Holiday Taco Salad/ oops

IMG_7707.PNGDuring one of our holidays my friend, Jill Bright and I decided to make our taco salad more festive. We cut the pretty green lettuce in small pieces, chopped the brilliant red tomatoes and sweet onions.  Had bowls of black olives and ripe avocados with lots of fancy shredded cheddar cheese. We had both hot and mild salas on hand. Mexican bowls to serve it in and we were ready for a lovely evening with family and friends. Set the salad with all it’s choice toppings by the fresh tortillas chips and all the cokes you could drink.  One thing was lacking!!  Sour cream!!  So as we got it out, we thought, why not color one red and one green for more holiday fun!!  Oh boy, was that a mistake. Instead of increasing people’s appetite that about ruined the evening!! The look of that sour cream made our stomachs do a flip!!  We had to remove it and go buy more sour cream right away and serve it as it comes-white!!  Well we learned our lesson, never mess with something that is already good the way it is. 🥑🌶

English Scones with Natalie Tacy

img_7348After going to The English Rose tea room in Chattanooga, Tennessee this weekend to celebrate our cousin Natalie getting a new job as an airline flight attendant and moving to New York, what do you do?? Our idea? Make scones. They were much easier than we imagined.

1 1/2 cups plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup sugar- Mix well- add 1 cup mayonnaise or sour cream- knead well and form into a ball. Roll out onto floured board or wax paper 3/4 inch thick and cut with round biscuit cutter. Bake on wax paper 10-12 minutes in preheated oven 400 degrees.

And of course what you put on the scones is as important! Butter and honey are at the top of the list, and a close second is lemon or raspberry curd, followed by any preserves or jelly. Or just eat them plain if you like.

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Thanksgiving/Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

The garden is empty now except for the sweet potatoes hiding underneath the dirt. After washing and baking them in the oven for an hour at 400 degrees I let them cool just long enough to pull off the potato peel without getting burned.  Then I sliced them, put a lot of butter slices on them and added brown sugar and a kiss of cinnamon. Because some people at the table don’t like nuts I only add them to half the baking dish. Cover with foil and baked until all is melted and warm. Perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner.

Halloween/Devilish eggs

Pinterest is wonderful and I use it all the time.  To make these eggs you boil for ten minutes. Cool then take out the yellow part, mash to make small crumbs then sit aside. Mix mayonnaise with a few drops of mustard then add small diced sweet pickles. Add a little salt and pepper and taste. Add more of what you think it needs then mix again. You add this mixture to the egg crumbles till the texture is how youblije it. Not too dry, yet not too runny. Put this mixture into the white eggs then make whatever you want on top. Spiders were perfect for Halloween.🕷🕷🕷


And don’t forget the apple slices with peanut butter and marshmallows!