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Hugs and Hearts in my mailbox today ~ May 28, 2013

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I received a most AWESOME gift in the mail today, from a dear friend! This is the Hugs and Hearts Prayer Shawl by Renee Rico.

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the Army Mom jersey was a Mother’s Day gift from my Sister from another mother, Chrystal ❤ ❤ ❤
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I am definitely feelin’ the love put into this soft and wonderful piece of heaven ❤ ❤ ❤

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CJ comes to visit May 27, 2013

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My Firstborn daughter came up from IN to stay for the weekend; it sure was nice having her here!
After our 9th visit to St. Luke’s with Hubs, I needed some long overdue hugs and CJ time.
We spent Saturday inside and out on the deck, just enjoying each others company. For dinner I fixed oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes for hubs, and brown rice and broccoli for us. Then I popped a pan of brownies in the oven for dessert. I had to run next door to left Jo and Ed’s dog Wigeon, out to potty. I found more Shooting Star flowers and snapped a quick pic.
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On Sunday CJ and I hopped in the truck with Igor in tow, and took a ride to Kutter H-D in Janesville, to see if we could find her a trailer hitch cover. We scored a nice chrome cover and a cute HD 110th Anniversary T for Rhonda 🙂
We got back just after noon, got Mike some lunch and his meds, then got the bike out and took CJ for a ride to Burlington for a Blue Cheese burger at the Sci-Fi Cafe where she got to meet Mary Sutherland and experience her unique store. The ride was excellent, and I got the biggest HUG when we finally pulled in the driveway!

For dinner I fixed oven juicy thick-cut pork chops, more mashed potatoes for hubs, and brown rice and broccoli for us. I made mini pumpkin custard pies topped off with whipped cream, for dessert.

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I got a couple pictures of my beautiful granddaughter Rhonda-isn’t she an angel! 0:)

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CJ heads back to IN this afternoon; the house will definitely have a void in it.
As the end of another month comes to a close, we come to our final countdown to June 15th for Mike to go on the liver transplant list. Then the real wait begins…

Mini Pumpkin Custard Pies May 26, 2013

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Mini Pumpkin Custard Pies
6 graham crackers, crushed
1 15 ounce can 100% pure pumpkin
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

Spray 12 cup muffin tin with baking spray. Crush graham crackers in a zip bag until fine, or use a food processor to crush them to powder. Pour graham cracker crumbs in muffin holes, dump out onto a paper plate, repeat for each muffin hole.
In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugars and spices until combined. Pour into 12 muffin cups, filling to tops.
Bake at 350° 35 -40 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Cool on cookie rack until ready to serve.

Recipe by Sandra Ranelli Schwab

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Plop a dollop of whipped cream on top and enjoy!
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Thick-Cut Oven Baked Pork Chops May 26, 2013

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Thick-Cut Oven Baked Pork Chops
Ingredients

For the Rub:
2 Tablespoons cumin powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh ground pepper
3 teaspoons coriander powder
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
For the Rest:
2-4 2-inch thick pork chops
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
Directions

Prepare the dry rub and distribute it evenly on your pork chops. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat (use a cast iron skillet if you have it). Cook the pork chops until both sides are nicely browned. Remove the skillet from the heat.
Place the pork chops in a baking pan if you do not have a cast iron skillet and bake the pork chops for about 40 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through (internal temperature of 145 medium to 160F for well done). Allow the chops to rest for about five minutes and serve.

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OMG these smell heavenly!!!

credit for recipe goes to Foodie McBooty

GHOST RIDER IN THE NIGHT… May 13, 2013

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It was a dark, not-stormy night…..

I was driving back from a long night at Aurora St. Luke’s where Hubs was staying for some medical updates. It going on 9:30 as I turned off Hwy ES onto Hwy A in a westbound direction. The 4.5 mile stretch between Hwy A and 12-67 takes about 10 minutes at a good clip. Being mindful of the lateness and possibility of deer wandering about, I kept my eyes wide open both forward and rear,, for any signs of sudden movement ahead.
I had gone about 3/4’s of a mile when I noticed a pair of yellow bike headlamps in my rear-view mirror. Since I hadn’t noticed the bike behind me at any time, I shrugged it off; maybe he came from the opposite end of ES, although I was certain I did not see anyone when I turned earlier.
He kept at a distance, never getting any closer, so I decided to slow down in an effort to offer my Hi-beams when he got closer. The added light would definitely help him see better, or so I thought…

I rounded a turn and crested the first hill, easing on down the other side, still waiting for the bike to narrow the distance. But instead, as I continued along a straightaway, I lost sight of the bike at the crest. I made a silent prayer that he didn’t meet with some ill fate at the curve, and hesitated while thinking I should turn back and check see if emergency help was required.
I soon crested another curve, and cruised down the other side, still looking for the rider. Soon I saw him once again keeping a distant pace with me. Relief that he was ok, soon gave way to an uneasy feeling as I felt a chill go up my spine~ a crow walked over my grave….

As I rode out of the 2nd curve and down the next rolling incline, I soon saw the rider crest the 2nd hilltop, only to again disappear from view! Not seeing any headlights in the total dark, I grew more worried that this time some ill fate had indeed befallen the rider.

Soon after, I approached the intersection of A and 12-67, but I did not see the rider again, as I would have expected. He simply vanished and did not appear behind me…

This time a murder of crows hopscotched over my grave.

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Ice Cream Bread May 10, 2013

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Mom has a recipe for sherbet cookies too! YUMS!

Ice Cream Bread
Use any flavor of Ice Cream..just make sure it’s not non-fat or low-fat.

2 cups Ice Cream
1-½ cup Self-Rising Flour

Stir together ice cream and flour, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8×4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack.

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Recipe from Troy West

Bill and Dad’s Excellent Adventure May 8, 2013

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Bill and Dad’s Excellent Adventure, scene 1:

Dad and his buddy Bill came over today to work on the Craftsman Rider. After tinkering with parts, looking for flashlights, tools, oil, grease guns, more trips to Dad’s truck for a tiny screwdriver, a wrench, Bill says, “it would be easier if you brought your tool box over here! Dad, ” yeah, I guess it would be…”

Back and forth they went, until the mower was up and running. Bill hops on and cuts a path around the front yard and announces its working great, just needs a spring to lift the blade deck. They will go look up the part at Sears. Then they look at their watches, noon. Time to cut out.

Dad: “Well Sandra we’re going to get going.”
Me: “…oh, where you off to?”
Dad: “oh, we’re heading back to Lake Geneva…”
Me: “OHHhh, if I’da known, I would’ve made you guys a meatloaf sandwich!”
Dad: ” oh, no, we don’t need to eat. ”
Bill: “…no we don’t need to eat.”
Dad: “yeah, we don’t need to eat, I weigh 252!”
Bill: ” well, I weigh 250!”
Dad: “we’ll, mine is mostly change!”
Bill: ” mine is change and keys!”
They both proceed to empty their pockets~ gotta love it!!!

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BLACKBERRY PIE BARS May 3, 2013

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Be sure to like Babie Rose FB page and the recipe’s creator; you can “follow” her public profile to keep up with new recipes she posts!

Ingredients:
Crust and Topping
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled

Fruit Filling:
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup flour
pinch salt
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp almond extract
2 (16-oz) packages frozen blackberries, thawed and drained

Directions:
To make the crust and topping, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and add to the flour mixture. Process until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly, 30-60 seconds.

Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to use as the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan, and bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

To make the filling, whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then add the sugar, sour cream, flour, salt, lemon zest, and almond extract. Gently fold in the berries and spoon the mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture evenly over the filling, and bake 45 to 55 minutes.

Cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars, or scoop out of the pan to serve cobbler-style.

FRIED AVOCADO IN TEMPURA BATTER May 3, 2013

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FRIED AVOCADO IN TEMPURA BATTER
1 egg
1 cup ice water/cold water
1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
Beat an egg in a bowl. Add ice water in the bowl. Be sure to use very cold water. Add sifted flour in the bowl and mix lightly. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
DIP avocado pieces in batter, salt/pepper to taste. A dash of cayenne pepper to the batter will liven it up.

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This recipe along with many more, can be found at Babie Rose Facebook. Check it out!