Tuesday, September 29, 2009
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 red delicious apples
Preparation Directions:~ In a large saucepan, combine apple juice and cinnamon stick; bring to a low boil.~ Meanwhile, prepare apples. Cut top and bottom off apples, then cut crosswise into 1/8-inch thick even slices. Drop slices into boiling juice and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until slices are lightly golden.~ Preheat oven to 250 degrees. With slotted spoon remove apples slices form juice and pat dry. Arrange slices on wire racks in single layer. Place racks on middle shelf in oven and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until slices are lightly browned and almost dry to the touch. Let chips cool completely on racks.~ Store in airtight container.
Only three ingredients!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
And then decided to finally do a chore that I have been putting off for so long. These poor pitiful plants needed some serious re-potting. I took one of the plants out of its previous small pot and I thought a creature from another planet popped out! The roots were SO entangled and wrapped around the bottom of the pot it seriously scared me. One of those, la la la la la moments and then AAAAAAHHHHHHH! But now the monster has room to grow. ;)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ummm..apparently the cats think I made the room for them. Of course, you know I tell them yes.
Oh quick update on Emma. She's doing really well. I have her on prednisone pills (I think I said cortisone in my last post) for the next seven days and then we'll go in for a follow-up check.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Okay, so you're wondering about the title, I'm sure. So we're on the trail and about to head up a steep hill when all of a sudden we look up and see this beauty coming down. It was the most beautiful Friesian we had ever seen. Our mouths just hung open. We were speechless! She even had those big fluffly hooves!
And then...and then...I could have sworn the Marlboro man was on that beauty. So when we looked up and saw this, I think our jaws dropped open even more. Lol! It was actually a funny moment. We both saw the horse first and said, "Oh my God." Then we looked up and said "Oh my GOD."
I think even Ari and Magic were smitten with the Friesian. Lol!
Later we get back to the parking lot and see the Marlboro man again. This was after we loaded up the horses. So, Deb swings the trailer around and heads towards him. I asked Deb what the heck she was doing and she proceeds to tell me that we're gonna flirt a little. Okay, Deb has a lot more guts than I do and I'm freaking out because I have helmet head and I'm all dirty from the ride and, well, I really don't look my best! Lol! So, we ride up and she politely asks if we can see his horse. Okay, no dirty jokes now girls! But we really did want to see her. I get out (hmmm..Deb stays in the truck) and we start talking and I get to see beauty up close (and oh gosh was she gorgeous!). I ask him what her name is and, okay, I have to laugh because this is coming from a manly man. "Her name is Love". Altogether....awwwwww! He tells me he breeds Friesians and owns a ranch not far from there. *sigh* Anyway, long story short we talk for quite awhile and he goes to his truck to give me his card and we say our goodbyes.
Flirting is fun whether it be with a man or horse. Lol! Truth is, I'm not sure if I'm ready for all that yet. ;) But girls can have fun huh?
Friday, September 18, 2009
3. Fear of being controlled - I have a terrible fear of being controlled. I need room to breathe, room to be me in any relationship and if I can't have that I have these 20 foot walls that go up, made of concrete I'm tellin' ya!
4. Loyal - I am loyal to the end with my friends. Even if I haven't talked to a friend in a very long time or we parted ways on not so good terms (which really is rare) I will be there if they come to me asking for help.
5. I often don't finish what I start. Wait, does that go in the procrastination column? Lol! My attention span is very short. Once I start something and can't finish it the same day, forget it. It will be done in a year. Isn't that terrible? Must be the Gemini in me. :) There's my excuse.6. Stubborn - Okay, this may sound bad but in certain situations where I have lost trust or have been "burned" in situations I can become VERY stubborn and not give in or even compromise. Now if someone is willing to compromise from the beginning, I can do that but if not, then lookout, the arms are folded and stayin' there.
7. Giving - I am a very giving person. I love volunteering and knowing I am doing good for someone or something else less fortunate than me. It makes me feel so good. :)
Okay, I invite all of you to play along with this tag. I can never choose just a few people. So come on guys, I wanna learn more about your shortcomings or wonderful traits! :)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I really just did a pinch and dash on this one. Peeled and cubed the nectarines, threw in a bit of cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. Rolled out ready-made dough, cut out large circles, filled the pockets and crimped them with a fork! I also brushed the dough with melted butter and sprinkled with a bit more sugar then baked at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until brown. How easy is that? Then I cozied (is that a word?) up with my kitties in my favorite soft robe and enjoyed one of these beauties. I actually ate them too early..they were still hot. I sighed in anticipation and took a bite and immediately had to do one of those blowing out sucking in things before I spit out my first bite. You should have seen the look on Quincy's face. Lol! Ruined the moment...but they were still good! The burn on the roof of my mouth was SO worth it.
Okay seriously I need to stop baking and start cooking more!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
When you are drying basil in the oven you should first remove all the stems from the plant leaves. Then, after tearing the basil leaves into tiny pieces, you can lay the pieces on a baking sheet. The oven should be no higher than 350 degrees to reduce the risk of browning. It should take approximately 7 - 10 for the leaves the thoroughly dry, but it may take less time in electric ovens. You should bake them until they are crumbly, but take them out before they turn brown. If this happens you won't be able to use the basil because of the burnt taste it may have. Once your basil has cooled you want to crumble it up more in order to refine it to how you like it. Another way is to use a sieve to help to thin out the basil leaves.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Okay snap out of it, Michelle! So, as I was saying...I'd like to dry some herbs and store them in labeled jars and as I was thinking about posting this, I was looking for the perfect pictures to post and found these adorable prints!
These prints are by Lisa Audit. You can see her other prints here. Some of them I'm sure you've already seen but I've never seen the herbs! I might have to buy a set. :)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
And here's an update on little Oliver. If you remember his story several posts back he was the runt of his litter, was born without his last vertebrae and has no tail. It was touch and go for awhile but this little guy is thriving now and has had so much response as far as adoption goes. We have one family at the top of the list! They will be adopting him very soon and he will be a happy spoiled kitty. No matter what we look like, what we're missing, we are all creatures of God and are beautiful in everyone's eyes!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Look at the sun shining down on all that beautiful chocolate in all its glory. I mean seriously....I swear I heard this song when I opened this drawer!
Hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend (for those who have a long weekend). I am finally STAYING HOME today. I have been running around all weekend. What else is new? Today, I will get some things done around my place and maybe, just maybe start to craft or write. :)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 64-ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
1 750-ml bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine*
1. Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
2. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.)
*Nonalcoholic Option: Substitute two 12-ounce cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice.
Let's drink to Fall!
Photo and recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here is my one big dilemma. Remember my pink seasonal tree? How do I transform that into a Halloween tree? Pink and white candy corn ornaments? Lol! I've seen pink and white candy corn before! Oh and I actually did spot a Thanksgiving tree on the Internet. Had a beautiful turkey on top. I might have to think about that too. :) I vowed I would get back into crafting and I'm going to start this weekend!