Friday, August 29, 2014

Just Wishing You.....
Dab of This and That

Sunday, August 24, 2014

She is on a Roll....

Like I said in a recent post "Someone is busy in the kitchen" and it is not me.  She  has not only been making pickles, but  busy making a variety of jellies also.
Jalapeno Mint
Spoon some over some cream cheese and scoop up with wheat thin crackers - Yum!
Apple Mint
Where did the orange flavor come from?
An orange flavored soda!! Yep!
 Stocking the shelves.
 I am not much of a root beer fan, so asked what it was like, and she said it tasted similar to a pancake syrup, so suspect it will come in handy on a weekend morning breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs.
A variety of jellies for some good eating...... 

Linking up with: "Mosaic Monday"
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 Dab of This and That

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Everything on the Back Burner These Days....

The temps and humidity are up, and the heat index is in the the triple digits.  Therefore, my motivation to do anything has bottomed out - it was already pretty low to begin with.
 Pretty much says it all....
Have not mentioned the "L" lately, as figured y'all were tired of reading about how I am always adding things to be done, and rarely mark anything off as being accomplished.  I did collect all my notes/little lists scattered around, and organized them, so if I feel a surge of motivation kick in  down the road maybe I will get a few things done. Don't hold your breath.
 Happenings at daughter's abode:  The heat does not slow things down around her home.  School back in full swing, along with the Grands outside activities, which unfortunately includes band practice in the heat, and first big game Friday night.  Sorry, but just to hot to play football in my opinion.
Her latest creation in the kitchen:  Making jelly (more on that another time),
which was going along fine until a storm rolled in, knocked out the electricity for a couple of hours.
Happenings in her flower/herb garden...
  A mint plant on steroids, and an uninvited visitor.....
What is happening around your abode as the Summer winds down?

Have a great weekend!
Dab of This and That

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Someone is Busy in the Kitchen....

and it is not me. Daughter was telling me about what she had been making, so told her to send me pictures of her accomplishments, so I would have something to post about. My creativity is still on vacation without me - has been for some time now.
Pickled okra and yellow squash - yum! She said she used fresh dill and garlic along with the pickling spices.
How about a slice of homemade rosemary (that she grew), garlic and cheese bread.
Now this creation - not sure about. Fire cider vinegar.
Suppose to be good for colds, flu, etc., and since everyone in her house has a Summer, head cold right now, guess she figured she did not have anything to lose.  She said even Kitty was sneezing, but I doubt she will convince him to try her natural remedy.

Think I will pass on the "fire", but slice me a couple pieces of that bread, along with some thin slices of a sharp cheddar or a good garden veggie cheese, a nice serving of the pickled squash and okra, and a glass of wine - Yum!
Click on picture to enlarge.
Linking up with:  "Mosaic Monday"
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Looks like this week will be a good time to get caught up on inside chores.
Dab of This and That

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just Some Random Dabs of This and That....

Vintage bargains to be found:  If you read my posts on occasion, you know my daughter has gone "vintage" in her kitchen decor.

Vintage dishes - 1970's Castilian Granada Stoneware. They were given to her, but giver got them for a bargain - 37 pieces for $15.  Based on what prices on etsy and ebay her set was a great bargain.
Copper molds - She found at  GW for $1.00 each.....
Yes - I have already asked her why they were not centered on the panel strip !!!! Something about  using nails already there, etc.!!
Pizza: Love a good pizza, but not something I eat real often due to the sodium content. I do enjoy a good one on occasion.  Out and about a couple of days ago, and decided I was past due for a fix...
Apparently daughter and family had a craving also, and have to admit theirs look more interesting.  Four meat  on  one half. Yumm.....
and artichokes combined with pesto, chicken and mushrooms on the other half. Not a real fan of artichokes, but that combination just  might  be pretty good. Miss Cupid? She enjoyed her own kids' size pepperoni.
If you eat pizza, what is your favorite kind?
 Not much going on around the Dab of This and That abode these days that is blog material.   Had good intentions of going to a bead show/sale this weekend, but the heat and humidity changed my plans.  As a matter of fact I have stepped outside the door only when necessary this weekend, due to the heat - typical August in the South.

Hope you have enjoyed the weekend and looking forward to a great week.
Dab of This and That

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dab of This and That Ramble

The Good....
It is the little things:   A beautiful bouquet of roses from someone's garden,
delivered in a pint size canning jar.....

along with lemon and cherry friendship bread.
Wrapped in saran wrap and in plastic bag does not make for a clear picture.
 A beautiful new crocheted throw...
which I will just admire now, and enjoy its warmth next Winter.
And The Bad.
Warning - Not a good ending:  Daughter sent me this pic of 4 baby birds in a nest in a crepe myrtle in her yard.  I ask if she could try for a clearer picture.
A day or two later, she said her heard a loud commotion of birds squawking and said it sounded like a fight was going on, and their kitty was having a fit at the window trying to see what was happening. She said she had  seen some kind of hawk around a lot, so it was more than likely the culprit.

 Later that morning she went out and saw the damage. 2 of the babies gone, one in nest appeared to be dead, and the other was out in the yard with the Mother circling over it.  Little red headed cupid was NOT happy about the situation and kept telling the Mother to come get her baby.

Later, she, along with my grandson and redheaded cupid went to check the situation out, and see if anything could be done.  However, the Mother bird wanted no part of them being around and started dive bombing them, so they had to run for cover. Last they saw, the baby was hopping off and appeared to be trying to fly, even tho it seemed to young. Later there was no sign of either the Mother or the baby bird. Can only hope Mom got it to safety.
Hard to believe it is August already, and most schools in this area start back this upcoming week. 

Another Dab of This and That Ramble

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Not much going on in the courtyard on a hot Summer day....
The usual annuals are there, but did make a mistake this year.  For years have planted wax begonias in the wall planters as they  seem to tolerate the heat best.  This year planted impatiens and they are struggling.

These two characters have continued to do their damage.  I think that "tree rat" (squirrel) would look healthier if it would stick to a diet of nuts, acorns and other normal squirrel food, and stop munching on my petunias, and wax begonias.  "Chubs"  the chipmunk has fattened up on something. It digs in the pots uprooting plants, but does not appear to be eating any - so far.
Recent visitors to daughter's flower bed: The frog hangs around if not in the flower bed, then in a potted plant.
One ugly frog!
 One very large moth. Think the wing span gets 5 to 6 ins. or larger.
Not something I would pick to do on a hot Summer day, but she baked 12 loaves (different flavors) of friendship bread to stock the freezer.  To me it is more of a cake instead of a bread.
Chocolate Chip
 None of it will be stored in her vintage bread box, as it is being used for magazines...
  So, what is going on around your abode on a hot Summer day ?
Just another Dab of This and That ramble...

ETA:  Not sure what is going on, but my email account is being flooded with spam, etc.. At first it was going into the spam folder, and now some has spilled into regular mail. Emails that appear to be coming from someone that it is not.
If anyone receives an email that appears to be from me asking for money or any other kind of  help, and/or has an attached link  - DO NOT open as it did not come from me! Please let me know if that happens.