As I shared a few posts ago I'm working on an interior design project which includes a Nursery. I hinted that Mom is from Texas for a clue in what we might be doing in there. Here are a few photo's to show the progress we're making:
Notice the stuff on top of the dresser.... Dad is already getting excited and picked up a few things while at the grocery store... Sweet!
Dad... April Cookies of the month on the way! Thought I could send them a bit late this month since I made all those cupcakes for Easter.
This month your going to enjoy Peanut Butter Molasses from The All - American Cookie Book!
I started forming these by memory... which apparently isn't working that well because instead of using a fork to mark them; they're supposed to be rolled in peanuts! Oops, guess I've revised the recipe on accident!
Your place is amazing; I tried not to be to invasive in the photo's but wanted share the warm feel you get when driving up to your home! Also thought I might guilt you into blogging more! You must be busy with your Salad Dressing: Miss Maryann's Sweet & Sour Salad Dressing! I understand you have it in several stores now.... Awesome!
By the way... Sorry to have missed you Maryann!
We were happy to be greeted by your honey who kindly stopped working to say hello and show us the new brick! What a perfect place you have!
There are times when I have the meat thawed, onions in the pantry and a other stuff in the fridge and I don't even know what I'm going to cook until I'm sautéing the onions and browning the meat.
The meat is browned in the oven, because I do not like to clean up the greasy mess browning on the stove leaves. Trust me on this one, turn the oven to 425 degrees and brown it for 15 - 20 minutes.
It's during this process I take the time open a cookbook. Tonight I'm going to make "Spiced Beef & Vegetable Stew" or something like it! It's from my new favorite cookbook American Masala, Remember the Indian dinner?
Now it calls for radishes which I do not have, but I think it will be fine without them. First you're supposed to brown the meat with spices... whoops to late for that, it does call for some tomatoes so I'll add a can to the onions and then add ground spices instead of seeds, I also added a couple cloves of garlic.
Add potatoes, carrots and browned meat...
Now I prepared this in the morning after breakfast while enjoying a second cup of coffee, the process really only took 20 minutes. Then I let it simmer while I got ready for the day.
It still wasn't cooked all the way through before I left for work, but it was well on its way. I put in the fridge and brought it out when I got home. This really made the evening much more relaxing and my honey loved it... I won't have to tell him I didn't follow the directions, he already knows I never do! He's just happy to have a dinner waiting for him.
Served on rice with a dollop of Yogurt & Home canned Tomato Relish... It was a hit!
Spices used in this dish were: cumin, coriander, red chili pepper, cinnamon stick, sweet paprika, salt & pepper. I also added a can of water to cover the meat & veggies to simmer.
Have I mentioned that I love gardening? Well I do! I especially love cooking with fresh ingredients from the garden. So when my seeds arrived I was very anxious to get them into some soil. Since it's still a bit cold here, most of them were planted inside to be transplanted when the soil warms.
I had been saving egg cartons throughout the year for this very use.
Ten days later and they look like this:
I think it's so interesting how seed germinate at different times. I've transplanted them to bigger containers so they well be ready for the garden in a few weeks.
Posting this late last night I realized I left out some very important information like... who is the birthday girl to me. Well, she's my Aunt Mary. Our family lived next to her & my uncle when I was young, because of that I have a very special relationship with her. I remember her taking me to "The Sound of Music", riding the donkey on their property, traveling to California to visit extended family and just sitting at the breakfast table eating english muffins.
My Mom's gift to her was treating her like Queen for a day... Catering to her every need!
Every thing was in place for Aunt Mary's very special 80th Birthday Celebration, a beautiful table setting; complete with fine china, silver and crystal filled with Mimosa's!
Photos of a beautiful young woman...
A hostess to make sure the Birthday girl was well taken care of:
And a Beautiful 80 Year Young Birthday Girl!
Her siblings were there to help celebrate; John the baby and twins Eileen & Arlene
Along with my sister, sister-in-law & cousin, the other Birthday Girl... we won't mention how young she is since my birthday is next!
My sister-in-law doesn't like having her picture taken... for whatever reason I don't know, she's adorable!
After a fabulous meal....
And opening presents...
We shared in the fun of looking at old photos Aunt Mary / Birthday Girl had brought for each of us. Christmas cactus you see is one she divided up to share with each of us, it's from a plant that belonged to my Grandma
This was a party filled with memories to last!
I feel very fortunate to be part of such an energetic, youthful family!