Wednesday, August 24, 2016

You want to go where?

I have this friend. When we chat she's always like "Have you been to so and so?"  My answer is always. "Um, no, what is that?"  

You need friends to push you out of your comfort zones. Bethany pushes me out of my comfort zone. She makes me try weird places to eat like "Lees Sandwiches" in a part of town I don't frequent. I stared at the French Vietnemise menu for about 7 minutes and looked like a tourist as I tried to decipher the menu. 

I went safe with a veggie sandwich on an amazing French baguette and some egg rolls. I got crazy with the iced coffee by adding boba. Boba just might be my new favorite word and drink additive. If you don't know what it is, I feel you. And it's ok. I'm cultured now. I can tell you. (Hint, it's at the bottom of this cup and its fun!)

If you need a friend who can move you out of your comfort zone I'm not your girl. But I'll loan you Bethany. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Please don't open a can

I learned something early in my exploratory cooking career.  And I have to share it with you.  Are you ready?

Homemade is always better.  And it's not as hard or laborious as you think.

I grew up on canned biscuits.  (No offense mom).  And they were good.  And full of all kinds of who knows what.  But the day I decided to make biscuits from scratch I've never opened another can.  Of biscuits, that is.

It is my duty to share this recipe with you.  So you too, can know the deliciousness of homemade biscuits.  Then you can make biscuits and gravy, biscuits with honey, egg, bacon, and cheese biscuits, and cinnamon biscuits.  Just try it.  And then come back and tell me how your family sang your praises.


2 1/4 cups white flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Fluff together with a pastry blender.  

(This is a pastry blender)

Then cut in with your pastry blender: 
1/2 C shortening
until it looks the size of peas

1 C milk

Gently mix it together with a wooden spoon until it holds together.  Next, you can get all fancy and roll it out on a floured surface.  Or you can be like me and flour your hands and just grab hunks and shape them into biscuits.

Put on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 for around 10 minutes.

These are Carson's favorite and he requests them nearly every week.  His style is drizzled with honey.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Let's catch up. Shall we?

Whew.  It's  been awhile huh?  Things got a little crazy there for awhile.  So let's catch up.

So we moved.  I never want to see another cardboard box again.  And I never want to move again.  It's been a summer of unsettledness but both are coming to a close.  We are getting settled and summer is almost over!  It's no secret I don't heart summer.  Mainly because I like to hang out outside and I don't like to hang out outside in 108 degree heat. BUT when it does go away, not soon enough, I have some new favorite hang out spots at my new place.

The prior owners left us these, on the front porch.  I consider it my gift from them.  I'm here in the morning drinking my coffee.  Painting project featuring these coming soon!!!

Our last house, while it was perfect for us for a time, featured nothing in the back yard.  I mean, nothing.  Our new place has these to look at

and these

and this

When you ask God for something pretty to look at in your new backyard, sometimes He gives it to you!

The ole blog won't be near as silent in the coming days because we are getting our DIY on with the new house and I plan on sharing it.  I know you can't wait.  Me either!