Sunday, May 29, 2011

Red White and Blueberry

in 1 - 2 - 3!   For a last minute, very unexpected  guest I whipped up a quickie dessert that I always make for Memorial Day and throughout the summer.  I baked my biscuits (with help from Betty C., you all know Betty.  I know, I know but I am a Northern girl), and brushed a little cream on top with a sprinkling of sugar. 


I whipped up some cream with a little vanilla and tossed in blueberries and strawberries.  It took very little time and effort and I even managed to snap a couple of photos.



I hope you are enjoying the weather, and the weekend, and remembering our veterans, here and abroad, living and deceased. 

I am joining  The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays and Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.  I am Janie-come-lately, but I hate to miss these fun things.

xo,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A "Pink" Breakfast - New "Yawk" Style

Just wanted to join in the celebration for Beverly's 3rd Pink Saturday Anniversary.   This is my first "Pink Saturday" post.  I am sure more will follow.  I decided to share my "New Yawk" style breakfast - a bagel with a schmear of strawberry cream cheese.  Congratulations!  xo,



Please stop by and see all the beautifully pink posts at Beverly's "How Sweet the Sound" blogspot.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

MESSAGE FOR BUTTERCUP

Hi Buttercup, sorry this is so not a private message but I cannot post on your blog and you don't have an email so I hope you decided to check mine out today!  I see I won the grape bag, funny, but I am headed to Wegman's today!  Thanks so much, and thanks for the nice plug for my blog.  I appreciate it so much.

xo,

Sorry guys, but I can't reach Buttercup any other way.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Let Freedom Ring

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.

We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and your peace, provision and strength to fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

- Rev. Dick Kozelka of First Congregational Church of Minnesota

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My Dad was a World War II veteran, as well as several of my uncles, and I had cousins serving in Viet Nam.  This weekend is a good time for reflection and offering a simple prayer in their memory, for all veterans living or deceased, and for those who serve today. 



Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.  xo,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Would taste better with a side of sunshine

This recipe arrived in my inbox the other day. I am on a weekly newsletter distribution from Swanson's.   I am seriously missing the sun, and it just seemed like a sunny kind of dish.  The email said that folks are thinking ahead for summer and "gravitating" toward lighter fare.  I still seem to be gravitating toward a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but I gave this a try for tonight's dinner.  Glad I did.  And leftovers for tomorrow! 

Citrus Chicken and Rice

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


Chicken tenders work well, too.

1. Cook the chicken in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

1 3/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth  or  Swanson® Chicken Stock
1/2 cup orange juice
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice


2. Stir the broth, orange juice, onion and rice in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

3. Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Stir in the parsley.



Sprinkle with additional chopped fresh parsley

Serving Suggestion: For a special touch, cook orange slices in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until they're lightly browned. Serve over the chicken.

Ingredient Note from Swanson's: We develop our recipes using a 4-to 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast half per serving.  However, there are a range of sizes available in-store, from the butcher counter to the meat case and the freezer section.  Use whichever you prefer- just follow the recipe as written above for the best result.  If you're using larger chicken breasts they may require a little longer cooking time.

Makes: 4 servings.

I am joining Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Ebay to me

It has been a fairly mild spring but very rainy.  My garden is really showing signs of being a "late bloomer".  Perhaps it is still recovering from our miserable winter, or the fact that it was attacked by a beetle at the end of last summer.  Or maybe when I trimmed some things, I was a little cut-crazy?  Probably a combination of all of the above.  Since the weather is not cooperating with me and I need to spend serious time getting the garden to be "blogworthy", I ventured into the vast world of EBay for the first time this spring.  Notice the correlation between my wading into the wonderful ocean of Blogland and getting my feet wet in EBay?

I got my flower fix in another way!  It is so dreary here and I don't have the best lighting but I wanted to share a couple of table toppers I found (new) on EBay.

This is the center and it is pale and this photo did not do it any justice but the cut work and embroidery is really beautiful.  The next photo I actually took in the dark with a flash and you can see the colors better, I don't how, but they are!


Then I found this one




From table toppers that led me to research dishes.  I am so glad I downsized, and living in about 1200 square feet of space, and here I am on EBay looking for dishes!  I found a seller who had a lovely collection of ceramic dishes and pieces from an estate sale in San Francisco.  Not formal, but my colors, my entertaining style, really reasonable, and the seller was willing to work with the buyer on shipping.  Not a lightweight package to be sure!  It was an intense 60 seconds of bidding, I came away unscathed and with most of the items I wanted.  I did lose out on a couple of things.  Now I am waiting for the final tally and shipping charges from the seller.  I had visions of tablescapes and table tops dancing in my head.  At least three posts from what I had "won".  I was a happy camper.  After two days and no word from the seller, I receive an email from them apologizing profusely that the table on which my precious ceramic pieces were placed suffered a broken leg.........and everything crashed to the cement floor.  Nothing was salvaged.  I felt more upset than I think I should have felt!  When commiserating with a friend, she says, "only you."   I seem to hear that phrase alot :(.  Not to be, they weren't meant to live here or anywhere else.  But I did discover these lovelies, and they were delivered safe and sound and are residing in my cupboard.  They are a luncheon set for four of Hazel Atlas crinoline.  They also are known as "lasagna", I learned from a friend.  No wonder I was drawn to them!  (A summer tea luncheon is being planned around these dishes, but shh, it's a secret, don't tell my friend Kathleen.)


Then I am on to napkins.  I see a set that would have really worked well with the daffodil cloth and certain dishes I had "won" on EBay.  Let the games begin, another 45 seconds of intense bidding and they are mine!  Only to receive a note from this seller saying they were sold six months ago, and they had no idea how they became relisted.  I wasn't too upset with this, after learning about the dishes.  Only you, B., my friend tells me.  Only you.  

Next venture?  Flatware?  Glasses?  No, most likely storage solutions.   Oh, yeah, and getting my yard to be "blogworthy".


xo,

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Piggy Pudding

I must say, I think "Earl" was my muse when I decided to make this dish for the Paula Deen Celebrity Cook Along at Happier Than A Pig In Mud!  I was also impressed that it only needed three ingredients from the store, and I was able to whip it up in a "Jiffy". 


I used a maple pork sausage and 4 Granny Smith apples.  A boxed corn muffin mix prepared according to the package directions and it is ready to be baked.



I was impressed that I didn't need a stick of butter or a bar of cream cheese!  I am always looking for different breakfast or brunch dishes that are easy to put together as well as tasty, and I would definitely make this again.


Pure maple syrup would be divine, but I am cutting back on sugar so I used a maple agave and it was really good, too.  This recipe is from The Lady & Son's Savannah Country Cookbook by Paula H. Deen.

PIGGY PUDDING

16 link pork sausages
4-5 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
one 7 1/2-ounce package corn bread mix (prepare batter according to directions on the package)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Cook sausages until done, piercing with a fork to let out fat.  Drain, then arrange in a 9-inch square baking dish.  Layer sliced apples on top.  Pour corn bread batter over all and bake for approximately 30 minutes  or until corn bread is done (mine took only 20 minutes) .  Serve with warm maple syrup.


I am joining the Paula Deen Celebrity Cook Along at Happier Than A Pig in Mud
and
Foodie Fridays at Designs by Gollum


xo,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day

I had a good intention of doing my first 'tablescape' for a Mother's Day post, but the week preceding this weekend was not a good one for me.  So I fell behind in my preparations, and also lost some of my original enthusiasm.  But I did want to share this little story with you, as I feel it is very appropriate for Mother's Day. 

Several years ago I sold my home and downsized into the townhouse I am in currently.  In the process of doing this, I literally purged a large portion of the contents of my home.  I was going into a place less than half the square footage of my house.  I was giving up a full finished basement, huge attic, two outdoor storage sheds.  I was not of a mind to rent storage space at a nearby facility.  I have to say that this experience was very "freeing" to me, and I had no regrets.

Then I am introduced to "Blogland".  I visit lots of beautiful blogs, and lo and behold, my daily thoughts get interrupted with distant memories of the 'stuff ' I used to have!   All of sudden I am missing my old stuff!  I even ventured into the vast world of EBay, and made a couple of purchases, which I will share in another post.  THAT was an experience in itself.

While packing and clearing out possessions, I hired a very nice gentleman from the neighborhood, Mr. B.   A co-worker told me about him and introduced us.  He is retired and has a part-time business doing clean-outs and helping people move locally. The more stuff  Mr. B. can acquire from doing the clean-out, the cheaper his overall price will be.  Mr. B. took a lot of my items that I would put in designated piles for him to remove from my basement.  He also moved my belongings into my new home three years ago. I have settled in here, did quite a bit of renovating, bought new stuff to furnish my home.  My tastes in home furnishings did a 360 on me, I went from whites and creams and soft neutrals to a totally autumn palette.   (A home tour is also in the works, for a future post.)

Several months ago, I stopped by my old job to visit with former co-workers.  My friend A., who introduced me to Mr. B, tells me that she has a little "something" for me that Mr. B. had given her that he was returning to me.  She had it "for a long time" and kept forgetting to give it to me.  A. hands me a black jewelry box.  I was shocked to say the least, and when I read the note it said," "We untangled the box of costume jewelry in the clean-out stuff and found this." Thought you'd be interested in having it."  Regards, B.



My eyes filled with tears.  I forgot where I was standing for the moment.  It was so silent in the bank you could hear a pin drop.  This piece of my mother's jewelry has to be more than 50 years old, a gift from my father for a long ago anniversary perhaps, or a birthday.  I don't remember.  But it was meant for me to have.  And it came back to me.  How it got put in a place with items to get rid of I'll never know.  But I believe that my mother made sure it would get back to where it belonged.  And thanks, Mr. B., for being an honest person.  I did not realize it was missing!

I believe the bond between mothers and their children (especially daughters) is never really broken.  They somehow manage to get things done from up above, letting us know they are just  a thought, or a prayer, or a happy memory,  away from us. 

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful ladies I've met while happily traveling through Blogland.  You are an inspiration to me, when I "grow up" I want to be like some of you, others I would love to be adopted by!

 xo,

Joining Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another day, another dilemma



(sigh)  And I thought feeling cage-y was bad enough.  Now I am really confused!  We went to the vet for a well-bird visit.  I was feeling particularly vocal, and since there was a little audience in the waiting room, I decided to whistle a rendition of "Happy Birthday to You".  It is the latest song in my repertoire.

Birdymama is worried about "royalties" or some such craziness.  Well, when Dr. Danielle heard how well I can whistle, and in tune I might add, she told birdymama that I am probably a boy!!  A boy bird named "PearlAngel" - now birdymama is calling me PearlAngelo!  It is going to take some getting used to!




But wait, I am feeling some seventies music.......is it Donna Summer or Gloria Gaynor?!     Not sure -- But I will survive!  Hey hey



xo,
Pearlie (I'm stickin' with this!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

JUSTICE

At long last, America's, and indeed the world's, Public Enemy No. 1 is DEAD.  Osama bin Laden is DEAD.   

I lost four friends that day.  Clem F., Mary C., Paul M., and Joseph V., always in my prayers.

God bless our troops, God bless the USA!!

http://www.heroes-nogreaterlove.com/wtctm.htm
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