Wednesday, April 16, 2014


                                                   This is a spirited photo!                            

Her name is Ashol- Pan. She lives in Mongolia and is the daughter of a celebrated hunter. Ashol-Pan may be the country's only apprentice huntress.

The article from BBC NEWS is fabulous. 

My favorite photos are the third one and the last. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dressed To Grill Pork Chops From Looneyspoons

My Looneyspoons cookbooks made the trip to Florida with us. The cookbook is fun and if you enjoy cookbooks this is one you should add to your collection.

I adapted the recipe slightly and I would add another note to the book that this is a make again recipe.


6 pork loin chops, trimmed of fat ( used shoulder chops)
1 cup V-8 juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons each  chili powder and ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon  black pepper


Arrange pork chops in a single layer in a shallow pan.  Combine with V-8 juice, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili, cumin, oregano and black pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture over the pork chops. and marinade for 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Turn the chops to coat both sides with the marinade.

Cook chops over hot coals- 6-7 minutes on each side and baste with any leftover marinade. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

MM 91 Weeks

                                                           Max in the clover. 

On one of our walks around the lake one lady said he's the color of a biscuit and you know how southerns love their biscuits!

They also stop their cars and yell out the window "what kind of dog is that" which really surprised us at first.

 Max is the prefect example of an English Lab. Rip was a big boy and he was oversized for a English but Max is good looking English. He's a tad short and he might look a little pudgy but if you gave him a rub, you would be surprised that he's all muscle.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cupcake Class

I noticed a class was coming up on cupcake decoration and since Michael's is only five minutes from the house I thought why not go.

                                       This is Lisa, a very nice lady who taught the class.  

My friend Polly. She's holding the first cupcake she decorated.

Polly's cupcakes. I got home and was excited that mine came out so pretty I ran over to Leda's to give them to her. She loves sweets and the icing on the cupcakes is super sweet. 

I wanted to take a photo of Leda and the cupcakes but she didn't go to the hairdresser and said there was no way I was going to take her picture with her hair not done!

*Update- Visited Leda the day after I brought her the cupcakes and she wasn't kidding about loving sweets! Three of the six cupcakes were gone. If I get to 96, I hope I can still eat stuff that sweet. :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eggless Banana-Nut Corn Bread-

One reason I made this bread was curiosity and the other, I had all the ingredients in the house.

Carol posted this question on a cooking board we both go to. I had a box of cornbread, some frozen banana's that have been in the freezer for months but I didn't have milk so I subbed evaporated milk. I had pecans but didn't want to use them because I wasn't sure if this recipe would work and I didn't want to waste them.

The question was if this bread would rise. I have had experience with using baking powder in older cake mixes. The cornbread mix hadn't expired and I figured I would toss a teaspoon of baking powder in. The recipe didn't call for vanilla and someone on the post suggested adding it so I put in 1/4 teaspoon.

I like a sweet cornbread, this isn't.  I did spread some honey to a slice and it was pretty good.

It's a easy recipe and contains no eggs so I thought someone might want to try it due to it being egg less and it also doesn't have sugar added. I'm sure there is some sugar in the cornbread mix.

It came out a little moist. I think it was the addition of the frozen banana and the evaporated milk. Would use regular milk next time if I make it again and would strain the banana to get the extra liquid out before adding them.

I halved the recipe- the recipe in the link above it the original recipe.


2 packages (8-1/2 ounces each) corn bread/muffin mix( used 1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium) ( used two thawed frozen bananas which measured out to 1 cup)
1 cup chopped walnuts ( didn't use)
1 cup milk ( used 1/2 cup - diluted evaporated milk to make up 1/2 cup)
1/4 Tsp. Vanilla- suggested by another person


 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium size bowl, combine all ingredients just until blended.

 Spoon into two grease 8" X 4"x 2 " loaf pan ( used 2 mini muffin pans- greased)

 Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. ( baked in the mini pans for about 25-30 minutes)

 Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Remove from pans and place bread back  to the wire racks to cool completely. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014


                                                    Lives in Bruges, Belgium.

Tour boats drive by about every 45 seconds with heaps of tourists who all stand up and shout "Fidel" while they try and take pictures.

Here's a link that has a few more photos of Fidel and a nice  article.