Archive | July 2013

Random Thoughts


July is quickly coming to an end..
I’ve noticed it’s darker longer in the morning and I can feel the sun lower in the sky in the early evenings..
Won’t be too long and we will be able to feel fall in the air.

There have been two people that sound really interested in purchasing Country Meadow..
Tentative meeting with the first one over the weekend.

How about that Richard Sherman..
He made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week..
Never thought I’d say this but I’m actually looking forward to football (Seahawks) season..
Thanks Steve (said with sarcasm).

Yes I write poems as such..
A few I think are pretty good..
Haven’t worked on any over the summer..
But come fall I will give it another go..
I have several ‘in progess’ and want to finish those up.

Last night I was called Boss and Ornery..
Boss: Yes hon, As I’ve told you before women wear the pants in the family..
Ornery: No, I just like to stir things up a bit..
Hope you realize what you’ve gotten into.

Speaking of ornery..
Seems like I have made a tidal wave in a mud puddle..
Today I will find out just how deep that mud puddle is..
I like mud puddles..
And if opportunity knocks..
Why not go for it..
Better to try and fail..
Than to not try at all and regret it later..
And no I will not disclose any details..

As usual there is not enough minutes in a day..
Hours in a week..
Days in a month..
To get everything done that I set out to do..
All I can do is give it my best.

Laters Baby




Cowboy Casserole

For years I’ve made Tater Tot Casserole and always liked it.

Then on Facebook I found a recipe for Cowboy Casserole on Bake By Kim.
While the Cowboy Casserole is very similar to the Tater Tot Casserole it is WAY better!!

I doubled the recipe and cooked it in a 13×9 pan.
I used tater tots cause I couldn’t find the crowns.
I used cream of chicken soup instead of mushroom
We have three adults, two teenagers and a toddler and by doubling this recipe it filled the pan with plenty of leftovers!

Cowboy Casserole


1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I used 80/20)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (15.25oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons sour cream
1 bag (30 oz) frozen tater tots ( Or Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns)


Before I got ready to make this casserole, I let the Crispy Crowns sit on the counter to defrost for an hour or so. The original recipe used still frozen tater tots, but I felt they wouldn’t cook as well if they were still frozen solid.

In a large skillet cook the onion until tender and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the beef and cook over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the mixture and place into a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the soup, milk and sour cream. Whisk until smooth. Add to hamburger mixture and stir to combine. Add corn and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Gently mix to combine.

Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the Crispy Crowns on the bottom, pour the hamburger mixture over the top and then layer with the other half of the Crispy Crowns. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.




Breakfast Quesdillas

I’ve never had eggs in tortillas before…just never sounded very good so I was a bit skeptical trying the recipe below.

I also don’t really like bell peppers either but I decided to put just a little bit in mine.

These take a little bit of work and for me this is a weekend breakfast.

They are AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Breakfast Quesdillas


1 pound Thin Bacon
1 whole Onion, Diced
1 whole Bell Pepper (any Color), Seeded And Diced
1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Diced
8 whole Eggs
¼ cups Half-and-half
Salt And Pepper, to taste
6 whole Tortillas (regular Or Whole Grain)
1-½ cup Freshly Grated Cheddar And Monterey Jack Cheese
Avocado Slices (optional)
Pico De Gallo
Sour Cream


Note: This recipe makes 3 quesadillas, which should serve 6 people.

Fry the bacon, then remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off the excess grease.

Return the skillet to the stove over high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of butter. When it’s melted and the skillet is hot, add the onions, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Stir it around and cook until the veggies are starting to soften and turning golden brown. Remove to a plate and set aside. Set the skillet back on the stove over medium-low heat.

Mix together the eggs, half-and-half, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet, then pour in the eggs. Scoot the eggs around the skillet with a spatula, cooking slowly, until the eggs are done. Turn off the heat and set aside.

To assemble the quesadillas, place a tortilla on a buttered griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. Add a layer of cheese, a layer of cooked veggies, a layer of bacon slices, a layer of eggs, a layer of avocado, and another layer of cheese. Top with a second tortilla.

Cook on both sides, flipping carefully, until the cheeses are totally melted and filling is hot. Repeat with the other tortillas and ingredients.

Slice the 3 quesadillas into four wedges each. Serve on a plate with sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa (or grab them and head out the door!)




Never heard of the ‘Cup Song’ til my teenage granddaughters showed us.

Loved it so much that after a few drinks I gave it a try!

Love it even more!!

This video is an awesome rendition of the ‘Cup Song’.

I totally get off on the rhythm created simply with your hands, cups and voice.



Country Meadow For Sale

Country Meadow is a viable bath and body business that I shut down last year due to the death of my husband.

It is an easy business for you to restart as your own as it is a work at home/spare time business that all branding/website/formulas have been done already.

Pricing is broken down into three parts:
Website/all social media

Website/Social Media
Website/Domains: &
Branding of business (paid over $2500.00 for custom logo, custom labels etc.)

(Very little equipment is needed for this type of business.)

Plastic shelving (I use these to cure soap on).
Three Hdpe custom soap molds.
Two custom soap cutters (slab cutter and log cutter).
Impulse sealer
Cart with wheels
Approx. 40 lbs of coconut oil
Approx. 40 lbs of sodium hydroxide
Misc raw ingredients for lotion, scrubs
Misc. jars/bottles etc.
And whatever else I find

The soap boxes are created and printed from your computer/printer. You will need a printer that will print on heavy cardstock as mine is not for sale.

Or if you wish you can buy craft boxes already made (supplier online) and put your label on it.
Fragrance oils are not for sale as I will still make soap for personal use however there may be a couple I will throw in for free.

I have worked for 14 years on creating my own soap, lotion and scrub formula.
These are made from scratch and not purchased bases.
In addition to soap, lotion and scrub I have also made other items in the past and have the formulas to those. You will also get any and all printed books, marketing material , supplier list etc.

Total Price $4500.00.

Please note:

You are NOT buying any inventory.
You are NOT buying any customer or customer information.
You are NOT buying any accounts.
No financial information will be released.

You are buying an already branded viable company that has been in business for over 14 years and the price is simply based on what it would cost you to create a website/social media to the level it currently is along with a little bit of equipment and tried and true formulas.

Country Meadow will be for sale until August 15 2013. At that time everything listed under equipment will be sold off individually leaving just the website/social media for sale.
(After August 15, 2013 any and all formulas will not be for sale or included in the sale of the website/social media)



Dustin Hoffman’s Epiphany

It’s a sad world we live in where society puts such a huge emphasis on beauty and preconceived notions on what a person, whether it be male or female, should or should not look like.

Maybe it’s always been there from days long ago but I think with today’s technology (tv, internet, cosmetic surgery, photoshop) it’s way worse.

How many times have YOU rolled your eyes, or not talked to someone or felt a person was beneath you because they didn’t fit society’s idea of what they should look like.

I will say it….I’ve done it and I will venture to guess 100% of the population has as well…but most won’t admit it……it makes them (and me) seem shallow.

A man does not have to have six pack abs and a woman does not have to be a size 2 to be ‘interesting’.

Everyone has something to offer and just think of all the people out there you will never have the privilege to meet and enjoy simply because they don’t fit into a size 5 pair of jeans or don’t have a chiseled profile.

The video below has resurfaced.
I have no idea when it was made.
It applies to both men and women.

Dustin Hoffman had an epiphany.
Maybe you will too.

I did.



Wine Cooler (Frozen Even)

I have been making this wine cooler recipe for a couple of years now……mostly in the summer and it’s really good.

For our 4th of July party I made this same recipe with these changes:

I left out all fruit
I poured the wine cooler into 8 oz. jelly jars and froze them!!!

They were a hit!

I have since made them again and have eighteen of them waiting for me in the freezer!!!!

Original Recipe

Tropical White Wine Cooler

3/4 c. Sugar
3/4 c. Frozen Lemon Juice, thawed
3 c. Water
1/2 Pineapple, peeled & thinly sliced
1 Mango, peeled & thinly sliced
1 750 ml Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or other white table wine

In large pitcher, mix sugar, lemon juice and water stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Add the wine and fruit slices.
Stir well, crushing fruit to extract juices.
Refrigerate 1 hour and serve over ice.