Friday, October 26, 2012

Comments & Robots

I guess because I'm not posting enough on here, I'm getting more and more spam?  I don't know, but I'm annoyed enough to change the way comments can be left and go to making sure you are not a robot when you comment.  Sorry...I hate having to do it on other's blogs, but I'm noticing (sorry I'm not commenting much on other's blogs right now either...)just about all blogs require it now and that must be why....spam is getting out of hand.  I don't feel like dealing with it in my email inbox anymore and I'm not going to jump on here and start blogging everyday to prevent it either.  Just an FYI post here.

   Just not in the blogging mood lately.  Life is full and I'm enjoying less computer time because I'm not feeling the urge to blog every last thing I do, think, say and make!  I need to take that saying off my blog that says something about "Live life and don't forget to blog about it!" b/c I'm certainly living life, but just not feeling the need to blog about it.  Right now anyway.  Feelings change!
Ha!  I've been known to post something like this and all of the sudden start blogging.
We'll see!  I made about 7 cards a few weekends ago, but never blogged about em'.  Just ended up showing some friends on our forum, but that was it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Red Lobster Biscuits...finally a winner!

I've been searching for the perfect bake-at-home replica of Red Lobseter's biscuits (and for Lobster House....if you are from NNY!!).  I think I finally found them.  I've pin'd other recipes and tried them, but they just weren't quite greasy and fattening enough tasting, KWIM??  Cheesey, buttery globs of goodness scattered through out the biscuit.  This recipe came the closest thus far.  But no photo to pin it with.  So I took some photos of mine and I will share the adaptations I made to this recipe.

2 1/2 cups baking mix (Bisquick)
3/4 cup whole (I use 1/2 half and half and 1/2 2%)
4 Tbsp cold butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 heaping (very heaping!) cup of sharp grated cheddar cheese 
(org. recipe calls for cheddar, but I used sharp for a more pronounced cheesy taste)

Brush on top:
(Yes, I doubled the recipe and this is what made them spectacular!  Shut off the healthy mind and DO IT!)

4 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder (my addition for added flavor!)
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 400*.  Combine baking mix with cold butter with a fork.  (I did soften mine just a tad b/c I hate trying to mix cold butter into flour...softening it just a smidgen cuts down your efforts a little)  You don't want to mix this too good still wants clumps of butter for those melty globs of goodness in your biscuit.  Add sharp cheese, milk, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder.  
Mix together until combined, but don't over mix.

I used a soup spoon to drop my dough onto the baking sheet (we like them smaller).  
Un-greased baking sheet. (I used my stoneware baking sheets)
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are nicely light brown.  After you take the biscuits out of the oven, immediately brush the tops with the seasoned melted butter.  Use. it. all. up.

I served these with goulash last night.  Goulash???  For a company meal even??   Gasp!  But yes, I've been hungry for this comfort food dish that I really don't think I've ever made.  Believe it or all my cooking experiences!!  Always seemed too ho-hum.  But never say never, because on yesterday's windy, chilly fall day, I made it.  It was very good. I made it on the stove top and let it simmer a good long time.  Don't forget to remove those bay leaves!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Life's lessons and Happy Mail challenge

I played along with the new Happy Mail Challenge over at Big Picture Classes.  Very fun!  Stacy's happy mail challenge is a fun one.  I was on a good roll of getting one a day done and out in the mail, but then life happened!  And life continues to happen as it does for all of us.  So I don't set myself up for daily (or weekly or monthly!) self-oriented obligations.  Some folks need it, I don't.  I find it frustrates me, so I like a more loosely defined day and week...and month...and year!  Life is good.  I want to enjoy whatever comes my way.  Go with the flow.  And when I have those self-obsessed obligations and goals set up for myself and then they flop...and flop...and flop...this girl gets frustrated.  And then I end up not enjoying life.  What??  Not enjoying the life I've always dreamed of and am living out right now??   So!  Nice to learn a few things about yourself along the way and let go of stuff that clings to you that you never really needed or wanted in the first place!

Here's my card:

All from my stash!  I must admit to having some Mr. Brown withdrawal issues (like constantly looking at the front door when I come home from errands to see if there is a pkg waiting me...oh yea, one must order things to receive packages!!).  But I can not deny, I'm loving the peace and contentment in my heart right now from just letting go of having to have it all and saying NO THANKS.  I keep my surfing to a minimum...that really helps.  What I don't see, I don't miss or need.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn's vibrant color & beauty

Will just post quickly some views I've been enjoying the last week or so.  I've been working with my photos (almost done with the 31 Things class project from May/June)  the last day or so, enjoying some quiet down time.

I have many fabulous views from our home.  I sit in our family room "office" and have a fabulous view out the windows and patio doors.  Feels like I get the best of both worlds (outdoor/indoor) as I work.  Our little forest has grown so much over the years.  We planted it about 13 years ago I think.
I can enjoy the view from the kitchen also.
And outside our bedroom window is a beautiful forsythia that I love to see when I open the blinds each morning.  In the spring it's full of yellow blossoms, but in the fall, it's full of beautiful purple/yellow leaves.

View over my computer!  
Love my background photo and how well it meshes with what's really outdoors right now.

Morning view with the moon (w/Purple Ash tree),

Morning view,

 Just a few minutes later morning view, sunrise, kitchen window and patio door,

Evening view,

Kitchen window view,

Fall wouldn't be complete without some pots of mums around,

Family room patio door view,

Forsythia out our bedroom window,

Purple ash, family room patio door view,

Down in our forest.  Collecting leaves with DD2 for class.

And that's that.  It's been a gorgeous fall so far.  Bright.  Vibrant.  Just lighting up my insides as I take it in through my eyes.  Really!  Today we are getting wind and some rain, so I think our peak of color and vibrancy will be over now.  But I've certainly absorbed as much as I could these last several days.  Lots of walks.  Lots of daydreaming out the window looking at the color.  I've remarked about it many times to my family and they seem to think I've lost my marbles because I can't seem to stop absorbing and noticing it all, and of course, commenting to them about it, making sure they haven't missed what I've been seeing.

I've been in a wonderful mellow, happy, nurturing mood lately.  I think my family is soaking it up!
This is my season.  My time of year to cozy down and dig in.
It feels. so. good.
I've had so many good thought to think upon.
Things that are really feeding me deep down and hopefully will take it's effect from those depths all the way to the surface!  I don't want to live a hidden life.  Stuff hidden that I don't want others to see.  So that means I have to clean up my inward act!  And cleaning I am.

So, hence, you haven't heard from me much.  Just not in the blogging mojo quite yet I guess.