Category Archives: Food

Nice Gift

Our neighbor dropped off a ball canning jar full of homemade granola on our porch with a lovely note. “Thanks for being such a good neighbor. Enjoy (I hope) the granola. PS – It’s a girl! T… (her daughter just had a little girl last week).

Wasn’t that really nice! It’s yummy too!

HM granola
HM granola
HM granola
HM granola
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I Just Found Out

It’s National Ice Cream Day! Did you know, I didn’t! Have you had ice cream today?

Rudy and I had a sundae, vanilla ice cream with chocolate and strawberry syrup! Yummy!

Happy National Ice Cream Day
via Google Images

Go enjoy some!

Homemade Baked Cheese Snacks

I found a fantastic snack! It’s super quick & easy and you can “customize” it to your own favorite flavors! They’re great to snack on when you really have the need to “munch”! They will also satisfy actual hunger, which is always a good quality for a FOOD!

All you need for this wonderful snack is cheese! That’s right, cheese, any kind you like. Well, a cookie sheet, parchment paper (I was out of parchment paper so I used a silpat mat) and an oven is also needed.

Little piles of shredded cheese
Little piles of shredded cheese

This particular time we used shredded cheddar and a shredded pizza blend (mozzarella, Romano, & parmigiana)! Use whatever you have on hand or even add some favorite seasonings too! If you’re using a brick/block of cheese, slice it and break or cut or into squares (about and inch in size will do). Shredded, just pile in little heaps.

Put on the middle rack of a 350°F oven and bake for 5 – 7 minutes until brown. If not brown they will be chewy not crisp! Remove to cooling rack or plate. Once cool…

Baked Cheese Snack
Ready to eat!
Ready to eat!

Yummy, they’re crisp and tasty!

I hope you try these, they are fantastic!

Our Fourth Celebration!

Our big celebration every year since 1998 (Audrey was one year old) has been the three of us and our four-legged children having a day of fun, sun, lounging in the Step 2 kiddie pool, grilling corn on the cob, garlic potatoes & onions in foil and porterhouse steak! Well this year was no different! Brought some snacks, my phone, regular digital camera and my little pocket one too (in the purple case), and my inhaler incase my asthma acts up!

Got he necessities ready!
Got he necessities ready!

Audrey brought a stack of books! Dressed in heels of course!

Audrey kicked back reading & relaxing!
Audrey kicked back reading & relaxing!

However this next picture is really the only picture I’m suppose to post of her… her hands. Really, that’s it, she’s 17! Those with teenagers or has had teenagers need no further explanation, right? To help you that haven’t been there yet… I was “informed” (picture me doing quotie marks) that I can’t post any pictures of her, ever, on my blog. When I asked “but I’d like to include you when you’re with us too!” She replied “Okay then, just my hands” so seriously. So here she is! Isn’t she cute!

Audrey's hands
Audrey’s hands

A lot of my pictures have Audrey (the girl that shall not be photoed) in them, but here are a few random ones that don’t! Lily

Log in the yard.
Log in the yard.
One of our many lawn decor pieces!
One of our many lawn decor pieces!

On this next photo pay close attention to the 4 stems sticking straight up with NOTHING on them (oh and there’s more than 4)! They were sunflowers! That’s right, we should be enjoying big beautiful yellow flowers (Audrey’s favorite)! Guess what happened? It was a deer buffet! They just strolled right down the line biting the flowers off! The first year that happened!

Deer's buffet line.
Deer’s buffet line.

Audrey of course had this close by! Do you know what the quote on her case is from? It’s a TV show! (I’ll tell you in the comments)

Audrey's necessity!
Audrey’s necessity!
Potatoes, onions, salt, garlic powder and a little cubed butter on top in a foil pouch.
Potatoes, onions, salt, garlic powder and a little cubed butter on top in a foil pouch.
Ears of corn soaking in water before the grill!
Ears of corn soaking in water before the grill!

The stars Audrey and I found several years ago and we each have a set to put on our steak for pictures. Silly Great tradition!

Steaks on the table!
Steaks on the table!

Here’s the silly hubby…

Rudy being silly!
Rudy being silly!

Who is also a very loving hubby and daddy!

and Rudy's loving side!
and Rudy’s loving side!

Magic Mason Jar!

Okay, not really magic but….

I’m sure you’ve seen the Nutri Bullet on television! Well if you haven’t here’s a peek at it! According to Amazon it “Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, super foods and protein shakes…”.

(via Amazon)

(via Amazon)

Did you know that the blades of your blender will fit on a mason jar. Creating a blender very similar to the Nutri Bullet.

I keep a mason jar next to my blender base. Tonight I made homemade marinara and I was using canned tomatoes. I wanted half ” pulverized “.

See…

Tomatoes blending in a mason jar.
Tomatoes blending in a mason jar.

tomatoes in ball jar

So, perfect!

Next time you need to perfectly & effortlessly pulverize something grab your blender blades and a mason jar.