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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Music In Our Home!

Happy Tuesday...
Wow, yesterday was my 59th birthday! I can't believe how blessed I have been in these 59 years and how sometimes, something in our life happens, and a whole new life opens up, and that is what happened when i became disabled. As, I've shared before, I had to have a way to supplement my income, and this whole new life of jewelry making and becoming a self-taught whimsical folk artist happened....and I love it!
I love music and it has played an important part of my life....from going with my Grandmother Minchew to a primitive church way out in the country and listening to those folks lift their voices to the Heavens......or when I fell in love with Davy Jones of the Monkeys and discovered Rock n' Roll!!!!!! But, the most precious memories of are my Daddy playing, or as we called it, "plunking a few chords on the geetar"! He knew how to play "pretty darn good for a lawyer", and he taught my brother, Dickie, to play also. We would travel far and wide to bluegrass festivals, or barbeque's where there would be music.....or just sitting at home listening to Daddy and Dickie play. As, the years went by and Daddy became sicker, my brother and cousins would come and play for him. I also have a nephew, Dante, who is a consummate vocalist and musician and has had several bands and won several awards......Oh, how I love to hear that young man sing.....So, with all that in mind....I searched the web and got several ideas and grab some from here and there.... that shows my love of music and memories in our home....but, first, I want to share with you one of my favorite pics of my Daddy doing what we called, "pickin and grinnin"....
Isn't that just the greatest!!! So, now with all that in mind, here is my funky guitar painting:

I so loved doing this painting, while thinking of Daddy and all the others in my family that music has played an important part of their lives.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Version of:Lydia Bastianich Eggplant and Turkey meatballs

Happy Saturday Morning Everyone,
Way down here in South Georgia it is already very hot at 4am! Yes, up very early this morning....as the "old folks" use to say, "I am down in the back"! Now, I don't know if that is just a southern slang or if that phrase is used everywhere, but my back is out! From a bad wreck years ago, to several falls, I have suffered from herniated disc in the cervical and lumbar region of my back.....okay, enough of that....let me tell you about this awesome and easy recipe. 
I love watching Lydia on her cooking show....she seems so down home in an "Italian way" and watching her the other day she cooked this great recipe. So, my version is prepared this way...I put about 1/4 cup of olive oil in bottom of frying pan and then diced up a large onions....salt and pepper added and then covered the pan. I peeled a medium to large eggplant and diced it and added to pan. I then put a spoonful of fresh garlic, and added oregano, and other spices. Now at this point, let me say that Lydia had added yellow squash and zucchini, but, I didn't have any.

I let the eggplant and onions stew down, then i added 1 can of diced and stewed tomatoes....also, let me say, i should have added another can and that would have made more liquid in the sauce. As, you will see in one of the pics, once I added the meatballs, there wasn't much sauce. Now, on to the meatballs....easy peasy....1lb of ground turkey....3/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs, 1 egg, and some Italian seasoning to taste. You do not cook the meatballs before placing them in eggplant mixture.....after the sauce has cooked down some you then add the meatballs and cover. They will cook slowly in the sauce and be so tender....now, for pics:

 This was served over fettuccine noodles and was delicious! This recipe was actually very easy to make and I shared with 2 of my neighbors and they loved it....so, give it a try!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY Iced Coffee Concentrate! Yummy!

Happy Saturday morning Y'all!

Now you know I love my coffee...java....nectar of the Gods! I swear, I know when i go to the lab for blood work, that my blood has to be brown! I have shared before that way back in the 90's, I use to have several coffee shops and I miss them, and we served all the coffee drinks that are so popular right now. From Caramel Macchiato's to plain old coffee!

Of course, during the summer months our frozen drinks and iced beverages were the most popular. We would brew a batch of regular coffee in our big urns and then after cooling transfer them to pitchers and they would be refrigerated. The other day while sitting on the porch I got a "bad hankering" for some iced coffee! Now, I don't have those big brewers not big pitchers, so, I started thinking and this is what I came up with:
1 large Mason jar
1/2 cup of ground coffee
1/2 cup of cold water....
place these into Mason jar and stir to make sure the grounds are all wet. Then I added cold tap water to finishing filling the Mason jar. I then placed jar into fridge over night.

Now, here is the tricky part...draining the brew! I had no cheesecloth, which would have been my preferred filter to use to drain, so, I improvised! I placed TWO coffee filters in my regular coffee maker and SLOWLY, and I mean slowly poured the mixture through the filter. I say slowly as you will be pouring instead of brewing and if you pour two fast, the sides of the filter will collapse and you will then have grounds and have to pour again!

I ended up with almost a full jar of the cold coffee mixture. Now, I love strong java, so, I'm calling mine "concentrate" because I used a 1/2 glass of the brew to 1/2 glass of milk, creamer or whatever I wanted to mix mine with! I do apologize for not wiping the condensation from the jar before pics:

So, if you enjoy iced coffee and would like to have a small amount just for you...then this is the way to go. Enjoy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Embrace Your Inner Gypsy!

Happy Monday Everyone,

Gypsy...bohemian....wild.....eclectic.....yes, that side we all have where we want to put on a long skirt and colorful gauze blouse and layer with a fringe shawl and lots of necklaces and go out side and twirl! Well, okay, maybe that is stretching it and we do not have to put on the necklaces, because while twirling they might hit us in the face! lol

I'm talking about that side of us where we can put feathers in our hair and even add some beads.....I know for me, my gypsy side is that person who wants to explore new places.....meet new people.....just Stand in Awe of Life!

 So, sometime soon, take a moment for yourself and step outside and still your heart and soul, and let your gypsy soar!