Sunday, March 24, 2013

I was planning to do something today... but I haven't finished doing nothing from yesterday yet.

The first day of Spring? I think not...

The weather around here, in a word, is not Spring like. Far from it is what I say. Snow has been forecast for the next three days. Now...around here that can be hit or miss. More miss than hit...

But, needless to say it is still cold and rain abounds in our neck of the woods. I did some Spring cleaning outside yesterday and my back paid the price last night. Today, it feels better but I must realize that I can't do things that I use to. True, I'm only 55 but I am no spring chicken anymore.

My mind says yes but my body says no. And I think my body won that round hands down. Or should I say Back Down! Ouch...Holy Mother of...

Pain is not my friend. I had a bone spur in my right heel that gave me fits for weeks. Two shots and a few choice cuss words later it seems to be behaving. But my back has been injured  before and it reminds me of my age and my durability of doing things has long past its prime.

My mind, on the other hand, says get it done. My back says screw you and the horse you rode in on.

So...I will get done what I can to please my mind and my back so that my house won't look like Trailer Trash Charlie's Emporiums. That will keep me happy, my mind happy, my wife happy and my neighbors happy and my back from going on strike for the next six months...


Sunday, March 03, 2013

New Recipes...

I'm going to post a few recipes today.

The first one is Banana Nut Bread. I love this stuff. I could eat this with ice cream 3 times a day for life and never get tired of it...

½ cup shortening
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas, chopped
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup sour cream
Powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, mix together shortening, sugar and bananas. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt, then add to the banana mixture. Stir in the pecans. Fold in sour cream. Grease 3 small (8-X 3¼-inch) loaf pans, and dust with powdered sugar. Bake at 345 F for 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Next up is Texas Salsa:

1 (16-ounce) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (11-ounce) can niblet corn, drained
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green or red pepper
1 (16-ounce) bottle of Italian dressing
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and chill for 3 hours or overnight. Serve with tortilla chips or FRITO scoops. Note: If tomatoes are juicy, less dressing may be needed to coat mixture.

Next up is Frogmore Stew:

FROGMORE STEW 8 to 10 ears sweet corn, cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces
4 pounds small potatoes
6 medium onions, quartered
3 pounds shrimp
2 to 3 pounds Polish sausage, cut into chunks
1 package crab and shrimp boil
Place corn and potatoes into a large stock pot. Cover with water and add crab and shrimp boil. Boil just until potatoes begin to get tender. Add onions, shrimp and sausage. Boil 5 more minutes, then drain off water and transfer to platters to serve.

And up last is Cowboy Beans:

3 (15-ounce) cans pork and beans
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 (15-ounce) bottle ketchup
1/2 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
Add first six ingredients to a 9- X 13-inch baking dish and gently combine. Top with bacon, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Not the Weekend Report...'s a new day with a new set up. I'm not sure how this will end up, but once I start playing with the template on this blog I will figure it out. Hopefully...

So you might say "What's going on B.D.?" It's just me playing with the controls...about to play chicken with the monster called technology. the I have said before, I am the last of the dinosaurs and this ole boy ain't dumb but I ain't up on all that stuff.

 Now yes...I'm not the best speller nor am I a whiz at a lot of things, but I don't give up easily. I'm not very computer savvy, I'm not the brightest bulb in the package but I try...make it or fail...I try.

Sometimes I must admit defeat and move brains not what it use to be. But...I try.

You may have noticed that my links are gone. You can go to the bottom of this page and click on My Profile and it will show you my other blogs. I will add this to the list of things to fix.

I'm learning all over, so just hang in there until I get back in the saddle again or until I throw this computer out the window...

...whichever may come first is any one's guess.

Stay warm and enjoy your day!