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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Freedom Fridays #17

It's time to let your talents soar. 
  It's party time! 

Freedom Fridays


Now for Freedom Fridays Five Faves!

Reusable Food Storage containers





 
Cornflake Cookies 
@ akawest 






Freezer Paper Stencil DIY Scout Shirts




 
Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes



Paint Pallet Sugar Cookies
Paint Pallet Sugar Cookies
@ One Creative Mommy
 


I will now be sharing Freedom Fridays Five Faves on Facebook throughout the week!

Visit my Facebook page Here:)

I will still be pinning all Five Faves to my Pinterest page:_

  Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests. 
 If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)



Now for this weeks Party:)

   Whats missing? 
 Yeah, those pesty little rules.  
 As I have mentioned before, I am retired from 
enforcing laws, rules etc. 
 So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

  If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did,  I will return the favor:)   
                           Linky Followers,  Facebook , Pintest  , Twitter, or  Goggle +.   



Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up



 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

True Devotion



On a hill between Abilene and Merkel, Texas.




Sharing at these parties.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Free Blogger Event "Cozy up your Home"


We are looking for bloggers to help promote this 
Free Rafflecopter Event!!
Mommies Point of View and 
Oh! My Heartise Are Hosting This Event!!
Your fans can enter for a chance to win a carpet 
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You will have 2 Free Links (1) Fanpage Facebook (1) Twitter
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream


I love homemade ice cream!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
(remember that little jingle from childhood?)


A very good friend of mine (thanks Carol) gave me this recipe years ago and I was scared, 
"CINNAMON Ice Cream" I questioned!!!
 No way would that would be good, but I was so very wrong, it is delicious! 
In fact, I haven't made any other homemade ice cream since we tasted this one. 
The only change I have made to it was changing the nuts.  It was originally Cinnamon Walnut Ice Cream but since I live in the middle of pecan orchards, its pecans all the way.  
But of course you can leave out the pecans and still have a faboulous ice cream.


I have two different recipes because sometimes I make six quarts and other times I use my Kitchen Aide Ice cream bowl which makes 2 quarts.



Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream


Ingredients
    Small batch- Makes 2 quarts
    • 2 Cups of Half and Half
    • 2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 1 Cup of Sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1 and 1/3 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 1/2 cup Pecans
    Larger batch-Makes 6 Quarts
    • 6 Cups of Half and Half
    • 6 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 3 Cup of Sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 4 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups Pecans
    Instructions
    1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
    2. Add to your Ice Cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions for that particular ice cream maker
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    I lived in the Mesilla Valley in Southern New Mexico for 15 years.
     It's considered high desert but since the Rio Grande river runs through this valley from the north to the south we had irrigation water from the river.  So there are acres and acres of farmland.  
     One of the main crops of the valley is Pecans (the other is chile).  We have miles of pecan orchards and then just outside of the valley is the desert. 
     I live on a little Pecan farm but just 1 mile up the road is the desert.  It's kinda fun, we have the best of both worlds, beautiful farmland but then a desert to play in with ATV's (aka Quads).  
     These are the trees along my driveway that grew the awesome pecans for my ice cream.  We planted 45 trees when we first bought the property in 1998. 
    Update:  I have since retired to the Ranch in Texas and I do miss these trees.



    Look, brand new baby pecans for next years ice cream!


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    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Freedom Fridays #16

    It's time to let your talents soar. 
      It's party time! 

    Freedom Fridays


    Now for Freedom Fridays Five Faves!







     Light Lemon Syllabub
    @ With a Blast






    Down the Rabbit Hole we go-Alice in Wonderland Party
    Sweet Boutique 






     
    Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake
    Simply Sweet 'n Savory









     
    Window Table
    Marty's Musings





     

    Creole Tomato Dressing
    Ms. enPlace








    Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests. 
     If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)



    Now for this weeks Party:)

       1. Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
    Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

    2. Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
     of your blog:)

    3. Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
    with others , just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

      4. I would love it if you would follow me in any of the following ways:  Linky Followers,  Facebook , Pintest  , Twitter, or  Goggle +.    Please leave me a comment so I know if you are a new follower and I will  follow you back:) 

      5. And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 

    6. Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)


    Flap your wings and let's fly
    Let's link up. 


    Have you entered my Giveaway? 
    You could win this adorable Barbie Tutu by clicking Here or by clicking on the Barbie Ballerina in my sidebar:)
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    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Good Eats:)

    Are you hungry?


    How about this.



    No I am not sharing a recipe to make this, I am sharing where to go have it served to you, Oh Yes!!

    Deep in the heart of Texas, there is an awesome small town called Fredericksburg.  It is just down the road from Luckenbach  (about 13 miles) 

    Remember that awesome song by Waylon Jennings
     "Luckenbach, Texas, Back to the Basics of Love"?
     The only two things in life that make it worth livin'
    Is guitars that tune good and firm feelin' women
    I don't need my name in the marquee lights
    I got my song and I got you with me tonight
    Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love

    Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas
    With Waylon and Willie and the boys
    This successful life we're livin'
    Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
    Between Hank Williams' pain songs and
    Newberry's train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
    Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain

    So baby, let's sell your diamond ring
    Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
    This coat and tie is choking me
    In your high society you cry all day
    We've been so busy keepin' up with the Jones
    Four car garage and we're still building on
    Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love

    Another one of my favorites (why do I love songs that always have a couple running away from it all? hehehe)  Such as my Fellows ringtone. (Big City by Merle Haggard)

    One of these days, my Fellow and I will make a break and write our own song as we get away from it all:)

    OK, now where was I?   
    Oh yes, we are all hungry and are in Fredericksburg, Texas.
    This is just an amazing area and has the most awesome shops and restaurants and is rich in German history. 


     For Visitor information click Visitors Guide
     and for all you history buffs check this out by clicking History of Fredericksburg
     
     This lovely place is my favorite German eatery of all time:)

    Silver Creek Beer Garden and Grill
    Authentic German and Texcelctic Cusine


    This gorgeous tree is a bois d'arc tree.  It shades the entire patio which is located on the front of the eatery.  You can just sit and drink great German Beer and watch the people walk by on the sidewalk.  

    Sometimes if you are lucky there is live music (yes we had an awesome guitar player that serenaded us as we ate lunch:)  We tried a few of the German Beers and of course I ate all of the German Pepperwurst Sandwich (aka Hot Dog)  that I teased you with in the first photograph and did you notice the homemade sauerkraut?

    We tried several German beers such as:

    1. Optimator Bouble Bock-Dark
    2. Franziskaner Hefeweiss-light w/orange
    3. New Belgium Sunshine wheat



    All three were awesome:)  And our little waitress was so helpful in helping us select them.  She even took our picture:)  What a great kid!! (yes everyone under 30 is a kid and soon it will be everyone under 40, LOL)  

    We are so awesome together:)  I love being retired with my sweetie:)

    These are our views as we were enjoying our visit.



    And of course I asked my sweetie to take my picture. How funny I didn't set down my beer for the great photo opp:)  Lol



    So chart your voyage and as soon as you can, visit this awesome place in the Heart of the Great State of Texas,
    Fredericksburg, Texas!

    Coming soon, more pictures and information of the 
    Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg:)

     
    Please join me in linking up to these great parties and blog hops
    by clicking right Here:)


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    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Our Goose



    Foxy and the Goose

    As I may have mentioned before, we have a little farm.   In the past we bred and raised Boer Goats for FFA and 4-H events since our son was very involved in local livestock shows and state fairs. 

       We also had a few head of cattle and always chickens and ducks.  Since our plan is to sell out and travel full time we have sold off most of the livestock and we just have our Border Collies left, except for the Goose. 

     Oh yes, our Goose, she is the last of all the fowl we have raised over the years.   We have felt sorry for her since the other Geese have died off but she seems content to just hang out with us when we let her out of her pen.  I have to keep her in a pen since our Border Collies never decide to get off work, they would never ever stop herding her if we allowed it.   She is kept in one of the pens that we kept mama and baby goats in at one time, this protects her from wildlife and from being herded to death by our over zealous Border Collies. (not to worry, her pen is huge and has an outside area and a barn, she lives very well). 

    I believe Border Collies are the smartest dogs I have ever been around and if fact our eldest dog, Foxy is the smartest dog of all.  In the past  she has single handed (or really four footed) ran out to the far end of the field and brought 30-35 head of goats straight to me and penned them on command.   She loves to work and cannot stop. I can be sitting in the living room and just mention I need to feed the Goose and Foxy jumps up and runs to the door to help. 

     I laugh because when our Goose is in the pen all four of the Border Collies are either lying staring at her all day or pacing back and forth outside her pen dreaming of herding.   She doesn't seem to mind since they have done this her entire life and just maybe she enjoys the companionship.  
    At one time we thought about taking her to the local college pond to join all the other fowl that have made that their home.  I am sure they are left overs from students 4-H and FFA projects.  I wasn't sure if the college would welcome another goose so we talked about just driving by and quickly releasing her to join the others.  Would that be a "Drive by Goosing"? LOL  But our son was horrified that if we did that the other Geese would pick on her and maybe that is not as a serene environment that she is used to.

      So she is still hanging out with us and her Border Collie audience.


    Please join me in linking up to these great parties and blog hops
    by clicking right Here:)

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    Mom's Day Off Blog Hop and Giveaway


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    This is such a fun event:) 

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    The event will start August 20th and run until August 27th

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    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Freedom Fridays #15

    It's time to let your talents soar. 
      It's party time!
    Freedom Fridays



    But First let me tell you about my newest giveaway!!

    Do you know a little girl that would love to have this? 

    Barbie Tutu
    (doll not included)




      Enter now to win this adorable Ballerina Tutu that fits any 11.5inch doll including Barbie

     

    To enter the drawing
    Click HERE!



    Now for Freedom Fridays Five Faves!



     Bite-size Party Bark



     

    Traveling Trash Bag






    Handmade Jewelry




     
    Anatomy of a Salad (Frito Salad)






    DIY Magnetic Spice Rack 
    Magnetic Spice Rack


    Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests. 
     If you were featured, grab my featured button and wear it proudly:)


    featured at freedom friday
     
     Now for this weeks Party:)

       1. Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
    Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

    2. Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
     of your blog:)

    3. Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
    with others , just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

      4. I would so love it if you would follow me.  Please let me know if you are a new follower so I can follow you back:)

      5. And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 

    6. Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)



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    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    One Very Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blogger Award


    I love these fun awards! 


       So I was happy to learn that I have received another award and even happier to nominate other bloggers for this fun game:)

    These awards always give us an opportunity to share more with others.
                                                                           
     




    And...


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    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Bloody Mary Infusion Mix


    Now, this is a fun do ahead mixture for the most amazing Bloody Mary's.   I always have an extra "pickle jar"of this mixture in the freezer awaiting those special occasions when we have a fun brunch.
     
    This drink brings such sweet memories of my eldest daughter's wedding. She choose to be married on the bank of The River,  (that's what my son-in-law calls it "The River") this is where they go each year with numerous other friends and their families to have fun with their boats and other river craft.  They set up huge tent picnic areas and just enjoy great company and water fun. 
      
    My daughter and her sweet hubby choose to be married at their annual outing when all their friends would be in attendance  and then have fun in the sun.  (Yes, I did wear a bathing suit to my daughter's wedding) 
     They were married early in the morning on the bank of the river and we made Bloody Mary's to serve the guests and toast the new couple. This is now known as the drink of "The River" and we are the parents that brought pickle jars of liquor to the wedding!  What fun!!
     Oh yes, we are total CLASS!  





    Bloody Mary Infusion

    Ingredients
    • 3 quart container (pickle jar)
    • 1 1/2 lbs Poblanos chiles
    • 1 1/2 lbs red bell peppers
    • 1 lb onions, cut into 1" slices
    • 1 Cucumber, cut in half, lengthwise and peeled
    • 2 Chipotle chiles
    • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
    • 2 stalks of celery
    • 6 cups of vodka
    Instructions
    1. Place poblano chiles, bell peppers, onion slices and cucumber on stovetop grill or outside over hot coals
    2. Grill until chiles and peppers are blackened and onion and cucumber are browned, remove from grill.
    3. Place peppers and chiles in a paper bag and twist to close. Allow to steam until cool.
    4. After the chiles and peppers are cool, remove stems, seeds and skin (*Tip-use plastic gloves)
    5. Place all the grilled veggies in the jar along with the garlic, chipotle chiles, garlic and celery.
    6. Fill with vodka
    7. Place in fridge for at least a week but up to a month.
    8. If not used within a month, remove the veggies and freeze the liquid.
    Beverage directions
    1. Fill a glass with ice, add a shot or two of the infused vodka and fill with tomato juice or v-8.
    2. Stir and top with sea salt and black pepper to taste
    3. Garnish with celery and olives, optional.
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    The peppers and chiles give this Bloody Mary what we call a "bite" (taste of spicy or heat) . It's just perfect! 
    Enjoy!


    Also enjoy these great beverages:
















     








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