Sweet Buttered Carrots

I think I’ve liked carrots since I was a little kid. My grandpa used to always say, “Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?” Sometimes I would respond no and other times I would respond yes. The yes would catch him off guard. Then I’d tell him Buggs Bunny wears glasses sometimes. He’d laugh at me. But he always said that to convince me to eat carrots. By the way, I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old and I’ve eaten carrots for as long as I can remember.

I must say, raw carrots happen to be my favorite. I’m just not a huge fan of cooked carrots. While I was in graduate school though, my grandma would make us dinner on Monday nights. One particular Monday she made cooked carrots and Mark and I just absolutely LOVED them. By far the best cooked carrots I’ve ever eaten! So I asked her how to make them one day. I’ll share the secret now. You’re welcome!

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PW’s Flat Apple Pie

Back in December I was in Texas. One of our favorite places to visit while down there is World Market. While we were walking around looking at this and that, really eying the silverware that I’ve wanted for years but still won’t buy, I stumbled across a book called Pie School | Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. I made mention that I wanted it and low and behold I got it for Christmas! I started reading through it right away and the author, Kate Lebo, discusses things called a Galette. I’m sorry, a what? Basically it is a pie that is free form, as in you don’t bake it in a pie plate, but roll it out, place your filling in the middle, and roll the sides up over the edge of the filling. The more rustic you make it, obviously the better.

Why do I mention all of that? Well back in 2010/2011/2012 I embarked on an adventure of 101 items to complete in 1001 days. I didn’t get them all complete, but it was a good attempt. One of my items was at the time Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond released her first cookbook and I planned on trying to cook/bake my way through the entire book. Again, not something I was able to complete. This Flat Apple Pie happened to be one of the items in the book that I didn’t accomplish.

Last night was dive club meeting. I made some sugar cookies to take but I also wanted to make something else. For some reason this flat apple pie jumped out to me so I gathered up the ingredients and went to baking. By the way, I kind of love to bake… I’m learning this. As I was piecing this together, I started wondering, is this a Galette? Based off the description Lebo gives, I believe it is. You’re welcome.

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Solstice quilt – Block 9

Hi, did you notice it’s been a while since you’ve seen a post? Did you notice that there are new digs around here? Please bear with me as I try to get everything sorted back out. Now what did I do? Well, I switched housing basically. The old blog was written on a website called blogger. Now I’m self-hosting my blog. Don’t ask me what any of that means, I’m not sure I could do it justice on explaining. I spent most of last month researching and switching over. I’ve also started a couple side businesses and been working on derriere off on them as well.

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been able to work on this quilt. We are so far behind… haha! The first of those two weeks my grandma had to go to voting school. What?!?! She works the polls (wow, that could be read incorrectly… mind out of gutter please, this is my grandma after all!). They apparently have to go to class to learn how to help at the voting polls, even though she’s done this for years. I used to love to go to the polls to vote when I was younger because she’d usually give me a cookie or something. Anyway, that week I worked with my {step}daughter and tried teaching her to sew. She did an excellent job I may add. I should share her blocks. Now I’m trying to decide, since she’s with us so little, do I continue making hers after I get this one done, or do I just MAKE time in our hectic schedule to work on hers… decisions, decisions.

The second week, my grandma was out of town. One of my aunts lives in South Carolina and grandma went down to spend a week and a half or so with her. Typing that, I just realized none of my aunts live close. Like I always knew that, but never really thought about it. Not that it really matters. Just sharing useless information.

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Solstice Quilt – Block 5

To say this past week has been interesting would be an understatement. Yesterday only added to the craziness. My grandma has a busier schedule than I do. Monday’s tend to be the only day she isn’t busy so we have our date scheduled to work on this quilt. The thing is, I had a bunch of errands to run on Monday. My baby still wasn’t feeling well so I got a drs appointment for her, I needed to return the fertilizer spreader we rented over the weekend, I needed to pick up dry cleaning for my dad, and we wound up having to pick up medicine for baby girl. By the time I got through all of that, it was almost 5pm by the time I got to grandma’s house. Normally we work on 2 quilt patterns per Monday, but being so late, we only had time to work on one quilt block.

I mentioned on one of the other quilt pattern posts that I found all the blocks I had cut out of my husband’s old military uniforms. The day I did that, grandma and I talked about using stars and stripes with the ACU digital material for making his quilt. So the more I thought about it, the color I needed to pull from quilt block 4 to tie in quilt block 5 was blue, so why not use a piece of the ACU digital into this quilt? It has the blue tie in, but also adds some material that has meaning… a piece of hubby’s past. I was sold.

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Solstice Quilt – Block 3 & 4

I had so much fun making the first 2 quilt blocks that I couldn’t wait to get back to grandma’s to make more quilt blocks. Now truthfully, last Monday we could have made more than 2, but I was kind of crunched for time and I only printed off 2 sets of instructions, also 2 is a good number when trying to keep a toddler kid wrangled.

I really like bright, cheery colors so that’s kind of how I started last week, but I didn’t really have any ideas on what my theme was in fabrics. Truth be told, I kind of don’t like asymmetrical things. I prefer symmetrical things. They make me feel more at peace or something. In the end when this quilt gets pieced together, it will be very asymmetrical. I’m a little unnerved by that, but I’ll be okay too.😜

So I was trying to come up with a way for us to realize that all these different blocks really do go together. That’s when it came to me. My first quilt block was purple and green. The second picked up green and added pink. So I decided that block 3 needed to pick up pink and add a new color and then quilt block 4 needed to pick up that additional color and add a new one. So basically, if there are 2 colors, the second color needs to be picked up with a new color. Does that make sense?

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Solstice Quilt – Blocks 1 & 2

A friend of mine is huge into quilting. Now, I was thinking about it the other day and I’ve made 2 quilts in my lifetime (I think) plus about 10 pieced together blankets that had fleece backing on them.

The other day I was asked if I could sew and I said, “No.” Okay, so technically, yes I can. But I don’t know how to sew buttons back on shirts, fix pockets, hem jeans, etc although I think I could hem jeans if I needed or wanted, the other, Nope. I’d be lost.

So back to this friend who is into quilting… last month she let me in on a quilt that she was working on. It’s with a lady named Pat Sloan and Pat gives out the weeks pattern every Wednesday. The more I thought about it, the more I decided I might like to do this. Now my grandma is also an avid quilter so I called Grandma up and asked if she’d be willing to make this quilt with me and my little one.

I thought it might be fun for my little one to have a quilt she made with her great grandma. I’m not real sure how we’ll actually quilt the top to the back once the quilt top is finished. Grandma hand quilts but I’m not sure I have the time nor the patience to do that… And I don’t know if you need a special machine to do machine quilting… Oh well… We’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you updated!

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Fish City Grill {Rogers, Arkansas}

Happy President’s Day. Hopefully you were lucky enough to have the day off but if not, there are still lots of great sales going on for President’s Day at least, right? I’m not a huge shopper, I just hear the commercials on TV. Okay, anyway, moving on….

Over the weekend I went to Rogers, Arkansas with my mom. She wanted to go shopping… maybe to take advantages of those President’s Day Sales…. But first we eat! When we got down there, we decided to go ahead and eat first. There is a restaurant called Fish City Grill that used to be right inside the Pinnacle Hill’s Mall area, but they move to just behind the mall complex. So we used google to find the exact location and off we buzzed to Fish City Grill restaurant.

This time around I got the Blackened Chicken Sandwich with a side of Cheesy Grits. This sandwich had just the right amount of heat and taste to it. Yum! The grits were even better.

Now, the real reason to come here is for the Bread Pudding and I don’t like bread pudding, but we didn’t get any dessert this time. My little one was throwing a complete major melt down type fit and I think they just wanted us to leave… maybe not because all the wait staff were excellent with her and helping me try to calm her down. They even gave her a fun Mardi Gras type necklace.

So let’s just say, this is my 3rd or 4th time eating here and it’s totally worth it! And I don’t even like fish. LOL….

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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Weight Watchers approved!!)

I really planned on posting these earlier in the week… I mean how can you keep something oh so good a secret? Except this thing called the Plague, or technically a flu or cold bug took my house over and bam, we were all sick. I didn’t even get out of bed on Tuesday. It was that bad.

Years ago my grandma gave me a recipe out of a magazine for Red Lobster Garlic Biscuits. She said that the magazine claimed they were the real thing and by golly, they’re pretty darn good whether they are the real thing or not. And that in my book is a good thing!

So here a couple weeks ago I was perusing the interwebs and found a recipe for Weight Watchers Approved Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Wait, what? Weight Watchers approved? That means they are better for you, right? That’s absolutely what that has to mean 😚.

You bet your bottom dollar I made sure I had everything to make them… and then I made them. Oh wow! I think my life is complete… like seriously! Complete! That’s all. Now that I’ve shared this bit of information with you, run to the store, get the ingredients, make them, claim they are bad, and eat them all for yourself. I didn’t run the points checker, but I found where one website with the exact same recipe claimed 1 point a piece. If that’s the case, just make room for 12 points in your daily point count and you’re set. You can thank me later. (although I’d definitely run the point checker first! Just saying).

Weight Watchers Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
  • 2 cups reduced fat Bisquick
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diet margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

1. Combine the baking mix, milk, and cheddar cheese in a medium bowl.

2. Mix with your hands until completely combined.

3. Form into balls about three tablespoons in size. There is enough for 12 biscuits.

4. Place them a few inches apart on parchment paper or a lightly sprayed baking sheet.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

6. While they are in the oven, melt the margarine and mix with garlic powder.

7. Right when the biscuits come out of the oven brush them with melted margarine mixture and then sprinkle the crushed parsley on top. Serve hot.

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Mad Dog Spicy Tomato Pork Chops

I’m not sure how my dad came up with this recipe… maybe surfing the web, maybe through an email, I really don’t know… but one day this week he started reading off a list of ingredients to me asking if we had them. We had everything but pork chops and green onions.

He thought about it and walked off. Later he came back to the recipe and verified the ingredients we didn’t have. I asked if I needed to run to town to grab those ingredients. He said, I can, and then went back outside.

A little while later, he came in and verified the ingredients to me again. When Mark got home from work that night, he started to make ribs that were in the refrigerator and I verified if my dad’s truck was outside or not. He said no, I told him to hold off. He looked at me quizzically and I explained that dad found a recipe that he wanted to try and I had a feeling he went to town to get the ingredients we didn’t have. Mark was fine with that.

Sure enough, that’s what he did. He printed off the recipe and one of the first couple lines is, “You need this recipe in your life. You may not realize it, but you do.” I giggled at that thought thinking, really?

I’m here to tell you, You need this recipe in your life, you just may not realize it. I’m telling you now… go to town, get the ingredients. You won’t be sorry.

The only thing we didn’t have and subbed in was the Mad Dog Liquid Fire Hot Sauce. Dad said he bought some for my uncle one year for Christmas and you had to sign a wavier that said you wouldn’t eat it without being on something… so basically plain. Scary thought, right?

We subbed in Habanero sauce that we had in the fridge. We also used Mexican stewed tomatoes that we diced up versus a can of already diced tomatoes. I’m telling you… Totally yum! The last thing the recipe said was “Then get ready for compliments”… let me tell you, they came!

4 Pork Chops
Sea salt & ground black pepper to taste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp hot sauce
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2 medium sweet bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
3 stalks green onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp oregano

To make:

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Line a baking dish with foil or baking paper (makes for easier clean-up… optional) and set aside.

Season the pork chops with s&p. Heat the EVOO in a large skillet over high heat. When hot, add the pork chops. Brown on each side (about 2 minutes before turning), then transfer to the baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the hot sauce with the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heap the mixture onto the chops and place the baking dish in the oven for roughly 35 minutes or until pork is cooked and tender. (Then get ready for compliments.)

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