To you and yours…
To you and yours…
Since we’re heading into a serious eating holiday weekend, Scotti thought she’d share a couple of barbecue worthy recipes:
5-7 large Russet potatoes
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped sweet onion
½ cup chopped dill pickle
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ cup of chopped red or green bell pepper
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
½ – 2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup dill pickle juice
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add whole potatoes and chopped garlic – cook until tender but still firm, about 20 minutes. Drain, cool, peel and chop. (You can discard the garlic or leave it in, your choice).
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, celery, onion, dill pickle, and bell pepper. In a separate bowl, mix the mayo, dill pickle juice, mustard, and salt and pepper. Blend mayo mixture until it is slightly runny and well incorporated. Pour mayo mixture over potato mixture and fold well so that potatoes are well coated. Sprinkle with paprika, then refrigerate until chilled (at least two hours). Serve with your favorite barbecue dishes.
½ C boiling water
¼ C butter
1 C granulated sugar
¼ C unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ C all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp soda
1 egg, beaten
½ C sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp black cherry extract
In a mixing bowl, combine boiling water, butter, sugar, and cocoa powder. Beat on low speed until smooth and sugar is dissolved.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, vanilla, cherry extract.
Add sifted dry ingredients to the cocoa mixture alternately with the egg and sour cream mixture until fully integrated but don’t over-mix. Fill greased and lightly floured cupcake cups about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely before icing with your favorite frosting.
Stay safe, eat some good food, and have a great weekend.
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I don’t know about you, but I love, love, love the holidays. Even though I’m in Sunny California, I still dream of the white Christmases of my childhood. I remember as a little girl, I would sit at the window wrapped in my blanket, determined to stay awake until Santa arrived. Because of course, i wanted to see him with my own eyes. More often than not, I woke up Christmas morning with my face stuck to an ice cold window and a stiff neck. That darn Santa never did let me catch sight of him.
Another thing I love about the holidays is giving gifts. It’s so fun to see people’s faces light up in anticipation of what is in the brightly wrapped and ribboned package, isn’t it?
As my gift to you I wanted to give you a holiday story called, Sally & Gem.
The story comes in PDF, Mobi, and ePub file formats. If you do not have a Kindle or eReader you can download kindle for pc, tablet, or phone here.
And an ePub can be read with Digital Editions as well as an eReader.
And a PDF can be read on your phone, pc, laptop, or tablet.
Please feel free to share this post and/or the download links to the story with friends or family. I love spreading holiday cheer.
Big love and Happy Happy Holidays.
Have a great Thanksgiving – and if you’re shopping be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes and your panic whistle. 😉
Hey kids, it’s been quite a while since I did a whole big resource post but Halloween is always a fun holiday, so let the tips and tricks begin.
Dressing up in costume is one of the more fun aspects of the holidays but some costumes can be problematic. The following tips might help prevent costume malfunction:
Easy roasted pumkin seed recipe
Watch this vid to see how to make “dirt pudding”
If you’re in the mood for something punny – check this site for some groan worthy jokes
Need some games for your Halloween party?
And if you happen to be staying home tonight with no particular plans, check out this movie trailer. Who knew Helen Mirren could be so scary? LOL!
Have a ghoulish good Halloween and don’t forget to save me some candy. Caramels and Hershey’s Chocolate, please. 😉
It’s sad I suppose that summer is on its way out and well Labor Day is the punctuation mark that heralds the end of the season.
Did you know that in a galaxy long ago and far far away that there was this rule that you mustn’t wear white after Labor Day?
So what’s on the menu for your Labor Day picnic – fried chicken, two maybe three kinds of potato salad, sandwiches and lemonade? In that case, these recipes are sure to please.
And don’t forget the cocktails
If you’re planning to stay home and do some serious binge watching on Netflix or Amazon Prime, check out Ray Donovan, Bosch, Luther, Gilmore Girls Reboot, House of Cards, The Man in the High Castle, all the Star Trek iterations and more…
If you want to get out and about and live in the L.A. area check out the top weekend events, fairs, festivals, fun in the sun and lots of eats
Or just stay home in your jim-jams and read a good mystery
Whatever you plan to do or not do as the case may be – be well, be happy, and be safe.
And say a little prayer for our firefighters out here in CA, presently working 24/7 to knock down the La Tuna Canyon fires – and our friends struggling with the havoc of Hurricane Harvey.
I lost my dad over twenty years ago, but it still feels like yesterday. I can easily call up the pain, the loss, and the tears. And it makes me realize just how incredible love and the human connection it creates, is.
I hope that those of you out there who still have a dad in the here and now are planning something nice for him. And I hope that those of you who have lost their fathers, have some peace in the love that remains in your heart for your dad.
Have a blessed Father’s Day weekend.
Thank you to those who served. May God bring comfort to those who sacrificed everything. Have a safe and blessed day.
To all the moms out there, I wish you a wonderful day of appreciation.
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