up with children's crafts that had to do with fish!   This is one little craft I have been seeing on Pinterest and I just loved the idea except most of the little aquariums were in mason jars.  I was concerned about handing children a glass jar, I didn't see a happy ending with that idea.   So I combed our little craft store and found a perfect little plastic bottle that little hands could hold and was unbreakable.    This DIY Mini Fish Aquarium is a easy little craft that children can make and love and the fish never needs feeding!  




Sweet little fishes!!  Except the shark, not sure about the shark!  But I bet he will be adopted and loved!  


   
Ingredients needed:

2 lb Fishing Line
Plastic bottles with screw-on lids
Colored gravel
Blue Food Coloring
Plastic plants
Plastic fishes

Directions: 

1. Use a funnel and pour gravel in jar
2. Add plastic plants
3. Tie the fish of your choice with enough of the fishing line to hold the fish at a desirable level.     (By using the 2 lb line, the line will almost completely disappear in the bowl)
4.  Add one drop of blue food coloring in 2 cups of water, fill jar with the blued water
5.  Place fish in bowl using the fishing line, screw on lid
6.  Tie remaining fishing line to the top of jar, hiding under the lid, cut off extra line.






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Friday, July 22, 2016

Antipasto Skewers


These Antipasto skewers take a little time to assemble, but the visual effect is so worth it!    And they are delicious!   I started assembling them in a specific order and then just went with it, each one is a little different.   My basil garden is really producing right now so this was a great way to enjoy all that lovely basil.    



Antipasto Skewers

Ingredients
  • 1 can of medium Black olives
  • 1 packages grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup of basil leaves
  • 1/4 lb of salami, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pimento stuffed green olives
  • cheese tortellini (1/2 package)
  • 1- 8oz package of baby mozzarella balls
  • Italian salad dressing
  • 10 12-inch wooden skewers
Instructions
1. Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. Place the tortellini in a bowl, coat liberally with Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Place your ingredients in bowls, in the order you wish to assemble the skewers. (tomato, black olive,basil leaves, mozzarella balls, salami slice,green olives, basil leaf, and tortelini (or any order you like)
3. Remove the skewers from the water and begin to place ingredients on skewers, folding basil leaves in half and salami in fourths. Repeat order at least once more
4. After all skewers have been assembled, stack on a dish and liberally sprinkle with additional Italian salad dressing.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Texas Summer Salad with Grilled Chicken



During these long hot summers here on the ranch, we crave salads, fresh cool crisp salads loaded with flavors and color.   And if we can make a meal out of a salad we will, each and every time.     This Texas Summer Salad has Grilled Chicken and makes a great lunch or even a late dinner. The  jalapeños and tortilla chips with garden fresh tomatoes just add a little bit of Texas to it and that dash of cayenne pepper on the chicken breast gives the meat just a bite of spicy.   Add a ice cold glass of Ice Tea and you have a perfect little summer Texas lunch!  
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Texas Summer Salad with Grilled Chicken


Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1 head of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 fresh jalapeños, sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • ranch dressing
  • 1 cup of tortilla chips, crumbled
Instructions
1. Place chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2 inch thick, remove from wrap
2. Heat grill and season chicken breast with salt, pepper and just a dash of cayenne pepper
3. Grill chicken breast until done about 10-15 minutes per side until temperature reaches 165 degrees, remove from heat and allow to rest
4. Chop romaine lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a large serving bowl
5. In a separate bowl, mix black beans, corn, tomatoes, garlic and green onions, add to lettuce, and toss gently
6. Slice chicken breasts into strips and lay on top of salad
7. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and jalapeño slices
8. Just prior to serving top with avocado slices, tortilla chips and ranch dressing
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Sliced Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar and Feta Cheese



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #138


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!!



With a heavy heart and much thought, Jamie and I have decided to suspend "Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends" indefinitely after this week.   We have been the bestest of bloggy friends since both of us entered into this world of blogging and this was an extremely hard decision for both of us. (yep a few tears were involved)   Jamie is one of the sweetest and best ladies I have ever worked with, She is always dependable and rock solid, and I couldn't have asked for a better friend and cohost.   We have always stayed in close contact with each other and that will not change.   We both definitely would love to work  together in the future and who knows, this party just might resurrect itself.    
 We love everyone for showing up each week and sharing their amazing talent with us.  We have always enjoyed clicking thru and seeing the fabulous food, crafty projects and household ideas you shared with us each week.  The hardest part of our job on this party was picking only a few favorites to feature.   So thank you from the bottom of both our hearts for your devotion to our party, we love ya!!
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So Let's enjoy this last party!    

This Week's Features!



     Ruth's Ding Dong Cake from Cooking with Carlee ***Most Viewed*** 
Grilled Shrimp Tacos from Cooking With Curls
Easy Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirt from Meatloaf and Melodrama
Chocolate Avocado Pudding from To Simply Inspire
DIY Wooden Firecrackers from Hoosier Homemade
Barbecue Chicken Nachos from Two Twenty One
 DIY Barn Wood Shelves from Chatfield Court



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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #137


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  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!



   Simply Homemade Jelly Recipes from Little House Living   ***Most Viewed*** 
Easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial from Raegun Ramblings
S'mores Truffles from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Taco Wonton Cups from Simply Stacie
Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag from Flamingo Toes
 Blackberry and Mozzarella Grilled Crostini from Hello Nature Blog
10 Signs of Dehydration from Life Love and Thyme



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Camp Fire Starters from Dryer Lint


Last week the grandsons came to visit us at the Ranch!   We really love seeing them and spending special time with them and doing such things as riding four wheelers, having them help us feed cattle, playing a few board games, making homemade pizza and chocolate chip cookies and of course, building campfires!

**Don't Forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for more summer fun!    

One of their favorite things to do is start a campfire in our outside cast iron stove or in our fire-pit.  They always want to have at least one night for hot dogs and s'mores!     I don't like to use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids to start our campfire, especially with a group of rambunctious boys involved.   So the youngest and I prepared by making some fire-starters from dryer lint!  Yep, dryer lint!     I know dryer lint kinda freaks me out also but then I remember it's clean, it just came out of the wash and it's only from our clothes, not really gross at all!   


Ok a little bit gross!   HA!   

I had been saving dryer lint and I purchased a block of wax (of course old candles could be used and are a great way to recycle those candles that have seen better days).   I also had saved a few cardboard egg cartons, not the plastic foam ones but cardboard.   





My grandson packed each little egg compartment with dryer lint.




And I melted the wax using a coffee can in a pot of water, a faux double boiler method.  


    
Sometimes metal coffee cans are hard to find and I've had this one for a while, but a tall metal juice can would also work very well.  I had cut an opening to allow easier pouring of the wax and I save this can to reuse for the next batch of fire-starters!  




We placed our egg cartons filled with dryer lint on foil to protect my counter tops and we carefully filled each dryer lint egg compartment with the melted wax, adding more if necessary.   We allowed them to cool completely and closed the lids for easy storage. 



Now we have our own little batch of fire-starters for all those summer nights of campfire fun!  





Just tear out one or two of the harden fire-starters and get those fires burning!   



Just light up the extra cardboard around the edges and add your wood. 





Now its time to pull out the s'more stuffs and enjoy our evening campfire!





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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 136



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  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!

Cinnamon Bun Wrap from Courtney's Cookbook ***Most Viewed*** 
Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid from Delightful E Made
Vintage Doily Cloche Covers from Sadie Seasongoods
How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles from One lIttle Project
Antipasto Skewers from Two Twenty One
4th of July Candle Holders from How to Nest for Less
Best Mexican Street Corn aka Elote Recipe from Baking Beauty

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Homemade Sausage Gravy


I grew up eating biscuits and gravy for breakfast, it was a cheap, stick-to-your-ribs hot breakfast which my mother believed we had to have before we started our day.  My mother would have swooned (not that my mother would ever think about swooning, she was too tough for that silly business) if she had to serve us cold cereal.   Ladies such as my mother though it was a lazy housewife who didn't cook breakfast for their family.  Cold cereal, NEVER!  Ha, how things have changed, now most "cold cereals" are now listed as healthier choices.    I always wanted cold cereal not biscuits and gravy!!   But how silly was I?   Biscuits and gravy for breakfast everyday would be heaven to me now.   Of course my mother didn't always cook sausage in the gravy, times were harder back then and pennies really counted.   
Anyways, on a weekend morning we love to start the day with a big pan of homemade biscuits and a skillet of sausage gravy with maybe a few scrambled eggs on the side!    Sausage Gravy and Biscuits are a special treat here on the Ranch and just take me back to some great memories of a time when summers were longer and calories were not important!   Oh the Good Ol' Days!!   
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Sausage Gravy


Ingredients
  • 1 pound of ground breakfast sausage
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 3-4 cups of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Brown sausage over medium heat in a cast iron skillet, breaking it up as it cooks.
2. Do not drain (unless it's swimming in grease), sprinkle the flour over the cooked sausage until all the flour soaks up the grease.
3. Continue to cook stirring the mixture until the flour is cooked about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add 3 cups of the milk and stir constantly until the mixture thickens, add more milk if it gets too thick. (about 10-12 minutes)
5. Sprinkle with black pepper and add salt to taste.
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