Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Supper

We had a special supper tonight - just to celebrate Saturday. This afternoon I found a recipe on Pinterest for Peach Cobbler. I got the ingredients out, followed the recipe to put everything in the pan, and put it in the oven. Next, I started the garlic green beans, using I recipe I had found online. We've had them once before- and they were so good, that I couldn't wait to make them again. Craig grilled some steaks, and I put together salads for us both. I also sauteed some  mushrooms and onions for Craig's steak.
 When everything was ready we sat down to eat a delicious meal while watching the end of the MN Twins game - and they won 9-3.
Here are some pictures of our special supper.

I started with a tsp of butter and a tbsp of olive oil in the pan. I added a can of portabella mushrooms, drained, and slices of onion. I sauteed them for a couple of minutes. Then I added 1/2 cup of beef broth and salt and pepper (to taste) covered the pan and let it all simmer for about 5 minutes. Then I removed the top and let the liquid cook down.

Click on the picture to get the recipe.  I added onions and bits of bacon.

Here's one of the salads. Doesn't that look yummy?

Here's Craig plate. A wonderful Saturday supper!

Peach cobbler.... I know it's not the best picture - but if you click on the picture you can get the recipe and see better pictures. We each had a piece while it was warm, and we had some vanilla ice cream on top.

Did you have a special supper recently? You don't need to have a special occasion to have a special supper.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grad Cards

We were invited to a couple of high school graduation open houses this summer... and I jumped at the opportunity to use my Silhouette machine to make cards.
First I designed the letters, then made the box around it. I was able to join the letters together - but couldn't get the Silhouette to join the words to the border. So I just had the Silhouette cut out the whole thing, then glued the border to the cardstock first, before gluing the words. I glued white paper with a bit of a pattern border on the inside of the cards, and they were done!
A simple card, but fun because I made it!

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Recipes

I always like to try new recipes when we're going to have company. I worry a little that it may not turn out to be good, but there's always more food around just in case - and then Craig and I don't have to eat it all week long.
Here are two recipes I tried this weekend. They are both from taste of Home's Fast Fixes with Mixes (2012 ed.) Click on the picture for the recipe.
The first is a great 4th of July red,white and blue dessert- Hot Berries 'n' Brownie Ice Cream Cake.

I used a different sauce than the recipe called for - because I didn't have all the ingredients. I just went to the Internet and looked for a hot fruit sauce recipe. (click here).  Everyone loved it!

The second recipe is for a wild rice salad. I just made it today - and it's chilling in the refrigerator for tonight's supper, so I don't really know if it's good or not... but it sure looks good!

As usual, I was in a hurry when we were at the grocery store, and even though I had the recipe with me, I didn't read it very carefully. So I got mushrooms and artichoke hearts - but I was supposed to get marinated mushrooms and marinated artichoke hearts. So we'll see if the salad tastes like it's missing something.

How about you - did you try anything new this week?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July 2014

We were blessed this 4th of July to have our oldest son and his family come for a visit.

I have to admit - I spent more time living in the moment than I did capturing memories with my camera... we had lots of fun tubing, boating, fishing, riding the motorcycle and the 4-wheeler, playing baseball and tennis, shopping, grilling our meals, doing art projects and playing games. Stephanie and Isabelle taught me how to play Canasta and I think I'm hooked on it.  It was a great weekend. 

Enjoy the pictures I did take!

Here's  a picture of Andrew I took back in July 2011,standing in almost the same place. These kids are growing up way too fast!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artful Photography

For a long time I have wanted to have the ability, the eye,the knowledge for taking interesting photographs. I thought about taking a photography class, but never have had time. So I just keep trying on my own. I know that I need to learn about lighting and shutter speed, and just need to develop an eye for the right angle. (A better camera wouldn't hurt either.) I really wish I could take pictures like my son-in-law does. Check out his pictures at Live The Life.

Here are some pictures I took two weeks ago at the North Shore. Which one do you like best?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Camping With Mary Lou - #2

Last weekend we took Mary Lou to the North Shore for our second camping trip of the summer.

This time we headed to the North Shore. We stayed at a campground just north of Two Harbors. (This picture was taken on a rainy day, but doesn't it almost look like there's snow and ice instead of water?)

We camped with two other couples, good friends from church. We had a great weekend - hiking, biking, doing a little shopping, talking, sitting around the campfire, enjoying the beauty all around us.

One day we hiked at Split Rock River, and had lunch at Palisade Head, which was just breath-taking. Palisade Head is a 350 foot sheer rock cliff. There were rock climbers on the cliff while we were there.

Here's Craig and Terry trying to see the bottom.

We had all kinds of weather - from cloudy and windy, to sunshine, to pouring rain. Mary Lou stayed dry inside, thank goodness! One thing we especially appreciated was the lack of mosquitoes at the campground. I'm not sure if it was because our campsite was right on Lake Superior and there was a breeze off the lake, or if the campground sprayed for them... but it was so nice to be able to be outside without bug spray.

We stayed one day longer than our friends, so on the last morning we biked a part of the Gitchi Gumi Trail, and then went to Gooseberry State Park for a bit more biking and hiking.

Because of all the recent rain, the falls were roaring with tons of water.

We will definitely be going back to the North Shore.... we already have reservations with our friends, to go back to the same campsites next summer. But we'd also like to take our kids and grandkids. We just know they'd have fun chasing the waves, climbing and hiking, throwing stones in the lake, seeing the big ships go by, and all of the other wonderful things at the North Shore.

Monday, June 2, 2014

What I'm Into in May 2014

I'm following the lead of my daughter, Carrie, who wrote in her blog about what she's been into lately.
As I look back at the month of May, here's what I've been into:

  1. Camping - this winter we picked up Mary Lou, our little vintage camper. We took her out for the first time to Moose Lake State Park and had a great weekend. I am excited to visit other state parks - what a wonderful state we have, full of beauty. There are 67 state parks - and we want to start exploring them. This spring we were looking for a pickup, and ended up buying one that comae with a Lance truck camper. So now we have two campers - choices for what kind of camping we want to do. We took the truck camper down to visit our kids last weekend, and camped out in their driveways. We brought our bedroom so they didn't have to give us theirs.
  2. Flowers - I planted purple pansies in my flower box on the deck. I bought several hanging baskets and have them around the yard. I couldn't resist some multi-colored zinnias, so they're in a pot by the back door.
  3. Fixer Uppers - it's a show on HGTV about Chip and Joanna Gaines, who help couples buy and fix up homes in Texas. Chip and Joanna are also in the process of fixing up their own home - a farmhouse on their own ranch - Magnolia Farms. I love how Chip and Joanna love their kids and involve them in the show. I also love Joanna's style of decorating - and wish they could come to MN and help me finish and decorate our home.
  4. Books - I used to be a big reader, but when we moved up north I stopped reading for some reason. I think it was because my new job was so demanding that when I came home I was too tired to read. And there was so much to do around here: unpacking, sorting, finishing spaces, etc. It feels good to be reading again, even though I'm just reading light fiction.
  5. Hockey - we have been watching some of the NHL playoff games. At first we were cheering for the MN Wild, but after they lost we found out that it's almost more fun to watch games when it doesn't matter so much to us which team wins. We are looking forward to the Stanley Cup match between LA and New York later this week.

What have you been into lately?