When I say Butler is a small town in western PA, I do mean a small town. One main drag, a couple of stop lights and small mostly family owned businesses dot the downtown. Just a mile outside of this metropolis it’s a landscape of farmland and old homesteads.
Butler holds one great secret – it’s the birthplace of the Jeep. Every June all the little Jeeps come to pay their respects at the Bantam Jeep festival. There is a multitude of activities for Jeep owners to participate in to flex their Jeep muscles. I had the opportunity to attend the Jeep Invasion, and it really is like an invasion this small town; absolutely astonishing how many of one badge can find their way together. We all know I’m a ford truck girl, but yea – this was cool.
There is more to a delightful cookbook than recipes. It should be enjoyable to read, inspire new things and always feel like positive results are obtainable. My favorites incorporate family stories, history of the recipes, and just read like a good book. So here are a few that I will pick up and read over and over.
Jerusalem a Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Why I like it- the history lesson that went with it, the explanation of how the flavors became so diverse horseradish and beet relish and traditions behind foods like falafel.
Favorite Recipe – Spiced Chickpeas and Fresh Vegetable salad
Barefoot Contessa Family Style
by Ina Garten
Why I like it- Any of her cookbooks make me feel fancy, like every meal is a little dinner party, even if it is just for two. Also, I have yet to fouled up when following her instructions and tips.
Favorite Recipe – Hands down her Chicken Parmesan, it can be found in her Family Style Cookbook and pretty much all over the internet.
by Gabriele Corcos and Debbie Debi Mazar
Why I like it – Much like the show, the cookbook has his family history and their relationship interwoven through every recipe. The recipes are simple and reliable with out sacrificing flavor.
Favorite Recipe – Red Sauce
Around my French Table
by Dorie Greenspan
Why I like it – I honestly couldn’t put it down. It’s enormous and filled with stories, history and recipes. The recipes are everything from rustic potato gratin to elegant honey spiced madeleines, all while maintaining the story.
Favorite Recipe – okay so this is more like one I want to try that I just haven’t gotten to recipe, Salted Butter Break-ups!
by Thug Kitchen
Why I like it – It’s new healthy ways to use things I already love, which is inspiring. Truth be told, I was half way through it before I realized it was vegan. Be warned not a cookbook for family time, they cuss profusely, but another truth be told – it cracks me up!
Husband: I want a boat!
Me: Take a class make sure you like it.
Husband: Okay…….. (two moths later) I love sailing, I want a sailboat!
Me: *sigh* okay
Husband: this one is in our budget
Husband: All it needs is paint
Husband: (7 months later and a lot more than just paint) tada
It’s that time of year again, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and around here and the official start of tourist season. If I want to get to the beach and miss the crowd I have to be prompt as soon as the weather looks ideal! I accomplish this by putting together my beach bug out bag ahead of time, so then after a quick change into my suit, I’m out the door. (Sometimes it’s the boat bug out bag, but that is a whole different post!)
My beach bug out bag starts with a huge sturdy handled bag that sand doesn’t stick to. I found this great one at Target, it holds enough to send a small army to the beach. Stuff it with two big fluffy towels, a water bottle, snack and zip-lock bag with sunscreen and hair ties. Then the best part – picking out a lighthearted silly little summer read. I would recommend anything by Janet Evanovich, guaranteed easy to pick up and be delighted by even if it’s been a few days (or weeks) between reads. Have a little extra room, try a notebook and pen – never know when the muse may strike.
I’m getting excited. As I have decided to move to a wordpress blog and change my name, I am also going to give me shop a spruce up. Stay tuned as I hope to have a new logo, banner and business cards soon!
Just the idea of spring makes me want to bake, and this year I saved my pennies and splurged on a KitchenAid stand mixer. I was so excited and planned to make a lemon cheesecake on Sunday. Thinking after a long week and company for dinner on Saturday it would be perfect. Nope – half way through dinner on Saturday with a loud bang and a bright flash of light the range decided it needed a vacation. It’s been nearly two weeks, it gets fixed Thursday, I miss my oven.
I am admittedly a little late in posting this since our trip was in October, but South Dakota was great none the less.
The two big attractions that fueled our travel choice were Mount Rushmore and The Badlands, however we were pleasantly surprised with everything the area offered. Most notably was Devil’s Tower, a little over an hour drive from our hotel in Deadwood it was an easy day trip. At the visitor center we walked up a steep path to the base of the tower, and then followed a fairly flat paved trail around the base. The views were spectacular, and no we did not have any close encounters.
Also notable; steam engine rides, The Blackhills, Crazy Horse, greasy dinners for breakfast, old cemeteries and cave walks.
It was a long days travel from the southern east coast to get there but well worth the trip.
Came back to read more about my truck? Aren’t you sweet.
The driver door, tail gate and hood are from different black trucks. I say he is all original…. originally from other trucks. I named him Patches. When he rolled off the assembly line he was two tone green, then painted a minty green and some of the cab is white from that repaint, some is still pine green, oh and the black drivers door. Yea like I said – Patches.
So why am I writing about him now seeing as we welcomed him to the family back in August? He is having a very long sleepover at the mechanics, the brake overhaul was just to much for us on our own, and I miss him.
It’s much more than just a truck, it’s a family project and a conversation starter everywhere Patches goes.
Still reading? Good for you. So here is the bonus content.
– The ODO reads 25K so it could be 125 or 225
– The air filter canister is original and it’s Ford blue.
– The VIN can be used to determine the month year and where it was built. June ’72 Virginia, thanks for asking.
– The grill appears to be original to the truck even though it’s the ’71 design.
– When we look under the hood we play a game ‘what did this wire go to’ mostly the answer is the AC.
– Originally there were two gas tanks to switch between, he is missing the one under the bed so it’s just the 10 gallon behind the seat.
– my favorite thing is the instrument cluster
– The rust holes in the bed keep water from collecting and the bed rusting through, yes that is ironic.
– When you go through a puddle really fast the passenger has to put their foot over the hole in the floor or they get really wet.
– I half jokingly say he would make a great spokes person for a no more body shaming campaign.