Friday, May 30, 2008

One Reason Why I'm Behind On Paperwork

It never fails ...

Every time I sit down to do paperwork, Lucy has to plop her big, orange butt down on top of my paperwork and start grooming herself. What is up with that?

Lucky for her, she's so darn cute ;-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Grape Salad Recipe

We spent Memorial Day at my cousin's house. One of my cousins brought this grape salad dish and it was so good, I had to come home and make it myself. I made a few modifications which I'll get into below the recipe. I didn't take a picture of it on Monday because it was gone in a matter of minutes. I found this photo on Taste of Home website. Mine is waiting in the fridge for me to add the topping today but I'm too lazy to take a picture.


  Creamy Grape Salad


CATEGORY: Salads  

TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Directions: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yield: 21-24 servings.
I used low-fat cream cheese and low-fat sour cream. I only used one teaspoon of vanilla because I am scatter-brained and 'thought' is said, one teaspoon. Three tablespoons of pecans just doesn't sound like enough to me so I'm going to use a bit more and I'll toast them before adding them. I might even use almonds. This makes a ton of salad! I'll be sharing mine with my parents and neighbors.  

EDIT: I forgot to add the nutrition info (which is not the low-fat version)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (181g)

Recipe makes 15 servings

Calories 302
Calories from Fat 126 (41%)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Total Fat 14.0g 21%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 29%
Monounsaturated Fat 5.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 23mg 7%
Sodium 61mg 2%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 45.0g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 39.9g
Protein 3.2g 6%
Vitamin A 390mcg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Vitamin B12 0.1mcg 1%
Vitamin C 13mg 22%
Vitamin E 1mcg 4%
Calcium 60mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%



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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Gardening With Daddy

You'll all be surprised to hear that I have been doing a lot of journal entries ... in my imagination. For the last three or four weeks, I've been taking pictures of my daddy's vegetable garden. The only problem is, I haven't had the time to actually sit here and write a journal entry. I also haven't had time to upload those photos. Today when I went over to my parent's house, I forgot to take my camera. I was so disappointed. For two reasons. We went down to Chilton County to buy a few plants and seeds. Last month when we went down there, I said that I was going to take my camera next time. Naturally, I forgot. My husband went with us today. He and I had some paperwork to do before we left and my camera was the last thing on my mind.
After having a healthy lunch of buttered biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, fried okra and fried sweet potato pies, we went to work in the garden. (Yeah, I know ... none of the aforementioned can be considered "healthy" but let's not talk about that right now.) I happened to remember that I have a camera on my cell phone so I started clicking away and took a few pics of my daddy working in the garden. I happened to look down at some point and realized I was stepping on some berries that had fallen from the tree I was standing under. I picked up one of the berries and showed it to daddy, asking him what kind of berries grew in that tree. Now let me say that I've spent almost 42 years of my life at that house and until today, I didn't know they had a tree in the garden that produced such pretty berries. I asked, "are they edible?," being the foodie we all know I am. Daddy said a lot of people make jelly with them but we've never even gathered them for anything. He just lets the birds enjoy them. By the way, I posted a picture of the berries and I need you guys to help me out a little. Daddy says they are elderberries but in doing a search for elderberries, these do not look like the photos I saw online. I'm leaning somewhere in the direction of a Mulberry. Silly me, I did not take a photo of the tree but I will next time.  They look like a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. I opted not to taste of them after my mother (Debby downer, we call her) told me they probably have worms in them.
In other news: After Stephen got off the bus today, I let him sit here at the kitchen table and watch a few of his favorite videos on You Tube. When I got his snack ready, I noticed that he'd popped off one of my keys! I bought this laptop at Best Buy and I've heard horror stories of how they don't live up to their end of the deal when you've bought a warranty. We spent an extra $200 for a plan that will repair or replace anything that goes wrong within the next three years. We knew that was smart because our son can tear up things that are not even considered fragile. You can imagine the damage he could do to something that is fragile. I've been giving him a little bit of computer time because he really  hasn't been that bad with it. Until today, when he popped one of the arrow keys off. Me, being the kind of person who cannot stand for something like that to be wrong, worked at it until I figured out how the pieces went back together. It wasn't that hard to figure out but it was hard to actually fix because I have been having problems with my vision and with my hands lately. But I was determined to fix it if I could. Good news: It's fixed. Not sure for how long though, because the key seems to jiggle a little more than the others. So we'll probably take it in to have it looked at and secured if they can. 
Anyway, look at this berry and tell me your thoughts. I will try to post the other photos as soon as I can.
Y'all take care!    

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I'm Not Leaving ...

But I am planning on spending a lot of my future free time in a new community ~

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