Saturday, August 18, 2012

Vegetables ...

I would love to have a garden
I've tried planting tomatoe plants but the squirrels love tomatoes
so they are always taking bites out of the ones on the vine
so I just gave up
I tried all of the tricks but nothing worked
those dang squirrels in my yard are a hardy bunch!!

and I just don't have a good area that gets 6+ hours of sun
so I buy my vegetables from produce stands in our area

but I also have wonderful friends who have gardens and love to
share their bounty with us!

yumm, one of the best things about summer, fresh veggies!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Banana Pudding ...

There are so many recipes out there for banana pudding
but I like mine.....because it's easy, fast and oh so good!!

first layer, vanilla wafers
next, banana pudding (I use the instant)
next, sliced up banana's
another layer of vanilla wafers
then a layer of vanilla creme pudding, also the instant pudding
more sliced up banana's
and now the final layer, cool whip
and as a finishing touch, very lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top

this is such an easy recipe and as good as any other out there!!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Table and chairs ....

I can't remember if I posted the new table and chairs for the kitchen

but I'm posting again!!

I went to so many furniture stores looking for what I wanted
I wanted a black table, one that would go 3 different sizes
and I wanted solid wood
Well, after searching everywhere I found out that furniture stores
don't carry much solid wood furniture

So I decided to go to the unfinished furniture store and I was
very happy to find out their furniture IS solid wood

and not only that, I could pretty much design my own furniture
we picked out our table top, the table legs
the backs to the chairs and the legs
and then picked out the finish
because it is custom made and has a factory finish on it
it was going to take about 6 weeks to get it in
but that was fine with me......
and this table goes 4 lengths
60", 82", 102" and 120"

more than enough for all of us!!!

and yes, that's plastic still on the chair cushions! haha
I have now bought the scotchguard, I just need to find the time to apply it

I couldn't be happier with this set. And knew that I wanted to get the
bar stools from the same store but in red. Then the other day I received
a card in the mail that they are going out of business so I'm not sure I can
still order those. I'm going to stop by there sometime soon and find out.
and that's too bad about them going out of business...they have great
furniture, good prices and are nice people to deal with.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Crab cakes ...

Johnny and I are down at the beach for a week
ahhh, such a wonderful time!

and while at the beach
we like to eat out some but also like to stay in on some nights

So on Tuesday we headed over to Austin's fish market to pick up
some crab meat for crab cakes

I normally make crab cakes with bread crumbs, old bay and a little mayo
but at the market I bought a packet called
Old Bay Crab Cake Classic 

the recipe on the back calls for mayo but I didn't have any and didn't
feel like going to the store.....
so I just mixed the crab meat with an egg and the old bay packet

they formed up great with no bread crumbs
then I go to cook them in the frying pan and the oil in the cabinet
had expired in 2011...haha! And it smelled old too

Again, to avoid going to the store, I just used butter
which was a little tricky as I wanted to make sure I didn't brown the butter

and wow.......these were the best crab cakes I've ever made!!
I don't know if it was cooking them in butter or using the "crab classic" pack
or maybe a combo of both but they sure were good
I will def be making them just like this in the future


Ziggy ....

Here's Ziggy

he's Jacquelyn and Bucky's little baby

and he's the sweetest dog I think God ever made.....

and he loves to pose for pictures.....


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer drinks ....

I love making this drink in the summer

I fill up the dispenser with lots of ice
add some sugar
then lemons, limes and a couple of oranges

then add some spring water.....mmmmm

so refreshing!

I know you've probably seen this before but like I said
my life is on replay.....


Monday, August 13, 2012

Cutting grass ...

While you are reading this, I am relaxing on the beach....ahhhh

I love that I can sit down and write up a bunch of blog post and then
schedule them to post!! so all this week while I'm on vacation
you'll still be getting blogpost from me!

Pippa Lou walks behind Johnny the entire time he cuts the
grass in the backyard. That's why she always has green paws
that evening.....

she's kind of beside him in the pic below, I was having a hard time
getting a pic of her behind him


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hydrangeas ...

Yes, it's another post about flowers but I just love my
hydrangeas. They are my favorite flower along with peonies!

I know I've posted before about how one of my hydrangea bushes is
half blue, half pink and some purple. I guess it's some crazy mixed
up soil there. Here are some of my beautiful flowers....

I love cutting big bouquets for vases in the house
and I especially love cutting big bouquets for my daughters to take home!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Antlers ...

My dogs chew up everything...esepcially Pippa Lou

you cannot leave anything out or you know it will get chewed up

and I won't buy rawhide bones for them because I just don't believe
they are good for their stomachs. I've just had too many dogs
get sick eating them and it's hard to find the ones made in the USA.

My spoiled dogs don't get anything that is made in other countries
it's just bad for them

Then a friend at work told me about antlers and she brought 2 for
for me to give to them
and OMG.....they loved them

So I went to the store to get more and wow, they are expensive

So I asked Jacquelyn's in-laws who live out in the country to be
on the lookout for antlers. they found some, dried them out
and then Johnny cut the sharp ends off

and now they fight over them, trade them, and hide them
and they sure love them!!!

here's a pic of Bella Boo enjoying one of the antlers and
Pippa Lou just waiting for the right opportunity to take
it away from her!!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Bella and the wind ....

Bella Boo loves the wind

and when it's real windy, she'll sit out on the deck

head up high and all squinty eyed

I think she's smiling


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flowers ...

When I go through old blog post I realize that
my life just runs on replay

In the winter I post about snow and making soup

in the spring, it's my flowers, beautiful sky and maybe a trip to the beach

in the summer beach, river, more flowers, dogs, recipes

in the fall, leaves and cooking

and then my favorite......Christmas

yep, my life just runs on replay but that's ok
I love it!
So for summer 2012, here's some of my flowers....


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I love this dog ...

he was in a restaurant where we had dinner

it was an old firestation that had been converted

very cool


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Neat pictures .....

Just some pictures I took that I like.....


Monday, August 6, 2012

Crabs ...

We love setting the crab pots when we're down on the Chespeake Bay
I think that's the easy kind of "fishing"....haha

we bait the pots with raw chicken

look.....there's one trying to get out!

and if you have ever wondered why they are called Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, take a look at those claws!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Pool ...

Tommy and Joanne had a pool put in last year
and it is wonderful

it's a salt water pool so you don't have that nasty chlorine feel to your skin
and the water is just crystal clear

they also really did it up right by putting a heater and a cooler on it
so when the temps were 100 degrees, the pool still felt wonderful

When down there, we spend a lot of our time in the pool
just hanging out, throwing the football, floating and lots of

They have named their little piece of heaven on the bay as
"This is it"
One of their good friends had this neon sign made to put in
their pool cool

you know Johnny's having fun if he's smiling for the camera....haha!

and's a rare photo of me

here's looking across the pool to their house.......


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fishing ...

Johnny fished once or twice out on the dock by himself
but just caught some little fish......nothing worth keeping

but once Gene, Timmy and Susan arrived, they all decided to get up
early and head out in the small boat

they didn't catch much either but I know they had a really good time

below is Johnny fishing by himself at the end of the dock

here they are coming back......

this was the largest fish they caught......and Tommy fried it
up with our breakfast!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Sadie ...

I'm warning ya.....I still have about 4 more post
from our vacation on the Chesapeake Bay!

Sadie is Joanne's baby dog
I'm not sure of her age.......maybe around 8
and she is such a sweet doggie...and very good!

Sadie loves the swimming pool. I swear I think this dog sulks like a
child if Joanne doesn't let her go swimming. And she will swim
forever......they have to make her get out of the pool so she will rest.

and here she is after a swim....worn out! But if Joanne said ... "c'mon Sadie" she would jump right up and go again!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Houses along the bay ....

yes, another post about the bay!!

I just have so many pictures that I want to put up
I took a few pictures of house along the bay....some are just so
beautiful and look like such a wonderful place to visit in the summer
or even live there year round

check out this one below.....has a nice swimming pool beside it

the pic below is the house above....the garage and boat house are
as beautiful as the house!

look at this would have your own osprey nest!

here's one for can check it out on zillow!

 this one is looks like some kind of modern day castle
and the long glass enclosure is their swimming pool. Joanne told me that
the roof


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boat riding ...

 I just love boat riding

but out there on the bay, I sure would get lost if I was in charge
of driving!

I guess you have to learn the channel markers and how to read
your maps and sure is beautiful out
there on the water

aww, who's that cute guy! haha....

can ya hear me now........