Friday, September 30, 2011


Earlier this week we took a drive to our hunting grounds.  Deer season is upon us in Arkansas.
Time to clean out the deer stands, fill the corn feeders, check on the growth of the food plots, etc.
This year the guys planted a mixture of clover, oats, beans and turnip greens.  When we approached the plot I nearly fainted.......

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Do you see what I see?
A beautiful patch of young tender greens?
I scrambled for a sack and there was none to be found.
What am I going to do? I have to take "a mess" of these home to cook.
Ah ha, I spotted the 40 lb sacks of corn. I asked hubby to please pour the corn out...I need that sack. Luckily the feeder had enough room to hold one more sack of corn. And then I hit the greens. (he thought I was nuts)
Within an hour I had them washed and in the pot for supper.

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This brings me to a question for you. Do you cook your corn bread with sweet milk (that's what mama and daddy called whole milk) or buttermilk?
I was using Paula's recipe for the greens so I thought I'd try her corn muffin recipe to accompany them.

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I found a recipe of Paula's that I don't like!!!! The flavor of muffins made with baking powder and milk did not taste good at all, no, mam!

Soooo, the next night, with leftovers (I had lots) I had my good buttermilk corn bread sticks! Yum! I use the Dixie Corn Bread recipe on Aunt Jemima corn meal sack.

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Needless to say, I overate that night.

Now tell me, do you like turnip greens?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One More Day!!

One more hot day for awhile!  Cool front is approaching.  90 today and tomorrow night 40's!!! Wow!

I want to sit here and tell you all about the week, read many, many chair and book are calling!

Until tomorrow..
Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Traveling Tuesday

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A Sunday afternoon drive down the dirt roads, aka, "the bottoms".

The simple things in life bring much pleasure.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall Ya'll

Cool, crisp, fall is here. The days that I put on jeans and long sleeves...then by noon I am back in shorts and tank top. I love the cool evenings, piling on an extra blanket and sleeping in! I love the afternoons when the sunshine is still really warm and we sit outside and soak up the healing rays!

On one side of my yard I have the beginning of fall colors emerging:

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And on the other side the grass is thick, lush and green:

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Parts of my tomato plants have given up:

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And other parts are blooming and thriving:

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The geranium hasn't given up....blooms are just very small:

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And oh how I love the Encore Azaleas that Landscape Solutions picked for me this summer. They bloom in spring, summer and fall. How cool is that?
Since the temperature dropped this week, the blooms have really opened up. I love them.....

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I hope you all are having a great Friday, first day of fall, and have a great weekend!

And don't forget.......To Call Those Hogs......GO HOGS!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Have a great day all!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Traveling Tuesday

Grand Canyon of the Pacific

I couldn't let you think that all Kauai has to offer is: world famous beaches, dramatic waterfalls, painted sunrises and sunsets, because it also has a canyon that literally takes your breath away.

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From Fodor's:
Carved over countless centuries by the Waimea River and the forces of wind and rain, Waimea Canyon is a dramatic gorge which is 3,600 feet deep, 2 miles wide and 10 miles long.

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Let's go traveling!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Review

How was your weekend?  Hope you had a great one.
We had such pleasant weather, cool, sunny, just perfect.  Then during the night we had rain, lots of rain.  I can almost see the grass turning green again.  Yippee!

But back to the weekend.  Fall and cooler weather makes me want to bake...crazy, uh?  Something about staying indoors, windows up, I just need to cook......


Chocolate cake was first on my list.  I didn't want to use the canned frosting in the pantry so I used my sister in law (family chef) recipe for frosting.  She puts it on the best homemade brownies you ever tasted so I thought surely it would be good on cake.  It was yummy and so easy.

Next I dusted off the bread machine, set it on dough and made rolls for dinner.  Nothing smells better than yeast rolls rising and baking. (recipe courtesy of family chef) 

Steaks were thawing and I decided to top them with onion rings.  Do you make onion rings?  Oh how I love them.  So I sliced a half of onion, covered the rings in buttermilk and waited til everything was ready and on the table to drop these babies in hot grease....

You have to time all of the cooking just right to sit down in time for the football game.  You didn't think I was going to leave that out did you?  Hog game wasn't televised this week so the radio was booming, yes, you can't converse at my house during game. (hubby likes it loud)  Maybe he thinks that will keep him awake (ha)  it doesn't.  Full tummy + recliner = sleep!

Have a great Monday all! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lizard Patrol

There are two things Trixie doesn't allow in the yard.....lizards and squirrels.  She chases squirrels up trees and sits all day looking up, waiting (they have long gone, jumped tree to tree, but she misses that action).  Lizards are another story.  That girl is fast and if she sees one they are in big trouble.  She has learned that they run under the nearest rock so she immediately takes them to the middle of the yard where there is no cover to run under..

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She proceeds to paw them, and the rest isn't pretty. She's a hunter, what can I say?

She patrols under every bush and rock in search of her prey....she sniffs them out and believe me she has a keen sense of smell.

She was sniffing out the flowers in this picture, very alert, look at that tail. lol

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It's funny though, if I go in the house she stops hunting and wants to come inside. I think she likes the thought of having backup in case she needs it.

She's my buddy.....unconditional love......

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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No words to describe......

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In The Yard

I am so happy that I had beautiful Lantana growing in my flower beds this year.  I always have them in pots but this year I have several growing in the beds.  They have grown so big and just bloom like crazy.  The other thing I love about these flowers is how the butterflies swarm them.  So much fun to watch. 

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Aren't the colors wonderful?

Fall is definitely in the air around here.

The county fair opened yesterday and that can only mean one thing.....Rain! Yep, happens every year. The runways will be filled with muddy little feet waiting in line to ride....

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011


The cooler weather is bringing about so many changes.

The sky has been so blue!

The sunrises/sunsets are breathtaking!

I'm glad you didn't see me running around the yard yesterday morning (early)  in gown.....trying to get a shot of this sunrise! lol

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By the time I went back indoors and reviewed the shots, the sky had changed, no longer pink. You sure have to hurry when photographing clouds and sky!

Have a great Friday all!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tater Salad

Hello again.....I'm back!!!

I found a delicious potato salad recipe last weekend and feel the need to share it with you. you watch Cooking with the Neely's?  I love their show and almost all of their recipes.  I googled potato salad and was drawn to this recipe. (courtesy of the Neely's)

Creole Potato Salad

3 # potatoes - cubed and cooked with skin left on
3/4 cup mayo
1/2 cup creole mustard (oh yeah)
2 T apple cider vinegar (another favorite of mine)
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste

chop 1 small onion, 2 stalks of celery and 2 cloves of garlic

Stir it all up and voila:

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I cut it in half and it was plenty for 2!

I was tired of the same recipe of pickle relish, boiled eggs, mayo, etc.

This one has a completely different flavor that I really loved. I mean can you go wrong using creole mustard? Don't think so!

The ribs I cooked with this salad deserve a post all their own....coming soon.

Have a good evening all!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Already?

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

 Stay safe!

 I hope to start the week with time set aside to blog.......I miss you all!