Archive | August 2013

Wine Gift

I received a wonderful gift from a very long time (27 years) friend.

He knows me too well!

Lucky for me he knows his wines!!!

A three wine gift set.

Can hardly wait to give them a try.

Cool thing is that it was ordered through Rotary Wine Club of South Whidbey (local) and 10% of the price goes directly back to the rotary club.

So if you want to join a wine club (you can cancel at any time) or just purchase a gift (for yourself or a friend) and help a local rotary raise funds (to help local organizations etc.) then check it out.

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Cheers!

Rebecca

Rebecca

Mama’s Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

I saw this recipe on the internet (bonjour!) last week and made it last night.

Adults and kids all gave it the thumbs up.

Will add it to my make-again list.

Mama’s Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

16 ounces elbow macaroni (about 3 cups)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 ½ cups milk, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 lb (16-ounces) cubed (1/2 inch size) Velveeta cheese
8 ounce shredded Kraft Mild Cheddar Cheese (about 2 cups), divided
8 ounce shredded Kraft Monterrey Jack Cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender but not mushy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain well and pour into a large mixing bowl.

Melt on low the Velveeta Cheese and ¾ cup milk until melted (stir often)

Pour Melted Cheese Sauce over Pasta and Stir. Add in butter, ¾ cups milk, eggs, 1 cup shredded cheeses, salt and pepper. Mix well and transfer to a 2 quart baking dish. Pour the remaining cheese on top.

Bake until top crust is golden brown and casserole is bubbling, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Over The Weekend

Both Steve’s and my birthday is in two days and to celebrate we had a Hula Moon party with friends and family.
A good time was had by all.
And don’t worry to those that couldn’t make it.
Hula Moon will be back next August.

Lynn, Shelly and Me

Lynn, Shelly and Me

Shelly, Blythe

Shelly, Blythe

Friends, Family

Friends, Family

Steve Playing

Steve Playing

Steve, Chuck Playing

Steve, Chuck Playing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

Now here is the best part…..
Steve had been damn near giddy for the past few days but would not tell me why…..
He ended up giving me the best birthday present ever…
As you may know we have been waiting for a windshield to be successfully cut/installed in the ’56…and had already been through two of them….
I ask him every week or so….how’s the windshield coming…..
Last I heard it was getting cut last Thursday…..
I’m ok with that.

Apparently he lied….
Cause when I opened the card he gave me inside was a picture of…..
the ’56 with a new windshield installed!!!
I couldn’t believe it and had to keep looking at the picture.
I can’t tell you how beautiful a custom cut brand new windshield looks!

So without further adieu:

'56 With brand new custom cut windshield. A thing of beauty!

’56 With brand new custom cut windshield. A thing of beauty!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In other news:

Our Craigslist find yesterday…for only $50.00!
Now on the next rainy day I can start to organize the bedroom.

Armoire

Armoire


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Rebecca

Rebecca

Possible Buyer(s)

So it appears that I just may have a buyer for Country Meadow.
If the person I am currently working with decides to pass I have another that had told me she would buy it for sure.

I am in the process of getting everything together and making sure the formulas will make sense to a ‘newbie’.
I have more stuff than I had realized!!

I hope to have this finalized over Labor Day weekend.

I have mixed feelings over this whole thing. I have not made any product since last year as I had (and still do) an abundance of soap. It’s been so nice to not ‘have’ to make product or do paperwork or shipping. Honestly doing this for over 14 years has kind of taken the fun out of it. What started out as a fun hobby turned into a business where I had no choice except to keep moving forward.

I am admittedly looking forward to taking this way back down to the hobby level.
Making soap only (for us, family and friends)
No packaging
No website/blog
No shipping
No emails

What I am seriously looking forward to is the experimenting once again with fragrance oils.
No more ‘sets of three’.
I can pick and chose at a whim and order only enough to make one batch (24 bars).
There are ‘hundreds’ of fragrances out there and I am getting excited just thinking about it

And you never know…..
You just might end up with some for Christmas
(which is how I started this whole hobby-turned-business in the first place)

Rebecca

Rebecca

Taco Salad

Gotta love Facebook and all the sharing of recipes!!!

During the summer months I prefer to eat light and if it’s quick, easy and relatively cheap all the better!

We had this last night and it was light, quick, easy, relatively cheap and GOOD.

I like the addition of Catalina salad dressing in the meat/bean mixture.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground Beef
1 – 1.25 oz. Package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 – 16 oz. Can Chili Beans
1 Cup Catalina Salad Dressing
½ Cup Water
I Head Iceburg Lettuce (I used prepackaged salad)
Tortilla Chips
Your favorite taco toppings: cheese, tomato, avocado, olives, green onions, sour cream, ranch dressing etc.

Directions

Brown hamburger and drain fat. Stir in taco mix, chili beans and Catalina dressing. Add ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

On individual plates top salad/lettuce with hamburger/bean mixture then add your toppings.

Enjoy!

Rebecca

Rebecca

Blurred Lines

LOVE this!!!

This just proves you can make music with anything!!!

Every time I hear/watch this I just want to boogie!

Jimmy, Robin Thicke & The Roots play “Blurred Lines” on classroom instruments in the Late Night “Music Room.”

Jimmy Fallon – wood block, Casio keyboard
Robin Thicke – spoons
Questlove – wooden clacker
Mark Kelley – kazoo
Kamal Gray – xylophone
James Poyser – melodica
Captain Kirk – ukulele
Tuba Gooding Jr. – recorder, banana shaker
Frank Knuckles – cowbell
Black Thought — maraca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

I made this salad over the weekend and it was good!

Will add this one to my make-again list.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
10 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
1/2 cup milk, or as needed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.

Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.

In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place rotini, bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

Rebecca

Rebecca