Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Loving the fresh fruits and veggies

that are coming in to our local Farmer's Markets - 
Here's my take on a Caramelized Onion Quiche I made recently -- I had some vidalia onions that needed to be used.  
This recipe is from Southern Living [always trustworthy.]
My tweaks are in RED - because I'm all about using what I have on hand. 
It was delicious.

Caramelized Onion Quiche

1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts- I used frozen, deep dish pie shells
3 large sweet onions, sliced (about 1 1/2 lb.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
6 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Gruyere cheese- I used a combo of goat cheese [sliced and under the warm onion - and mixed grated cheese, on top after baking]
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Unroll piecrusts; stack on a lightly greased surface. Roll stacked piecrusts into a 12-inch circle. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch deep-dish tart pan with removable bottom; press into fluted edges. Trim off excess piecrust along edges. Line piecrust with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Remove weights and foil, and bake 8 more minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack (about 15 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
2. Meanwhile, cook onions in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are caramel colored. I added a thinly sliced apple to the mix. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley and bacon. Place half of onion mixture in tart shell, and top with half of cheese; repeat with remaining onion mixture and cheese. See above, I put the goat cheese UNDER the onions and the other on top of the quiche after baking.
3. Whisk together half-and-half and next 4 ingredients; pour over cheese.
4. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

We've recently had a little work

done on our Camper / RV  - and he's lookin' good!
 Wendell,

 [The Wanderer] 
as we affectionately call him, needed a little face lift...
Ha.
 [And my Sweetheart found The Best guy to do it!]
I think this photo was taken before the air conditioner / etc. was put back on...
So to 'celebratewe enjoyed a little wee kend away over to Desoto State Park -  
Where the Rhododendron Festival was happening...
We enjoyed seeing all the flowers in bloom - 
Gorgeous.
As well as hearing a nice band during the fish fry on Friday evening... 
Fun and delicious.
 
It was a foggy morning the next day
[that's our camper, when Em and I were out for the morning walk -]
And we headed out to 
The Collinsville Flea Market - 
Always a treat, because - 
you never know what you find that you never knew you needed - lol.
Seriously.
[and, no, we didn't buy it -
---------
Y'all know I'm not into Santas - ha.]
Then we went over to the Vintage Pickin' Farm Sale.
They had the area set up with lots of vintage goodies - 
On the grounds, and in a couple of the barns. 
 
The weather was PERFECT by this time - no rain, no sun, a cool breeze... 
Is it May in the South?!?, 
Because it sure doesn't feel like it!!
We saw lots of things that gave us fun ideas...
[Jan L - I'm not sure WHY this made me think of you!]
But we didn't buy anything - 
That's because we'd already found our treasure at a little sale on the side of the road...
Something we've had our eye out for
for [more that a] few years now...
And since she said make an offer - 
And then took what Craig said - 
I was like,
"SOLD."
We'll have to do some re-arranging to find it's perfect spot...
But I know it will be a treasure for years to come...
After all that shopping - hmmm, I mean hiking through the sales.... 
we enjoyed one of the best things about camping ---
Just being together and sharing our hopes and dreams...

Friday, May 20, 2016

I'm loving my tiny

electric lawnmower that can be easily used in our little fenced in area...
Right here. Right now.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's no secret that I love

vintage suitcases!
I can't pass up a vintage train / make-up case if it's less than $10 - 
But that's a story for another time..
 
 Today we'll talk a bit about the vintage cases I use for crafting...
This is my most recent purchase - from an antique store - half off - 
I got it for $15 -
And I'll admit, I didn't even look inside y'all. 
Here's a few others that I have...
 You might remember the one on top was my first little art case - 
I put holders for brushes and water colors and a sketch pad.
It's small - but so nice for a little outing to a park to sketch a bit..
 The middle one is a little canvas case that I imagine 
went to many-a-sleepvoer during the seventies!
Just look at that pattern! 
I put little baskets that held acrylic paints on my desk for a year or so -- 
it also travels well.
Then there's this little beauty that sets on my painting desk.
It has baskets that hold [much more] acrylic paint than the smaller case above.
I love that I can just close it up and go...
[Eek! It's not been unpacked since my recent classes at scrapping for a cure!]
But I couldn't pass the big one up -
It's in good shape inside - 
There's one little toothpaste stain that I need to clean off the pocket... 
But it's big y'all - and I knew if I was going to use it for anything I'd need some dividers... 
I actually measured and searched for some trays / boxes to fit inside...
But ended up with paper box lids - lol
They fit almost perfectly!
I spruced them up a bit with some camper duck tape and scrap book paper I picked up at Tuesday Morning. After I adhered it in, I taped the edges down around the top with heavy duty packing tape.
I love that this little case is deep enough to hold two boxes - 
And it still closes easliy -
[It actually opens flat.]
 
Sooooo... I'm thinking of using it for some of my faith art supplies 
so I can easily take it all with me when I'm on the road. 
- Right now it's in two different smaller bags...
I may need some smaller contaniers / dividers to keep things organized - 
For now, I took a couple of my kit boxes 
[these are from the Scarlet Lime Planner Kit < -- so fun!]
and topped them with some more vintage looking scrap book paper. 
LOVE. IT.
I can actually fit two into one paper box lid tray.
Cool.
So now I've got to get it filled and ready to go on a little trip - 
I'll share in a bit later on how it worked out!
 Here's the deal - I love it
and it's GREAT to corral all my crafty goodness 
if I'm going to be gone a few days -  
But for regular day to day FAith Art Journaling
I'll probably stick to my little bag that holds "just enough."
- Which is quiet a lot actually - 
it filled THE ENTIRE bottom [take-out] box in the suitcase above.
But I LOVE that this one can hold my stitching + my art journal [hymnal] and paints, etc. + my Bible and  Journaling supplies for that [water colors, pencils, etc.] 

Monday, May 16, 2016

We often joke that we eat our way around New Orleans –

But. Y’all. 
We love that regional food. 
Not overly spicy, but with a nice burn at the end = 
Perfection.
  A few weeks ago Craig had a week full of meetings there so I went along...
I found a cool place to do a couple of yoga classes during the week 
[while he was in meetings] 
and it was just across the square from Cafe Du Monde...
So that was my little reward... ha.
For sure, we had our share of etouffee and po boys during the week,
but we also tried a few new places too –
And I’m sharing today since I know I’ve got some friends heading to The Big Easy 
and wanting to know what we think…

[photo cred: google images]
They don’t exist in Alabama anymore and it’s a favorite place for crawfish etouffee... and ricochet catfish - although, this dish has changed over the years and I still miss the garlic mashed potatoes that used to come with it. Still, very good. 
 [corner of Iberville and Dauphine – 
parking on Iberville between Dauphine and Bourbon.]
 – A nice little diner with GREAT food and good prices.

Craig, of course gets the  crawfish etouffee - and I usually get the shrimp po boy and eat it like a shrimp platter -- with the hot potatoes they serve as an appetizer, 
it makes a complete meal. [I love their bread too!]
Farm fresh food that was OUTSTANDING –

 It was just a short walk from our hotel --
I had The Trio - a cup of gumbo, a cup of red bean gumbo, and a stuffed pepper, 
served with rice and a side salad... 
- ALL delicious - and possibly the best red beans we've had... ever...
Craig had the chicken and dumplings with a side of butter beans and shrimp - 
plus a side salad... Equally as good. 
Prepared with meunière sauce.
[photo cred: their website -]
Love the location - an old house on the edge of The French Quarter... 
or, maybe they consider themselves in The Quarter...
 Either way - very pretty...
[photo cred: google images]
 [attached to the hotel we’ve stayed at a couple of times] 
– BBQ Shrimp Po Boys = little [ha] pockets of deliciousness –
 
and homemade chips sealed the deal. 
Seriously - they hollow out the bread so that it holds 
all the wonderful sauce with little worry of drippage... 
And they are HUGE. I could only eat the bread of one half - 
But, of course, ate all the shrimp....
Again... the sauce was more of a meunière sauce than the traditional spicy butter sauce that I've had with BBQ shrimp at other places...
[photo cred: google images]
But this time we enjoyed a little dinner AND dessert – 
But to be clear - we only had an appetizer for our meal. 
We shared a slice of crab cheesecake [above] and shrimp remoulade [below]
 that was served on fried green tomatoes --- 
And honestly? I wasn't a fan of either one - the crab cheesecake was very very egg-y and quiche-like -- I'm not sure what I was expecting... And the shrimp didn't have the traditional remoulade sauce that I was expecting - instead, both of them had the creole meunière sauce —brown butter, chopped parsley, and lemon— that, while delicious, 
I'd had too many times already during this trip...
We ended the meal by sharing the banana's foster [overwhelmingly sweet] and 
white chocolate bread pudding - not sweet at all. 
But we'll concede that it might have been just right if 
we hadn't just had a spoonful of the banana's foster. [SO GOOD.]
[No photos - we ate it all - ha.]
A bonus for The Palace is sitting outside and watching the streetcars at night. 
Always nice.
Y'all know we like the unusual - 
And recently we've noticed a trend of vintage gas stations 
being refurbished into restaurants...
So Craig found 'one of the top 15 gas station restaurants in America' that we had to try --
And it did not disappoint.
  This was probably the BEST food I had all week – 
 I had the
It's All Schnitz & Giggles
Oh. My. 
It was a House Smoked Pork Tenderloin prepared like a schniztel with gnocchi, brussel spouts and asparagus... all topped with a little shrimp gravy... Craig had the Carne Asada Tacos al Pastor with  Queso Fresco, Arroz Verde, Black Beans, 
Charred Pineapple Salsa & Corn Tortillas.
DELISH.
 
 And of course, we loved the setting where people tied their horses up  
before coming in to grab a bite to eat... 
 It's across from some stables right on the canal.
There's ample parking for cars too...

. And, lastly - No one should ever, ever go to NOLA 
without stopping in the French Quarter 
for beignets and café au latte at Café Du Monde 
We prefer to go early in the morning before the revelers from the night before awaken – 
Or perhaps we see them dragging home as we are heading in to 
enjoy a sweet little pillow of goodness... or two.. or, okay three...
ALWAYS GOOD.
It's kind of become our tradtional 
'last meal in the city.'
Let us know some of your favorite places to dine --  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Here's a couple

of Bible Journaling pages I've done recently - 
This one inspired by pinterest...
And this one my own idea - a favorite verse of mine --  
I had highlighted back when I first got this Bible - then added the little rub-on a year or so ago - but knew it needed a little something more...
All water color - pen p washi tape... 
Oh, and the Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Guide 
that helps me keep my words straight and even....

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My planner has evolved a bit...

As I've shared before - I have a WORKING PLANNER - 
Meaning I use it to plan [ahead] and keep track of what's next in my life - 
I don't use it to record what happened last week --- 
Those planners look fun, but  my scrapbooks / art journals are for that.

This is my work / life calendar and as I've added in more artsy goodness 
it's evolved these past few weeks to what works best for me. 
[Right now.
Because who knows? 
I might have a completely different take on it a few months from now --] 
 So the first thing I need to admit / confess / share with you is that 
I switched calendars mid February... 
Day Springs put the one I REALLY WANTED on sale... 
So I got it -  
and I love that it has scripture at the top of each week.
The front is also titled Great Things Ahead - 
which plays into my quote for the year 
[- see quotes at the beginning of each month.]
So that's April up above - a pretty full month... 
And I love the little chihuahua sticker[s] I found to mark when the flea tx is needed.
 This is May -
You can see that I'm still incorporating my quote of the month as well as a photo...
These are tip-ins in the planner world - meaning they are taped on only one edge so they lift up and have things like meal plans or blog lists / goals underneath... 

 And here's a very full week - 
 I've started using a card / tip-in for a work list and a personal list - 
I'm writing actual events / appointments on the date and 
I made these cut little "Let's Do Lunch" printables to mark those fun events - 
and let me you assure this was an extra-ordinary week -  
Maybe my only full week in town for the month
so I needed to squeeze some girlfriend time in there!
 The backs of the tip-ins have my chore list and 
calorie counter / weight log on them - for my eyes only - lol.
HA - I've just realized that both of these weeks have Craig on fishing trips 
Again:
Not a regular thing
But the crappie are biting in the spring and he has to take advantage of it.
In looking ahead - I almost always write appointments, etc in pencil - 
because social workers must be very flexible - lol.
 
You can see I already have my two lists for this upcoming week - 
As well as an appointment card and flea tx reminder 
[that I created from a google image.]
Those card will be filled as I get closer to the week --
I also wanted to share some of the tabs I've added to the back.
[Click on photos if you want to see them larger -] 
Just a quick run through
I'm sure yours will be different according to the things you want to keep up with in your life - 
 
On-line Orders -  
I've recently embraced the joy of on-line ordering 
[something my sweetheart has enjoyed for a while now...] 
So I like to keep track so I don't over-do-it and 
so I can be sure I receive what I've ordered...
Crafty Ideas - Instead of having lots of little notes floating around everywhere...
Whenever an idea comes to me - I just record it here... just for me...
I may or may not do something with it - 


Next is a tab for our Home... some of these will grow and become a reality - 
 Some are things we need to budget to be sure they get done this year...  
Some of them will be pondered and finally given a big no. 
But I like having them all in one place...
I also have tabs for work - health - meals 
where I keep up with all the little things having to do with 
those areas of my life...

And I've always loved Quotes so I had to have a tab for that too...
And Books to be read / or that have been read...  etc.
Just to clarify - I've always had these pages in the back of my calendars -
But this year I've added cute tabs from scrapbook supplies or planner kits..
And it does make it a little more fun! LOL. 
Would love to see your ideas