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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cheesy Egg Bake

Here is a great recipe I tried from All Recipes dot com.

Cheesy Egg Bake
1 tablespoon butter, melted
12 eggs, beaten
1 pound shredded pepperjack cheese
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with the melted butter.

Whisk together the eggs, pepperjack cheese, cottage cheese, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are completely set, about 1 hour.

(NOTE:  I cut this recipe in half and baked in an 8x8 pan.  Delicious but in both of our opinions, it needs some texture.  I'm thinking some artichoke hearts next time... )

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Wild Flowers

The wild flowers have been just lovely in Tennessee this summer.

Rose Mallow (in the hibiscus family)

Cone Flowers


OK... not a flower.  But isn't it pretty?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

One month ago I turned 55.

Himself made me chocolate cupcakes and surprised me with this that morning.

My present to me was being healthier for my 55th birthday than I was for my 50th.  Those are a pair of pants I wore back then...

GO me!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Date

Towns all over the US are revitalizing their vintage movie theaters and using them once again to show movies.

Some show vintage movies (like Casa Blanca or Gone With The Wind).  Some play foreign films (like The Music of Strangers or Our Little Sister).  Other have 'modern classics' (such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Saving Private Ryan).  And there are ones with family movies (such as National Velvet or Toy Story).

Many do a mix of genres.

The Roxy is doing a mix modern classics and family, alternating every other Sunday.

It's a great old theater and is also used for stage productions.

Team Red, White, & Blue took a block of tickets for one of the family showings.

Waiting for the show to start.  We were right at the end of our Whole30 program... so no refreshments for us.  Smelling that hot buttered popcorn was killer.  Box candy, popcorn, and sodas are all $1 each.

While I couldn't have any sweets... I had my Sweetie.  That was more than good enough!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Just a quick update on how "The Worm Guys" are doing...

 That would be VERY well.  See what I'm pointing at?  That is a teeny baby worm.  There is a ton of them!  Supposedly if the worms are not happy, there won't be babies.

They must be ecstatic!

(Oh... there is plenty of 'worm dirt' too...)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Making "Junk" Journals

One of my new projects is learning how to make journals and bound books.  It is a lot of fun and something that you can keep increasing your skill level as you make different kinds.

This is my first.  It is the most simple binding, called 'twine binding".  You just loop twine around as many times as needed to hold your page signatures.

Obviously this one is a travel journal.

The 'junk' part comes in with what you use to make the page signatures.

Leftover scrapbook papers...

... paper bags and magazine pages...

...leftover embellishments and old letters.

Whatever you have at hand!

When I fill it, I'll show you how it turned out.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Taste of Scotland

  Getting back to doing my recipes from a different country each month.  Since July was 'my' month... the recipes are all Scottish!

For my meal I start with a appetizer of Scotch Eggs.

I'll have to work on getting a consistent and thin layer of sausage around the egg so it cooks evenly and quickly.

These were everywhere in Scotland.  You can even buy them pre-made.

This is the Scotch Egg I got at Smoo Cave Hotel in Durness, Scotland.  The egg is SOFT boiled.  Absolutely brilliant and I'm still trying to figure out how she did it.

Next course is Tomato and Basil Soup.

We've had an abundance of tomatoes AND basil.  This recipe is a perfect way to use them.

It is a thin soup, just right for sipping out of a cup.

It is delicious!

It is very much like the tomato soup we had at The Harbour, a restaurant on the southern part of Skye island.

Our entree is Finkadella...a beef meatball.  

Served as a main course soup.

Served as a meat selection with a gravy made from the broth.

The vegetable course has an even more fun name... Rumbledethumps!

Potatoes and cabbage with melted cheddar... Scottish comfort food, for sure!

And dessert was the light and delicious Cranachan.

Again from The Harbour restaurant on Skye, a raspberry cranachan.

Ahhhh.... wonderful memories....