Showing posts with label FOOD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FOOD. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lunch and Summer Blooms

Do you have a very favorite food for lunch???? I love all kinds of food (which is obvious by looking at me--ha)--but one of my summer favorites is an open-faced fresh, garden tomato sandwich... I put it on a piece of home-made sourdough bread and use some low-fat Duke's mayo....... Don't tell my doctor--but I do have to put a little salt on my tomato though....It's to die for!!!!!

I never liked tomatoes at all ---and still won't eat the crappy ones in the grocery stores or restaurants during winter... But--Grainger County, TN tomatoes are fabulous... We don't have a veggie garden here --so we have to find these fresh home-grown 'maters'.... Oh My Heart---they are just so good... I could eat them all day long!!!

What is one of your favorite summer lunch foods??????

Here's a few more pictures of some of the flowers in our yard right now. Our Roses, Lilies, Daylilies, etc. are our favorites. BUT---we do have other blooms as well. Hope you enjoy some of them today.


BEGONIA (If you are ever looking for some color during the hot summer, get some Begonias. They need NO care --and can thrive through a long, hot summer.)

IMPATIENS (I have two pots of Impatiens --which I have kept year-round for awhile. I take them indoors during the winter --but they love being outside in Summer (in partial shade).


SEMPERVIVUM Bloom (Chicks and Hens)

It has been a horribly hot, muggy and dry summer here on the Cumberland Plateau. We did get 1/2 inch of rain on Sunday afternoon ---but yesterday, the rain just went all around us and headed east... We had to water all of the Roses and the plants in pots. Our rain dances aren't working here.. Can you do a rain dance for us --while thinking about your favorite lunch????? Thanks!!!!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 9, 2009

What's Your Favorite Eating Apple?

While growing up, I only knew that apples were red, yellow and green. We had an apple tree in our yard --and I loved those green apples (even though I had no idea what they were --and still don't). After becoming an adult, I began to learn that some apples just didn't taste very good --yet they were good for cooking. I loved Granny Smith apples --and still do, although they are not my favorite eating apple now.

There were other apples we ate on occasion: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious , Fuji, Gala, and Braeburn to name a few. All of these were available in the areas where I had lived. When we moved to the Cumberland Plateau, we visited an apple orchard near here --and found a new apple, Mutsu. That became my favorite for awhile.

Then, last year about this time, we visited George's daughter and hubby in Buffalo, NY. One place they took us was to an Orchard and Apple Picking Farm... That was the first time I realized just how many different apples there are... I was introduced to Jonagold, Crispin, and Honeycrisp. Both George and I fell in love with HONEYCRISP (pictured above). We even ordered some from LynOaken Farms after getting back to Tennessee.
Honeycrisp (pictured below also) is definitely my favorite eating apple!!!

This year, we started looking at local produce markets and grocery stores around here, and guess what???? We found HONEYCRISP here. We are two happy campers. If you have never tried a Honeycrisp, try one. They say it's a cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold (although I've never had either of those).

Honeycrisp is an extraordinarily CRISP and JUICY apple with sweet flavor. I haven't tried this yet--but they say it is a good cooking apple also. I love them because they are so crisp --and have a SWEET-TART (yes, both) flavors. In my mind, there's nothing WORSE than a 'mealy' apple ---and several red apples fall into that category to me. Honeycrisp is not mealy at all.

I know there are lots and lots of other apples ---so tell me what your favorite eating apples are. Apples are SO good for us---and George and I try to eat 1/2 an apple most every day or so.

On another subject, our lives are going to be terribly busy the next 2-3 weeks. This weekend we have company --and then we have THREE trips almost back to back. The middle trip of these three is to Jacksonville, Florida to attend my brother's Memorial Service. I will have my laptop with me--so hopefully, I can check with you part of the time. I don't know how much posting I'll get done---but I promise to catch back up after October 26.
Have a great October! Now tell me what your favorite eating apples are!!!!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Our Special Saturday Brunch

My friends and family will tell you that George and I LOVE omelets. When we first met, we ate breakfast/brunch sometimes at the I-Hop. They have good omelets. One time, after a trip to the I-Hop, we just decided to try to make them ourselves. I'll admit that George is the maker and I'm the helper!!!! He has that special touch when it comes to flipping them, although now we use a special pan --where you flip the pan and not the omelet itself!! OH---how good these omelets are!!!!!

He makes my omelet as a veggie omelet (with a blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.). AND--He uses the 2% cheese on mine. His is more of a 'manly' omelet --with the veggies but also with some ham and sausage and regular cheese. To put it mildly, these omelets are FANTASTIC!!!!

Our routine is to have omelets on the deck (weather permitting of course) on Saturday mornings about 10 a.m. During the winter we eat them by the fireplace.We also like to have them on special holidays, etc. Omelets are a BIG tradition in our lives now. AND--neither of us ate omelets much before we met!!!! Needless to say, we don't go to the I-Hop anymore for our omelets. (I didn't take a picture of our omelets --so the picture above is from the internet. Ours are actually better than the one in the picture.) Wanna come and try them sometime for yourself????

After our 3-day rains this week (about 3 inches total we think), George took some pictures of some new roses in bloom and of our Impatiens. It seems as if everything in the yard said 'thanks' for all of the rain!!!!




The Impatiens under the Redbud tree were slow to grow this summer---but now are showing off for us!!!! They will bloom until the first frost.

Have a wonderful Saturday!!!