Sunday, July 19, 2009

There's Nothing Like a New Pair of Shoes...

...unless it is a new home.

My adorable, happy-go-lucky niece moved into a perfect bungalow this summer. She is so proud of her new home and rightly so. So her!

She had a "Come On Over" party this afternoon. These shoes are made for walking pictures are made for talking....they say it all!

Sunday afternoon is my time for cooking my Meals On Wheels, but I decided to go a different route so I could "Come On Over". We all have days, weeks, or months that are busy and cooking takes a seat on the back burner. There is nothing wrong with resorting to pre-prepared least for the main part of the meal. Sunday Dinner recipes are not recipes at all....but main dishes that bring a meal to the front burner as easy as stop, drop, and roll shop, heat, and serve.

"The Only One They Got" BBQ Sloppy Joe

1 tub (5 lb) Sam's Club Hickory Smoked Beef (the only one they got)
1 pkg. hamburger Buns
1 pkg. of your favorite chips
1 jar of pickles (opt.)
1 cantaloupe, cut into bite-sized pieces or your favorite fresh fruit

"The Biggest Rotisserie Chicken to Be Found"

1 Kirkland Brand rotisserie chicken from Costco

Serve with a favorite vegetable, salad and/or fruit.

These are two of my favorite substitutes when life gets in the way of cooking. It is not necessary that you tell Sam's Club or Costco that I sent you their way...they don't know who I am...I have to show my picture ID every time I walk through the door.

If the shoe fits, wear it well!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Black Velvet Mary Jane's

When my daughter was a baby...almost 29 years ago, I bought her a pair of black velvet Mary Jane's. They looked so sweet on her feet that had not yet touched the floor. These shoes would not have been practical after starting to scoot across the floor or crawl, not wanting the velvet to be scuffed off on the toes! Some shoes are just for looking cute, don't you think?

Saturday was the annual Peach Festival in Weatherford, TX. What a fun...and hot...way to spend a Saturday...playing putt-putt with a peach...

...listening to live music...

...and scouring the antiques shops and the many craft booths for interesting objects d'art for the garden.

Around the town square, homemade peach ice cream, hot pans of crusty peach cobbler with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, and a cold frosty peach julep could be bought to cool the tongue....didn't do much for the rest of your body.

Most of us think of Georgia when our mouths water for the taste of a peach, but let me tell you that Parker County peaches...

...have a sweetness of their own. This year...the sweetness came with a price! We bought a half peck of large, juicy, velvety peaches and a small bag of small, tart, also velvety husband's favorite...easy to pick up and eat before the juice runs down your arm.

Early this morning, I received an email with a recipe for Skillet Peaches which gave me an is my rendition...

Skillet Peaches

1 Rolled refrigerated pie crust
1 T. butter, melted
1 to 2 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Let pie crust stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Unroll crust on lightly floured surface. Brush with 1 T. melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cut pie crust in half and then into strips. Place strips on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned at 375.

6 to 8 peaches, pitted and halved or quartered
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup mango nectar
2 T. brown sugar

In skillet, melt 1/3 cup butter on medium heat. Add peaches, skin side up. Cook 4-5 minutes, turning once. Remove peaches. Add nectar and brown sugar to skillet. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and a syrup forms. Spoon syrup over peaches. Serve with Ice Cream and Pastry strips. as you probably guessed...some of our peaches made their way into a skillet and the soft velvety skin came out looking like it had made a few scoots across the floor. Soon those peaches will make their way into a bowl covered in the sweet syrup, a dollop of vanilla Blue Bell, and strips of sugared pie crust.

Scuffs on a velvet shoe...not so pretty, but Skillet Peaches....perfect!

If the shoe fits, wear it well!