..........Contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.........

Contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

Roasted Patty Pan Squash

Roasted Patty Pan Squash

I bought bacon on sale. I like to cook it all at one time, put helpings in freezer bags and freeze. Then we take it out as we need it and throw it in the microwave for a quick breakfast. So I layered a pan with tin foil, put the bacon on it and put it in the oven to bake. When it was done and I had all the bacon in the freezer, I decided to make roasted Patty Pan Squash.
I washed and cut up the patty pan squash and cut it in chunks. I put it in the tin foil with the bacon grease. I rolled it around to coat. Then I salted and put in the oven on 400 until it looked done. Then I turned on the broiler for a few minutes and monitored it. When it started turning brown on top I pulled it out. I froze it too.

This was a way to use the bacon grease and you get a lot of helpings of bacon and squash with one "preparation and clean up". Oh, and while I had the bacon out, I took fresh green beans, parboiled them for a minute, drained and rinsed in cold water to stop the cooking. I took a bundle and wrapped in a strip of bacon. I did four of these and popped them in the freezer. They can be baked later. Efficiency. If you try to do several things at the same time it saves on prep/clean up.
For example, I made 4 sets of bacon, 1 set of bacon wrapped green beans and 2 helpings of roasted patty pan squash all at one time and with 1 pan and 1 pot and 1 clean up. Or I could cook 4 strips of bacon one morning, and again on 3 other mornings and clean up after each breakfast (4 cleanups). Then I have to make the bacon wrapped bundles one night for dinner and clean up. For two other meals I have to roast the patty pan squash and clean up. So I was being efficient and saving time!!! Don't we all want to do that?

My Favorite Photos of Lee

These are some of my favorite photos of our nephew, Mike and Melinda's son, Lee


Here's is Aunt Sharon loving on baby Lee.

















































































Stan and I were adding on to our house. The boys and Jenny were there every step of the way. Here is Lee playing in the dirt.









Lee had an uncanny affinity with the horses. He could have been another Horse Whisperer. Melinda taught him to ride and he would go with them to horse shows and show in the children's classes.

Buddies forever, Luke hugs Lee.
















Lee is eating one of his Great Uncle's Krispy Kreme donuts. My Granddaddy would have loved this picture!

























Lee and Luke riding a horse together.

Lee has natural musical talent. He didn't have much formal training but he can play the piano and drums by ear. He has played at our church since he was a young teen and plays every service.
Lee in 2006 on the keyboard

Lee 2007 playing the drums.

My Favorite Photos of Jenny

These are some of my favorite photos of our niece, Elaine and Ronnie's daughter, Jenny


These are Easter pictures that Elaine took one year.






























Jenny and Luke's Easter picture one year.



















This is one of my most favorite photos. Again, I'm wanting to kiss her. She's so cute here. She played in the mud every bit as much as the boys did. She was so dirty that we couldn't kiss so we did kissy fingers.



Here she is with Luke and Lee in the mud on the farm.


















She was a Junior Bridesmaid at our cousin's wedding. Her colors were purple and her flowers were irises.










Jenny was very young when her Grandmother took her to have some "glamor" photos done.











































Jenny was a Bridesmaid at another cousin's wedding. She looked so grown up with her hair up and dressed up that we hardly recognized her!



















I think this is her first formal dance.
























Another high school formal dance.




















Jenny when she was in the Miss SC pageant.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Squash

Squash

I got tired today processing some fresh vegetables. My Dad had grown some squash he gave me. I got busy and cooked and processed them for the freezer. After a couple of hours I was tired but had a good feeling. It made me start thinking...

Before the mid-twentieth century, man was only able to eat fruits and vegetables during different seasons of the year. You didn't have a way to freeze, refrigerate, can, or otherwise grow and hold fruits and vegetables past a few days. Now we can buy fruits and vegetables year round. I am so thankful for that! God is good! I can have summer squash at Thanksgiving or winter squash in June. I can have strawberry shortcake in September and apple pies in May. We get lettuces shipped from all over the world right to our table so no matter what time of year it is, we can have salads. I'm so thankful that God gave man the knowledge and ability to create the technology that leads to this and we, in America, can afford to purchase such goods. I'm thankful for my husband's job that provides us the money to buy these fresh commodities and I that I have the strength, experience, knowledge and tools to make a fresh dinner every day.

Do you ever think of it that way? So many times we just get bogged down in the details and forget how very blessed we are. We jump in the shower, throw on some clothes, jump in the car, run to the grocery store and stock up. Then we unload the groceries and put them away and start supper. By the time we wash that last dish, we are tired and ready to go to bed grumbling about all we had to do today. Little do we think about how God provided all of this.

Just think...
  • We have running water, hot water to take our shower in. Thank God!
  • We have the soap, shampoo and towels to clean ourselves with. Thank God!
  • We have closets full of clothes to choose from when we get dressed. Thank God!
  • We have a car that runs and gas in it to make it to the store. Thank God!
  • We have grocery stores stocked with everything we can think of to cook and feed ourselves with. Thank God!
  • These grocery stores are on every corner so it isn't a long drive. Thank God!
  • We have a kitchen with appliances that help us store and cook our food. Thank God!
  • We have all the ingredients to make tons of different choices. We have choices on what we eat! Thank God!
  • We have sinks, running water, soap, dishwashers to help us keep our kitchens clean. Thank God!
  • God gave us the talent, strength, abilities, knowledge, experience that it takes to work in our jobs. God provided my husband with a job and with the abilities to do his work. This provides us with a paycheck. God gave me the abilities to do my job at home. I am able to cook and clean. Thank God!

So next time you get bogged down in the everyday chores. Try to stop, take a deep breath, renew your mind and THANK GOD!

My Favorite Photos of Luke

These are my favorite photos of Luke growing up. This first photo was taken by my sister, Melinda, one of Luke's aunts. I didn't have children but both my sisters let me share their children and I've been like a 2nd mother. I also am a person who has to love, it's as necessary as breathing and the way I express my love is with kisses. When they were babies I couldn't kiss them enough. Now they are grown up and I have to hold back so as not to embarrass them. I remember the first time they asked me to stop kissing them and I knew it was a sign of growing up and my heart about burst and I cried and cried. So now I kiss my dogs. And I sneak a kiss from the kids every once in awhile.

I mean look how cute, couldn't you just kiss them too?



































My parents bought a farm and they, and the three married daughters, built houses out there. We were always building. Our husbands had never built anything in their lives so Dad taught them. My husband and I built a small saltbox house but added extensively to it over the 18 years we lived there. The others built barns, etc. So it was always something. And the kids grew up on the farm and around all the building. In this photo, Luke is a toddler. Stan and I were adding on to our house and they were out with us playing in the dirt. This photo of him sitting in the bowl is so cute! Notice how dirty he is in the old Carolina red clay!

Here is another time we were adding on to our house. Luke and Lee are a little older (they are the same age) but they were out there with the men. Luke insisted on having a nail apron like the men were wearing (this was in the day when you had to hammer your nails vs. the nail guns of today) and they had their toy tools pretending to saw but Luke insisted on having a real hammer. You can see Elaine's feet. She was sitting on some lumber and watching the boys to make sure they didn't get hurt.








Here is Luke at his kindergarden playground. He looks so happy!






















Out on the farm, mud was "fun". Jenny, Luke and Lee loved to play in mud! Here they are sliding in a mud puddle. This reminds me of an old Tide commercial and their slogan was "This is Tide Country". Well, this was really "Tide Country". You can imagine trying to wash out these clothes. Upstate SC has red clay and it leaves all your clothes orange when you live out like we did.
















My sisters were great horsewomen and I rode with them for about 3 yrs while we lived on the farm. Melinda husband, Mike, rode horses too. They tried to teach all 3 kids how to ride. Lee was the only one that really continued riding and was even in some childrens horse shows. He doesn't ride any more. But Jenny and Luke rode too and here is Luke riding.

Luke loved living on a farm and he loved to do anything that Granddaddy and Daddy did. So here he had planted some vegetables and he was digging around a little plant to show me what was growing. He was a little too impatient for things to grow.


Luke liked to work in the yards. He started at a young age mowing, etc. Here he is trying to use his Dad's tiller in our yard. He used his Dad's riding lawnmowers and tractors at an early age and we paid him to do our yard many times. It was his favorite way to make money when he was a kid. Of course, we were always there and outside with him if he was using equipment. Many times he and I worked outside together and we talked, laughed, joked. It was a our bonding time.


My Dad, Luke's Granddaddy, grew up on a farm and he is a walking encyclopedia on antique farm equipment. He goes to all the tractor shows within driving distance and we've been to many with him over the years. That meant the kids loved to go and here is Luke driving his Dad's big John Deere tractor in a Power Show at our local antique tractor show.



Here is my Dad, Luke's Granddaddy, telling Luke what he wanted mowed at the farm. Dad and Luke would use their tractors and bush hogs to mow the acres of our land. Luke was mowing one part of the field and Dad was mowing another section, so they weren't alone.
By they way, I've mowed on this little John Deere tractor MANY a time before I became disabled. It's kind of therapeutic being on the tractor out in beautiful weather. But the heat can get you during the summer! The reason I can't do it any more is because it's a hard ride and it beats your body up. Who knows if it contributed to my Fibromyalgia?







Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Baby Mom, Sharon, Elaine, Melinda

This is my mother on her first birthday. Which one of her 3 daughters looks like her at the same age?
I'm the oldest and this is me around my first birthday.


























This is Elaine on her first birthday.









And this is Melinda around her first birthday.

My Most Popular Posts

Total Pageviews

Contact Me

To contact me, email me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com