Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cobblestone Village Garden tour

The Garden tour and luncheon were a success.  It was so hot!!!! I'm talking 93😅😅. I sweat so much my eyes burned. Lol  Here are some of the gardens that were featured and the so delicious salads and desserts. Thank you Cobblestone ladies and gents.

We had approximately 20 homeowners who participated in this event.  Although several more were on hand at our clubhouse to tend to the setting up and getting the food out in an attractive  and orderly fashion. All in all we had about 30 people attending the luncheon.


This event was awesome and quite truthfully a lot of hard work was put into keeping our gardens from drying out or being attacked by beetles and deer but the rewards were worth it. 

Until next year.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Celebrating our 49th Wedding Anniversary

Forty nine years. Time really does go way too quickly and it seems more so as we age.

It seems like yesterday we were high school sweethearts with no expectations just dreams of what we hoped life would be. We both had part time jobs which made us appreciate money and hard work. They both go together to accomplish your dreams and we both knew it. 

We both graduated high school and hubby went to college. Then off to the service he went and I to business college and beauty school. I wasn't happy doing one profession I needed two.  We both were ambitious and hard working.  There was no other way to fulfill our dreams then to save money so we could get married which included getting a good job and of course the home of our dreams.

If it seems like it was easy for us it wasn't.  A lot went into us accomplishing our goals.  Money was not handed to us.  We paid for our school and even most of our wedding.  Nothing was handed to us and that is the way it was then (1967)and now as well.  .

We dreamed of a home but quickly realized an apartment was going to have to do it until we were able to start to save.  It did not come easy. Hubby changed jobs to better himself and I finished beauty school as to go from being a secretary to a stay at home mom with an in home beauty shop. It worked!  I saved on day care having the in home beauty shop. The children played while I did hair.  Most times in the same room as I. LOL 

Hubby's  job required him to travel so I agreed to move along with him until the children went to first grade and thankfully it worked for us. The first few homes were away from our family and it was sure hard on us and I will say especially me.  Small children and a husband who was on the road a lot made it difficult for me with two children under 4 and one that was colickly to boot.  Many nights I cried trying to get my little one to be comfortable and sleep.  I was definitely sleep deprived and sad many many days but I was raised to be strong and by darn I tried my best to be strong most days. Our daughter grew out of the colic, started to not cry so much and our son became my rock.  My little man always helped mom get through the tough days and He still does. 

After a few years hubby was transferred back to the area we both were born and raised.  Things got easier and the children grew and were less demanding.  I survived....

Today we are settled in Pittsburgh close to our immediate family of children and grandchildren.  Our home is now a patio home with less work and more time for what we want to do. Both hubby and I have retired.

I do this blog for fun and it does keep me busy.  I love the people I have met along the way of my life.  They have made me who I am.  Mom and Dad made the mold and through the grace of God and I am happy with my life and the woman I have become. I care about others and treat people with respect.  My children are happy and my grandchildren have grown to be responsible and respectful.  We have always been the type of people who believe a little encouragement and guidance goes a long way. 

I hadn't intended on going on so much in this blog but I'm happy I decided to share my thoughts and feelings with you.
The good days, the stressful days and those in between.  We are handling them and continue to be thankful for what we have.

So I"m back on track now.  The below photos are a few from our 49th Wedding Anniversary dinner. I feel blessed to look back knowing hubby and I were meant to be.  High school kids falling in love and weathering every storm that came our way.

Narcisi Winery

Dan and Susan
Fra Diavala
The Winersy
Hubby bought me 49 roses.
His and her store bought Eclairs.  Yummy!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

As always,

Easy Waffles

I have to admit I really love waffles and although I make my own homemade pancakes I take the easy way out with waffles and the brand I use is totally awesome.

I'm not getting a dime for this store bought waffle mix plug but it's hard not to give out a shout out to this fabulous company.

Quite honestly every single product I have bought I 'd give a thumbs up including their waffle mix.

I have a small but really efficient and quick cooking waffle iron and it is perfect for waffles. I can zip them out in a flash.

The recipes is on the box and as you'll see in my photos I made a LOL few!  They are freezable for sure. That is if there are any left.

This is an all in the family delicious meal or make it a waffle sundae! Yummy!
Add whatever topping you'd like.

Strawberries (our favorite), bananas, blueberries or even chocolate chips and whipped cream!

Happy Baking 

From my kitchen to yours,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Delightful Sunday Funday Dessert! Bananas, Strawberries and more

Sunday's Funday Dessert!

This was really tasty.  Beware!! One piece and you'll want more.  Not too sweet not too heavy, just right.  Graham cracker crust, vanilla pudding, bananas, pineapple tidbits, drained. Fresh strawberries, cool whip or real whipped cream, toasted coconut and garnished with milk chocolate chips. Ooh la la delish.

Here's what you need:

13x9 inch glass pan
2 cups graham cracker crumbs or a large graham cracker pie shell
5 T melted butter
1/4 cup sugar

1 regular size vanilla instant pudding 
2 cups milk
1/4 container cool whip
Whisk together and then place on refrigerated crust

2 sliced bananas
1 can pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple drained
1 cup fresh strawberries or if using frozen drain well before placing on pudding making sure pudding is set.
1/2 cup toasted coconut
milk chocolate morsels or chocolate syrup (optional)

Melt butter, add to graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix with fork until butter and sugar start to crumble.  Press on bottom and sides of glass pan. Refrigerate until you make your pudding.

In a large bowl place vanilla instant pudding and 2 cups milk whisk until it starts to thicken.  Add 1/4 container cool whip or already whipped whipped cream)about 1/2 cup).  Pudding should have thickened by now so remove crust from refrigerator and top the crust with the pudding then top with 2 sliced bananas on top of pudding, pineapple tidbits and strawberries.  Top with toasted coconut and about 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels.  Refrigerate for about two hours and serve cold.

Happy Baking!

from my kitchen to yours,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One crust Chicken Pot Pie

Hi everyone:

This was a spare of the moment dish since I wanted to be able to use the chicken and carrots I used in my chicken soup from yesterday.  I had planned on making chicken salad but I'm unpredictable when it comes to a lot of my recipes.  If I get a thought I go with it when I have some things to use up.  As in the crust.  I had bought it to make an Apple pie but never did do it so I didn't want the crust date to expire so this is how this particular recipe came into fruition. It looks pretty good I think and I know the boys(grandson's) will enjoy it.

Note:  You don't have to make homemade soup FYI.  Canned Chicken Broth will be fine and you can use any cooked chicken.  Store bought Rotisserie chicken would work or if no other choice canned and drained chicken.  All these suggestions are for in a pinch or no other option. LOL  

4 cups chicken broth (I measured mine)
1 large potato diced and cooked until tender* you can cook the potatoes and carrots together.
2 carrots diced and cooked until tender
1/2 cup frozen peas added to thickened broth along with cooked veggies
1/3 + 2 T. corn starch( it thickens much easier than flour) or use about the same amount of flour if you prefer. Note:  If you use all cornstarch it may be too thick to your liking so you can mix half and half as in 1/4 c. cornstarch and the rest flour. FYI

In a small bowl place corn starch and about 1/2 cup cooled chicken broth. Whisk until smooth.

In a large pot that you have placed your 3 1/2 cups chicken broth Gradually add smooth cornstarch mixture. Cook on medium heat until it slightly starts to thicken.  Add cooked carrots and potatoes and frozen peas.  Stir continually until it thickens.  Pour into deep baking dish.  Cover with 1 refrigerated pie crust.  Pinch around edges. Prick top about 4 times and prick edges too. Sprinkle a little pepper on top and  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until browned. Allow to set for 10 minutes and serve.  Salad on the side would be my choice. Enjoy!

Note: To be safe place your baking dish on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet to catch any spills.  Mine was filled pretty close to the top so I was happy I did do the foil thing.