Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fiesta Flats/ TastyThursday

On this Tasty Thursday , I'm critiquing a new kind of taco shell. Flat bottom taco shells.
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Twelve in the box is pretty generous as they completely filled my baking stone. Even a normal box of shells doesn't quite do that. They're gluten free and are a hearty shell. No soaking up the salsa to make them mushy.

 And they are very easy to eat. They didn't break up like a taco shell.
But beware, you'll need extra napkins when the juices start running down your wrist.
Have you tried any "new" products lately?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Grandfather's Clock

That is a horrible picture, but the real point is the "sound". That clock hasn't ticked since 1971 when my husband accidentally wound it too tight. He was in so-o-o-o much trouble and it sat on a desk for the next few decades. 

Fast forward to 2015, and we decided to head south of Sedalia to Buttercup Road in rural Morgan County; a good 45 minute drive from home.There lies a Mennonite community where you can still find a couple men who repair clocks like ours. They aren't fond of cameras so I didn't snap any pics. Maybe I'll get some barn photos next time 

The Infamous Childhood Clock

My Grandparent's Clock (Hunter family)

Mine had become overwound as well thanks to yours truly. When you combine an 8-day clock in a room full of jumping children, the clocks tend to stop and you do what seems the cause, wind it up. However, sometimes it's just the jolt that stops the clock. The last time, it was too late to 'rewind', pardon the pun, my actions.

So clocks in tow, we proceeded to the "clock guy". The roads are paved, but thanks to Missouri legislation of sending road money elsewhere (uh-hem to Big Cities), and the use of Semi-trucks picking up loads and loads of chickens and turkeys from all the bird farms, our country roads leave much to be desired and give you quite a bumpy ride.  

The last time I went to the "clock guy" was about 25 years ago with my Aunt Maybelle. They didn't have cell phones then and not sure if they do now, but the phone number on my old card was definitely Not a cell phone number. When we drove by the church, we noticed it was cram packed with vehicles (horses and buggies included). So we pretty much figured that when we called, there would be no answer. We were right.

We stopped to check out a little shop that had 'clocks' but they weren't into repairs. They just sold them and some other fancy glass items (Fenton). We heard from the owner that the "Clock guy" was semi retired so in the future, it definitely would be best to call first.

When we returned to our truck, my Grandparents' clock was ticking.....without the pendulum. It had started unwinding itself from all the bumps in the road and the starting and stopping motion of the truck. So those roads are good for something after all.

Once home, we let it finish unwinding and while doing so, the hubby got out the 3-In-One oil and proceeded to work on his own Grandfather's clock. Low and behold, around 3 am, the ticking began.
It's Monday morning, two days later, and it's. still. unwinding.

"Time and tide wait for no man."
Geoffrey Chaucer Author, Poet

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Slow Cookin'/Tasty Thursday

We've spent a lot of time outdoors creating our first in-ground fire pit. We even had a cover made to size. After painting it to prevent rust, here's our final result.

Hoping for many nights by the fireside.... and even some marshmallow roasting to boot.

For the main course on this Tasty Thursday, my husband has become pretty adept at slow cooking meat on the bar bee. The most recent was this delectable tenderloin he roasted from 7 am to 7 pm. It melted in our mouths. The trick is the low heat and setting a firebox of wood chips inside to smoke it through. My favorite part? The carmelized crust. MMMMM Good!! Not to mention a few leftovers for some evenings of fast and painless suppers. What girl would complain about less dishes???

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Not Your Mama's Sunday Dinner/TastyThursday

We spent a lot of time working in our back yard last weekend readying it for my daycare kiddos for a playspace. And I felt working in that 103 degree heat index warranted this awesomeness.
So sharing our lunchtime goodness in this Tasty Thursday post.
   A gluten-free Chicken Parmesan (but I improvised with provolone).
Notice the zucchini hidden under the crusted cheese. That was sauteed in garlic butter and olive oil. Did you know combining the two keeps from smoking up your kitchen? 
Best of all is that was a home-grown zucchini. 
Seconds anyone?

Sunday, July 12, 2015


                                                                   A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. -Arthur Helps, writer (10 Jul 1813-1875)

A list of compliments is in order today.

  • You don't need makeup, you're already beautiful.
  • Any day with you is my favorite day.
  • Chocolate is good, but you're better.
  • You're pretty special. Just sayin'.
  • You are amazing!  And don't forget that!
  • Relax. You are enough. You have enough. You do enough.
  • I’m really glad our paths crossed. Thanks for your friendship.
  • Today’s outfit = Thumbs up

For the person who is feeling less than special today, make them feel Honorific!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

In Season/Tasty Thursday

It starts with this. First there's a couple cucumbers on the vines. Next thing you know, you have the market cornered with a bountiful harvest of these vegies. So what to do? Use this as a Tasty Thursday post!

 Yes, I've made these and that is the reason I'm confident it's a very tasty recipe. Around here we
"Put Up" for the year; can it, preserve it, whatever you want to call it.   
And my cupboards are bare of this particular pickle.
So it's time.

This weekend will be a busy one, but well worth the effort.
Thanks Aunt Juanita!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Going Obsolete; Silent Movie & Rewinding

After a night of flooding in my basement and cleaning it up til the wee hours, I decided to delay my Tasty Thursday post in place of this experience in our home during a less stressed evening.

A Trip to the Moon is a silent movie my eldest college student daughter decided to share with us last Tuesday night. We only had to endure it for 16 minutes; plus the extra time we took to rewind (another obsolete term from cassette player days) and see the fashions in the movie.

To be more specific, we found ourselves enamored by the spoof-like gestures they made with their hands and arms. So-o-o dramatic. Drama queens of today should take notes! Also, the clothing the women wore Had to be risqué for the time. They appeared to be wearing sailor suit-type swimsuits. They digitized them in a pale blue. To see ankles in those days was "OH MY!"

The movie was from 1902 and had been lost, rediscovered and rescued. Rated number 84 of 100 best silent movies of all time. In the small town I'm from, (Green Ridge, Missouri, population 484 on Google) we revered our own Pearl White, starlet of silent movie days. Alas, she wasn't featured in this French film.

But our own comments made the movie experience memorable to say the least. Like, "So, if you're at a silent movie, did people talk constantly?"

"Do you think they told others to BE QUIET!? I can't hear the movie????

And after seeing the men in the movie escape aliens by hitting them with umbrellas and watching them explode in a puff of smoke, "Did the Power Rangers get their idea of Poofing the Putties from this movie?"

When will Power Rangers be Obsolete?