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Saturday, May 19, 2007


Sharon's Homemade Salsa
1 lg fresh tomato, cut into wedges
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 cup fresh cilantro, washed
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
hot sauce (to taste)
1 lg clove garlic, peeled
Throw everything into my Vitamix mixer and blend it up! Serve with tortilla chips and my fresh Guacamole.
Note: If you don't have a Vitamix mixer (a supersonic, commercial blender that I LOVE!) then you will need to cut the tomato and onion up a little more and do smaller amts in your blender until you get it blended.


Sharon's Homemade Guacamole

1 ripe avocado
lemon juice
lime juice
small fresh garlic clove, minced
1/2 small onion, minced
1/2 small tomato, chopped
cilantro, fine chopped

Avocados should be a little mushy to the touch to indicate it is ripe. Rinse and slice in half. Punch your knife tip into the seed and pop out. Take a tablespoon and scoop out the avocado pulp. Put it in a bowl and add a little lemon juice, a little lime juice and the other ingredients. Give a few stirs. Serve with Fresh Salsa and tortilla chips.


Elaine and Melinda were horse riders from an early age! They started in English riding as kids. They continued with that until they got out of high school. They were in shows and everything.

When we got the farm in 1981, they bought walking horses. The smooth gaits were much easier on the body. But they trained their horses and rode them in horse shows in our area. Melinda even showed in gaited horse shows. A Gaited Horse lifts his legs higher than the non-gaited horse. They arch their necks and are more energetic than other horses. A gaited horse's ride is very smooth. There are special bits and saddles, even a special horseshoe or weights for this unique type of horse riding. I wish I had a photo of her riding that way but I don't. I know she has them and if she sends me a photo I will post it.

I went to many a horse show to see them ride and cheer them on. So did their husbands and parents. Lee, Luke and Jenny saw their share of horse shows too. Lee rode in some shows as a junior rider. He was good at it!

They have some good stories about horseriding. I hope they will email me with some and I will post them.

I was always terrified of riding horses but I secretly wanted to learn and be able to ride horse trails with them. So, in my 30's, Melinda said she had just the right horse for me and she would teach me. And I did! I was able to ride for about 3 years before my Fibromyalgia made it too hard for me to ride. Elaine and Melinda also have FMS and have had to quit riding.

But I did get to go do some mountain trails with them and take some picnics. One time a group of us went on a day long trail ride in the mountains. On the way back down, a terrific thunderstorm came up on us. With lightening, drenching rain, etc! The horses did just fine and we made it back but it was a trip to remember! We were so drenched that we were slushing in the saddle. And we had to ride home like that (3 hour drive) because we hadn't thought to bring dry clothes. We also got to go on a horse riding mini-vacation up at Blowing Rock, NC where we rode some of the trails at Cone Manor. That was a dream come true. We used to ride at the farm all the time. I remember summer twilight rides with so many lightening bugs that it looked like a fairy land. I got to ride in the snow one day (it doesn't snow much in SC) and froze my fanny off! Melinda has gone on beach horse riding trips and got to ride on the beach. That was another dream of mine but I didn't get to do that one.

The three of us riding on the farm in 1993.

Friday, May 18, 2007

MoneyPenny, our Miniature Pinscher

I named MoneyPenny because she cost a lot of money. Just kidding, she just thinks money comes on trees! She likes to dress up. And she is my right hand (like James Bond's Moneypenny). I love unusual dog names. In fact, I collect them.

MoneyPenny is my only female dog. We bought her before we were aware of dog rescue. She is a Miniature Pinscher, NOT a chihuahua. We had her 3 years before we got our 2nd dog, another Min Pin named Spunky Monkey (see his story below) so she was very spoiled. She is quite the diva! She is a very nervous, hyper, energetic, little worry wort. I.e. she is me in a tiny, furry package. She is this part of my personality.

Miniature Pinschers are NOT miniature Doberman Pinschers. Dobies were only bred about 150 yrs ago but Min Pins were bred about 400 yrs ago to be indoor ratters. They look like tiny Dobermans down to the last detail but Min Pins are a distinct breed. Bred as ratters meant they were bred with terrier tenacity, intelligence and curious behavior. They have the terrier look. If you are a dog person you know what I mean. Those quick, black eyes, and that alert head carriage. Anyway she is a pretty Min Pin with beautiful markings. She has the tan clown smile around her mouth, the thumb marks over her eyes, the bow tie on her chest, the pencil marks down her legs, the little black marks above every toe, the two butt swirls...she's just really pretty!

Min Pins are called the King/Queen of the Toy Breeds for a reason. They are regal, willful, stubborn. They expect to be obeyed! As the human being you have to watch out for them. They don't know they are so tiny and they can get in big dog situations and not realized they aren't up to it. They need to be kept on leash or in fenced in back yards because they tend to lose all track of where they are if they get out. It's hard to catch them. They are also an indoor dog. They don't have enough fur to insulate them against cold and heat and they need to be watched over. Remember they are the size of a rabbit and so birds of prey (hawks, vultures, owls, etc) or other dogs or animals can mistake them for prey.

She thinks I'm her great big puppy. She thinks she has to watch after me and if she is separated from me it drives her crazy. If she's in the back yard and I'm in the study she will stay at the door and jump, begging to be let in, up and down for hours. She thinks she is my Mommy. She mommies the boys too. When we go to bed, she has to wash Spunky's face, ears and butt before he can go to sleep. Drezz and Capo are the more alpha dogs of the pack and yet, she has the biggest personality simply because she will worry the hound out of you. She insists on the attention and you better not forget!

Jenny In Miss SC Pageant

Our niece, Jenny, has never been in a beauty pageant in her life. We knew she was beautiful but then she is ours! LOL! Without any help, she ran in her college beauty pageant and WON! We didn't know she could sing as good as she does! That was the shock! Her dresses were just thrift store finds and she did her own makeup and hair...and she won over girls who had done pageants for years! So we were very proud of her.

Having won Miss CSU, she went on to be in the Miss SC pageant.

Casual Wear

We thought she had a good chance of getting in the top 10 at least. She did a wonderful job and never missed a beat. No stumbling on those 5" heels, no cracks in her song, no stutters or dropped questions. But, the girls in the top 10 had years in their talents and did a wonderful job too so she didn't make the top 10 but our family couldn't have been prouder. Her college really backed her up with all the help and even finances that she needed for dresses, hair, makeup, rhinestones, etc. Her family was at every practise, rehearsal and the pageant shows. We weren't going to miss any of it!

She sang "This Is The Moment".

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Stan's father's Hash

Stan will make his Dad's hash every other July 4th just to bring back the memories. His Dad and his friends would sit out all night around a fire and cook a large iron pot of hash over a fire. Stan uses a more modern way by using a stove eye. It smells up the whole house if you cook it inside so it's definitely an outdoor thing.

Billy & Stan’s Hash

10 lbs Stew Beef
5 lbs Pork Chunks
1 Stick Butter
1 Bottle Worcestershire Sauce
8 lbs Chopped Onions
Pepper (if you like a peppery taste, add a lot of pepper)

Saute chopped onions in large skillet in butter. Choose a large pot and add beef, pork, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper and at least 1/3 of the onions. Bring to a boil and then let simmer. Cook a couple of hours. When meat begins to cook down, skim the fat off the top. Add remaining onions. Keep simmering 4-5 hours.

It may not look so appetizing but it is delicious. When you cook the meat down it turns this putty color. You have to drain it a little when you are ready to serve and it tends to make your hamburger buns soggy but, gosh!, it's good! He cooks it down to where it's mush. Some people don't cook it that long and they add BBQ sauce. I don't care for a dry hash. They call it chopped or shredded hash. For our family, we add a little tang by putting BBQ slaw on top.

This freezes well.

BBQ Slaw

1 lb chopped cabbage
4 Tbsp ketchup (catsup)
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 Tsp pepper

Mix together thoroughly and keep in refrigerator until time to serve. Serve on top of the hash sandwich.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sister's Lemon Pound Cake

Sister's Lemon Pound Cake


2 cups sugar
1 lb margarine or butter
5 eggs
3 cups plain flour, sifted
1 can Eagle Brand canned milk
1 Tbsp lemon flavoring
1 tsp vanilla

Cream the sugar and margarine (or butter) together. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Add flavorings. Add sifted flour and milk alternatley ending with flour. Pour into greased tube pan and bake on 325 for a little over an hour. Begin checking it to see when it will be done as different ovens may cook a little differently.


1/2 stick margarine (or butter)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp lemon flavoring
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

Beat with mixer and pour over cake while it's still warm so that it melts into it.

Source: Wilma "Sister" Prince Robertson

Monday, May 14, 2007

Posh Squash

This is a really good recipe. My whole family loves it!

Posh Squash

2 lbs sliced yellow Summer Squash
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 beaten Eggs
1 cup Mayonnaise

Cook squash until tender and drain well. Combine remaining ingredients and add to squash. Pour into 1 ½ quart casserole. Cover with bread crumbs and dot with butter. Bake 25 minutes at 350.

Source: 9th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, Tryon Daily Bulletin, submitted by Sarah West.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tomato Pie

It's getting to be that time of year! When we can start cooking with fresh vegetables from the garden. I don't have a garden but I watch my neighbor's gardens. Our backyard neighbor's have the prettiest yard and garden. Since I come from a farming family, I recognize their hard work and appreciate what it takes to make those luscious vegetables and those gorgeous flowers.

Even though I don't have a garden, I love to cook with fresh vegetables and I do grow my own herbs in large pots on my patio. So pull out your summer recipes and start cooking with fresh ingredients. It's already making my mouth water!

Tomato Pie

1 9” pie crust
2-3 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced
½ tsp dried basil
salt and pepper
1/8 cup chopped fresh chives
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425F. Bake the crust for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 400F. Line pie crust with 2-3 layers of tomatoes, covering the bottom completely. Sprinkle tomato slices with salt, pepper, basil and chives. In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise and cheese. Carefully spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly over tomato slices. Bake for 35 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal Stroller Cookbook 2002, by Sheila A. McGraw, pg 34

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