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All Hallows Eve & All Saints Day

All Hallows Eve & All Saints Day

………….phew, this has been a super busy week and then some…………. Our Hunt Club Tea went well… People were well fed… Music blared.  (A huge industrial fan had to be enlisted (we have record breaking heat here in Florida for this time of the year.) I feel good when people not only eat the food I’ve made, but also take carrots for their horses along with a take home plate for later for themselves……. …..that means the food must’ve tasted…

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Halloween Fun-ness!

Halloween Fun-ness!

Halloween is coming up. So is my first Hunt Club Tea. The Tea’s on Wednesday evening (tomorrow). Halloween is on Thursday. I’m planning my menu now. It’ll be easy…….Shepherd’s Pie,  Baked Spaghetti Casserole,  Caesar salad,  Goat Curry  (one of our Masters lived in Jamaica for awhile), Cobweb cupcakes and Halloween cookies with Sprinkles. …….with beverages and a full bar…….(of course)… We have so many cookie cutters… …..it’s easy to find Seasonal favorites… So we pulled out broomsticks, hissing cats, Dracula…

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Monthly Food Sojourn

Monthly Food Sojourn

  Paulo works for the State. He has for over thirty years…..,,,,,,,,or maybe it’s forty by now. It’s been for a long time, whichever it is… He gets paid one time per month. A lot of our friends think that would be difficult to manage…………….food-shopping-wise, bills, stuff like that… Maybe it is…………………but I’ve been doing it for a very long time… I do a hit on three different food sources at the beginning of each month. First———-Dollar Tree, for the…

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Pot Luck Woes

Pot Luck Woes

      Today’s Tea is a Pot Luck. I prepared for it last night by making over six dozen peanut butter cookies (my grandmother’s recipe).   I dutifully placed them on the THIRD shelf of our pie safe, which is attached to the wall above one of our kitchen butcher blocks. The third shelf is the “safe” shelf. We know this from trial and error experience. Anything  below the third shelf, the cats can reach……………… We’ve caught them licking…

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Pretty Empty Bottles

Pretty Empty Bottles

  I’ve just finished bottling my home-made, Kahlua-esque, coffee liqueur. Friends have given me pretty, empty bottles. Surprise!  My friends are good at emptying bottles too!   I’ve doctored the stove-top hooch beyond the original recipe that I was given………………………..well, of course I did. I was supposed to filter it…………………..I never do… I figure some circulating coffee grounds could count as dietary fiber and healthy/necessary roughage……………………plus I’m both lazy and impatient. My recipe “doctoring” alterations assuredly require more sugar, more…

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Hog Jowls & Collard Greens

Hog Jowls & Collard Greens

Happy New Year! Hog Jowls are on sale. So are Collards. So are Black-Eyed Peas. Peas are for pennies; greens are for dollars; and cornbread is for gold. We are going to eat that Prime Rib I mentioned earlier that was on sale…………………….for clogged arteries?  Maybe gout?  Or hemochromatosis? I do think collards would go with Prime Rib.  Mashed potatoes, too. Hmmmmmmmmm, I need another vegetable. I’ve got this tuber-casserole-thing that’s frozen (the recipe has a much prettier name—–something like,…

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Prior to hanging around my own personal Brit husband………………I knew nothing of Boxing Day.  It wasn’t a named day in rural Ohio.   We’ve discovered over the years that even though we are both from English speaking countries, there are oceans (the Atlantic to be specific) of differences between us. There’s a world of differences in the traditions, the vocabulary, the expectations, a whole list of differences……………..and the food.  I love the food.  (But not the gray, boiled meat.)  Remember,…

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We Need A Happy Post

We Need A Happy Post

  Baking always makes me happy. My Kitchen makes me happy. Flour on the butcher blocks, trays and pans ready to go.  The oven pre-heated and oddly smelling of a combination of recently baked items.  I even have my good friend——the pie safe.  It safe-guards what we’ve baked from house cats and hounds, but not husbands, until they are cooled and safely secured. Most of the drawers are brimming with what-nots and doo-dahs specifically made for special/specific left-handed/right-angled folds in…

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