Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nick`s Birthday Party

Today we had Nick`s birthday party at a pizza restaurant in Norwich. Its called Iliano`s and they make great pizza. Every one who came seemed to have good time. I bought a cake to bring and every one sang Happy Birthday to Nick. 
His birthday was the end of June, but we weren`t home for his birhtday we were in Virginia. So I sent out invitations for the pizza party.
I always used to have his party at home, but this is a lot less work and it actually cost a bit less I believe. (And more relaxing too.)
Today I`d like to share a little information on my next herb on the list.
Todays herb of choice is Cilantro.
An annual or biennial herb (Coriandrun sativum), of the Parsley Family, grown for it's aromatic seeds which are used for flavoring liquors and confections. The plants, which grow about 2 feet high, are cultivated in rows about 18 inches apart, generally from seed sown in early spring. The seed heads which ripen about midsummer are gathered and dried, then beaten with light rods or flails to spearate the seeds.
The leaves are most commonly referred to as cilantro and have a much different taste from the seeds, one that is similar to parsley with a dash of citrus flavor. 
Cilantro / Coriander is known to attract bees, butterflies or birds, has fragrant blossoms and aromatic foliage. Cilantro / Coriander self-sows freely; remove flowers (deadhead) if you do not want volunteer seedlings the following season.



Cilantro Pesto 
Annie says: A little of this bright green sauce goes a long way. Spicy and piquant, it's delicious served with grilled vegetables or on Mexican Pizza. (page 180 from this same book). For fresh chile flavor, add a green jalapeno or serrano chile and omit the cayenne. Walnuts are a fine substitution for the pine nuts.
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 scallion, white and green parts, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 Tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1.5 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1 lightly packed cup cilantro sprigs with short stems
1 lightly packed cup parsley sprigs, large stems removed
salt and cayenne pepper

Combine everything but the salt and cayenne in a food processor or blender. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and a few pinches cayenne pepper; puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and cayenne.
Have a great day!
And As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn 


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shop Of The Week

Shop Of The Week

Sweet Briers











Love the entire shop of
 crocheted and knit goods for your home.
Everything is done in wonderful colors and the apple cozies are delightful.
Great idea!


Check out this shop on Etsy for more wonderful handcrafted goods!

As Always 
Keep It Clean
JoAnn

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Earring Sale

All Earrings On Sale 
Today Only
$21.00 Each
(excludes earrings
 under $20.00
due to these earrings being
 already discounted)



Scorpion Moon Designs

Monday, July 25, 2011

Whale Watch Out Of Boston Harbor

Saturday I spent the day on a whale watch out of Boston Harbor in Boston, Massachusetts. It was fabulous! The high speed ferry takes you out to somewhere near Provincetown in the ocean to the whale feeding area. The whales were all around us. The narrator on the boat watches for them with us and tells us where she sees one. Trying to get a picture is a little bit difficult because they come up so quickly and before you can get that shot they`re on their way back under the water. It was really great though. I`d like to share some of my pictures! 


In The New England Aquarium

    Flag On The Boat

You are on the boat for four hours, so on your way out to the feeding ground you can relax, sightsee, walk around the boat, etc. It is quite an experience. After the Whale Watch, we went to the New England Aquarium. Just a few of my favorites pics of my new friend in his tux, jellyfish and a starfish too.


In The Aquarium


An Island And a LightHouse Off Of Boston Harbor


My Mom


My Son


                                                     A New Friend In His Tux



The Boston Sky Line



                                                           
 StarFish

The Gang




                                                          Every One Together
                        On The Top Deck







Two Whale Pictures!

If You`ve never been you really ought to go if you get a chance! It was a wonderful trip! Our last stop was Quincy Market for some food and Faniuel Hall for some gifts and souvenirs!
Enjoy your day!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

Friday, July 22, 2011

HOT HOT HOT

Lets face it, its hot everywhere! But with the humidity its simply unbearable. Where ever you are stay cool, and please make sure to check on any elderly that you know. Also keep your pets cool too. They get hot too.

I have two recipes today
one is for the grill. No one wants to use there oven in this weather. And the other recipe is for the stove top.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 wedges lemon, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, crush the garlic with the salt. Mix in cayenne pepper and paprika, and then stir in olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with garlic paste until evenly coated.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve.


Easy Stove Top Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can fat free condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Prepare the egg noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a separate large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Drain the fat and add the soup and garlic powder. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and combine the meat mixture with the egg noodles. Add the sour cream, stirring well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stay cool
As Always
Keep It Clean
And
Have A Great Weekend!
I`ll be back on Monday with some great pics of a wonderful whale watching adventure that I`ve been invited too.
JoAnn




Thursday, July 21, 2011

The White Room

When it comes to decorating, I`ve got a weakness for white!
It doesn`t matter what shade of white it is from bright white to the palest gray. It all fits together.
And it never hurts to add a splash of color too!






I found all these great ideas for decorating rooms in your home. Some are from magazines and various decorating books.
Enjoy!
As Always Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shop Of The Week

Pony And Poppy

My shop of the week choice!
Everything is colorful, bold and bright!
Wonderful gift ideas for someone special or yourself. (You Deserve It!)

Link











Check this shop out for more wonderful gift ideas on Etsy!

And while on Etsy check out 
Au Naturelle
and all the fine shops for vintage and fine handcrafted goods for yourself and gifts for everyone you know!
Before I go, I`ve just got to share this recipe! I haven`t tried it yet, but I will be this weekend. It sounds yummy!

CRAWFISH POUCHES

Ingredients:
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb crawfish tails, coarsely chopped
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
2 cups (16 oz) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3-4 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 package won ton wrappers

Steps:
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, crawfish, artichoke hearts, Cheddar cheese, bell pepper, green onions, and Tabasco sauce. Mix well. On clean, dry work surface, separate the won ton wrappers and spray each with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 tsp of the mixture in the center of each wrapper. Bring the corners of the wrapper to the center and pinch together lightly to form a pouch. Place in greased miniature muffin cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/aunaturelle


Also if you`re looking for a wonderful blog to follow, heres one of my favorites
FrenchCountry Cottage.Blogspot.com
And She`s Also Having A GiveAway!



As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blueberry Blue








http://www.etsy.com/listing/77792241/pack-of-4-food-market-greeting-cards?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=photos+of+blueberries&ga_search_ty


http://www.etsy.com/listing/11420285/handmade-5x7-blank-photo-notecard?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=photos+of+blueberries&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=





http://www.etsy.com/listing/61795093/1960s-cobalt-blue-art-glass-genie-bottle?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=blue+glass&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=vin



http://www.etsy.com/listing/78011637/blueberry-blast-small-stained-glass?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=blue+stained+glass&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Do you have the blueberry blues yet? Next time you`re in the grocery store or at the farmers market, grab some blueberries!
Next time you visit Etsy, check out these great blueberry blue finds!
Have a good night!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lazy Sunday Afternoon, NOT

Afternoon all!
Now maybe I`m being a little oversensitive,
 but any one who was brought up with manners, which I`m sure most of us were.
(unless you grew up in the backwoods
And you know who you are!)
Everyone knows you don`t usually touch something that doesn`t belong to you without asking first.
Well, yesterday I was subjected to a backwoods bimbette that decided that she could just take something that didn`t belong to her and do what she wanted with it.
Well needless to say, she didn`t win any points with me!
She has become the person at the top of my poop list (just to keep it clean).
This shows disrespect, no class, stupidity, rudeness, no manners and finally
a better then everyone else attitude!
And maybe a little jealousy and spitefulness.
Needless to say I will not be making an appearance at any of their functions in the near future.
And if I ever do again, I will be sure and be as rude as this person and just go about helping myself to anything and everything!

Now that I`ve cleared this matter from my agenda, I would like to share some good news with everyone. A sales representative from Washington state has found my shop and will be selling my merchandise in Washington. We will be getting this started within the next few weeks. There is a lot involved, I`m nervous but ready to give it my all. Wish me luck. I will be listing her name in a future blog.

Thats all for now!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My shop choice of the week is
by s.j.d.
The shop is full of wonderful and beautiful handcrafted pottery
from The Applachians of Alabama.



Be sure and check out the rest of this great pottery shop. I`m sure you`re bound to find something special to make your own.

As Always
Keep It Clean
And
Have A Good Night!
JoAnn

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mints - Herb of the Day

Mint

Description

Mint is an easy to grow perennial plant. There are many kinds of mint. Peppermint has dark green leaves with a reddish stem and lavender flowers. Spearmint has lighter green, pointy leaves and pink flowers. Apple mint has light green foliage and pineapple mint has green leaves that are banded with white. All can grow up to two feet tall and become quite invasive. Their scent is released when brushed against or bruised. Mints are used primarily for flavorings and garnishes.

How to Grow

Mint will grow well in full sun to partial shade and can easily take over a garden, crowding out other plants. For this reason, it is better to plant mint in a separate garden bed or plant it in containers above ground. Space plants two feet apart. Frequent cutting will promote branching. Propagate by dividing clumps.

Harvesting

Just prior to flowering, cut stems one inch above the soil. You may harvest mint two or three times in one growing season.

Today I decided to feature two squash recipes, because as we all know when the squash comes in from the garden. It comes in volumes.
Stuffed zucchini recipe with bread crumbs and seasonings.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, about 1 pound
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups soft bread cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

Wash zucchini; cook whole in a small amount of boiling water for about 8 minutes. Drain and cut into halves lengthwise. Scoop out pulp; chop. Melt butter in a heavy skillet, sauté garlic and onion for a minute, or until onion is tender; stir in chopped zucchini pulp, bread cubes, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stuff zucchini with bread mixture. Place zucchini in a greased baking dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
Recipe for stuffed zucchini serves 4.

Stuffed Summer Squash

Ingredients
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons fine bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Remove pulp from squash, leaving 1/4-inch thick shells. Chop pulp and reserve.
Cook shells gently in hot oil in a covered skillet over medium-low heat. Turn shells once, cooking about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until just tender. Transfer to a rack, cool and pat dry with a paper towel.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons butter to oil in skillet. Add squash pulp and onion. Cook until onion is tender.
Stir in pepperoni, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
Fill shells with squash mixture.
Mix remaining Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over squash. Dot with remaining butter.
Broil squash 4 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serves 4.
Thats All For Now
As Always
Keep It Clean
JoAnn