Friday, October 30, 2015

A Peek into my Week . . .

Something from my Playlist . . . Just a little something for Halloween . . . Gotta love Frank!

Mother Nature . . . It's cold outside!  I guess that's nothing new for October in Idaho.  Right now the sun is shining, and that is a good thing, I'll take sunshine over snow, although we are having a drought, so we really need all the moisture we can get!  

On My Mind . . . We had a birthday yesterday!  Our sweet little Tanner turned 2!  He is adorable, cuddly, sweet and such a good boy, we love him!  Tanny is our last little grand, we sure do think he's special!  I forgot my camera, so the photos are from my phone,  and the quality isn't so good.

Tanny and Mommy.

Too sweet!

Such a handsome boy!!

Comfort from the Kitchen . . . My husband gave me an early birthday present . . . 

I'm really excited to start making some yummy meals with this pressure cooker.  My daughter has one, and she loves it.  I remember when I got married, I got a small pressure cooker and really did use it a lot, but I remember it being kind of scary, I was always afraid it would blow up!  This one is almost full proof, and has so many cool features.  You can steam, slow cook (goodbye 20 year old slow cooker!) and even make yogurt!

In a Nutshell . . . We will be leaving next week to go on our annual river trip down the Salmon river.  I'm really excited to go, but, it is going to be cold!  I will be taking a few projects with me, some really good books to read, and a  few crafty things.  It's always a fun time, but this year, two weeks sounds like a long time!  We will get home right before Thanksgiving, unless we are snowed out!

Oh boy, I love this river!

Just Sayin' . . . 

Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 19, 2015

I looked out my Window, and what did I see . . . .

 . . . a rainbow stretching from tree to tree!

A good reminder to count your rainbows, instead of your thunderstorms . . . 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Peek into my Week . . .

Today . . .  October 14, 2015

Something from my Playlist . . . I love, James Taylor, always have, always will.  Yes, My husband knows about my love for this man and his music . . . he's good with it . . . he's like comfort food for my musical soul!

Mother Nature . . . We couldn't ask for better weather here in Idaho!  The high today will be around 74 degrees, just perfect in my opinion,  

On My Mind . . . We've had two new babies born into our family this month - both of them were my sisters new little grands.  You will just have to take my word that they are adorable!!  One of  them was born on Taylor Jo's birthday . . . she was pretty excited!  

My children are done having children, kind of sad for me, but oh my, I do love the little's that I have been blessed with!  My little, Tay-Bug, grew up right before my eyes, isn't she gorgeous!  Before I know it, she will be all grown up, and having her own little's!

 She's giving her dad . . . the look, and he looks pretty intense!

She wanted apple pie instead of birthday cake . . . great choice, it was delish!!

Comfort from the Kitchen . . . 

These oven baked tacos are so delicious!  I was a little skeptical, because I'm "old school", when it comes to my tacos, but these tacos hit the spot every time!  Give these a try, they are easy to put together and so yummy. 

Oven Baked Tacos

1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
12 hard taco shells
1 pkg. taco seasoning - any brand, or your own homemade mix
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 can of black beans or pinto beans - drained and rinsed
1 -  4oz. can diced green chilies
1 1/2 cup Colby Jack or cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown the ground beef or ground turkey.  Stir in taco seasoning, green chilies, tomato sauce and beans.  Arrange taco shells in a 9x13 baking pan or casserole dish.  Spoon mixture into each shell.  Top each taco with shredded cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes in a 400 degree, pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Garnish with tomato, lettuce. black olives, chopped onion, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

This recipe can be doubled or tripled!


Just Sayin' . . .


Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday's Finally Here . . .

I just have to say that it's been a very long week!  It started off by having our computer crash . . . very bad, you don't want that to happen, ever!  We took it to have it fixed and they had to completely remove the hard drive, because that was the only way they could access the files . . . not good!  Of course when we got it home, all of our programs were missing, some of which were very important for tax purposes, which really didn't go over well with my better half!  To make a very long story short . . . we, with the help of my daughter, were able to recover the very most important programs, and install the rest that were missing.  But, to top it all off, they installed Windows 10 on the computer, I hope it's a good thing, but oh my, what a learning curve!!  It's been an interesting week . . .

Amber, my oldest daughter came over on Tuesday and we picked apples, two huge boxes.  Then, we made applesauce, 21 quarts!  It was delicious, and will taste really good this winter.  Yesterday, she came over and we froze 14 quarts of apple pie filling. . . we had a very good week!

It has been exceptionally warm this fall, and I am having a hard time getting into the "Autumn" spirit, but, I thought I would share a few of my favorite spots in my home with you . . . winter will be here before we know it, and I will miss that cozy feel that autumn always brings.

Looking forward to a quiet and peaceful week-end!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Comfort from my Kitchen. . .

. . . A distinct smell, which was a mixture of the 
dried leaves on the ground 
and the smoke from the chimneys, 
and the sweet, ripe apples . . . 
~Arlene Stafford Wilson~

~Some pretty "Autumn-y" music to listen to while reading~

It really is the season for comfort food!  I love it when the apples start to turn red and fall off the trees, that's when I know it's time to make apple crisp.  I usually make a couple of big pans full and have my kids come over for apple crisp and ice cream; I happen to like it with milk, especially for breakfast!  I know, it's not the most nutritious breakfast, but it sure is good.  My grandmother used to make apple pie for breakfast, so it  must be in the genes!

I thought I would share my recipe for apple crisp, it's been a family favorite for years.

Apple Crisp

6 cups apples
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup flour
2 cups quick oats

Combine apples, sugar, cinnamon and salt together and put in a 9x13 baking dish.  Melt butter or margarine; stir in brown sugar, oats and flour.  Spread it in clumps over the apples.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream!

Sometimes I double the topping, just because we love it so much...don't tell!

right before I popped it into the oven!

Ready to eat!  

Have a wonderful week end!!