Thursday, July 24, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #38


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!!  

This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!!

  These are the links to our social media sites where we WILL be sharing many of your awesome posts this week.  If you see your post shared, give it a like and a comment to gain even more exposure. 

 If you haven't followed us on social media, here is an easy way,  just click on the social media button of your choice and you will be following us. 

      

Evelyn @ My Turn For Us
      

Now for the Features!


Shrimp and Avocado Pasta @The Seasoned Mom ***Most Viewed*** 
Banoffee Sandwich Cookie @Annie's Noms
Embroidery Hoop Catch All @ The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom
Back to School Teacher Gifts-Pencil Flowers Craft @About a Mom
Pom-Berry Lime Splash @ Nap Time Creations

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texas Jack Rabbits and Cottontails

The Field in front of the Ranch House is planted with Hay Grazer and right now the rabbits are loving it!!







The Jackrabbits are fat and happy!

This little bunny came visiting right up to the Ranch house steps!



Opps, I think he sees me!

Having fun with the rabbits!






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Monday, July 21, 2014

Southwest Corn Salad


I love summer salads that are easy to assemble and really pack a nutritious punch!  
I recently shared this salad at our family reunion and it was a hit! 


Southwest Corn Salad

1 (15 oz) can of reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 (15 oz) can of whole kernal corn, drained
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 jalapeƱos, diced (seeded and deveined)
3 green onions, sliced (white and green tops)
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 avocados, diced


In a large bowl combine first 7 ingredients, mix gently but well.   In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, blend well and pour over the salad mixture. Place in fridge and let marry for 30 minutes.  
Add avocado just prior to serving.




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #37


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!!  

This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!!

  These are the links to our social media sites where we WILL be sharing many of your awesome posts this week.  If you see your post shared, give it a like and a comment to gain even more exposure. 

 If you haven't followed us on social media, here is an easy way,  just click on the social media button of your choice and you will be following us. 

      

Evelyn @ My Turn For Us
      

Now for the Features!


Almost Sourdough Bread @Yesterfood ***Most Viewed*** 
Cookie Dough Fudge With Chocolate Chip and Pecan @ Domestic Mommyhood
S'More Cookie @ The Simple, Sweet Life
Old Drawers into Porch Planters @ My Love 2 Create
How to Make Newspaper Gift Bags @ A Typical English Home

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Strawberry Summer Treat

katherine corrigan

It is a true pleasure to be Evelyn's guest today. She and I have been bloggy friends for a long time now and I always enjoy visits to her sweet blog. She is a doll! I'm Katherine and I’m happy to share a little bit about myself and my blog Katherines Corner. I am an open minded and spiritual person who strives to always maintain a positive attitude and greet each new day with grace, dignity and gratitude. I am originally from England but have lived all over the world and now I live with my wonderful husband in Utah.
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  I am fortunate to be married to the true keeper of my heart and we are proud Grandparents to five full of life children (ages 4-15 ). I am also known as Mama to our sweet fur baby Izzy ♥

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I always refer to my blog as a “blog for sharing”. I enjoy sharing recipes, photography, monthly giveaways, life stories, diy and more at my little bit of blog land. I invite you to stop by for a visit and to join us at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.
I welcome your bloggy friendship.
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For me, summer time brings with it mixed emotions. I love all of the wonderful things like beautiful fragrant flowers ( these lilacs are from our garden), fresh vegetables from our garden and a lot of happy memory making. But… I hate, absolutely hate, the heat. The truth is, if the temperature never exceeded 75 degrees (Fahrenheit) I would be thrilled. I love rainy days and cool weather days and even snowy days.
I do live in a beautiful state surrounded by mountains and the pleasure of four seasons. But, summer here is scorching hot! I do find temporary comfort when I need to be outside by sitting in the shade and enjoying a homemade frozen treat.When you can’t beat the heat you can at least cool yourself and thrill your taste buds with an easy to make fruit-sicle. We are fortunate to have an abundance of strawberries in our garden and it is the perfect fruit for a frozen treat. Most berries and soft fruits work well in this very easy fruit-sicle recipe.

no sugar added strawberry fruitsicles


No Sugar Added Strawberry Fruit-sicle
What You Need 11/2 Cups Strawberries ( or other fresh fruit)cleaned and stems removed 1 Cup Milk (I use lactose free milk) 1 Tbsp. Splenda (or other granulated sugar substitute or 2 tsp. sugar) Popsicle molds (or ice cube trays and popsicle sticks) Blender/food processor

Lets Make it! Pop your fruit into the food processor/blender pulse a few times to make very small pieces, add milk and sweetener and blend/puree for 1-3 minutes. If it appears to thin add a bit more fruit. Fill your popsicle/ice trays and freeze for 3-4 hours.
Makes 4 fruit-sicles or about 12-16 ice cube tray pops.

Katies Tid Bits -try adding vanilla bean ice cream instead of milk if you are okay with dairy.
We can’t stop the clock, but we can keep our spirits young with humor, gratitude, and creativity. Eat a fruit-sicle and go play in the sprinkler, life is short.
Thank you Evelyn for sharing your sweet blog with me today and thank you to all who visit her lovely blog and took time to read my post
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Berry Season at Freedom Fridays

Since strawberries and other sweet berries are in season now, I thought I would "Round-Up" some great ways to use these babies!   And of course all my friends shared some amazing ways to enjoy berries at Freedom Fridays this week!  Here are 20+ great recipes and tips to make the most of Berry Season!











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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers


Our Ranch is a Texas Ranch covered with huge Mesquite Trees and lots of Prickly Pear Cactus.  I not crazy about the cactus but sometimes, I am in love with it!  


How can such an inhospitable plant produce such beauty? 



The gorgeous soft blossoms among the vicious looking needles of the Prickly Pear Cactus! 

Did you know the Prickly Pear Cactus is the State Plant of Texas??  





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Monday, July 14, 2014

Buttermilk-Chive Dressing





Makes 12 servings

1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a small bowl, with wire whisk, mix buttermilk, vinegar, chives, mayonnaise, salt and pepper until blended. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

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