Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tornado on The Plains

We had a tornado touch down here in my little village on Thursday.  We are ok, we were very lucky. My underpinning was blown away and my water lines were busted, but some in my area were hit much harder. 
The mobile home next to me was blown clear off the foundation and the one behind me had a tree on it.
A few blocks up the road homes were upturned and trees blown clear through others.
The high school football fields were torn up.  Things are sure a mess here.
These are pics of some of the damage to my little mobile home.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lamb Gyros

I experimented with a new recipe the other night and this is what we had for dinner.

Tzatziki sauce  or cucumber sauce ingredients

Small cucumber, shredded
Bunch fresh mint, leaves finely chopped
 Bunch fresh dill, leaves finely chopped
1 cup Greek-style yogurt, I used Fage
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Lamb meat ingredients for marinating.  I marinated for several hours. I then cooked it in some EVOO in large iron skillet until browned on outside, med rare inside. Served on whole wheat pita bread with sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and feta cheese crumbles.
Of course, I skipped the pita bread.  I just ate some of the lamb and veggies with a little feta and the sauce.

2 pounds boneless lamb leg or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 tablespoons olive oil
 2 tablespoons brandy  ( the brandy I used was some homemade cherry brandy that someone had gifted my husband)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Whisk together all ingredients pour over meat in a ziplock bag and let marinate for up to 24 hrs.  I only did for about 7 hrs, meat was full of flavor.

He kinda overfilled his pita bread, looks messy but he liked it.
Chasey Bug even enjoyed his, well, minus the lettuce and tomatoes that is!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Looky What the UPS man brought me!

My new automatic frozen yogurt-ice cream & sorbet maker.
And it only cost me 31.98 total.
I see homemade protein ice cream in my future.  Now to browse Eggface's blog and borrow a couple of her recipes.  
Here is her link for those of you who

haven't checked her out:

Until next time,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My version of Peach Cobbler.

There is a family get together at my brothers today. I can't attend because I've been sick, but I am sending down one of my peach cobblers anyway.

I had peaches that I had bought and put into the freezer a few months ago.

So this is what I threw together.

Buttered the baking pans with light margarine generously.

I took about 5 qt bags of my peaches, thawed of course.

1 cup of flour, couple tbsp of cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of Splenda and mixed it all together. Then spread it into two baking pans.

I then used about 2 cups of self rising flour, 1/2 cup of Splenda and 2 tbsp more cinnamon and blended it together with a cup and a half of lowfat buttermilk until it became like a pancake batter consistency and drizzled it over both pans of the peach mixture.

Baked in oven preheated to 425 for about 60 minutes.

It's not purty, but its good!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Shavona and Austin

My daughter Shavona and her youngest son Austin.

Chase's mommy sent us some new pictures the other day of her and his little brother Austin. This is hanging in Chase's room so that he can see them every day.
The problem is, he won't sleep in his own room,,LOL
It was such a great picture that I just had to share.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chase has begun Kindergarten

Buzz Lightyear back pack and all! Now I should have more free time and can get back to my blogging.

I'm tellin' ya, life is sure different with a 5 year old to look after!
I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off all summer, trying to keep him occupied. I thought at almost 52 years old that I was through with this phase of my life. But, I love my grand babies, so it's all good!