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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Whole Foods Market

 Please Click on pictures for a better look!
Every so often, on a week-end, Jen & Madison demand I spend the day with them in Oklahoma City. This Sunday, April 27, 2014, we went to the Whole Foods Market, a completely Organic Grocery Store. Some might say "well Big Deal! a grocery store" but it just so happens I have never been there.
 When we first entered the store we were in the Produce Dept. It looked pretty normal until I started looking close. I soon discovered items I do not see in my regular Grocery Store.
 There was White Asparagus. [The main difference  between white and green asparagus is that the Green needs light to gain its color whereas the White needs to be kept out of light to keep it white. ]  I have never eaten the White....but I LOVE the Green.
Then I saw this oddity, Green & Orange colored Cauliflower. [Green cauliflower — a cross between cauliflower and broccoli — is slightly sweeter than white cauliflower when raw and tastes more like broccoli when steamed.  Orange cauliflower has slightly higher levels of beta-carotene. A 1-cup serving of boiled cauliflower, any color, contains a whopping 91.5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.]
Well these stopped me in my tracks. I actually had to read the sign and then smell them to make sure they were what they said to be. Tomatoes......Heirloom Tomatoes. They were nothing  like I have ever seen on my Backyard Hybrid Tomato Vines! [ A hybrid tomato is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties or species, aiming to produce an offspring (hybrid) containing the best traits of the two parents. Heirloom Tomatoes come from seed that has been handed down for generations in a particular region or area, hand-selected by gardeners for a special trait. Heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated, which means they’re non-hybrid and pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention. How experts define heirlooms can vary, but typically they are at least 50 years old, and often are pre-WWII varieties. ] 
Next we came to the cut Flowers....Very pretty.
Then we hit the Fresh Sea Food. Anyone for some Salmon Jerky. Only 20 Bucks a pound!
They even have Salmon Candy....okay?
Now this looked pretty good. Salmon Burgers. I can just see AJ (Grampy) grilling these up for Lunch.
Or maybe a very-very large slab of Salmon.
Crab Legs? YES.. a Fish with a head and eyes looking at Me? NO!
The Red Meat looked Great...but it looked like meat, so not many pictures. But I had to take a picture of these Beauties...Kabobs!
The Chicken also looked good and fresh....but when you see one naked chicken you have seen them all. But the Asian Marinated Chicken was putting me in the Drool Mode.
The Bulk Foods were endless. Every staple you could think of was there. Lots of Herbs & Spices, Trail Mixes, Candied Fruit, Rices, it just went on & on. They also had aisles of boxed, canned and frozen foods. After going up & down every aisle we finally came upon the Food Bar. 
This was what I had been waiting for! There was salads, hot foods and soups. I opted to get my lunch off of the Bar. The bar was charged by the pound. Jen & Madison went the other direction. I circled the 3 Food Bars about 3 times. I had no idea what some of the stuff....I mean food, was. I must be very honest, nothing looked good! But this was my day to try things I had only read about.
  As I said Madison & Jen went the other way of Healthy Food. Madison had a Roast Beef Sandwich and a piece of baked Egg Plant wrapped around some cheese and covered in a Marinara Sauce. Jen had Pizza and a piece of Carrot Cake. 
I had Grains!!!! and Veggies and a tiny cup of Corn Chowder. Can you find the Lemon Rice, the Polenta, Couscous, Quinoa, Lentils, Tofu, Bulgur Wheat and grilled Egg Plant? I did eat it all. Would I go this route again ? are you kidding me! Madison said to Me as we were leaving "Mimi are you craving some Greasy French Fries?". and she was right I was. From there we did a bit of shopping in the City and about 2 hours latter I was starving! I beg Jennifer to stop and let me get an Ice Cream Cone. She said no she was not contributing to my waist line getting larger, but she did invite AJ (AKA Grampy) over for dinner she was grilling Burgers......TURKEY BURGERS!!!!!!!
Oh by the way I did not purchase any thing from Whole Foods....way to expensive for my taste!
It is time to get those Humming Bird Feeders out ♥

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Candy Cane Wreath

 A Sweet Neighbor Lady brought AJ & ME a Potted Poinsettia. It was a delightful surprise and it looks great on my mantel. I thought, I need to take her a little gift in return, but what? Ask and you shall receive ♥ I saw this on a Face Book Post and knew right away this was the gift for my Neighbor. It was so very easy to make and it was finished in about 1/2 hour.
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Okay this is what you will need:
20 Candy Canes
Something to put in the middle
Something to put around the edge
I picked a plastic glitter bow and some plastic wrap candy mini ornaments
You will also have to get your Glue Gun out of storage, and I used tiny clear rubber bands for securing the canes (optional)
Now first run a strip of hot glue down the edge of one cane and stick another cane on the glue. Do this 10 times. After the glue cooled I then put the rubber bands on the canes.
Now lay your pair of cans on the table to form a circle. Hot Glue the tips together while still laying on the table.
Then Hot Glue the ends. Not all ends meet and there will be a gap between some. To help secure the middle..... 
cut a circle out of cardboard, I used white card stock paper. Hot Glue it in the middle on the back side.
Now you are almost finished. After the glue has cooled and is set, turn the wreath over and Hot Glue your middle piece on and your trim pieces.

Now tie a ribbon on the top for hanging.....
Ta-daa, a very Sweet Christmas Wreath. I would not hang this on the door. It is Fragile.
Merry Crafting!!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting

I love Fall Food,..... Melons, Pumpkins, Apples, Pears, Squash, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips and so many more fall crops. I love when Fall comes and you have had all the Red Tomatoes you can use and you do not feel bad about picking some Green and frying them. I  also love fall recipes. And nothing says Fall like Fresh Apple Cake. Well I jumped the gun this year and tried an Apple Cake recipe before the First Day of Fall, Sept 22, 2013. It turned out so Yummy.
 This is what you will need, plus 1/4 cup milk not in the picture. One little hint that keeps me from making mistakes when baking: I always read the recipe and set everything I will need out on the counter. Then as I use the ingredients I put them away one by one. No more wondering if you forgot an ingredient....if it is not on the counter it was used.
 Mix with a beater the wet ingredients plus the white sugar and then beat in the dry ingredients. The batter will be very thick. Peel and dice the apples. I used 3 medium Gala time I may try 4 apples. Mix apples in by hand. 
 Spread into a greased & floured 9" x 13" cake pan. I use Baker's Joy, a spray with a mix of oil & flour. Bake!
 You will want to use the tooth pick test to make sure your cake is done. You will also want it to cool for 2 hours before icing.
 For the icing you will melt the butter, brown sugar and milk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes stirring a few times.
 Now you will pour the boiling icing into a small bowl and put the small bowl of icing in a larger bowl with ice water. Be sure not to let water get into the icing.
 Now you will beat with a mixer until the icing cools down and is thick. To see if it is cold to touch, stick your finger in it!
 Blob it out onto the completely cooled cake and spread. One more tip: if you do not have an Off Set Frosting Spatula...INVEST in one!!!!
 My Family likes cold Cake. This is wonderful cold or room temp. You can of course add nuts to this recipe, bake it in a Bundt Pan or use a different Frosting.
Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting
Beat in large bowl....
1 1/4 cup oil
             2 cups white sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Add dry ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 or 2 teaspoons Cinnamon (your choice)
batter will be very thick
Add to thick batter by hand, not mixer,
3-4 peeled and diced apples of your choice. Any cooking apple, but not a Delicious, they turn to mushy when cooked.
Put in greased and floured 9x13 pan and bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Check with tooth pick at 45 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours.
Recipe for Frosting:
1/2 cup butter...yes BUTTER!
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 cup milk...or you can use evaporated milk or even heavy cream.
Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Then transfer to an ice bath and beat with mixer until cool and spreading consistency. Spread on cooled down cake.
We eat ours cold out of the fridge.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Amazing Grace....Spaying a Rescue Pit Bull

Hi Fans, This is Mimi. Well morning came very fast for Gracie. We played by the Vets rules and there was nothing to eat or drink after 10:00 last night. I bet she was wondering why she was getting woke up so early and was taking a ride before her eyes were barely open. Gracie loves to ride in the Van. Grampy said "of all three Doggies we own she, would be the Best Traveling Pet".
 Grampy always gives Gracie a boost into the van and always picks her up out of the van.
 We did stop at the Potty Area of the Vet's Office to give Gracie one last pee.
 Gracie has been to the Vet's Office twice and she is always excited to get in. Some Doggies put on the brakes at the door, but not Grace. She enters the Office wagging that non stop tail and full of her Gracie Smiles!
 Even though there are other dogs & cats in the office Gracie stays pretty close to Grampy.
 Shortly Gracie's name is called and the girls take her from us. As you can see she turns around and says "Mimi & Grampy aren't you coming?" We tell her "No Grace, we can't come with you now, but Mimi promises to come and see you as soon as they let me."
 The Office Gal hands Grace over to one of the Nurses and away she goes wagging that tail (that is always a blur in the pictures) and sniffing each examining room in the hall.
I really have this sick feeling in my stomach. I really wish I could have stayed with her awhile. I do not want her to think she has lost her home, or that she did something wrong and is being punished. I really do not know how dogs think....but I do know how Mimi thinks and feels about her pets. I guess because of Gracie's past, that we know nothing about but, speculate the worst, I feel she is Fragile and a Special Needs Doggie. Please send Gracie Loving and Reassuring Vibes today ♥ Mimi

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Short Trip to the Far East

Well yes it's ME. I have been away from my Blog for awhile. I have had my mind on a few other projects for the past 3 months and be sure, I will let you in on them in the near furture. The last Blog was in March when my Sis & Niece came down for a visit to see Mom in the Nursing home. Most of their time was spent with her but we did get out a little. One afternoon Jen & ME & Madison took them into the City to a very Unique Large Grocery Store. The name is pronounced "Cow When". I think this is Chinese. We shopped for over an hour in there and could have stayed another hour if we had more time. They have everything Asian you can think of, plus alot more.
Enjoy the Tour......
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 The Store is huge and the building is new, modern and beautiful on the outside....but when you go in you feel like you have just made a trip to the Orient.
 The first area was packaged goodies. Madison is holding up a Giant Sesame Seed Cookie.
 and of course there was the Favorite Fortune Cookie.
 The next area was Produce. Above is Fresh Pealed Bamboo.
 Cher is holding up some kind of Big Radish.
 The next area we came to was the Meat Department. This may get a Little Hairy for some of you...but just toughen up and look! Pigs Feet...not to bad, my Mom use to make these with Cabbage, when I was a Kid. And they are good Pickled.
 How about some Cow Feet or Cow Tongue. I hope they didn't have Foot & Mouth Disease!
 How could anyone pass up Pork Hearts, Pig Snouts, or Beef Leg Tendons?
 Now this looks pretty norm...Stripped Bass and the Legs ♥
 How about sharing you Favorite Recipe for Pork Uteris
I was thinking, this fall during Football Season, instead of having Buffalo Wings for the Guys, I would try Buffalo Chicken Feet!
 Nothing like a Big Pot of Duck Head Soup stewing on the stove.
 Here Madison & Jess modeled the Oriental Straw Hats. They look ready to venture out into a Rice Paddy Field.
 Along with aisles & aisles of canned and bottled and frozen items, there was a Bric & Brack Department. Statues, Lanterns, Potted Bamboo Shoots to grow and so much more.
 Here Madison is looking at a a Lucky Frog, tempting her to grab his Brass Ring for Good Luck.
We did end up buying some Fresh Sushi to eat in the car. ME, Jen & Madison really liked it, but Jess & Cher passed. We took them to Sonic.
It is Summer and do not forget to hang your Hummingbird Feeders. Fill them with sugar water, no red food coloring. My recipe is 1 cup water and 1/4 cup white sugar.