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Friday, March 30, 2012


I haven't had much time to blog lately, which means that I have been busy, but I wanted to post these photos...again!

While clicking through the archives, trying to find a particular photo, I ran across these.  They were taken about a year ago and they make me smile.  I hate messes, but I love seeing the joy on the girls' faces when I let them do things like this....

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cube Steak and Gravy...

My husband's favorite meal is anything that involves gravy.  This particular recipe may be at the top of his gravy-love list.  We normally serve it with mashed potatoes because you can't have gravy without a big serving of potatoes adorned with the yummy stuff!

Cube Steak is round steak that has been tenderized.

In a pan, combine flour, seasoned salt and pepper....
Generously coat each side with the flour mixture. 

Then toss them in a pan of hot oil.  Brown for about 2 minutes on each side.  This begins the cooking process...
Now to make them extra tender and juicy, I put them in a baking dish and cover with a small amount of water.  Then bake for about an hour... 
Save the remaining oil for your gravy!  While the pan is still hot, take a spatula and loosen up all the "grits" that are stuck to the bottom.  Those "grits" are tiny pieces of flavor that make for some splendid tasting gravy!  Promise. (sorry about the unappealing photo of the oil.  it's a difficult subject to photograph)...
 I failed to take a picture of the gravy because things usually get kind of hectic at this point.  I am mashing the potatoes while whisking gravy while setting the table and settling some feuds with the kiddos...usually.  So just use your imagination.;0)

Start with about a 1/2 cup of flour or cornstarch and 1 cup of milk.   Add in salt and pepper to taste.  I'm usually pretty generous with the pepper because we like the gravy a bit spicy.  Whisk away and get rid of all the lumps.  Cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken, then reduce heat to low.  If it is too thick, add more milk.  Too thin, add more flour/cornstarch.


Cube Steak with gravy

Cube steak
1 C.(plus more as needed) flour
seasoned salt
1 C. vegetable oil
Additional flour
1/2 C. flour/cornstarch
1 C. milk
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a pan, combine the flour, seasoned salt, and pepper.
2. Generously coat each side of steaks with flour mixture.
3. Add them to a pan of hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
4. Remove to baking dish and cover with some water.
5. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

1. While the pan is still hot, loosen the "grits" in the pan.
2. Add about 1/2 C. flour or cornstarch to the oil.
3. Whisk in about 1 C. milk.
4.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Cook over medium heat til thick, stirring often.  Once thick, reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally.
6. If gravy is too thick, add milk.  If it is too thin, add flour/cornstarch.


Monday, March 26, 2012

A Girl and Her Gun...

If you are anything that flies in our yard than you better watch out for this girl and her gun...

especially if she thinks you are the bird(s) responsible for pooping on her trampoline.

Unless it's a robin, then she'll leave you be.
but anything else is fair game!
Oh and hummingbirds are free to fly as well...but all other flying objects are free game.
A girl and her gun....it's a beautiful thing!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's a Bird...

Mel: "Mom, look at that little bird."

Me: "I see it.  It's called a robin."

Mel: "No it isn't.  It's a bird."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Oh What a Beautiful Day....

I have had some people ask how I made these Cat In the Hat cookies.
I guess I should have explained in the Dr. Seuss post.  Oh well!

Split an Oreo in half and try to keep as much as the icing on one side as possible.  I found that twisting while turning helped.  Then layer icing and the Gummie Life Savers.  That's it.  Easy peasy!
These next photos were taken on February 1st.  While browsing through my pictures, trying to find something to blog about, I realized I need to dust off the ole camera and snap some photos!

It's crazy to think that on the first of February the girls were running around without jackets.
We have had a very mild winter.  Highs this week have been in the mid 70's.
March came in like a lamb.  Let's hope it doesn't go out like a lion!  Especially since B's spring break is the last week in March.

It's crazy to think that on the first of February the girls were running around without jackets.

We have had a very mild winter. Highs this week have been in the mid 70's.March came in like a lamb. Let's hope it doesn't go out like a lion! Especially since B's spring break is the last week in March.

They wanted to jump on the trampoline, but the springs and canvas were still in the garage.  We take them off in the winter helping that will make them last longer.
The canvas is on now.  I threatened to take it off last night as B insisted that I jump with her then threw a huge fit when I said no.  Next time there won't be threats, it will just come down to prove a point! 

Mel was more interested in the water puddles than anything! 

I have no clue what B was doing in this photo.  Those of you that know her, know that she has a great imagination so it is hard telling what she was up to! 

I hope you are all able to enjoy this beautiful weather.  Who knows!  30 degrees could be on the way again!
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