Saturday, February 28, 2015

French Onion Soup Casserole

Walmart always has a area in the front with day old bread. I saw this recipe on Recipe Lion. I actually remembered the recipe when I saw the bread and decided to give it a try.

This does NOT photograph well. Sorry. 


3 medium sweet onions, sliced
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups beef broth ( used reduced sodium broth)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Approximately 6-8 slices French bread, about 1/2-inch in thickness
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a medium size saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the onion and slowly cook for about 30 minutes over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally.

Add the beef broth to a medium to large saucepan and  add the Worcestershire sauce. Heat the broth mixture until it boils.

Reduce heat to low, Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. The broth will reduce.

Pour onion and broth mixture into a greased casserole dish.
Lightly toast the slices of bread. Place toasted bread in a single layer on top of onion/broth mixture.

Cover bread with a thick layer of the shredded mozzarella and top with grated Parmesan.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and brown on top.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Florida Quilt Trail, White Springs

It's not a secret in my family that I don't sew. I can't hem and when Gabe's mother lived in the states I would bring her things to mend. 

I am in awe of people who quilt. I admire the amount of work that went into each piece and I'll never forget how beautiful they are thanks to my many photos I have taken over the years.

White Springs, which is about a half hour from our home has joined four other communities in Florida and is now an official member of the Florida Quilt Trail.

This is a big deal for the tiny town of White Springs. It will help increase tourist to the area while it pays homage to the quilts that are works of art. It also honors the ladies who made the quilts. The two quilts celebrated at the ceremony Wednesday were made by Queenie Udell  and Nancy Morgan.

Queenie Udell made the Yo-yo quilt. She was born in 1919 and died this year. She learned to make the quilts from her mother and grandmother who used flour sacks and old clothing to make the yo- yo quilts.

To make the yo-yo quilt, Queenie would first cut a circle of cloth. When she had a few circles she would gather the edge of the circle with a  sewing thread. The gathered circle was pulled tight and flattened into the yo- yo circle with a tiny hole in the center where the gathers all came together. Then the quilt was sewn by hand. The yo- yos were always the size of a dime or a nickle. One of her quilts from the early 70's  is in the archive collection of the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.

Queenie's quilt is FQT- WS1 ( Florida Quilt Trail- White Spring 1)

Nancy Morgan who made the Double Wedding Ring Quilt  made her first quilt at the age of 13. The batting was cotton filling that was left over after a local turpentine distiller finished straining turpentine. She made over 200 quilts in her lifetime. She was recognized in 1985 with the Florida Folk Heritage Award for her knowledge of southern pioneer folk life and the practice of quilting.

Nancy's quilt is FQT-WS2 ( Florida Quilt Trail- White Springs 2)

Now on to the Photos

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chief Justice William's Lemon Cake

I was contemplating making another lemon cake recipe. I finally decided to adapt this recipe from Ciao Italia


1 package Duncan Hines Signature Lemon Cake Mix
1 (3.4 oz.) package instant lemon pudding and pie filling
4 large eggs
1 cup water ( used 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice & 1/2 cup water)
⅓ cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt or tube pan, I used 2 medium size loaf pans. My loaf pans were the aluminium disposal ones - medium size. If they have larger ones I didn't see them at the Dollar Tree.

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water,lemon juice and oil in large bowl.

Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool cake on wire rack for 25 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely.

Dust with sifted confectioner’s sugar or add the glaze

I used the recipe from 1-4 Details for the homemade vanilla glaze.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

9th Annual Chili Contest in Jasper, Florida

Mr. Daniels- 7 alarm chili

This was the second time we attended this wonderful event. I wasn't sure of the date this year so I checked on the web and got the number of the Hamilton County Tourist Development Council and spoke to Cindy Eatmon, who was kind to send us directions since there is a detour in that area.

The judging started at 12 and as soon as the judges were done taste testing and chatting with each contestant it was time to dig in.

There were seven tables and when you pay the five dollar entrance fee you are given your bowl. When you go to a table you can get as much or as little as you want. It's also an eat till you are full and believe me, I sure didn't need dinner that night.

The Daniels were there again- Mr. Daniels makes a 7 alarm chili and his wife's is a 4 alarm. Both were delicious.

Cindy Eatmon, the kind lady from the Hamilton County Tourist Development Council made chicken chili and I asked her to send me the recipe. I went back for seconds on that and as soon as I get that recipe it will be on the blog.

As usual I took a few photos.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cauliflower Hash {Paleo}

KC's Produce recently had a sale on cauliflower, I could not resist. I  picked up FOUR heads. They were a dollar each! I love cauliflower so you will be seeing lots of cauliflower recipes.

I saw this recipe on An Edible Mosaic quite awhile ago. It sounded good. I'm not on a paleo diet but I thought it was a good one to share for those on that diet.

As usual I changed the recipe a tiny bit. When it was completely cooked and after I plated it I sprinkled it with Slap Ya Mama. Delicious.


2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 pound cauliflower- chopped into small pieces
1 medium onion- diced
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt (didn't use)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoon water
1 large clove garlic- minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley- for garnish
Fried egg- for serving ( optional) ( didn't add this time- I'm going to make this again and add the egg)

I seasoned with Slap Ya Mama


In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Add the onion and the cauliflower to the skillet and place them in an even layer.

Cook without stirring until it start to brown on the bottom. That should take about 2-3 minutes.

Give the vegetables a stir and add the smoked paprika, salt, pepper and water. 

Cover the skillet and cook the cauliflower until it is fork tender, about 3-5 minutes.

Add the garlic and reduce the heat- cook for about 2 minutes and continue to stir.

Stir in the lemon juice and continue to cook until the lemon juice is evaporated.

Sprinkle with parsley and add the egg if desired.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MM 135 Weeks

                                              You want the ball back? Chase me!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Tunnel

I know the people back home are getting hit with a horrible winter. We stream NY news and when they show the weather Gabe has informed me he is NEVER going back north. He said as far as he's concern he hopes he never has to see another snowflake in his life.

New York and Boston have lots of snow but check this out-

 Prince Edward Island