Cabin life/Poor Boy Dinner

img_5734Nothing better than sipping on a cup of hot coffee while you’re swinging on the cabin porch and it’s raining. All you hear is the rain hitting the leaves as it falls to the ground. A perfect time to think about life instead of being so busy living it. I’ve found a good book that someone has left here.  I encourage my friends and family to take a book and leave a book when they visit here.

So while my supper bakes, I’ll read. I’m fixing what Mimi would call “poor man’s dinner” but don’t know why she called it that. On a large piece of foil you put a ground beef patty topped with potatoes slices,  carrots, onions and sprinkled with seasoned salt. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour and it’s done, ready to serve on a plate.

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French Crepes/any kind you like!

On a recent trip to New Orleans my niece, Ashley Tomlinson, introduced me to these cute little crepe carts. Not only can you watch the crepes being made, but you can choose from a large variety of fruits and sauces, even grand marnier and other liqueurs. Ashley’s favorite is filled with just butter and sugar. I added cinnamon to mine.

Years ago my sister bought me a small crepe maker but it does just as well, and the crepes are actually easier to eat by putting them on a plate and using a fork. Adding a little more batter makes the crepe thicker and leaving it on the griddle longer will make it crispier.

I also saw people ordering them as sandwiches using cheese topped with bacon and tomato. Turkey with Munster or Swiss plus a little mayonnaise or spicy mustard also looked good. And of course the all time favorite of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese with a little pizza sauce is always a winner. I like to add a little hot pepper flakes to mine.🌶

Here is a basic recipe for crepes. Mix together 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon cooking oil or melted butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Now is when it gets fun! For dessert crepes you leave out the salt and add 2 tablespoons sugar. Get more creative by adding  vanilla or other flavorings. You can add rum or brandy and liqueurs. Even orange and lemon zest is good. It depends on your filling, so let your artistic side start working! For those of you who want to make it even simpler, try using thin pancake batter. Crepes also come pre-made in some grocery stores, too.

In the picture, I’m eating two crepes.  One has fruit, strawberries and bananas, with whipped cream. The other is Ashley’s favorite made with lots of butter while it’s still on the griddle, sprinkled with sugar, folded  and served.

Memorial Day/Wine Slush

My friend Livia and her twin brother Henry get together several times a year to hang out, even though they live in different towns and I think that’s very special. We all get so busy with our lives that it’s easy to not do the most important things like getting together with family. It must bring out the kid in them because they ride their golf cart through water sprinklers when he comes to visit and Henry can still carry Livia on his back like they did many years ago when they lived in Germany, where they were born. I enjoy hearing Livia tell the stories of her youth which is much different from my own. Being a twin is so unusual, unless you are one. I’m glad I know these two.

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Livia was gracious to share her wine slush recipe with us to use today. And you can use any fruit you like. Even sangria would be great with a variety of fruits.

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A new frozen popsicle/Dill or sweet?

It’s fun living in the south where at all the baseball games you can suck on dill pickle juice that has been frozen. Sometimes you can even get frozen sweet pickle juice. I think dill is the best though. It is beginning to make a splash on Pinterest now too. The other day I saw frozen dill popsicles rolled in dry kool aid. Haven’t tried that one yet! So next time you eat all your pickles from a jar, don’t throw out the juice!! Make popsicles instead. Your kids or grandkids will love it!! And if your name happens to be Yaussy you are born to enjoy these!! 💕