Sunday, August 30, 2015

Update on Dean Troutman

May 14th I posted THIS.  I saw the article on Reddit and wanted to add the update on this remarkable man.

                                                                      New Playground 

Reddit brought in about $11,000 in donations from all over the world in 12 hours once the story hit front page in May. From my understanding, GameTime matched donations for the playground. There have been countless volunteers and donations of services/goods from millings, to lime for the track, trucking, landscaping, mowing, etc. to make this park possible.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fat Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

My honey likes sliced banana's on peanut butter and toast. He grew up having toast every morning. It amazed me what he added to his toast. May-O- Spread and Grenache Spread ( which is Caramel) are Canadian Delicacies I didn't grow up with.

Since I had extra banana's and this is the summer of making different peanut butter cookies this recipe from Yammie's Noshery was on my to make list.

I subbed Watkins Caramel Extract for the vanilla.


1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon Watkins Caramel extract 
1/3 cup mashed ripe or overripe banana (about 1 banana)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Granulated sugar for rolling


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

In a medium size bowl add the peanut butter, brown sugar and  softened butter and mix with an electric mixer until well combined.

Add the caramel extract and banana to the peanut butter combination and mix until thoroughly combined.

Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Take 2 tablespoons of the cookie dough and roll into a ball, and then roll in granulated  sugar. Press the top of each cookie with a fork to form a criss- cross pattern.

Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.

Remove from cookie sheets and place on a wire rack to cool.

These are a nice chewy cookie. Gabe who really does not like sweets liked these and so did Neal as you can see below

Friday, August 28, 2015

Roadside stand near Birmingham, Alabama 1936

                    Photographer - Walker Evans: Source Library of Congress

                                                                                                                      Orginal Photo

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blueberry Chia Jam

I bought quite a few pints of blueberries when they were on sale. I froze half and looked around for something different to try. Liv Life posted this recipe and it caught my eye.

This was the first time using maple syrup in a jam recipe and was surprised with the results. I also never used chia seeds before. The only thing I knew about them was chia pets are sold around Christmas. Who knew you could add them to food?

Kim made the jam with fresh blueberries. I checked the comments and she mentioned that frozen would be ok to use.

I didn't change one thing in this recipe because this was something really new to me but so simple to make. 

The jam is not overly sweet but has a nice flavor. 


4 cups blueberries- I used frozen
1/4 cup maple syrup- use the real kind - grade A or B 
1/4 cup chia seeds
Salt- if desired


Place blueberries and maple syrup into a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat and  bring to a simmer.

Stir the berries repeatedly till they soften and begin to pop.

Add the chia seeds and pinch of salt if desired, and reduce heat slightly. 

 Continue to simmer, stirring , until the mixture becomes thick - 15-20 minutes.  (For even thicker jam give it another 5 minutes or so and watch so it doesn't burn).

Remove from heat and spoon into jars. 

 Place jar on a rack and cool, then cover and place in the fridge to chill. 

This makes 2 six ounce jars. I didn't water bath it but I don't see why you couldn't. I gave one jar away and the other is in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Killer Marinated Tomatoes

Sorting through my cookbooks, what to give away and what to keep. This was in a community cookbook- Cooking by the 'Sea. I found other recipes I want to make so it will be going to Florida with us.


3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, Chopped
1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
1-½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
1-½ teaspoon Seasoned Salt
¾ teaspoons Dried Thyme
½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
¾ cups Canola Oil
½ cups Red Wine Vinegar
3 whole Scallions, Sliced
6 whole Tomatoes, Cut Into Wedges


Whisk together all the ingredients in a large bowl except the tomato wedges.

 Add the tomatoes and toss to coat.

 Allow to marinate at room temperature for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally . 

Monday, August 24, 2015

MM 160 Weeks

Jake hasn't been around all summer and he stopped  by yesterday to get some cookies and say hi to Max.