What’d You Do This Weekend? #10

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

Last week’s mid-week feature was from Becca at Crumbs and Chaos: Roasted Rhubarb Shortcakes. I love the use of this totally underrated and under used treat. It inspired me to get creative in my kitchen. Thanks Becca!

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This week’s features are Painted Rock Garden Markers from SaltTree and Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup from What’s Cooking in the Burbs? I got a friend to give me the rocks for the garden markers and Fajita Soup is on my menu this week. Thanks for the true inspiration!

SaltTree: Painted Rock Garden Markers

What’s Cooking in the Burbs?: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

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I am open to everything except promos, political material and Etsy Shops. Recipes, crafts, house and yard projects, sewing, restaurant review or even your weekend road trip ramblings are all welcome links. You’ll note by the title of the site that I like ramblings! Whatever. I like to read and learn new things. I will be having weekly features that I will promote on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest our Monthly Newsletter and anyplace else I can think to share. We just ask that you place our button on your post or on your parties page or link us somewhere.

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It is back to the garden time for me. I bought over 100 plantables to get to work on this weekend. Time to start the garden posts. I also started looking forward to what was coming in the vegetable garden with these Roasted Beets.

Roasted Beets

Don’t forget to come back on Saturday for Saturday Dishes. This week’s theme is Lemons.

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Gonna Be Fresh from the Garden Roasted Beets

I had these beets I bought at the produce market and could not decide what to do with them.  I’m sure I had something I mind when I picked them up.  Have you ever done that?  I do it all the time.  So I trimmed them and roasted them.  They were so good and fresh tasting.  The Yahoo Shine supper club came along with the right idea at the right time.  I am glad to take these there.

As a child we always had pickled beets that were sweet and I guess that is what I always thought they tasted like.  I don’t remember them any other way.  But roasting fresh vegetables brings out a sweet natural taste I just love.  Krista planted beets in her garden last year.  I think I’m going to give them a try this year.

Here we go – already expanding what was going to be a very small, selective summer garden.  I went out to cut some thyme the other day and discovered the yard man thought it was weed and pulled it out when he was doing the initial heavy cleaning from the winter. I knew I should have been out there with him.  But the wind was blowing and I had shown him what I wanted cleaned up.  And this thyme had survived the winter very well.  I’ll never find another German thyme plant in El Paso again!  So I must add that to my ever-growing list of plants to watch for.

My kids give me gift cards to the local garden centers for my birthday and Christmas. They are my favorite gift.  I can look forward to shopping and savor the benefits all Spring and Summer long.  I save them until it is time to go shopping in the spring.  I am about to launch into garden mode around here.  I’ve seen things begin to green up and the weeds are doing very well on the borders of the beds.  In about October I always decide I won’t do anything but my flower pots around the patio.  But…….that hasn’t happened just yet.

But back to these beets. It’s called Recipes and RAMBLINS for a reason folks. :)

Roasted Beets

Simply Strawberry-Saturday Dishes

I am happy to be co-hosting this blog hop with Savannah from Hammock Tracks and Paula from Call Me PMC.  We are happy to welcome Melissa from Melissa’s Cuisine as a guest host this week. Each week we have a theme. This week we are celebrating the perfectly colored and sweet strawberry.  What are your favorite strawberry treats?

This week I made a simple strawberry cake and my daughter made a decadent strawberry pound cake pudding.

Strawberry Bundt CakeStrawberry Poundcake Pudding

If you are a foodie blogger share your strawberry recipes with us this week.  If you are looking for something to do with a pint or two, find your favorite recipes, and create your own masterpiece. To view all of the upcoming “Saturday Dishes” themes, click here.  Be sure to visit Melissa’s CuisineHammock Tracks and Call Me PMC as we will each feature different posts from the previous week party.

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My favorites from last week’s party were:

Bunny Cake 5

At the Corner of Happy and Harried- How to Make a Bunny Cake

Posed Perfection-Simple Crustless Quiche 

Turnips 2 Tangerines-Whole Wheat Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Be sure to stop by and see all my favorite things at Weekly Rays of Sunshine and come share more stuff at my Monday party-What’d You Do This Weekend.

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Strawberry Bundt Cake

My dear friend, Debbie, gave me this recipe years ago and it has stood the test of time.  She was a school teacher.  You know, teachers have the best recipes.

You don’t have to wait for Mother’s Day when the strawberries are at their peak to have some good fresh strawberry taste.  I get anxious for some of those flavors when it is cold outside and this one is really intense, rather dense and sweet.  The cake gets more moist the longer it rests. I make it to take to work and share with all the people I work with a day or so later.

One time Debbie and I made this cake into cupcakes and served it as a strawberry dessert with a little whipped cream with a strawberry slice.  We added orange zest to the cream.  It was the hit of a church luncheon and everybody wanted the recipe.

Our church has talked about another cookbook.  This recipe would have to be included in her memory.  I think that would be a great project and get everyone to add their family favorites.  I bet there would be some great finds.  That’s a thought for a new project.  Writing and editing a cookbook is a real job.  Have you tried putting your family recipes together?  It brings back a lot of wonderful memories and preserves those recipes and memories for your family.  I’ve written two for my family.  It was a lot of fun.

Strawberry Bundt Cake

We are sharing this at Saturday Dishes.  Get your best strawberry dish and come share.

Saturday Dishes

Weekly Rays of Sunshine #23

My love for my blog has increased my blog reading addiction. Not only that, but now I have fully committed to the Pinterest bug. Pin! Pin! Pin! There is so much to see, I am afraid I might miss the very best thing ever. Maybe you have the same concerns? Just in case, every Saturday, I will put up my weekly favorites so that you don’t miss something very important. I try to limit myself to 10 but sometimes there are just too many. Enjoy! Tell them I sent you.

Jam Hands:  Roasted Asparagus with Citrus Olive Oil

Hugs & Cookies XOXO:  Stuffed Artichokes

Creole Contessa:  Creole Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Andouille Sausage

My Sweet Little Steiner Family:  Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole

What’s Cooking in the Burbs:  Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

Eat Cake for Dinner:  Easy Overnight Dinner Rolls

Hot Eats and Cool Reads:  Egg McMuffin Breakfast Casserole

This Gal Cooks:  Grilled Steak Fiesta Salad

Make It Or Fix It Yourself:  Edible Chocolate Flowerpot Cake

Noshing with the Nolands:  Cherry Kirsch Bundt

Chocolate, Chocolate and More:  Key Lime Pound Cake with Key LimeGlaze

Barns & Noodles:  Lemon Coconut Macaroons

Strawberry Poundcake Pudding

From BigSister

Oh, why not?  If you are going to be bad, be BAD.  Take the dripping with fat and flavor poundcake and add some more.  Then put some strawberries and home-made whip cream on it.  Delicious Decadence! There….I did it.  Now I am going back to the kitchen to make some vegetables.

Assembled Poundcake Pudding

Strawberry Poundcake Pudding

We are sharing this at Saturday Dishes.  Get your best strawberry dish and come share.

Saturday Dishes

Spice Up for Spring-Green Enchilada Casserole

All the way home from work I was thinking about Mexican food.  I never got over in a lane where I could turn into any place to get it to take home.  So I had to make my own.

For some reason I bought some flour tortillas the other day while I was shopping.  I think I was intending on a chicken taco salad with the shell baked in some new tortilla bowl molds I bought.  (Another day!)  In the pantry I had all the fixings I needed to make my own Mexican flavored dinner.

When I get hungry for the taste of enchiladas nothing else will do.  All I had were flour tortillas.  I could make burritos or enchiladas; however I settled on this little casserole which now has provided plenty of leftovers.  I don’t usually use refried beans, but these also have the flavor or nachos with the beans.  So I have technically taken care of 2 hankerings I might have.

I used to make Nachos Grande on Sunday night.  A little labor intensive, but so well worth the taste.  Tostada chips spread with the beans (individually), topped with browned ground meat, green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  Broil until the cheese bubbles and eat them fast while they are still warm.  Andy would warm up the leftovers in the microwave.  That didn’t appeal to me.

I like the taste of raw onions on my enchiladas.  If you don’t, you can brown the onions with the ground meat.

Green Enchilada Casserole

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

This is my first time to participate in the Foodie Pen Pal.  It was fun to learn about another blogger and gather some things to send her that were of interest and some things to tell her about the area where I live.
The Lean Green Bean

I was matched with Angie.  Check out her story I Love Tangie.  She makes and sells homemade cleaning products.  (Like her own laundry detergent.)  She is into a recycled world to save our planet.

I must say I will read her news and try to be more conscious of my world.  I recycle what I can.  I don’t use spray cans.  But I did pollute the air with Aqua Net when I was a teenager.  In wild, windy West Texas you had to have something to paste that bouffant hairdo in place.  Oh my, memories!  We will save that memory for another time.

Even more exciting is the package I received from Krystin.  She lives in Edmond, OK. She has lots of opportunities for family entertainment in her area on her blog.  Last week it was all about Easter events for the little bunnies on the Saturday before Easter. Sell a Metro Home  I’ve learned a lot about Edmond, OK just reading it.

I need to go visit Krystin.  She also listed all the places for a little retail therapy nearby.  I thought Oklahoma was like the Drummond Ranch (Pioneer Woman) with miles of open space.  She makes it sound like she is surrounded by miles of shopping malls.  I can go for that.

She sent me a package with the best of Oklahoma “foody stuff”.  Some Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly for my spicy side; some bar-b-que sauce and gravy mix for a taste of great Oklahoma cooking, and some dried okra. (Cuz I mentioned I liked okra.)  If you haven’t had it, you should look for it in your whole food section of your Sprouts.  It is delicious!

Oh and did I mention she lives just minutes from an historic round barn? Aracadia Round Barn History   It’s on the historic Route  66.  Built in 1898 and restored in 1992.   This would be a great school field trip. It would be a little far for the kids in El Paso, but it would be amazing to see.  She sent me a post card with a little about it.  So I had to do some research on it.  You will find it very interesting – just like her site.

Edmond, OK Treats

Thank you, Kristyn for the great package and the geography and history lesson.  I’m always open to learning about something new and exploring new tastes.  I used the jelly in a Sweet and Spicy Cole Slaw for some sliders.  It was a great hit.  Here’s what I did.

Every other Sunday evening I meet with a Casa group (from my church) for a pot luck dinner and a study.  The pressure is on to come up with something good and different.  I’m usually counted on to bring a dessert.  This last Sunday I was in the mood for something different.  And I had made this pork which I could not possibly eat all by myself.  So I came up with this quick slaw and got some rolls and we had sliders.  I thought that would be different.

As it turned out there was no dessert.  We had fried chicken, Irish soda bread, a relish tray, stuffed mushrooms,  my pork and slaw and more bread and meatballs in a cream sauce.  We were all thinking heavy on the meat I guess.  It usually results in a rather well-balanced meal.  Next time I’m sure we will all resort to our usual offerings.  Normally we are very traditional.

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders

The pulled pork was so easy to make and smelled so good I wasn’t sure I would wait to serve it to have a slider.  But I waited.  I made the slaw to serve with these sliders.  Everybody loved it.

I used the Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly I got from Krystin (my March Foodie Pen Pal).   But you could use any pepper jelly or red chile flakes and Sweet ‘n Low for the sweet taste.  This is a quick slaw that sets up fast.  I think this would be good on almost anything.

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

 

What’d You Do This Weekend #9

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

This week’s mid-week feature was from Bethany at Whistle and Ivy:  Crocheted Mary Janes.  These darlings are just the thing for me.  I also love the support that Bethany is lending to a very good cause in this post.  Check it out!

Here are the superstars from last week:

lemon angel pie

 

Frugal in Florida: Philly Cheesesteak Peppers

 

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I am open to everything except promos, political material and Etsy Shops. Recipes, crafts, house and yard projects, sewing, restaurant review or even your weekend road trip ramblings are all welcome links. You’ll note by the title of the site that I like ramblings! Whatever. I like to read and learn new things. I will be having weekly features that I will promote on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest our Monthly Newsletter and anyplace else I can think to share. We just ask that you place our button on your post or on your parties page or link us somewhere.

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Let’s RAMBLE!   I didn’t do or cook anything this weekend.  I sat around and ate frozen pizza…….

APRIL FOOLS!  Happy April Fools Day :) I had a lovely Easter Sunday and a lot of fun getting ready for it.  My family is very traditional when it comes to menus for holidays and of course I want to honor that.  This year I added a new twist here and there.  I did a round up of all the sides.

Holiday Meal Side Dishes

I also created a little something courtesy of the foodie pen pal program.  I love this pulled pork slider with sweet and spicy slaw.  What a snack!

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders


Don’t forget to come back on Saturday for Saturday Dishes. This week’s theme is Strawberries.

Saturday Dishes

Weekly Rays of Sunshine #22

My love for my blog has increased my blog reading addiction. Not only that, but now I have fully committed to the Pinterest bug. Pin! Pin! Pin! There is so much to see, I am afraid I might miss the very best thing ever. Maybe you have the same concerns? Just in case, every Saturday, I will put up my weekly favorites so that you don’t miss something very important. I try to limit myself to 10 but sometimes there are just too many. Enjoy! Tell them I sent you.

Roxanna’s Home Baking:  Italian Easter Bread – Pane di Pasqua

Deep South Dish:  Strawberry Cobbler

Tickling Palates:  Mushroom Peas Puloa

The Kitchen Whisperer:  Dutch Apple Breakfast Quinoa

The Winthrop Chronicles:  Spring Wreath

Hoosier Homemade:  Bunny Butt Cupcakes and Easter Printables

Plain Chicken:  Peeps Sunflower Cake

Barbara Bakes:  Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins and a King Arthur Flour Giveaway

Hammock Tracks:  Mandarin Orange Bread

Little Kitchen Big Flavors:  Orange Sponge Cake Trifles

Eat 2 Gather:  German Chocolate Cake

Two Yellow Birds Décor:  Magnetic Chore Chart

Kitchen Ramblings

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