Wednesday, May 31, 2017

EWE - Garden Party

I chose  this weeks theme as garden party.  It's that time of year when vegetables are so appealing to everyone!  I was serving hamburgers tonight and trying to find some vegetable that would go with them. I chose ellie's pasta salad with garden vegetables which can be found on page 250 of her comfort food fix cookbook.  It calls for twisted rotini but I used shells instead because that is what I had in the pantry!  This is very healthy pasta loaded with chopped vegetables. Carrots onion celery tomatoes cabbage.  All delicious!  And I would definitely take this to a garden party !   Recipe is here Recipe. Check out our website at

What did you do for memorial weekend?  We took off in our camper to North Georgia.  We had a couple of friends that went with us. We had never been to this campground before. The campsites were very spacious.  The bathroom was very clean. There was not much to do there however. We decided to be brave and go hiking to see a marble mine waterfall.  It was led by a park ranger. He assured us it was 1 mile hike but that it did have some steep climbing. I was a little worried since I am totally out of shape. Right off the bat we encountered a 6 foot long snake. The Ranger decided to stop and circle around it and discuss it for about 10 minutes. I stayed a healthy distance away!  I prefer no snakes!  We made the hike but it was difficult. My fit bit registered that I had walked over 3 miles uphill and on rough terrain. Yeah I ached a bit and rested the rest of the day. But we were all glad we went.  I am borrowing these pics from my friend Donna.

The next day it was a little rainy in the morning so we took off to see a museum of art work for Howard Fenster. Some of his work is at the Smithsonian. It was all very odd and unusual. He apparently was a very religious man and loved Elvis. There were also vendors where you could buy items. We enjoyed it. The rest of our weekend was spent playing Mexican train dominoes and teaching the guys to play Rook.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ewe-cinco de mayo

This week's name was chosen by me.  It is always fun to make a Mexican dish.   Interesting fact. I have heard that only Americans celebrate this holiday.

Ellie did not have a lot of Mexican dishes to choose from.  I chose the easy chicken mushroom quesadillas.  I like quesadillas!  I already had some shredded chicken which I had made in my instant pot the day before so these were easy to put together.  I have never made quesadillas before. I don't know if I cooked my tortillas long enough.   They were not really crispy.  And I have to say the filling was rather bland   I want to try this again soon but add something to give a little more flavor.  The salsa was good with it.

You can find the recipe here. Recipe

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DC -chocolate Cornflake Haystacks

Dorie Greenspan's cookies are the best.  Truly.  I am enjoying being in the Tuesday cookie group.  We make cookies every first and third Tuesday.  Come join us!

Recently we were on a trip to Lagrange Georgia. At a restaurant there on their dessert bar, they had peanut butter cornflake cookies.  The next day we were in a grocery store and they sold peanut butter cornflake cookies so of course I had to buy a few for our trip home.  I liked them so much when we got home I googled and found a recipe for them!  These chocolate cornflake cookies of Dorie's remind me a lot of them in the way they look.   However, the similarity stops there.

I was worried that these were not going to hold together when I put them on the cookie sheet. However they came out OK.  I just ate one while it was warm and while it was good, there was something lacking. They are not very sweet and the flavor is not strong.  I put craisens in mine and really that is mostly what I tasted.  I have never used agave syrup so maybe that is the difference I am tasting?  I am thinking cornsyrup might have been a sweeter taste?

I'm hoping this will get better by tomorrow!

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