Monday, August 31, 2015

Destination Unknown

Some of our best rides are when we head out with no destination in mind. No idea which route we'll take....just turning on side roads we see on our way to Jones Market. Here are some of the sights I see.


Big fields and farms.....


Old, old structures in the fields.......


Sweeping roads........not much traffic


Off to the side I see one of those complicated sprinkler systems in a farmer's field. This sort "walks" the field spraying the crops with water.


Here are some purple martin houses. So pretty.


Riding into a small town with only one gas station, a hardware store and undertaker...well, at least on this main road.


I love the rural rides the best


Here is an unintentional selfie as I tried to get a snap of the road behind me...........


There are some old and stately homes on the outskirts of Cairo Georgia....


Very old cemeteries......


Doug gearing up after we stopped for a biscuit and coffee.


Here is a shot from above - and I didn't fall off when snapping it!


More to come. Alas, we must go to work during the week so no riding photos. Looking forward to a trip to St George Island soon!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
{A Quick snack or lunch}

Many of you have children at home getting into the swing of the school year and I'll bet some of those kids come home hungry, needing a snack or boost for studying.

See these little ham and cheese rolls? Deadly simple to put together and only 20 minutes in the oven. I have your attention, right?!

We don't have children at home but sometimes we have the need for a mid day snack on the weekends. It can actually substitute for a lunch, depending on how many you devour.


You will need a tube of refrigerated crescent rolls, thin slices of ham, cheese (shredded works) and maybe some Dijon mustard. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Roll those crescents out in one solid sheet. Pinch together any holes where they are meant to be pulled apart. Now spread a thin bit of Dijon mustard over the raw rectangle of dough. Top with thin slices of ham and cheese. Roll it as you would a jelly roll.

Ooops....I see a hole in this roll so now I know there will be cheese oozing out onto my baking sheet. Rats....


Slice the roll into 10 pieces and place on a baking sheet.


20 or so minutes later they are cooked. Not a great foodie shot but you get the idea.....


I used thicker ham one time and it was a fair disaster. Too much filling and so the dough would not stay closed. They tasted good but you seriously couldn't identify them as pinwheels.

As I said, easy to make and you can get a hungry person to stop baying for food while you prepare dinner. I remember having a hungry teenaged boy in the house so trust me, stock up on refrigerated crescents and ham!

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reader's Workout


Good day and welcome to my link up with Joy at Joy's Book Blog for her Reader's Workouts series!

Same old things to report - walking in 100% humidity, chasing snakes off the bird feeders, walking up and down the stairs at work.

We do seem to get in about 10,000 steps for the day so that's good.

With the purchase of the trike I think I will be spending more time on my butt riding along but we do ride to places to then there is walking around at whichever town we end up in.

I updated about books I am reading yesterday so no sense rehashing that. Tell me, what are you all reading right now or what's on the night stand?



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mini Update: Books, Food and Movies
{Buzzing on Iced Coffee}

We have less than a quarter of a gig left on our internet allowance at home.

Soooooo.......if my visits are sporadic it's because I have to visit websites and leave comments (or do anything) with my phone. That's so hard to do. As a result I usually wait until I get to Starbucks to guzzle iced vanilla coffee and all the free internet access I can handle.


Pity we can't get high-speed internet or cable at our place but I'd rather deal with limited access than live in town. With neighbors. And homeowner associations. It's worth it. So anyway, guess where I am?

Yeppers - Starbucks. Totally buzzed on caffeine now.

In a shameless plug I would like to share that I was featured on The Bookclub Cookbook site. It was under their Blogger Bites HERE. I was honored!

Bookish stuff
I recently read:

Summer Secrets by Jane Green (If you want to know the ins and outs of A.A., this is the book for you. There is something for the Anglophile in there too)
Straight Up tasty (Fun just to look through, I would love to see him on a TV show)
Little Paris Bookshop
In Wilderness (I wasn’t crazy about this one)


Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans (I really liked this one. A+)

Currently involved with Ian Rankin’s book Witch Hunt and starting up Peter Robinson's In Dry Season. Love me some Inspector Banks mysteries!


Justified – We’ve been watching this since the first season and now we are at the end of the series. It ended well but I will certainly miss seeing what Raylan Givens is up to.

Best. Marshall. Ever.


One Night at McCools – Quirky Liv Tyler movie. I loved her with pointed ears as Arwen and she still rocks in this movie.

Nurse Jackie season 3 – lots of twist and turns this season so far! If you have watched beyind season three, please don't tell me! No spoilers please :-)


We have been taking any free time to get out on the trike and ride. In spite of the heat. Today it was a 108 F heat index so we got home and had another shower after that ride. So eager for Fall temperatures.

I have a cool new leather jacket I am wanting to wear. It's lovely, such good quality - my wonderful husband bought it for me as an early Christmas gift. I'll show off a photo soon.

Bye for now!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tequilla Lime Chicken

See the photo below? You can imagine this is a summery meal, a patio meal, if it starts out with tequila and limes.


It's super easy to make. Slice open the limes and squeeze the juice into a food processor or blender. Add the tequila, olive oil, salt, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro. Blend the mixture until totally combined.


Add the chicken to a large plastic bag and pour in the lime-tequila mixture. Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight. I left it overnight.

Remove the chicken from the bag and grill it over medium-high heat. For starters I did not use breast meat. Yeah, I know that's what the recipe calls for but we just don't like it. We like thighs so I used boneless thighs.

I wasn't successful with the asethetic appeal of my dish but it did taste good.

Pioneer Woman's photo of this meal........

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Nailed It!!


Here is the original recipe as posted at Food Network. If you made this, or plan to do so, let me know if your dish comes out as pretty at The Pioneer Woman's because I couldn't manage it. Haha

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Apalachicola Bound - Trike Trip

We are a happy couple! We took a long, long ride to the coastal town of Apalachicola on Saturday.


We have been stopping on this bridge to get photos of each bike over the last 6 years - it's a great place to stop. Pretty scenery. Here is Doug, a happy man when we can ride.


One of these days I will find all the bike photos on this bridge and post each one.


Pretty day to ride.........

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We were coming toward the end of the road where we could head west toward Apalachicola.


While the rain forecast only called for 20% it sure was raining over St George Island. Pretty rain clouds.


At the Apalachia Grill we enjoyed a grilled haddock sandwich and their wonderfully rich potato salad. This hunk of fish was huge!


Walking around we spied this old building. It's a hull filled with vines and old pieces of brick......We leaned in to see what we could see.


It was pretty in an artsy sorta way, I liked the way the shadows played across all the ancient bricks. I wonder what was in here years ago?


Here is the funny thing - as Doug was leaning in getting his photos in black and white, it attacted the attention of passerbys who then stopped and qued up to see what we were looking at. Then a car slowed down and braked, looking to see what the crowd was about. Too funny!


Random sea gull. He wouldn't let us get close enough to have a photo taken with him.


A shrimp boat docked....


After rejuvenating with a shower after a long ride, we met the kids for dinner in Havana the same evening.


Elizabeth likes Harleys - can't you see her getting her own when she's 18?


After a nice dinner with our kids and grandbaby we headed back home for a quiet evening with wine and cheese.


When we vacation I hope to share photos of Panama City. C'mon cooler weather!!


For more photos of the town of Apalachicola click HERE

Bye for now!


Monday, August 10, 2015

A Natural: Scallops and Mushrooms
{Prepared in my electric skillet!}

You can tell when we’ve reached our allotted data with our Mi-Fi as our Internet usage comes to an abrupt halt. My postings slow down dramatically.

It’s an extra $10 per gig if we go over and believe me, that can add up quickly. Last week I called a few cable delivery companies and see if the World Wide Web can be accessed on our rural road. We aren’t interested in television feed, just the connection with the Internet. This would reduce the trips to Starbucks to surf the net :-) Alas, they do not service our area. Oh well, guess we'll stick with the MiFi.


In other news, I received my first electric skillet last week. I love this little kitchen appliance! It helps keep the heat down in the kitchen and adds an extra burner since I only have one large burner on our stove. This is a meal we will have again - scallops, a favorite here.

Here is how you prepare this scallop dish.


1 pound sea scallops
1 TB olive oil
1 TB butter
¾ cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup chopped green onions / scallions
¼ cup minced onions
3 cloves minced garlic
Salt and pepper
½ cup marsala


Heat oil and butter in skillet. Add mushrooms, green onions, onions and garlic and cook until mushrooms are tender. Toss some salt and pepper in there too.


Now add scallops and Marsala, turning heat to high until Marsala is reduced to almost half. When finished the scallops will have a glossy glaze on them, slightly browned.


This went so very well with a new wine we tried, Dogajolo, which I featured on Wine Wednesday.


I hope to share more skillet type recipes with you soon. If you have any you want to pass along, I'm listening!



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