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Tang in the dishwasher?

In my organization pursuit I found a few good tips on the internet.

There is one telling me that I can run Tang through an empty dishwasher cycle to clean it.

everyday simplicity – Tang tip

The blog has a lot of neat tips. It also tells me how to plant my avacodo seeds.

I can not understand why Tang is so popular. I don’t like it at all.

I have been in a silly mood of late.

I can’t stand Andy Baldwin. He proposed to Tessa tonight on that silly show I watched. He throws the word “love” around like it grows on trees.

I hope that is some useful info for all out there.

Refrigerator

I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I have been online more this past week than the whole last three months.

I laughed pretty hard but I loved looking into Kevin’s refrigerator.

Kevin Week’s Refrigerator

So I have decided to post a pic of my own fridge, hoping that anyone reading that might post one of theirs for me to look into.

If you are up to it, post a pic inside your fridge and come back here to leave the URL in my comment section.

Here is mine.

While I have cleaned out my freezer, I haven’t touched my refrigerator.

I can’t wait to look inside your refrigerator!

double dares to all takers..

Organization, Blooms, and More

Today I will inventory my freezer vegetables and fruit.

I can not do without my freezer.

I refuse to keep the roads hot and my butt running to get groceries. Especially with gas prices hitting 3.00 a gallon here.

There are so many other things I wish to do with that money. Boating, jet sking, motorcycle trips and running to see my grandbabies when they soon arrive, to name a few.

I am beginning to wonder if through the summer months I should try that OAMC thing where you do all your cooking one day a month and freeze to save money and time for summer fun. The thought is just a bee in my bonet right now.

Our last motorcycle excursion took us back up the parkway with a picnic lunch.

Should we picnic here?

We risked it and the bears left us alone.

I am driven to preserve our garden labors also,
so on another note the garden is taking off but we have a bit of frost on this morning.

I hope all our plants are OK.

Frost has gotten a few pepper plants about a week ago. It got my lilac bush too and the buds look like shriveled grapes now.

While we won’t be smelling the lovely scent of lilac at our home this year, here are just a few pictures of what we can enjoy.


I have to get off here to go check the garden this morning. Anyone that might be reading have a great day!

Freezer Inventory- Meats

I cleaned out my freezer.

I am trying to become more organized. I started a freezer inventory.

I hope to post it by my freezer and write the “use before” dates beside all items.

I haven’t gotten to the vegetables yet but here is a run down on the meat.

pork chop 1 1/2 pound meat and poultry
pork loin 1 1/2 pound meat and poultry
ground chuck 1 pound meat and poultry
frozen meatballs 1 pound meat
spaghetti sauce 3 cups pasta
imitation crab 12 ounce seafood
veal cutlets 13 1/2 ounce meat and poultry
ground turkey 2 pound meat and poultry
chicken breast without skin 5 1/2 pound meat and poultry
chicken breast half with skin and bone 2 pound meat and poultry
turkey kielbasa 7 ounce lunchmeat/deli products
pepperoni slices 8 ounce lunchmeat/deli products
sirloin steaks 2 1/2 pound meat and poultry
chicken carcus for stock meat and poultry (USE SOON!)

If I can get more organized, I might not have to throw out so much each new gardening season.

I found stuff I forgot I had……like that half a bucket of frozen margarita.. hick…up…

Bean Sprouts

Bean Sprouts are good for you.

You don’t have to buy sprouts as they are so easy to do.

Just soak about 1 cup of beans or lentils for a day.

You then need 3 quart mason jars and coffee filters. Divide the soaked beans between the three jars and place the coffee filters on top secured with rubber bands.

Place the jars in a warm dark place for about 4 days, on their sides,….. and you will end up with sprouts.


after day 1

after day 3

after day 4

You need to wash them daily with warm water and drain well.

You can use lentil, alfalfa, radish, mustard, peas, limas, pintos. Just be careful not to get any bean or seed that has been treated with chemicals for the garden as this can be poisonous.

A really easy chow mein is to saute some onion and diced carrot in a small amount of butter. Add 1 can of reduce fat cream of mushroom soup and one cup of white wine. Add 2 T soy sauce and 1 T worcesteshire sauce with two cups of sprouts and whatever else you might like. I have done it with chicken or beef. I even did it with ground turkey and served it over chow mein noodles.

It was very good for something quick and easy. Enjoy!

Faux Fur, Faux Tarragon, and a Mess of Lettuce

I love Tarragon.

We are not able to grow Tarragon around our parts.
All French Tarragon in this home was picked up at the supermarket.

While I am not into fake fur or diamonds, I am into faux Tarragon.
Texas Tarragon, also known as Mexican Marigold.
It is easy to grow around these parts and mine is taking off.

While some people might tell the difference between the two in a recipe, I am not one of them.

Here is a shot of my Texas Tarragon in all it’s glory.

Now I guess I should post a recipe using Tarragon, but I often sway from what I should do.

Our lettuce and onions are coming on also so I had to fix our first mess of, what we call in these parts, scalded lettuce.
I have also heard it referred to as wilted lettuce.
My mom-in-law always called it scalded lettuce, so that is my take.

Just get together a big mess of freshly picked lettuce and onions.
Chop the onions, green top and all, into the lettuce.
You can also throw in some spinach, if you like, because it tastes great in there too.

Then fry up some crispy bacon and top the lettuce mess with the crumbled bacon.

Save those warm bacon drippings because with the drippings you add vinegar, water, Splenda or sugar to taste, and a little salt. While this dressing is still warm you drizzle it all over the mess of lettuce and onions.

Yum. What a great way to start our gardening season.

Pan-Seared Alaska Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette

I am having luck with my parsley so far. I believe it is because I set out plants instead of trying to start from seed this year.

We are always warned in our area not to set out before the 10th of May. I have a tarp ready to throw over my plants and could not wait. I so hate our shorter growing season, but I do love the area.

This is my first attempt at cilantro.
It seems to be taking off also ….

……to the point I could try this salmon recipe. I felt the cilantro made it. I love using the stem of the plant as long as it isn’t too tough. Really gives it kick. Yum…

Pan-Seared Alaska Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette

4 6-ounce Alaska salmon steaks or fillets (6 to 8
ounces each)
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons red onion — minced
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon honey-dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup fat free Italian salad dressing
4 teaspoons fresh cilantro — chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper — to taste

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly season the Alaska salmon fillets or steaks with salt and pepper. Heat an oven-proof sauté pan 2 minutes, then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sear the salmon fillets/steaks on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn salmon fillets/steaks over and place the entire pan into the oven. Bake 4 to 8 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

To serve, make a 1 ounce pool of the Orange Vinaigrette Sauce in the center of 4 plates. Top with a salmon fillet/steak and garnish with 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro.

Orange Vinaigrette Sauce: Cook orange juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it is reduced to the consistency of syrup (makes about 1/4 cup); let cool slightly. Place onion, lime juice, mustard and chili powder in a blender; add cooled syrup. Blend 30 seconds. Then, with blender running, slowly drizzle in the salad dressing so that the mixture emulsifies. Taste, adding salt and pepper as needed; hold aside.

Source:
“Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute”
S(Internet address):
http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/COMMERCE/asmihp.htm”

Removed from the Internet Addiction

“Really, now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think …” “Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter.

I have found out that I am not addicted to the internet.

As a matter of fact, I feel could be addicted to staying away from the internet.

Does that make sense?

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