More Orchids

It’s that time of year where I put pictures of my orchids on my blog for no reason other than I’m proud of myself.

Boaty McBoat Project

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
Me: ugh
Husband: All it needs is paint
Me: okay
Husband: (7 months later and a lot more than just paint) tada
Me:  SMILE

 

Beach Bug Out Bag

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.

What would you keep in your beach bug out bag?

Bored to Bake List

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.

So I’ve had time to plan what I want to try and here is my list.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake at Southern Living

Chocolate Chess Pie at Food.com

Butter Toffee Pecan Layer Cake, also at Southern Living

Sausage Cheesy Biscuits by Trisha Yearwood

Lemon Lime Pound Cake by The Pioneer Woman

Any suggestions, I’m ready to bake.

 

Unravel My Travel – South Dakota

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.

Devil’s Tower

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.

Mount Rushmore
The Badlands

Still truckn’

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.

Follow him on Instagram.

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.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole

Can’t go wrong with cheese, bacon and crunchy tater-tot-ness.  Oh and there is some chicken buried in there too.  I eyeball this entire recipe when I make it, you really can’t wreck it. There is just two of us so I’m always making portions with that in mind, however this recipe easily doubles or it can be made in the crock pot.

Pre-heat the oven to 225.

Put the wine in the fridge to chill.

In a 8 x 8 (ish) casserole dish put half of the frozen taters in the bottom, single layer.  Sprinkle with the trio – 1 teaspoon of dry ranch dressing mix, and a handful each of cheese and bacon bits.  Place  ~6 to 8 chicken tenders over the tots.  Sprinkle the chicken with the trio and top with the rest of the tater tots followed by the trio one last time.  Pour milk over the top.

Cover and bake for 2 – 2.5 hours.  Uncover and let it bake for about 15 min to finish making the taters crispy around the edge.  Alternatively you can cook it on low layered in the crock pot for 4 hours.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped green onions.  Serve with a side salad or steamed broccoli.  Serves 4 people that will have their eyes rolling back in their head all yum like.

1 package of chicken tenders
About a half a bag of Ore-ida Crispy Crowns
3 teaspoons of dry ranch dressing mix (about half a package)
Bag of real bacon bits, I usually don’t use the whole 3oz
1.5 – 2 cups of cheese, I like Co-jack
1/2 cup of milk

Double it in a lasagna pan.

Crock pot – double up everything, and switch the tenders for three chicken breasts, cook on low for 4-5 hours.

More Etsy Love!

Etsy has changed their overall look and feel to make shops consistent.  I really like it, easy to follow and easy to update.

I have added a few new items; hope you enjoy. Check it out HERE.