28 June 2011

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

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BlueberryImage via WikipediaOur coop share with Danjo farms is giving us a lot of blueberries, which we love!  I saw this recipe and knew it would have to be tried!  I am making it for my secretaries for breakfast today!

12 slices of bread, cubed (brioche, french, texas toast)
1 cup milk
1 8 oz container of cream cheese
12 eggs
1/3 c maple syrup
1 c blueberries

Spray a 9 by 13 pan with Pam and put one layer of bread cubes down (6 slices of bread).  Cube cream cheese and lay that on top of the bread.  Layer on the blueberries.  Top with remaining bread.  Beat eggs, milk and syrup together.  Pour over layers.  Cover with foil and let sit in the refrig overnight.

Heat oven to 350 and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes.  Serve warm with syrup.

Or..........

serve with homemade blueberry syrup!

1 c sugar
1 c water
2 T cornstarch
1 c blueberries

Mix water, sugar and cornstarch and cook over medium heat until thickened.  Add blueberries and simmer 10 minutes or until blueberries have cooked down.  Serve!

A little powdered sugar on top is great, too!


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27 June 2011

Things to do this Summer

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Each year I work up a list of things to do this summer. If you don't have time to do your own list, look at this one!


You can download your own here!

Here is mine, made on Wordle:

Wordle: Summer Fun




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19 June 2011

It's Blueberry Time!

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Our farm coop had fresh blueberries this week. I love them on cereal and oatmeal but wanted to do a sweet treat with them. I made this so simple cobbler that turned out great!

For the filling I used 4 cups frozen blueberries, 1/2 c sugar, a T of cornstarch, the juice of 1/2 lemon and a sprinkle of salt. I tossed these together and dished them out into individual ramekins.

For the topping I used 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c oats, some baking powder (1/2 t). 3 T sugar and 6 T of butter, softened. I blended this all together with my fingers and placed a dollop on each of the filled ramekins.

I baked them for 30 minutes, checking for heat, then let them set 30 minutes to develop the syrup. Serve with your favorite ice cream. That's summer goodness!


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11 June 2011

Garden Update

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It is such a gorgeous evening that I decided to go out and take some photos of our garden. Everything looks so green! We love to garden. I wish we had more time to devote to it.

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Tomatoes!

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Stella d' Oros

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Lilies

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My great grandmother's fern

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Our Missouri cactus in bloom!

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More lilies!

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Violet clematis

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Purple clematis

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Roses. I love roses.


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06 June 2011

Showers are a Beautiful Thing

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My friends and I did what we do best... throw a party and when you are doing it for a friend, there is nothing more fun!  In our age experience, we have learned to do things that make a wonderful impact at a minimum of effort.  We still require a high degree of sophistication, but now we know how to pull that off much easier.

For example, instead of having the party at our home, we decided to have it at Summit Lake Winery.  They had to clean up before and after.  Joey had the cupcakes made by a friend of hers and they were yummy.  Denise brought in the paper goods for the cupcakes.  We ordered appetizers and wine from the Winery (and hit their buy one get one free apps, too!).  The Winery provided cloth napkins, plates and silver along with sparkling wine glasses!  Terri ordered the invites online.  Charlotte made favors from Hershey candy bars using the couple's save the date photo.  Tambra put together a darling centerpiece using the bride's crystal and some lovely flowers!  Marsha came looking radiant like the mother-of-the-bride should!



Kylene received beautiful pieces of her china and crystal as gifts.  We all heard about the wedding, how she and Matt met, and met Matt's lovely mother, Pat.

Afterward we stayed and partied with Bob's band, 2 Car Pile Up.  A great way to spend a late spring day!

Connecting to Mary's Mosaic Monday!

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02 June 2011

Thirteen Year Cycle Hits Jefferson City

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Have you heard the cicadas? They can drown out a conversation on the patio, they are that loud!!

Missouri is experiencing the 13 year cicadas, a bug that spends its adolescence underground, just to emerge 13 years later. The last time we saw these critters: 1998.

There are actually a 13 year and a 17 year brood. It seems that the 13 year brood is the dominant one. The next time these two broods will overlap is 2219. Yea.

Missouri 13 year periodic cicada

I remember summers in Marceline where the sound of cicadas meant that summer was full in swing, that it was night time and mom would be calling us in. I remember tanning in the yard with the drone of cicadas lulling me to sleep.

I also remember thinking that the shells were pretty cool. I am sure that was due to my Uncle Jim, who always appreciated what nature gave us and pointed things out to my sister and me all the time.

Truman and Wilson are fascinated with them and try to eat them. When I looked them up, they are not poisonous to animals but it might make their tummies hurt.



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01 June 2011

Memorial Day Cook Off Winner!

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Drum roll please..........

The winner was Ashley's Chicken Chorizo Burger with Avocado Mayo! The burger was so tender and good, with great flavors. It will be repeated often this summer!

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First you need to make the mayo....

1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, seeded

To prepare mayonnaise, combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until combined. Cover and chill mayonnaise mixture. This gives the mayo time to absorb all the flavors.

Then make the burgers...

1/2 pound Spanish chorizo sausage
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 (6-inch) corn tortillas, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
Cooking spray

To prepare burgers, remove casings from sausage. Place sausage, salt, tortillas, chicken, and jalapeño in food processor; process 30 seconds or until mixture is coarsely ground. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Place patties on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 7 minutes on each side or until done.

To serve, you can lightly toast an onion bun, and layer, tomato, lettuce, and avocado mayo on the sandwich. Yum.

All the burgers...

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