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Olive you 

24 Feb

Crusty, chewy bread from the local bakery and a FREE bottle of olive oil (courtesy of Influenster and Filippo Berio)…what more could you need on a crazy weather night?!

As a member for the Influenster community, I’ve been given a variety of items to try and then review. Up until now the items have aged me quite a bit. No offense Influenster, but airbrush tanning/makeup for the legs and pantyliners are NOT really how I’d classify myself. I’m a physical therapist by profession and I have a young family. We enjoy being active together and eating healthy. So FINALLY they “qualified” me for a decent review: olive oil.

I was sent a mailer with a neat magnet and various coupons, along with one for a free bottle of oil.  

magnet with olive oil and butter equivalents

So I decided to sauté some chopped garlic in the oil, then add some beef patties. Meanwhile, I steamed some spinach and cut up the bread. After the meat was finished, I added a dash of flour to the pan and made a quick roux. Then added some salt, pepper, and worshestershire sauce and made a gravy. 
The kids ate it up and the gravy was a hit. I’ve actually never made gravy using dripping from an olive oil base. This one was great. The flavor wasn’t near as heavy as many cream/pepper gravies I’ve eaten or made. 

I used the “Robusto” variety. It wasn’t as full bodied as I was expecting, but delicious nonetheless. 

My plan is to use my coupons to get the “Delicato” oil and have a tasting party. We’ll see!

Disclaimer: the reviews expressed in the post are my own. Influenster and Filippo Berio provided the oil in return for a review. No other compensation was rendered. 


Mexican cornbread

1 Sep

There are quite a few things I love about Texas…tonight, one of those was hatch chiles.  If you aren’t familiar with them, you should be.  They have a fantastic smoked flavor and go with everything!  That being said, I wanted to sub them into a cornbread recipe to go with some pulled pork.  However, dinner was ready and I hadn’t even taken out the ingredients!

So, I just went ahead a made it for whomever, and whenever.


Look at that color!  The picture doesn’t do it justice.

Mexican Cornbread
1 cup cornmeal
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup melted butter
3 smoked hatch chiles cleaned and diced up(recipe calls for 1/2 lb ground beef sauteed with onion and jalapenos)
Grated rat cheese (pretty sure she meant cheddar)

Mix all ingredients, except for cheese and chiles.  Pour one half of the batter into a hot, greased skillet.  Place chiles on top of mix and cover with cheese.  Pour remaining batter on top.  Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350°.

Grandma’s Notes: 8/5/93- Carried April to the doctor with her east.  I had to put in drops.  She fought me like a little tiger.

On the road again.

25 Aug

At the moment (yes! in the car), I am traveling across the southeast U.S. in route to a new chapter in our lives.  I have recently been hired by a hospital in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as a contract physical therapist.  I will be living with my parents…can we say flashbacks of high school?!  My husband retires in December and we are trying to cut back on my student loans prior to that day.

Anyway, on order to not feel like a complete freeloader, I decided to bring my cookbook and cook while I’m in Texas.  However, I forgot my calendar at home…yes, the one with the ENTIRE year planned!  Instead of letting it get me bummed, I realized I had my 2nd.book under the armrest of the truck and started flipping through it…


It isn’t as comprehensive as the original calendar, but it will give me a good meal and side dish most weeks and a few desserts and breads.

Here’s to new opportunities!!

When life hands you lemons…

27 Jul

…you make lemonade, or margaritas, or take shots of tequila.  However, when you don’t have lemons but your son wants to help you bake something, you improvise.  In order for me to get back into the swing of making things, I needed something simple- something that didn’t require me getting back into my car and going to the store in the 10000000% humidity that is a Florida summer.

Enter Lemon Bread.  This recipe could easily be made into lemon-poppy-seed, lemon-nut (which is what this one called for but I had no nuts), or even a Lemon-Berry…think: Sonic Lemon-berry slush in bread form…oooh!  But I digress.  This recipe was relatively quick to prepare, but did take a solid 80 minutes to bake through.

Lemon Bread

  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2.25 cups sifted flour (I didn’t sift and I only had 2 cups, the last 1/4 I used whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 tsp soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Grated rind of one lemon 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts I didn’t have any, and hubs doesn’t like citrus or nuts.  So I figured it was one or the other for him to even try it
  • For the Glaze: Juice of two lemons 2 TBSP lemon juice in 3/4 cup sugar (dissolved)

Preheat oven to 325* and grease and flour a corningware glass ceramic loaf dish 9x5x3 (2-qt size). I only have a metal loaf pan, it worked fine.  Cream margarine and sugar; beat in eggs.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to batter, alternating with milk.  Mix well.  Stir in lemon extract (and nuts here).  Pout into prepared dish and bake at 325* for 1 hr 20 min, or until cake tester (aka toothpick in our house) inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 15 minutes in dish.  Remove from dish and cool completely on wire rack.  Pierce in many places and spoon glaze over it.

The little corner cut out was for the boy.  Now, this glaze that was supposed to be all glazy and everything, was not a glaze at all.  It ended up being more like sugar mixed in lemon juice.  I’m not really sure how you would be able to dissolve 3/4 cup of sugar in the juice of 2 lemons.  From what I remember regarding juicing fruits, you never get as much juice as you want.  So, I figured using 2 TBSP of lemon juice from the fridge would help…it didn’t.  Now don’t get me wrong, though, the taste is amazing!  Just not so glazy.  And, when I went to cut a slice this morning, the sugar had formed a sort of crystallized force-field on top of the bread (kind of like a royal icing on a cookie).  It’s crunchy, but not hard, and the lemon flavor is spot-on.


Grandma’s Notes: 7/25/93- Meeting Frank in Van.  April is coming to visit.  Enjoyed visiting with Frank’s family.  Sunday, April sang “Do Lord” and a little worship chorus at church.  In the evening service Ashley and April sang “In the Garden.”  I THANK YOU LORD, YOU ARE THE ONE AND ONLY GOD; HELP ME IN MY COMMITMENT TO YOU.



Bad Dates…

1 Jun

If you can name that quote, you are just as much of an Indiana Jones junkie as I am.  Sallah has to be one of my favorite IJ characters.  Not only because of his jovial, people-pleasing ways, but because he save Indie from certain death in a scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark:

“Bad dates”

Sadly, the monkey was not saved soon enough.  The quote is sort of true even if dates are not poisoned.  Dates are a VERY sweet fruit.  I can not say that I even know what a non-dried one tastes like, or if it’s even edible.  Actually, nevermind, they are eating fresh ones in the movie…I digress.  I do know that its dried counterpart is extremely sweet.  Eating a serving size would certainly put me into a sugar coma for some time.  The dried dates are also prone to having pieces of pit still stuck inside them (more so than prunes or dried cherries, in my experience).  So, careful examination of them is necessary when baking with them.  My son liked them though and a good friend suggested using them instead of sugar in recipes.  I might just take her up on that!

Here is what I came up with:

Date Loaf


It wasn’t too bad…or really bad at all.  Just, well, different.  I think dried cherries or blueberries would taste a bit better.  This is also one of those loaves that needs to be enjoyed almost as soon as it cools enough to eat or within the next day.  After about 48 hours, it takes on a pseudo-fruitcake persona- NOT good!


Grandma’s Notes:n6/8/93- To Della Tempin’s; got potato slips.  Anthony and Ashley spent the PM.  Put out potato slips.  6/13/93- Sebastian and Peaches (Marcus & Haley’s dogs) have run cats and calf till neither could eat.  They have trouble keeping them home.  Haley spent weekend with Stutts twins at their dad’s.  THANK YOU FOR MANY PROMISES IN THE BIBLE.  HELP ME TO RELY ON THEM.


Load ’em Up!

14 May


So, I didn’t realize how far behind I have been!  My trip to Boston really messed up my schedule.  I am making stuff, I just get so lazy and neglect to enter it here.  This entry is a doozy!  Three post-scripted recipes and a current recipe in the oven!  I apologize for the shoddy pictures.  I always wait until late at night to bake and then the camera has to use the flash, making all kinds of crazy shadows and such.  anyway, I think you will get the gist of them!


This first one is not really worth sharing the recipe.  It is a buttermilk custard pie.  Anyone that has known me for any length of time knows that my go-to recipe is a buttermilk pie.  This one has more eggs and milk, making it more of a custard consistency.  This one also calls for you to chill the pie.  It was definitely better that way.  If you ever get a chance to try a real buttermilk pie, however, you will want to try it warm!

Grandma’s notes: 5/6/96- Lance plowed the garden and Barbara used a hoe.  I fertilized 2 or 3 more rows.  5/11/96- THANK YOU LORD FOR THE RAIN LAST NIGHT.  5/12/96- Ate with George’s family, as did Lance’s family.  Cheryl’s mom moved to N Richland Hills to be near them.  LORD HELP ME TO DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR ME TODAY.  Went to Marcus’s graduation.


I just noticed that I didn’t get to eat a piece of this next baked good!  I tried it upon taking it out of the oven, but I never got a slice.  What a bummer, because the tiny bit I did have was yummy!  Doesn’t it look good?!

Applesauce Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP allspice
  • 1 cup raisins (I used chopped prunes)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened applesauce (I used 3 applesauce pouches of my sons, because we were out otherwise)

Sift flour and soda.  Mix all dry ingredients.  Add butter and applesauce.  Add raisins.  Bake in a square pan 40-50 minutes or in a loaf pan about 90 minutes at approximately 350*.

Ok, so I used a loaf pan and I’m glad I did.  It baked the outside to a nice crisp texture, holding in the dense, moist flavor.  I did NOT, however, bake it for 90 minutes!  I think I started with 60 and it was more than enough.  It also wrapped very well in plastic wrap.  I’m always afraid the wrap will stick to the finished product, but it didn’t.  The finished product then went to Kissimmee with us, to the hubs’s aunt and uncle from England.  I hope they enjoyed it!

Grandma’s Notes: 5/15/94- Went to Lance’s for dinner after church.  Bro. and Mrs. Oliver were there and Barry Monroe.  Such a good meal.   Talked to Clarice Hataway, Alma Gary, and Loyce Bush.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS.  HELP ME REPAY YOU BY PASSING YOUR KINDNESS TO OTHERS I MEET EVERYDAY.


Once of my favorite recipes is for banana nut bread.  Funny thing is, I NEVER have a recipe handy (nor do I ever have all the ingredients).  So, I am constantly doing a quick search online for recipes that have the same ingredient-omissions as me.  I did, however, have everything for this one. 🙂

Banana Nut Bread

  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1.5 cups flour mixed with 1 tsp soda & 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Beat margarine and sugar until well mixed.  Add bananas and eggs.  Mix well.  Add milk and flour gradually.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into greased loaf pan (I used 4 mini pans).  Bake at 350* 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

It’s that simple!  Never-mind the piece torn off one end there…hahah…quality control.  That one stayed home and the other three went to work with me for a change.

Grandma’s Notes: 5/8/93- Barbara plowed.  Haley worked in yard.  I helped some.  Haley brought me an orchid for Mother’s Day.  Frank sent card.  5/9/93- Lunch Joe’s cafe with Lance’s family.  Ashley and Anthony came; picked berries.  Zach came; brought lovely pot plant (I’m SURE this should read, “potted”) & carried children home.  THANK YOU LORD FOR A MOTHER THAT LOVED ME.  HELP ME OFFER THAT LOVE TO OTHERS.