Sunday, July 31, 2016

Please Meet The Newest Award-Winning Cookie: Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars



Fair week has just wrapped up for us and it was a big, BIG week!!

How big?? you might ask... 

Very big...  the week was very big and so exciting.

I will do a post tomorrow highlighting all the gorgeous details of our  
grand Ohio State Fair...which is still going on (now through August 7, 2016)
  and some of our local fair fun...

This fair season, 
I was lucky enough to walk away with a new handful 
of prize-winning entries and a shiny new collection of blue ribbons...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Patriotic Vegetable Flag



Flag Day was this week...
 and we almost missed it...

Luckily, we had things in place since Memorial Day... 
(Whew!!)

I try to keep things patriotic from the end of 
May until just after the Fourth...
and by "trying to keep things patriotic"...
I mean the red white and blue stays up 
from Memorial Day right through the Fourth...
I used to take all the flags down for a few weeks
and then drag them all back out again.
I must have smartened up...
or perhaps it's laziness...but it works for me
and it feels and looks like summertime.

While we made sure to have our flag flying...
We had just enough time to make an edible flag too.
It was delicious... and patriotic...  


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Biscuits On Parade

Driving 5 hours for a biscuit says a lot about a person.

Really... It does. Right?

Taking a road-trip...even a mini-vacation for a biscuit 
might say:

'this person has set a high bar, 
some might even say very high bar for great biscuits'

or perhaps it says:

 'this person enjoys long car rides that offer beautiful scenery...
barns, green pastures and rolling foothills.
The biscuit is simply a perk of that scenic journey'

or maybe, just maybe...

'this person believes you have to risk it...for the biscuit' 
or some country-saying like that... 
you just have to go for it...
Sometimes, you have to go as 
far as five hours for "it".

I am that person.

The one who would travel long distances
for a really great biscuit.
I have MY reasons... 

First, this particular biscuit resides
in one of my favorite nearby 
destinations for a family road-trip... 
Nashville, Tennessee.

Beautiful state, friendly folks.  Done.

And yes, this culinary triumph
is also a 
really-great-wonderfully-delicious, biscuit.
I'm not over-stating it... I promise.
 I don't need any more incentive than that...
A Loveless Cafe biscuit.

Over the past weekend
we took a super-fun family road-trip.
In part, because we have a lot of baseball games
that need to be played in the coming weeks. 
We had a very soggy springtime, so our next few
weeks of June will be spilling over with make-up games...
We won't be traveling too far in any direction...
other than the direction of the baseball fields.

 July seemed like
a long, long way off, 
for kiddos itching to get summer started.
So, off we went...a mini get-away.
Smells like sweet tea and porch sittin'
Friends, try to contain your excitement...
(Yes, I am going to share some
 of our vacation/road-trip photos, 
Skip past them... if you must...I would
absolutely understand...
 and I will never know if you do...)

 Our trip included a stop at The Loveless Cafe,
 just outside of Nashville. 

 I first visited The Loveless Cafe
 last year, and I felt the right thing to do
 was to introduce the rest of the family to the biscuit...

They met...and they were smitten. 
 Just as I had imagined...
They were big fans.  

This time however... 
I poked around a little more (at the Loveless) 
 and you'll never guess what I found...

 hint:
It was not a spare copy of their biscuit recipe 
lying on the ground... 
but, it was something almost as good...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Individual Margarita Key Lime Pies: The MOVIE

I know someone who won't be needing an
Academy Award acceptance speech...

Making movies is not as easy as it looks.  

Making cute recipe videos is also not as easy as one might think...

I found that out --first hand.

Hats off to all those Hollywood directors and sound mixers...  
your careers are safe from this Midwestern blogger.
  (at least for the foreseeable future)

Have you seen those snazzy food videos on Facebook??

I am absolutely captivated...
for 30 seconds they have my full undivided attention.

If you have not yet seen one...
Let me set the stage:

 A set of mystery chef  hands...
quite possibly a hand model,
whips up a delicious looking recipe....

The video shows a person make an entire cake,
or pie, or roast in 30-45 seconds...
highlighting the important steps...
There is no mess... no dirty dishes..
no fumbling about,
no opening packages or chopping
celery...they get straight to the point.

The whole recipe is condensed into
 easy to follow visuals...
beautifully lit...pretty food shots...
all the while
super cheerful music plays in a background...

and me, the viewer... 
 I'm left thinking...
"Wow... I am going to make that recipe!!"

If they can do it in 30 seconds...
what will that be in real time for me... probably

5 maybe 10 minutes...   right??

I do believe however,  I may be their target audience...

 so...
(begin adventure)

I told myself

"Hey...I can make one of those videos too!! Why not??!!"

And yes,... 
I probably can, eventually, someday make a recipe video...like a pro..

That day is not today...

sigh...

... there is a huge learning curve...

huge...very, very large.

 Here are three very valuable and
transferable lessons I learned: