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Wednesday Garden Pic: The Garden Indoors

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 Today's projects include slow-cooking 6 turkey thighs and making the pumpkin cake, which isn't really "a cake" per se, so much as it's a 10 x 13 Dutch pumpkin pie. It was a Good Eating Monday post last year, which you can get here. I'm also spiffing up my Zazzle product selection in anticipation of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I have some nice Christmas items, like gorgeous geometric designed Christmas placemats, pillow, tie and glossy wrapping paper. Also a very nice selection of t-shirts! Today's Garden Pics are my "garden" inside": This photo is in my kitchen, in front of a sunny south-facing window: a vase of Wandering Jew cuttings, Aloe and, Christmas Cactus. The Wandering Jew spends summers in a pot outside and I just cut lengths of it to keep rooted in a vase until spring, when I replant it. It's a trick I learned from my Mother. Left in a pot indoors, it spills over the side and gets ugly in the middle. This is better.

Good Eating Monday: Quick Potato Casserole

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Greetings! Welcome to the final week of November. Feasting looms ahead! And because Thursday is a holiday, it will be a day off, so no Mama Kat! I'll be busy baking Stouffer's Lasagna and prepping fresh garlic bread to take up to the Airman Center! Today's Good Eating recipes a great comfort food recipe! Great, too, for all that leftover turkey! Since it's baked, it makes a nice winter time meal! Since I didn't have leftover turkey, I used a rotisserie chicken from the commissary, but you could use any leftover meat, sliced kielbasa or canned tuna or salmon you like! Also any type of frozen veggies you prefer: beans, peas, broccoli, limas, mixed veggies, whatever. Or canned if that's what you have on hand--just drain the water off. Just three ingredients dumped in an oil sprayed 10x13 baking pan! Quick Potato Casserole: Ingredients:   3 boxes of any sliced brand of potatoes: scalloped, au gratin, sour cream, etc. (Hungry has more potatoes the

Mama Kat Thursday: 8 Recommended Reads

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  Today's prompt topic is: "List 8 books you've read that you think everyone should read in their lifetime." I would add "or listen to," since so much is available audio as well.   I've read and recommend the following reads: The Bible . Nowadays, you can read it on paper or listen to it or read it on a smart phone--but here's the trick: don't read it front to back like a common mystery or college book.  Consider it more like a collection of short stories where you can start anywhere. The order of reading I recommend for a beginner is: first one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John), then Acts, then you can choose other New Testament selections. If you like adventure, I recommend Judges, Esther or 1 Sam, 2 Sam & 1 Kings, which cover the life of King David. Do choose a version in modern English.  I recommend it, however, not just for one read, but for daily consumption since it's the road-map for life in this world from

Garden Pic Wednesday: Glorious Fall Marigolds

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First up, a fall marigold picture that borders some of the block wall we installed a couple years ago! Here in north Florida, our autumn is November-early December, because it takes cooling weather to make the deciduous trees turn color. Cypress tress turn orange, scrub oaks turn russet, maples turn yellows and oranges and sycamores turn yellow, dotting the otherwise evergreen landscape with brilliant color! Pansy's are planted everywhere, landscaping malls and shopping areas! I'll have marigolds, vincas, salvia & zinnias until a hard frost hits, then after that mums! Next, my maturing winter garden full of happy broccoli and red cabbage! Lastly, my pot of happy baby cilantro. The stuff likes to grow in late fall and winter here--I know because it has often self-seeded in spring, then not sprouted until this time of year! So, as often as I have enough to snip, I'll be cooking Mexican during winter when it's also convenient to bake in the oven! I ha

Good Eating Monday: Lazy Sunday Dinner

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Greetings!  Almost Thanksgiving? What will you be cooking? For ourselves, I plan on slow-cooking turkey thighs and making some stuffing, which we'll eat before and after Thanksgiving. On the actual Thanksgiving Day, I'll be baking up several pans of Stouffer's Lasagna to take up to the Airman's Center on base, where we'll be hosting football & munchies. I'll also make my famous Pumpkin Cake, which is really dutch pumpkin pie in a 10 x 13 pan, so I can cut it into neat squares. Our leadership team and others attending are being asked to bring various snacks for the events. Table games in the kitchen where the pool table is will also be an option. Today's Good Eating recipe is one from Pinterest I tried called, "Lazy Sunday Dinner." Basically it's just sausages & assorted veggies baked in a 10 x 13 pan, though I made several adjustments in it to make it simpler. I mean, who wants to peel potatoes? All the vitamins are in the skin

Friday Finds: Other Fandoms Wish Lists for Tom Hiddleston

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Greetings! Todays funny Pinterest finds are artistic concepts of what other Fandoms wish to see Tom Hiddleston in: Of course, Dr. Who fans would like Tom to take on the mantle of Dr.Who. Since they've already picked Doctor #12, perhaps #13 or #14? Star Trek fans can picture him as Data, the android from Next Generation. And boy, does he look the part!   Pirate of the Caribbean fans wouldn't mind seeing him do something of a pirate nature. Though, I rather doubt it. However, we don't need to find a new job for him too soon, as he'll likely have a long running role as Loki, since no film about Thor will be complete without him. And finally, a little something I photo-shopped together, making fun of Loki's supreme fandom, suggesting he's even stolen all Wolvie's fans, too. The ultimate conqueror. Ha, ha, ha. Enjoy!

Mama Kat Thursday: The House of Beverley

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The Mama Kat prompt topic today is: "What does your name mean?" Beverly is a classic name, an old Anglo-Saxon name, rich in history. It dates back to a time when peoples "names" related to either one's trade or where one lived. In this case, Beverly or more properly, Beverley, was a description of a place. It meant "beaver streams." So, in the early days of England one might be known as "Phillip of Beverley," for example, meaning "Phillip from the area of beaver streams." As time progressed, personal taxation was introduced and formal surnames became necessary, so "Beverly" became a last name. Phillip of Beverley suddenly became just "Phillip Beverley." There was also no standardized spelling for anything back then, so there were variations galore in the spelling of Beverley: Beverli, Beverly, Bevereli, etc.  The name "Beverley"originated in East Yorkshire, England (now Humberside) and an very

Garden Pic Wednesday: The Other Block Project

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Greetings! Time to see the other half of my castlewall block project! You can see the blocks stacked around the project area in the photo below: This are where the two shrubs are is actually mound of ground higher then the rest of the yard. Really it was mound of higher ground surrounding a large pine tree the builder just left intact when the land was cleared for the house. We had the tree removed years ago, though it's stump and roots are still there. (Pines take an exceptionally long time to deteriorate because their veins are filled with pine sap rather then water.) But that doesn't bother the Lantana or the Azalea bushes that occupy the area. Next photo is what I accomplished on the project today: (Just me by myself in about 2 hours.) This end pictured is the highest end allowing a 3 high block row in front, but only in front. It  won't be that high all around. The surrounding yard is higher on the sides and back, so the block rows will quic

Bananas Thursday: Pinterest Fun

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I didn't find any appealing prompts in Mama Kat's suggestions today, which means today I get to GO BANANAS and post what I want! That being the case, I declare today a "Pinterest Fun" day! All the following photos either gave me a smile or a laugh. Finding friends with the same mental disorder as you...Priceless! Captain Jack Sparrow as Mona Lisa! Yo-ho!   "We're taking the Tribbles to Isengard. "  A Hobbit story reference, since Kirk and Spock are clearly wearing their Hobbit adventure clothes! Barbie and Ken dolls cleverly attired in Firefly TV series attire: In Barbie's world, she's been an astronaut, an airline stewardess, a cowgirl, a nurse---but Mattel never thought of this one! ! Come back tomorrow for Fridays Finds!

Garden Pic Wednesday: The Finished Landscape Wall!

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It's finally done--the beautification project is complete!  Three of us worked on the retaining wall: myself, my hubby and our young Air Force friend, Kullin. Kullin did the heavy ax work on some very thick roots that were in the way. One pine root was at least 5 inches thick! The whole project took about 3 hours. Kullin & my hubby.                                            So we went from this: To this: Ah, so much better! The mounds of green are Asparagus Fern Or more properly called Sprengeri. (pronounced: springer-rye)  The spikey plants are a type of Bromeliad that produces rather exotic blossoms in spring. I've also planted Liriope grass, which I have lots of, around the base of both pines and up their sides to help keep the soil in place. But this project used only half the blocks---next week I'll have picture of what the rest will be doing!

Good Eating Monday: M&M Blondies

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Today's Good Eating recipe is M&M Blondies! These are especially good with peanut butter M&M's, but use whatever M&M flavor you love or have on hand! A great way to use all those M&M's leftover from the Holidays! M&M Blondies Ingredients: 16 Tbsp butter,melted (2 sticks) 2 cups brown sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tsp vanilla pinch of salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups M&M's (any you like, though I like using the peanut butter or peanut kind)           Directions: Grease a 10 x 13 pan. Set oven for 350. Mix melted butter with brown sugar and beat till smooth. Mix in eggs, vanilla & peanut butter, then salt, baking soda & flour. Stir until smooth. Fold in M&M's. Pour mix into pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Check center for doneness and if not quite done, bake an additional 5 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. ********