Friday, May 26, 2017

Pineapple-Cucumber Salad Recipe

This salad will knock your socks off!

So FRESH for summer!

These flavors are THE BOMB.

We ate it ALL for lunch today.
I will be making this again and again.

Pineapple-Cucumber Salad

1 fresh Pineapple, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 Cucumber, chopped
2 limes, zested and juiced
1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (Use mint if you don't like cilantro)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Place pineapple and cucumber cubes into a large bowl. Zest two limes over the top, add cilantro and salt & pepper. (I used two pinches of kosher salt, and I think it's essential to get the best taste from your salad. I also think it's essential to use fresh pineapple, not canned.)

I didn't want to buy a whole pineapple, so I spent a little more and got a pre-chopped container at the grocery store, which was less pineapple than you'd get if you used a whole pineapple. I still used a whole large cucumber though, but only one lime since my salad was smaller. 

We ate it right out of the bowl for lunch, and we both thought it was to-die for. Try it!

I found this recipe on Pinterest. Credit goes HERE.

It's a beautiful day today so we ate outside in the backyard.

Is this a crabapple tree?

Whatever it is, it's gorgeous all covered in these bright pink flowers.

Fletch wanting some pineapple-cucumber salad.
We've yet to find anything he didn't like.
He ate pineapple and cucumber pieces.
There's a pink cast to this picture because we're under a big red umbrella.

There's nothing else going on around here.
No crochet.
No reading.
No baking.
I'm feeling very lazy and sleeping a lot.
I can't seem to find my get-up-and-go.
It got up and went without me, I guess.


Sunday, May 21, 2017


I'll tell you about the boobies later.

The white lilacs from our yard are just beautiful again this year.
I cut two bunches for the house yesterday.
And the smell!!

I put the little bunch beside our bed so I could smell them all night.

I think I told y'all I planted two rhododendrons.
They are thriving! Yay!
They have lots of new growth and are both blooming.
I'm so happy about that.


I made the most fabulous quiche for supper a few nights ago...

Why don't I make quiche more often?
It's so easy and quick and always so good.

I started with a frozen, store-bought, deep-dish pie crust.

I filled it with chopped ham, onion, swiss cheese, a pinch of salt, and lots of black pepper...

Mixed 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of whole milk and poured that over.
Baked for 45 minutes at 375 F.
(The instructions said 25 minutes, but mine wasn't set until 45)
Just bake it until it's really brown on top and doesn't jiggle at all in the middle.

I'm tellin' had the BEST flavor!

Remember my last post where I showed y'all the recipe for Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake? Well, I made it last night for the poker game this evening...

I had fun making it and layering it up.
I didn't have a punch bowl so I used my largest clear bowl.
My trifle looked too small to hold it all, and it would have been.

Yummy...cake, strawberries, pudding, pineapple, bananas, whipped cream...

I smashed it down, but it still almost didn't all fit in.
But just look...

Is that fantastic or what??
I bet it's going to be good!
There's also a double batch of chili in the crockpot.
We're expecting twice the people we usually have.
All the snowbirds are back in town and will be here.

My dining room is all a mess because I'm still in the process of mopping. (Fletch is a big help, huh? Hee-hee. I just mop around the dogs. He's smart enough to stay up out of the way at least.) I'm taking a little break. I don't know why I always freak out and feel like I have to clean like a mad woman. People only come in to pee, and they don't have to walk through anything but the kitchen to get to the bathroom. You know they peek at the rest of my house though! Haha.

We got the porches ready yesterday.
See that water fountain in the middle of the big porch?
We're still in the process of getting it set up like we want it.
It used to be buried in the front of the house in the garden.
We never got to enjoy it there really so Ken moved it out back.

I'll show it to you when it's done.


Okay, so about that "Boobies" title.

Ken said I should put "boobies" in all the titles of my blog and I would get way more hits and visitors to my blog. LOL. He has no idea I'm really doing it. We'll see what happens. I'm not really going to do it on every post. It's an experiment. Calm down.

OMG, look at baby Eli.
This was right after his first bath and blow-dry.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Strawberry Trifle, Monterrey Chicken Spaghetti, Easy Corn Chowder

A recipe post...yay!
(And a few Montana pictures)

First up...

I got this from Pinterest.
The link led to only a picture, no credit.
I can't wait to make it for the next poker game or club meeting!


Monterrey Chicken Spaghetti
Photo and Recipe From Buns in My Oven

Monterrey Chicken Spaghetti

6 oz. spaghetti, broken into 3 pieces
1 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups grated Monterrey jack
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
3 ounce can french fried onions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the chicken, egg, sour cream, garlic powder, cheese, spinach, and half of the onions to the bowl and stir well to combine.
  4. Pour into prepared baking dish and top with the remaining onions.
  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake for 5 minutes more.
  7. Serve immediately.


Easy Corn Chowder
Recipe from Colleen on YouTube:  MsCavalier01
These are my pictures.

I made this last night. It's still a little chilly some days here. It was only in the 40s yesterday and rainy all day. I thought this would be a good meal for a chilly evening, and it was. We thought it was a little bland, but sometimes bland is good! I added three little pats of butter (I couldn't help it!). I bet it will be even better tonight as leftovers. It's so EASY and FAST! Bacon, onion, and four cans...what could be easier?

Easy Corn Chowder

5 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled
1 onion, chopped
1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can diced new potatoes, drained
1 can evaporated milk
salt & pepper to taste
Three pats of butter (Live a little!)

1.  Fry bacon and remove from pan to drain on a paper towel; set aside. 
2.  Saute the chopped onion in the bacon grease about 4-5 minutes until soft. (I removed a lot of the bacon grease and just left about a Tbsp in the pan to fry the onion.)
3.  Place the onion, crumbled bacon, and rest of the ingredients into a large pot. Mix well and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve.

A few pictures from my trip to Quinn's Hot Springs Resort in Montana...

Our cabin.

It was a fun trip. I didn't enjoy the hot springs as much as I thought I would. Although it felt WONDERFUL, the water smelled like sewer something awful! It was the sulfur in the water. YUCK! I never got used to it and it bothered me. I hate to be a complainer, but I'm just telling you the truth. I would never go back for that reason. Some people there said some hot spring resorts don't have that smell. They must add something to the water to get rid of that smell, but I don't know.

One last thing...

The cake we served at the Mother's Day Tea last Friday.
The top layer was yellow and the bottom was chocolate.
It was a very large cake, but you can't tell that from this picture.
The tea was a success again this year.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

So Much Stuff...Yarn, Reading, Golf, Food, Riverwalk, Flowers, Dogs...

We took a walk down to the river and something RED caught my eye...

Do you see the two tulips growing there on the mountainside?

I was going to leave them at first, but then I decided I would take them and enjoy them for as long as they would last at home. I will plant at least double that amount of bulbs there in the Autumn to replace them.

I moved them beside my bed at night so I could see them there.
They lasted for a week.
The last couple of days they opened wide and turned a rosy-mauve color.

The day before, I admired this Fuschia at a gardening center.
Isn't it AMAZING?? Wow!
I was amazed at its beauty and perfection.

I had left a Chocolate Pie in the window to cool while we were gone.

The river was beautiful, as it always is.

It's at its lowest point during the summer months.

Ahh...fresh air and clear water.

When we got home I put together these chicken kabobs.
The chicken had been marinating in Italian dressing since the day before.
I used mushrooms, onion, yellow squash, and red pepper with the chicken.
I oiled everything in a big bowl with plenty of garlic.
Then I sprinkled on the salt & pepper generously after skewering everything.

That char makes it taste extra-specially good! Delicious!

We took a drive after lunch to see the golf course in Colville...

I'm tempted to take up golf after seeing the views!
Ken is playing in a tournament next Saturday.
Did I tell y'all we were invited to join the Lion's Club?
We've been to a couple of meetings already.
We'll officially join at the meeting this week.
More activities! More friends!

The book I just started.

I'm not far enough into it to have an opinion yet, but I'm hoping it's as good as all the reviews I've seen because it's a series of four books. I've been very disappointed lately in books. It's so hard to find something that holds my attention.

I can't remember what I've shown here as opposed to Instagram. Forgive me if I'm repeating myself. This is the new headboard we made and the nightstands Ken made with dog kennels on the bottom. I'm pretty sure I did mention it now.

We should all learn to relax like Ollie.

This is the most luscious yarn I've ever owned!

Lady Dee's Traumgarne Silberschweif

A nice lady at Hotyarns helped me find this yarn in the exact color I wanted and ordered it for me from Germany then mailed it to me. (I have a specific pattern in mind for this.) Her name was Liane and she was VERY helpful and went way beyond anything I expected. We emailed back and forth a few times, and in about four weeks, I had it in my hands. Their shipping price is very reasonable at $2.99.

Now I just need to find my CroJo. (Crochet Mojo.) I seem to have lost it. I've had no desire to do anything remotely related to crochet the past few weeks. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. You'd think I'd be chomping at the bit to hook this lovely yarn up into something amazing, but I'm content just to stare at it and pick it up and squish it every now and then. Maybe once the novelty of spring has warn off a little, I'll get inspired to do something. For now...nope.

Time for lunch on the porch.